Updated 21 June 2019

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

The list will be updated from time to time in 2019, but be aware some festivals don’t update their sites until just before the event. Some details will be filled out over time.

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

Festival Nuits d’Afrique and Montreal Chamber Music Festival schedule events and performances around the calendar.

January

Wildside Festival January 8-20, 2019

Festival Barbegazi January 12-13 and 19-20, 2019

Igloofest weekends January 17-February 2, 2019 – site has some flashing effects

Salon de l’Auto January 18-27, 2019

Fête des neiges weekends January 19-February 10, 2019

February

Black History Month all month, exhibits and events

Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois February 20-March 2, 2019

Festival Montréal en Lumière aka High Lights Festival, February 21-March 3, 2019

Montréal Joue spring break activities, February 23-March 10, 2019

Festival Nouvelles Musiques February 21-March 2, 2019

March

Nuit Blanche March 2, 2019

International Children’s Film Festival March 2-10, 2019

The International Film Festival on Art March 19-31, 2019

196th annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade March 17, 2019

Cabane Panache et Bois rond on Wellington Street, March 21-24, 2019.

April

Vues d’Afrique international film fest, April 5-14, 2019

La Braderie de mode québécoise April 11-14, 2019

May

Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, May 2-5, 2019

Montreal International Musical Competition May 26-June 6, 2019

Accès Asie May 1-30, 2019

Jane’s Walks May 3-4-5, 2019

Puces Pop May 10-12, 2019

Croissant festival May 6, 2017

Vue sur la relève performance art festival, May 6-18, 2019

24 Hours of Science May 10 and 11, 2019

Festival musique actuelle Victoriaville May 16-19, 2019

NDG Porchfest  May 18 and 19, 2019

Festival TransAmériques May 22-June 4, 2019

Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition May 24-26, 2019

Anarchist bookfair May 25-26, 2019

Montreal Museums Day Sunday, May 26, 2019

Festival Go Vélo Montreal May 26-June 3, 2019
(includes the Tour de l’Île and other cycling events)

St-Ambroise Fringe Festival May 27-June-16, 2019

Festival des Arts Vivants OFFTA, May 24-June 2, 2019

Le Mondial de la bière/Beer Festival May 25-29, 2019

June

Festival Mural public art festJune 6-16, 2019

Montreal Grand Prix June 7-9, 2019

Montreal Folk Fest on the Canal June 13-16, 2019

Les Francos June 14-22, 2019

Montréal Baroque June 20-23, 2019

Fête nationale Saint-Jean June 23-24

Mtl en Arts June 26-July 1, 2019

Montreal International Jazz Festival June 27-July 6, 2019

Bal en blanc June 28-30, 2019

International des feux Loto-Québec fireworks fest, June 29‑July 27, 2019

July

Canada Day July 1 – parade and events

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 July 10-28, 2019

Zoofest July 11-27, 2019

Fantasia Film Fest July 11-August 1, 2019

Kahnawake Pow-WowJuly 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 August 2-4, 2019

Rogers Cup tennis tournament, August 2-11, 2019
This year: men’s tennis

Matsuri Japon Japanese festival, August 3, 2019

Montreal Highland Games August 4, 2019

Terres En Vue/Land InSights first people’s festival, August 6‑14, 2019

Île Soniq August 9-10, 2019

Italian WeekAugust 9-18, 2019

Otakuthon anime convention, August 16-18, 2019

Festival Mode Design August 19-24, 2019

International tango festival August 21-25, 2019

Orientalys August 22-25, 2019

St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Hot Air Balloon FestivalAugust 10‑18, 2019

Fierté Montréal Pride parade, August 8-18, 2019

MUTEK digital creativity fest, August 20-25, 2019

From here down, as of late June, some dates and even continued existence of events are uncertain:

Montreal World Film Festival

Nuit blanche sur tableau noir

18th-century public market

Montreal Electronic GrooveAugust 29-September 2, 2019

September

Jardins de lumière September 6-October 31, 2019

YUL Eat September 9-15, 2019

Quartiers DansesSeptember 6-15, 2019

OUMF Quartier Latin culture fest, September 5-7, 2019

Momenta Biennale – used to be Mois de la Photo – September 5-October 13, 2019

Art Tattoo Montreal September 13-15, 2019

Montreal Marathon September 21-22, 2019

Festival international de la littératureSeptember 20-29, 2019

International Black Film Festival September 24-29, 2019

Pop Montreal September 25-29, 2019

Journées de la culture Quebec-wide culture fest, September 27-29, 2019

October

The OFF Festival de Jazz October 3-12, 2019

Festival Phénomena October 5, 2019

Festival du nouveau cinéma October 9-20, 2019

Burlesque Festival October 17-19, 2019

Montreal Biennale

La Braderie de mode québécoise October 17-20, 2019

Festival du monde arabe

La Grande Dégustation booze fest, October 31-November 2, 2019

November

MTL À TABLE November 1-13, 2019

Cinemania French films subtitled in English, November 7-17, 2019

Coup de cœur francophone November 7-17, 2019

Rencontres internationales du documentaire November 14‑24, 2019

Expozine small press fair

M for Montreal music showcase, November 20-23, 2019

Salon du Livre November 20-25, 2019

Bach festival November 22-December 7, 2010

December

Salon des métiers d’art