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Quebec's Summer Festivals
The spring and summer in Quebec is an ideal time to visit. With the chill of winter now in the rear-view, you'll have a breadth fun and attractive things to see and do. Most notably, spring and summer in Quebec cities like Montreal, Gatineau, and Rouyn-Noranda should yield visits to local and nearby festivals.
Just For Laughs Festival
A staple of the comedy scene in Montreal, be sure to plan for the Just For Laughs Festival held in July. The largest comedy festival in Quebec, Just For Laughs is held at the Place-des-Arts in downtown, and features live stand-up, street art, and even theatre productions. Drive in from nearby Saint-Jerome and have those ribs tickled. Be sure to visit the Just For Laughs Museum, too.
In Brome, a pleasant and quaint village southeast of downtown Montreal, you'll discover the Brome Fair, held every year at the end of August. Live music, a demolition derby, rides, games, and plenty of food make the Brome Fair a sterling choice for an event with more of a small-town feel.
Emerging Music Festival
in Abitibi-Témiscamingue Head north in Quebec and visit Rouyn-Noranda at the end of August for the annual Emerging Music Festival in Abitibi-Témiscamingue. The Emerging Music Festival, also known locally as EMF, seeks to showcase new and not-so-famous music and performers hoping to "foster the discovery of original music." While Rouyn-Noranda might not garner the same kind of attention on par with Montreal, there's still a variety of things to do and see in the area – don't miss out. Montreal International
Back in Montreal, a summer visit for music fans should be met with a day at the Montreal International Reggae Festival. Held at the Old Port of Montreal the second weekend in July, the Montreal International Reggae Festival began in 2004 and has been entertaining reggae fans ever since. With three stages, the three-day festival sees an average of 35,000 guests all in the name of reggae. Some visit from nearby cities like Laval, Dorval, and even Mont-Laurier.
Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
Held annually at La Baie Park in Gatineau, the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival is a weeklong event featuring plenty of family-friendly entertainment and colorful hot air balloons. Known as the Desjardins lift-offs, the hot air balloons take to the skies offering awe-inducing views, balloon rides, pilot meet-and-greets, balloon workshops, and more.
On the ground, the festival features three stages of live music, a dazzling fireworks display, and a wealth of interactive activities, including a graffiti contest, amusement park, classic car show, and more. Don’t miss local shopping opportunities offered at the 1,001 Hidden Treasures Market and the Arts, Crafts, and Wellbeing Big Top.