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Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This July
An abundance of Montreal festivals, attractions and things to do is a given come July. No surprise there considering how the city's legendary joie de vivre reaches a feverish, if humid, pitch.
Suffice it to say, there are very few places in the world that can top the unbelievable atmosphere and ambiance that take over the city this month.
Montreal's main downtown thoroughfare closes off to cars to make way for sidewalk sales and free entertainment. The Montreal International Fireworks Competition does nothing short of enchant thousands of gawkers with every display. The Montreal Jazz Festival and Just for Laughs Festival echo the fireworks competition with hundreds of thousands of fans dropping by Place des Festivals for days on end of free concerts, shows and activities.
On a tight budget? The sky's the limit? There's something for positively everyone in Montreal in July. Keep scrolling.Continue to 2 of 21 below.
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If there's one event everyone has heard of when it comes to this city, it's the Montreal Jazz Festival. The Montreal Jazz Festival 2018 dates are June 28 to July 7, 2018, with pre-opening shows anticipated on June 26 and post-closers on July 8, 2018Continue to 4 of 21 below.
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First Fridays, Montreal's monthly food truck tradition is alive and well.
Pro Tip: heading to First Fridays? Consider a drop-in at the Biodome or Planetarium first. They're also in the Olympic Park. Tack on an extra five to 10 minutes to that stroll and you'll be at the Montreal Botanical Garden and Insectarium.Continue to 6 of 21 below.
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International Percussion Festival
The annual Festival International de Percussion is back after taking a year off in 2018 and is set to run from July 1–30, 2018. Be sure to check out the family activities, dance and drum workshops, concerts, and more.Continue to 8 of 21 below.
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Just for Laughs
Running July 11 to July 29, 2018, is Montreal comedy festival Just for Laughs. Catch some of the best standup acts in circulation and indulge in its outdoor street fest activities and entertainment.Continue to 9 of 21 below.
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Zoofest & OFF-JFL
Just for Laughs Comedy Festival's little sister, catch a slew of comedy acts at Zoofest & OFF-JFL at more affordable admission prices this July.Continue to 10 of 21 below.
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For the 2018 season of Shakespeare-in-the-Park, which runs all through July, Repercussion Theatre proposes an outdoor rendition of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet titled Romeo & Juliet: Love is Love in various Montreal parks, including just outside the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Mount Royal Cemetery, and Parc Jeanne-Mance. Cancelled in case of rain. Free admission.Continue to 11 of 21 below.
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One of Montreal's most popular film fests, the Fantasia Film Festival running July 12 to August 1, 2018 is one of North America's largest genre film fests showcasing anything off the beaten Hollywood path, from horror to fantasy, kung fu and more.Continue to 15 of 21 below.
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Sainte-Catherine Street Celebrates
Organizers have been saying for years that the Ste. Catherine Street sidewalk sale is the country's biggest, attracting 300,000 shoppers intent on scoring deals, eating street food and catching live entertainment all along the fair's 1.5 kilometre stretch. In 2018, its runs July 13 to July 15.Continue to 16 of 21 below.
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From July 18 to July 29, 2018, Bouffons Montréal invites locals and travelers to sample edibles at its ''open-air gastronomy village'' with a temporary boardwalk and sand beach set up just above Ste. Catherine at Quartier des Spectacles' Îlot Clark, open from noon to 11 p.m. every day.Continue to 17 of 21 below.
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Parc La Fontaine Programming
Parc La Fontaine hosts a slew of cultural events and activities June through August near Théâtre de Verdure, and the programming changes every year. From dance and music to theatre and film screenings, discover all July has to offer this year.
Pro Tip: heading to Parc La Fontaine? Guess what's a block away...Continue to 18 of 21 below.
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Marché des Possibles
An open-air market set up in the Mile End neighborhood through the end of July, Marché des Possibles features a beer garden, a farmer's market, artisanal crafts, free film screenings and family-friendly musical performances as well as later-night DJ sessions. It depends on the day, but this is one market that's got the gamut of age groups covered, from child to twenty-something to senior. Organized by POP Montreal. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Continue to 19 of 21 below.
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Au Pied du Courant
Ingenious in its design, Village Au Pied-du-Courant is a Montreal boardwalk, a promenade and gathering place hosting all sorts of events and activities this summer.Continue to 20 of 21 below.
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Fangirls and fanboys, this is your weekend. July 6 to July 8, 2018 is the one and only Montreal Comiccon happening at Palais des congrès. Spot amazing cosplay costumes, dress up as your favorite pop culture character yourself, meet your favorite celebs, and more.
In 2017, featured guests included Patrick Stewart (X-Men, Star Trek: Next Generation) and Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who, Sens8), alumni from Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Star Wars, The OA, The Shannara Chronicles, Star Trek, and more.Continue to 21 of 21 below.
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Carifiesta is Montreal's vibrant carnival parades downtown Montreal's Ste. Catherine Street on July 7, 2018.