At the first hint of warm weather and sunny skies, most of us can’t help but start planning and putting together our summer bucket lists of everything we want to see and do. For those that live in Quebec or are planning on visiting, including a summer festival on your itinerary is a must. Festivals offer the perfect opportunity to get outdoors, spend quality time with family and friends, all while enjoying the cultural wealth this beautiful province has to offer.
The Festival d’été de Québec typically takes place in early July on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. The event includes over 300 musical and street art performances at both indoor and outdoor venues and features more than 1,000 artists. With an eclectic group of musicians, there is something for every member of your family or circle of friends! And, if the music wasn’t enough, the festival is located in the Old City, filled with great restaurants, shopping, and sights.
Mont-Tremblant may not be where your mind goes for warm weather activities but it’s definitely a go-to destination for the summer. Visitors have their pick of activities throughout the village and can indulge in scenic hikes, shopping, and great food. What you may not know is that for 10 days in July, Mont-Tremblant is also home to an international blues festival! The event features close to 100 free shows, in addition to a family fun zone, karaoke, and various blues workshops to help you hone your own musical skills!
Close to 40 years old, the Montréal Jazz Festival will take place throughout June and July. Featuring live performances from 3,000 artists from across the world, on 20 different stages, this event is the perfect place for jazz lovers or anyone looking for a good time. It’s also a great opportunity for you to show off those dance moves you’ve been practicing for so long! The Montreal Jazz Festival is a great experience for people of all ages, with activities for children, and free outdoor concerts, as well as reasonably priced indoor shows.
Osheaga is back for another year! This world-renowned outdoors music festival takes place at Parc Jean-Drapeau, in early August, attracting tens of thousands of people eager to soak up the sun and enjoy live performances from established and emerging artists. Osheaga is the perfect blend of music, visual art, diverse food vendors and activities for people of all ages. If you’re looking for an unforgettable and expertly curated weekend for you and your Instagram followers, Osheaga is it!
If you really want to experience something unique, consider the Festival International de Montgolfières. This magical event takes place in August, at St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and features live performances from favorite local artists, such as Kaïn, Philippe Bond and Éric Lapointe. This family centric festival will take your breath away with the beauty of the hundreds of colorful hot air balloons dancing together in the sky. It’s an amazing experience you’ll never forget.
Festivals are a great way to enjoy the summer with your friends and family but it’s important to be prepared. With the heat, sun, and at times crowded spaces, make sure to stay safe by hydrating and packing or buying healthy snacks. Bring only what you need and keep your belongings close to you at all times.
Our summers are short, you have to get out there, have some fun and enjoy every bit of sunshine, dancing, and singing with your family and friends, Quebec is a great place to do just that. Make sure you don’t miss out on all the great activities and festivals the province has to offer this summer!