11 Must-Do Activities in Quebec City in May

Spring has sprung, and there are several fun things to do in Quebec City in May, including festivals, musical events, and outdoor activities.

Events and activities in Quebec City in May

What to do in Quebec in May now that spring is well underway, and the snow has disappeared? This month, we put away winter clothing and take advantage of the warmer temperatures, longer days, and nature coming back to life.

To fully enjoy the month we’ve collated a list of the best things to do in Quebec City in May. We have activities for artsy types, athletes, foodies, and even scientists!

Events in Quebec City in May

1. Printemps de la Musique Festival

  • May 18 to 19, 2024

One of my favourite activities in Quebec City in May is Festival Printemps de la Musique, which celebrates Quebec’s vibrant concert music scene. Download the app to follow several musical routes in Old Quebec, where music and history combine. There are also free outdoor concerts and special programs for kids. 

2. International Theatre Festival

  • May 23 to June 8, 2024

Fans of theatre will love the Carrefour International de Théâtre festival. Held from late May to early June, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover the work of local and international creators. The featured shows also include dance, circus and contemporary performances.

3. Africa Fest

  • May 18 to 28, 2024

Celebrate cultural diversity at Africa Fest. This festival features various activities for both adults and children. Between musical and dance performances, interactive crowd activities and a gourmet fair, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

4. Quebec Symphony Orchestra at Augustines Monastery

Listen to the Quebec Symphony Orchestra in Quebec City in May
The Augustines Monastery
  • May 15, 2024

Fans of chamber music will be delighted by this Quebec Symphony Orchestra concert in the stunning Monastery setting, a true heritage site in Old Quebec City. 

For an immersive experience, one of the more unique things to do in Quebec City in May includes spending a night at the Monastery in one of the specially converted guest rooms.

What To Do in Quebec City in May

5. Guided Tour of Orléans Island

Bike tour activity at Orléans Island in Quebec City in May

Spring in Quebec City equals weather that’s not too hot or cold, perfect for exploring. It’s the ideal time to enjoy a guided bike tour of Orléans Island. There’s no need to be an Olympic athlete to join one of the tours, as the bikes are electric. 

After the ride, stop for a coffee or glass of wine at one of the island’s many establishments. If you’re in the mood for some shopping, you can even grab a little souvenir, such as a jar of local jam.

6. Panoramic Circuit at Chute-Montmorency

explore the panoramic circuit when visiting Quebec City in May
Parc de la Chute-Montmorency (Photo par / by : TQ / JG. Lavoie ©)

Make your way to Montmorency Falls National Park to stretch your legs and explore the panoramic circuit. With multiple observation points, spending a few hours here is easy. 

If all that walking has you working up an appetite, there are restaurants onsite that are sure to hit the spot. Bonus: Park access is free for kids.

7. Quebec Aquarium

Best thing to do in Quebec City in May with kids
Quebec Aquarium (Photo par / by : TQ / JF. Frenette ©)

As is the case worldwide, spring weather in Quebec can be unpredictable! If the day is grey or rainy, why not visit the Quebec Aquarium to discover some sea creatures? This is one of my personal favourite family activities in Quebec City in May (and year-round). 

In addition to the usual tanks, the aquarium offers an immersive experience and an obstacle course for young explorers with energy to spare.

8. Quebec National Fine Arts Museum

Quebec National Fine Arts Museum in May in Quebec City
Quebec National Fine Arts Museum (Photo par / by : TQ / G. Leroyer ©)

Rain or shine, a museum visit is always a good idea. Immerse yourself in Rembrandt, explore the impressive art collection of the Sobey family with the Generations exhibition, or discover Tarratuutiq: Taima, a sensitive and surprising exhibit produced with students from Nunavik.

9. Sunday Brunch at Château Frontenac

Brunch area in Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City in May
Château Frontenac (Photo par / by : Quebec Wonders ©)

If you like eating well and are in the mood to treat yourself, why not try out the Sunday brunch at Champlain Restaurant inside the famous Château Frontenac? 

The buffet-style brunch offers delicious treats for both the sweet and savoury teams. The dining room’s gorgeous decor only adds to the fun.

Discover the various ways non-guests can explore and visit the iconic Chateau Frontenac.

Things To Do Elsewhere in Quebec in May

10. Sève Music Festival

  • May 3 to 5, 2024

Distance: 1h50 drive

The first edition of the Sève Festival takes place this year in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It’s a chance to discover new artists, rediscover some classics, and say you were among the first to discover this new festival. Daniel Bélanger will headline the initial event.

11. Eureka Science Festival

  • May 24 to 26, 2024

Distance: 2h45 drive

Head to Montreal for the 17th edition of the Eureka Festival. This science-themed festival has over 100 activities suitable for the whole family. Curious types will enjoy participating in practical workshops, meeting real scientists, and watching concerts and conferences.

Related: What to do in Montreal in May

Weather in Quebec City in May

May in Quebec City usually means temperatures between 10 and 15°C. However, this can change from year to year. So we recommend always carrying a packable vest or jacket with you.

There’s no need to wait for summer to enjoy Quebec City. Between music festivals, bike tours, museum exhibits, and brunch in a real castle, you will not likely get bored when visiting Quebec City in May.

Related: Looking to explore further afield this May? Go on an adventure and visit one of Quebec’s best national parks.

Anne Rodrigue-Beaudoin Quebec Wonders

About the Author

Anne was born and raised in Quebec City. She is our resident expert for the city of Quebec and other popular regional destinations such as Charlevoix and Gaspésie. Having travelled to every corner of the province with her children, she is also our expert for family related topics on Quebec Wonders.

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