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

Dates for events in 2015 are being added as they become available.

Also see our list of street fairs and sidewalk sales.

The Journal de Montréal has a nice interactive calendar for summer 2015, showing which festivals are taking place which days. (French only, but it's a calendar and festival names and locations.)

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

Do you have an addition for this page? Please email us.

Ongoing

The International Film Festival on Art seems to have spread out into an ongoing program for half the year, ending on April 29, 2015.

The Montreal Chamber Music Festival is also scheduling concerts at various times throughout the year.

January

Igloofest weekends January 16-February 8, 2015

Salon de l'Auto January 16-25, 2015

Fête des neiges weekends January 17-February 8, 2015

February

Black History Month all month, many exhibits and events

Festival Barbegazi February 14-15, 2015

Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois February 19-28, 2015

Festival Montréal en Lumière aka High Lights Festival
February 19-March 1, 2015

Montréal Joue spring break activities, February 21-March 8, 2015

Port Symphonies, February 22 and March 8, 2015

Festival Nouvelles Musiques February 26-March 7, 2015

Art souterrain February 28-March 15, 2015

Nuit Blanche February 28, 2015

International Children's Film Festival February 28-March 8, 2015

Edgy Redux, February 28-March 8, 2015

March

Under The Snow indie music fest, March 5-8, 2015

192nd annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade March 22, 2015

April

Bal en blanc, April 5, 2015

Vue sur la relève performance art festival, April 7-18, 2015

La Braderie de mode québécoise April 16-19, 2015

Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition April 24-26, 2015

Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, April 20-26, 2015

Vues d’Afrique international film fest, April 29-May 3, 2015

May

Biennale internationale d'art numérique next held 2016

Accès Asie May 1-24, 2015

Jane's Walks May 1-2-3, 2015

La Grande Rencontre folk fest, May 7-10, 2015

Festival musique actuelle Victoriaville May 14-17, 2015

Festival TransAmériques May 21-June 4, 2015

Anarchist bookfair May 23-24, 2015

Montreal Museums Day Sunday, May 24, 2015

Festival Go Vélo Montreal May 24-31, 2015
(includes the Tour de l'Île and other cycling events)

Montreal International Musical Competition May 25-June 5, 2015

Festival des Arts Vivants OFFTA, May 27-June 4, 2015

MUTEK digital creativity fest, May 27-31, 2015

June

St-Ambroise Fringe Festival June 1-21, 2015

Festival Mural public art fest June 4-14, 2015

Suoni per il popolo June 4-22, 2015

Montreal Grand Prix June 5-6-7, 2015

Grain de ciel kite festival, June 6-7, 2015

Le Mondial de la bière/Beer Festival June 10-14, 2015

Les FrancoFolies June 11-20, 2015

Montreal Folk Fest on the Canal June 17-21, 2015

Infringement Festival June 18-22, 2014

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

Montréal Baroque June 25-28, 2015

Montreal International Jazz Festival June 26-July 5, 2015

July

Canada Day July 1 – parade and events

FIMA – Festival international Montréal en Arts July 1-5, 2015

International des feux Loto-Québec fireworks fest, July 1-August 1, 2015

International Festival of Circus Arts July 2-12, 2015

Montreal Comic-Con July 3-5, 2015

International percussion festival July 3-12, 2015

Carifiesta parade, July 4, 2015

Les Week-ends du Monde July 4-5 and 11-12, 2015

Festival international de Lanaudière July 4-August 2, 2015

Nuits d'Afrique July 7-19, 2015

Just for laughs/Juste pour rire July 11-25, 2015

Kahnawake Pow-Wow July 11-12, 2015

Fantasia Film Fest July 16-August 4, 2015

Haïti en Folie July 20-25, 2015

Montreal Electronic Groove July 24-August 2, 2014

Dragon Boat Race Challenge July 25-26, 2015

Divers/Cité will not be held in 2015

Terres En Vue/Land InSights first people’s festival, July 29-August 5, 2015

Osheaga music & arts festival July 31, August 1-2, 2015

August

August is Archaeology month in Quebec, with various events

Montreal Highland Games August 1-3, 2015

FestiBlues August 6-9, 2015

Under Pressure August 6-9, 2015

Otakuthon anime convention, August 7-9, 2015

HeavyMTL metal festival, August 7-9, 2015

Rogers Cup tennis tournament, August 7-16, 2015
This year: men's tennis

Italian Week August 7-16, 2015

International tango festival August 11-16, 2015

St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Hot Air Balloon Festival August 8-16, 2015

Fierté Montréal Pride August 10-16, 2015

Matsuri Japon Japanese festival, August 15, 2015

Festival Mode & Design August 17-22, 2015

Montreal World Film Festival August 27-September 7, 2015

Montreal Reggae Festival August 14-16, 2015

18th-century public market August 22-23, 2015

Nuit blanche sur tableau noir August 27-30, 2015

September

Jardins de lumière September 4-October 30, 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

Quartiers Danses September 12-20, 2014

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

Montreal Improv Festival September 30-October 11, 2014

October

The OFF Festival de Jazz October 3-12, 2014

International organ competition October 7-19, 2014

Festival du nouveau cinéma October 8-19, 2014

Burlesque Festival October 16-18, 2014

Festival Phénomena October 17-24, 2014

Montreal Biennale October 22, 2014-January 4, 2015

La Braderie de mode québécoise, October 23-26, 2014

Festival du monde arabe October 24-November 8, 2014

November

Cinemania French films subtitled in English, November 6-16, 2014

Coup de cœur francophone November 6-16, 2014

La Grande Dégustation booze fest, November 7-8, 2014

Rencontres internationales du documentaire, November 12-23, 2014

Expozine small press fair, November 15-16, 2014

M for Montreal music showcase, November 19-22, 2014

Salon du Livre November 19-24, 2014

Image+Nation LGBT film fest, November 20-30, 2014

Bach festival November 23-December 7, 2014

December

See our list of Christmas season events

Telus Fire on Ice Saturdays from December 13, 2014 to January 3, 2015

Salon des métiers d'art December 5-21, 2014