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Quebec City's Top 10 Events And Festivals: July 2014
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Quebec City's Top 10 Events And Festivals: July 2014

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Updated: 9 February 2017
North America’s oldest existing walled city and one of the continent’s first European settlements, Quebec City’s francophone population, rich history, and UNESCO World Heritage designated Old Town give this city a feeling of European class. Its charming 300-year-old houses, sidewalk cafés and cobblestone streets are the perfect backdrop for the city’s diverse summer events and festivals. Here are a few of the top events to see this July 2014.

Film and Culture l Frame X Frame: Animated Film at the NFB

4 June, 2014 – 23 August, 2014

Frame X Frame is a special exhibition at the Musée de la civilisation, held to celebrate the National Film Board’s (NFB) 75th anniversary, as well as the 100th anniversary of the birth of Norman McLaren, founder of animation at the NFB. This bilingual exhibit will highlight the contributions the NFB’s award-winning artists and creators have made to the world of animation. Exhibits include models, figurines, sketches, technical tools and original drawings created by animation masters, both past and present, including Janet Perlman, Patrick Bouchard, and Torill Kove. Visitors also have the opportunity to create their own stop-motion animation film with the aid of props and mini-sets.

Musée de la civilisation, 85 Rue Dalhousie, Québec, QC, Canada, +1 418 643 2158

Music l Festival OFF de Québec

2 July – 5 July, 2014

The quirky Festival OFF de Québec aims to provide an alternative to the more mainstream Quebec City Summer Festival. This independent music event consists of over 40 shows held in unique indoor and outdoor venues across Québec City. Almost all of the performances are free, and focus on showcasing emerging local and international artists, half of whom are based in Quebec. Started in 2004, the eclectic line-up this year includes an acoustic opera based on a Nintendo game, a one woman band, as well as music in other genres ranging from country and folk, to rock and hip hop.

This event will be held in various locations across Quebec City.

Music l Quebec Summer Festival

3 July – 13 July, 2014

One of Canada’s largest outdoor music events, the Quebec Summer Festival (Le Festival d’été de Québec) features more than 300 performances at venues across Quebec’s historic district. The festival showcases a mix of emerging new talent and some of the biggest names in music, with genres ranging from French song and jazz, to rock and hip hop. Attracting more than a million visitors, this year’s headliners include Lady Gaga, the Killers, Snoop Dogg, and Queens of the Stone Age. The festival’s main stage is set on the historic Plains of Abraham, and visitors can also expect to see buskers throughout the streets of Old Quebec, along with family-friendly events and activities at Place de la Famille.

This event will be held in various locations across Quebec City.

Food l Faubourg en saveurs

13 July – 24 August, 2014

Faubourg en saveurs is an outdoor market that takes place in Quebec City’s Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood, a bohemian area known for its colourful boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Set in front of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, visitors will find a variety of seasonal, organic food, including mushrooms, cheese, meat, honey, tea, and maple products. An initiative by neighbourhood residents who wanted to improve their access to fresh, healthy food, the markets runs for seven consecutive Sundays throughout July and August. Visitors can meet and speak to the vendors, as well as enjoy accompanying informative and family-friendly entertainment.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church, 480 Rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC, Canada, +1 418 522 0454

Music and Culture l Festival des Journées d’Afrique: Danses et Rythmes du Monde

17 July – 27 July, 2014

Now in its 19th year, Festival des Journées d’Afrique is a lively event that celebrates dance and music from around the world. This year’s festival features more than 100 performers from 15 different countries, including Caribbean singer Naila, Haitian rapper Dramatik, and African reggae artist Alpha Blondy. Taking place in three locations across the city, visitors can expect plenty of energy, colourful costumes, demonstrations, food tastings, as well as music workshops with some of the performers. The festival also features a tribute to Bob Marley, whose music has had a significant influence on this genre.

This event will be held in various locations across Quebec City.

Music l Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand’s 22nd Musical Season

17 July – 17 August, 2014

Located in the historic Plains of Abraham, the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand’s season features a series of intimate performances in a tranquil, natural setting. The event consists of 28 free shows, held from Thursday to Sunday, with genres including blues, pop, folk, and world music, and performances featuring both established and emerging artists. Opened in 1993, the bandstand is named after Captain Edwin Bélanger, a violinist, violist, conductor, composer, and prominent figure in Quebec’s music history. Highlights of this year’s line-up include Jean Kennedy, a French-style blues performer, known for his stunning guitar solos; as well as Lucky Uke, a group that holds the Guinness World Record for a performance featuring 1,200 ukulele players.

Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand, Plains of Abraham, 835 Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier, Québec, QC, Canada, +1 418 648 4050

Theatre l Cirque du Soleil: Kurios

24 July – 17 August, 2014

The legendary circus group’s 35th production since 1984, Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities draws inspiration from the latter half of the 19th century. Written and directed by Michael LaPrise, who is best known for his recent work with Madonna, the show tells the story of an inventor who defies the laws of space and time, reinventing the world around him. With an otherworldly set consisting of machines, gadgets and faux antiques, the show features dramatic acrobatics and other creative acts. Since premiering in Montreal in April, the show has received widespread critical acclaim, with many reviewers ranking it among Cirque du Soleil’s best acts to date.

Port of Québec, 271 de l’estuaire, Québec, QC, Canada, +1 800 450 1480

Music l Quebec City’s Opera Festival

23 July – 5 August, 2014

The fourth installment of Quebec City’s Opera Festival, Festival d’opéra de Québec, features performances and events that demonstrate opera can be enjoyed by people from all walks of life. The event showcases local and international talents, including a series of collaborative performances, in various locations throughout the city. Highlights include a free firework display accompanied by famous opera excerpts; a performance of the Last Judgement, featuring a double choir and an internationally acclaimed cast; and ‘La grande histoire chantée de la musique lyrique’, a performance featuring samples of 10 different opera genres, spanning from the Middle Ages to the present day.

This event will be held in various locations across Quebec City.

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Food l Festin dans le Champ

26 July, 2014

Festin dans le Champ, which means ‘feast in the field’ is an agrotourism event set in an idyllic countryside location, a short distance outside Quebec City. Inspired by the ‘Outstanding in the Field’ events created by Californian chef Jim Denevan, this open-air dinner features a five course meal that focuses on local flavours and Quebec-made products, with an emphasis on farm-to-table style cuisine. Open to several hundred guests, the event is presented by the Gourmet Route, a network of artisanal food business in the greater Quebec City area, including bakeries, maple groves, cheese shops, and orchards.

La Fromagerie des Grondines, 274, 2E rang E RR 1, Grondines, QC, Canada, +1 418 268 4969

Art l Plein Art, le Salon des métiers d’art de Québec

29 July – 10 August, 2014

One of Canada’s foremost arts and crafts exhibitions, Plein Art is an annual art fair, which features more than 120 exhibitors, demonstrations, fashion shows, and entertainment. Established and emerging local, regional, and international artisans showcase their original, high-quality works in wood, ceramics, textile, paper, leather, metal, glass, and other materials. With exhibitor stalls set under outdoor tents, visitors also have the opportunity to meet and talk to the artists about their work. The event is presented by the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec, Quebec’s professional artisans association.

Pavillon Espace 400e, 100, Quai Saint-André, Québec, QC, Canada, + 1 418 694 0260