Big Weekend Fun for Québec’s National Holiday

Équipe édito
Editorial Team
Updated on April 17, 2024
Fete nationale

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.

Activities for the whole family
Several cultural activities are offered to celebrate the National Holiday on June 23 and 24. Musical performances, circus acts, historical animations, community picnic... a gathering for the whole family.

Enjoy the Transat Québec St-Malo Festivities

2024 marks the return of the Transat Québec St-Malo, this legendary race which brings together dozens of the fastest sailboats in the world, as well as hundreds of teammates from all over the world. For 10 days, the Transat will offer a festive program in the Old Port, including musical performances.

Say 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.

Visit 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.

  • Relax on the fine sandy beach of Station de la Plage along the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain.

  • Be among the first to visit the Gladiators exhibition at the Musée de la civilisation.

  • Head to the Citadelle and attend one of the military band’s first musical performances of the season. Starting on June 24, 2024

  • 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.

  • Ride down a river by rafting, canoeing, kayaking, or paddleboarding.


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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