Festivals and Events


You are invited to discover the friendly people of the James Bay region by participating in these events!



July 31 to August 3

Festival en août

Chibougamau, 418 748-2688, poste 2243

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This great cultural summer event is the largest in the Nord-du-Québec. Taking place in the heart of the town, on an outdoor scene, this popular festival attracts more than 5000 people on a daily basis during its 4 days of celebrations. More than 50 artists from Nord-du-Québec are here to give great performances as well as professional groups. Many activities such as our special family day, spectacular fireworks, a senior’s day, a beach volleyball tournament, a triathlon, an art exhibition and many more are presented to the public. So come and enjoy yourself!



August 1 to 3

Festival nautique

Lebel-sur-Quévillon, 819 755-4826

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Festival held at the municipal beach. Various beach activities, including a volleyball tournament and horseshoe tournament as well as various categories of water racing. Dance evenings on Friday and Saturday.




August 8 to 10

Waswanipi Old Post Fishing Derby

Waswanipi, 819 753-7208


This is a sport-fishing competition (Wallye & Northern Pike) that draws nearly 400 competitors from in and outside the region. Prizes total more than $100 000.



August 29 to September 1

Festival du cheval de la Baie-James

Villebois, 819 333-4727/ 819 333-9202

In the enchanting surroundings of Mont Fenouillet near Villebois, come and enjoy a variety of

equestrian activities organized in this 12th edition of the Festival du cheval de la Baie-James. Horse enthusiasts come together for beautiful rides, lunches in the forest and friendly competitions in the ring. Carriage rides are also offered on site. There is a bar on site as well as restaurants that serve traditional cuisine with music and entertainment during the evenings; in addition, you’ll find 80 rustic camping sites with water for the horses. The horse owner lovers will be able to ride the trails at all times, as long as they obtain the Mount Fenouillet membership card. Open from May to October. Welcome to all.