Updated 11 February 2018

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

Many 2017 dates remain in the calendar as reminders. I will update this list from time to time in 2018.

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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If you maintain a website for a recurring festival, please do yourself and all of us a favour: include the year with any event dates on the front page.

Ongoing

Just for laughs/Juste pour rire produces events year-round, but with a street festival in June. This festival lost support after a scandal in 2017 and is likely to be smaller in 2018.

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

The Montreal Chamber Music FestivalSuoni per il Popolo and Pop Montreal schedule music performances around the calendar.

January

Wildside Festival January 4-13, 2018

Festival Barbegazi January 13-14 and 20-21, 2018

Igloofest weekends January 18-February 3, 2018

Salon de l'Auto January 18-28, 2018

Fête des neiges weekends January 20-February 11, 2018

February

Black History Month all month, exhibits and events

Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois February 21-March 3, 2018

Festival Montréal en Lumière aka High Lights Festival February 22-March 4, 2018

Montréal Joue spring break activities, February 24-March 11, 2018

Port Symphony, February 25, 2018

Festival Nouvelles Musiques February 22-March 4, 2018

March

Nuit Blanche March 3, 2018 Art souterrain March 4-26, 2017 International Children's Film Festival March 4-12, 2017 Under The Snow indie music fest March 18-19, 2017 The International Film Festival on Art March 23-April 2, 2017 194th annual Saint Patrick's Day parade March 19, 2017 Bal en blanc March 27, 2016

April

La Braderie de mode québécoise April 6-9, 2017 Vues d'Afrique international film fest, April 14-23, 2017 Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, April 24-30, 2017

May

Montreal International Musical Competition May 2-12, 2017 La Grande Rencontre folk fest, May 4-7, 2016 Accès Asie May 5-29, 2016 Jane's Walks May 5-6-7, 2017 Puces Pop Spring Edition May 5-7, 2017 Croissant festival May 6, 2017 Vue sur la relève performance art festival, May 9-20, 2017 24 Hours of Science May 12 and 13, 2017 NDG Porchfest May 7 and 8, 2016 Festival musique actuelle Victoriaville May 18-21, 2017 Festival TransAmériques May 25-June 8, 2017 Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition May 26-28, 2017 Anarchist bookfair May 27-28, 2017 Montreal Museums Day Sunday, May 28, 2017 Festival Go Vélo Montreal May 29-June 5, 2017 (includes the Tour de l'Île and other cycling events) St-Ambroise Fringe Festival May 30-June-19, 2017 Festival des Arts Vivants OFFTA, May 30-June 8, 2016

June

Le Mondial de la bière/Beer Festival June 14-18, 2017 Les FrancoFolies June 8-18, 2017 Festival Mural public art fest June 9-19, 2016 Montreal Grand Prix June 9-10-11, 2017 Grain de ciel kite festival, June 11-12, 2016 Montreal Folk Fest on the Canal June 14-18, 2017 Fête nationale Saint-Jean June 23 concert, June 24 parade Montréal Baroque June 22-25, 2017 Montreal International Jazz Festival June 28-July 8, 2017 Mtl en Arts June 28-July 2, 2017

July

Canada Day July 1 – parade and events Festival international de Lanaudière July 1-August 6, 2017 Carifiesta parade July 2, 2016 – Plays VERY LOUD audio International percussion festival July 2-10, 2016 International des feux Loto-Québec fireworks fest, July 1‑August 5, 2017 International Festival of Circus Arts July 6-16, 2017 Montreal Comic-Con July 7-9, 2017 Les Week-ends du Monde July 2017 Kahnawake Pow-Wow July 9-10, 2016 Dragon Boat Race Challenge July 8-9, 2017 Fantasia Film Fest July 13-August 2, 2017 Montreal Electronic Groove July 21-31, 2016 Haïti en Folie July 24-30, 2017 HeavyMTL metal festival, next edition July 28 and 29, 2018

August

August is Archaeology month in Quebec, with various events Rogers Cup tennis tournament, August 4-13, 2017 This year: men's tennis Osheaga music & arts festival August 4-6, 2017 Montreal Highland Games August 6, 2017 Terres En Vue/Land InSights first people's festival, August 2‑9, 2016 Île Soniq August 10-12, 2017 Otakuthon anime convention, August 5-7, 2016 Italian Week August 5-14, 2016 International tango festival August 9-14, 2016 Orientalys August 11-14, 2016 Matsuri Japon Japanese festival, August 12, 2017 Under Pressure August 10-14, 2017 St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Hot Air Balloon FestivalAugust 12‑20, 2017 Fierté Montréal Pride parade, August 20, 2017 MUTEK digital creativity fest, August 23-27, 2017 Montreal World Film Festival August 25-September 5, 2016 Nuit blanche sur tableau noir August 25-28, 2016 Montreal Reggae Festival August 26-28, 2016 18th-century public market August 27-28, 2016

September

Jardins de lumière September-October YUL Eat September 2-3-4, 2017 Quartiers Danses September 6-17, 2016 OUMF Quartier Latin culture fest, September 7-10, 2016 Mois de la Photo September 7-October 14, 2017 Art Tattoo Montreal September 8-10, 2017 Montreal Marathon September 23-24, 2017 Festival international de la littératureSeptember 23‑October 2, 2016 International Black Film Festival September 27-October 1, 2017 Journées de la culture Quebec-wide culture fest, September 30‑October 2, 2016

October

The OFF Festival de Jazz October 1-10, 2016 Festival du nouveau cinéma October 5-16, 2016 International organ competition October 9-21, 2017 Festival Phénomena October 13-20, 2017 Burlesque Festival October 19-21, 2017 Montreal Biennale next edition 2018 La Braderie de mode québécoise October 20-23, 2016 Festival du monde arabe October 28-November 13, 2016

November

La Grande Dégustation booze fest, November 2-3-4, 2017 Cinemania French films subtitled in English, November 2-12, 2017 Coup de cœur francophone November 2-12, 2017 MTL À TABLE November 3-13, 2016 Rencontres internationales du documentaireNovember 10‑20, 2016 Expozine small press fair, November 12-13, 2016 M for Montreal music showcase, November 16-19, 2016 Salon du Livre November 15-20, 2017 Bach festival November 17-December 3, 2017 Santa Claus parade on Ste-Catherine, November 19

December

See our list of Christmas season events Salon des métiers d'art December 8-18, 2016