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Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This August 2017
Montreal slows down just a little bit in August. Someone has to after two months of frenzied street parties and festivals.
And don't forget Pride.Continue to 2 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: The Concerts
A big month for big names with an electronic music fest and Osheaga coinciding the first half of the month, though the pace slows down by mid-August in time for back for school. Find out which other Montreal concerts in August 2017 to catch.Continue to 4 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Archaeology Month
The province of Quebec celebrates Archaeology Month in August. Montreal history and archaeology museum Pointe-à-Callière typically proposes family-friendly archaeology quests for the occasion. Consult the Archaeology Month website for the whole lineup.Continue to 5 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Museum Exhibits
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has two major exhibits running through July. The first, called Revolution, features film clips, interviews and 250 objects --clothes, posters, clothes, albums-- depicting the '60s' most memorable musical performances and their link to the activism and ideals that shaped that decade.
The second, Love Is Love, features Jean Paul Gaultier wedding gowns and assorted bridal-themed accoutrements.
The McCord Museum presents Illusions: The Art of Magic featuring posters promoting magic shows "mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries" until January 7, 2018.
Pointe-à-Callière's Amazonia - The Shaman and The Mind of the Forest exhibition persists until October 22, an "immersive and multi-sensory experience that will showcase the shamanism and mythology of traditional Amazonian societies."
The Montreal Science Centre's CSI: The Experience is on until September 4, 2017, proposing visitors "compare tire tracks and shell... casings, perform blood spatter and DNA analysis, and learn about forensic anthropology and toxicology in this highly interactive investigation." Based on the hit American TV series.
Several exhibits are on at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, including In Search of Expo '67 which features the works of 19 artists inspired by the ideas presented at Expo '67, and Olafur Eliasson's Multiple Shadow House. Eliasson ''applies scientific principles in order to explore our relationship to time and space'' via a series of installations that toy with space, light and movement. Both exhibits run until October 9.
And Château Ramezay presents Unearthing Montréal’s Luminous Past – A Living Archeological Legacy, ''a close-up look at some of the artifacts which illustrate the lives of those who have lived on this island, from prehistoric Aboriginal peoples to industrial era Montrealers'' running until September 3, 2018.Continue to 6 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Sidewalk Sales
Find out when the next of Montreal's sidewalk sales are happening and where.Continue to 7 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Just for Laughs
The world's biggest comedy festival usually wraps up by early August but in 2017, it ends in July.Continue to 8 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: The Great Montreal Ribfest
The Great Montreal Ribfest runs August 1 through August 6, 2017 in Old Montreal where some of the city's top BBQ restaurants grill their finest meats. Free admission. Food is extra.Continue to 9 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Fantasia Film Fest
You've got until August 2, 2017 to catch the gore and the kitsch that is Fantasia, one of North America's most important genre film festivals.Continue to 10 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Shakespeare-in-the-Park
The 2017 season of Shakespeare-in-the-Park proposes performances of Much Ado About Nothing across several Montreal parks and green spaces until August 15 including on the grounds of the Mount Royal Cemetery across from Mount Royal Park on August 3, 2017. Performance starts at 7 p.m. Cancelled in case of rain. Free admission. See the full schedule.Continue to 12 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: First Fridays
Claiming the title of largest food truck gathering in North America, Montreal's First Fridays event this month held at the Olympic Park is on August 4, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Pro tip: heading to First Fridays? Consider visiting the Biodome or Planetarium first. They're also in the Olympic Park. And if you don't mind walking an extra ten minutes, you're near the Montreal Botanical Garden and Insectarium too.Continue to 13 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Montreal Italian Week
Montreal Italian Week runs August 4 to August 13, 2017. Fashion shows, live opera, car exhibits and addictive food are mainstays of the annual street fest, which holds the bulk of its activities in La Petite Patrie's Little Italy.Continue to 15 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: International Triathlon
The Montreal International Triathlon is on August 5 and August 6, 2017.
Spectate either for free along the race courses lining the Old Port and Old Montreal, or pay for a VIP seat in the Grandstands.Continue to 16 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Parc La Fontaine Programming
Pro tip: heading to La Fontaine Park? You're so close to two of Montreal's best poutine joints, notably this one.Continue to 18 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Heavy Montréal
Heavy metal music fest Heavy Montréal skips a year in 2017. Expect it back on the roster in July 2018.Continue to 19 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Marché des Possibles
Organized by POP Montreal, Marché des Possibles is an open air market in the Mile End neighborhood until August 11, 2017 with a beer garden, a farmer's market, artisanal crafts, free film screenings and family-friendly musical performances as well as later-night DJ sessions.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: 360 View
Had a chance to check out Montreal's observatory yet?Continue to 22 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Under Pressure
Graffiti artists create art to the tune of DJ sessions. As do Under Pressure's b-boys and b-girls, the lot doing their thing August 9 through August 13, 2017. Some events charge admission. Others don't.
Keep an eye for Under Pressure's free admission street fest perimeter located on Ste. Catherine Street East, between Ste. Élizabeth Street and Berger. Closed off to cars on both August 12 and August 13, 2017, activities for kids, dance battles and live graffiti creation are on the bill.Continue to 23 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Chinatown Street Fair
Last call for sidewalk sales in Chinatown this season August 9 through August 13, 2017.Continue to 24 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Pervers/Cité
Dubbing itself the “underside of pride,” Pervers/Cité is “a collaboratively organized summer festival that aims to make links across social justice groups, queer communities, and radical visions of pride. In a climate of corporatized gay agendas and whitewashed homogeneity amongst queers, Pervers/cité strives to provide a critical and accessible schedule of activities, designed to bring back the radical underpinnings to the pride movement.”
Running August 11 to August 14, 2017, catch Pervers/Cité's Trans March as well as several talks and meetups in Montreal.Continue to 26 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: FALLA
From August 10 to August 12, 2017, La TOHU hosts FALLA, a family-friendly event that ends in fire.Continue to 28 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal
August 10, 2017 features the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal performing songs from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at the Olympic Park Esplanade and August 11 through August 12, 2017 features free music performances and activitiesin and around Place des Festivals and Place des Arts.Continue to 29 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Matsuri Japan Festival
An annual tradition at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal is Matsuri Japan Festival, a one-day outdoor event featuring martial arts demonstrations, dance performances, Taiko drummers, Japanese food and more. In 2017, it's on August 12, 2017. Free admission.Continue to 30 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Dîner en Blanc
Paris got the ball rolling in 1988. And now infamous flash dinner party, Dîner en Blanc, has since spread to several cities around the world followed suit in recent years, Montreal included.
In 2017, Montreal's Dîner en Blanc is on August 17, 2017. As per usual, its location is revealed at the last minute.Continue to 32 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Apple Picking
Who doesn't love apple picking? In Quebec as with anywhere else at the mercy of unpredictable weather patterns, the season's start date varies every year. With any luck, apple picking season could start as early as mid-August.Continue to 34 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Plaza St. Hubert
Plaza St. Hubert's customary back-to-school sidewalk sale runs August 17 to August 20, 2017. Score deals and cheap eats all along the plaza.Continue to 35 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Jackalope
From August 18 to August 20, 2017, catch Jackalope at the Olympic Park Esplanade, a free extreme sports event featuring free climbing, slacklining, base jumping, longboarding, BMX racing, a water gun fight and more. In 2017, skate legend Tony Hawk will be there.Continue to 36 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: International Reggae Festival
The Montreal International Reggae Festival running August 18 to August 20, 2017 at the Old Port features R. City, Inner Circle, Konshens, and more.Continue to 37 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Fashion and Design Fest
Montreal's annual Fashion and Design Festival proposes outdoor catwalk action and industry talks over the course of four days. In 2017, it runs August 21 to August 26, 2017.Continue to 38 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: NDG Arts Week
From August 21 to August 27, 2017 it's NDG Arts Week. Various free events featuring everything from opera to tango in the park are part of programming. Free admission. At various venues with several scheduled outdoors at Girouard Park / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Park.Continue to 39 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: MUTEK
Catch MUTEK's audiovisual experimentations August 22 through August 28, 2017.Continue to 40 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: RU
Formerly called Nuit Blanche sur Tableau Noir, Réappropriation Urbaine (RU) is a street fair, a sidewalk sale and a live arts creation festival all wrapped into one running August 24 through August 27, 2017 on Avenue Mont-Royal.Continue to 41 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: World Film Festival
Featuring films from across the globe, in many cases shown to the public for the first time, the Montreal World Film Festival is supposed to run August 24 through September 4, 2017.Continue to 43 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: All Asian Night Market
August 25 to August 26, 2017 is the first ever All Asian Night Market featuring morsels from over 15 participating restaurants as well as entertainment for all ages at Village au Pied-du-Courant. Free admission. Food costs extra.Continue to 44 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: 18th Century Market
Usually Pointe-à-Callière's Public Market on Place Royale in Old Montreal happens the last weelend of August but it was held in May this year. Whether it returns to its regular timeslot in 2018 remains to be seen.
Selling authentic 18th century foodstuffs like maple syrup, cider, cheese and sausages, jams and spruce beer, games for kids, historical reenactments, and storytelling are usually part of the package.Continue to 46 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Terrace Time
Summer was made for terrasses. And vice versa...Continue to 47 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Au-Pied-du-Courant
Village Au Pied-du-Courant's boardwalk hosting all sorts of events and activities stays open until September 23, 2016.
Catch short films in French on Sundays from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., and check out these theme events held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.Continue to 49 of 50 below.
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Montreal Festivals August 2017: Ghost Walks
Ever been on a spooky ghost walk in Old Montreal?Continue to 50 of 50 below.
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