11 Days of Music, Food and Culture at North America’s Premier Destination Festival
Quebec City is a top summer destination this year as the city unveils the lineup for its 52nd annual Festival d’ete de Quebec (FEQ). Arguably the largest festival in North America, with over 325,000 attendees, FEQ spans 11 days, from July 4-14th in the heart of Quebec City. FEQ boasts a legendary lineup for 2019 featuring Mariah Carey, Chvrches, alt-J, Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blink-182 and more.
While it’s still somewhat of a hidden gem in the U.S., FEQ was founded in 1968 and is older than Woodstock and Glastonbury. More than 250 performances take place in 10 venues, including the festival’s main Bell Stage, situated on the Plains of Abraham, a historic battlefield. Best of all, it’s one of the most affordable festivals in the world. Passes, which go on sale at noon on Thursday, April 4th are just $105 (CAD) for all 11 days and are transferable. Passes can be purchased at the festival’s website. FEQ also features free entertainment daily at two outdoor stages.
FEQ is the gold standard of festivals, offering a unique immersive experience that merges music with Quebec City’s rich history, food and culture. Performances are held in the evenings, leaving days free to explore. Travelers can visit the walled city of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as museums, parks, and scenic attractions. Foodies can enjoy world class cuisine at the hundreds of restaurants that make Quebec City a culinary destination. And contrary to most festivals, there’s no camping required. Instead, attendees can enjoy comfortable accommodations at one of the more than 6,500 hotel rooms throughout the city.
FEQ attendees can enjoy a new venue this year – the Quebec Armory (Manège militaire des Voltigeurs de Québec), with a terrace that faces the Plains of Abraham (pass required). Open from 5 pm-1 am, the terrace is the place to have a drink or snack between shows. Afterwards the party continues inside the Manège with late night shows and fun from 10:30 pm-2 am.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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