Festivals just like Montreal's Jazz Fest, which is pretty much one of my absolute most favourite music festivals. This year, it's going down on June 28 - July 8, and so far, there seem to be over 80 artists lined up for 2017.
Don't know what kind of artists will be showing up this year? Well, no worries. I got your back.
Robert Glasper Experiment
Shabaka And The Ancestors
The Stanley Clark Band
The Django Festival Allstars
For the full list, and for more information, check out the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal website and Facebook page!
The Ciel en Fête hot air balloon festival in Quebec is floating its way through Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu next month, accompanied by a host of activities, including yoga, a Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) picnic and an illuminated night show.
In the event of good weather, the hot air balloon festival will take place every weekend during the month of August.
The festival will host two free yoga sessions at dawn, where you can practice your downward-facing dog surrounded by breathtaking floating hot air balloons.
The SAQ'scinq à sept style Pique-nique découverte allows you to picnic beneath the balloon-dotted sky. Tickets include a basket with a selection of wines or bubbles from Quebec, paired with agrifood products from the region.
Night Glow on August 7 will create a hot air balloon spectacle under the stars, illuminated in the likeness of Chinese lanterns, which you can view through your car.
On several dates, two professional acrobatic divers will perform extreme dives from a hot air balloon in mid-flight — they'll be jumping 20 to 25 metres, equivalent to an 8-storey building, and diving into the water below.
Food trucks and beer will be available at the free Budweiser tailgate on August 14, where you'll be able to watch the Volaria aerial festival.
Reservations for each activity are required, but entrance is free for most events.
Ciel en Fête Festival
Price: Mostly free entry, but prices vary
When: Every weekend throughout the month of August — dates for each activity vary
Soon the fall weather will kick in and we'll be wearing our cozy sweaters, taking road trips to go apple picking, and drinking pumpkin spiced lattes all day every day.
But for now, we have this final weekend to enjoy the gorgeous weather and make the most of it! So don't sit indoors all day doing nothing, choose one of these amazing events happening in the city this weekend, grab your crew and have an awesome time!
When: Wednesday, September 13th-Sunday, September 17th
What: POP Montreal is a music festival that takes place every year and highlights some amazing up-and-coming artists. They offer tons of different events from concerts to workshops to fashion shows and everything in between!
What: Montreal is hosting a huge Pizza Fest this week at all the best pizza locations across the city! Find your favourite from the list and get ready to enjoy some totally unique and delicious pizzas.
When: Friday, September 15th @ 8pm, Saturday, September 16th @ 4pm and 8pm, Sunday, September 17th @ 4pm
What: A massive amateur dance party will be taking over Places des Festivals this weekend and it's going to be crazy! It's basically a massive flash mob made up of 375 dancers for Montreal's 375th birthday!
What: Every year Montreal hosts the World Press Photo Exhibit at Marche Bonsecours in the Old Port. It's an exhibit featuring the top photographers from around the world allowing you to see into the lives of other cultures.
When: Friday, September 15th & Saturday, September 16th
What: Plantzy is having a huge 15% off their entire stock room filled with hanging plants, tropical plants, mini cacti, succulents, money trees and so much more! The space is adorable and you can walk home with your cute new plants to liven up your apartment.
What: Montreal's Glass Door Gallery is hosting a super fun Art Market this Sunday! They'll be selling tons of amazing affordable art by local artists with a DJ, projections and you can bring all the booze you want!
When: Saturday, September 16th & Sunday, September 17th
What: For the Dragon Boat Quebec Cup there will be tons of dragon boat racing taking place at Parc Jean Drapeau this weekend! There will be 200m, 500m, and 2000m races taking place that you can watch from the shore line.
What: The 35th annual apple pie festival is taking place this weekend just outside Montreal! Eat all the best apple pie that your heart desires, spend time at the petting zoo, ride a horse drawn carriage, and listen to live music!
Ah, Expo 67. In my opinion, this event - which went down in the city exactly 50 years ago, BTW - was pretty much a shining star in the history of Montreal, and in Canada as a whole, if we're being honest.
Why? Well, think about it. Many of the things built for and featured in Expo 67 are still huge parts of our lives in Montreal to this day. The Biosphere? La Ronde? Habitat 67? Parc Jean-Drapeau? All thanks to Expo 67. (Sidenote: I guess that also means Osheaga and Ile Soniq are all thanks to Expo 67, too!)
And even though a lot of us weren't even alive when this event went down, we all still kind of know about it. I mean, for good reason: Expo 67 was seriously cool. It had it all. Live music (The Supremes played live, guys), an amusement park (looking at you, La Ronde), entertainment, celebrities, IMAX films, expositions, and a whole lot more!
Just like those of us who weren't there for sure want to experience the awesomeness of Expo 67 for the first time, those of us who were there highkey wish to relive every single moment of this epic event.
Featuring giant, immersive screens that'll take you back fifty years to vibe and atmosphere of Montreal's Expo 67, this event relives the best moments of the event - in a way that can only happen in 2017.
For example, you can take a minute walk through Expo 67, listen to the music of the '60s, and check out the USSR Pavillion, the Monorail, the American Pavillion, Habitat 67 and more, all without ever having to leave Place Des Arts thanks to Karine Lanoie-Brien and her team.
For more information, check out NFB's special online programming celebrating the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 right here and make sure to subscribe to their newsletter. You can also share your Expo 67 Live experience with the world by using the hashtag #Expo67Live!
Chances are, friends, it's all of the above. One thing you probably don't think of, though, is a huge open-air outdoor after party going down in the centre of all the action, by the name of Melting Pot.
Going down on July 15 - 30 at Place Des Arts (175 Saint-Catherine St), this totally free event is the official afterparty of Just For Laughs. Basically, Melting Pot is going to be turning Place Des Arts into a huge open-air nightclub, transforming the area into a haven for anyone and everyone who loves to have fun!
This must-attend event will of course include an on-site bar with cocktails and beers, as well as food from a handful of Montreal's best restaurateurs.
Other than some awesome food, drinks, and vibes, though, you can also expect unique themed events every night (like their 90s Vibes Soiree going down on), and iconic, special musical guests, like Grandmaster Flash and Fatman Scoop.
You can check out the full lineup of musical guests and events for 2017's Melting Pot right here:
July 15 - 10 PM
Official launch of the Melting Pot Block Party
Ft. Michael Brun, Paris&Simo, Donald Lauture
Come celebrate Day 1 of this not-to-be-missed outdoor celebration, featuring different music genres (like electro, hip-hop, funk, and more!), food, drinks, and dancing until the wee hours of the morning.
July 16 - 10 PM
Juste Pour Smash
Ft. Mike Larry
July 17 - 10 PM
Ft. Nicola Torriero
July 18 - 10 PM
Ft. DMA, Young Troy et B.Cliff, Maestro Omayela, MONTANA
Hip hop and trap lovers, rejoice: this night features hip hop/trap artists, plus a whole lot of good vibes.
July 19 - 10 PM
Official Just For Laughs 35th anniversary party
July 20 - 10 PM
Homegrown Harvest presents:
Ft. Alix Alvarez, Jalil b2b Chicaiza, Moses Bélanger
July 21 - 10 PM
Ft. Grandmaster Flash & DJ Shortcut
This night is all about legend Grandmaster Flash and DJ Shortcut, stars of Netflix's The Get Down. Expect sick beats, and a sick time!
July 22 - 10 PM
With the Tumbao Collective
July 23 - 10 PM
La Mal Nécessaire presents:
Pitting the best bartenders in the city against one another, 30 Montreal bartenders will make 5 cocktails as quickly as possible to see who is the true Drunken Master of Montreal.
July 24 - 8 PM
The launch of the Midway Group Agency
July 24 - 11 PM
The official Just For Laughs Hotel And Restaurant Industry Festival
July 25 - 10 PM
Ft. Fatman Scoop
This party is one you absolutely have to check out: Fatman Scoop will be delivering the best 90s hip-hop, live for everyone vibing at the Melting Pot!
July 26 - 10 PM
Ft. Band Rockabilly, DJ Lucky Luc
July 27 - 10 PM
Russell Peters DJ Set
Ft. DJ Keith Dean, DJ YO-C
July 29 - 10 PM
Homegrown Harvest X Raw Moments Presents
Ft. Paolo Rocco, Lessi.s, Pijynman
July 30 - 10 PM
Just For Laughs Staff Party
Ft. Collectiff Mess Around & ASMA
For closing night, Melting Pot is throwing a huge party for the Just For Laughs Staff, and you're invited to come and dance right along with them!