Updated March 2021

Festivals and shows were mostly cancelled through 2020. As of now, it’s unclear how things will go in 2021. Uncertainty means many festival sites are cagey about whether their events are only online, or will be held in person; a few have pushed their dates later than usual in 2021, presumably hoping the outlook will be brighter for in-person events.

I’ve updated through May, although some of those events are not yet certain. The rest will be done later. Please ignore the material with a gray background – it’s there to reference how festivals were scheduled historically, but not current for 2021.


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January 2021

Wildside Festival online January 12-31, 2021
Fête des neiges is cancelled in 2021

February 2021

Black History Month all month, online only
Salon de l’Auto February 20-26, 2021, see article on online features
Igloofest – there’s a program listing for dates in February and March 2021
Montréal Joue spring break activities, online, February 20-March 7, 2021
Art souterrain February 20-April 30, 2021
Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois February 26-March 7, 2021
International Children’s Film Festival February 27-March 7, 2021

March

Festival Montréal en Lumière aka High Lights Festival, March 4-28. Nuit Blanche will be on March 13.
The International Film Festival on Art is usually in March. Not seeing any new schedule for 2021.
What would’ve been the 198th annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade is cancelled.
Cabane Panache et Bois rond on Wellington Street. Online only this year.

April

Vues d’Afrique international film fest, April 9-18, 2021. Website says it will be partly online, partly screenings.
Montreal International Musical Competition all online, April 26-May 14, 2021
Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, April 28-May 2, 2021. At least partly online.

May

Vue sur la relève – May 2021, but holding out on details.
Jane’s Walks held online, May 7-8-9, 2021
24 Hours of Science May 7 and 8, 2021
Festival musique actuelle Victoriaville at outdoors locations in Victoriaville, May 17-23, 2021
Pouzza Fest May 21-23, 2021, holding out on details
Anarchist bookfair – no details yet on 2021
NDG Porchfest  – who knows, the front page mentions “this year” but doesn’t say which year they mean
Festival TransAmériques May 26-June 10, 2021
Festival des Arts Vivants OFFTA, May 28-June 6, 2021
Classical Guitar Festival and Competition website still says simply “2020 Cancelled/Annulé”
Montreal Museums Day site still says cancelled for 2020
Festival Go Vélo Montreal (includes the Tour de l’Île and other cycling events) – site still says 2020 events are postponed to 2021, but no info yet about 2021

June

Montréal Baroque June 1-30, 2020

Festival Mural public art fest, dates to come

St-Ambroise Fringe Festival June 10-21, 2020

Montreal Grand Prix June 12-14, 2020

Les Francos June 11-20, 2020 Cancelled April 3

Montreal Chamber Music Festival June 12-21, 2020

Montreal Folk Fest on the Canal June 18-21, 2020

International des feux Loto-Québec fireworks fest, June 20‑July 29, 2020

Fête nationale Saint-Jean June 23-24

Montreal International Jazz Festival June 25-July 4, 2020 Cancelled April 3

July

Canada Day July 1 – parade and events

Mtl en ArtsJune 1-5, 2020

Festival international de Lanaudière July 5-August 4, 2019

Montréal Complètement Cirque July 4-14, 2019

Montreal Comic-Con July 5-7, 2019

Carifiesta paradeJuly 6, 2019

Dragon Boat Race Challenge July 6-7, 2019

Les Week-ends du Monde July 6-7 and 13-14, 2019

Festival Nuits d’Afrique July 9-21, 2019

Just for laughs/Juste pour rire Postponed

Zoofest July 11-27, 2019

Fantasia Film Fest July 11-August 1, 2019

Kahnawake Pow-Wow July 13-14, 2019

Haïti en Folie July 22-28, 2019

HeavyMTL metal festival July 27 and 28, 2019

August

August is Archaeology month in Quebec, with various events

Osheaga music & arts festival cancelled

Rogers Cup tennis tournament – cancelled

Matsuri Japon Japanese festival, August 3, 2019

Montreal Highland Games August 2-6, 2020

Terres En Vue/Land InSights first people’s festival 2020

Île Soniq  cancelled

Italian Week August 7-23, 2020

Otakuthon anime convention, August 15-16. 2020 – virtual festival

Festival Mode Design cancelled

Fantasia Festival – August 20-September 2, virtual festival

St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Hot Air Balloon Festival starts August 8, 2020

Fierté Montréal Pride, August 10-16, 2020 – no parade, virtual events

MUTEK  seems to have gone virtual

Montreal World Film Festival website is 404

18th-century public market online only, August 29-30, 2020

September

Jardins de lumière cancelled

YUL Eat cancelled

Quartiers Danses videos online September 11-20, 2020

Momenta Biennale – next in 2021

Montreal Marathon Cancelled

Festival international de la littérature September 18-27, 2020

Pop Montreal and Puces Pop September 23-27, 2020

Journées de la culture Quebec-wide culture fest, September 25-October 25, 2020

International Black Film Festival September 30-October 4, 2020

October

The OFF Festival de Jazz October 1-10, 2020

Festival Phénomena October 3-23, 2020

Festival du nouveau cinéma October 7-18, 2020

Le Mondial de la bière/Beer Festival October 7-10, 2021

Burlesque Festival October 22-24, 2020

La Grande Dégustation booze fest, October 29-31, 2020

November

Cinemania French films subtitled in English, November 4-15, 2020

Rencontres internationales du documentaire November 12‑December 2, 2020

Expozine small press fair mid-November, dates to come

M for Montreal music showcase, November in some format or other

Salon du Livre November 12-15, 2020

December