One word: pierogi. But if that's all you know about Ukrainian culture, it's time to head down to Parc Beaubien as the Ukrainian Festival is returning to Montreal for its 20th-anniversary edition.

For three days in early September, Parc Beaubien in Rosemont La Petite-Patrie is transformed into a Ukrainian wonderland complete with music, dance, fashion, art, crafts, and food. Oh my god, so much good food; pierogi, borshch, sausages, potato, and cheese pancakes just to name a few. And you can wash it all down with a little trip to the Korchma beer garden. 

The festival showcases the best of the Ukranian community, traditions, cuisine and performing arts and it's free to check out! But if you're dying to spend some money, there will be a market set up with kiosks displaying typical Ukrainian arts and crafts from local Montreal businesses. 

There will be some amazing live performers like opera singer Irina Petrik, Canadian rock band Mad Heads, and singer and bandura player Marina Krut who appeared on the Ukranian Voice and X-Factor

The festival opens September 6 with a pub night at the Ukrainian Youth Center, where you can drink the night away while steeped in Ukrainian culture. 

If you can, make sure to catch one of the Hopak dances. This is probably one of the most famous depictions of Ukraine. It's where the men, usually in brightly colored pants, perform sheer acts of gravity-defying feats with stylized jumps and leaps from a squatting position. It's a marvel to see live.  


If you want to learn more about the art side of things, there will also be a Ukrainian film screening, a fashion show with local designers along with a live painting lesson where you can even take part in helping to create a 'collective canvas.'

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Started 20 years ago, the festival was created to promote Ukrainian heritage and culture within the Montreal community. It has now grown to this three-day spectacle that brings in nearly 20,000 visitors from across Quebec, Ontario, and the United States.

But if none of those things interest you there will also be face painting and a bouncy castle. Though we were told those are for the kids. But who's going to stop you? 

The entire performance calendar hasn't been released yet, but keep an eye on their page for updates. 

Festival Ukrainien de Montréal

WHEN: September 6 – 8

WHERE: Rue Beaubien Est and 9e avenue; Parc Beaubien 

COST: Free


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