Why does Quebec celebrate Saint Jean Baptiste?
Frequently Asked Questions
about the PMFRC's Saint-Jean Baptiste Day Celebrations
Held annually on 24 June, the Fête nationale du Québec (formerly known as Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day) has been a statutory holiday in Québec since 1925. Originally a religious celebration, it took a more patriotic turn in 1834.
The first Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day parade took place in Montréal in 1843. Since 1984, the Mouvement national des Québécoises et Québécois (MNQ) has organized the festivities for the Fête nationale du Québec. Various francophone communities across Canada also celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.
Why are you celebrating la fete national de Quebec?
We want to give our local French community the opportunity to take part in an event that they would normally get to celebrate “back home”. We also want to make them feel welcome and give them the opportunity to connect with other members of the francophone community.
Who is this event for? I am not Francophone or Francophile, can I attend?
This is a family-friendly event.
Everyone is welcome to join us to learn and celebrate Quebecois culture, however please note that all entertainment and information will be in French.
Where is this event taking place?
The event is happening South Side Community Centre, 1578 Wolfe Avenue. Activities will be set up outside - although we will be moving inside if it’s raining - from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.
How do I register?
There is no need to register in advance. However, we encourage all participants to sign in at our welcome table. Those who sign in will get a stamp that will give them access to free treats such as snow-cones, popcorn and cotton candy.
Is there a cost to this event?
There is no cost to attend this event.
There will be a couple of food vendors on site. Valley Smokehouse will be offering a PMFRC poutine special for $5, and the Giggling Goats will also have some treats for sale. Please have cash on hand if you plan to purchase from our vendors. The Canex at the South Side Community Centre does have an ATM and drinks available for purchase.
Will there be alcohol or a cash bar available?
No, this is a family friendly event; there will be no alcohol on site.
Will there be a seating area where people can eat?
We will have a designated area outside - close to our entertainment area - where participants can sit and eat. Families are encouraged to bring their camping chairs or picnic blankets and set up so they can enjoy their treats, the entertainment and fellow francophone company.
Will there be events for children? Teens?
There will be a variety of activities set up for participants of all ages.
I don’t have children – will there be adult activities?
There will be live French music and performers, food and yard games.
Is there a schedule for entertainers / musicians that are performing?
There will be!
Please stay tuned to our Facebook event page to find out more the details as the event approaches.