Montreal is a city of festivals, a tradition that peaks in early to mid summer but continues year-round.

Most dates for 2017 events are up, but some 2016 dates remain in the calendar as reminders.

In 2017, Canada will be celebrating its 150th anniversary, and Montreal its 375th, so extra events and special versions of regular events may be expected. Please see our page for anniversary-specific links, events and news.

Festival sites occasionally play music automatically on load. We try to take note of this but it can turn up unexpectedly.

Here’s a nice recent festivals listing on a Vermont site.

Do you have an addition 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 any event dates on the front page.

Ongoing

Just for laughs/Juste pour rire produces events year-round, but with a street festival in June. Festival Nuits d’Afrique likewise produces events that don’t fit into a festival schedule.

The Montreal Chamber Music FestivalSuoni per il Popolo and Pop Montreal schedule music performances around the calendar.

The Festival du nouveau cinéma promises screenings from February to June 2017.

January

Wildside Festival January 5-15, 2017

Festival Barbegazi January 6-8 and 13-15, 2017

Igloofest weekends January 12-February 19, 2017

Salon de l’Auto January 20-29, 2017

Fête des neiges weekends January 14-February 5, 2017

February

Black History Month all month, many exhibits and events

Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois February 22-March 4, 2017

Festival Montréal en Lumière aka High Lights Festival
February 23-March 11, 2017

Montréal Joue spring break activities, February 25-March 12, 2017

Port Symphonies, February 26 and March 12, 2017

Festival Nouvelles Musiques February 23-March 4, 2017

March

Nuit Blanche March 4, 2017

Art souterrain March 4-26, 2017

International Children’s Film Festival March 4-12, 2017

Under The Snow indie music fest March 18-19, 2017

The International Film Festival on Art March 23-April 2, 2017

194th annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade March 19, 2017

Bal en blanc March 27, 2016

April

La Braderie de mode québécoise April 6-9, 2017

Vues d’Afrique international film fest, April 14-23, 2017

Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, April 24-30, 2017

May

Montreal International Musical Competition May 2-12, 2017

La Grande Rencontre folk fest, May 4-7, 2016

Accès Asie May 5-29, 2016

Jane’s Walks May 5-6-7, 2017

Puces Pop Spring Edition May 5-7, 2017

Croissant festival May 6, 2017

Vue sur la relève performance art festival, May 9-20, 2017

24 Hours of Science May 12 and 13, 2017

NDG Porchfest May 7 and 8, 2016

Festival musique actuelle Victoriaville May 18-21, 2017

Festival TransAmériques May 25-June 8, 2017

Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition May 26-28, 2017

Anarchist bookfair May 27-28, 2017

Montreal Museums Day Sunday, May 28, 2017

Festival Go Vélo Montreal May 29-June 5, 2017
(includes the Tour de l’Île and other cycling events)

St-Ambroise Fringe Festival May 30-June-19, 2017

Festival des Arts Vivants OFFTA, May 30-June 8, 2016

June

Le Mondial de la bière/Beer Festival June 14-18, 2017

Les FrancoFolies June 8-18, 2017

Festival Mural public art fest June 9-19, 2016

Montreal Grand Prix June 9-10-11, 2017

Grain de ciel kite festival, June 11-12, 2016

Montreal Folk Fest on the Canal June 14-18, 2017

Fête nationale Saint-Jean June 23 concert, June 24 parade

Montréal Baroque June 22-25, 2017

Montreal International Jazz Festival June 28-July 8, 2017

Mtl en Arts June 28-July 2, 2017

July

Canada Day July 1 – parade and events

Festival international de Lanaudière July 1-August 6, 2017

Carifiesta parade July 2, 2016 – Plays VERY LOUD audio

International percussion festival July 2-10, 2016

International des feux Loto-Québec fireworks fest, July 1‑August 5, 2017

International Festival of Circus Arts July 6-16, 2017

Montreal Comic-Con July 7-9, 2017

Les Week-ends du Monde July 2017

Kahnawake Pow-Wow July 9-10, 2016

Dragon Boat Race Challenge July 8-9, 2017

Fantasia Film Fest July 13-August 2, 2017

Montreal Electronic Groove July 21-31, 2016

Haïti en Folie July 24-30, 2017

HeavyMTL metal festival, next edition July 28 and 29, 2018

August

August is Archaeology month in Quebec, with various events

Rogers Cup tennis tournament, August 4-13, 2017
This year: men’s tennis

Osheaga music & arts festival August 4-6, 2017

Montreal Highland Games August 6, 2017

Terres En Vue/Land InSights first people’s festival, August 2‑9, 2016

Île Soniq August 10-12, 2017

Otakuthon anime convention, August 5-7, 2016

Italian Week August 5-14, 2016

International tango festival August 9-14, 2016

Orientalys August 11-14, 2016

Matsuri Japon Japanese festival, August 12, 2017

Under Pressure August 10-14, 2017

St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Hot Air Balloon FestivalAugust 12‑20, 2017

Fierté Montréal Pride parade, August 20, 2017

MUTEK digital creativity fest, August 23-27, 2017

Montreal World Film Festival August 25-September 5, 2016

Nuit blanche sur tableau noir August 25-28, 2016

Montreal Reggae Festival August 26-28, 2016

18th-century public market August 27-28, 2016

September

Jardins de lumière September-October

YUL Eat September 2-3-4, 2017

Quartiers Danses September 6-17, 2016

OUMF Quartier Latin culture fest, September 7-10, 2016

Mois de la Photo September 7-October 14, 2017

Art Tattoo Montreal September 8-10, 2017

Montreal Marathon September 23-24, 2017

Festival international de la littératureSeptember 23‑October 2, 2016

International Black Film Festival September 27-October 1, 2017

Journées de la culture Quebec-wide culture fest, September 30‑October 2, 2016

October

The OFF Festival de Jazz October 1-10, 2016

Festival du nouveau cinéma October 5-16, 2016

International organ competition October 9-21, 2017

Festival Phénomena October 13-20, 2017

Burlesque Festival October 19-21, 2017

Montreal Biennale next edition 2018

La Braderie de mode québécoise October 20-23, 2016

Festival du monde arabe October 28-November 13, 2016

November

La Grande Dégustation booze fest, November 2-3-4, 2017

Cinemania French films subtitled in English, November 2-12, 2017

Coup de cœur francophone November 2-12, 2017

MTL Ŕ TABLE November 3-13, 2016

Rencontres internationales du documentaireNovember 10‑20, 2016

Expozine small press fair, November 12-13, 2016

M for Montreal music showcase, November 16-19, 2016

Salon du Livre November 15-20, 2017

Bach festival November 17-December 3, 2017

Santa Claus parade on Ste-Catherine, November 19

December

See our list of Christmas season events

Salon des métiers d’art December 8-18, 2016