Five not-to-be-missed outdoor events in Quebec City

We WestJetters take our work very seriously, but we also know how to have fun. And since so many of us love Bonhomme Carnaval, why not dedicate the post to Quebec City and it’s great events? That’s exactly what we’ve done.

Here are the top five not-to-be-missed outdoor events in the capital city of Quebec.

1-Carnaval de Québec (Québec Winter Carnival)
Every year for the past 60+ years, the largest winter carnival in the world invites visitors from near and far to celebrate the joys of winter alongside jolly snowman mascot Bonhomme. Bundle up in your warmest coat and don’t forget your arrowhead sash as you visit the famous Ice Palace, admire the snow sculptures and check out some of the many activities such as night parades and the traditional canoe race on the St. Lawrence River. Joyeux Carnival!

Bonhomme at Carnaval de Québec

Bonhomme at Carnaval de Québec. Photo: Simon Amstrong

2-Festival d’été de Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival)
Are you a music lover? This one’s for you. The Festival d’été de Québec features nearly 300 concerts over 11 days right in the heart of the city’s historic district. From rock to hip-hop, world music to jazz, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Over the years, many legendary singers and groups have performed on the Plains of Abraham, including The Rolling Stones, Bruno Mars, Metallica and Bon Jovi.

3-Grands Feux Loto-Québec (Loto-Québec Fireworks)
Feast your eyes! The Grands Feux Loto-Québec presents fireworks displays set to music that are truly magical. Every summer, thousands of people gather to watch this dazzling pyromusical show light up the sky. Previously held in the Montmorency Falls Park, in recent years the shows have taken place on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, a unique and enchanting setting.

Photo: Philippe Moussette

Photo: Philippe Moussette

4-Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (New France Festival)
Travel back in time at the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France! This annual summer event held in Old Quebec invites you to dress up in costumes from the era of New France and bring the early colonial times back to life for a few days. A host of different characters and activities will show you what life was like between 1534 and 1760.

Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France. Photo: Simon Armstrong

5-Festibière de Québec (Québec Beer Festival)
Every August, Espace 400e in the Old Port hosts the Festibière de Québec, which offers beer lovers over 300 varieties to sample. Nearly 100 exhibitors take part in the event, including some 15 restaurants and 75 microbreweries and cider houses. Artists are on-site to provide evening entertainment.
Festibiere De Quebec