5 Awesome Montreal Music Festivals You Must Attend

April 29, 2016

Summer in Montreal means great weather, outdoor activities, and of course, a full lineup of music festivals. Appealing to both dedicated and casual fans alike, these summer music festivals feature the best performers, plus great ambiance. If you’re in Greater Montreal this summer, consider spending an afternoon, an evening, or a whole weekend at one of these five awesome musical gatherings.

FrancoFolies de Montréal

When? June 9 to 18

Where? Quartier des spectacles

Since 1989, this French-language music and performance festival has been attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators. Unlike other Montreal festivals that focus solely on one type of music, FrancoFolies features several artists representing everything from rock to folk to hip hop. Performances carry on every night for the entire duration of the festival.

Montreal International Jazz Festival

When? June 29 to July 9

Where? Quartier des spectacles

For years, Jazz enthusiasts have convened in Montreal for this world famous jazz festival. Experiencing the European flavor of Montreal is one thing; experiencing Montreal during the Jazz Festival is something truly special.

Piknic Electronik

When? Sundays from May 22 to October 2

Where? Park Jean-Drapeau

Unlike other festivals that last a week, Piknic Electronik lasts all summer long. Every Sunday, fans of electronic music can head to Parc Jean-Drapeau to get their groove on with live sets by DJs from around the world. The fun starts at 2:00pm and ends by 9:30pm, so you’ll have time to get home and rest up before work the next day.


When? July 29 to 31

Where? Park Jean-Drapeau

Hipsters, indie kids, and fans of new music will love this three-day celebration of nothing but pop, rock, and alternative tunes. The festival’s five stages host well over 100 bands.


When? August 5 and 6

Where? Park Jean-Drapeau

The two days of Îlesoniq are jam packed with live electronic music from noon until almost midnight. The 2016 lineup should be announced soon!

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