Summer weather is finally here and Montrealers have come out of their shells. The streets are stacked with terrasses and numerous festivals capitalize on citizens' seasonal spirit. This year, there will be a new addition to the city's summer schedule.
This month, the Festival du Solstice d'été — Summer Solstice Festival — will take over rue Notre-Dame in the neighbourhood of St-Henri, part of Montreal's Sud-Ouest borough. "For three days," the street will be bustling "with 50 artists and events, a grand parade and a trade show."
From the 22nd to the 24th of June, the festival will take place during Saint-Jean-Baptiste weekend — the national holiday of Quebec. Sud-Ouest borough mayor Benoit Dorais hopes the new event will "[highlight] the richness of our roots in an inclusive and unifying setting."
"We invite our fellow citizens and Montrealers of all origins to come and celebrate with us and take the opportunity to discover the beauties and attractions of the Southwest," he continues.
In addition to Saint-Jean-Baptiste festivities, the event will include a street market on the 22nd and 23rd, live concerts, and other performances. Of course, participants may also take advantage of the virbant collection of restaurants and stores that line the main commerical thoroughfare of the borough.
The nearby Atwater Market and Lachine Canal provide additional opportunities for Montrealers to enjoy the long weekend. Be sure to take advantage of the many shops, eateries, bike and boat rentals on either side of the canal.
Stay tuned to the Festival du Solstice website here for forthcoming information!
Everything you need to know:
What: Festival du Solstice d'été
When: June 22 – 24
Where: rue Notre-Dame, St-Henri (metro Lionel-Groulx)