Montreal Festivals

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Montréal is a city of festivals. Often referred to as Canada’s Cultural Capital, the confluence of English and French traditions has developed a unique and distinctive face in the world. Listed here are some of the Montréal festival highlights throughout the year.


List of Montréal Festivals 2017-18


Festival Transamériques – Dance + Theatre

May 25 – June 8, 2017 | Downtown Montréal, Quartier des spectacles

An international event celebrating new works in contemporary dance and theatre, the Festival TransAmériques combines disciplines and artistic trends under cohesive programming presenting multilingual and hybrid forms of the art of our era. Festival TransAmériques showcases major artists as well as emerging artists.


Mondial de la bière 

June 14 – 18, 2017 | Palais des congrès de Montréal

The most important festival of international beers in America. That is the place where beer lovers, neophytes and connoisseurs, meet to fulfill their quest for flavors. Whether it's through meeting with the brewers, conferences, classes at the MBeer school of beerology or workshops on beer and food pairings, amateurs will find the required tools to quench their thirst of discoveries.


Les FrancoFolies de Montréal  
June 8 – 18, 2017 | Downtown Montréal, Quartier des spectacles

Since 1989, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal has been the true reflection of a thriving French-speaking music world! Nearly 70 indoor shows and 180 free outdoor concerts attest to the effervescent quality, diversity and energy of a music-rich fun-filled program! Every year, Montrealers and tourists throng to the safe, festive FrancoFolies site for an entire 11 days downtown, to savour the best musical talents of the French-speaking world. Let's tell it like it is: Montréal is the place to let loose!


Grand Prix du Canada

June 9-11, 2017 | Parc Jean-Drapeau & St. Laurent Boulevard

For three days, Montréal is decked out in the colours of the most celebrated F1 teams as enthusiastic crowds from across the globe cheer on the greatest drivers in the world. Witness who will reach the highest step of the podium in this stunning 70-lap competition covering 4361 meters of the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. Hyatt Regency Montréal is located just two blocks from Montréal's famous St. Laurent Boulevard, or "The Main" as locals call it, who also rolls out the red carpet to F1 aficionados, turning this popular strip into a lavish outdoor bash that includes famous DJs, open-air dance floors and more.


Montréal International Jazz Festival

June 28 – July 8, 2017 | Downtown Montréal, Quartier des spectacles

An event that for over 30 years has transformed the city into a gathering place for lovers of all music related to jazz. Nearly 30 countries represented, 3,000 musicians and public entertainers, 800 concerts (2/3 of which are free), and 600 activities and events. Performances at some 25 indoor and outdoor sites.

ELEKTRA – 18th International Digital Arts Festival

June 28 – July 9, 2017 | Arsenal Contemporary Art

Dedicated to live performance and forward thinking visions in sound and image, ELEKTRA promises festival goers an expansive and multidimensional experience combining robotics, digital imaging and a broad range of music styles from electroacoustic to electronic.


Montréal Cirque Festival

July 6-16, 2017 | TOHU Cité des Arts du Cirque

Indoor and outdoor performances instantly transport you to places you might have never known existed before. This dazzling spectacle presents more than 100 circus artists from Canada, Belgium, Germany, Spain, and Wales.


Just For Laughs Festival

July 12-31, 2017 | Downtown Montréal, Quartier des spectacles

Every summer, the largest comedy festival in the world tickles the city into a laughing frenzy with galas, street art, theatre productions, and stand-up performances. Hosting some 1,700 artists from 19 countries as well as over 2 million festival-goers, Just For Laughs offers 1,600 performances, including 1,200 free outdoor shows.


OSHEAGA Music and Arts Festival

August 4-6, 2017 | Parc Jean-Drapeau 

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is an exciting festival dedicated to showcasing music and visual arts, offering a world-class European-style event across its many outside venues. The outdoor events of the festival are staged in the breath-taking environs of Montréal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène, an island of tranquility and oasis of greenery set in the middle of one of North America’s most stimulating cities. Bringing together tens of thousands of music lovers from North America and Europe alike, the festival aims to showcase emerging local and national artists, as they share the stage with some of the industry’s biggest names.


Otakuthon Anime Convention

August 4-6, 2017 | Palais des congrès de Montréal

Otakuthon is Quebec's largest festival celebrating Japanese animation, graphic novels, gaming and pop culture. Held at the Palais des congrès, this event is the first of its kind in Montréal. Special guests, activities and events put the spotlight on anime, manga, artwork, video games and Japanese culture. 


Montréal Pride

August 10-20, 2017 | Quartier des Spectacles Montréal

Montréal Pride is organizing the first ever edition of Canada Pride, a nation-wide celebration of Canada’s LGBTQ movement, reaffirming the position of Montréal and of Canada as leaders in the LGBTQ human rights. The event marks the 375th anniversary of the founding of Montréal and the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, with more than 150 events over 11 days and an expected crowd of over 750,000 spectators.


Fashion & Design Festival

August 21-26, 2017 | Quartier des Spectacles Montréal

The Fashion & Design Festival is a major outdoor event in the heart of downtown Montréal celebrating creativity and culture. With 50 shows and as many as 300 participants, this one-of-a-kind occasion provides an inside look at the world of fashion and design through a diversified program of activities.


The Montréal World Film Festival

August 24 – September 4, 2017 | Place des Arts, Cinéma Impérial & Cinéma Cineplex Odeon

The goal of the Montréal World Film Festival (Montréal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding between nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world. The MWFF (Montréal World Film Festival 2014) is the only competitive Film Festival in North America recognized by the FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations).


Montréal Rock 'n' Roll Oasis Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

September 23-24, 2017 | Parc La Fontaine

The Montréal Rock 'n' Roll Oasis features Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and 1K runs. Please register by September 18, as there will be no race day registrations. The course, which begins at Parc La Fontaine, takes runners throughout the beautiful city of Montréal.


Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

October 4-7, 2017 | Multiple venues

Celebrating cinema of all genres, from big events to off-beat independents. Prizes and awards will be handed out in a variety of categories and all films are open to the public. Click the link above for ticket & pricing information.



November 2-16, 2017 | Multiple venues   

In the popular tradition of top food destinations around the world, Montréal’s Restaurant Week serves up delectable menus at fixed prices in a variety of restaurants throughout the city: 3 courses – 3 prices. From chic five-star restaurants to cozy little bistros and “Bring Your Own Wine” eateries, there’s something to inspire every craving and palate.



January – February 2018 (TBD) | Old Port of Montréal

Every winter thousands of electronic music lovers dance under the stars at the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal. With its icy décor blanketing steel structures, its striking architectural volumes, its programming drawing from the best local and international DJs, its igloo village, and its renowned "one piece" contest, Igloofest offers the hottest winter evenings in Montréal!


Montréal En Lumière
February – March 2018 (TBD) | Downtown Montréal, Quartier des spectacles

Revel in an atmosphere of light and warmth in the middle of winter. Hundreds of exceptional gastronomic and wine tasting activities are coupled with music, dance, theater and circus performances and a free outdoor illuminated site in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles.


Montréal International Children’s Film Festival

March 2018 (TBD) | Cinéma Beaubien

This festival is just for kids! It’s the best international cinema festival for children’s films held annually in Montréal.


International Festival of Films on Art

March – April 2018 (TBD) | Downtown Montréal, Quartier des spectacles

A must for all artists, cinematographic or otherwise, as well as for art and film enthusiasts, this industry renowned festival showcases the best productions of films on art produced across the globe. The festival embraces multiple forms of creativity, including painting, sculpture, architecture, contemporary art, digital art, literature, design, fashion, theater, dance, music, and photography.

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