Updated July 9, 2017

Montreal's neighbourhoods have a cascading series of street closures including sidewalk sales ("ventes de trottoir") and fairs that progresses through late spring, summer and early fall.

Some streets have commercial associations organizing these events. Others are connected to cultural festivals or more general festivities such as the Grand Prix (June 9-10-11 in 2017) or the Fête nationale (June 24).

Many dates for late summer 2017 events are not yet set and will be added as they become available.

Summer 2016 saw several small new pedestrian streets although none in the central touristic area of Ville-Marie. In 2017, a few more streets will be pedestrianized for summer: St-Ambroise near Atwater Market, Roy between Coloniale and de Bullion in the Plateau, and part of Wellington Street in Verdun.

For festivals that are more intensively organized than street fairs, please see our festivals list.

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Ville-Marie

Ville-Marie is the central city borough (arrondissement) which encompasses Montreal's downtown core, the Quartier international, the Quartier des spectacles which includes the Place des Festivals, the Quartier Latin, the Gay Village, the river islands that make up Jean-Drapeau park, Old Montreal – indeed, much of what visitors and locals alike think of as most characteristic of the city. See Destination centre-ville for more.

Some streets are for pedestrians only throughout the summer:

The city's official page on these street closures.

Don't forget that parts of La Gauchetière and Prince Arthur, and all of McTavish, are permanently closed to motor traffic and are for pedestrians only.

Lower St-Denis in the Quartier Latin is closed May 26 and 27, 2017 to celebrate the opening of terrasse season. The OUMF Festival for the academic rentrée will be held there September 6-9, 2017.

Grand Prix weekend on June 9-10-11 will see the closure of Crescent Street with a whole list of events – shows, competitions, DJs, celebrities. Peel Street, part of St-Paul Street and other streets close for parties that weekend.

The Ste-Catherine street fair from Atwater to St-Urbain from July 14-16, 2017, is the biggest street fair in Canada.

The 18th-century public market that usually closes streets around the Pointe-à-Callière history museum one weekend in August has been rolled up into a more general festivity in May for 2017, so won't be on the schedule.

In Chinatown, La Gauchetière is always pedestrianized, but in summer there will be occasional street sales too.

Plateau Mont-Royal

The Plateau began the craze for closed street fairs with Main Madness on St‑Laurent Boulevard between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal, which was held twice a summer for decades. This established a familiar citywide pattern of holding two street fairs, one at the start and the other near the close of summer.

St-Viateur Street is closed for the Mile End en Fleurs event on Saturday, May 27, 2017.

The Festival of San Marziale at the beginning of July usually means a street fair and a marching band.

The Main will see the Mural festival in 2017 with an accompanying street fair from June 8-18. A second fair will be held on the Main late in August.

The pedestrian part of Prince Arthur welcomes a street market Thursdays from July 13 to October 26 in 2017. Details in French.

St-Denis between Roy and Gilford is having a street fair of a kind from June 15-18, but doesn't do street closure.

Mont-Royal Street is closed from June 1-4, 2017 for a street fair between St‑Laurent and d'Iberville. This will be accompanied by music and activities for children.

In August 2016 an event called the Réappropriation urbaine replaced the old Nuit blanche sur tableau noir event, with a street fair and arty installations along Mont-Royal. We will take note when it returns this year.

Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie

Promenade Masson, from 1st to 12th Avenue: May 25-28, 2017, with a second fair planned in August.

St-Hubert Plaza street fairs: July 5-9, 2017. Clothing sales are the focus here, although there's also street food and amusements. There's usually a second fair late in August with a back-to-school theme.

Little Italy sees St-Laurent Boulevard closed for Grand Prix weekend, June 9-11 in 2017. The street is closed between St-Zotique and Jean-Talon with fancy cars on display and food and family activities. The same stretch is closed intermittently for Italian Week in August.

An event called L'Autre Marché is being held in the Technopole Angus at 2600 William-Tremblay on Fridays from June 2-October 27, showcasing a selection of organic and local food sellers.

The Olympic park holds a food truck extravaganza every first Friday of the month from May 5 till October 27, 2017.

Ahuntsic-Cartierville

Promenade Fleury between St-Hubert and Papineau, June 15-18, 2017. A second street sale usually takes place in September.

Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

Monkland Village has held a Grand Prix theme party in June and a food-themed festival in August, but the borough has defunded the group that used to organize them. New events will no doubt be planned, and will be added here.

Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

Le branle-bas de Hochelaga on Ontario Street from June 1-4, 2017. Another will likely take place in September.

La grande fabrique de Hochelaga takes place along Ste-Catherine in the borough, August 19-20, 2017.

Verdun

Promenade Wellington has an early spring cabane √† sucre event March 23-26 near de l'Église metro.

The first street fair will be held June 8-11, 2017 and there will likely be another in August.

Park Extension

A parade to celebrate Greek independence day is usually held in the area around the end of March. The actual day is March 25.

The Roumeliotes Association holds a three-day festival with roast meat and entertainments on St-Roch near Birnam in mid-June. The Panigiri Evangelismos Greek fest closes streets in the area in mid-August.

A parade for India's independence has often been held in the area in August. The actual day is August 15.