Montreal is one of Canada’s most exciting and vibrant cities. And as the weather warms up, the city awakens with a ton of things to see and do. If you’re an avid foodie, you can indulge in so many superb and quaint places to dine in. Love the nightlife? Montreal has got some of the best spots to party with the locals, enjoy refreshing beverages, and get your funk on. And beyond the food and nightlife scene, there are plenty of festivals and events to check out.
If you live in Montreal, make this summer epic with some of these upcoming events that won’t disappoint!
Montreal International Fireworks Competition
You read that right! A festival of fireworks where you can see the city skyline come alive with explosive colours all throughout July. You can catch all the action from Parc Jean-Drapeau and have fun with the locals mulling over bonfires with a beverage in hand.
Shop Til You Drop
If you’ve got shopping in mind, then don’t miss out on some of the sidewalk sales that the city hosts throughout the summer. Just as you would expect, you can find an array of clothing and trinkets to sift through with great deals in tow. But beyond the racks, you can enjoy entertainment from street performers, and refuel with some tasty food.
If you’re in search of something a little more chic, check out Citizens Vintage on the infamous Boulevard St-Laurent, Vu Optique, or Tozzi, which are among some of the favourite for scoring some trendy, chic and vintage goods.
What better way to spend a Sunday than lounging in the sun and dancing away to some world class electronic music in the park? Well Montrealers believe the answer is nothing. That’s why almost every Sunday from May onwards, you can head to Parc Jean Drapeau for Piknic Electronik where you can bring a picnic and enjoy the awesome tunes and epic vibe of the community.
Ask just about anyone and they’ll tell you that Osheaga is one of Montreal – and Canada’s – more renowned music festivals. This week-long festival happens every year in July where thousands come to hear a star-studded line-up of musicians like Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lana Del Rey, and Radiohead. This festival has been deemed as Canada’s version of Coachella, so you can expect an amazing line-up of artists each year and tickets that sell out fast.
Spend Time in the Park
Since Montreal endures particularly long and harsh winters, locals can’t get enough of the outdoors when the weather finally clears. That’s why you’ll find parks throughout the city bustling with activity. Beyond Piknic Eletronik, you can head to the Tams Tams in Parc Mont-Royal for drum circles, DJs and outlandish fantasy role-playing. Or if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, check out Parc Laurier or Parc Lafontaine to have a BBQ and hang out with some locals and new friends.
Whether you’re a new to the city or a long-time resident, there’s never a shortage of things to check out in the vibrant city of Montreal. Kick start your summer by putting these events on the top of your “Must Visit” list this year.
Ready to call this great city home? Don’t miss out on the hottest apartments for rent in Montreal!