Wednesday, June 14, 2017
June 24th is St‑Jean‑Baptiste Day—Québec’s National Holiday. It’s also the end of school and the start of summer, giving people in Québec City plenty of reasons to come out and party! This year’s Fête nationale will be extra festive, with two free concerts that’ll knock your socks off. Here are a few great reasons to book a trip to Québec City for the June 24th long weekend.
Annual Saint-Jean Baptiste Show on the Plains of Abraham
Join the thousands of people heading to the Plains of Abraham for the big June 23 Show celebrating Québec’s culture, French language, and identity. The line‑up includes David Usher, Éric Lapointe, Daniel Bélanger, Richard Séguin, Vincent Vallières, Gregory Charles, Laurence Jalbert, Luce Dufault, Karim Ouellet, Ingrid St-Pierre, Marjo, Travis Cormier, and Alexe Gaudreault, with Marie-Mai hosting for the second year in a row.
Open House Attractions and Interpretive Walks
Enjoy free admission at Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Musée de l’Amérique francophone, and Observatoire de la Capitale, June 23–24, and take an interpretive Parcours Solstice walk to dive a little deeper into Québec culture.
Special Concert to Celebrate our Francophonie
On June 24, celebrate the vitality and diversity of the country's Francophonie as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
Two Reasons to Celebrate at MNBAQ
Celebrate Québec’s National Holiday differently at Québec’s fine arts museum on June 24, where they’ll also be celebrating the first anniversary of the Pierre Lassonde pavilion and launching a new series of evening events—Nights at the MNBAQ. Marie‑Chantal Lepage and other Québec chefs will be on hand for the event. Join the fancy dance party with multiple stages and musical styles, plus visual arts, culinary arts, and plenty of fun surprises.
Hergé in Québec City Exhibition Opens at Musée de la civilisation
While you’re in Québec City, why not see a major international exhibition? Dive into the world of Georges Remi, aka Hergé, the creator of Tintin, at Musée de la civilisation.
More Things to Do
Don’t miss a thrilling series of games between the local baseball team—Capitales de Québec—and the Dominican Republic, June 22–25, with fireworks following Friday night’s game.
At Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, classic car lovers are in for a treat: it’s the 21st BAH Classic Car Show at the stunning Montmorency Falls.
Wrap up the weekend with a great pint at one of the many local microbreweries.