Summer festivals to put on your calendar

Published on May 5 2022

Unique festivals, varied programming and a dynamic atmosphere will liven up the Outaouais this summer! Here are a few must-try summer festivals.

Festival L’Outaouais en Fête

Where

Des Cèdres Park, Gatineau

When

June 23–26, 2022

Good to know

With its Francophone artists, carnival rides and fireworks, this is the perfect festival to celebrate Saint Jean Baptiste Day in style!

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Festival d'Humour de Gatineau

Where

Place de la Cité, Gatineau

When

July 7–9, 2022

Good to know

Before the main event, Gerry Dee performs two English-language shows (a first for the festival), June 17 and 18 at the Théâtre du Casino. Come and laugh out loud in front of big names in comedy such as Mario Tessier, François Bellefeuille, Maxim Martin and many others.

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Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light


Where

100 Laurier Street (behind the Canadian Museum of History), Gatineau

When

August 3–20, 2022

Good to know

Sound of Light is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year! Expect a celebration worthy of this milestone.

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Gatineau Beerfest


Where

Place des Festivals Zibi, Gatineau

When

July 20–30, 2022

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St-André-Avellin Western Festival

Where

530 Charles-Auguste-Montreuil Street, Saint-André-Avellin

When

July 21–31, 2022

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Festival Country du Grand Gatineau

Where

Robert Guertin Arena parking lot, 125 De Carillon Street, Gatineau

When

August 4–7, 2022

Good to know

The 30th edition of the festival will feature great names in country music such as Irvin Blais, Matt Lang, Lendemain de Veille, Patrick Norman, Paul Daraîche, Marc Hervieux and about twenty other artists.

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Twist Fibre Festival

Where

530 Charles-Auguste-Montreuil Street, Saint-André-Avellin

When

August 11–14, 2022

Good to know

Canada’s largest fibre festival turns 10 this year!

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Upper Gatineau Whitewater Festival


Where

211 Henri-Bourassa Street (Cité étudiante de la Haute-Gatineau), Maniwaki

When

August 26–28, 2022

Good to know

The Ottawa River is internationally renowned for its world-class rapids! One of the largest of its kind in North America, this festival aims to raise public and government awareness of the importance of preserving our rivers in their natural state.

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Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival (FMG)


Where

De la Baie Park, Gatineau

When

September 1–5, 2022

Good to know

This year marks the festival’s 35th anniversary. Under the theme “My FMG Party,” any reason is good to come and celebrate with family and friends in De la Baie Park! Enjoy renowned Quebec artists such as Les Trois Accords, Salebarbes, Koriass and many more!

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Riverside – Festival de musique électro

Where

100 Laurier Street (outside the Canadian Museum of History), Gatineau

When

September 9–11, 2022

Good to know

Riverside is the only 100% electronic music festival in the Outaouais.

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For even more suggestions on how to add some fun to your summer, consult the full listings on our Events page.

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