Soak up the city's spirit and let your senses guide you as you explore our parks, public markets, exhibits, pedestrian circuits, exclusive events, first-class restaurants, and spas. 

Québec City is the Culture City of the Year according the the Leading Culture Destinations Awards 2016.

Francophone Culture

A cultural and geographic crossroads, Québec City is like a bridge between Europe and the Americas and is a steadfast guardian of the French language in the New World. 

The city offers a host of attractions and events that promote its francophone roots and is a destination of choice for learning French as a second language.

Tourny Fountain | Credit:  Guy lessard
Credit: Guy lessard

Festivals and Events

The city hosts an astounding variety of world‑class festivals and cultural events. Every year, the Festival d'été de Québec welcomes some of the biggest names in music. Où tu vas quand tu dors en marchant combines music, theatre, and the visual arts in a multi‑site performance event that’s one of Québec City’s best‑kept secrets. Opera‑lovers are treated to moving performances and exciting new productions at the Festival d’Opéra, while fans of the silver screen get to attend red‑carpet events at the Québec City Film Festival.

No matter the time of year, there’s always something going on. Take a look at our calendar of events to make the most of your stay.

Festival d'été de Québec | Credit:  Renaud Philippe
Credit: Renaud Philippe
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Museums and Interpretation Centers

Throughout the region and particularly in Old Québec, museums and interpretation centres have a storied history just waiting to be discovered.

Québec’s national gallery, Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, displays the cream of the province’s art collection and has a gorgeous new pavilion that is considered an architectural masterpiece. And Musée de la civilisation has interactive exhibits the whole family will love. 

Musée de la civilisation | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Fine Dining

One of the best reasons to visit the city is its incredible restaurants!

Old Québec alone has over 100 restaurants, with a string of four-star dining experiences and some of the country's top chefs!

Treat your taste buds to French cuisine in 18th century surroundings, local specialties at our famous hotels and inns, market-fresh produce at our sidewalk cafés and European-style bistros, homestyle cooking and local beer at our pubs and microbreweries, and innovative global fare at our trendiest restaurants. It's all yours to discover!

Quebec City Restaurant Patio | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography
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Agritourism and the Old Port Market

Take the Gourmet Route to sample delicious homespun flavours in authentic rural and urban settings.

Maple groves, vineyards, cider mills, cheesemakers, chocolate stores and other artisans await.

The colourful Old Port Market is bursting with all the goodness and flavour of local produce.

Ile d'Orleans  | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Shows

No matter what the season, there's always something to do in and around the city!

Salle Albert-Rousseau, Capitole de QuébecPalais Montcalm and Videotron Centre feature a varied lineup of shows, while Grand Théâtre de Québec is the place to go for opera and the city's symphony orchestra.

Take a look at our calendar and discover a nonstop merry-go-round of shows for all tastes!

Palais Montcalm | Credit:  Palais Montcalm
Credit: Palais Montcalm

Shopping

Put on your walking shoes—the Québec City Area has over 1,000 boutiques for a shopping experience like no other!

Soak up the European atmosphere as you explore the shopping streets and neighbourhoods or stretch your legs at one of the great shopping malls.

Rue du Trésor | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Spas

Close your eyes. Imagine yourself in the heart of nature beside a river. Rushing water gurgles nearby. You can feel the fresh air against your face. Where are you? At one of our region's spas!

Year round, you can experience the exhilarating benefits of heat and cold at one of our Nordic spas, relax in a Finnish sauna, clear your airways with a steam bath, or enjoy a body wrap or massage. Downtown spas also offer a full range of products and treatments. Go ahead, treat yourself!

Spa | Credit:  OTQ
Credit: OTQ

Nightlife

Get ready for Québec City's hopping club scene!

Discos, pubs, and hip bars await on the ever-popular Grande Allée, along Rue Saint-Jean, and in the Nouvo Saint-Roch district. Going to a bar with live folk music is the perfect opportunity to meet locals in a place brimming with local flavour.

All summer long, chances are you'll want to while away the evening over a drink on one of the region's lovely sidewalk patios.

Nighlife | Credit:  Jeff Frenette Photography
Credit: Jeff Frenette Photography

Public Art

Throughout the city, you’ll see monuments and historic statues rubbing shoulders with bold pieces of contemporary art. These art works liven up the city’s walls, parks, and public spaces.

Les Passages Insolites is a temporary outdoor exhibit that invites visitors to take a second look at their surroundings as they stroll through Old Québec.

Unusual Passages | Credit:  EXMURO arts publics
Credit: EXMURO arts publics
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