Quebec’s festivals and events from season to season
 

Quebec’s festivals and events from season to season

Featured Events January 14, 2019
Quebec’s festivals and events from season to season

It’s time to celebrate! Leave your routine behind for a while and take a moment to discover art, have fun, go on a trip back in time and learn more about cultures around the world. Quebec’s festivals and events are opportunities to get together and be entertained – and they’re happening all year long!

The Quebec Winter Carnival never fails to amaze
The Quebec Winter Carnival never fails to amaze

Don’t be afraid of winter’s cold!

Starting in January, the winter celebrations will be piling on! Montreal’s Old Port is the venue for Igloofest, a super trendy festival that attracts fans of techno music. Families looking for fun can head to Gatineau for the Snowflake Kingdom at Winterlude, where they will find a snowy paradise, great activities and giant slides. Another option for families is the Hivernades in Chicoutimi in early March for all kinds of activities, like sliding, skating and snowshoeing. And of course, don’t forget the quintessential winter bash: the Quebec Winter Carnival, a magical happening that returns year after year to amaze festival-goers who come from all over the planet.

Celebrate all things maple syrup at the Festival Beauceron de l’Érable
Celebrate all things maple syrup at the Festival Beauceron de l’Érable

Sugar shacks and movies in spring

Welcome the milder temperatures that signal the beginning of sugar shack season! Taste and learn about all things maple syrup at the Festival Beauceron de l’Érable, the Festival de l’Érable in Plessisville and the Festival des Sucres in Saint-Pierre-Baptiste, three festivals that celebrate the sap harvest and offer plenty of maple syrup products to satisfy your cravings. Spring is also when many movie festivals are held in the province, such as the Festival de films pour l’environnement, the Festival du DocuMenteur de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the Festival Cinéma du Monde in Sherbrooke.


Travel back in time at the TD New France Festival
Travel back in time at the TD New France Festival

Summer: there’s something for everyone!

Do you love fireworks? The International des Feux Loto-Québec is a competition that brings you the best of pyrotechnic art. If culture is what interests you, you’ll enjoy KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples and the Festival des Traditions du Monde de Sherbrooke focusing on the traditions of the world. For a trip back in time, head to Québec City for the TD New France Festival, or if you want some comedy and a good laugh, soak up the ambience in Montreal at the Just for Laughs Festival and Zoofest. And for wonderful displays of hot air balloons and thrilling outdoor shows, the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival is ideal for families and friends.

The colours are breathtaking at the Mont SUTTON Fall Festival
The colours are breathtaking at the Mont SUTTON Fall Festival

Harvests and colourful foliage for fall

Combine the spectacular colours of the Eastern Townships with a hike, bike ride or ski lift ride at the Mont SUTTON Fall Festival taking place over several weekends. At the Festival des couleurs in Rigaud, families will get to taste homegrown products, meet local artisans and enjoy colourful activities in a magical environment. And in Baie-Saint-Paul, admire the visual tributes to the beauty of Charlevoix created by countless artists at the Rêves d’automne painting festival.

Make Quebec’s festivals and events a part of your next getaway or vacation in the province!


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