Montreal Festivals: August 2017 Events Hit List

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    Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This August 2017

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include the following must-see attractions, concerts, museum exhibits, free things to do and more.
    ••• Above: a street vendor with customers in front of Montreal's city hall. Richard T. Nowitz / Getty Images

    Montreal slows down just a little bit in August. Someone has to after two months of frenzied street parties and festivals.

    By the same token, a lot is still going on, from film festivals and photo exhibits to downtown catwalks to electronic music fests and Osheaga sharing the same park.

    And don't forget Pride.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Free Things to Do

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include these free things to do.
    ••• Above: inside Montreal's St. Patrick's Basilica. Richard T. Nowitz / Getty Images

    Free things to do in Montreal this August range from visiting the sacred to taking time out for the little things, like enjoying summer's last wave of sidewalk sales, street festivals and more.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: The Concerts

    Montreal August 2017 events include two Bruno Mars concerts.
    ••• Bruno Mars performs in Montreal at the Bell Centre on both August 29 and August 30, 2017. Kevin Mazur / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Archaeology Month

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include Archaeology Month.
    ••• Above: looking up at Montreal history and archaeology museum Pointe-à-Callière. Dave G. Houser / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Museum Exhibits

    Free things to do this April 2016 in Montreal include gaining free admission to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
    ••• George Rose / Getty Images

    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.

    See Also: Montreal's Top 15 Museums

    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...MORE 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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Sidewalk Sales

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include sidewalk sales.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Axel Drainville (CC BY-NC 2.0)

    Find out when the next of Montreal's sidewalk sales are happening and where.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Just for Laughs

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include Just for Laughs.
    ••• Above: former Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban speaks during a press conference on June 21, 2016 leading up to the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada, just over a week before news of Subban's controversial trade to the Nashville Predators, causing uproar among fans of the team's most popular player. Subban hosts a Just for Laughs comedy festival gala on closing night, August 1, 2016. Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

    The world's biggest comedy festival usually wraps up by early August but in 2017, it ends in July.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: The Great Montreal Ribfest

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include the Great Montreal Ribfest.
    ••• Photo courtesy of 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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Fantasia Film Fest

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include Fantasia Film Festival.
    ••• Above from left to right: actors Christopher Llyod and Max Records in 'I am Not a Serial Killer'. The thriller had its Canadian debut last August 2, 2016 at the Fantasia Film Festival with Llyod in attendance. Film still courtesy of Front Row Filmed Entertainment

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: First Peoples Fest

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include the Montreal First Peoples Festival.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Montreal First Peoples Festival

    From August 2 to August 9, 2017, it's the Montreal First Peoples Festival, a 2017 edition packed with film screenings and concerts. Don't miss free shows at ​Place des festivals nearly every evening of the festival.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Shakespeare-in-the-Park

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include catching Shakespeare in the Park.
    ••• Image courtesy of Repercussion Theatre

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: First Fridays

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include First Fridays food trucks at the Olympic Esplanade Park.
    ••• Above: jalapeno corn dog and chips provided by Montreal food truck and maker of artisanal hot dogs, Chaud Dogs. Unfortunately, the food truck shut down in June 2016. Corn dogs are also available at La Queue du Diable, a food truck regular at First Fridays. Photo by Flickr user Andre Vandal (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Otakuthon

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include Otakuthon.
    ••• Above: cosplayers spotted at the 2013 edition of Otakuthon in Montreal on August 17, 2013. Photo by Flickr user Michael (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    World cosplay action, Japanese singing competitions and meetups with Japanese pop and anime industry guests of honor, catch Otakuthon August 4 through August 6, 2017 at Palais des congrès. Admission $40 to $60.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Montreal Italian Week

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include Montreal Italian Week.
    ••• Photo courtesy of 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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: International Triathlon

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include the Montreal International Triathlon.
    ••• Above: vintage shot of the 1999 Montreal ITU Triathlon World Championships in motion. After a more than 15-year absence from the International Triathlon Union's World Cup schedule, Montreal is back on the world circuit in 2016. Photo courtesy of the Montreal 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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Great Montreal Poutinefest

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include the Great Montreal Poutinefest.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Great Montreal Poutinefest

    The Great Montreal Poutinefest is back August 8 through August 13, 2017 at the Old Port. Sample everything from foie gras poutine to meatball poutine to gawd-knows-what. Admission is free. Poutine is extra.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Parc La Fontaine Programming

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include catching Parc La Fontaine's free cultural events.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Accès Culture

    You've got until August 29, 2017 to check out what's happening at Parc La Fontaine and Théâtre de Verdure. Dance, music, theatre, film screenings... here's the schedule

    Pro tip: heading to La Fontaine Park? You're so close to two of Montreal's best poutine joints, notably this one.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Heavy Montréal

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include Heavy Montréal.
    ••• Above: Five Finger Death Punch frontman Ivan Moody seen performing at Xfinity Arena on September 12, 2015 in Everett, Washington. Mat Hayward / Getty Images

    Heavy metal music fest Heavy Montréal skips a year in 2017. Expect it back on the roster in July 2018.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Marché des Possibles

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include Marché des Possibles.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Marché des Possibles

    Organized by POP MontrealMarché 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.

    Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Piknic Electronik

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include Piknic Electronik.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Felix Antoine Coutu (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Nearly every Sunday now through September 24, 2017 features Piknic Electronik, a weekly spring, summer and early fall electronic music tradition held under the Calder in Parc Jean-Drapeau.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: 360 View

    Montreal observatory Au Sommet PVM.
    ••• Inside the 46th floor of Place Ville-Marie's Au Sommet PVM. Photo courtesy of Au Sommet PVM

    Had a chance to check out Montreal's observatory yet?

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Under Pressure

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include Under Pressure International Graffiti Festival.
    ••• Photo courtesy of 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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Chinatown Street Fair

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include the Montreal Chinatown sidewalk sale.
    ••• Above: one of four gates, or paifangs, delimiting Montreal Chinatown from downtown and Old Montreal. Hisham Ibrahim / Getty Images

    Last call for sidewalk sales in Chinatown this season August 9 through August 13, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: ÎleSoniq

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include IleSoniq.
    ••• Image courtesy of Claude Von Stroke

    EDM music fest ÎleSoniq runs August 10 and August 12, 2017 at Parc Jean-Drapeau with headliners Afrojack, Damian Lazarus, Tiesto, Porter Robinson, and more.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Pervers/Cité

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include Pervers/Cité.
    ••• Image courtesy of 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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Pride

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include pride celebrations and the Montreal Pride Parade.
    ••• Above: the Montreal Pride parade in motion on August 17, 2014. NurPhoto / Getty Images

    August 10 to August 20, 2017 features Montreal's Pride celebrations, from its annual Community Day event on August 19 in the Gay Village's pedestrian zone to the Montreal Pride parade on August 20, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: FALLA

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include FALLA.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Matias Garabedian (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    From August 10 to August 12, 2017, La TOHU hosts FALLA, a family-friendly event that ends in fire.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include a free concert by Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
    ••• Above: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal conductor and artistic director Kent Nagano. Photo courtesy of Parc olympique de Montréal

    From August 10 to August 13, 2017 the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal presents OSM Classical Spree which includes its annual roster of concerts in the park. 

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Matsuri Japan Festival

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include Matsuri Japan Festival.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Matsuri Japan Festival © Gilles Rey

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: White Tour

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include Lole's White Tour.
    ••• Frederic Steven / Getty Images

    Join hundreds of yoga enthusiasts for a ​group yoga session at the Old Port on August 12, 2017. Admission $44 to $130, includes a goody bag and a complimentary yoga mat. All white yoga clothing required for participation.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Dîner en Blanc

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include Dîner en Blanc.
    ••• Photo courtesy of 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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Montreal Beaches

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include spending time at the beach.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user carophoto (CC BY-NC 2.0)

    Montreal's beaches close shop for the season at different times. Plage Jean-Doré and Cap St. Jacques are good to go through Labour Day weekend, but Plage du Bois de l'Île Bizard typically ends its season early.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Apple Picking

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include apple picking.
    ••• Above: shot taken in an unnamed orchard in Montérégie, a region in Quebec southeast of Montreal. ericmichaud / Getty Images

    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.

    Read: Apple Pick at These Orchards Near Montreal

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Plaza St. Hubert

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include the Plaza St. Hubert sidewalk sale.
    ••• Photo by Alex Drainville (CC BY-NC 2.0)

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Jackalope

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include Jackalope.
    ••• Photo courtesy of 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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: International Reggae Festival

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include Reggaefest.
    ••• Above: Konshens performs during the 2017 Hot 97 Summer Jam at MetLife Stadium on June 11, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jamaican dancehall artist is one of Montreal Reggaefest's 2017 headliners. Taylor Hill / WireImage / Getty Images

    The Montreal International Reggae Festival running August 18 to August 20, 2017 at the Old Port features R. City, Inner Circle, Konshens, and more.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Fashion and Design Fest

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Fashion and Design Festival

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: NDG Arts Week

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include NDG Arts Week.
    ••• Image courtesy of 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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: MUTEK

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include MUTEK.
    ••• Above: Montreal-based multimedia artist Herman Kolgen is a regular at the digital fest. Image courtesy of Herman Kolgen

    Catch MUTEK's audiovisual experimentations August 22 through August 28, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: RU

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include Réappropriation Urbaine.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Nicolas (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: NomadFest

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include rodeo NomadFest.
    ••• Photo courtesy of NomadFest

    Experience a rodeo and immerse yourself in country music, gourmet food stations, bull riding August 24 through August 27, 2017 at the Old Port with NomadFest. Admission ranges from $10 to $75.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: World Film Festival

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include the Montreal Film Festival.
    ••• Above: Willem Dafoe and Rio Adlahka in "Kiss of the Spider Woman" director Hector Babenco's "My Hindu Friend," the tale of a dying filmmaker, Diego Fairman, befriending a fellow patient at the hospital, a Hindu boy who suddenly disappears, sending Fairman's life off on an unexpected tangent. It screened at the 2016 Montreal World Festival. It was Babenco's final work, seeing as he died of a heart attack July 13, 2016. Film still courtesy of HB Filmes

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: All Asian Night Market

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include the Asian Food Night Market.
    ••• Image courtesy of FoodFest MTL

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Color Run

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include the Color Run.
    ••• Photo courtesy of The Color Run

    Run 5 kilometers covered in chalky powder this August 26, 2017 at Parc Jean-Drapeau courtesy of The Color Run.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: 18th Century Market

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include the 18th Century Market.
    ••• Above: muskets firing at Pointe-à-Callière's 18th Century Market. Arman Ayva / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Terrace Time

    Montreal festivals should be paired with terrace lingering.
    ••• Above: three young women spotted smoking on a café terrace in Montreal on an undisclosed date in the 1970s. Things sure have changed in Montreal since then. Owen Franken / Getty Images

    Summer was made for terrasses. And vice versa...

    Discover: Montreal's Best Terraces

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: World Press Photo

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include the World Press Photo exhibit in late August.
    ••• Above: with the highest murder rate in the world, it's no surprise Swedish photographer Niclas Hammarström captured this award-winning photo featuring one victim of a gang shoot-out in San Pedro Sula. This unidentified man was one of four found dead on the same street. Homicides are generally linked to gang and drug-related activity. Hammarström won third prize in World Press Photo's Spot News Singles category in 2016. Photo © Niclas Hammarström courtesy of World Press Photo

    From August 30 to October 1, 2017, the World Press Photo exhibit at Montreal's Marché Bonsecours features some of the world's best photojournalism of the year under one roof.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Au-Pied-du-Courant

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include Village Au-Pied-du-Courant's events.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Village 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.

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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Ghost Walks

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include trying a ghost walk.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Les Fantômes du Vieux-Montréal
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    Montreal Festivals August 2017: Gay Village

    Montreal festivals in August 2016 include exploring the Gay Village's car-free perimeter.
    ••• ©fitopardo.com / Getty Images

    The Montreal Gay Village pedestrian zone is open well after Labour Day until September 25, 2017.