Tourism Montreal – Top 10 Summertime Festivals

A life without merriment and celebration is a life not lived to the fullest. And Montrealers are firm believers in this maxim. Throughout the year, Montreal dances to the tune of festivity. But it is especially the summer months when the ‘City of Festivals’ transforms into a dreamland of carnivals.

From June to September, a great assortment of festivals in Montreal welcomes admirers of different forms of art. The pomp and grandeur of the summer events draws the maximum number of tourists to this French-speaking Canadian city. Here is a list of top ten fests you can’t afford to miss.

Montreal Formula 1 Grand Prix

Race ahead to summer festivity

With F1 Grand Prix, Montreal gets set to soak in excitement and entertainment like never before. The event jumpstarts the medley of carnivals that add zing to the city’s warmer months. The first week of June sees both locals and tourists cheering to their favorite racers on the F1 race track. So, get your ticket and flaunt your enthusiastic side at the most spectacular motor sports event in Montreal.

Montreal Formula 1 Grand Prix

International Fireworks Competition

See the sky coming alive

Since 1985 L’International des Feux Loto Quebec (International Fireworks Competition) has been painting Montreal’s skies in vibrant colors. From June to July, countries round the globe participate in this big pyromusical competition to showcase dazzling fireworks. Choose an ideal spot to witness a night sky enlightened by various hues!

International Fireworks Competition Montreal

International French Music Festival

Discover love

Love has its best expression through music and this is the theme of Les FrancoFolies de Montreal, the world’s largest French musical event. The two-week long outdoor festival from mid-June features international French-language artists showcasing their talent in diverse musical styles, like folk, pop, rock and hip-hop. Enjoy an engaging performance with your partner and fall in love once again.

International French Music Festival

Just For Laughs Festival

Laugh out loud

Since its debut in 1983 the Just For Laughs Festival has made sure everyone flaunts a broad smile throughout a show. The international comedyfest brings renowned stand-up comedians to tickle your funny bone and have you in splits. The whole month of July hosts the Just For Laughs Festival with vocal and visual shows in cafes, clubs and theaters in the Latin Quarter. So, dedicate a day to just laugh and be happy!

 Just For Laughs Festival Montreal

International Jazz Festival

Rest for an enchanting jazz fest

Another high-profile summer event featuring the best in business is the International Jazz Festival starting from late June. Much to the delight of music lovers, the eagerly-awaited jazz fest brings in singing sensations like Ray Charles, Diana Krall and Pat Metheny to name a few. Settle for a beautiful indoor performance after a sumptuous dinner.

International Jazz Festival Montreal

Montreal Beer Festival

Savor scrumptious beer

If you are willing to taste different flavors of beer, you can’t miss Mondial de la Biere (Montreal Beer Festival). Make sure to sip the delicious chocolate beer, the specialty of the fiesta starting from early June. Other than beer tasting, the event boasts a variety of shows, including workshops on beer, cheese and foodpairings.

Montreal Beer Festival

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

Cherish a spectacular musical experience

Wonderful musical acts and remarkable visual arts contribute to the immense popularity of Osheaga Music and Arts Festival. Megawatts as well as promising names in the music industry take the center stage to gift you a gala time with their vocals. This is Montreal’s largest music fiesta which lights up the Park Jean-Drapeau stages every August.

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

International Festival of Circus Arts

Be a child once again

Despite being one of the newest events to grace Montreal’s summertime, Completement Cirque is quite a big attractor. Famous circus troupes display different forms of circus arts through phenomenal physical movements on stage. The International Festival of Circus Arts is a two-week long carnival starting from early July.


International Festival of Circus Arts Montreal

World Film Festival

Appreciate the individuality

If you are a movie buff and prefer off-the-trend over mainstream, the World Film Festival is the perfect event for you. The festival celebrates originality, encourages experimental works and opposes the influence of commercialism on art. Check out the event calendar and make your choice of shows. The World Film Festival opens in August every year.

World Film Festival Montreal

Carifiesta Montreal

Enjoy the Caribbean cheerfulness

Experience the vibrance of the Caribbean in Carifiesta Montreal. The city’s Caribbean community puts up stunning performances and colorful parades in gorgeous costumes. Don’t miss this beautiful carnival in the first week of July.

Carifiesta Montreal

Plan wisely so that you don’t regret over missing a must-attend summer festival in Montreal.

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Roxanne or Roxy, founder of Luxe In A City, was nominated as one of the Top 5 Luxury Travel Bloggers by the readers of USA Today. Aside from overseeing this luxury travel blog, she spends her time teaching how to perfect the feeling of luxury to authentic niche brands while traveling the world with her family.
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