An island-city with long and beautiful French past, Montreal is a holiday destination offering plenty of exciting experiences amidst its unique culture, luxury, history and vibrant vibe. While the history, street art, dining and shopping in the city are its major draws, there’s something unique about the rich festivals celebrated here.
Take a look at a few of them:
Montreal International Jazz Festival
Montreal International Jazz Festival is a jazz festival celebrated every year in the city during summer and playing to a crowd of over two million visitors. It holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world’s largest jazz festival and amazes you with exciting performances by roughly 3,000 artists from 30-odd countries. With more than 650 concerts including 450 free outdoor performances, the festival ensures an exhilarating time for visitors.
Just for Laughs Festival
Founded in 1983, Just for Laughs is the world’s largest international comedy fest that makes Montreal become the funny capital of the world. This two-day French-language event takes place for two weeks every July and delights with galas, musicals, theatre, stand-up performances and street entertainment. Almost 1700 artists from 19 countries and more than million festive-goers become a part of the festival. The event is hosted by some of the biggest names in the business and displays a who’s who of the comedy world appealing to all sorts of visitors.
Fierté Montréal or Montréal Pride
The largest LGBTQ festival in Canada and the largest LGBTQ gathering in the francophone world, Fierté Montréal is attended by more than two million people. It was founded in 2007 as an initiative of Montréal’s sexual and gender diversity communities and is celebrated with the aim to support and promote local communities. Visitors can have a great time here discovering various community, cultural and festive activities such as free shows, panels, the gatherings of Community Day, the Aires Libres Book Fair and the intensely festive Pride Parade.
Held every summer at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène, Osheaga is a multi-day indie music festival in Montreal that has established itself as the most important festival of its genre in Canada. It takes place on six stages with various audience capacities. They are called River Stage, Green Stage, Mountain Stage, Trees Stage, Valley Stage and Zone Piknic Electronik. This outdoor music festival attracts numerous music lovers from different parts of the world, especially from North America and Europe. Visitors can discover here a wide array of music and visual arts by some of the biggest international artists in the business.
St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival
Held annually and lasts for 20 days in June, St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival is Montreal’s summer block party of theatre, music, dance, circus, comedy and more. You can get your vaudeville, stand-up and theatre kicks at this late-spring Plateau drama fest with over 800 performances in the duration of 20 days. A major draw of the festival is the most popular Fringe-For-All sneak-peek preview night that takes place at Club Soda on 1225 Saint-Laurent Boulevard. A number of guests and artists gather here to delight in live performances and share tips about shows.