Updated April 3, 2020

Please assume everything is cancelled after February 2020 because of COVID-19, even if it isn’t noted explicitly.


Dates for 2020 were being been added for the first half of 2020, but since everything is now cancelled, there may not even be tentative dates for later events.

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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 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

Montreal World Film Festival will not be presented in 2019

Montreal Electronic GrooveAugust 30-September 2, 2019

September

Jardins de lumière September 6-October 31, 2019

YUL Eat September 9-15, 2019

Quartiers Danses September 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 littérature September 20-29, 2019

International Black Film Festival September 24-29, 2019

Puces Pop September 23-27. 2020

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

La Braderie de mode québécoise October 17-20, 2019

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 mid-November, dates to come

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

Salon du Livre November 20-25, 2019

Bach festival November 22-December 7, 2019

December

Salon des métiers d’art