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Festivals in Quebec



Québec City Summer Festival
For the past 39 years, this festival has been drawing crowds with its unique holiday atmosphere. For 11 days the city is transformed into a giant outdoor stage where hundreds of performers show off their talents at some 10 venues in and around Old Québec City, all within easy walking distance.

Quebec City Winter Carnival
The biggest winter carnival in the world, the Carnaval de Québec (known in English as the Quebec City Winter Carnival) is a celebration held yearly in Quebec City with many activities, such as dogsled rides, night parades, snow baths, and concerts. Important symbols of the event are the ceinture fléchée, and the official mascot Bonhomme Carnaval. There also was an irregular tradition of briefly locking up in an Ice palace, or castle, those persons who did not exhibit sufficient good cheer or carnival spirit.

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Is one of the biggest jazz festivals in the world. It is held annually in Montreal, Quebec during the summer season (usually the beginning of July) and attracts artists from around the world and is typically attended by hundreds of thousands of people who are attracted by the electric atmosphere.

Just for Laughs
Is a comedy festival held each year in Montreal, Quebec. It is the largest festival of its kind in the world. It began in 1983 as a francophone event and introduced its English language side in 1985. It is broadcast on CBC and features comedians from all over the world.

Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
The Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival is a yearly festival, held in Gatineau, Quebec and organized by the city, during which hundreds of hot air balloons are flown. It is normally held over several days in early September.




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