Top Things to Do in Québec City This Summer

Fillette sur une terrasse à la place Royale
Pierre-Nic Lessard

With fantastic exhibitions, colourful festivals, and car-free streets for more space, Québec City is going all out to wow you this summer. Here are some of the best things to do from July to September.

Stroll Through Festive Streets

During all summer weekends, some commercial streets in the neighbourhoods are closed to car traffic, allowing pedestrians to move freely and take advantage of the restaurant patios.

Here are the streets closed on weekends: Grande Allée, rue Saint-Jean, rue Saint-Paul, avenue Cartier, rue Saint-Joseph and 3e Avenue.

Explore 400 Years of History

The Old City is an awe‑inspiring journey through a collection of architectural treasures unlike anything outside Europe. Here are the top 10 attractions you don’t want to miss.

Take In Amazing Exhibitions

The Imagine Monet immersive exhibition is on display in the Old Port all summer long while you can get a broad overview of modern and contemporary American art at Musée national des beaux-arts.

Over at Musée de la civilisation, there’s a fascinating exhibition about Pompeii

Tickets to these blockbuster exhibitions go fast, so consider booking in advance online.

Get Some Fresh Air in City and Surrounding Area Parks

Want to move? Head to one of the urban parks or one of the amazing parks in the Québec City area for your fill of outdoor fun.

Celebrate Summer on the Most Beautiful Terraces

With its historic architecture and the majestic St. Lawrence River, Québec City offers many terraces for dining or having a drink in a breathtaking setting. Some streets in the Old Port turn into terraces and allow visitors to live the unique experience of a huge open-air restaurant. 

Witness a Historic Moment During the Pope's Visit

Pope Francis will be visiting Canada July 24-29, 2022 and will be in Québec City July 27-29. It will provide a unique opportunity for him to listen and interact with Indigenous Peoples, to address the impact of colonization and the participation of the Catholic Church in the operation of residential schools throughout Canada, all with the aim of pursuing the path to reconciliation.

The public is invited to gather on the Plains of Abraham, where there will be Indigenous cultural events as well as the chance to view papal events on large screens. 

It is better to plan your stay during this period as soon as possible.

Discover New Places to Visit

Are you a regular visitor to the area? We bet we'll surprise you with our list of new places and activities to explore, such as the Mosaïcultures, a story told by 6 million flowers and plants. There are always new reasons to visit Québec City in summer!

Have Fun with the Family

Your thrill-seeking teens will love the double zipline at Montmorency Falls Park, the AirCANYON at Canyon Sainte-Anne, and the ropes courses in the trees at Arbraska Chauveau.

Or perhaps you’d like to dive into the marine world at Aquarium du Québec and see the Awesome Ocean Tunnel and the new immersive room.

Take a look at our recos for fun family activities. You’ll soon realize Québec City is an amazing destination for families.

Major Summer Events

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  • Pompeii exhibition at Musée de la civilisation

    Pompeii. The Immortal City

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  •  America. Entre rêves et réalités

    America. Between Dreams and Realities

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  • Exposition Imagine Monet

    Imagine Monet

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  • Mosaicultures

    Mosaïcultures Québec 2022

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  • Festival d'été de Québec

    Festival d'été de Québec

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  • Grands Feux Loto-Québec
    Grands Feux Loto-Québec
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  • Championnat mondial de magie

    World Championship of Magic

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  • Gens costumés aux Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

    New France Festival

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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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