1. Jazz Fest
"Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guinness World Records, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal has been synonymous with a passion for music for over three decades. Every year, North America’s French-speaking metropolis welcomes global music fans to 10 days of jazzcentric celebration, where fans of all types of jazz-related music rub shoulders with aficionados of the genre in its purest form. The Festival hosts some 30 countries, 3,000 musicians and public entertainers, 1,000 concerts and activities—two-thirds of them free – in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages, welcoming more than 2 million visitors to the city, from noon to midnight! And it all happens on a unique site designed to meet festivalgoers’ every need, in the heart of Montreal’s downtown core, in an area off-limits to car traffic! There’s no doubt – Montreal is the heartbeat of Planet Jazz!"
June 18 to July 8, 2017
2. Just for Laughs
World famous comedy festival featuring some of the world's best comedians. Not just stand up comedy performances the festival also features quirky comedic performances by talented artists.
July 14 to July 30
3. Lobster Clam Jam
A food and drink festival featuring food created by the best chefs in Montreal with live Dj's. Excellent way to kick off the summer!
May 28, 2017
4. Beer Fest
Outdoor and indoor event where you can taste hundreds of different beers.
June 14 to June 18
5. Formula F1 Weekend
The craziest party weekend of the year. F1 attracts tourists from all over the world! All weekend special parties take place all over the city. The best Dj's in the world come to play at some of the most exclusive clubs in Montreal. Private parties and upscale events take place all over the city from Thursday to Sunday. Major downtown streets are closed to make way for outdoor terraces, car shows and concerts. All downtown hotels are fully booked this particular weekend so make sure to reserve accommodations months in advance.
June 9, 10, 11
"Since 2006, Virgin Mobile presents Osheaga Music and Arts festival in collaboration with Molson Canadian has established itself as the most important festival of its genre in Canada. With its numerous outdoor stages located at parc Jean-Drapeau on Montreal’s Saint Helen’s Island, Osheaga attracted 135 000 music lovers from North America and Europe last year. A huge celebration dedicated to music and visual arts, Osheaga has given itself the objective of discovering local and national emerging talent offering them the opportunity to play alongside some of the biggest international artists in the business including: Coldplay, The Killers, Iggy & The Stooges, Sonic Youth, The Roots, Rufus Wainwright, Arcade Fire, Eminem, Beck, Mumford and Sons, The Black Keys, Krendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, The Cure and Jack White as well as up and coming artists such as The Stills, Coeur de pirate, Hey Rosetta!, The Barr Brothers et Half Moon Run. Over the course of several days, approximately 100 bands will take to the various stages at parc Jean-Drapeau and across the city in the festive ambiance that only a Montreal summer can provide. Osheaga also holds a series of concerts and exhibitions in several locations around the city during the week leading up to the main event."
7. Ile Sonic
"Slip into party mode as you join thousands of festival-goers to listen to techno, dance, hip-hop and other electronic beats on Île Sainte-Hélène, where the event’s major international artists will put on their shows. Scheduled over one great weekend, ÎleSoniq is guaranteed fun for locals and visitors alike."
8. Heavy Montreal
"HEAVY MONTRÉAL's 2017 edition will be taking a year off in 2017 in order to return, stronger than ever, on July 28 & 29, 2018 at Parc Jean-Drapeau and on July 27, 2018 with Heavy in the City. While awaiting the return of the festival in July 2018, the Heavy Montréal team will continue to offer Heavy fans a rich lineup of more than a hundred rock and metal shows a year. The festival team is very excited to announce several events in early 2017 that Heavy fans are sure to enjoy!"
Guns and Roses Saturday August 19, 2017 is a show not to be missed!