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Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This July 2017
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 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: The Free Stuff
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.Continue to 3 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Jazz Fest
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.Continue to 5 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: The Museums
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... 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.Continue to 6 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Sidewalk Sales and Street Fairs
Come July, Montreal's sidewalk sales season is in full swing with street fairs of all sorts every weekend.Continue to 7 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: New Observatory
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.Continue to 8 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Old Montreal
Spend all day (and night) exploring the recesses of Old Montreal.Continue to 9 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: First Fridays
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.Continue to 11 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Canada Day
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.Continue to 12 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Carifiesta
Montrreal's vibrant carnival parades downtown Montreal's Ste. Catherine Street on July 8, 2017. Details.Continue to 13 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Percussion Festival
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.Continue to 15 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: 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.Continue to 16 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: 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.Continue to 18 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Montreal Comiccon
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-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 19 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Nuits d'Afrique
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.Continue to 21 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Spa Time
Make the most of your time off. Book a day at one of Montreal's top spas.Continue to 22 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Just for Laughs
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.Continue to 24 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Fantasia
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.Continue to 25 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: The Season's Biggest Street Fair
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.Continue to 26 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Bouffons Montréal
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.Continue to 27 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Lucid Realities
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.Continue to 28 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Cirque du Soleil's Volta
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.Continue to 29 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Parc La Fontaine Programming
Pro tip: heading to Parc La Fontaine? Guess what's a block away...Continue to 30 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Hit Up a Terrace
Terraces, patios, terrasses... whatever you call them, Montreal loves 'em.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: 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.Continue to 33 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: 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 34 of 34 below.
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Montreal Festivals July 2017: Ghost Walks
You've got all summer to try out a spooky ghost walk in Old Montreal.