Not sure why Montreal is called a city of festivals? June should clear things up. It's only the month with the most jam-packed event agenda in the city, rivaling but July in attractions, festivals, and free events.
Whether you're a local, a first-time visitor, or a seasoned traveler in these parts, there is something somewhere that's happening in this town that you haven't tried before.
Your first June in Montreal? A popular time of year for visitors, June in the city is beautiful, glorious even, if only a little too humid by the last week of the month for some. Much like in New Orleans, 86º F (30º C) in Montreal can feel more like 104º F (40º C) with the heat index.
It is festival time all year-round in Montreal, but in June it's an onslaught. The Fringe Fest sets the tone at the beginning of the month, the return of the International Jazz Festival heats things up at its tail end, more than 500 beers, ciders and assorted booze on tap squeeze their way into the middle of June, sidewalk sales take over city streets most weekends, Canada Grand Prix weekend is nothing short of cray cray...and we're just getting started here.
June is out of control in Montreal. Out of control with freebies. There's something to do every single day.
Free dance classes, free concerts, free museums, free karaoke, and free workshops are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, the latter of which would be awfully welcome in these parts in late June.
La Fête Nationale, aka Journée de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste, is a statutory holiday in Quebec celebrating the province's unique culture every June 24.
Fireworks, bonfires, a major city parade, and free celebrations are part of the annual experience in Montreal.
Find out what's open and closed during La Fête Nationale, and don't forget to attend Montreal's best Fête Nationale events.
In town this June and want a quick, bird's eye view of the season's top events and activities? This best-of is your perfect go-to for a listing of the best summer events and festivals.
Have some free time coming up for a weekend getaway for Montreal? Check out the link here for a listing of the best weekend events; music venues; restaurant, pub, hotel, and spa deals; shopping; and family fun and adventures.
Visiting Montreal in June?
Montreal is a maelstrom of activity come June. If you want to be in the thick of it, or at least close by, book a room or suite at these Montreal Jazz Festival hotels. Some are higher end and yet others offer competitive, affordable rates.
If you'd like a taste of Montreal's European charm, stay at these top 12 Old Montreal hotels. From there, spend the day exploring the city's historic centre. Then pass through Chinatown, do some downtown shopping, and hit the entertainment district by evening.