Updated August 8, 2020

Festivals and shows were cancelled between March and August 2020 because of COVID-19, even if it isn’t noted explicitly.

As of August 5, festivals are once again permitted with gatherings of maximum 250 people and pandemic measures in place. Notes are below, but be aware that plans may suddenly change for any reason under the current conditions, and some festivals are holding some or all of their events online only.

Some of the dates below were still last year’s, because I stopped updating this page in March. The listings will be revived for 2021 if circumstances warrant.


Do you have an addition or correction for this page? Please email us.

If you maintain a website for a recurring festival, please do yourself and all of us a favour: include the year with the basic information on the front page.

Ongoing

Festival Nuits d’Afrique, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec and Montreal Chamber Music Festival used to do festivals, but now schedule events and performances around the calendar.

January

Wildside Festival January 7-18, 2020

Igloofest weekends January 16-February 8, 2020

Salon de l’Auto January 17-26, 2020

Fête des neiges weekends January 18-February 9, 2020

February

Black History Month all month, exhibits and events

Festival Montréal en Lumière aka High Lights Festival, February 20-March 1, 2020. Some flashing effects.

Montréal Joue spring break activities, February 22-March 8, 2020

Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois February 26-March 7, 2020

Nuit Blanche February 29, 2020

Art souterrain February 29-March 22, 2020

International Children’s Film Festival February 29-March 8, 2020

March

Festival Barbegazi March 7-8, 2020

The International Film Festival on Art March 17-29, 2020 – Changed to an online format

197th annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade March 22, 2020. Definitely cancelled.

Cabane Panache et Bois rond on Wellington Street, March 19-22, 2020. Definitely cancelled.

April

Vues d’Afrique international film fest, April 17-26, 2020

Croissant festival April 25, 2020

Accès Asie April 30-May 31, 2020

May

Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, May 1-6, 2020. Definitely cancelled.

Vue sur la relève performance art festival, May 1-31, 2020

Montreal International Musical Competition May 4-14, 2020

Jane’s Walks May 1-2-3, 2020

24 Hours of Science May 8 and 9, 2020

Printemps numérique May 9-17, 2020

Festival musique actuelle Victoriaville May 14-17, 2020

Pouzza Fest May 15-17, 2020

Anarchist bookfair May 16-17. 2020

Festival TransAmériques May 20-June 4, 2020

Le Mondial de la bière/Beer Festival May 21-24, 2020

Festival des Arts Vivants OFFTA, May 22-31, 2020

Comic Arts Festival May 22-24, 2020

Classical Guitar Festival and Competition May 29-31, 2020

Montreal Museums Day Sunday, May 31, 2020

Festival Go Vélo Montreal May 31-June 7, 2020
(includes the Tour de l’Île and other cycling events)

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

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