In summer, open-air venues are particularly popular in Québec City. Beyond the two sites listed below, a summer-long programme of activities is also enacted on open stages in the Jardins de l’Hôtel de Ville; at the Parc de la Francophonie beside Grande-Allée, just beyond the Parliament buildings; and in the Place d’Youville. In Place Royale and at the Kiosque Edwin-Bélanger bandstand on the Plains of Abraham, there are various free classical music concerts in the summer.

The summer of 2013 is currently scheduled to be the last year of Cirque du Soleil’s contract with the city for free evening outdoor performances underneath a highway overpass in Saint-Roch; check with the tourist office for the latest information.
Agora 120 rue Dalhousie w The largest open-air venue is the Agora, in the Vieux-Port, a huge amphitheatre used for a range of productions throughout summer, including a few major international draws.
Image Mill On the wharves between the Marché du Vieux-Port and rue Dalhousie, north of Quai Saint-André. Projected onto what is billed as the world’s largest screen – equivalent to 25 IMAX screens – the Image Mill traces Québec City’s history in four dramatic movements consisting of a panoply of images and film sequences. It feels ponderous at times but nonetheless is an impressive visual and auditory spectacle. There are reserved seats ($15), but there are plenty of good free vantage points. Shows begin from 9–10pm and last 50min.

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