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Montreal, City of Festivals

A Summer of Festivities in Montreal

Montreal, during the summer, is the city of festivals. There are major events happening almost every week throughout the summer, attracting a great number of visitors. This year being the 375th anniversary of the city, there are even more sights to visit and grand events to attend.

© Susan Moss, La grande tournée du 375e

© Susan Moss, La grande tournée du 375e

Festivals of Art, Music and Culture

Of course, Montreal is famous for its Formula 1 Grand Prix, the event that launches the high season for tourism and that provides a crazy week of celebrations, but also for the Jazz Festival, the largest in the world, which brings together hundreds of indoor concerts and free concerts in the streets of Montreal and for the Just For Laughs Festival. Also, Les Francofolies is the largest celebration of French language music and its artists.

Among the many major festivals that were added in the recent years, the more notable ones include Montreal Complètement Cirque (Circus), which benefits from the presence in the city of the Cirque du Soleil, of the TOHU, of the Cirque Eloize and of the 7 Doigts de la Main circus company.



Osheaga has grown over the years to become one the largest gatherings of pop music outdoor concerts, bringing together dozens of world class bands and tens of thousands of music fans coming from all parts to attend the three days of wild concerts.

As for sporting events, besides the Formula 1 Grand Prix, the Rogers Cup of Tennis brings us, each year, one of the most competitive tournaments in the world, with most of the best players in the world. The Men and Women players alternate from year to year; in 2017 we are welcoming the men from the ATP! Furthermore, for the first time in Montreal, the electric race cars will be speeding through the streets during the brand new Formula E serie.

© Susan Moss Photography, Grand Prix F1 Crescent

© Susan Moss Photography, Grand Prix F1 Crescent

© Eva Blue, Festival Osheaga

© Eva Blue, Festival Osheaga

© Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, Benoit Rousseau

© Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, Benoit Rousseau

© Agnieszka S. Semaine de la Mode Montréal

© Agnieszka S. Semaine de la Mode Montréal

Your Festival Guide

To help you find your way through all those festivals and to better plan your touristic and cultural schedule this summer, here is a list of the numerous major festivals and events in Montreal in 2017 :

Volta – Cirque Du Soleil – May 25 to July 23 / Jacques Cartier Pier – Vieux-Port

Avudo – May 18 to September 2 / Jacques-Cartier Pier – Vieux-Port

Grand Prix Formula 1 – June 9, 10, 11 / Notre-Dame Island

Mondial de la Bière (Beerfest) – June 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 2017 / Palais des Congrès

Francofolies – June 8 to 18 / Place Des Arts

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal – June 28 to July 8 / Place Des Arts

L’international des Feux Loto-Québec – July 1, 8, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 and August 5 / La Ronde

Montréal Complètement Cirque – July 6 to 16 / Montreal

Comic Con Montréal – July 7, 8, 9 / Palais des Congrès

Just for Laughs Festival– July 14 to 30 / Place Des Arts

Formula E Race – July 29 and 30 / Downtown

Rogers Cup of Tennis – August 4 to 13 / Uniprix Stadium

Osheaga – August 4, 5, 6 / Jean-Drapeau Park

ÎleSoniq – August 10, 11, 12 / Jean-Drapeau Park

OSM, Classical Spree – August 10, 11, 12, 14 / Maison Symphonique

Nomad Fest – Urban Rodeo – August 24, 25, 26, 27 / Jacques-Cartier Pier

Festival Yul Eat – September 2, 3, 4 / Old-Montreal

For further information, for help to purchase tickets or to make reservations, contact our concierge desk at 514-350-1152 or at [email protected] . Our concierge team will be pleased to help you make the best out of this amazing festival season in Montreal.

We wish you a wonderful summer in Montreal and we hope to have the opportunity to share our most amazing season with you.

Alain Ethier

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