5 Things to Do The First Day of Summer in Montreal

Summer is upon us!

Guys, we made it – today is officially the first day of summer AND hump day! Needless to say, this gives us the perfect excuse to go out and do something fun in an effort to celebrate the coming of everyone’s favourite season while simultaneously grooming us to get through the rest of the week. To ensure you make the best of  today, we have curated a list of great Montreal activities you can partake in tonight to commemorate the coming of the summer sun:


Rent a Bixi


Enjoy the warming weather by going for a bike ride around our beautiful city.
With Bixi station at every corner, you’re free to ride wherever.


Get Some Ice Cream!


What better way to ring in the summer than with everyone’s favourite summer sugary treat? Better yet, try out one of Montreal’s premier ice cream spots for an especially mouth-watering experience.


Chill Out on a Rooftop Terrasse


Feeling tired after a long day at work? What better way to decompress than enjoying a drink or some apps (maybe both) in the sun at one of Montreal’s amazing rooftop terrasses.


Head to Mount Royal


Okay, we know hiking up the mountain has made countless lists/activity suggestions, but how can we help ourselves? The top of Mount Royal is debatably the best view in the city. Not feeling so adventurous? Then simply take a few minutes to soak up the sun or enjoy a bite in the park. Either way, this is a prime spot to enjoy the first day of summer in Montreal.


Enjoy Some Greenery


From Jardin Botanique to Atwater Market, there are tons of places in Montreal where you can enjoy flowers, fruits, greenery, and so much more! From Japanese-inspired gardens to fresh fruits and vegetables, celebrate the coming of summer at one with nature – or at least getting some fresh food in your system.


What will you get up to tonight? If you know of any other great activities to celebrate the first day of summer in Montreal, let us know in the comment section below. Happy first day of summer everyone!



Make any socialite proud.

There is no debate- no matter your tastes, summer in Montreal is unbeatable. From social butterfly to music lover to sci-fi fanatics, this city’s crowds, culture, and premium events are catered to your preferences and waiting for you! To ensure you don’t miss out on the distinct experience that is summering in MTL, we have created a list of the hottest events going on this July:

Picnik Electronik


Dance and rage your summer weekends away with the help of Picnik Electronik. This outdoor electronic music event runs every weekend from May-October and is the perfect way to unwind on the weekend and enjoy local and national talent. Since starting in Montreal 14 years ago, Picnik Electronik has now expanded to major cities like Barcelona and Dubai. Don’t miss out on being part of one of Montreal signature events this summer!

Picnik Electro

Get tickets and more info here: http://piknicelectronik.com/

Just for Laughs Festival

Just for Laughs Montreal

If you enjoy laughing harder than you ever have before, join Montreal’s comedy fans at the Just for Laughs Festival, featuring the biggest names in comedy including but not limited Russell Peters and Kevin Hart. The festival runs July 13th to August 1st and offers many shows no matter what style of comedy you prefer. This is sure to be one hilarious unforgettable night.

Get tickets and more info here: http://www.hahaha.com/

Osheaga Music and Arts Fest

Osheaga 2

One of Montreal’s premium events, Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is coming back to Parc Jean Drapeau for it’s 11th year. This is arguably the most sought after event in Montreal and has made its name as one of Canada’s top music festivals. With names like Lana Del Rey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, and Future hitting the stage this year, we understand why! With many stages, a huge celebration dedicated to visual arts, and many of the world’s top artists, Osheaga attracts crowds of over 135 thousand people and celebrities such as Margot Robbie and Cara Delevigne to be a part of the celebration… trust us when we say, you want to be a part of this too.

osheaga Cara-Delevingne-Pink-Hair-Osheaga-Festival-2015

Get tickets and more info here: http://www.osheaga.com/

Start-up Fest

Startup Fest

If you are a budding young entrepreneur, Startup Fest is your place to be this July 13th-16th. This festival is not only clad with venture capitalists and investors looking for new and exciting businesses to invest in, but is filled with many other entrepreneurs, mentors, and founders, and includes keynote speakers as well as an opportunity to present your business for possible prize money. This is a perfect learning opportunity for any aspiring business person or young entrepreneur. Get yourself, your partners, and your pitch ready, and see how you standout at this year’s Montreal Startup Fest.

Get tickets and more info here: http://www.startupfestival.com/  



Smooth jazz in the summer sun… I’m melting already. Running from June 29th to July 9th, Montreal’s Jazz Fest will have the city booming with smooth Jazz. This festival has previously held the world record for the biggest Jazz festival in the world, and is renowned as the best by famous Jazz singers like Diana Krall, B.B. King, and Tony Bennett. With 15 stages and international festival goers, this is a Jazz fan’s place-to-be this summer.

Get tickets and more info here: http://www.montrealjazzfest.com/

Rogers Cup

Rogers cup

Tennis and so so much more. Okay, so maybe you aren’t the biggest tennis fan, but I bet you do like eating, sipping on cold champagne, celebrity-spotting, listening to music, and maybe a little sidewalk shopping? Montreal’s Roger’s Cup, running from July 22nd to the 31st, offers all that and more. With a rooftop terrace, celebrity-clad crowd and charity game, tons of food options (yes, poutine is readily available), and bars with live music all over the venue, this event is sure to be agreed upon by all of your friends- sports lovers or not. Dress to impress and join this year’s finest tennis players at the Rogers Cup.

Get tickets and more info here: http://www.rogerscup.com/

Fantasia International Film Fest

Fantasia 2

Fantasia International Film Fest’s 20th anniversary is perfect for any cinema lover this July 14th to August 3rd. This is one of the world’s leading genre film festivals, featuring projects that you may not have had the chance to view otherwise in North America- from commercial crowd-pleasers to unique and powerful visions, this festival will have something to suit all movie lover’s needs.


Get tickets and more info here: http://www.fantasiafestival.com/2016

Montreal Comiccon

Comiccon Montreal

As the websites states, the place for geeks to roam free! Comiccon fans, Montreal Comiccon will not let you down; this huge weekend event features stars from premiere sci-fi films such as the 100’s Bob Morley and Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols, as well as guests from comic books, Cosplay, anime characters, and more. Running July 8th-10th, the pop-culture fan convention will be showcasing many artists and products- some serious business for all die-hard fans out there.

Get tickets and more info here: http://www.montrealcomiccon.com/

International Fireworks Competition

international fireworks

The International Fireworks Competition takes over Montreal every July since the 1980’s. On Saturdays and Wednesdays during the month of July, Parc Jean Drapeau has countries competing in a musically coordinated fireworks competition beginning at 10pm. Countries like Canada, Spain, the United States, and Chile, put on an amazing show to compete for the winning title. Grab some friends or a date and enjoy some truly spectacular fireworks.

Get tickets and more info here: http://www.parcjeandrapeau.com/en/international-des-feux-loto-quebec-montreal/


urbanphoto tamtams

There is no better Montreal Sunday. Tamtams is an informal festival happening every Sunday featuring music, drumming, dancing, and plenty of open spirits, in the Mount Royal Par- specifically around the George-Etienne Cartier Monument. As the weather begins to permit, crowds head to Mount Royal to take part in the festivities between 10am until sunset. Here, you can enjoy the music, activities, vendors, friendly sports games, food trucks, and magicians, or bask in the sun with the many picnickers.


Weekends du Monde

Weekends du monde

Come experience various world cultures on July 9th-10th and 16th-17th from 2pm until 11pm, by joining Montrealers at Parc Jean Drapeau’s Weekends du Monde. This free event provides Montreal locals of all origins with a showcase to celebrate their various origins’ traditions. With the help of dance, music, and culinary traditions, this is the perfect event to get a dose of various global cultures, expand your knowledge and understanding, and experience the beautiful diversity within the city of Montreal.

Get more info here: http://www.parcjeandrapeau.com/en/week-ends-du-monde-montreal-2016/

Mondiale des Jeux-Lotto Quebec


Games on games on games. Are you a gamer? From the 13th to the 30th of July, Loto-Quebec is inviting everyone to play! Located in the middle of the Cartier des Spectacles, this free family event is being hosted in the largest outdoor playroom in Canada, featuring board games, video games, game creators, and giant versions of some classic games- think physically interactive Chess. Sure to be a fun-filled day, grab your closest friends and test your skills at the Mondiale des Jeux-Lotto Quebec.

Get tickets and more info here: http://mondialdesjeux.com/


MEG Montreal

If you’re an EDM lover, you are in the right city. Yet another electronic music festival, Montreal Electronic Groove Fest (MEG), in collaboration with Osheaga, runs from the 22nd to the 31st of July and showcases some of Montreal’s local talent. The festival has also housed international talent like MIA, Santigold, and Tiga, and is dedicated to the international exchange of new and young artist in the EDM scene.

Get tickets and more info here: https://megmontreal.com/en/

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Fine Arts

On the last Sunday of the month (July 31st) check out the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for free! With gorgeous exhibits and pieces, this will be a delightful Sunday you won’t regret.

Get tickets and more info here:  http://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/



Pointe Calumet’s Beachclub is on point. Not only house to an enormous beach and a water slide park- perfect to cool down on any hot Montreal summer day, but this venue also hosts huge parties with headliners like Tiesto, Nervo, and Dadalife. With the private cabanas, various bars and pools, big beach area, and Shisha lounge, it’s no surprise Beachclub is also famous for hosting parties for celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Dan Balzerian.


Get tickets and more info here: http://beachclub.com/en/

Now that you have the inside scoop on the Montreal events begging for your attendance, pick your favorites, grab your squad, and we’ll see you there!