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Quebec City's 10 Best Events And Festivals In August 2014

Quebec City's 10 Best Events And Festivals In August 2014

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Québec is easily one of Canada’s most intriguing cities. Arriving feels more like you’ve entered a new country than a new province, with its French-speaking locals and stunning historical architecture. Like most of Canada, this city abounds with events during the warm summer months, and Québec City knows how to show off its distinct heritage and culture. Here are a few events not to miss throughout August 2014.

Art l Arts et reflets de Château-Richer

8 – 10 August

Arts et reflects is an annual outdoor painting symposium which takes place in Moulin du Petit Pré in the Greater Québec City area. Widely regarded as the most important art events in the province, the symposium features more than 100 artists from across Québec, as well as national and international artists from New Brunswick and Belgium. The artists work in different mediums, ranging from oils and water to sculpture and acrylic. Visitors are able to vote for the ‘coup de coeur’ (public choice award), choosing their favourite artists in three categories: pastel and watercolour, sculpture and crafts, and oil and acrylic.

Moulin du Petit Pré, 7007, Avenue Royale, Château-Richer, Québec, Canada, +1 418 564-4676

Food l Festibière de Québec

14 – 17 August

Celebrating its fifth year, Festibière de Québec offers visitors a chance to sample different beers made in Québec City and the surrounding region. The event features more than 60 exhibitors, including breweries and microbreweries, as well as local restaurants, producers and chefs offering snacks to complement the beer. In addition to food and drink, the festival includes music performances and talks by brewing industry experts. One of the festival’s beer tents features an Oktoberfest theme, complete with Bavarian décor, costumes, sausages, soft pretzels and, of course, German beer.

Espace 400e, Vieux-Port de Québec, 160 Quai Saint-André, Québec City, QC, Canada, +1 418 948 1166

Culture l Fête de la Nouvelle-France (New France Festival)

6 – 10 August

The New France Festival is a celebration of life in Québec City during the 17th and 18th centuries when it was a colony of France. The cobblestone streets of the historic Old Québec district are the setting for street performances featuring hundreds of characters dressed in period costumes. Visitors are welcomed to dress up and join in, or simply watch the events, which include dancing, music, markets, storytelling, thematic dinner shows and parades. The festival takes on a different theme each year in order to highlight different aspects of life during Québec’s early history. This year theme is ‘Saluting our Builders’ in honour of the people who constructed the city’s first forts, churches, shipyards and other important buildings.

This event will be held in various locations around the Quartier Petit-Champlain/Vieux-Québec Québec

Festival de Magie
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Culture l Festival de Magie de Québec

29 – 31 August

Festival de Magie de Québec features shows and workshops by some of the world’s leading magicians, over 40 of which are free to attend. The performers include Canada’s National Magic Champion Eric Leclerc, and Nicolas Gignac, who is known for his performances with exotic animals. The event will also include a free screening of the film An Honest Liar, which profiles the life of James Randi, one of the greatest magicians of all time. Another highlight is the ‘Michel Cailloux Magic Contest’, in which professional and amateur magicians show off their talents for a panel of judges, with prizes ranging from $500-$5,000 in various categories.

Quartier St-Roch, Québec, QC, Canada, +1 418-261-7004

Food l Le Dîner en blanc in Québec City

14 August

Le Dîner en blanc is a pop-up picnic event that began in Paris in 1988 as a reunion of friends. According to the story, a group of old friends decided to wear white so that they could recognise each other when they met for dinner in a park. The event has spread around the world, celebrated everywhere from London to Singapore. The draw is that participants only find out the location of the picnic 30 minutes before it begins. Everyone arrives at the same time and the secret location, which is typically a beautiful outdoor landmark, is revealed. The décor is white and participants are required to dress entirely in white, and as elegantly as possible. The number of places is limited, but you can sign up for the waiting list on Le Dîner en blanc in Québec City’s website.

Location to be announced

Music and Culture l Grands Feux Loto Québec

2 – 20 August

Grands Feux Loto Québec is an exciting annual fireworks festival, with colourful displays set off on the river between Québec City and the nearby city of Levis. The festival features six different pyromusical performances which are inspired by some of the region’s other popular events, including the Winter Carnival and the Opera Festival. With events occurring on Wednesday and Saturdays, visitors can also enjoy acrobats and street performers in the city’s Upper Town, facing the Château Frontenac. The event also features a variety of other entertainment on the quays of the Port of Québec, from musicians to fire-eaters.

Port de Québec, Fleuve Saint-Laurent, La Cité-Limoilou, Québec, QC, Canada, +1 888-523-3389

Culture l Expo Québec

15 – 24 August

Expo Québec is an annual event featuring a variety of activities, shows, rides, and exhibitions. Drawing more than 400,000 visitors each year, this event is a well-loved Québec summer tradition. Activities range from massive mazes and paintball, to a free fall simulator and go-karts. The event includes a number of demonstrations, including Mexican wrestling and martial arts, as well as art and food exhibitions. The line-up of musical performers includes well-known names like City and Colour, Wu-Tang Clan, and Eric Lapointe. The event also offers a themed bar area in the evening, decorated in 1920s-style décor.
Expocité, 250, boul. Wilfrid-Hamel, Québec, QC, Canada, +1 418 691-EXPO

Culture l Archaeology Month


This month-long event features a series of guided tours, exhibitions, archaeological digs and other unique events that explore the world of archaeology. More than half of the activities offered throughout Archaeology Month are free to attend. Activities take place at venues across the province of Québec, with more than a dozen participating venues in Québec City. Highlights include an archaeologist-guided tour of the Cartier-Roberval archaeological site, where visitors can learn more about the lives some of the Québec’s earliest European settlers; and the Musée de la Civilisation’s Our Roots… Our History exhibition, which presents the history of Canada’s First Nations community through hands-on exhibits.

This event will be held in various locations around Québec City

Culture l Québec City Marathon

22 – 24 August

The Québec City Marathon is a prestigious annual marathon that attracts thousands of participants from across the world. The route runs along the St. Lawrence River between Québec City and Levis, divided into 42.2 km, 21.2km, 10km, 5km, and kids’ races. The event is actually part of a larger series of Québec City races called ‘Run Québec City’, which take place throughout the summer. The Québec City Marathon kicks off with the SSQ Star Race, a ‘Fun Run’ around a 2km loop. The Fun Run takes place in the evening and participants are given headlights which illuminate the way as they run or walk around the course as many times as they want in the one hour 15 minute time period. The Fun Run ends with a massive firework display and surprise entertainment.

Run Québec City, 711 rue des Rocailles, Québec, QC, Canada, + 1 418 694 4442

Culture l Québec City Pride Festival

28 – 31 August

The Québec City Pride Festival is a lively annual event aimed at raising awareness of the city’s LGBT community. St-Jean Street is closed to vehicle traffic to make room for street theatre, a community fair, and booths representing more than 30 local organisations, including artisans and gay-friendly businesses. The event also features drag queen shows at Place d’Youville, free music performances, a singing competition, and a flag raising ceremony. Evening entertainment takes place at Le Drague Cabaret Club and Saint-Matthew’s Bar, two of the city’s most popular gay bars.

This event will be held in various locations around Québec City

By Jessica Dawdy