What to Do in Montreal : June Festivals and Events 2023

People on bicycles Go Bicycle Festival. Photo Rachel Levine

The sun is out, pedestrian streets are open, terraces are full, Bixis are rolling, and Place des Arts’ outdoor stages are up. Montreal is summer at its best. When it comes to festivals and events, you could walk from one end of the island to the other and find something in every single neighbourhood. No wonder all the world loves to come here. BONJOUR-HI!!!! For fun, I asked Chat GPT to tell me about June in Montreal and here’s what I got for you: “June in Montreal is a time of celebration and vibrant energy. As the city bids farewell to the cool spring and embraces the arrival of summer, the streets come alive with a myriad of activities and events.” Who said it better? Doesn’t matter. Montreal Rampage is proud NOT to use AI to write articles.

Piknic Electronik

May 21 – October 1, 2023
Plaine des Jeux

Everyone’s favourite outdoor dance party rages on every Sunday and a few other days here and there in conjunction with major summer events. Enjoy local and international DJs mixing beats on stage. Season tickets are available and student tickets are a merciful $100. Information HERE.

Neighbours. Piknic Electronik Opening. 2023. Photo Rachel Levine
Neighbours. Piknic Electronik Opening. 2023. Photo Rachel Levine

FTA (Festival TransAmériques)

May 24 – June 8, 2023

Dance, theatre, opera, and performing arts from around the world come to Montreal along with a few art exhibitions and musical pieces. Most pieces only show for a few days, but are usually high quality and thought-provoking.  Tickets HERE.

Jardins Gamelin

May 25 – Sept 17, 2023
Place Émilie-Gamelin

The park and its cultural and citizen-driven activities is one of the nicest spots to chill in the city. Things to do include karaoke, concerts, dance parties. This year check out bands like the Tupi Collective, Bel and Quinn, Velours Velours, and Voyage Funktastique Open every day with something happening most of the time, be certain to find out more HERE.


May 26 – June 4, 2023

While the FTA (Festival Transameriques) takes place, the OFFTA showcases local works on the “fringes” of the festival. More information to come. Watch HERE for details.

Go Vélo / Go Bike Festival

May 28 – June 4, 2023
Various locations

The spring events of Go Bike invites riders to join large group events in different parts of Montreal and its environs. Tackle the metropolitan challenge off island, bike through the Plateau and Rosemont during the Tour de Nuit, take it longer with the Tour de l’Île, or even take on the bike to work challenge. Info HERE.

Fringe Park. Photo Rachel Levine
Fringe Park. Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal St. Ambroise Fringe Festival

May 29 – June 18, 2023

Don’t take our word for it. Find out for yourself why this is the most exciting theatre festival in the city. Local comedians, actors, dancers, magicians, clowns, improvisers, and performers join those from further afield (some of whom who do nothing but perform in Fringe Festivals around the world) to stage productions that clock in at around an hour or less. Many types of passes are available and the vibe is unbelievable in this happy mish-mash of crazy goodness and questionable weirdness. Art, music, and other events are generally part of this festival too. Information HERE. 

Suoni Per Il Popolo

June 1 – 25, 2023
Sala Rossa, Casa del Popolo, La Sotterenea

Invited artists perform at indie venues Sala Rossa, Casa del Popolo, and La Sotterenea. The music leans towards experimental, jazz, and ambient, but includes local acts and people who go deep in their sound. For information on who is playing and tickets, details are HERE.

Les Premiers Vendredis : Brazil Special

June 2, 2023
4 – 11 p.m.
Esplanade du Parc Olympique

4545, avenue Pierre-De Coubertin

Get your food trucks here. Food trucks, food trucks, food trucks. And also always some good music. Every first Friday of the month, it’s your chance to sample what our trucks have to offer. If you love to eat, get ready to show up with your credit card and enjoy the spicy foods of Brazil. There will also be music. Details HERE.

Montreal Model Train Expo

June 3 – 4, 2023
Dorval Arena 
1450 Dawson Ave, Dorval

All aboard the Orient Express. Or maybe you prefer Hogwarts Express or Thomas the Tank Engine. People of all ages love model trains and this event brings together enthusiasts, vendors, and the curious to check out train models or purchase some of their own. Over 40 model railway lines will be on display. Info HERE.

Lebanese Film Festival

June 3 – 8, 2023
Concordia University Hall Building
1455 Maisonneuve O.

and other venues

This festival that aims to bring Lebanese cinema to Montreal and Ottawa. Screenings, workshops, lectures, discussions, and interviews are promised. Guest of honour is actress Takla Chamoun. Films being shown include The Sons of the Lord and documentary Mo Yan. For details, check the website HERE.

BRÛLANCES : Radical Queer Festival

June 7 – 11, 2023
Georges Vanier Cultural Centre
2450 Rue Workman

Sexuality is still political and falling outside acceptable norms – queerness – is often. met with hostility, violence, and aggression from multiple communities. Transphobia and queerphobia is too often accepted This festival aims to bring together activists and people who identify as queer, and offers revolutionary approaches towards those marginalized, especially rooted in multiple ideologies: feminism, anti-capitalism, decolonization, antiracism, and antifascism. Get info about it HERE.

Yatai MTL : Japanese Food Festival

June 8 – 11, 2023
Les Bassins Peel

Peel and Wellington Streets

Japanese food is recognized as an intangible world treasure by UNESCO — and not many other countries can claim such a distinction. Chances are you’ve already had sushi and ramen. Now sample things like onigiri and tamagoyaki. Info HERE.

Mural Fest. Photo Rachel Levine
Mural Fest. Photo Rachel Levine

MURAL Festival

June 8 – 18, 2023
Rue St Laurent

The best of graffiti artists from around the globe as well as local talent come to Montreal to paint our buildings. This year, look out for Brazil’s OSGEMEOS, Lauren YS from the US, and JUNKO from Canada. It’s fun to take the walking tour, check out the free exhibitions, enjoy the street fair and the music. Info HERE.

Francos de Montréal

June 9 – 17, 2023
Place des Festivals
1499 Rue Jeanne-Mance

Yes, the best of French music, with a special focus on our local talent takes over Place des Festivals with plenty of free stuff to check out as well as indoor programming of all sorts. The line up pulls in large crowds eager to enjoy some of our best. This year’s big shows include Daniel Bélanger, Louise Attaque, Juliette Armanet, and Louane. And let’s face it, Robert Robert kind of won our hearts at Osheaga two years ago with his rain shaker and he’s playing too <3. The outdoor free shows soon to be announced. Info HERE.

Crescent Street. Grand Prix. Photo Rachel Levine
Crescent Street. Grand Prix. Photo Rachel Levine

Bloomsday Festival Montreal

June 10 – 16, 2023

James Joyce is a literary giant whether it’s his short stories about Dublin or his epic creation Ulysses. Fans of Joyce can celebrate him with music, pubs, lectures, and get togethers. For information on this annual event, click HERE.

Cho Dem MTL : Vietnamese Food Festival

June 15 – 18, 2023
Bassin Peel
1049 De la Commune St W

Fans of Pho, the spring rolls, papaya salads, and lemongrass scented chicken will be delighted to know that Montreal is having a Vietnamese Food Festival. If you’ve never tried Vietnamese… are you a human? So yummy. Check it out HERE.

Festival Grand Prix Sur Crescent

June 15 – 18, 2023
Rue Crescent
between Sherbrooke and St. Catherine

Most Montrealers stay far away from this bash that takes over Crescent for four days of bros and hoes and lambos (among other cars). If vaping, Red Bull, getting pumped, and selfies with pricey sports cars and sexy gals is your thing, we know where to find you. It’s kind of fun just to walk through even if it isn’t your scene. Just once will satisfy for a lifetime. Info HERE.

Formula 1 Grand Prix

June 16 – 18, 2023
Ile St. Helene

As the formula circuit goes around the world, it makes its annual stop here so that F1 cars can rocket 70 times around Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve at a max speed of 350 mph. Rumour goes that this is the best weekend to work in the sex industry in Montreal. Is there a connection? Info HERE.

Festival sur le Canal

June 16 – 18, 2023
Esplanade du Centenaire, Lachine Canal

Plants and Animals, Safia Nolin, Ariel Posen, Frais Dispo, and many others will be performing at this annual chillaxed family-friendly free event along the Lachine canal. No pets though. Bring some chairs and park yourself on the grass for some good music. There’s always some food available. For info click HERE.

Montreal Baroque Festival

June 15 – 18, 2023

This year’s festival puts the focus on the Dionysiac with a theme of Chaos et Confettis. Expect to encounter the music of contrasts in the 12 offered concerts – folk music, Scandinavian music, tragic baroque music, joyful music, music about crazy love affairs. Find out more HERE.

Image+Nation Queer Short Film Fest

June 22-25, 2023

This is the fourth annual festival dedicated to queer cinema and films featuring LGBTQA2+ themes and stories. Streaming is available across Canada totally free. This year puts a spotlight on Ukrainian queer cinema. Details HERE.

Kizo Festival

June 22 – 26, 2023
Bain Mathieu
2915 Rue Ontario Est

Afrohouse, Kizomba, Urbankiz, Semba, Tarraxinha — if this kind of music speaks to you, the Kizo festival is for you. Confirmed artists for 2023 include DWÉ & GABY and IRON MAMS & MOOREA, along with DJ Stefanio Lima. It’s an international lineup for people who party deep. Info HERE.

Festival des Couleurs:

June 24, 2023
Clocktower Quai, Old Port

In the spirit of the Indian Holi festival, get yourself spattered with coloured pigments as you dance to Bollywood, Indie, House, Regaetton, Kirtan, and Latin music. Totally kid friendly. Food. Details HERE.

Fireworks. Montreal. Photo Rachel Levine
Fireworks. Montreal. Photo Rachel Levine

Fireworks : L’International des Feux Loto-Québec 

Thursdays June 29 – August 10, 2023, and Sunday July 30, 2023 (June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27, July 30, August 3, August 10)
10 p.m.

Fireworks just make the sky pretty. For about 45 minutes at a go, check out what every country has to offer in terms of display. You can get tickets to see it, or just hang out in the old port and watch for free. The opener is an homage to Boy and Girl Bands, Ukraine’s show is July 6, and August 10 ends with an homage to Metallica. Info HERE.

Mtl en Arts

June 28 – July 3, 2023
Rue St Catherine

Multidisciplinary arts festival offers an open air art gallery along St. Catherine St with the intent of making art inclusive, accessible, and free. It has of course grown to include film, installations, live demonstrations, and much more. Over 150 artists will be participating and there are at least 20 interactive activities. Details can be found HERE. 

Cinéma sous les Étoiles

June 28 – August 31, 2023
Various places/parks

If you like watching a film outdoors on a beautiful summer evening, the Cinéma sous les Étoiles will allow you to catch documentaries in parks around the city. For schedule and offerings , check out the website HERE.

Adi Oasis. Jazz Fest. Montreal. Photo Rachel Levine
Adi Oasis. Jazz Fest. Montreal. Photo Rachel Levine

Montreal International Jazz Festival

June 29 – July 8, 2023
Place des Arts

Every year, the downtown core thrums with music from Montreal’s jazz fest. Although jazz is more like one of the many dishes on offer — blues, experimental, international rhythms, beats, and classic rock are all there too. It’s a great party and one of the summer highlights. The 2023 lineup is already up and you can check out Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Vance Joy, George Benson, Buddy Guy, Melody Gardot, and many others. Get your tickets now. Information and tickets HERE.

Woopaw Fest : Dog Festival

June 30 – July 2, 2023
Les Quais de Bassin Peel

The success of festivals dedicated to corgis, pugs, and frenchies has led to a festival for all dog parents who just can’t get enough of their beloved four (and sometimes three) legged friends. Vendors will offer all manner of dog products, and the festival includes activities for dogs and their pawrents. Info HERE.

Announced and Upcoming

Annual Dragon Boat Challenge

July 1 – 2 , 2023 8 a.m..
Écluse De La Côte Saint-Paul Lock

Row, row, row the dragon boat. 150 teams from Canada and the US compete. If that sounds like fun, find out info HERE

Montréal complétement cirque / Circus Festival

July 6 – 16, 2023

Send in the clowns. I think so. But also the aerial artisans, the acrobats, the jugglers, the magicians, and the other performers of the circus. St. Denis becomes an open air circus while beloved groups will perform in venues. This year, look forward to Gravity and Other Myths, Aloft, and the Cabaret du Jugement Dernier. More to come. Info HERE.

Festival International Nuits d’Afrique 

July 11 – 23, 2023
Various venues

36 years of music, workshops, and events tied to the African diaspora. Performers from Africa, the US, the Caribbean, and Latin America make this an international delight. So far, the opener is ANGÉLIQUE KIDJO. Info on festival HERE.

Zoofest / Off JFL

July 13 – 29, 2023
Various venues

JFL’s little brother, Zoofest, has even more comedy. How is this possible? It just is. Well, most performers are newer and just getting started. Be the first one to say, “I saw so-and-so when he won over the Theatre St. Catherine crowd.” You can see Léa Stréliski, the Womansplaining Show, and Jeremy Nadeau. For tickets and info, click HERE.

Just for Laughs / Juste Pour Rire

July 14 – 29, 2023
Quartiers des Spectacles

Just for Laughs isn’t just videos of people being pwnd outside of Lionel Groulx metro. It’s also two weeks of comedy’s top acts taking over our city. In addition, major showcases such as the Nasty Show, Just for the Culture, and Brit(ish) are regular showcases. Also, there are podcasts filmed and other related events. Maybe even catch a midnight show or two if you stay up late. Ali Wong, Russell Peters, Tom Papa are already announced. Info HERE.


July 14 – 16, 2023
Palais des congrès de Montréal

Are you a Marvel superhero or a DC one? Star Wars or Star Trek? Maybe you just want to dress up like you’re in Bridgerton. Whatever pop culture gets your motor running, Comiccon invites creators, authors, artists, producers, writers, and fans together for a multi-day bonanza. Info HERE.

Festival Fantasia 

July 20 – August 9, 2023
Concordia University

Chills, thrills, spills, action sequences, hauntings, zombies, martial arts, horror. Pretty much anything that falls under the banner of genre cinema finds its home at the coolest film festival I’ve ever been to. The audience meows in anticipation. Literally. Info HERE.


Aug 4 – Aug 6, 2023
Parc Jean Drapeau

MUSIC. 3 DAYS OF MUSIC! And art. Billie Eilish, Kendrick Lamar, and Rufus du Sol are headlining. But also great stuff like Sofi Tukker, Carly Rae Jepsen, beabadoobee. Info HERE.

The Montréal Highland Games 

August 6, 2023
Douglas Hospital, Verdun

If you’ve never seen a big man toss a big log, you haven’t lived. And he’ll do it in a kilt. Aside from caber tossing, there’s stone tossing and putting the stone. Also medieval combat, pipe bands, tug of war, and highland dancing. For all things Scotland (and a bit o’ Ireland too), come check it out. Info HERE.

Île Soniq

Aug 11-13, 2023
Parc Jean Drapeau

If you didn’t get enough of your dance on at OSHEAGA or you’re happy to skip anything you can’t dance to, Île Soniq was made for you. Two straight days of the fabulous EDM and DJs. Headliners include Martin Garrix and The Chainsmokers, but DEMAU5, Afrojack, Claptone, and more are on the roster. Get those glowsticks out. The event beings August 11 in the city and shifts to Parc Jean Drapeau for August 12 and 13. Info HERE.

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