Top Events Canada TOP 20 EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN MONTRÉAL QUÉBEC CANADA

Showcased here are not all the events and festivals taking place in Montréal, Québec - only the top, main events and festivals.

A couple of the top 20 events in Montréal, Québec are the Montréal High Lights Festival one of the largest winter festivals in the world, and Mondial recognized as North America’s most important festival of international beers.

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Fete des Neiges de Montréal
mid January - early February
Montréal, Québec (QC)
Top Events Canada – Winter Events and winter festivals

Celebrating 30 years as a popular winter event, The Fête des neiges de Montréal offers all sorts of fun involving everything from snow to ice at Parc Jean-Drapeau on three consecutive weekends at the beginning of the year. Highlights include 15 snow slopes for breathtaking tube-sliding, the zip-line, dog sledding, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing, boot, street and ice hockey, snow-scootering, skating along the river, snow ball battles. and the fun of the fabulous Snow Village, and even addictive dancing at the disco-themed La Bouletheque.

For more information about Fete des Neiges de Montréal visit:
http://www.parcjeandrapeau.com/events/fete-des-neiges-de-montre






Igloofest
mid January to early February
Old Port of Montréal, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – Winter Events and winter festivalsA large outdoor winter rave at the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal, the unusual Igloofest, regarded as the hippest city event in Canada, attracts tens of thousands of visitors to enjoy electronic dance music over four weekends totaling 12 nights. Attracting the the best local and international DJs, Igloofest showcases festival goers traditionally dressed in one-piece ski suits for the raves, with the best outfits being posted on Igloofest's website and awarded prizes.

For more information about Igloofest in the Old Port of Montréal visit:
http://igloofest.ca/en/



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Montréal High Lights Festival
Montréal en Lumière
late February to early March
Montréal, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – Winter Events and winter festivalsOne of the largest winter festivals in the world, and one of the most popular winter festivals in Canada, the ten-day Montréal High Lights Festival, also known as Montréal en Lumière, attracts more than 900,000 visitors each year to the heart of downtown Montréal to enjoy a wide range of more than 100 concerts showcasing musical acts, live theatre, jugglers and acrobats, over 200 food and wine events and a high number of exhibitions and performances, free outdoor family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original events. The Montréal High Lights Festival transforms the Quartier des spectacles and its Place des Festivals — the festive heart of downtown Montréal — into the ultimate family destination!

For more information about the Montréal High Lights Festival visit:
http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/home.aspx


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Montréal High Lights Festival is one of the Top 20 events in the whole of Canada






St Patrick’s Day Parade
late March
Montréal, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – St Patrick's DayHeld every year since 1824, 192 years and longest consecutively running parade without interruption, Montréal’s St Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the longest-running Saint Patrick's Day parades in North America and has come to be recognized as one of North America's Top 10 Saint Patrick's Day Parades. With the appearance of a giant replica of St Patrick marking the start of the fun, the three hour parade of floats, over 40 marching bands bands, a score of community and cultural groups, and thousands of appropriately dressed participants in green, the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Montréal draws a crowd of approximately 600,000 fans as it weaves through downtown Montreal.

For more information about the Montréal St Patrick's Day visit:
http://www.montrealirishparade.com/



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St Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the Top 20 events in the whole of Canada







Montreal Chamber Music Festival
mid - late May
Montréal, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada –  Top Classical Music Events in CanadaWelcoming many of the finest artists in the world, as well as young future stars, this international chamber music festival taking place in the heart of Montréal has attracted well over 100,000 spectators since it began in 1995. Millions also enjoy this event every year on the radio, television and internet. It has received a number of awards including the the Grand Prix du Tourisme Québécois-Région de Montréal and the Grand Prix du Tourisme Québécois-National. The Montreal Chamber Music Festival also features free events in unconventional locations and pre-concert talks.

For more information about the Montreal Chamber Music Festival visit:
http://www.festivalmontreal.org/festival/en





Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal
early June
Montréal, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – Fringe TheatreThe Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal, now more than 22 years old, is unique in that rather than accepting the first applicants of different types and nationalities as other fringe theatre events, it holds separate lotteries to select 35% Québec artists (half English, half French), 15% Canadian talents, and 15% international performers. Through most of June, this popular event presents over 700 performances by over 500 theatre, comedy, dance, music and visual artists.

For more information about the Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal visit:
http://www.montrealfringe.ca/






Le Mondial de La Bière
early June
Montréal, Québec (QC)

Regarded as North America’s most important festival of international beers, and attracting over 160,000 visitors each year, the ever popular Mondial de la Bière is now more than 21 years old, and still going strong, offering a wide range of events, from beer competitions with respectable prizes and contests with professional tasters, to beer-making demonstrations, and of course, plenty of beer.

For more about the Mondial de la Bière see:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Quebec-QC-Mondial-de-la-Biere.html
or visit the official web site at http://festivalmondialbiere.qc.ca






Grand Prix of Montreal
early June
Montréal, Québec (QC)


An annual auto race held in Montreal, Canada taking place at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on the Ile de Notre Dame, an artificial island built for Expo 67, the Canadian Grand Prix, also known as the Grand Prix du Canada, is world famous as being an integral part of the Champ Car World Series. Taking hold of the city of Montréal for 72 hours each year, the Grand Prix of Montreal is one of the the most watched Formula One GP in the world.

Visit the Canadian Grand Prix web site at:
http://www.grandprixmontreal.com






FrancoFolies de Montréal
mid June
Montréal, Québec (QC)

For more than 22 years, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal has attracted well over 1 million visitors from all over the world to share in a celebration of French-speaking music. Hundreds of indoor shows and free outdoor concerts feature performances by Francophone artists from various genres and nationalities.

Visit the Les FrancoFolies de Montréal web site at:
http://www.francofolies.com/default-fr.aspx






L'International des Feux Loto-Québec
late June to early August
Montréal, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada - fireworksShowcasing 8 firework displays offered by different countries around the world each summer, beginning at the end of June and carrying on to early August, the increasingly popular L'International des Feux Loto-Québec is now recognized as one of the major events in Montréal and indeed in Canada attracting experts in firework displays from Spain to Australia.

For more information about the L'International des Feux Loto-Québec visit:
http://internationaldesfeuxloto-quebec.com/en/






Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Montréal International Jazz Festival
end June / beginning July
Montréal, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – Jazz FestivalsEach summer, for ten days from the end of June to early July, the world’s largest jazz festival, the Montreal International Jazz Festival event showcases the talents of more than 3,500 artists from over 30 different countries in almost 700 concerts in the streets of downtown Montreal with the sounds of everything from traditional jazz to blues, Latin, gospel, Brazilian, Cuban, African and world beat.

For more information about the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Quebec-QC-Festival-International-de-Jazz-de-Montreal.html
or see:
http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/default-en.aspx






Canada Day Montreal
1 July
Montréal, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – Canada Day CelebrationsReminding over 34 millions of Canadians of their pride for living in the second largest country in the world, the Canada Day Montreal celebrations in Montreal showcases a number of events including the swearing in of twenty-five new families as new Canadian citizens. Adding to this, fun and activities include the fun, multiple inflatable games that attract children from all over Canada, street entertainers to entertain the whole family, and all sorts of fun that end with the amazing display of the themed fireworks display.

For more information about the Canada Day Montreal event visit:
http://www.canadadaymontreal.org/





Montréal Complètement Cirque – Montréal Cirque Festival
early to mid July
Montréal, Québec (QC)

A popular event that is getting bigger and even more popular every year, the Montréal Complètement Cirque – Montréal Cirque Festival showcases a wide range of circus art forms earning the city of Montréal the reputation as one of the world’s premier circus destinations highlighting the talents of homegrown artists and presenting talented circus performers from all over the world. For over 25 years, this regular summer event presenting everything from tightrope walking and aerial ballets to a human cannonball and a spider man has attracted thousands of people.

For more information about the Montréal Complètement Cirque – Montréal Cirque Festival visit:
http://montrealcirquefest.com






Just for Laughs Festival
late July
Montréal, Québec (QC)


Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaThe world’s largest comedy event, Just for Laughs brings more than 2 million people together to celebrate comedy in gala performances, theatre, club shows, comedic films, open-air shows, television specials and an industry marketplace. A Montréal institution for almost 30 years, the Just For Laughs Festival has been treating spectators to the widest array of international comedians and purely funny people ever assembled.

For more information about the Just for Laughs Festival visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Quebec-QC-Just-for-Laughs-Festival.html
or take a look at or visit the official web site a
http://www.hahaha.com/en




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Just for Laughs Festival is one of the Top 20 events in the whole of Canada




Pride Montreal
mid August
Montreal, Québec (QC)

Gay Pride in CanadaFestivities for Pride Montreal begin with a parade featuring floats from hundreds of local sports teams, cultural and community groups as well as other gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations, all of which are competing for the awards for the Most Crowd-Pleasing Float, Best Expression of the Theme for the year, Best Choreography by a group, Best Costume and Make-up, Best Community Group Float of the year, Best Corporate Float of the year, as well as special “Jury Prizes”. Celebrations continue at Place Émilie-Gamelin during the MEGA T-DANCE until the closing show.

For more information about Pride Montreal visit:
http://www.fiertemontrealpride.com/en/pride





Montreal World Film Festival – Festival des Films du Monde
mid - late August
Montreal, Québec (QC)

Top Events Canada – Film FestivalsA popular festival for more than a third of a century, the Montreal World Film Festival – Festival des Films du Monde attracts more than 390,000 visitors each year to enjoy foreign, independent and documentary films and the contributions of first-time filmmakers. Every year, films from over 80 countries, including those by well-known and first-time filmmakers alike, are selected.

For more information about the Montreal World Film Festival visit:
http://www.ffm-montreal.org





POPMontréal
September, October
Montréal, Québec (QC)


An international music festival, the 5-day POPMontréal features more than 600 new and celebrated, Francophone, Canadian, and international pop musicians every year. A success for well over a decade, POPMontréal attracts over 50 000 fans every year with not only gifted musicians, but also visual art exhibitions symposium discussions, fashion shows, film screenings, and a host of entertainment.

For more information about POPMontreal visit:
http://popmontreal.com/






Magic of Lanterns
September, October
Montréal, Québec (QC)

Based on a centuries-old Chinese New Year tradition in which lanterns are carried through the streets as the day fades away and the night begins, the Magic of Lanterns festival takes place in the Chinese Garden of the Montréal Botanical Garden in Fall each year and is ranked as one of the largest of its kind in the world and voted one of the American Bus Association top events for 2011.

For more information about the Magic of Lanterns, see:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Quebec-QC-Magic-of-Lanterns-Festival.html
or visit the official web site at:
www2.ville.montreal.qc.ca/jardin/en/propos/lanternes.html








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