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Here's The Ultimate Montreal July 2017 Bucket List

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Here's The Ultimate Montreal July 2017 Bucket List

July is a busy time in Montreal. Once July rolls around the summertime is officially in full swing. The weather is finally going to heat up and it'll be sunny all the time, there's festivals all around the city constantly, and there's so much to see and do it might be a little overwhelming.

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If you want to be prepared in order to get the most of this July then this list is perfect for you. Here you can check out all the amazing festivals, free things, concerts, and places to eat and drink that are going on in the city for July!

Some of these things require tickets so it's definitely best to buy them ASAP before these amazing shows sell out. July is coming up quick people so get a plan started now! 

For Festivals In July, Click "NEXT"

Festivals In July: 

1. Fantasia International Film Festival 

via @george_rubanov

Fantasia International Film Festival is going on from July 13th to August 6th this year. Fantasia is a genre film festival focusing on films originating in Asia, Europe and the America's. If you're a genre film lover than you've got to check out there website for more information and updates on their schedule.

2. International Jazz Festival 

via @festivaljazzmtl

If you've never experienced the craziness of Montreal's Jazz Fest yet, you've got to check it out. It's going on this year starting June 28th until July 8th! They have free concerts in the Quartiers des Spectacles, which will be outlined in the free things page, and paid shows as well!

Check out their website for more information.

3. Montreal Comic-Con 

via @np_rex

Montreal's Comic-Con, yes is considered a festival here, and will be happening July 7-9th! This event is everything comic related featuring comic books, toys, games, anime, collectibles and of course cos-play. Come dressed as your favourite comic book character and enjoy the fun!

Check out their website for more information.

4. Les Week-ends du Monde

via @pouyanmomen

This fun event takes place every year in Montreal's Parc Jean Drapeau and this year it'll be happening on July 8-9 and 15-16. It's a totally free event and focuses on the love of different cultures around the world that are represented here in Montreal. Come celebrate your culture through dance, cuisines and music!

Check out their website for more information.

5. Haiti en Folie 

via @festivalhaitienfolie

This festival takes place in both Montreal and New York City but it'll be taking place in Montreal La Fontaine Park on July 24-30th. This huge event is completely dedicated to celebrating the Haitian culture through theatre, crafts, and outdoor shows.

Check out their website for more information.

6. Montreal International Fireworks Competition

via @deeesure

This completely free event will definitely light up your passion this summer. It's going on from July 1st to August 5th this year. You don't have to pay a dime to watch these amazing light shows, head down to Lachine Canal or find another spot to watch. If you're looking for the perfect view though, you can pay to get into La Ronde and watch the fireworks up close and personal!

7. Just For Laughs Festival 

via @shubhaamey

One of Montreal's most notable festivals is happening this July 12th-31st. You definitely shouldn't miss it because some of comedies best are attending this year. You can see David Spade, Trevor Noah, Chris D'Elia and so many more!

Check out if your favourite comedians will be attending this year on their website.

8. Montreal Cirque Festival 

via @wix.acenas

Montreal's circus festival is happening this July 6th to 16th and they've got some unreal things planned. They have events planned all over the city at Societe des Arts et Technologie, Place Emilie Gamelin, Montreal's Casino and so many more. You've got to see this this summer!

Check out their website for more information.

For Free Things In July, Click "NEXT" 

Free Things In July:

1. Canada Day Parade 

via @sutherlandjars

Obviously this event is happening on July 1st and it'll run along Saint Catherine from Rue du Fort to Rue Peel. Come down dressed up in your Canada colours and celebrate the 150th birthday of this great country, for free of course!

2. Discotheque Jazz Festival 

via @carlyraejepsen

On July 1st Montreal's Jazz Festival is hosting a free concert on the main stage called Discotheque! It'll headline with Carly Rae Jepson with dancers and crazy projections. You won't want to miss this one! Don't forget to check out the Jazz Festival website for even more free shows happening this year.

3. Gay Village Open Air Art Gallery 

via @explorecanada

Montreal's Gay Village is hosting an open-air art gallery from June 28th to July 2nd and you shouldn't miss out! Walk under the rainbow balls hanging above and enjoy some the art tents lining the streets!

4. McCord Museum Freebie Days 

via @surfergirl_around_the_world

Montreal's McCord Museum is open to the public for free after 5 pm on July 5th, 12th and 19th! The first 3 Wednesday of the month. Enjoy the art exhibits without having to pay anything at all.

5. Shakespeare In The Park

via @jenleaakins

Montreal's Repurcussion Theatre is hosting their annual Shakespeare In The Park events taking place from July 13th to August 15th. They tour the city's best parks and this year they're performing Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'. Find them at a park near you here.

6. First Fridays 

via @adriana.marquis

If you love food, then you've gotta come this event. On the first Friday of every month, the next will be July 7th, tons of Montreal food trucks gather at the Olympic Park. It's free admission but of course the food will cost something. Just remember to bring your appetites!

7. St-Hubert Sidewalk Sale 

via @plazasthubert

This July 5th-9th Plaza St-Hubert is hosting a huge outdoor sidewalk sale. Come for the street vendors, street entertainers and even free concerts! There's a whole lot going on here that you won't want to miss.

Check out their website for more information.

8. SAT's Cinema Under The Stars

via @sat_montreal

SAT is hosting an amazing free event happening from June 12th until August 24th! It's called Cinema Under The Stars and they'll be screening a bunch of different movies outdoors at 9pm at Place de la Paix.

Check out their website for more information.

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Concerts In July: 

1. Feist at Montreal's Jazz Festival 

via @undertheradarmag

If you're a Feist lover like me, I bet you're super excited to hear that she's coming to Montreal. She'll be performing at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier on July 4th. Buy your tickets on the Jazz Festival website here.

2. Hans Zimmer at The Bell Centre 

via @hanszimmer

The Oscor-winning composer is performing his first-ever American tour and he's stopping in Montreal on July 30th! He'll be performing at the Bell Center and you can buy your tickets here.

3. Enrique Iglasias and Pitbull at The Bell Centre 

via @pitbull_updates

Enrique and Pitbull are on tour together this summer and they're coming to Montreal! Get ready for some crazy Latin beats in this show. They'll be performing at the Bell Centre on July 5th so buy your tickets here before they sell out!

4. Sean Paul at Beachclub 

via @duttypaul

Sean Paul with be performing at Montreal's craziest summer club, Beachclub, on July 31st! The event is pretty close to selling out so you've got to snag those tickets quick. Buy them here!

5. Metallica at Parc Jean Drapeau 

via @metallica

On July 19th Metallica will be playing Montreal's Parc Jean Drapeau as part of Heavy Montreal! Don't miss the chance to rock out this summer. Buy your tickets here.

6. The Gipsy Kings at Theatre Maisonneuve 

via @thejoshaltman

The Gipsy Kings are playing in Montreal's Jazz Festival at Theatre Maisonneuve and it's sure to be an amazing show! Buy your tickets here for this July 1st.

7. Charlotte Cardin at Le Metropolis 

via @charlottecardin

Charlotte Cardin is performing in Montreal's Jazz Fest on June 30th, July 1st and 2nd at Le Metropolis venue. Buy your tickets here!

8. La La Land In Concert at Wilfrid Pelletier Room 

via @lalaland

One of the best movies made this year winning 6 Oscars, La La Land was unbelievable successful. They won the Oscar for Best Film Music and Best Original Song, and lucky for us, the orchestra is playing a live show of the movie's soundtrack at this year's Jazz Fest on July 2nd! Buy your tickets here.

For Places To Eat In July, Click "NEXT"

Places To Eat In July: 

1. Marche des Possibles 

via @marchedp

Happening this June 23rd to August 13th is Montreal's Marche des Possibles. It's an open-air space filled with musical performances, film screening, and tents selling all kinds of delicious food by local chefs and pop-up restaurants! Don't miss it this summer.

2. Bouffons Montreal

via @bouffonsmtl

Bouffons Montreal is a gourmet, open-air village on Sainte Catherine St. happening from July 15th-30th. They serve all kinds of high-quality food, wine, beer, and liquor from the multiple food vendors.

3. Festival of India

via @indianfoodz

Yup, Montreal is holding an India Festival to celebrate an amazing culture that's represented here in Montreal. It's happening July 8th and 9th in Jeanne Mance Park and of course you'll find some amazing food there.

Check out the Facebook event here.

4. Les Enfants Terrible 

via @ondejeune

1 Place Ville Marie

This is the highest rooftop terrasse in Montreal, and it also happens to serve some awesome food. July is the perfect weather month so you bet you'll be wanting to eat on terrasses all the time. Enjoy options from the grill, pastas, salads, and so much more.

5. Kampai Garden 

via @kampaigarden

1616 Saint-Catherine St W

Kampai just opened up their giant front terrasse for the summer and it looks amazing. They serve small sharing tapas plats like shrimp tacos, pork dumplings, fried calamari and more! Enjoy your July on this refreshing terrasse.

6. Boris Bistro 


465 McGill St

This fancy Montreal restaurant has a hidden outdoor terrasse perfect for the July weekends. They have a French-inspired menu with grilled fish, duck risotto, creamy pistachio ice cream for dessert! Just make sure you're over 18 when you come here.

7. Labo Culinaire Foodlab 

via @hub_nutrition

1201 St Laurent Blvd

This spot is located at Montreal's SAT on their rooftop terrasse. They have some amazing dishes like duck and pork dishes. Have a classy and unique meal on this sunny terrasse this July!

8. Maison Boulud 

via @maisonboulud

1228 Sherbrooke St W

This restaurant is attached to Montreal's Ritz Carleton Hotel and is as fancy as you can probably imagine. They open up their "garden" terrasse in the summertime and it's honestly magical. They have a stream with a bridge, plants everywhere and delicious food! What more could you ask for this July?

For Places To Drink In July, Click "NEXT" 

Places To Drink In July:

1. Village au Pied-Du-Courant 

via @lola666vv

This has definitely got to be the coolest new discovery of mine this summer. They're open this summer from June 1 all the way until September 16th so you have tons of time to get out there. Located close to Papineau metro station, you'll love drinking here at night. They have live DJs and performances, a small beach, hammocks, basketball and soccer courts, and of course a stocked bar!

Check out their website for more information.

2. Picnik Electronik 

via @ardalander

I'm sure most of you know about this summer event, but if you don't you've got to check it out. It's every weekend of the summer from May 21st to September 24th but July is definitely the perfect time to go. It's not too hot and not too cold, it's the perfect summer temperature. Grab your friends and a bucket of their redbull mixed drinks and have yourself a great time!

Check out their website for more information.

3. Terrasse Nelligan

via @andycurly

106 Saint-Paul St W

This summer terrasse is perfect for drinking your July away. Grab your best friends and enjoy the refreshing drinks while getting your tan on!

4. Biiru 

via @cristina.sabolo

1433 City Councillors St

This Japanese restaurant has a quaint little terrasse where you can enjoy some amazing sake cocktails! This is one unique place to day drink with your friends this July.

5. Terrasse Bonsecours 

via @annesophieee

364 Rue de la Commune Est

This is a classic summer terrasse spot that has an expansive list of yummy sangrias. This should definitely be you July drinking spot either for the days or the nights!

6. Accords Wine Bar

via @_tiffsmith_

212 Notre-Dame St W

This hidden wine bar is the perfect place to spend your time this July. If you're looking for a classy place to drink, then this is definitely it! Choose from an extensive menu of wines and cocktails.

7. Pub Le Sainte-Elisabeth 

via @mariel_egan

1412 Rue Sainte Élisabeth

This casual terrasse is perfect for summer drink with your closest friends. It's got giant walls filled with vines and old lanterns throughout the courtyard giving it a cozy garden feel. Share a pitcher of beer with your buds here this July.

8. St. Ambroise Terrasse 

via @davv514

5080 St Ambroise St

This casual terrasse is located right on the Lachine Canal and is the perfect pitstop if you're biking along. Choose a taster platter of the best St-Ambroise beers and enjoy the view!

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