Photos: Renaud Philippe
Are you one of the thousands of festivalgoers that flocked to Québec City’s historic district for 11 days of concerts at the Festival d’été de Québec?
If yes, go ahead and give yourself a pat on the back. If no, then well… you missed out. But don’t worry, read our quick guide to help you plan for the 50th anniversary next July ’cause if it’s anything like this summer, you won’t want to miss it.
Selena Gomez rocking Bell Stage Photo: Renaud Philippe
The Festival d’été de Québec in a nutshell:
- One of Canada’s biggest and most affordable music festivals.
- 11 days, 10 venues and 250 shows.
- The all-inclusive transferable pass is only $90 CAD for 11 days of music.
- There is something for everyone. What other festival are you going to see Selena Gomez, The Lumineers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ice Cube, and Sting & Peter Gabriel on the same lineup?
- Past headliners include The Rolling Stones, Metallica, Iggy Azalea, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and more, so you know their 50th anniversary will be a big one!
- Mark your calendar: next summer’s 50th anniversary festival is July 6 to 16, 2017.
Never a bad time for a Snapchat puppy dog selfie . Photo: Renaud Philippe
How to get to the festival:
- Train: Board one of three daily VIA Rail departures: morning, midday and evening on the Montreal-Quebec City route.
- Fly: Hop on a 1.5 hr flight from Toronto or NYC
- Drive: Grab some friends and go on a road trip. Québec City is easy to access from most major destinations.
The Lumineers playing to the people. Photo: Renaud Philippe
Best places to stay:
- On the cheap: Auberge de la Paix Québec – 31 Rue Couillard, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 3T4. Founded in 1972, Auberge de la Paix Québec is the oldest youth hostel of the Old Capital and the most convenient and affordable in the area.
- Mid-range: Hotel Auberge du Quartier – 170 Grande Allée O, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 2G9. A friendly hotel that offers sleek modern rooms with nice extras.
- #Luxury: Auberge Saint-Antoine – 8 Rue Saint Antoine, Ville de Québec, QC G1K 4C9. Stay here for phenomenal service, endless amenities and super comfy beds. BONUS: Hit the spa after a long night of dancing at the festival.
The Lumineers rockin’ the Bell Main Stage. Photo: Renaud Philippe
Best places to grab a bite and/or a drink:
Who do you want to see headlining next summer’s 50th anniversary? Let us know in the comments below.