Forbidden and accepted objects

To offer a safe environment to its festivalgoers and employees, the FEQ works hand in hand with the public safety, the police forces, and the medical authorities for all security matters on the Festival sites. These rules are dictated by a standardisation of security measures followed by similar events across the world.

To speed up the entrance on site, the crowd will be separated in three separated lines: one for empty-handed people, one for the search of strollers and mobility-impaired individuals, and one for the search of backpacks. To take a weight off your shoulders and speed up the process, we suggest that you leave your bags and strollers at the checkroom, or better, at home or in the car.

The Festival also reserves the right to conduct, in certain situations, a body search or a search using a magnetic detector.

All bags will be searched.

To get to our sites faster, come WITHOUT your bag.

Allowed objects on Festival sites:

  • Beach towel
  • Binoculars
  • Disposable cameras and non-professional (professional = interchangeable lenses)
  • Empty plastic bottle, rigid or crumpled
  • Guide or service dog (an attestation may be requested)
  • Hand sanitizer bottle (max 250ml)
  • Light meals (ex : sandwich, fruits) - no rigid container
  • Non-professional digital cameras (professional = interchangeable lenses)
  • Plastic baby bottle and cups
  • Prescription drugs
  • Seat pad with a back without rigid frame
  • Small backpack/bag
  • Strollers (with the exception of July 15 at parc de la Francophonie and on July 16 on the Plains of Abraham)
  • Sunscreen (maximum 250 ml)

Forbidden objects on Festival sites:

  • Accessories with studs and shot
  • Alcohol
  • Animals
  • Audio recorder with or without microphone
  • Bat, ball, balloon of all kinds
  • Bikes (except in the bike parking) skateboards and inline skates
  • Camera stands, selfie stick, tripods or similar equipment
  • Can
  • Cannabis and its by-products
  • Cooler, thermos, glass or metal container
  • Drug and related accessory
  • Fireworks or firecrackers
  • Glass bottle
  • Inflatable object
  • Knives and blunt object
  • Large camping-style backpack
  • Laser pointer
  • Liquid beverages of all kinds – Drinking fountains are located on the Plains of Abraham and at parc de la Francophonie.
  • Mecanical or industrial chain
  • Megaphone or sound device that can disturb tranquility
  • Metal bottle
  • Motorcycle or bike helmets
  • Musical instrument
  • Object intended for sale/promotion without signed written permission from the Festival
  • Object that could put the safety of other spectators at risk
  • Portable and folding chair
  • Professional video or photo equipment (professional = interchangeable lenses), drone
  • Tablet and Ipad
  • Tent, tarp or hammock
  • Umbrella
  • Water pistol


Four checkrooms are available to leave objects that are forbidden on site.

Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham

Parc de la Francophonie

Voltigeurs de Québec Armoury

Cost : $5 per person. Cash only.
Forbidden objects: objects that are not tolerated on site can be left at the checkroom, with some exceptions: weapons, alcohol, drugs and related accessories, animals, fireworks and firecrackers.

Lost objects

Objects will be kept at the Lost and Found Booth, located at the corner of Artigny Street and Jacques-Parizeau Street for 48 hours. It will then be possible to pick them up at the Festival d’été de Québec offices located at 683 St-Joseph Est, Office 150, Québec (Québec) G1K 3C1.   
Unclaimed items such as umbrellas or water bottles will be kept for 30 days and valuable items (keys, phones, etc.) for 90 days.