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La Fête des Neiges

Winter festival celebrating everything snow related. Held on three consecutive weekends in Parc Jean Drapeau, the event offers park trails, skating, boot hockey and tube sliding.

Date: 19 January 2019 - 10 February 2019
Venue: Parc Jean Drapeau.
Website: http://www.parcjeandrapeau.com
Cost:

Various


Montreal en Lumiere

A foodie fest on a grand scale, Montreal en Lumiere (Highlights Festival) takes place at the city's top restaurants. An extraordinary culinary and vinicultural adventure is promised, as top chefs, wine-producers and assorted connoisseurs arrive to meet up with their local counterparts for a very special party. At Highlights, diners have the opportunity to enjoy the perfect marriage of foods and wines in expert company at wonderful suppers. On a more modest level, fortifying comfort food from the four corners of the world is served at modest prices at lunch time.

Date: 21 February 2019 - 03 March 2019
Venue: Restaurants and venues across Montreal.
Website: http://www.montrealhighlights.com
Cost:

Various.


Montreal Fringe Festival

Fringe theatre, with some comedy, music and dance.

Date: 27 May 2019 - 16 June 2019
Venue: Various Plateau venues.
Website: https://montrealfringe.ca/
Cost:

Various.


Tour de l'Ile de Montréal

World's largest public bicycle race is also part of the Montreal Bike Fest where several races are featured.

Date: 02 June 2019 - 02 June 2019
Venue: Around Montreal.
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Grand Prix Montreal

Petrolheads should head to Montreal for the best-known Formula 1 racing car event with 70 laps of thrilling action planned on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit.

Date: 07 June 2019 - 09 June 2019
Venue: Gilles Villeneuve.
Website: http://www.grandprixmontreal.com/
Cost:

Prices vary


La Fête Nationale du Québec

Historically, 24 June has marked the midsummer solstice and the religious feast day of Saint-Jean-Baptiste (St John the Baptist). Today it’s become a celebration of Quebecois pride. Quebec natives and French Canadians throughout the country commemorate this annual holiday with vibrant local festivities. Montreal in particular goes to town with a spectacular show of musical performances, fun family entertainment and a flamboyant parade.

Date: 24 June 2019 - 24 June 2019
Venue: Throughout Quebec, with smaller celebrations elsewhere in Canada
Website: http://www.fetenationale.quebec/
Cost:

Free.


Montreal International Jazz Festival

The first Montreal International Jazz Festival was held in 1980 and attracted thousands of people. Since then it has grown to become one of the biggest jazz events in the world now attracting millions of visitors. The 12-day festival is held in various venues across Montreal and puts on an eclectic music program ranging from traditional jazz through to blues and reggae played by musicians from all over the world. Many of the performances are free of charge, helping to create an incredible party atmosphere.

Date: 27 June 2019 - 06 July 2019
Venue: Various concert halls and cafes across Montreal.
Website: http://www.montrealjazzfest.com
Cost:

Ticket prices vary. Many performances are free.


Montreal International Fireworks Competition

The largest pyrotechnics competition of its kind in the world, the Montreal International Fireworks Competition has been going since 1985 and is one of this city's top attractions. Head for Parc Jean-Drapeau or La Ronde for a view of the spectacle.

Date: 29 June 2019 - 27 July 2019
Venue: Various venues.
Website: https://www.sixflags.com/larondeen/linternational-des-feux/overview

Festival International Nuits d'Afrique

The Festival International Nuits d’Afrique is back in Montreal. As North America’s biggest world music spectacle, the Festival International Nuits d’Afrique is a fitting showcase for all musical styles of African descent and a great opportunity to discover the sounds of the continent via the Montreal festival scene. This world-class music event will present plenty of acts from different countries, plus free outdoor activities and shows for the whole family.

Date: 09 July 2019 - 21 July 2019
Venue: Various.
Website: http://www.festivalnuitsdafrique.com/en/festival/home
Cost:

Various.


Just for Laughs Festival

For a rib-tickling, hilarious time, Montreal is the place to be over 10 days in midsummer. Daily helpings of mirth and laughter are doled out at comedy shows across the city, featuring some of the world's top comedy acts. In addition to that, there are plenty of free events to tickle the funny bone. Just For Laughs run comedy shows year-round, but festival time also features Crowd Pleasers, a comprehensive variety of interactive, outrageous, popular and entertaining activities and events designed to reach as wide an audience as possible. These vignettes of comic street theatre attract people of all ages and backgrounds. La Grande Bouffe is a big free feast that attracts thousands, and the festival concludes with a spectacular Big Event held in Quebec.

Date: 10 July 2019 - 28 July 2019
Venue: Various indoor and outdoor venues.
Website: http://comedypro.hahaha.com/
Cost:

Various.


Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival)

Independent film festival with entrants from around the world in an event that is designed to encourage cultural diversity and understanding.

Date: 01 August 2019 - 30 September 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various cinemas in Montreal.
Cost:

Various.


Rogers Cup Canada

The Rogers Cup Men's event and the Rogers Cup Women's event are each important legs of the ATP Masters Series. They rotate each year between the Rexall Centre in Toronto and the Uniprix Stadium in Montreal. The men's event features the biggest names in the game - since the inception of the Masters Series in 2000, the top 52 players in the world are automatically entered. Record crowds turn up to watch the top level encounters of this competition, but there is more than just tennis on offer. The Rogers Cup mixes sport and culture, including music concerts and lavish opening ceremonies.

Date: 05 August 2019 - 11 August 2019
Website: https://www.tennistours.com/de/rogers-cup/info
Cost:

Various.


Montreal First Peoples' Festival

Film, art, music and dance celebrating native culture. Other myriad events, from gastronomy to cinematography, from poetry readings to electro concerts, also take place.

Date: 06 August 2019 - 14 August 2019
Venue: Various venues.

Montreal Festival of Fashion and Design

Celebrating international and local high-fashion and design, this is a rather glamorous event that features renowned national designers, exciting musical performances and special events.

Date: 19 August 2019 - 24 August 2019
Website: http://www.festivalmodedesign.com

Mutek

MUTEK is a digital arts and electronic music festival, featuring artists and professionals from different countries for five days of indoor and outdoor performances, presentations, special events, workshops and panels. The MUTEK name has become synonymous with groundbreaking live performances by the most adventurous talents contemporary electronic music has to offer, and this edition is no exception.

Date: 20 August 2019 - 25 August 2019
Venue: Various locations in the heart of Montreal.
Website: http://www.mutek.org/
Cost:

Ticket prices vary. Many performances are free.


Black & Blue Festival

Gay benefit party and cultural week, hosted by some of the world’s biggest DJs, attended by revellers and raising money for HIV/AIDs charities.

Date: 01 October 2019 - 31 October 2019
(Date to be confirmed)
Website: http://www.bbcm.org
Cost:

Various


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Taking its name from the entertainment district where it's based, Hotel Quartier des Spectacles' exposed brickwork, hardwood floors and simple yet spaciously designed rooms makes it one of the most appealing budget options in the downtown area. Recently renovated, the four-story centennial building currently doesn't offer disabled access.

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

Due to reopen in June 2017 following a C$140 million refurbishment project, this Montreal landmark has hosted a fair few celebrities, and was the headquarters of John and Yoko’s famous ‘bed in’. Its central location and métro link up is ideal for disoriented travellers. Services are top of the range with a beauty parlour, health club and indoor pool.

InterContinental Montreal

Opposite the Palais des Congrès convention centre and perched on the edge of Old Montreal, the InterContinental Montreal is well situated for sightseeing and is linked to a stunning atrium. Its 357 rooms and suites are well-appointed and the turret suites offer great wraparound views. For relaxation, there is a fitness centre, sauna and pool.

Hotel Le Crystal

Those in search of deluxe accommodation need look no further. Rooms are kitted out with top of the range gizmos, including flat screen tvs, super powered shower heads, espresso machines and high speed Wi-Fi. Suites range from urban to penthouse, all boasting modern-elegant surroundings, plush beds and excellent bathrooms. The hotel’s pool, spa and health centre are all also state of the art, naturally.

Château Versailles

This Agatha Christie-esque hotel is ideal for anyone looking for a quiet Montreal hotel. Converted from posh townhouses, the interior features antique fixtures, delightful rooms and an overall classy atmosphere. You won’t be able to find a better location, right in the city’s heart and at the base of Mount Royal. Pampered pooches are welcome, as are well-behaved children. In addition to the usual services, the hotel also offers hourly baby-sitting.

Hotel Le Germain

This Montreal hotel has 101 designer rooms. Everything is eye pleasing from the minimalist furniture to the low-lit hallways. If you own an iPad and appreciate nice shoes this trendy hotel should tick your boxes. Rooms are loft style and have superior cotton sheets goose down duvets and – ladies will appreciate this - Aveda bathroom products.