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Québec’s National Holiday Kicks off the Summer Season

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, on June 24th, marks both the start of a long weekend and 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 holiday:

Show on the Plains of Abraham

Plains Abraham | Credit:  MNQ
Credit: MNQ

Join the party and the thousands of people gathered on the Plains of Abraham on June 23 to celebrate Québec’s National Holiday. The province’s hottest young talent—Marie-Pierre Arthur, Patrice Michaud, Rémi Chassé, Alexandre Désilets, and Jean-François Breau—will share the stage with Diane Dufresne, Michel Pagliaro, Roch Voisine, and Isabelle Boulay, all veterans of the Québec music scene. They’ll be joined by Marie‑Mai, Jonas, and Pierre Lapointe in what is sure to be one of the year’s most festive franco shows.

Opening of the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion

New pavilion MNBAQ | Credit:  MNBAQ
Credit: MNBAQ

Don’t miss the chance to visit the new Lassonde Pavilion, an architectural gem that’s just been added to Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ). Admission to the pavilion is free to the public June 24–26. There are new exhibitions plus special activities and shows.

Classic Car Show “Les Belles Autos d’hier”

Antique and classic car fans won’t want to miss Belles Autos d’hier’s 20th Gala event, June 25 and 26 at Parc de la Chute Montmorency. Admire dream machines from the dawn of the 20th century all the way to the Crazy 80s and take a trip down memory lane!

Wendake International Pow Wow

Native tourism (Norma Joseph) | Credit:  Jean-Louis Regis
Credit: Jean-Louis Regis

Immerse yourself in the Aboriginal cultures of Canada and beyond during the International Pow Wow in Wendake June 24–26. With hundreds of dancers and drummers gathered for the event, it has all the makings of a vibrant, authentic experience.

More Things to Do

On June 25, Def Leppard rocks the Videotron Centre and Corey Hart closes the ComediHa! festival at Parc de la Francophonie. It's also a great occasion to go out for a drink in a bar with live folk music.

Happy Saint-Jean!

See the complete schedule oevents for the Québec's National Holiday weekend

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