Montreal’s Top 5 Summer Events
Montreal has a well-deserved reputation of being a “festival town”. The city dances, laughs and revs to the beat of its many indoor and outdoor festivals all year long, but especially so in the warmer months. Here are the 5 fests you won’t want to miss.
L’International des Feux Loto-Québec
Every Wednesday and Sunday night from June 22 to August 3, Montreal’s skies will come alive with the bright bursts of colour and light of the International Fireworks Competition. Each year, countries from around the world compete throughout the summer in this illustrious pyromusical festival, founded in 1985. This year, competing countries will wow onlookers with firework shows created around a particular theme, from “Magic of the Movies” to “Swan Lake”, “Languages of Love” to a “Tribute to U2”. You can watch the fireworks from many locales around the city, including the Jacques Cartier Bridge, which is closed to cars for the occasion.
Montreal International Jazz Festival
Every year, Montrealers swoon to the sound of international artists in town for its most musical of festivals. In its 34th edition, this year’s Jazz Fest is bringing in some megawatt headliners including Serena Ryder, Belle & Sebastian, Martha Wainwright, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Chucho Valdés, to name a few. Canadian phenom Feist will open the festivities on June 28 at 9:30pm with a free outdoor concert that’s not to be missed.
(Photo: Victor Diaz Lamich)
Just For Laughs
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs festival is the largest comedy festival the world over. So if you like to laugh, then this is definitely the place to be this summer. For an entire month, street performers, improv acts and visual, verbal and non-verbal shows take over the city’s clubs, cafés, theaters and streets, especially around the Latin Quarter, to the delight of Montrealers and tourists alike.
(Photo: Courtesy of Just For Laughs)
Grand Prix Montreal
Grand Prix fever is a palpable feeling in Montreal. It takes hold of the city’s collective spirits for a whole week of high-energy activities all around town, culminating in the big F1 race around the Gilles Villeneuve track on Île-Notre-Dame. More tourists visit Montreal during Grand Prix weekend than at any other time during the year, so get ready to party like never before!
Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
Since its first edition in 2006, Osheaga has grown to become the largest festival of its kind in Canada, boasting about 100 musical acts as well as an impressive visual arts segment. This year’s fest is no different, with some impressive names like Beck, The Cure, New Order, Frank Ocean and more gracing its multiple Parc Jean Drapeau stages.
(Photo: Patrick Beaudry)