You love music festivals and have no plans yet for the summer? Check out this fun and local suggestion by Christine, a HomeExchange Member living in Quebec!

You love music? Great stars, small bands, street artists? Pop, rock? You would like to discover music from Quebec or from around the world? There is music for every taste at the**Festival d’été de Québec.**11 days with 300 shows on 10 stages. Sting & Peter Gabriel will be heading the list this year, but dozens of others will also be present.

Even if it were for this event only, a home exchange in Quebec City or nearby would be worth the trip. It’s 11 days of pure musical joy waiting for you. The city vibrates as dynamic performances take place on small and large stages. To enjoy an outdoor show on the Plaines of Abraham, among others, is a unique experience, for the public as well as for the artists.

The Festival made its debut in 1968 and is now recognised as** one of the great international festivals**. Over the years many renowned artists have contributed to its success. The festival has seen the likes of The Rolling Stones, Charles Aznavour, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Stevie Wonder, Metallica and more.

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As HomeExchanging Quebequers we came to realise that The Festival was a major attraction for our guests. We have even taken the habit of securing** a few passes in advance to garnish our welcome basket (shhh)**. The passes are valid for all shows during the length of the Festival. We Quebequers are so confident in the quality of the programming each year that we buy passes at an early sale before the lineup has been officially announced. That says it all!

You can also buy passes online before coming to the City via the Festival’s website (recommended). For our family,** this is the time between the end of school and the beginning of summer camps and we are ready to go on our vacation**.
We are not alone. Have a look at exchange offers in Quebec City and you will certainly find friendly Quebequers open to your propositions!

The Festival is the highlight event every year in Quebec City. And while winter is a fabulous season here with festivals of it’s own, our summers are magical. The city is full of flowers, streets welcome pedestrians and outdoor cafes, terraces and parks fill with life.

Just outside of the city beautiful countryside awaits your discovery. For the nature enthusiast, adventures on lakes, rivers, forests and mountain top beckon. For those who love charm, history and fine dining, you will find exquisite gems among the little patrimonial villages, where old world charm meets terroir gastronomy.

So then, when will be your turn to discover our fabulous area?

It’s a rendez-vous at the Festival d’été de Québec from July 7th to 17th 2016!

What other festivals do you recommend going to this summer? Share your thoughts in the comments!