20 Top Summer Events

New France Festival
Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

*Note that in times of pandemic, many of these events are cancelled while others offer a virtual version of their event. It is recommended to consult their websites directly for up to date information*

The summer season is an uninterrupted parade of fun and grandiose moments. Classic, themed, sporting : it's your choice!

  • The Classics

    Every year, thousands of festival-goers eagerly wait for those characteristic events.

    1 Festival d'été de Québec

    Beginning of July

    Canada’s largest outdoor music event, Festival d'été de Québec, presents a string of international superstars along with top new talents. Enjoy 300 shows and 1 000 artists on 10 stages for a full 11 days! 

  • 2 Les Grands Feux Loto-Québec


    From an excellent vantage point on the bank of the St. Lawrence River, you can watch the brilliant pyrotechnical display light up the night sky. The fireworks are launched from a firing platform in the middle of the river, in front of the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac.

  • 3 New France Festival

    Beginning of August

    Experience life as it was in New France during the French Regime in the 17th and 18th centuries. For four exciting days, some 400 shows and performers will breathe new life into historical Old Québec as well as gourmet activities, storytelling and re-enactments.

  • 4 ComediHa! Fest - Québec


    The ComediHa! Fest - Québec is “the” comedy event in Québec City. The fresh and varied program features a number of major shows as well as exclusive television productions. 

  • Themed Events

    Let your interests and curiosity lead you to those specialized events!

    5 Wendake International Pow-Wow

    End of June

    First Nations of here and beyond compete to the beat of drums during a palette of top-level dance competitions in their traditional regalia. Handicraft making workshops, various traditional know-how demonstrations and authentic First Nations food tastings are also part of the program.

  • 6 Les Passages Insolites

    End of June to Mid-October

    As you wander through the Old Port district, Quartier 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.

  • 7 Free Circus Show

    Mid-July to early September

    This acrobatic circus company is back this year with an all-new concept. Audiences will be able to attend this spectacular show featuring world-class circus artists.

  • 8 Québec Opera Festival

    End of July

    Two weeks of pure summer wonderment, accompanied by creators and exceptional lyric artists, in a profusion of events that showcase international and Québec artists of today and tomorrow.

  • 9 Plein Art

    Beginning of August

    Meet with over 120 professional artisans at this craft fair. Admire the creativity and talent that went into producing an interesting selection of unique decorative or everyday items. 

  • 10 Festibière de Québec


    The Festibière beer festival is 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: microbreweries, local food producers, cider makers and more.

  • 11 Bordeaux fête le vin à Québec

    End of August (Next edition in 2021)

    Discover a match made in heaven—Bordeaux wines and Québec City cuisine—at this lavish celebration of Epicureanism!

  • 12 Québec City Celtic Festival

    Beginning of September

    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.

  • 13 Québec City Pride Festival

    Beginning of September

    This social and arts festival celebrates gay pride with a colourful and exciting program: community days, free music and drag queen shows, parties, street theatre, LGBT rights conference and more.

  • 14 Envol et Macadam

    Beginning of September

    Envol et Macadam is an urban festival featuring concerts that showcase the best new and established alternative music bands from here and around the world.  

  • 15 Québec City Film Festival


    Classic films and new works of all kinds and for every style are presented in one of the 6 venues of the Québec City Film Festival.

  • Sporting Events

    The sports elite of various disciplines meet in Québec City, come to admire their performances!

    16 Les Capitales de Québec

    Mid-May to September

    Come and enjoy a fun-filled baseball game of the Can-AM league featuring Les Capitales de Québec at Canac Stadium in Québec City.

  • 17 Vélirium - International Mountain Bike Festival


    * There is no UCI Mountain Bike World Cups in Québec City in 2021 *
    More than 800 athletes representing 50 countries will be competing for one of the Mountain Bike World Cups. Several other amateur competitions, long-distance raid races, children's races, live music and parties make the Vélirium the world's ultimate mountain bike festival.

  • 18 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. This is one event sports fans will not want to miss! 

  • 19 Rouge et Or Football

    August to November

    The talented team from Laval University has already won the Vanier Cup of the Canadian championship several times! 

  • 20 Québec City Marathon

    Early October

    Thousands of participants from all over the world are expected to take part in this international sporting event.

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