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

Dates for events in 2016 are being added as they become available. In the meantime, some dates for 2015 may remain on the page.

Also see our list of street fairs and sidewalk sales.

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

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Ongoing

The Montreal Chamber Music Festival now schedules concerts at various times throughout the year.

Festival Nuits d'Afrique likewise produces events that don't fit into a festival schedule.

January

Igloofest weekends January 14-February 6, 2016

Salon de l'Auto January 15-24, 2016

Fête des neiges weekends January 16-February 7, 2016

February

Black History Month all month, many exhibits and events

Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois February 18-27, 2016

Festival Montréal en Lumière aka High Lights Festival
February 18-March 5, 2016

Montréal Joue spring break activities, February 20-March 6, 2016

Port Symphonies, February 21 and March 6, 2016

Festival Nouvelles Musiques to be held next in 2017

Art souterrain February 27-March 13, 2016

Nuit Blanche February 27, 2016

International Children's Film Festival February 27-March 6, 2016

March

Festival Barbegazi March 5-6, 2016

Under The Snow indie music fest, March 19-20, 2016

The International Film Festival on Art March 10-20, 2016

192nd annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade March 20, 2016

Bal en blanc, March 27, 2016

April

Vue sur la relève performance art festival, April 5-16, 2016

Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, April 11-17, 2016

La Braderie de mode québécoise April 14-17, 2016

Vues d’Afrique international film fest, April 17-24 2016

Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition April 29-May 1, 2016

Croissant festival, April 30, 2016

May

Accès Asie May 5-29, 2016

Jane's Walks May 6-7-8, 2016

Puces Pop Spring Edition May 6-8, 2016

24 Hours of Science May 6 and 7, 2016

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

Festival musique actuelle Victoriaville May 19-22, 2016

Montreal International Musical Competition May 22-June 2, 2016

Festival TransAmériques May 26-June 8, 2016

Anarchist bookfair May 28-29, 2016

Montreal Museums Day Sunday, May 29, 2016

Festival Go Vélo Montreal May 29-June 5, 2016
(includes the Tour de l'Île and other cycling events)

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

June

MUTEK digital creativity fest, June 1-5, 2016

Le Mondial de la bière/Beer Festival June 8-12, 2016

Les FrancoFolies June 9-18, 2016

St-Ambroise Fringe Festival June 9-19, 2016

Festival Mural public art fest June 9-19, 2016

Montreal Grand Prix June 10-11-12, 2016

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

Montreal Folk Fest on the Canal June 15-19, 2016

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

Montréal Baroque June 23-26, 2016

Montreal International Jazz Festival June 29-July 9, 2016

FIMA – Festival international Montréal en Arts June 29-July 3, 2016

July

Canada Day July 1 – parade and events

Just for laughs/Juste pour rire July 2016

Carifiesta parade, July 2, 2016

International percussion festival July 2-10, 2016

International Festival of Circus Arts July 7-17, 2016

Montreal Comic-Con July 8-10, 2016

Les Week-ends du Monde July 9-10 and 16-17, 2016

Festival international de Lanaudière July 9-August 7, 2016

Kahnawake Pow-Wow July 9-10, 2016

Dragon Boat Race Challenge July 9-10, 2016

Fantasia Film Fest July 14-August 2, 2016

Montreal Electronic Groove July 21-31, 2016

Rogers Cup tennis tournament, July 22-31, 2016
This year: women's tennis

Haïti en Folie July 25-31, 2016

Osheaga music & arts festival July 29-31, 2016

Montreal Highland Games July 31, 2016

August

August is Archaeology month in Quebec, with various events

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

╬le Soniq August 5-6, 2016

Otakuthon anime convention, August 5-7, 2016

Italian Week August 5-14, 2016

HeavyMTL metal festival, August 6-7, 2016

International des feux Loto-Québec fireworks fest, August 6-24, 2016

Fierté Montréal Pride August 8-14, 2016

International tango festival August 9-14, 2016

FestiBlues August 11-14, 2016

Matsuri Japon Japanese festival, August 13, 2016

Under Pressure August 13-14, 2016

St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Hot Air Balloon Festival August 13-21, 2016

Montreal World Film Festival August 25-September 5, 2016

Montreal Reggae Festival August 14-16, 2015

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

Nuit blanche sur tableau noir August 27-30, 2015

September

Jardins de lumière September 4-October 30, 2015

Quartiers Danses September 9-20, 2015

OUMF Quartier Latin culture fest, September 10-12, 2015

Mois de la Photo September 10-October 11, 2015

Art Tattoo Montreal September 11-13, 2015

Pop Montreal September 16-20, 2015

Montreal Marathon September 20, 2015

Festival international de la littérature September 24-October 4, 2015

Journées de la culture Quebec-wide culture fest, September 25-27, 2015

International Black Film Festival September 29-October 4, 2015

October

The OFF Festival de Jazz October 1-10, 2015

International organ competition October 2-??, 2016

Festival du nouveau cinéma October 5-16, 2016

Burlesque Festival October 15-18, 2015

Festival Phénomena October 16-23, 2014

Montreal Biennale next in October 2016

La Braderie de mode québécoise, October 22-25, 2015

MTL └ TABLE October 29-November 8, 2015

Festival du monde arabe October 31-November 15, 2015

November

Montreal Improv Festival November 5-15, 2015

Cinemania French films subtitled in English, November 5-15, 2015

Coup de cœur francophone November 5-15, 2015

La Grande Dégustation booze fest, November 6-7, 2015

Rencontres internationales du documentaire, November 12-22, 2015

Expozine small press fair, November 14-15, 2015

M for Montreal music showcase, November 18-21, 2015

Salon du Livre November 18-23, 2015

Bach festival November 22-December 5, 2015

Image+Nation LGBT film fest, November 26-December 6, 2015

December

See our list of Christmas season events

Salon des métiers d'art December 11-20, 2015