Come and Enjoy Quebec City’s Summer Festival

For almost 50 years, 11 days of every summer have been dedicated to the celebration of the  Summer Festival (Festival d’Ete) in Quebec City. I love driving up Rue Laurier and Grand Allee and seeing all the banners announcing the event and the dates. They look a little different each year, but the message is the same, come and enjoy. The Summer Festival is one of the premier music festivals in Canada and Quebec is a city that loves to party. This festival is just another excuse to do just that.

You will be able to hear a wide variety of performers both world famous and up-and-coming. Every possible musical genre will be represented; blues, rock, jazz or classical. Performances will be at one of a dozen or so venues as varied as the Quebec Hilton, Musee de Quebec, Place d’Youville and Grand Theatre de Quebec. This is a showcase for French talent but not exclusively so, it is truly an international event. Street performers of every imaginable kind, clowns, jugglers, acrobats, magicians, stilt walkers and mimers perform all over the old city at all hours of the day and night. You may come upon them unexpectedly on just about any conceivable empty space. The Plains of Abraham will host a multitude of events. You purchase a badge that gets you into almost all the events, check their website for the current rate, (2015 $88) . It is a non-stop carnival atmosphere all over the city. 

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It promises to be an exciting and very entertaining 11 days, and as you would expect it is very popular and crowded. You can expect to pay more for hotels than usual and you must book early. There are packages that are offered.  The festival website lists some and you can also check individual hotels. Most of the packages will include one night accommodation, breakfast, one ticket to the event and an event schedule.

The Summer Festival always takes place during the month of July. Over 300 events are scheduled during that 11 days. For 2015 the big acts include “The Rolling Stones”, “FooFighters”, “Keith Urban”, “The Doobie Brothers”, Nickleback and “Izzy Azalea”.

The Summer Festival is an ecologically responsible event. LED lights are used to save on electricity, batteries and other hazardous materials are recouped. Beer, wine and beverages are served in recyclable plastic cups and all materials that are suitable are composed. Excess food is donated to the appropriate agencies and the use of public shuttle service to the venue sites is encouraged.

If you are ready to come and hear the best French musical talent in the world, get your passport, book your accommodations and come on up; you will not be disappointed. The summer Festival in Quebec City is one of the best events of the summer.

The photo is from my personal collection.


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