3 Tips for Enjoying Montreal’s Summer Festivals

July 07, 2015

Summer in the City

Summer is here! That means there is no shortage of festivals and outdoor activities to choose from. If you’re here visiting, be sure to make some time to take in one or more of the great festivals and events that take place during August. Book one of our hotels near Ste. Catherines Street for easy access to these summer events. We’ll suggest some of our favorite upcoming festivals further on this article, but first we’d like to give you a few tips and tricks to enjoy these festivals to the max.

Summer Festival Tips

#1. It’s not rocket science; the main thing is to go with a good attitude and some flexibility. While you can expect to have a great time, the one thing you can’t predict is the crowd. Don’t take over-excited fans personally, just try and find a space in the crowd where you feel comfortable.

#2. We suggest taking a few bottles of water or juices along to stay hydrated. If you’re planning on setting up a home-base, take along a cooler full of drinks. Keep in mind any rules about alcohol; some festivals won’t allow it and search coolers and bags upon entry.

#3. Pick up a lightweight backpack. Something small and easy to wear. Toss in a bottle or two of water, some cash, your ID, glow sticks and a camera. Hit the festival like a pro and dance and sing your night away without a worry of where your stuff is at. It’s right on your back! When you’re ready to crash, head back to one of our downtown Montreal hotel suites for a quiet sleep.

Upcoming Montreal Summer Festivals

Here’s a quick list of some of the upcoming festivals you may want to check out this summer. Book your room at one of our affordable downtown Montreal hotels for an easy and convenient home-base. Take a cab, walk or use the Metro to get back and forth.

OSM CLASSICAL SPREE FESTIVAL.  August 5th, 7th & 8th 2015. Held at the Place des Arts in Montreal. Easy to get to from our downtown Montreal hotel. If classical music is your kind of music, don’t miss out on this. You can purchase your tickets online through their website.

MONTREAL'S ITALIAN WEEK FESTIVAL. A whole week of fun from August 8th to the 17th. Everything from awesome Italian food, Fiat cars, fashion and film. Take a look at the official website for more details.

MONTREAL PRIDE.  From August 10th to 16th 2015. Montreal’s Pride Festival is world renowned as one of the most popular gay festivals. If you want to watch the famous LGTB parade, it takes place Sunday the 16th at 1PM on René-Lévesque Boulevard starting at rue Guy and heading east.

FASHION & DESIGN FESTIVAL. From August 17th to the 22nd at the Place des Festivals. Montreal’s fashion festival is your best bet if you love fashion. There are many great activities and events planned, check out their website for details.

MONTREAL COUNTRY FESTIVAL. August 21st to 23rd at the Place Émilie Gamelin. Nothing better than a little country western fun in the summer!

MONTRÉAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL. August 27th to September 7th 2015. Our film festival is getting to be known worldwide as one of the best film festivals yet! Be sure to check out some of the great screenings and events.

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