The Montreal Grand Prix is huge in Canada—in fact, it's the country's most important tourist event of the year. So if you're making plans to visit Montreal to catch some Formula One auto racing, you're in good company. With hotels at 95 percent capacity during the event, race to book early. Luckily Montreal has many lodging options, but you'll especially love its top luxury accommodations and hottest boutique hotels. With lodging reservations out of the way, check out this list of Formula One Grand Prix action happening June 8–10, 2018.
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Crescent Street's Canadian Grand Prix Festival has been around forever, it seems. Pit stop challenges, bubbly, scantily clad promotional staff, live shows, DJ sets, live concerts—Crescent Street is a must for Formula One fanatics, expecting its usual alleged quota of 500,000 people who show up for the strip's annual F1 Fest during the course of three days. Every day of the fest runs from roughly 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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Scantily clad promotional staff are typically dressed in slightly more elegant ensembles at this particularly upscale outdoor street event. Gawk at luxury cars, linger on the terraces of nearby restaurants such as the excellent Ferreira Café (reservations strongly recommended), drink, and be merry.
Organizers say that with as many as 400,000 people walking through the Peel Formula block party, it's best to reserve a terrace spot ahead of time if you want a guaranteed seat in the heart of the action. The festivities are located on Peel Street above Ste. Catherine Street. You can't miss it.
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Weekend de Courses de la Petite Italie
This Little Italy street fest is a nice pit stop for families and tourists removed from the downtown hubbub that's still in the spirit of Formula One. It's also right near the Jean-Talon Market, a must-see farmers market in Montreal. You'll flip over the flavors and selection of foodstuff that, in some cases, you might not have known even existed. When it comes to food, Montreal can definitely compete.
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Grand Prix Haunts and Hot Spots
If you want to see and be seen, blow wads of cash, and be served by hot service staff, you probably already know where to go. Any hot-listed Old Montreal boutique hotel lounge and associated restaurant (the St. James, the W) should do the trick. Meanwhile, locales such as Time Supper Club and Ritz-Carlton have traditional haunt status when it comes to celebrating Formula One. But Auberge St. Gabriel & Velvet Speakeasy is the place to be all weekend, especially at the Sunday closing party.
Also want to see and be seen but looking for locales more along the lines of hot with a hint of posh? Try Soubois, Joverse, Flyjin, or La Champagnerie (saber your bubbly). For an elegant dinner and nightlife destination, try Scarlet Exclusive. If you're into EDM clubbing action, there's New City Gas, and Pandore is good for after parties. Le Richmond features an upscale brunch on Sunday where you can catch the race live on the big screen.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Tom Brady, Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, Naomi Watts, Snoop Dogg—the Montreal Grand Prix has been celeb-studded in years past. The excitement of Formula One racing draws high-profilers from around the world, so keep your eyes peeled.