Things to do in Montreal

Bonjour Qué Here’s a list of local events that contribute to making Montreal such a vibrant city in the summer. Visit Montreal and join in the fun!

Events part of the Festimania Montreal Festival’s Collective (which includes Fantasia)

L'International Des Feux Loto-Québec

The most prestigious international pyromusical arts competition in the world. All summer, the largest pyrotechnical firms, representing their respective countries, compete to win the trophy for best performance. The shows take place at La Ronde, the number one theme park in Quebec, created as part of the Expo 67 World’s Fair. From June 30th to August 3rd, 2012


Considered to be the enfant terrible of Just for Laughs, Zoofest is probably Montreal’s most side-splitting festival. Music, theatre, circus, humour, cabaret and storytelling are but a few of the genres presented during this festival, which favours eclectic programming by calling upon local and international artists from the alternative scene. From July 5th to July 29th, 2012.

Festival Juste Pour Rire

The Just for Laughs Festival really needs no introduction. Since its creation in 1983, this festival that celebrates humour of every kind has become a veritable tradition. From the parade to the galas, to the world's best comedians, the event changed the face of the city... and added a few laugh lines to those of its fans! One-man shows, musicals, theme evenings; the programming is impressively varied and always of exceptional quality. From July 4th to July 29th, 2012

Festival Nuits D’afrique

Since its first edition in 1987, the festival has seen some of the biggest names in world music like Youssou N’Dour, Alpha Blondy, Amadou and Mariam, Angélique Kidjo and Tiken Jah Fakoly, to name but a few. From July 10th to July 22nd, 2012


Divers/Cité, la fête gaie de Montréal – All Together Different, celebrates diversity in a festive, friendly atmosphere where all are welcome. The large outdoor component is offered free to the public. It includes Mascara, the biggest drag show on earth, a mind boggling four hour performance created by over one hundred artists. The most popular festival draw is without a doubt La Grande Danse: imagine thousands of people dancing outside to 11 hours of house music mixed by international guest DJs. From July 30th to August 5th, 2012.


A music and arts festival that positions itself as a European-inspired event. With more than 60 groups and artists performing on five outdoor stages, Osheaga is now recognized worldwide as one of the biggest festivals of its kind. Its programming of up and coming artists and groups that redefine the local and international music scene make this a must-see festival for outdoor concert fans. From August 3rd to August 5th, 2012

Meg Montréal

Montréal Électronique Groove is a festival of emerging and urban music whose mission is to discover artists from the world of electronic, rock, pop, hip hop… Over a four-day period, Canadian artists (mostly from Montreal) and others from France and elsewhere, transport you to their musical universe. The festival also adds showcases to its program, where local artists offer a much appreciated vehicle for music fans eager to discover the talent of tomorrow. From July 26th to August 5th, 2012.

Festival Présence Autochtone

The annual First Peoples Festival, which takes place outdoors in downtown Montreal, is a grand cultural celebration. Given this year's theme - We Belong to the World - this international event makes Montreal the capital of First Cultures of the Americas. From July 31st to August 8th, 2012.

Festival Mode Et Design

The event for lovers of fashion, glamour and design trends. The event is festive and accessible to the public. The fashion section of the Festival will let you discover collections from promising local and internationally renowned designers. The design section will showcase names to watch for in urbanism, industrial design and interior design. In addition to the fashion shows, there will be exhibitions, multimedia performances and trendy events with guest DJs and performers. From August 1st to 4th, 2012.

Other Festive Montreal Events

The Mont-Royal Tam-Tams

Every Sunday, this free, unofficial event joins beat lovers and sun revellers in the surrounding vast green spaces of Mount-Royal Park. From May 6th to September 30th, 2011.

Piknic Électronik

Every Sunday, discover the best of the electronic music scene from here and the world in an environment created to stimulate the senses. Dance under an amazing structure by Calder and take in the beautiful view of Montreal from the of Parc Jean-Drapeau. From May 20th to September 30th, 2012.

Haiti on Fire!

An outdoor event entirely dedicated to Haitian cinema, culture, music and gastronomy. From July 27th to 29th, 2012.

Montréal International Dragon Boat Race Festival

This international event attracts over 50,000 spectators by presenting 200 racing teams, live entertainment and various cultural activities at the Montreal Botanical Garden. From July 20th to 22nd, 2011

Summer 2011 Exhibitions

Star Wars Identities

Discover Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker and all the other unforgetable characters of this saga under a new day! Come explore the identities theme with this exposition.

From April 19th to September 16th, 2012.

Onze Nations

Exposure claiming the presence and relevance of contemporary Aboriginal artists in Canada's cultural landscape. The eleven aboriginal nations of Québec combine to allow inspiring encounter in the heart of Old Montreal. From December 11th, 2011 to December 31st, 2012.

Samouraïs : Prestigious Collection of Richard Béliveau

Exhibition featuring some 200 pieces from the extensive collection of Richard Beliveau, Japanese culture enthusiast and collector. Visitors can see suits of armor and utilitarian objects related to life and culture of these warriors: tea bowls, calligraphy scrolls and masks. May 17th, 2012 to March 31st, 2013

Tom Wesselman. Beyond the Pop Art

Of all the great American artists associated with Pop Art, Tom Wesselann (1931-2004) is the only of his generation whose work has never been the subject of a retrospective in North America. This exhibition will examine the evolution of his art through some 120 works, paintings, drawings and carvings. May 19 to October 7, 2012.


Bringing together some 50 works that are sure to provoke very actual reflection, on the relationship between humans and animals, this exhibition brings together works by twenty artists from Quebec, Canada and international. From May 24th to September 3rd, 2012.

The Estruscans – Civilization of Ancient Italy

Discover one of the most remarkable and famous ancient civilizations, which plays an important role in the evolution of humanity and Mediterranean cultures. More than 200 objects belonging to the world heritage of humanity and demonstrating the many facets of this civilization will be presented. From June 20th to November 25th, 2012.