FrancoFolies Montréal 2017: The Largest French Music Festival in the World
Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, not to be confused with Les Francofolies de Spa and de La Rochelle, two music festivals in France, is one of Montreal's most important festivals, attracting almost one million spectators over the course of close to two weeks, running June 8 to June 18, 2017.
This celebration of the best in French music from Quebec and abroad used to run every summer around the end of July and early August.
But since 2010, organizers scheduled it to precede the Montreal Jazz Festival by a couple of weeks. And much like the Jazz Fest, Les FrancoFolies offers a series of indoor shows as well as dozens of free outdoor concerts in Montreal's downtown core every day, increasing in size, scope and popularity since its first edition in 1989.
Thousands of musicians have since graced the French music festival, including:
- Pierre Lapointe
- Amadou & Mariam
- Jean Leloup
- Louise Forestier
- Thomas Fersen
- Les Rita Mitsouko
- Serge Fiori
- Daniel Bélanger
- Jane Birkin
- Ariane Moffatt
- Alain Bashung
- Patricia Kaas
- Beau Dommage
FrancoFolies Concerts: Buy Tickets
To buy tickets for the indoor concerts and to find out who is headlining this year, consult the Francofolies 2017 concerts listing.
Free Outdoor FrancoFolies Concerts
Much like with the Montreal Jazz Festival, Les FrancoFolies offer several free outdoor shows every day of the festival.
Getting to Les FrancoFolies de Montréal
If you've spotted Place des Festivals, then you've found the center of Les FrancoFolies' outdoor festival perimeter, a similar setup to that of the Montreal Jazz Festival. The closest metro to Place des Festivals, aka the center of free outdoor concert action, is Place-des-Arts Metro (Jeanne-Mance exit).
As for indoor shows, they're scattered at different venues in roughly the same area.