Once the warm weather hits Montreal, the city transforms into a metropolis simply brimming with energy. With Montrealers ecstatic to be outside once more after a harsh winter, the city meets their demand for fun with an amazing array of events. There’s a reason why summer in Montreal is known as “festival season,” and June is the month that kicks off the whole shebang.
From the start of the month right up until the end, there’s a festival or a major cultural attraction going on in Montreal. To get the most of out of the city as a newcomer or business traveler during the busy (in a fun way) month of June, be sure to get right in the thick of all the cultural events by staying in a furnished apartment, rather than be away from all the action in a hotel. By being only a short walk to the events below, you’re guaranteed a good time in Montreal this June.
St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival
- Where: Saint-Laurent/Rachel + various locations
- When: June 1st to June 21st
Much like most other Fringe Festivals found in other cities, the Montreal version is a celebration of all things theatrical, but since it is Montreal’s take on Fringe, expect a certain level of energy you won’t find elsewhere. Perfect for any evening you find yourself with some free time, Montreal’s Fringe Festival has shows of every sort. Be sure to check out the festival’s main hub on Saint-Laurent/Rachel where a variety of free outdoor events will take place.
Montreal Digital Spring
- Where: Various Locations
- When: Ongoing ’til June 21st
A city-wide collaboration between digital artists, leaders of commerce, and academics, the first annual Montreal Digital Spring is all about technological innovation of every form. Art, science, and commerce combine within the Digital Spring’s exhibitions with topics ranging from cinematic special effects, to visual art, to smartphone apps. Both a sensory and intellectual experience, the Montreal Digital Spring is ideal for all those who work in the tech or the arts.
Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada
- Where: Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve @ Parc Jean-Drapeau + various locations
- When: June 4th to June 7th
Not just a race, F1 in Montreal is a whole weekend of car-centric events and parties. Entire streets of downtown Montreal (Peel, Crescent, Saint-Laurent) are made into full-on pedestrian zones bustling with activity, and when paired with the wide variety of restaurant deals, special exhibitions, and parties, F1 weekend is impossible to miss while in Montreal. Even if you’re not going to the race, you can have a memorable time.
- Where: Saint-Laurent Boulevard + various locations
- When: June 4th to 14th
An arts and culture event like no other, Mural Festival transforms Saint-Laurent Boulevard into a hub of artistic creation. Murals are painted right before your eyes on the city’s walls, along with food vendors, art fairs, and block parties going on all throughout the 11-day festival. Fans of street art can’t miss this yearly event, and since most of the attractions are free, even those unfamiliar with the scene will want to check out the festivities.
First Friday Food Truck Festival
- Where: The Esplanade Financière Sun Life @ Montreal’s Olympic Stadium
- When: June 5th
Montreal does food trucks a bit differently than most cities, adhering to a gourmet and artisanal culinary aesthetic. Finding all the food trucks can be a bit difficult for travellers, but not during the First Friday Food Truck Festival, where nearly all of the city’s mobile food vendors are under one roof for you to enjoy. Held inside Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, the event is just as much a party as it is about food, so be sure to come hungry for delicious eats and a good time.
Les FrancoFolie de Montreal
- Where: Quartier des spectacles + various locations
- When: June 11th to 20th
Focusing on the city’s French music culture, FrancoFolies offers you a window into the musical stylings of artists largely underrepresented in the mainstream English-speaking music scene. Don’t worry if you know nothing about French music, as you can just head to Quartier des spectacles in the downtown core where tons of free concerts will be held.
- Where: Palais des congrès
- When: June 10th to 14th
A must-attend for all beer lovers, the Montreal BeerFest is an exhibition of the province’s best brewers, with over 100 different kinds of beers for you to try. With an outdoor patio, tons of food, and a whole lot of beer, there’s a good reason BeerFest is one of June’s most anticipated events.
Taste of the Caribbean
- Where: 364 Rue de la Commune E (Old Port)
- When: June 26th to 28th
Caribbean culture comes to the forefront during Taste of the Caribbean, which is a festival not solely focused on food. Experience all aspects of the Caribbean lifestyle during the weekend-long event, which will undoubtedly fill the last weekend of June with an amazing amount of fun in the sun.
Montreal’s International Jazz Festival
- Where: Quartier des spectacles+ various locations
- When: June 26th to July 5th
One of the world’s largest Jazz events, the Montreal International Jazz Festival gets better each year with a wide array of both free and ticketed shows. Not only restricted to Jazz, a variety of musical acts are featured throughout the festival. Just be sure to check out the festival program well before your visit, as some of the best shows tend to sell out quick.