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Top Things to Do in Québec City this Summer

Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Here are some of the best events and things to do in Québec City from July to September.

Mark your Calendar


FEQ scène de soir Credit: Renaud Philippe Zoom

Festival d'été de Québec
Canada’s largest outdoor music event, presents a string of international superstars along with top new talents. Enjoy more than 250 shows on 10 stages for a full 11 days! This year's line-up includes: Imagine Dragons, Twenty One Pilots, +LIVE+, Slipknot, Blink 182, The Offspring, Mariah Carey and more. July 4 to 14 

Free Circus Show
Attend this spectacular show featuring world-class circus artists. July 16 to September 1 (Tuesday to Sunday)

Les Grands Feux Loto-Québec (Fireworks)
Watch this brilliant and free pyrotechnical show from the bank of the St. Lawrence River near the Château Frontenac. July 31 to August 24 (Wednesday and Saturday).


New France Festival Credit: Audet Photo Zoom

New France Festival
Experience life as it was in New France during the French Regime in the 17th and 18th centuries: shows, gourmet activities, storytelling and re-enactments. August 1 to 4

Festibière (Beer Festival)
The summer event for beer lovers that are eager to discover new variants of their favourite brew. Enjoy tastings of some fifty exhibitors from across the province of Québec displaying their wares: craft breweries, local food producers, cider makers and more. August 15 to 18

Bordeaux fête le vin à Québec (Bordeaux Wine Festival)
Discover a match made in heaven—Bordeaux wines and Québec City cuisine—at this lavish celebration of Epicureanism!  August 22 to 25


Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec Zoom

KWE! Meet with Indigenous People
Learn about the realities, issues and cultures of First Nations and Inuit in a festive atmosphere. August 30 to September 2

Québec City Celtic Festival
Come celebrate the celtic roots and culture of the ancient Celts, especially those from Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Galicia and the Isle of Man. September 6 to 8

Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
The world’s best bike racing teams will gather in Québec City to compete in this major race. Part of the UCI WorldTour, the Grand Prix Cycliste is always exciting. September 13

More Things to Do

Take Pictures of the 10 Most Beautiful Spots in the Area

Québec by night Credit: Emmanuel Coveney Zoom

With all the amazing sights in the Québec City Area, any trip here feels magical. Capture those special moments with pictures you’ll be eager to share with your friends and family.

See an Unusual Side of Old Québec

Unusual Passages Credit: OTQ Zoom

As you wander through the Old Port, Petit-Champlain, Place-Royale and Saint-Roch, keep your eyes peeled for unusual and surprising art. Les Passages Insolites invites professional artists to create temporary yet unique pieces scattered throughout, just waiting to be discovered.

Taste Local Flavours at the New Farmer's Market

Public Market Quebec City Zoom

Québec City's Grand Marché (farmers' market) has permanent and seasonal stands featuring a cornucopia of unique northern specialties. The bustling market, mere steps from the Videotron Centre arena and its massive public square, is open year round.

Visit Major Exhibitions

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography Zoom

Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec
Miró in Malorca. A Free Spirit will feast your eyes on nearly 200 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by Catalan internationally-renowned artist Joan Miró, in a North American exclusive. 

Musée de la civilisation
Two international exhibitions related to natural sciences are presented this summer:

  • Venenum, A Poisonous World: Delve into the mysteries surrounding poisons, including those found in nature, and the ways they’re used by man. 
  • Curiosities of the Natural World: The story of humanity told through some 200 objects with remarkable scientific significance. 

Fill up with Adrenaline and Wide Open Spaces

Mont-Sainte-Anne Credit: Étienne Dionne Zoom

Stunning natural sites are just 20 minutes from the Old City. Cross the suspension bridge over Montmorency Falls—a full 98 feet (30 meters) higher than Niagara Falls, canoe down the river in the hollow of a glacial valley at Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, or ride the hundreds of kilometres of mountain bike trails.

For more inspiration, see also the events calendar and our summer activity suggestions.

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