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Montreal Summer Events 2014

Montreal's Hottest Summer Festivals


Montreal Summer Events in 2014: The Crème de la Crème
Believe it or not, this town is high on energy every season. Even the coldest days of winter don't stop us from dancing in the streets, but there's something unique about Montreal's hot and sticky summers. Thoroughfares close off to cars to make way for sidewalk sales and terrasses (Montreal-speak for "patio"), the Place des festivals primes its 235 water jets for weeks of free concerts and events, Parc Jean-Drapeau turns into a wonderland of music fests, picnics and assorted frolicking and some the Montreal summer events below draw crowds in the millions.

1. Montreal Beer Festival

Montreal summer events in 2014 include Montreal Beer Fest le Mondial de la Bière.
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I'm cheating a little here. It's technically still spring when Montreal's Mondial de la bière rolls around the first week of June, but this event has the making of a summer prelude. A chance to sample hundreds of beers from around the world, try the latest in chocolate beer, pair a lager with a slab of kangaroo meat or indulge in special brews made expressly for the festival.
When: usually the first week of June

2. Montreal Fireworks Competition

montreal summer events 2014 fireworks competition
Photo by Flickr user Zanastardust
The largest pyrotechnics competition of its kind in the world, the Montreal International Fireworks Competition has been going strong since 1985 and remains one of this city's top attractions, showering Montreal skies every Saturday evening (Wednesday evenings too, depending on the edition) throughout the summer.
When: June through July, sometimes August

3. Dancing Under the Sun and Stars

montreal summer events 2014
Photo © Evelyn Reid
Montreal dance events are popular and plentiful regardless of season. But when summer rolls around, outdoor dancing becomes an epidemic in this town. Whether you want to practice the tango with a partner, learn the salsa on a tight budget, dance to tribal beats in the park or just want to let loose to tunes spinned by international icons for a bargain, then read on. There's a dance event for everyone of every age.
When: June through September

4. Sidewalk Sales

montreal summer events sidewalk sales
Photo © Evelyn Reid
Great shopping deals are a sidewalk sale given, as are car exhibits, outdoor cheap eats live entertainment, busking and activities for kids. The favorite sales of the season tend to be sidewalk sales held on the Main but all of Montreal's ventes de trottoir have a little something to offer bargain hunters as well as the whole family.
When: June through October

5. F1 Canadian Grand Prix

montreal summer events 2014 formula 1 canada grand prix
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Montreal goes absolutely nuts when F1 rolls into town. But it's not everyone's cup of tea. Many locals hide at home the duration of the weekend, while others dive head first into the madness.
When: generally early to mid-June

6. Les FrancoFolies de Montréal

montreal summer events 2014 les francofolies de montreal
Quebec music icon Robert Charlebois is a FrancoFolies alumnus. Pascal le Segretain/Getty Images
One of Montreal's most important festivals, attracting almost one million spectators over the course of ten days, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal is the largest French music festival in the world, and the best time of the year to discover the language of love in song. Over the fest's ten-day run is featured several free outdoor shows at Place des festivals.
When: two weeks in mid-June

7. World Cup Fever

Montreal summer events 2014 include experiencing World Cup fever.
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World cup season in Montreal is a pretty big deal, bigger than you'd think for a North American city. FIFA football (aka soccer) fans are known to take to the streets and hoot, honk and hurrah up a storm over their favorite team winning, even if it's just over whomever made it to the next round. But things really pick up a notch come finals. Memories of Italy winning the 2006 World Cup still haunt me. The noise lasted for HOURS as fans circulated through Little Italy and surrounding neighborhoods cheering well past sunset. So in honor of the 2014 edition, I put together a list of places in Montreal struck with World Cup fever. Drop by any of these locales and you just might catch the bug yourself.
When: from mid-June to mid-July

8. Montreal Ghost Walks and Ghost Hunts

Montreal summer events 2014 include ghost walks and ghost hunts.
Photo courtesy of Les Fantômes du Vieux-Montréal
Go on a Montreal ghost walk (or even a ghost hunt) and you'll never see Old Montreal's streets and landmarks in quite the same way.
When: late June through October

9. Montreal Jazz Festival

montreal summer events 2014 jazz festival
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The largest jazz festival in the world is right here, in Montreal, drawing in two million people over the course of its roughly two-week run. Hundreds of indoor shows complemented by hundreds of free outdoor show featuring the best in the biz -- alumni include Diana Krall, Prince, Pat Metheny, Ray Charles, Sade, Dave Brubeck, The Roots, Smokey Robinson, Esperanza Spalding and Robert Plant -- check out this year's Montreal Jazz Festival lineup. And be primed to join the masses indulging in dozens of free outdoor shows scheduled every day at Place des festivals, the Jazz Fest hub.
When: late June through early July

10. Carifiesta

montreal summer events 2014
Photo by Flickr user Zanastardust
Carifiesta Montreal -- Carifête in French -- is one of the city's more engaging parades, a July tradition since 1975 celebrating Montreal's Caribbean community, carnival style, with beautiful costumes, steelpan performances and vibrant parade participants animating the event.
When: usually the first Saturday of July

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