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Yes, you’ve heard of Coachella, but what if we told you that an 11 day music extravaganza exists right in your own Canadian backyard? (We know, Canada is a big country, but if you’re willing to make the trek to Indio, California, there’s no reason you should skip out on Quebec city.) Le Festival d’été de Québec, otherwise known as FEQ, is an annual music festival that has the largest main stage in North America, with site capacity of over 100,000. Located on the historic Plains of Abraham, this year’s fest takes place from July 4th to the 14th. Sure, it’s not gonna give you the same Coachella desert vibes, but if we’re talking music, you’ve got a lot of options. Not only does the festival attract big names like Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, The Weeknd, Aerosmith, Migos, Wu-Tang clan, Bon Jovi, Shawn Mendes (we can keep going…), it’s also pretty affordable. Wanna know more? Read on.

 

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HOW IT WORKS

For $115, you get general admission to all shows, for all 11 days. To put that into perspective, tickets for Weekend One at Coachella 2020(!) currently cost over $600. In other words, FEQ lets you see a WHOLE LOT of shows for a reasonable amount of money.

There are also early bird ticket prices ($95) and pricier front zone passes (which will give you access to reserved seating areas) if you’re already thinking about next year.

THE LINE UP

2019’s headliners? Twenty One Pilots, Slipknot, Mariah Carey, Blink-182, Imagine Dragons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kygo, Live, Logic, The Offspring, Alt-J and Corey Hart are just some of the performers gracing the Bell Plains of Abraham stage at the 52nd Festival D’été.

FEQ

If larger shows aren’t for you, FEQ’s smaller stages and indoor venues, showcasing a plethora of musical acts across many genres, could help you discover your next favourite band. Late night partier? The festival’s After FEQ shows might just pique your interest. Starting at 11:30pm every evening, After FEQ brings you music and DJs till 2am.

On the other hand, if you’re hankering for something a little more kid friendly, you may want to consider paying a visit to the completely free Family Place located at Parc de L’esplanade. With obstacle courses, a picnic area, multiple family-friendly shows and even a dairy bar (it is sponsored by Lait, after all), you might not even need a sitter.

PICTURESQUE QUEBEC

While you’re here, you should probably take advantage of what Quebec City has to offer — history, culture, nature and a lot of delicious food. Take in the gorgeous architecture of Old Quebec, zipline across Montmorency Falls at Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, take a ferry ride around the city, grab some poutine at Chez Ashton, go swimming and have a picnic at Baie de Beauport then finish off your day with a FEQ headliner. If that doesn’t sound like the perfect mini-break, we don’t know what does.

 

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