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.
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.