Summer Festivals: Montréal & Québec City

Montreal Jazz FestMontréal International Jazz Festival
Courtesy Montreal Jazz Festival

Don't miss the Montréal International Jazz Festival, happening now thru Sunday, July 5th. 

We've got Canada on the brain, especially after hearing about these three festivals happening this summer just a 90-minute flight from NYC. Here's why they deserve a spot on your travel radar.

Montréal International Jazz Festival

When: Now thru July 5.

Catch the tail end of the Montréal International Jazz Festival this weekend. The best part: all the outdoor music events are free while tickets for indoor shows are sold separately and range from $10 performances at the House of Jazz to concerts by artists like MIKA and Madeleine Peyroux (from $51 each). Visit this website for more info on special event packages with area hotels like the Hyatt Regency Montréal, Delta Montréal, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Residence Inn Montréal Downtown, and Travelodge Montréal.

Québec City Summer Festival

When: July 9-19.

This could quite possibly be the most impressive—and affordable—music festival on earth. You'll have access to 300 shows on 10 stages over the course of 11 days for $98 per person. That's not all. This year's lineup includes The Rolling Stones, the Foo Fighters, Nickelback, Keith Urban, Iggy Azalea, Boston, The Doobie Brothers, Interpol, and Megadeath among a ton of other popular musicians.

New France Festival

When: Aug. 5-9

Talk about a blast from the past. For five days, experience the ultimate Renaissance-fest with a twist: here, everyone dresses up and reenacts how things were in Québec City back in the 17th-century, complete with parades, dances, street entertainment, and a grand costume ball. Feel like getting in on the fun? Rent a costume or create your own using these DIY tips.

We want to know: have you ever been to one of these festivals? What are your favorite things to do in Montréal & Québec City? Sound off below!

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