Looking for a reason to visit Montreal this summer? Here’s a look ahead of the best events, festivals and sports happening around the city. Want to stay close to the action? Book ahead by clicking here.

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Best for Family Fun

International Circus Arts Festival: July 5-15
Plazas, streets, parks and sidewalks become venues for colourful, high-flying performances.

L’International des Feux Loto-Quebec: July 7 – August 8
World-class pyrotechnicians set off breathtaking fireworks.

Cavalia Odysseo: July 25-August 19
A magical theatrical production that marries the equestrian arts and stage arts.

International Balloon Festival: August 11-19
Magical flights of 125 balloons, major performances and free entertainment.

Best for Feasting Foodies

Bouffons!MTL: July 18-29
More than 1km of restaurant stands, food trucks, open-sky bars, culinary presentations and wine tastings.

The Great Montreal Poutinefest: July 31-August 5
Food trucks and restaurants renowned for their unique poutines are on hand to wow hungry crowds.

Best Cultural Celebrations:

A Taste of the Caribbean: July 12-15
A five day cultural feast of rum, food, music and arts from 20 Caribbean nations.

Festival International Cubaneando: August 1-4
Several indoor and outdoor venues with dance and music workshops and masterclasses.

Montreal’s Italian Week Festival: August 3-12
Discover Italian culture through music, gastronomy, fashion and folklore.

Best for Sports Seekers:

Regates Valleyfield: July 13-15
Hydroplane races with speeds over 250 km/hr in Grand Prix class.

Looking for more ideas? Catch the Rogers Cup or a Montreal Alouettes game.

Best for Show Spectators:

Just for Laughs Festival: July 11-29
The largest comedy festival in the world with 1700 artists.

Osheaga, Music and Arts Festival: August 3-5
Music festival featuring some of the best artists from around the world.

îleSoniq Montréal: August 10-11
Dance to the beats of your favourite DJs on the Montreal islands.

Fashion & Design Festival: August 20-25
Fashion shows, live creative sessions, design showcasing and musical performances

MEG Montreal Festival: August 30-September 2
Showcases contemporary music trends with numerous players of the indie rock, hip-hop and electronic scene.

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