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Montreal Festivals: August 2014

Montreal Festivals: August 1 to August 3, 2014

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A Montreal Festivals August 2014 Guide. From holiday fun to nightly distractions, your guide to Montreal festivals and events in August 2014 proposes a little something for every budget and every taste.More on August in Montreal.

Through August 2014
Summer in the City
The hottest Montreal events and activities listed in one place. Note that at no time did any event organizer or business pay me to promote them nor was any form of bribe, whether monetary or otherwise, accepted at any time. This list is strictly editorial, free of conflicts of interest and conforms with About.com's ethics policy, a cornerstone of the network's credibility.

Through August 2014
Sales, Sales and More Sales
Freshen up that spring wardrobe the smart way. I dub it the do-you-really-think-I'm-going-to-pay-full-price-on-items-with-a-300%-markup strategy. But there's a catch. It takes a bit of work. Read more.

Through August 2014
Sidewalk Sales 2014 Schedule
Deals multiply as streets close off to cars to make way for blowout sales, street food, and more, throughout the summer.

Through August 2014
Have Fun For Free
On a tight budget but aching to do something? Anything?! Then you're going to love your ultimate insider's guide to what to do in Montreal for free.

Through August 2014
Go on a Bike Ride
...through one of these parks. They're gorgeous.

Through August 2014
Lounge on the Beach
Yes, we know... Montreal beaches aren't exactly the coast of Montenegro, but they certainly serve their purpose.

Through August 2014
Montreal Museum Exhibits
A roundup of current exhibits and film presentations at Montreal's leading museums and science centres.

Through August 2014
Montreal Concerts in August
From indie to big ticket.

Through August 2014
Montreal Terraces
Terraces, patios, terrasses... whatever you call them, they're in full force while the weather is nice.

Through August 2014
Tam Tams
A popular drum and dance activity with locals, and a hit with tourists, every summer Sunday on Mont Royal. Details here.

Through August 2014
Dance Under the Sun and Stars
Okay. So maybe the Tam Tams aren't your thing. But dance is. Did you know there are other free and affordable outdoor dance events in Montreal? Details here.

Through August 2014
Place des Festivals
Montreal's chief public square is usually bustling with activity but management has taken it a step further for the 2014 summer season as it did the year prior, proposing all sorts of street arts and public performances on a daily basis, especially around lunch time and during 5-à-7, Montreal's favorite witching hour. Just show up, find a nice spot to sit, relax and expect pretty much anything to happen. Free admission. At Place des Festivals (map).

Through August 2014
Reader-Submitted Events
Have a Montreal event to propose? Submit event information here.

August 1, 2014
First Fridays
Montreal food trucks gather the first Friday of every month at the Olympic Park and sell their fare. Free admission. At the Olympic Park Esplanade (map).

August 1 to August 3, 2014
Osheaga
One of the city's most anticipated music fests crams in roughly 90 acts over the course of three days.

August 1 to August 3, 2014
Mini Rogers Cup
“The tournament will feature three age categories: 5- and 6-year olds, 7- to 9-year olds, and 10 years and older. Participants will play three matches and must choose between the Elite division (August 1) and the For All division (August 2-3).” Registration required. Free admission. At the Olympic Park Esplanade (map).

August 1 to August 10, 2014
Rogers Cup
Celebrating 35 years of tennis championships in Montreal, Rogers Cup welcomes the women in 2014, including Montreal's (actually, Westmount's) own Eugenie Bouchard. At Uniprix Stadium (map)

August 1 to August 10, 2014
Unicon 17 Unicycle World Championships
“As a biennial competition that moves from one city to another, Unicon is the unicycling world championship reuniting the best unicyclists from every discipline during 11 days of competition where respect and sportsmanship reign.” Free admission. At the Olympic Park Esplanade (map).

August 2, 2014
The Griff Just for Cats Video Festival
A compilation of the best cat videos on YouTube featured on a big screen. Onsite activities include face painting, various booths, games, mascot entertainment, carousel rides, music, prizes and more. Rescheduled to August 3 if rain. At Place Shamrock (map).

August 2, 2014
World Naked Bike Ride
The Montreal edition. At Dorchester Square (map).

Through August 2, 2014
MEG Montreal
An acronym for Montreal Electronic Groove, MEG proposes a multi-day ode to a wide array of electronic music genres often bordering on pop, rock, hip hop and punk. Admission varies by event. At various venues.

Through August 2, 2014
Montreal International Fireworks Competition
From when to catch them to where to watch them.

Through August 2, 2014
Summer Cinema at the Old Port
Three free movies airing on a big screen outdoors: Spiderman (English with French subtitles), Louis Cyr : L’homme le plus fort du monde (French), and JAWS (English with French subtitles). Free admission. At the Old Port (map).

Through August 2, 2014
Shakespeare in the Park
For the 2013 season, Repercussion Theatre proposes an outdoor rendition of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream across various Montreal parks. Cancelled in case of rain. Free admission. At various venues.

Through August 3, 2014
Zoofest
With the Just for Laughs comedy festival comes its little sister, Zoofest, which follows more or less the same format, proposing emerging, often edgy and irreverent talent rising up the ranks of the comedy world. Tickets are often affordable. Festival passport granting access to ALL shows is only $49.99 plus service charge. That's access to 100 shows. There's a bit of red tape when it comes to getting the tickets but still. At various venues.

Through August 3, 2014
Divers/Cité
A LGTBA celebration including movies in the park, a drag queen carnival, free outdoor dance party and more. Admission varies by event. At various venues.

August 3, 2014
Montreal Highland Games
The Montreal Highland Games is a Celtic music fest, a feats of strength competition, a beer tent, Highland dancing, haggis on demand (depending in the year) and more. At Parc Arthur-Terrien (map).

Through August 5, 2014
Fantasia Film Festival
Horror, fantasy, Hong Kong action, animation, gored up sci-fi, gratuitous nudie shot B-movies, name your non-PG genre and chances are Fantasia has it covered in its programming, particularly Asian films which usually make up almost half of every year's selection. Admission rates in 2013 were $9 at the box office in person, $10 online and by phone (2014 rates were not available on date of publication). At various venues.

Through August 5, 2014
First People's Festival
A First Nations festival complete with film presentations, outdoor concerts, visual arts and more. Admission varies by event. At various venues.

Through August 16, 2014
Village Éphémère
A temporary waterfront space set up in an abandoned city lot by the Association du design urbain du Québec promises lounge space, food trucks, DJ sets, a gorgeous view and more. Also one of the best spots to catch the International Fireworks Competition. Free admission. At the foot of Jacques-Cartier Bridge (map).

Through August 20, 2014
Italian Cinema Rendez-Vous
Catch Italian flicks on the big screen outdoors every Wednesday. Free admission. At Parc Dante (map).

Through August 27, 2014
Free Movies in the Park
In a different park every Wednesday.

Through August 31, 2014
Musical Brunches
A chamber music ensemble perform for free every weekend day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cancelled if heavy rain. Free admission. At Place Jacques-Cartier (map).

Through August 31, 2014
Marché des Possibles
A new open air market set up in the Mile End neighborhood features on-site vendors and free performances. Open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the railway between Casgrain and Henri Julien (map).

Through August 31, 2014
Tutankhamen’s Treasures
An exhibition featuring over 400 replicas of works related to the tomb of ancient Egyptian pharaoh King Tut. Admission $15, seniors $12, students $10, ages 7 to 12 $7, free for ages 6 and under. At the Old Port's Hangar 16 (map).

Through September 1, 2014
Gay Village Goes Car-Free
An annual tradition since 2008, the Montreal Gay Village turns itself into a car-free, pedestrian zone filled with terraces and special events. Details here.

Through September 1, 2014
Treasures of Napoleon
“Featuring over 350 artworks – many never before seen by the public – the exhibition will present jewels from Pierre-Jean Chalençon’s prestigious collection and over ten pieces from Serge Joyal’s collection. Among the many masterpieces in the exhibition are paintings and drawings by Gérard, Prud’hon, Gros, David and Percier et Fontaine, and life-like creations by the period’s renowned sculptors Houdon, Canova and Chaudet. Exceptionally crafted personal items from the imperial family and the fine pieces of furniture owned by Napoléon, Murat, Queen Hortense and several generals of the imperial army are also displayed. The exhibition also features elegantly bound books with distinguished coats-of-arm, documents and clothing from the period, including one of Napoléon’s rare surviving hats, the bed he slept in when he was on campaign and a tea set owned by Napoléon and Joséphine.” Admission $20, $18 seniors ages 60 and up, $18 group rate, $15 students ages 17 to 22, $12 ages 6 to 16, free ages 5 and under. At the Crypt of the Notre-Dame Basilica (map).

Through September 21, 2014
Piknic Electronik
Montreal's weekly EDM party in the park. Admission $10 before 3 p.m., $15 after 3 p.m. At Parc Jean-Drapeau (map).

Through September 26, 2014
Screening Under the Stars
Free films outdoors every Tuesday at 9 p.m. At Place de la Paix (map).

Through October 5, 2014
Fabulous Fabergé: Jewellers to the Czars
“The most important Fabergé collection outside Russia is coming to Montreal – the exclusive Canadian venue. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the Russian jeweller Carl Fabergé (1846-1920) created precious objects for the Czars Alexander III and Nicholas II. The name of this firm became synonymous with elegant craftsmanship in luxury jewellery, and is also associated with the final days of the Russian imperial family, a tragic story that marked the start of the twentieth century. The exhibition features some 240 objects, including four of the most famous Easter eggs commissioned by the Romanovs.” Admission $22.50 ages 31 and over; $14.50 ages 13 to 30, free for kids 12 and under; $12.50 every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. At the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (map).

Through October 25, 2014
Montreal Ghost Walks
Go on a Montreal ghost walk (or even ghost hunt) and you'll never see Old Montreal's landmarks in quite the same way. Details.

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