Get Inspired / Canada Rock, Roll, History and Culture at the Quebec City Summer Festival ©2013 Mike Williams ©2013 Mike Williams ©2013 Mike Williams ©2013 Mike Williams Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Canada Rock, Roll, History and Culture at the Quebec City Summer Festival story by: Mike Williams Music lover? Art aficionado? Street performer enthusiast? History and architecture buff? Wannabe French speaker? The Quebec City Summer Festival, or Festival d'été de Québec as it’s known locally, has something for everyone. Over 11 days every July, the beautiful and historic Old Quebec rustles up twelve indoor and outdoor stages and some of the biggest names in rock, hosting 1.5 million festival goers, over 1,000 artists and nearly 300 shows. But we’re not talking about some muddy mosh pit taken over by the thousands of unwashed youth: The Festival d'été de Québec is a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s biggest acts, aspiring musical artists in a cultured, beautiful and historically charged setting. Over the last few years the festival has showcased such acts as Kiss, Sting, Styx, Metallica, Ben Harper, Elton John, Lionel Richie, LMFAO, The Offspring, Roger Waters, Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and many more. The outdoor performance arenas include the Plains of Abraham, site of the pivotal 1759 battle in the Seven Years' War, the Parc de la Francophonie, and the Place d'Youville. There are also indoor venues, such as Grand Théâtre de Québec for classical music, as well as the city’s many bars and nightclubs offering everything from jazz to electronic music. Street performers will grab your attention throughout the city, and don’t miss the free Cirque du Soleil performance, always one of the festival’s highlights. There are also dedicated family-friendly venues, such as the "Place de la famille" site. The festival, the largest of its kind in Canada, has been taking place annually since 1968 and in 2008 it celebrated the 400th anniversary of the founding of the city. Most of the restaurateurs and shopkeepers speak both English and French, so it’s a great chance to brush off your high school French and impress your fellow travellers. There’s plenty to explore inside the city, but also many day trip options, like visiting the massive Montmorency Falls or the oldest pilgrimage site in North America—the breathtaking Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. The Historic District of Old Quebec is among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, a mecca for art and history lovers and magical place to visit throughout the year. However, if you like concerts but are sometimes intimidated by other festivals, then don’t miss Quebec City Summer Festival, even if you can’t stay for 11 days. Click here for Cheap Flights to the USA and Canada or HOT Canada Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Spin your adventure dial in Canada Read more Add or remove from Wishlist 17 hotel hacks for 2017 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.