Montreal Festivals: June 2017 Events Hit List

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    Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This June 2017

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 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

    Can you ask for a better month in Montreal than in June? It has an edge to it, a frenzy. It's as if locals crawled out of their caves all at the same time after months of cold weather and maybe four weeks of actual, bona fide spring and decided that's it. It may never be warm again. So let's cram ten must-see events into the same day. Every day.

    Visiting Montreal in June? Stay Near the Jazz Festival

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: The Free Stuff

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 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 June 2017
    And: This Weekend in Montreal

     

    Visiting Montreal This June? Book Luxurious Accommodations

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: The Concerts

    Montreal June 2017 events, festivals, attractions, and concerts include an appearance by Bob Dylan.
    ••• Above: honoree Bob Dylan speaks onstage at the 25th anniversary MusiCares 2015 Person Of The Year Gala honoring Bob Dylan at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 6, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. One of the Montreal Jazz Festival's top 2017 headliners, Dylan performs at the Montreal Bell Centre on June 30, 2017. Lester Cohen / WireImage / Getty Images

    In addition to Montreal's multiple music festivals going on this month, check out Montreal's best concerts this June 2017. ​

    From Best Dive Bar to Top Dance Club: Montreal's Best Music Venues

    Visiting Montreal This June? Travel in Style with These Top Boutique Hotels

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Sidewalk Sales and Street Fairs

    Montreal festivals in June 2016 include the city's best sidewalk sales and street fairs.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Matias Garabedian (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    By June, Montreal's sidewalk sales season is in full swing. Score shopping deals, catch live art creation, free shows, and more.

    Stay in the Historic District:Old Montreal's Top-Rated Hotels

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Museum Exhibits

    Montreal festivals in June 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

    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts continues its exhibit of Marc Chagall's works, a French-Russian early modernist who dabbled in and borrowed from Cubism, Surrealism, Fauvism, and Suprematism while staying firmly entrenched in his passion for figurative art. Chagall: Colour and Music runs until June 11, 2017.

    Then a new exhibit debuts at the MMFA on June 17, 2017. Called Revolution, the exhibit 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.

    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...MORE 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 as of 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 June 2017: Fringe Fest

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include the Fringe Fest.
    ••• Above: The Merkin Sisters propose their "ultimate piece of art" at the 2017 Montreal Fringe Fest. "Think Olsen Twins + Grey Gardens + the Muppets. Dance. Puppets. Merkins.". Image courtesy of the Merkin Sisters

    The Montreal Fringe Fest brings its popular hit-or-miss theatrics May 29 through June 18, 2017. Tickets are typically a deal, $15 or less.

    Stay in the Heart of the Action: Montreal Festival Hotels

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: The Boardwalk

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include visiting Village Au Pied-du-Courant
    ••• Photo courtesy of Village Au Pied-du-Courant © Jean-Michael Seminaro Photographe

    Village au Pied-du-Courant is a unique public space proposing both family-friendly and nightlife-oriented events Thursdays through Sundays, from free yoga classes to DJ sessions and ping pong. The 2017 season starts up June 1st.

    Stay in the Historic District:  Old Montreal's Top-Rated Hotels

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: MUTEK

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include checking out MUTEK's free programming.
    ••• Above: Richie Hawtin speaking on March 15, 2016 at 'Play Differently with Richie Hawtin' during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Hawtin was in Montreal last June to lead a free demo as part of MUTEK's 2016 programming. Diego Donamaria / Getty Images

    Every year since 2000, Montreal hosts MUTEK, an international festival of "digital creativity and electronic music." Catch live DJ sets, digital experimentation, virtual reality film viewing, sound workshops which have always been scheduled at the end of May and/or beginning of June. Not so in 2017. Details

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: First Fridays

    Montreal festivals in June 2016 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, scheduled for June 2, 2017 this month at its usual haunt, the Olympic Park. 

    Pro tip: heading to First Fridays? Consider a drop-in at the Biodome or Planetarium first. They're also in the Olympic Park.

    Visiting Montreal This June? Book a Room in These Underground City Hotels

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Suoni Per Il Popolo

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include Suoni Per Il Popolo.
    ••• Image courtesy of Suoni Pel Il Popolo

    Italian for “sounds of the people,” Suoni Per Il Popolo features a slew of indie bands and musical genres on its program running June 1 to June 24, 2017. Admission varies by event with tickets on the affordable to free side, often in the $10 range.

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Piknic Electronik

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include outdoor electronik music event Piknic Electronik.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Le 3° Oeil (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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

    Visiting Montreal This June? Book Luxurious Accommodations

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Go Bike Festival

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include the Go Bike Festival offering tour de ville and tour de nuit bike marathons.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Go Bike Festival

    Sign up along with thousands of other cyclists for a day or night bike ride courtesy of the Go Bike Montreal Festival running until June 4, 2016.

    See Also: Montreal's Best Biking Destinations

    Routes range from 20 to 150 kilometres and feature major Montreal streets and thoroughfares specially closed off to cars just for the festival. Admission varies by event. 

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Beer Fest

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include beer fest Mondial de la Bière.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Mondial de la Bière © Olivier Bourget

    From June 14 through June 18, 2017, Montreal's popular beer festival Le Mondial de la Bière gives visitors the chance to sample hundreds of brews under one roof, including beers concocted by Montreal's best brewpubs.

    Heading to the Beer Fest? Score a Designated Driver to Drive You Home
    Or: Book a Room Near Beer Fest Headquarters, the Palais des Congrès

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Festival TransAmériques

    Festival TransAmériques 2017 features both dance and theatrical presentations.
    ••• Above: Eszter Salamon's MONUMENT 0: Haunted by the War, a dance presentation featuring forgotten war dances from four continents, presented at Festival TransAmériques' 2017 edition. Photo courtesy of Eszter Salamon

    Combining contemporary dance and theater in their fest offerings, Festival TransAmériques showcases international talent as well as homegrown performers, from the renowned to the emerging. In 2017, it runs until June 8, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Grand Prix Weekend

    Montreal festivals in June 2016 include Canadian Grand Prix weekend.
    ••• Above: grid girls spotted at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve during the 2015 Canadian Grand Prix. An increasingly controversial practice, critics cite the use of women as non-speaking ornaments -pit girls, booth babes, grid girls- selected on appearance alone paired with a near complete absence of F1 women drivers and leaders within the Formula One franchise as egregious, outdated and offensive in 2016. Some believe the practice creates a hostile and sexist environment, all the while dissuading women from taking interest in the industry altogether, be it as professionals or spectators. The World Endurance Championship is part of growing movement to drop grid girls from racing. Meanwhile, others have no qualms with the issue whatsoever, believing grid girls to be a harmless tradition. Christopher Morris / Getty Images

    Without a doubt the most divisive Montreal event with locals, you either love Montreal Grand Prix Weekend. Or you loathe it. Either way, I thought of both of you when I put together this Montreal Grand Prix Weekend list of must-sees running June 8 through June 11, 2017.

    Heading to Montreal for Grand Prix? Stay in the City's Most Luxurious Accommodations

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Chamber Music Fest

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include the Montreal Chamber Music Festival.
    ••• Above: Montreal Chamber Music Festival founder and artistic director Denis Brott. Photo courtesy of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival

    Until June 11, 2017 catch the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, one of the city's leading classical music festivals. Note that additional free performances are scheduled until June 17, 2017.

    See Also: Montreal's Classical Music Scene

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Mural

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include Mural.
    ••• Above: Mural Festival in action, St. Laurent Boulevard's most anticipated street event of the season. Photo courtesy of Mural Festival

    Catch the street fair, art installations and block party action of Mural Festival running June 8 to June 18, 2017 along the Main.

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Eureka

    Montreal festivals in June 2016 include Eureka.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Eureka Festival © Roland Lorento

    From June 9 to June 11, 2017, it's Eureka Festival, a three-day family-friendly science fair held in Montreal's Old Port open to the public free of charge. Watch biochemical experiments unfold, create your own robot, experience virtual reality and more.

    Pro tip: visit the Montreal Science Centre IMAX while you're at Eureka.

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Bloomsday

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include Bloomsday Montreal.
    ••• Above: one of two James Joyce death masks made by Swiss sculptor Paul Speck, now housed in the James Joyce Martello Tower and Museum in Sandycove, Ireland. As one of Ireland's most prolific writers, it's no surprise Joyce's works largely feature in Festival Bloomsday Montréal's programming. Alain Le Garsmeur / Hulton Archive / Getty Images

    From June 10 to June 16, 2017, it's Festival Bloomsday Montréal, a seven-day ode to Irish culture and art. Catch literature panels, walking tours, storytelling and more.

    Pro tip: ​drop by Montreal's best Irish pubs before or after Bloomsday's events for a pint and live music.

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    Montreal Festivals June 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 June 2017: VR

    Free things to do in Montreal this June 2017 include catching free virtual reality films.
    ••• Above: Felix & Paul Studios' short film 'Cirque du Soleil – KÀ The Battle Within'. VR still courtesy of Felix & Paul Studios

    You've got until June 21, 2017 to view seven virtual reality films produced by Felix & Paul Studios free of charge at PHI Centre. Details.

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Folk Festival on the Canal

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include the Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal

    From June 14 to June 18, 2017 it's the Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal, a chance to chill by the waters of the Lachine Canal to the tune of dozens of folk acts.

    See Also: Lachine Canal Attractions

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Taste of the Caribbean

    Montreal festivals in June 2017 include Taste of the Caribbean.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Taste of the Caribbean © Pascal David Jean François

    From June 21 to June 25, 2017, it's Taste of the Caribbean at the Old Port of Montreal. Sample Caribbean fare, taste test rhums, check out vendor wares and catch some live music (reggae, soca, calypso, kompa, pop fusion) while you're there. Free admission. 

    See Also: Carifiesta: A Montreal Caribbean Tradition

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Tapas en Folie

    Montreal festivals in June 2016 include Tapas en Folie.
    ••• Image courtesy of Resto Mania

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    Like tapas? With prices starting as low as $5 for a tapas dish and a drink at select Montreal restaurants June 17 through June 26, 2016, it's kind of hard not to.

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Beach Time

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

    By the third weekend of June, all of Montreal's beaches are fully operational, save the occasional exception.

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Father's Day

    Montreal festivals in June 20176 include Father's Day.
    ••• Christopher Futcher / Getty Images

    Have an awesome dad? Lucky duck. Then don't be forgetting Father's Day this June 18, 2017. Bring Dad to brunch. Score him a choice pint at one of these Irish pubs or Montreal brewpubs. Go on a thrill ride, bring him out for some live jazz or catch the game at one of Montreal's sports bars

    See Also: Shopping in Downtown Montreal
    And: 65 Free Things to Do in Montreal This June

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Fête Nationale

    Montreal festivals in June 2016 include La Fête nationale 2016 parade, bonfire and festivities.
    ••• Above: the défilé de la Fête nationale, a longstanding annual parade celebrating the history and beauty of Quebec culture. Photo courtesy of La Fête nationale du Québec à Montréal

    Been living in Quebec all of your life? Recently moved here? Just passing through on a sweet vacay? It's all good because EVERYONE is invited to celebrate Quebec's Fête Nationale on June 23 and June 24, 2017. And you couldn't ask for a better day to work on your French ;-) 

    See Also: The Big Fête Nationale Bonfire
    And: Montreal's Fête Nationale Parade

    Seriously though. Have you considered learning the language of love? French is sensual and poetic --I often talk to myself aloud more in French than in English if you can believe it, it just rolls off the tongue like honey. Besides, speaking a second (or third, or fourth) language opens you up to a new way of seeing the world. It changes you. It even changes your brain. I count my lucky stars that I can speak French at all.

    Bonne fête, mon beau Québec.

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Baroque Festival

    Montreal festivals in June 2016 include attending the Montreal Baroque Festival.
    ••• Above: Montreal Baroque Festival coartistic directors Susie Napper and Matthias Maute. Photo coutresy of the Montreal Baroque Festival

    The Montreal Baroque Festival running June 22 to June 25, 2017 proposes baroque music concerts, causeries and free outdoor shows every day of the fest.

    See Also: Montreal's Classical Music Scene

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    Montreal Festivals June 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 2015, the Montreal Jazz Festival runs June 26 to July 5, 2015.
    ••• 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 2016, the Montreal Jazz Festival runs June 29 to July 9, 2016. Photo courtesy of the Montreal Jazz Festival © Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

    If there's one event everyone has heard of when it comes to Montreal, it's the Montreal Jazz Festival. In 2017, it runs June 28 to July 8, 2017.

    See Also: Montreal's Best Jazz Clubs
    And: Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 Highlights
    Also: The Montreal Jazz Festival's Best Free Shows of 2017

     

    Visiting Montreal for the Jazz Fest? Recommended Jazz Festival Hotels

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Cirque du Soleil's Volta

    Montreal festivals in June 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.

    Near Cirque du Soleil's Big Top: Old Montreal's Top Hotels

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Ghost Walks

    Montreal festivals in June 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.  

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Spa Time

    Top spas in Montreal include Spa Centrale Parc.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Spa Centrale Parc

    Take a break from all the fests. Book a treatment at one of Montreal's top 12 spas to look and feel your best. Maybe plan your next weekend adventure while you're relaxing.

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Au Sommet

    Montreal observatory Au Sommet PVM proposes a 360-degree observation deck, an interactive exhibition and the highest restaurant and terraces in Montreal.
    ••• See that beacon of light? Just below it is where Montreal observatory Au Sommet PVM is located. naibank / Getty Images

    A new Montreal attraction since last June, Montreal observatory Au Sommet PVM proposes a 360-degree downtown observation deck, an interactive exhibition and the highest restaurant and terraces in Montreal.

     

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    Montreal Festivals June 2017: Terrace Season

    Montreal's best terrasses, terraces and rooftop patios.
    ••• Guenther Schwermer / Getty Images

    Montreal isn't just about festivals in June. Lingering on terraces is part of Montreal culture.