Montreal events and festivals play a major role in the cultural dynamic and international appeal of this city. It has been dubbed the “City of Festivals” due to the fact there are so many Montreal festivals and high-profile events and activities throughout the year. Not one month passes in which there is not some kind of exciting event to attend, whether a cool jazz performance at the Montreal International Jazz festival or a gallery opening at Made in Montreal.
The winter months of January through March usher in one of the top events in Montreal Canada, Made in Montreal. This exhibition, hosted at the Centre d’Histoire de Montreal, brings to life the history of Montreal through a series of engaging and interactive exhibits and displays. Learn about the cultural heritage and historical background of one of the most significant cities in North America, all while enjoying an uncommonly exciting museum experience. Made in Montreal is an event that both adults and children will enjoy.
Film and art buffs look forward to the International Festival of Films on Art celebration, which takes place every year for ten days in the second half of March. It is one of the finest film festivals of its kind, featuring a wide array of genres, including music, literature, dance, the visual arts, and much more. The film festival is hosted at a variety of historic as well as modern theaters and cinemas around the city. It is one of the Montreal festivals that bring a sense of excitement and vibrancy to a chilly Montreal in the waning weeks of the cold Quebec winter.
The month of May brings several high-profile Montreal events to residents and tourists of the city, by now warming into the 70s on a daily basis. The Pointe-a’Calliere’s Cultural Feast (May 29 and 30) explores the culinary history and gastronomic traditions of Montreal and allows people to sample a broad selection of foods and beverages at a variety of locations around the city. The Montreal Chamber Music Festival takes place between May 6 and 29 and features a range of performances including classical, opera, jazz, a variety of genres of dance, and much more.
The good times continue with a multitude of Montreal events throughout the summer months of June through August. In early June, the Montreal Beer Festival, Montreal Bike Fest, and MUTEK electronic music festival descend upon the capital of Quebec. The First People’s Festival and World Choral Festival are two more Montreal events that are worth looking into if you enjoy history, archaeology, and anthropology on one hand, and world music on the other. You can round out June and July with two of the top events in Montreal Canada, the Piknic Electronik, L’International des Feux Loto-Quebec (the Montreal Fireworks Festival) and the unrivaled Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, which features performances by some 500 artists, over 350 free outdoor shows, and concerts by some of the biggest names in jazz. The Just for Laughs Festival is also not to be missed if you are in Montreal between July 2 and 25 and are even remotely interested in comedy.
Some of the other top events in Montreal Canada include China: A World of Paper, the Magic of Lanterns, POP Montreal International Music Festival, and Montreal, City of Glass. There are Montreal festivals to suit just about everyone’s interests. The only challenge will be picking from all of the options available to you while you are in the city.
Image: Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Jean François Leblanc