Outdoor fairs encompass so many quintessential things about summer; games, ferris wheel rides, cotton candy, and local communities coming together to celebrate the season.\nAnd enough with the excuse that fairs are just for kids; everyone can have an awesome time enjoying the food, atmosphere, and taste of local culture that fairs provide.\nRight here in La Belle Province, there are tons of summer fairs to attend, and peak fair season is fast approaching. Many of them are super easy to get to from Montreal, so if you've exhausted the plethora of things to do in the city, consider road tripping to a summer fair - I mean, the opportunity to eat candy apples only comes once a year.\n1. Expo Lachute Fair\nPhoto cred - Expo Lachute Fair\nWhen: July 7th-10th\nThe Lachute fair is a huge event that has been going on since 1825 - it's actually the oldest fair in Quebec, and the second oldest in all of Canada. All this to say, they don't hold back when it comes to a grandiose county fair; parades, car derby expositions, farm animals, horse shows, and so much more. Take part in history, and attend this tried-and-true summer fair.\nFacebook\n2. Expo Trois-Rivières\nWhen: July 7th-16th\nI mean, if there is an image that encompasses the ambiance of a county fair, it's this one. With awesome rides, crazy BMX biking demonstrations, and local agricultural fare available, it becomes clear why this fair draws a large crowd year after year.\nFacebook\n3. Saint-Hyacinthe Agri-Food Fair\nA photo posted by Tourisme Saint-Hyacinthe (@tourismesainthyacinthe) on Jun 10, 2016 at 7:16pm PDT\nWhen: July 26th-August 6th\nAny fair that is explicitly described as a food fair sounds like my heaven, honestly. This fair is only a 30-minute drive from Montreal, providing the perfect opportunity to toil away a few hours on a summer afternoon or evening. While there are different events all day long, the food is obviously the highlight here, so time to indulge.\nFacebook\n4. Coaticook Valley Fair\nWhen: August 4th-7th\nDerby Demolitions are the speciality at the Coaticook fair, and they don't hold back when it comes to the demonstrations. You are sure to be entertained here, and if for some reason the crazy cars fail to impress you, the food and agriculture surely will. Apparently, ice cream and dairy products from Coaticook are to die for; I'm not sure why, you'll just have to see (or, you know, taste) for yourself.\nFacebook\n5. Expo Quebec\nA photo posted by @florence.brunelle on Aug 26, 2015 at 11:48am PDT\nWhen: Mid-to-late August\nIf there is anywhere in Quebec that can put on the most incredible summer fair, it's Quebec City. This fair welcomes up to 350,000 visitors a year, and it's truly the most wonderful way to celebrate the closing of summer. As one of the most popular summer tourist destinations in all of Canada, the grandeur, entertainment, and pure, unadulterated fun that this festival brings is unparalleled.\nFacebook\n6. Brome Fair and Festival\nA photo posted by Marie-Pier Blanchet (@mawie_blanchet) on Sep 5, 2015 at 8:31am PDT\nWhen: September 2nd-5th\nThe Brome fair is impressive on so many fronts: between crazy tractor and truck pulls, and concerts that turn out huge crowds, this fair is equally family friendly as it is a good time for young people. Show up for the rides, stay for the lively atmosphere.\nFacebook\n7. Shawville Fair\nA photo posted by Tesss ?? (@teslinrussell) on Sep 7, 2015 at 3:19pm PDT\nWhen: September 1st-5th\nOk, so years ago I heard a rumour that you can get deep fried Mars bars at this fair. Did you hear me correctly? Deep. Fried. Mars. Bars. Although this festival is close to Ottawa, where I hail from, I never got the chance to fact-check this coveted piece of information. So please, if you can, go and verify that these Mars bars exist. Take a photo, send it to me, and I'll cry of jealously.\nFacebook\nBonus: Vankleek Hill Fair\nA photo posted by Tracy (@tracyanddog) on Aug 15, 2015 at 11:24pm PDT\nWhen: August 18th-21st\nAlthough Vankleek Hill is actually in Ontario, it's very close to Quebec, and this fair is definitely worth a venture outside the province. While offering all the great classic fair experiences, Vankleek has its own unique identity that shines through in all aspects at this event. This town is the home of Beau's, an amazing craft beer that gets tons of love and attention at the fair.\nIf you can't make it to Vankleek's summer fair, not to worry - they have an Oktoberfest every year, which is actually takes place at the end of September. Beer tents, traditional German costumes, delicious food, and more Beau's beer on tap than you can imagine. Whichever fair you decide to attend, this little Ontario town packs a serious punch when it comes to good times.\nFacebook\nAdd mtlblog on Snapchat.