Published on Jun 22, 2022

What to do this weekend – June 24-26

Here are some suggestions about how to make the most of the Fête nationale long weekend.

Celebrate the Fête nationale – Quebec’s National Holiday!

How are you planning to celebrate this weekend? There’s a whole slew of festivities going on around the region, on both June 23 and 24. Click here for details. BTW…for those who are fans of Star Académie (a reality TV song contest) you might want to know that Sandrine Hébert is the headline act in Coaticook!

At Jacques Cartier Park in Sherbrooke, revellers can sing and dance the night away, to the music of Frank Custeau and the (always popular) Cowboys Fringants. It’s expected there will be a large turnout for the show, which is themed “a celebration with a thousand accents”. (June 23 - from 5 p.m. onwards. The live entertainment starts at 8pm.)

… and celebrate with local beers!

To make the National Holiday festivities go with a bang, why not sample a couple of good beers, brewed right here in the Eastern Townships? Thanks to the recently-launched Brasseurs des Cantons circuit, it is easy to find them. At Vent du Nord, a beer retailer, you can assemble your own case, from a selection of beverages manufactured at 29 of the region's microbreweries. Check the website for a map of the Brasseurs des Cantons tourist route showing details about each establishment.

Something’s brewing in Audet!

Audet’s Bardasse festival in the Megantic region, runs over two days – June 24 and 25. The folk-punk-rock lineup of musicians includes The Planet Smashers, Noir Silence and Carotté. The shows take place under a Big Top and onsite there will be food trucks, campfires and microbrewery beers, as well as camping spaces for tents and motorized vehicles.

Time for afternoon tea m’dear…

The Townships Tea Festival (this year marks its second edition) is offering activities at four venues around the region - the Scott Tea Room, the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre, the Colby-Curtis Museum and the Beaulne Museum. Activities include tastings, the serving of a full English tea and explanations of the history behind the traditions associated with it.

Reservations recommended.

The ultimate family activity - picking strawberries!

The U-Pick fruit season is upon us…This year, the strawberry crop promises to be extra good and most of the farms around the region are already offering opportunities to pick your own berries. Be sure, however, to contact the strawberry growers directly before you go, just to confirm if indeed their farm is open this weekend.

If you prefer to purchase fruit and vegetables in a farmers or public market, you might like to know that most have already opened for the season. Details are listed right here.

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