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Things to Do in Montreal in Summer

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Updated for 2024 Montreal Festivals and Events

Montreal in Summer

Best Canadian City to Visit this Summer

Summer in Montreal is a completely different world, eh! After thawing from our long winter hibernations, us Canadians are ready to bask in the sun and heat.

While I could reiterate the same ol’ things to do, I figured I’d share something fresh. Here are a few unconventional events and sites you might not have on your radar.

But hey, let’s not forget about the senior folks out there. Accessibility and mobility are still a concern in some areas, like Montreal’s Metro. Caution is advised as many stations do not have elevators or escalators.

And let’s not forget the old cobblestone streets in Old Montreal. They make for a charming view but can be a bit hazardous! Always better to be safe than sorry, eh? So, if you’re planning to take a historic walk on those streets, I suggest bringing a cane or walking stick.

Lastly, I’ve added links to get additional information about the sites and events mentioned. That way, you can explore and plan at your own leisure. Enjoy!

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Parades, Festivals, Music, and More


Sadly, I have to tell you the Just for Laughs Festive is no more.  At least for the forseeable future.

Early this year the company that owned the festival, went into bankruptcy protection. So for 2024, there will be no Just for Laughs anywhere.  Montreal, Toronto or Ottawa.

Let’s hope that some wealthy company comes to the rescue for future years.  This comedy festival was the anchor for many more of Montreal’s summertime tourism.


Music and Dance Related Festivals

(for information or tickets click on the title of the festival)

Festival International de Jazz de Montreal

Dates: June 27 to July 6, 2024

The world’s largest jazz festival promises an unforgettable auditory feast, featuring a lineup of international and local artists. Prepare to sway to the rhythm of jazz in the heart of Montreal.


Dates: August 2 to 4, 2024

Osheaga continues to be a pilgrimage for indie music lovers. Offering a mix of genres, this festival gathers world-renowned artists and up-and-coming bands alike in the scenic Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Ile Soniq

Dates: August 9 to 11, 2024

Experience the electrifying atmosphere of Ile Soniq, where the beats of electronic dance music (EDM) fuel a high-energy party under the open sky.

Festival Quartiers Danses

Dates: Sept 5 to 15, 2024

Discover contemporary dance in unexpected places with the Festival Quartiers Danses. This event showcases creativity and innovation through performances by renowned choreographers.


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L’international des Feux Loto-Quebec

Run: June to August, 2024

Marvel at the spectacle of fireworks lighting up the night sky over La Ronde amusement park. This international competition blends pyrotechnics with music for a mesmerizing experience.

Taste of the Caribbean

Dates: July 11 to 14, 2024

Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Caribbean with this festival featuring authentic cuisine, music, and dance.

Fantasia International Film Festival

Dates: July 18 to Aug 4, 2024

For film enthusiasts, the Fantasia International Film Festival is a must-attend. Explore a diverse selection of films from around the globe, ranging from horror to anime.

Fierte Montreal Festival (Pride)

Dates: August 1 to 11, 2024

Celebrate diversity and inclusivity at the Montreal Pride Festival. The city comes alive with parades, performances, and parties.

Looking for an exciting way to spend your time in Montreal this summer? Look no further than the incredible sports scene!

First up, we have the Montreal Alouettes, who play Canadian Football. They take on their opponents at the Molson-Percival Stadium on the vibrant McGill University campus. Trust us, Canadian football is way more exciting to watch than the NFL. With more passing thanks to one less down and a larger field, you’re in for a treat. Plus, some of the NFL’s biggest names got their start in the CFL, so you could be watching the next big thing.

Check for tickets here when you are in town.

If you’re in town in August, don’t miss the National Bank Open presented by Rogers. Professional tennis players from all over the world gather to play in this 1000-level tournament. This is a great way to see the cream of the crop before the US Open at the end of the month. Just remember that the men’s and women’s tours alternate venues each year; this year the women are playing in Montreal.

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Finally, we have CF Montreal – Montreal’s official team in the North American Soccer League. The team plays at the Saputo Stadium, nearby the Olympic Stadium. Start your day by checking out the stunning stadium before heading to a local restaurant for an early dinner, and then cap off your night with soccer action.

Check for ticket availability here.

Whichever sports event you choose, make sure to plan for a full day of fun! Take in a museum or wander around the McGill University campus before the game, or head to the observation deck in the Olympic Park for an unbeatable view. And if your visit coincides with Montreal Pride, be sure to book a hotel outside the village. Trust us, you’ll be in for a treat!


4 Day Trips from Montreal in Summer

Beat the Summer Heat and Get Out of Montreal


Hey there, Montreal can be brutal in the summer, with the heat and humidity threatening to melt your foundations! So, if you’re looking for a sweet escape, here are some of my favorite day trips to take to get you out of the city:

First on the list is Eastern Townships. This little gem is about a couple of hours southeast of Montreal. It’s well known for its rolling hills, farm freshness, and small-town charm. Check out some of the nearby towns like North Hatley, Eastman, and Knowlton, or even venture out further and stay overnight in one of their rustic Airbnb’s. Don’t leave town without tasting some of the local wines. Find out more info on the Eastern Townships here.

Up next is Mont Tremblant. It’s only 90 minutes away from Montreal and I know what you’re thinking – skiing and winter sports, right? Wrong! This place has something for everyone. Hike up the mountain, go mountain biking, or water-skiing, or just press pause and enjoy the lovely view. There are also plenty of restaurants, pubs, and shops where you can relax, or book a spa treatment if you’re feeling fancy.

Learn more about what is available at Mt. Tremblant here.

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Third on my list is Hudson. It’s a peaceful town that’s just an hour away from Montreal. Hudson has quickly grown in popularity for those who want to escape the rat race and chill a little. You can stay in one of their adorable inns and indulge in a farm-to-table restaurant scene. Take a relaxing Walk in Jack Layton Park or ferry your way to Oka, a charming village and home of Oka cheese.

Learn more about Hudson area here.

Lastly, we have Saint-Sauveur. It’s much like Mont Tremblant, only closer to Montreal, and is known for its winter sports. But don’t let that stop you from visiting in the summer! With hiking, spas, and relaxation in mind, Saint-Sauveur is an ideal destination, and it won’t disappoint.

Tourisme Saint-Sauveur.


Things to do in Summer in Montreal

Ferris Wheels and Fireworks in Montreal


One final thought on a cool activity whether young or old, in August Montreal holds an international fireworks competition along the riverfront.  While I can’t guarantee the weather, I would recommend you pick a night – well in advance – and book a spin on La Grand Roue. (The giant Ferris wheel on the riverfront).

A spectacular point to check out some of the fireworks.  While you may have to share your cabin depending on your group’s size, I can’t recommend this enough.  (Note this may change from year to year).

Search for Grande Roue Tickets here.



With all that Montreal and its surrounding districts have to offer, the city is packed with once in a lifetime experiences. Whether it’s watching the fireworks, partaking in an exciting festival, or mastering the art of fine dining, the diversity of activities will suit anyone’s needs. Plus, with Canada’s dollar relatively weaker than our neighbours to the south, any would-be visitors from The States won’t break their bank accounts. That being said, if things get too hot in Montreal, take a driving tour through one of many charming districts – you just might never want to leave! So, what are you waiting for? Don’t wait around – plan your Montreal journey today and start experiencing everything the city has to offer! Enjoy!

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