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What to do in September

Back-to-school season outings

After lazing around all August, September’s cool breeze invigorates even the most listless of us. We must seize those days, bask in the shining hours and enjoy the best of the season. Apples are ripe for picking and grapes for harvesting and forest’s hues are turning fiery. So, will you go out and celebrate the back-to-school season?

Cities and Festivities

Music of all genres and styles fills the air in cities across Québec in September: Festi jazz international in Rimouski, Emerging Music Festival in Rouyn-Noranda, Carrefour mondial de l'accordéon (accordion) in Montmagny and tunes of all kinds at the Fête de la Musique de Tremblant. These events extend summer and enliven the early autumn.

Balloons take the skies over Gatineau by storm during the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival, while Saint-Tite, in the Mauricie region, takes on western airs during the famous Festival Western. There are, of course, other festive events taking place all across the province. Just browse the directory and take your pick.

Directory of September festive events

Mauricie © TQ/B.Cécile
Outaouais © TQ/G.Leroyer

Culture and History

Some cultural events end in early September, such as the major exhibitions Miró in Mallorca. A Free Spirit at the Musée national des beaux-arts de Québec and Thierry Muggler’s Couturissime at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, which close on September 8. You haven’t seen them? What are you waiting for! New exhibitions are obviously taking over, such as Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives at the MMFA, starting on September 14.

September is a month of trans- and cross-cultural exchanges. It’s the perfect time to get to know our neighbours from far and near during a host of festive events, such as KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples, Kanehsatake Traditional Pow Wow, Montréal Ukrainian Festival and La Grande Rencontre-Music & Dance Festival & Conference Trad Montréal. In Québec City, celebrate cultural diversity at MondoKarnaval, an event where the arts and traditions of the province’s cultural communities are showcased.

For more cultural discoveries, the annual Journées de la culture are taking place in late September in cities all over Québec.

Directory of September major exhibitions

Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean © TQ/Saguenay-Lac-saint-Jean/C.-D.Robitaille
Îles-de-la-Madeleine © TQ/M.Fiset

Great Outdoors

In September, major sports events are taking place in the heart of nature amid autumn’s changing colours. Among them are the Classique internationale de canots de la Mauricie, the Raid International Gaspésie and La Traversée de la Gaspésie on foot, where participation is open to all.

September is also the month to start celebrating nature’s changing colours. In many regions, festivities begin in mid-September and you find activities to enjoy until mid-October.

Manicouagan (Côte-Nord) © TQ/M.Loiselle
Duplessis (Côte-Nord) @ Parcs Canada/E.lajeunesse

Local Flavors

Many food events are taking place in September. Among them, some have become staples: In Montréal, Festival Yul eat raises the profile of Québec cuisine through a series of delicious activities that include tasting sessions, workshops and cooking demonstrations. At Chambly Beer Festival, sample some of the best international and local beers while taking in the enchanting historic site set into the Chambly Basin of the rivière Richelieu.

Directory of September food events

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© Festibière de Chambly