Montreal Festivals: July 2017 Events Hit List

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    Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This July

    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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    Canada Day Parade

    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

    July 1st is Canada Day! There's so much to do in Montreal including the Canada Day Parade, it would be a shame to miss out on all the festivities, most of which are free.

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    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. 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, 2018

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    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

    In 2018, Mtl en Arts runs June 27 through July 1. Don't miss this a five-day open-air art gallery set in the Montreal Gay Village.

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    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.

    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.

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    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 May 20 to September 30, 2018 features Piknic Electronik, a weekly spring and summer electronic music tradition held at Parc Jean-Drapeau.

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    International Percussion Festival

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

    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.

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    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 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.

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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.

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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 ArchitectureMount Royal Cemetery, and Parc Jeanne-Mance. Cancelled in case of rain. Free admission. 

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    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 7–8, July 14–15, 2018 at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Live entertainment and food are part of the package.

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    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 10 to July 22, 2018, 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 in July 2016 include Startupfest.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Startupfest

    Investors and startup entrepreneurs converge at Montreal's Startupfest running July 10 to July 14, 2018 by the waters of the Old Port.

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    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 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.

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    Sainte-Catherine Street Celebrates

    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 2018, its runs July 13 to July 15.

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    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 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.

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    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, 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...

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    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 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.

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

    Carifiesta is Montreal's vibrant carnival parades downtown Montreal's Ste. Catherine Street on July 7, 2018.