Wondering What To Do in Quebec City this Summer?

Now that the Fête nationale du Québec (aka la Fête de Saint-Jean-Baptiste) has “launched” the summer festivities, there are so many other choices!


Here’s one for the kids, or the kid in you . . .


June 24 to October 11:  Visit the Pirates, Privateers and Freebooters exhibit which opened on June 24 at the Bassin Brown museum (615 boul. Champlain Est). Pirate Captain Jack Racham and his merry crew invite you to take part in this interactive and animated exhibit. Wear your pirate costume and come aboard! Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for persons 65 and over or under 18; $4 for children  ages 2 – 12; $25 for a family of 2 adults and two 2 children. For more details, see the Web site at <http://pirates.ccbn-nbc.gc.ca/en/ >


June 24 to September 10: Created for the 400th Anniversary of the Ville de Québec, the Moulin à Images is being projected on the BUNGE grain elevators at Bassin Louise for the third consecutive year. The sound and light show takes place from Tuesday through Saturdays, starting once it gets dark enough, usually about 9:30 p.m. Free for all! Get there early. Take a folding chair to watch from anywhere along the waterfront of the Old Port area or from rue des Remparts.


June 24 to September 5: Les Chemins Invisibles is a street event created by Le Cirque du Soleil. It takes place on boulevard Charest below the autoroute Dufferin-Montmorency overpass evenings Tuesday through Saturday. This event is free – standing room only. Reserved seating is available through the Billetech.com ticket service.


June 30 to July 4:  Remember Woodstock, that hippie-era “peace and love-in” that took place in a farmer's field near Bethel, New York, in 1969? Well, you can relive that experience at Woodstock en Beauce (about a one-hour drive from Quebec City) with five jam-packed days of camping and concerts including some 40 performances on two separate stage areas. This is an experience for the intrepid camper, adventurer and music lover. The five-day pass costs $68.00. Bring your own camping gear and enough food, clothing, water, sun screen and insect repellent to get you through five days! See the Web site at <http://www.woodstockenbeauce.qc.ca/programmation.asp> for more details.


July 3 and 4: To celebrate the 402nd anniversary of Quebec City, a unique concert, the Mur du Son (Wall of Sound) will be given in front of the walls opposite the National Assembly and the beautiful Tourny Fountain. For the event, five tiers of scaffolding, 90 feet wide by 50 feet high, will be erected. On each level there will be some 60 choristers from Quebec City and Montreal, including La Scala de Belgique, an all-female choir from Belgium, for a total of 300 singers. Other Quebec artists will also perform on the stage: Mademoiselle Fizz, Paule-Andrée Cassidy, Bruno Alain, the rap group CEA, and Yann Perreau. Images will be projected on a transparent screen in front of the singers and fireworks displays will be included. The concerts on both evenings start at about 9:00 p.m.


July 8 to 18: The Festival d’Été de Québec takes place on many stages, as well as in concert halls, pubs and clubs around the Old City. There are so many presentations, venues and times over the ten-day festival that it is impossible to list them all here. Festival programs are available at the kiosks located at Place d’Youville, the Parc de la Francophonie on Grande-Allée and at the entrance to the Plains of Abraham near Porte Saint-Louis, and at . You will need to purchase a pass (a pin-on badge with a flashing red light) that must be worn to enter most of the festival venues. Passes are sold at the kiosks. Individual tickets may be purchased for concerts held in the concert halls.



Note: Parking can be a problem in downtown Quebec City, particularly during the summer. To get to most of the above events (and lessen your environmental footprint!), take advantage of various FREE shuttle buses provided by the Réseau de Transport de la Capitale (RTC) and leave your car at home, or at least park further away and hop a shuttle bus into the city. See the RTC Web site at for more details <http://www.rtcquebec.ca/>.