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Summer Festival of Quebec Boasts Big Musical Acts For Small Price

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If you haven’t made plans for the July 4 weekend and are interested in music, want a getaway to someplace with a rich history and culinary scene, the value (and bargain of the summer) is to be had in Quebec City at the Festival d’Eté de Québec (Summer Festival of Quebec), July 3-13.

Only 78 Canadian dollars (or about $73 U.S.) buys an 11-day pass to more than 300 performances by a starry roster that includes Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Bryan Adams, Soundgarden, the Steve Miller Band, Blondie, and Billy Joel, for starters.  

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The festival, on 10 indoor and outdoor venues, from small-scale blues and after-hours electro spots to the outdoor Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham, encompasses a staggering 1,000 artists from Australia to Zimbabwe—the Paper Kites, Gogol Bordello, Gary Clark, Jr., the Bloody Beetroots.  The colorful, citywide event is also family friendly: there are street performers, acrobats, jugglers, stilt walkers, as well as special concerts.

Quebec, the only walled city north of Mexico, has hotels that are T+L perennial favorites, from the grand Fairmont Le Château Frontenac with its sweeping views of the St. Lawrence River to the intimate Auberge Saint-Antoine, in the heart of the old port.

Mario Mercado is Travel + Leisure's Arts Editor.

Photos courtesy of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Renaud Philippe

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