Montréal is a dynamic city that never sleeps. Music, culture, cuisine… no matter who you are, you’ll find what you love no matter the season. Every month has exceptional events on offer, and when the summer rolls in, the city becomes a veritable oasis of activity and excitement.
If you’re looking for ways to enjoy these long and beautiful days of summer without emptying your wallet, here are eight free events you won’t want to miss. Happenings and festivals that make summer in Montréal so great!
World Triathlon Montréal
June 23 to 26, 2022
Come cheer on local and international athletes! The World Triathlon Championship Series is an elite sporting event and the most important international triathlon competition Québec has ever hosted featuring athletes from around the world. An exceptional edition you just won’t want to miss! It all happens at Clock Tower Quay at the Old Port of Montréal!
- Canada Day
July 1, 2
This July 1st, come celebrate and catch a great wave of Canada Day energy coming at you from the main stage at the Old Port of Montréal! This year’s Canada Day show will feature lots of percussions and all kinds of musical styles including Samian, Marc Dupré, Mateo, Naomi, Joseph Edgar, and Annie Villeneuve.
Starting at 1pm, joins us for a gun salute ceremony by the Canadian Armed Forces, followed by activities hosted by Parks Canada, and the traditional sharing of the Canada Day cake. After a festive day of fun, the skies will light up with a fireworks show starting at 10pm.
Daytime activities take place at Clock Tower Quay and evening activities will be happening at Carré Saint-Pierre (located between the Saint-Pierre entrance and Alexandra Quay).
- The Grand PoutineFest
July 13 to 31
The Grand PoutineFest will be stopping at Clock Tower Quay in the Old Port! Wander around and choose from up to twenty different poutine styles that all feature delicious fries, sauce and that great squeaky cheese. And the kids can enjoy bouncy castles and carnival games too! Entry is free and 50 cents from every purchase will be donated to the Opération Enfant Soleil foundation.
- Fantasia Film Festival
July 14 to August 3
Join us for the 26th edition of the Fantasia Film Festival! The event makes a big comeback with shows in a number of theatres and showrooms. Don’t miss out on a fantastic line up of screenings, panels, workshops and events. The full festival program will be announced soon.
- First Fridays
August 5 to 7
First Fridays is Canada’s largest food truck festival combined with the largest pop-up terrace in town, both making their appearance at the Old Port on the first weekend of August. This great gathering will include food trucks and other cuisine alongside music and activities that the whole family can enjoy. The festivities begin Friday, August 5 and run until Sunday, August 7 from 4pm to 9:30pm at Clock Tower Quay.
- Cinéma sous les étoiles
June 29 to September 6
Cinéma sous les étoiles is back for its 13th edition! Outdoors movie screenings in various parks across the Montréal region and in the Laurentides too. Over 40 films will be featured that explore all sorts of topical issues, political, social and environmental.
August 18 to 21
Join us at Clock Tower Quay at the Old Port for a dazzling festival of fusion and spectacular shows featuring cultures from Europe, Africa and China. With a great series of free workshops, kiosks, presentations, exhibitions, and activities for children and adults (yes, all free!), Orientalys is all about Montréal’s multicultural roots and celebrates the coming together of Eastern and Western cultures.
August 25 to 28
The AfroMonde festival is unique in its kind and rallies communities from all parts of the world to celebrate Africa and the Caribbean. Programming includes musical performances, song, dance, humour, storytelling, visual arts, cuisine and more! Come take part in this cultural happening at Clock Tower Quay at the Old Port.
Looking for things to do between events? How about Clock Tower Beach, the Montréal Observation Wheel, the IMAX®TELUS theatre, wild rides on the water with Saute-Mouton…? The Old Port of Montréal has something for everyone. Bring family, come with friends, or take your sweetheart out for the day! Enjoy thrills and chills or intense relaxation, we’ve got it all, indoor and outdoor alike! The entire site is filled with fun things to try and adventures to explore, including cafés, terrasses and restaurants too!