Because summer is festival season!
The Outaouais knows how to get down and celebrate like it’s nobody’s business. Throughout the year, amazing events and festivities lighten the hearts of locals and visitors, but summer is by far THE best festival season! There’s something for every taste and every budget so there really is no excuse to be bored to tears this summer (unless that’s your plan but we highly doubt it).
So here’s an overview of the festivals not to be missed that promise a very #outaouaisfun summer.
This gourmet week-end no longer needs any introductions. It’s kinda of the official launch of summer with good beer, good food, good company and good music. Sad part is it has to stop at some point but hey! All good things come to an end! This year, it’s held at the Canadian Museum of History from May 26 to 28.
Others not to miss : Notre-Dame de la Paix Potato Festival, from August 10 to 14. A celebration of this cornerstone of the Canadian culinary arts : the potatoe.
It’s so beautiful!
Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of light
This year will be one unlike any other ever seen! Considering that the featured pyrotechnicians dazzle us year after year, it’s going to be something! Australia, Estonia, the Netherlands, and China will compete for the prestigious Zeux trophy from August 6 to 20.
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Also watch out for: Twist Fiber Festival, from August 18 to 21. The biggest textile fiber festival in Canada!
The Outaouais is for families!
29e Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival
A classic that’s guaranteed to end your summer vacations with a bang! Of course, the balloons themselves are always impressive, but add to that, the rides, the shows, the strength athletes and you’ve got a long week-end for the ages before the kids go back to school.
Don't miss: Wonders of Sand, from July 1 to 3. A fun family celebration of summer with a superb display of professional sand sculptors’ talent.
L’Outaouais en fête is celebrating its 40th anniversary from June 23 to 26! A big celebration of French Canadian culture at Parc des Cèdres in Aylmer!
Sleep? Who needs that?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the Gobi desert for the past eleven years, you have heard about the Rockfest. Over 200, 000 fans of loud, heavy guitars and high decibels swarming picturesque Montebello make for a unique happening. When there are more people in the mosh pit than residents in the village, you know something’s happening. On June 23, don’t miss heavy bands from the French-speaking world to celebrate a very rock and roll St-Jean-Baptiste. From June 23 to 26 in Montebello.
Also not to be missed : Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent (FOÉ), from September 8 to 11. The festival that rocks the Vieux-Hull has many surprises in store for you this year...
St-André-Avellin Western Festival and Profesional Rodeo
From July 15 to 24, St-André-Avellin is in a western mode! Horse shows, all kinds of animation, a professional rodeo, live music... It’s proof that the Outaouais truly is Québec’s Far West!
Also keep an eye out for : Festival country grand Gatineau, from August 3 to 7. The biggest country event of western Québec!
Festival d’été de Maniwaki, July 15-16. La Vallée de la Gatineau invites you to quite the summer bash!
Kitigan Zibi Traditional Pow Wow, June 4-5.Celebrate Anishinabeg culture in one of the largest Algonquins communities in Canada.
Of course, to not miss a thing, there's always www.outaouaistourism.com!