Big Weekend Fun for Québec’s National Holiday

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Editorial Team
Updated on May 26, 2023
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Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, on June 24th, marks the start of summer. In and around Québec City, you’ll find lots of ways to celebrate. Here’s how to make the most of the National holiday weekend.

The Annual Saint-Jean Baptiste Show on the Plains of Abraham

Join the thousands of people heading to the Plains of Abraham for the big June 23 Show celebrating Québec’s culture, French language, and identity.

This year, the festivities begin at 2 p.m. with circus performances and family entertainment at the entrance of the Plains of Abraham, near Grande Allée.

Saying Hello to Summer on a Patio

Whether for cocktails, dinner, or to share a few tapas, we’re making a beeline for the patio and soaking up those vacation vibes. Québec City has countless outdoor spots for enjoying a drink, a meal, and breathtaking centuries-old architecture with the majestic St. Lawrence River as a backdrop.

Visiting Local Microbreweries

Grab your squad and raise a glass to Québec’s national holiday, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day! Did you know there are more than 30 microbreweries in the Québec City area? Get in on the hustle and bustle of the city at Noctem Artisans Brasseurs or Brasserie Inox, or take it easy and unwind in a picture-perfect setting at Souche Stoneham or Microbrasserie de l’Île d'Orléans. There truly is something for everyone.

More Ideas for Saint-Jean-Baptiste Weekend

  • Take a guided walking tour of Old Québec to learn more about the birthplace of French civilization in North America.

  • Hop aboard the Croisières AML ferry from the Old Port to Côte-de-Beaupré and visit Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, Canyon Sainte-Anne, or Mont-Sainte-Anne.

  • Head to the Citadelle and attend one of the military band’s first musical performances of the season. Starting on June 24, 2023

  • Take the new narrated tour of the Ursuline Chapel for a rare behind-the-scenes look. Back in the day, only nuns and the students they taught were allowed inside.

  • Discover Passages Insolites, a public art trail through Place Royale, Petit-Champlain and the Old Port.

Équipe édito
Editorial Team

As proud ambassadors of our beloved city, we’re delighted to be sharing the things and places we love most in the Québec City area. What a joy for us to help you discover everything this vibrant and welcoming city has to offer!

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