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.
Montreal Festivals June 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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Sidewalk Sales and Street Fairs
By June, Montreal's sidewalk sales season is in full swing. Score shopping deals, catch live art creation, free shows, and more.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Museum Exhibits
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.
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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Fringe Fest
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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: The Boardwalk
Montreal Festivals June 2017: MUTEK
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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: First Fridays
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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Suoni Per 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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Piknic Electronik
Montreal Festivals June 2017: 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.
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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Beer Fest
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Festival TransAmériques
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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Grand Prix Weekend
Without a doubt the most divisive Montreal event with locals, you either love Montreal Grand Prix Weekend. Or you loathe it. Either way, it's an experience.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Chamber Music Fest
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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Mural
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Eureka
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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Bloomsday
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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Parc La Fontaine Programming
Montreal Festivals June 2017: VR
You've got until June 21, 2017 to view seven virtual reality films produced by Felix & Paul Studios free of charge at PHI Centre.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: 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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Taste of the Caribbean
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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Beach Time
By the third weekend of June, all of Montreal's beaches are fully operational, save the occasional exception.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Father's Day
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Fête Nationale
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.
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, ma belle province.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: 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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Jazz Fest
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.
Montreal Festivals June 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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Ghost Walks
You've got all summer to try out a spooky ghost walk in Old Montreal.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Spa Time
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Au Sommet
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.
Montreal Festivals June 2017: Terrace Season
Montreal isn't just about festivals in June. Lingering on terraces is part of Montreal culture.