As the last full month of summer, August is often treated as the “last hurrah”. A countdown, of sorts, to the final days of summer before many of us must return to school, work and all in all our “normal” lives. Luckily for us, in the city of Montreal, there are still so many activities to indulge in before the fun in the sun comes to an end. Make the most out of the last days of summer with these top ten things to do:
Calling all music festival lovers! This first one needs no introduction, but if you’re new to Montreal, Osheaga is a widely popular multi-day music festival held annually in Montreal. It takes place over a span of three days (Aug 2-4) for which you can attend all three days or just one (depending on the lineup and your musical interests/preferences).
This year’s lineup includes artists like The Lumineers, Gucci Mane, Logic, Janelle Monae, Childish Gambino, Hozier, and many many more! To see a full list of this year’s lineup and for more information regarding this event, click here.
Regardless of your sexual orientation or gender, Montreal Pride is a beautiful opportunity to share your love and support for Montreal’s (and the world’s) sexual & gender diversity. The Montreal Pride Festival (Aug 8-20) is currently the largest gathering in the Francophone World! With more than 2 million locals and international visitors, it serves as not just a means of support, but a means to promote local communities. Furthermore, acting as a beacon of hope for people all over the world who continue to battle injustice. The many days of festive activities include an extensive program of various talents and artists, as well as the Parade, and the Community Day.
If you’ve looked up things to do this summer than there’s no doubt you came across the heaping handful of festivals taking place this summer in the city:
IleSoniq Music Festival
Osheaga isn’t the only music event happening this August. IleSoniq Music Festival (Aug 9-10) is a 2-day event in which Parc Jean-Drapeau is transformed into a vibrant and colorful playground for an unforgettable festival experience showcasing electronic music’s biggest stars.
International Reggae Fest
Dance to the contagious beats and sounds of the Caribbean at the Montreal International Reggae Fest (Aug 18-20). Every year, more than 50,000 reggae music lovers are attracted to participate in this 3-day event that hosts quality bands from Canada, Jamaica, USA, and Europe.
Festival Orientalys (Aug 22-25) celebrates the meeting of Eastern and Western cultures. Taking place in the Old Port, you’ll experience performances, exhibitions, food, and activities inspired by various countries like China, Cambodia, Turkey, Lebanon, India, and many more.
Experience and celebrate Japanese culture by attending the Matsuri Japan Festival (Aug 3), a family-friendly experience encompassing music, dance, food, and various activities.
Montreal’s Italian Week Festival (Aug 9-18) celebrates the beauty of Italian culture through fashion, art, music, film and more. Activities include outdoor opera, a fashion show under the stars, classical and popular music concerts, a Fiat 500 cars exhibit, Italian film screenings, and a contest for the best dessert!
FOOD & DRINK FESTIVALS
As a symbolic staple of Canadian cuisine, one of the most anticipated events of the year is Le Grand Poutinefest de Montréal (Aug 6-11). This year the 5th edition of Montreal Poutinefest will be held at the Old Port Jacques-Cartier pier. Join the other 100,000 poutine enthusiasts as they partake in filling their bellies with over 45 exotic poutine flavors made available while enjoying music, performers, make-up artists, and games.
Dairy free? No worries, they even have vegan poutine!
Le Grand Ribfest de Montréal (Aug 13-15) is a go-to event for BBQ lovers. Hosted at the Old Port, ribbers from Texas, Alabama, New Mexico, Florida, and Tennessee stop in Montreal for 6 days to share their version of good old-fashioned barbeque ribs.
The 2019 edition will be the largest and most important in its history.
Tacofest You heard right! Montreal even has a Tacofest (Aug 31-Sept 2) It’s a hot and spicy event showcasing some of Montréal’s most celebrated chefs and their authentic Mexican cuisine. Bonuses include guacamole (yum!), churros (delicious!), hot sauces (bring it on!), and tequilaaa! (yes, please!)
Taking place since 2000, MUTEK Montreal (Aug 20-25) is an international rendezvous supporting new electronic music and digital art innovation. Over the years, the MUTEK festival has presented a considerable number of renowned artists while simultaneously providing an important showcase for up-and-coming talent.
Fashion & Design Festival
The Fashion & Design Festival (Aug 19-24) celebrates creativity and culture in a major outdoor event held in the heart of downtown Montreal. This one-of-a-kind event provides an inside look at the world of fashion and design through a diversified program of activities.Paint Festival
Montreal’s Paint Festival (Aug 3) is Canada’s largest paint party hosted at JET Nightclub in Downtown Montreal. Create a memorably unique night in the city by getting blasted with colorful paint as you dance the night away. And guess what ladies? With your ticket, you get to drink for FREE! Don’t miss out on this fun night!
Have you ever wanted to learn the hot and steamy couples dance, the tango? Well, now you can! Montréal’s International Tango Festival (Aug 21- 25) is dedicated to honouring the music, dance, and poetry of tango in Montreal. Argentine tango masters, dancers, and musicians alike gather along with amateurs from all around the world, presenting a rich program composed of masterclasses, concerts, shows, and “dance evenings”.
The International Balloon Festival (Aug 10-18) is a popular bucket list item well suited to children and adults alike. The event includes activities and performers from all over, including Akon and Sean Kingston. It’s a beautiful and distinctive festival that’s fun for the whole family!
Beginning in Paris and making its way as a popular, sought out event around the world, Dîner en Blanc (Aug 22) is a special experience in which the location of the event isn’t disclosed until the very last minute. Those who have been invited then meet for an evening of elegance, etiquette while enjoying a chic picnic. The main rule is to dress in white.
This event is a magical experience in which you get to revel in the beauty and value of the city’s public locations while interacting with people from diverse backgrounds. There are no disruptions: no car traffic, no pedestrian traffic—only amazed and astonished looks from bystanders observing the scene before them. And participants, like spectators, wonder whether it’s all but a dream…
This August, see in concert at the Bell Center,
music legends like KISS (Aug 16), Iron Maiden (Aug
5), Lenny Kravitz (Aug
30), and Canada’s own, Michael Bublé (Aug
1 & 2).
However, if you’re more interested today’s young billboard toppers then you can also catch Canadian popstar, Shawn Mendes (Aug 20 & 21) and the highly talented Khalid (Aug 8).
Beachclub is Montreal’s top destination for electronic music enthusiasts. Featuring great artists every weekend, Beachclub prides itself on its international reputation within the electronic music industry. Open exclusively during the summer months, August is your last full month to experience Beachclub and all it has to offer. From basking in the sun, sipping on drinks, and dancing to your favorite DJs. This August’s performers include well-known figures like DJ Snake (Aug 4), Tory Lanez (Aug 10), and Borgeous (Aug 18). For more details, click here.
Who doesn’t enjoy a little spa treatment? Wake Up & Glow (Aug 3) is your opportunity to come and explore the latest in natural beauty, and the opportunity to meet and chat with professional beauty experts!
This event offers a 15-minute mini microdermabrasion treatment, with a manuka honey cleansing balm to finish. A 15-minute table massage using Tibetan singing bowls and a spritz of lavender honey mist. A 15-minute Lucia light demo allowing you to discover a heightened sense of mental clarity and relaxation. As well as a complimentary skin assessment, a $20 Cryo sessions (regular price, $69), delicious healthy plant-based beverages and snacks, and includes a gift bag!
The Canadian Open otherwise referred to as the Rogers Cup (Aug 2-11) is an annual tennis tournament held in Canada. It’s the third-oldest tennis tournament (behind only Wimbledon and the US Open). So, if tennis is something you enjoy watching, you’re not going to want to miss out on this!
If you’re up for one of the most physically challenging races in the world then try participating in the Ironman. No, you’re not required to wear a metal suit and fight alongside a team of superhuman heroes (as cool as that would be). It does require, however, a fierce determination and amazing athleticism.
The Ironman Triathlon is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world! It’s a series of long-distance triathlon races consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run, raced in that order, without a break.
This year on August 18th the Subaru Ironman Mont-Tremblant will be happening near Montreal. And if participating in this event isn’t your thing, you can always watch and enjoy the quaint village of Mont-Tremblant.
Maybe you’re interested in challenging yourself but not in such an extreme extent as the Ironman.
If you’re okay with getting a little dirty and looking for a fun unique activity to do with your girl squad, try participating in the MUDGIRL Run (Aug 10 & 11). It’s an obstacle race including a course of less than 5KM with 17+ obstacles that are fun and do-able by all! So, go on, motivate and gather your #PinkArmy for the muddiest activity of the year! It’s an experience you’ll never forget!
To register, click here.
By Makyla Coulombe