Published on May 25, 2022

What to do this weekend – May 27-29

Here are some suggestions for activities to enjoy in the Eastern Townships, during this last weekend in May.

Sample new brews at Festibière

Festibière marks the start of the summer festival season! The beerfest, held at a venue designed like a open-air beer garden in Sherbrooke’s Victoria Park, is bringing together a number of Quebec’s microbreweries. A new, exclusive brand of beer will be introduced every day, along with beers brewed especially for this festive event.

Also on the agenda are food and beer pairings, a play area, workshops, live entertainment and street food. If you’re not a beer lover, no problem! Lots of other beverages are on offer – several types of cider, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks.

Entrance to the site is free. Vouchers for the tastings can be purchased online or at the site.

Let poetry transport you into the magical world of words…

This weekend, in downtown Sherbrooke, poetry will be front and centre at the Maison des arts de la parole during MICRO, billed as a ‘tiny festival of short texts.’

One of the events is being held at Librairie Appalaches, a local bookstore, on May 28. Entitled ‘Un poème dans l’oreille’ (literally translated as ‘a poem in the ear’) it is a close-up-and-personal meeting with poets Daphné B. and Noémie Pomerleau-Cloutier who will recite some of their works (Free of charge, 1pm-4pm.)

There is another event on Sunday, May 29 when five poets and entertainers will perform a ‘poetic cabaret’. (8pm at La Petite Boite Noire theatre.} Reservations must be made in advance and tickets can be purchased online.

Pick up a tree or swop some plants

To end the ‘Month of Trees and Forests in Quebec’ on a high note, the Marais de la Rivière-aux-Cerises (Magog’s wetlands) is organizing a number of activities for ‘Moi j’plante’ Day (Sunday, May 29.) As in previous years, visitors can pick up some of the trees that are being given away (free of charge) by the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs (the Ministry that oversees forests, wildlife and parks). Also on the agenda is a talk about invasive species, a BBQ and an exchange of perennial plants with other gardeners.

Explore Waterloo through the lens of photographer Yanick Déry

Yanick Déry’s studio is housed in what was the former Bank of Montreal in downtown Waterloo and an exhibition currently on display – Bienvenue à Waterloo – features 84 of his images. In paying homage to his adopted hometown, he depicts scenes of everyday life, as well as some hidden treasures, which may not be familiar to the average viewer.

Next to the gallery is Sissi Buvette, whose snack counter has just opened. After your visit to the gallery, drop by the café and order a delicious cup of Appalachian Roasters coffee!

Discover the history of Granby’s neighbourhoods

Throughout the coming year (until May 2023), visitors to Granby will be able to learn about the city’s history through ‘Histoires de quartiers’, an outdoor exhibition on display at three parks – Pelletier, Avery and Fortin. The illustrations really bring Granby’s neighbourhoods to life and on opening day - Saturday, May 28 - visitors can meet the three talented artists behind the art. They will be on hand at the three parks to answer questions from the general public (2pm-4pm).

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