Québec City in the summertime has all the usual attractions: the historic architecture in Old Québec, the lively patios in the neighbourhoods, the street performers, the never-ending stream of events and festivals, and great venues to visit—not to mention the incredible forests, rivers, lakes, and other natural attractions nearby that are perfect for exploring, having fun, and getting away from it all.

Here are all the new and exciting things you’ll want to include in your summer trip.

 

Public Market | Credit:  Bisson Associés + Atelier Pierre Thibault
Credit: Bisson Associés + Atelier Pierre Thibault

New Farmers' Market

Opening in June

Québec City's Grand Marché (farmers' market) will have permanent and seasonal stands featuring a cornucopia of unique northern specialties. The bustling market, mere steps from the Videotron Centre arena and its massive public square, will be open year round.

Parliament Building  | Credit:  David Lang
Credit: David Lang

New Reception Pavilion at the National Assembly

Opening in spring

Through this major project, the National Assembly is building a new visitor center including a theme-based exhibit on Québec's history and democracy, a multi-purpose reception room for groups, and an agora. Guided tours are free and last 45 minutes.

Free Circus Show Presented in a New Venue

July 16 to September 1st

The outdoor free circus show is back this summer but moves to place Jean-Béliveau, next to the Videotron Centre and to the Grand Marché (Farmers' Market). Tuesdays to Sundays.

Mountain Bike Festival | Credit:  Sven Martin
Credit: Sven Martin

UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

August 21 to September 1st

Mont-Sainte-Anne hosts more than 700 elite athletes who are riding for their country during this 14-day rally. This is the first time in the history of the sport that this prestigious event has been awarded 3 times to the same mountain and the same organizers.

Miró Exhibition in Québec City  | Credit:  Jean-Marie Delmoral
Credit: Jean-Marie Delmoral

Miró in Mallorca. A Free Spirit.

May 30 to September 8

Feast your eyes on nearly 200 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by Catalan internationally-renowned artist Joan Miró, presented at MNBAQ in a North American exclusive. The works pay tribute to the artist’s mature period (1956 to 1981); during this time, he had settled in Mallorca and pursued his work with a great sense of freedom. 

A Life-Sized Museum

Musée de la civilisation has 2 major exhibitions on that deal with science and the natural world:

Venenum, A Poisonous World

April 25, 2019 to March 8, 2020
Venenum Exhibition | Credit:  D Soulier Collection Sussex
Credit: D Soulier Collection Sussex

Delve into the mysteries surrounding poisons, including those found in nature, and the ways they’re used by man. 

Curiosities of the Natural World

May 16, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Credit:  London Natural History Museum
Credit: London Natural History Museum

The story of humanity told through some 200 objects with remarkable scientific significance.