Montreal Festivals: July 2017 Events Hit List

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    Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This July 2017

    Montreal festivals in June 2016 include the following attractions, events, concerts and free things to do.
    ••• See that bridge? It's one of the BEST spots to catch fireworks in Montreal especially in the summer when Montreal's International Fireworks Competition is in progress. Note that while the fireworks competition usually starts in late June, in 2016, it kicks off later, officially debuting July 2, 2016. Panoramic Images / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: The Free Stuff

    Montreal festivals in July 2016 include these 65 free things to do.
    ••• See that gorgeous dome on the right? That's a replica of Rome's St. Peter's Basilica located in downtown Montreal. And that stunner on the left? The Sun Life Building. Erected in 1918, it was once upon a time the tallest building in the British Commonwealth. Henryk Sadura / Getty Images

    The beauty of summer in Montreal is the hustle, from its myriad street festivals to an incredible, if sometimes overwhelming amount of free things to do.

    See: 65 Free Things to Do in Montreal this July 2017

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: The Concerts

    Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 lineup highlights include Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone.
    ••• Above: Melissa Etheridge and Joss Stone perform 'Piece of My Heart,' a tribute to Janis Joplin at the 47th Grammy Awards on February 13, 2005. The duo double headline a Montreal Jazz Festival concert in 2017. Michael Caulfield / WireImage for The Recording Academy / Getty Images

    A hotbed of music in July, the Montreal Jazz Festival alone proposes hundreds of gigs the first third of the month. Find out which Montreal concerts in July 2017 made my hit list.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Jazz Fest

    Part and parcel of the Montreal Jazz Festival's yearly offerings? Its free concerts roster, dozens of free outdoor shows blaring through downtown Montreal every single day. In 2017, the Montreal Jazz Festival runs June 28 to July 8, 2017.
    ••• Part and parcel of the Montreal Jazz Festival's yearly offerings? Its free concerts roster, dozens of free outdoor shows blaring through downtown Montreal every single day. In 2017, the Montreal Jazz Festival runs June 28 to July 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of the Montreal Jazz Festival © Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

    If there's one event everyone has heard of when it comes to this city, it's the Montreal Jazz Festival. In 2017, it runs June 29 to July 8, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: The Museums

    Montreal festivals in July 2017 include these must-see museum exhibits.
    ••• Above: Olafur Eliasson's Big Bang Fountain installation as seen at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden circa 2015. Photo courtesy of Musée Contemporain de Montréal © OLAFUR ELIASSON

     

    Until October 9, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts hosts Revolution, a pop culture exhibit featuring 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.

    Catch Love Is Love while you're there, a micro exhibit of Jean Paul Gaultier wedding gowns and assorted bridal-themed accoutrements on view until October 22.

    See Also: Montreal's Top 15 Museums

    The McCord Museum continues presenting Illusions: The Art of Magic featuring posters promoting magic shows "mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries."

    Pointe-à-Callière's Amazonia - The Shaman and The Mind of the Forest exhibition persists until October 22, 2017, 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...MORE 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.

    And the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal features Olafur Eliasson's Multiple Shadow House exhibit has been running since June 21, 2017. 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.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Sidewalk Sales and Street Fairs

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include the city's best sidewalk sales and street fairs.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Matias Garabedian (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Come July, Montreal's sidewalk sales season is in full swing with street fairs of all sorts every weekend.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: New Observatory

    Montreal observatory Au Sommet PVM gives a 360-degree view of the city.
    ••• Montreal observatory Au Sommet PVM gives visitors a 360-degree view of the city. Photo courtesy of Au Sommet PVM

    Montreal's brand new observatory Au Sommet Place Ville-Marie opened for business in June 2016. It features a 360-degree downtown observation deck, an interactive exhibition and the highest restaurant and terraces in Montreal.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Old Montreal

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2016 include concerts, outdoor events and more.
    ••• Above: on the quays of Montreal's Old Port. Atlantide Phototravel / Getty Images

    Spend all day (and night) exploring the recesses of Old Montreal.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: MTL en Arts

    Montreal Gay Village 2016 summer events include arts festival and street sale Mtl en Arts.
    ••• Montreal Gay Village 2016 summer events include arts festival and street sale Mtl en Arts. Photo courtesy of Mtl en Arts

    From June 28 to July 2, 2017, it's MTL en Arts, a five-day open-air art gallery set in the Montreal Gay Village.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: First Fridays

    Montreal festivals in July 2017 include First Fridays, a Montreal food truck tradition.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Caribb (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    First Fridays, Montreal's monthly food truck tradition is alive and well, and for the purposes of July, its hours are extended courtesy of its run coinciding with Canada Day on July 1. Here's the scoop.

    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 5 to 10 minutes to that stroll and you'll be at the Montreal Botanical Garden and Insectarium.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Canada Day

    Montreal festivals in July 2016 include Montreal's Canada day parade, activities and events.
    ••• Above: last year's Montreal Canada Day Parade was a wet one. Can't say it put a damper on spirits, though. George Rose / Getty Images

    On July 1st, it's Canada Day! It's also moving day in Montreal (long story).

    Not moving? Then get moving. There's so much to do in Montreal this Canada Day, it would be a shame to miss out on all the festivities, most of which are free.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Carifiesta

    Montreal festivals in July 2017 include Carifiesta
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Rosana Prada (CC BY 2.0)

    Montrreal's vibrant carnival parades downtown Montreal's Ste. Catherine Street on July 8, 2017. Details.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Piknic Electronik

    Montreal festivals in July 2016 include outdoor electronik music event Piknic Electronik.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Le 3° Oeil (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Almost every Sunday through September 24, 2017 features Piknic Electronik, a weekly spring and summer electronic music tradition held at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Percussion Festival

    Montreal festivals in July 2016 include the Festival International de Percussions.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Festival International de Percussions

    Unfortunately, the Festival International de Percussion's family activities, dance and drum workshops, concerts, and more skip a year in 2017. Stay tuned for the next edition in 2018.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Montréal Complètement Cirque

    Montreal festivals in July 2017 include Montréal Complètement Cirque.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Montréal Complètement Cirque

    From July 6 to July 16, 2017, Montreal circus arts festival Montréal Complètement Cirque homes in on the mind-bending contortions, flips, juggling, balancing, clowning, flying and other physical feats circus artists surprise us with year in, year out. Admission varies by event. At various venues.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Zoofest & OFF-JFL

    Montreal festivals in July 2017 include Zoofest & OFF-JFL.
    ••• Above: Howie Mandel attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 12 kickoff at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 27, 2017 in Pasadena, California. The America's Got Talent judge presents Dub Wars Live at OffJFL on July 29, 2017. Jason LaVeris / Getty Images

    Just for Laughs Comedy Festival's little sister, catch a slew of comedy acts at Zoofest & OFF-JFL at more affordable admission prices July 6 to July 30, 2017.

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

    Montreal festivals in July 2016 include Shakespeare in the Park.
    ••• Image courtesy of Shakespeare-in-the-Park

    For the 2017 season of Shakespeare-in-the-Park running July 13 through August 15, 2017, Repercussion Theatre proposes an outdoor rendition of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in various Montreal parks, includingjust outside the Canadian Centre for Architecture on July 21, Mount Royal Cemetery on August 3 at 7 p.m., and Parc Jeanne-Mance on August 6 at 7 p.m. Cancelled in case of rain. Free admission. Here's the schedule.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Montreal Comiccon

    Montreal festivals in July 2016 include Montreal Comiccon.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user StephV90 (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Fangirls and fanboys, this is your weekend. July 8 to July 10, 2016 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.  Admission ranges from $10 to $159.

    In 2017, featured guests include Patrick Stewart ( X-MenStar Trek: Next Generation) and Freema Agyeman (Doctor WhoSens8), alumni from Doctor WhoHarry PotterStar WarsThe OAThe Shannara ChroniclesStar Trek, and more.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Weekends du Monde

    Montreal festivals in July 2017 include Les Weekends du Monde.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user abdallahh (CC BY-NC 2.0)

    Discover a plethora of cultural traditions at Parc Jean-Drapeau's annual Weekends du Monde event running July 8, July 9, July 15 and July 16, 2017 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Live entertainment and food are part of the package.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Nuits d'Afrique

    Montreal festivals in July 2017 include Nuits d'Afrique.
    ••• Above: Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi, whose songs became Tunisian revolution anthems, performs at Nuits d'Afrique on July 18, 2017. Photo courtesy of Emel Mathlouthi

    From July 11 to July 23, 2017, Nuits d'Afrique features hundreds of artists performing dozens of shows including over 30 free outdoor shows at the Parterre du Quartier des Spectacles, roughly one block east of the ​​Place des Festivals.​​

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Spa Time

    Top spas near Montreal include Skyspa.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Skyspa

    Make the most of your time off. Book a day at one of Montreal's top spas.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Startupfest

    Montreal festivals in July 2016 include Startupfest.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Startupfest

    Investors and startup entrepreneurs converge at Montreal's Startupfest running July 12 to July 15, 2017 by the waters of the Old Port.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Just for Laughs

    Montreal festivals in July 2017 include comedy festival Just for Laughs.
    ••• Above: host Jerry Seinfeld speaks at the GOOD+ Foundation & MR PORTER Host Fatherhood Lunch With Jerry Seinfeld at Le Coucou on June 8, 2017 in New York City. Seinfeld double-headlines with French comedian Gad Elmaleh at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival on July 26, 2017 at the Bell Centre. Jason Kempin / Getty Images for GOOD+

    Running July 12 to July 31, 2017 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.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Fantasia

    Montreal festivals in July 2017 include Fantasia Film Festival.
    ••• Above: film still of Takashi Miike's JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga series adaptation, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable - Chapter 1, which premieres in North America at the 2017 Fantasia Film Festival. Film still courtesy of Oriental Light and Magic (OLM)

    One of Montreal's most popular film fests, the Fantasia Film Festival running July 13 to August 2, 2017 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.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: The Season's Biggest Street Fair

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2017 include the Sainte-Catherine Street sidewalk sale.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Stephen Downes (CC BY-NC 2.0)

    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 2017, its runs July 14 to July 16, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Bouffons Montréal

    Montreal festivals in July 2017 include Bouffons Montréal.
    ••• Talk of the town? Mandy's. Best salads in Montreal. Sample its namesake July 15 through July 30, 2017. Photo courtesy of Mandy's

    From July 15 to July 30, 2017, 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.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Lucid Realities

    Montreal festivals in July 2017 include PHI Centre's Lucud Realities.
    ••• Above: a still of "Tree," a virtual reality experience that transforms the viewer into a rainforest tree. Image courtesy of New Reality Co.

    PHI Centre hosts Lucid Realities, an immersive virtual reality experience inviting ''visitors to navigate previously unknowable worlds. Step inside dreams, nightmares, fantasies, and recollections such as walking in space, inhabiting another person’s body, flying like a bird, or exploring secret locations.'' Lucid Realities runs July 18 through December 16, 2017. Admission $25, $20 for seniors, free for ages 12 and under. Special $15 rate Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Cirque du Soleil's Volta

    Montreal festivals in July 2017 include Volta.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

    Until July 23, 2017, Montreal hosts the worldwide premiere of Cirque du Soleil's Volta, the megatroupe's 41st original production since 1984. Theme? Following your own path. Admission $50 to $295 plus taxes and/or service/shipping/box office charge. Buy tickets.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Parc La Fontaine Programming

    Free things to do in Montreal in June 2017 include activities at Parc La Fontaine.
    ••• Above: Tuesdays from June 27 to August 29, 2017, Parc La Fontaine proposes Brazilian tango and forro classes from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Espace La Fontaine

    Parc La Fontaine hosts a slew of cultural events and activities June through August near Théâtre de Verdure. Dance, music, theatre, film screenings... here's the schedule. And here's another.

    Pro tip: heading to Parc La Fontaine? Guess what's a block away...

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Hit Up a Terrace

    Montreal festivals in July 2016 include the return on terrace season.
    ••• Above: coffee cup spotted on an Old Montreal terrace. Marc Vidal / Getty Images

    Terraces, patios, terrasses... whatever you call them, Montreal loves 'em.

    Discover: Montreal's Best Terraces

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Beach Time

    Montreal festivals in June 2016 include swimming at Montreal's beaches.
    ••• Jan Heller Photography / Getty Images

    All of Montreal's beaches are fully operational, save the unfortunate exception of the Old Port's Clock Tower Beach.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Marché des Possibles

    Montreal festivals in July 2016 include the Marché des Possibles.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Marché des Possibles

    An open-air market set up in the Mile End neighborhood until August 11, 2017, 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 twentysomething to senior. Organized by POP Montreal. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Au Pied du Courant

    Montreal festivals in July 2016 include visiting Village Au Pied-du-Courant
    ••• Photo courtesy of Village Au Pied-du-Courant © Jean-Michael Seminaro Photographe

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals July 2017: Ghost Walks

    Montreal festivals in July 2016? Try Old Montreal's ghost walks and ghost hunts.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Les Fantômes du Vieux-Montréal

    You've got all summer to try out a spooky ghost walk in Old Montreal.