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A Guide to Summer Festivals in Montreal – Hipmunk City Love

So you’re thinking of visiting Montreal this summer but can’t decide on a date? How about lining that trip up with one of the city’s many summer festivals in Montreal? While most festival guides list festivals by date, here I’ve grouped them by type because we all have different interests. It’s more fun to book hotels in Montreal for a festival that actually interests you and not just any old festival. All dates in this guide are for 2015.

Summer Festivals in Montreal

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Arts and Entertainment Festivals

Anything goes at the Montreal Fringe Festival, which runs from June 1 through June 21. The performing arts festival is completely uncensored and the acts are unscreened, so ticket holders never know what to expect.

On the more serious side is Just for Laughs. The comedy festival runs from July 8 to July 28, 2015 and draws two million fans looking to laugh at both big name performers and comedians.

La Métropole lights up the sky with fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday evening in June and July for the Montreal International Fireworks Competition. This is the largest fireworks competition in the world and can be seen from many points near La Ronde for free.

Cultural Festivals

On July 4, tourists to the City of Saints can catch Carifiesta, a parade celebrating the city’s Caribbean culture. Another fun cultural festival is the International Portuguese Festival which runs from June 10 through June 14.

To learn a little more about Canadian culture and heritage be sure to check out Canadian Labour Day Weekend on September 7. There are events all over the city to help celebrate Canada’s history and heritage.

Food and Drink Festivals

The Montreal Beer Festival takes place from June 10 to June 14. In one of Montreal’s most popular festivals, craft beer fans have the chance to sample over 500 beers from both domestic and international breweries.

Summer Festivals in Montreal

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Music Festivals

Montreal is home to the largest French music festival in the world, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal. This event spans from June 11 through June 20 and typically attracts over a million concertgoers. Another popular music festival is the Montreal Jazz Festival, which draws two million spectators and runs from June 26 through July 5.

Another smaller music festival is Osheaga, from July 31 to August 2. The concert is like a little Canadian brother to Coachella. There’s also ÎleSoniq, August 14 to August 15, for the EDM fans.

Sports Festivals

The Canadian Grand Prix, from June 5 to June 7, draw locals and tourists alike as fellow motor heads gather to cheer on their favorite Formula One driver. This event is not only about the race but also the parties, street festivals, and concerts that coincide with it. This year only Montreal plays hosts to the FIFA Women’s World Cup from June 9 through June 30.

On the stranger side of the sports spectrum is Montreal Circus Festival which really doesn’t need an explanation. The competition runs from July 2 until July 12.

Have fun at one of these summer festivals in Montreal. Make like a local and enjoy the great weather!

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This article is part of the #HipmunkCityLove series.