Get ready to capture what will probably be one of the most spectacular pictures you've ever taken of Montreal, because over 100 hot air balloons are coming our way. That's right, the International Hot Air Balloon Festival - known as International de Montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is fast approaching!

Our city's most magical festival will be taking place from August 8-16 and you won't want to miss it! Get ready for nine days of music, games, drinks, and a breathtaking view of our gorgeous city like you've never seen it before. Here are five things you need to see at this upcoming festival.


Photo Cred - International de Montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

1. Concerts/Shows

Start off your celebrations with amazing live shows performed by our favorite artists. If you're all about that bass then you'll be excited to know that our girl Meghan Trainor will be performing at the Loto-Québec Stage. Don't forget about the young and talented Shawn Mendes, Tyler Shaw, Charlie Puth, Life of Dillon, and many more! Eight days, three stages, and over 30 artists. Get your tickets now!


Photo Cred - International de Montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

2. Activities

Just when you thought this festival couldn't get any better, they added in a slew of super fun games. There will be games and activites for all ages. One of the many is Planète Balloon, where all of your dreams come true. Oh and there'll also be a massive set up of inflatable games. Love haunted houses, crazy adventures, and getting the bejesus scared out of you? Then head on over to The Zero Zagents - an inflated scary experience you won't want to miss. And if that's not enough, make your way over to The Ride Zone, the mini amusement park, where you'll find all of your favorite rides! Check out their site for a full list of activites.


3. Terraces

Yes, booze and grown-up fun! Why not chill and enjoy the festivities with a big drink, food, and friends? The SAQ Bistro (restaurant and terrace) and the Budwiser Terrace will accommodate  all of your needs.


Photo CredInternational de Montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

4. Hot Air Balloon Flight

The best part of the festival is having the opportunity to go on this magical ride. You'll get to float through the city in a colourful ball. Flights are at 6am and 6pm, but you need to book in advanced! It's a unique experience you'll be able to cross off your bucket list.


Photo Cred - International de Montgolfières de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

5. An Outstanding View

Get your Instagram ready (no filter needed). The Panoramic Field will surround you with these massive colorful balloons and you'll get to watch them take off everyday at 4pm. It's a picture perfect moment. And being held after sundown, The Night Glows is the most famous show this festival offers, lighting up the sky with these creative bright bulbs that will leave you speechless.

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