5 Reasons to Visit Montreal this Summer

  • View of the Biosphere dome

  • Montreal City Hall

  • Photo of Locally grown produce in Montreal

  • A view of Mount Royal from the city.

  • Visitors walking along a trail on Mount Royal.

  • View of the city from Mount Royal in Montreal.

  • Exterior view of the Windsor Station

Montreal is home to a diverse offering of events and festivals year-round. The summer season, and this year in particular, is an awesome time to visit. Whether you prefer street entertainment, concerts, art exhibits or foodie events, there is something for everyone. Come experience the city’s world-famous “joie de vivre” during Montreal’s 375th anniversary. Canada is hosting events for its own 150th anniversary, too. Here are the top 5 events that you just won’t want to miss:




Montreal International Jazz Festival (June 28 to July 8, 2017): The world’s largest Jazz Fest according to the Guinness Book. Each summer, the heart of downtown transforms into a pedestrian-only zone and a gathering place for music lovers. The best part is that there will be over 350 free concerts during the festival.

Just for Laughs Comedy Festival (July 12-31, 2017): If you like to laugh, this event is definitely a must-go. JFL is the world’s largest comedy festival offering hundreds of free outdoor events/performances (by English and French –speaking comedians).

Grand Prix Montreal (June 9-11, 2017): Get ready for the F1 Grand Prix weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve track on Île-Notre-Dame. Several activities are planned around town, especially on the popular Crescent Street.

Montreal International Fireworks Competition (from July 1 to August 5, 2017, on Wednesdays and Saturdays): This brilliant entertaining fireworks competition has been running since 1985. Spectators can purchase tickets to see (and hear) the show up close at La Ronde Six Flags or watch them for free from the Jacques-Cartier Bridge.

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (August 4-6, 2017): One of the most important music and arts festivaI in Canada. Several outdoor stages located on Île Notre-Dame.

While you are planning your trip around one of these fun events, you will be sure to discover some of the city’s most iconic attractions. This should include the French colonial Old Montreal (with the Notre-Dame Basilica at its center), the Mount Royal Park (with the Saint Joseph’s Oratory), the Biodome and Botanical Garden (where science and nature are honored). Other key attractions include the Old Port, (where you can see Volta, the new show from the world famous Montreal-based Cirque du Soleil), Bell Center, home of the Montreal Canadiens, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the famous Ste-Catherine Street (great shopping place!)

When you are considering where to stay, keep these great options in mind:

Hilton Garden Inn Montreal Centre-Ville: Located in the heart of downtown Montreal featuring a roof-top pool and terrace, overlooking the Mount-Royal.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal: In the heart of the financial district on the perimeter of historic Old Montreal. Walk to the Port of Montreal, shops, restaurants, museums, and exciting nightlife.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Montreal-Dorval: Located 6 miles from the airport and 16 miles from downtown Montreal museums, restaurants and charming boutiques.

Hilton Montreal/Laval: Located in downtown Laval, steps from shopping, restaurants, and entertainment.

To access more information about local restaurants, unique attractions, and special offers in Montreal, visit our Destination Guide, or explore Hilton properties in Montreal below.

This post was written by Hilton Suggests Team Member, Jeanne L. Are you interested in traveling to Montreal? Let us know if we can help you with any other recommendations. Tweet us for more great local travel tips!

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