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14 great things to discover in Montreal in June

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Montreal Jazz Festival

The biggest jazz festival in the world returns to Montreal for its 42nd edition this summer. After two years of virtual shows, the Montreal International Jazz Festival will return to its former glory.

Dozens of artists have been announced for this summer’s festival and can be found here, including a host of free outdoor performances.

When: June 30 to July 9
Time: Various times
Where: Various places

First Fridays

Canada’s biggest street food event returns to Montreal in June and will last all summer.

First Fridays have been held every summer since 2012, albeit on a limited basis during the pandemic. This time around, however, the street food summer party will return to its former glory.

With more than 50 food trucks and restaurateurs, the festival claims it’s the largest gathering of its kind from coast to coast.

When: June 3
Time: 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Olympic Park

Ormstown Fair 2022

Alright, so it’s not on the island of Montreal. But it’s so much fun, we couldn’t leave it out.

The Ormstown Expo, known locally as the Ormstown Fair, is gearing up for its 106th anniversary from June 9-12 and it’s a dandy time for city dwellers and country people alike.

Hosted on the old Ormstown Fairgrounds, the fair is a mix of carnival rides, barn animals, derbies, tractor pulls, live music and agricultural awareness.

Whether you’re driving from Montreal or living down the road, the Ormstown Fair is a favorite with fans of all ages.

When: June 9 to 12
Time: Gates open at 8:00 a.m., midway rides at 11:00 a.m. and close at midnight.
Where: 1 McBain Street, Ormstown

YATAÏ MTL

Yatai MTL

YATAI MTL, a three-day festival celebrating Japanese culture and street food, returns to Mile End for a free three-day festival June 10-12.

YATAI MTL will host street food stalls, a market, cultural programs and music and is expected to attract over 15,000 people over the three days.

When: June 10 to 12
Time:
5 p.m. – 11 p.m., Friday; 12 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday; 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday
Where: Market of the Possibles – Warehouse 77 77 rue Bernard Est

Montreal Fringe Festival

Festival St-Ambroise Fringe of Montreal/Facebook

The Festival St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe is like a summer block party filled with theatre, dance, music and humor. There are over 800 performances spread across Le Plateau, all celebrating creativity.

There are over 500 performers in 20 different locations, all at great prices, some of which are free.

Visit the website for a full schedule of times and locations.

When: By June 19
Time: Varies per show
When: Various rooms across the Plateau

Transamericas Festival

The Festival TransAmériques is an annual dance and theater festival held in Montreal. The 16th edition of the FTA started on May 25 and will continue until the beginning of June.

When: From now until June 9
Time: Many times, check the online program for details
Where: Various locations, see online program for details

National Day of Quebec

Celebrate the anniversary of Québec with a bouquet of free concerts at Place des Festivals.

When: June 23 – 25
Time: Varied
Where: Festival Square

Tam Tams

Tams, the weekly outdoor party at the foot of the mountain, is a perfect summary of Montreal, open to locals and tourists alike.

The Magical Outdoor Party is where Montrealers from all over gather at Parc Mont Royal for an afternoon of food, vendors, entertainment, music and maybe even a few beers and smokes (shh! , don’t tell anyone).

When: Every Sunday in June
Time: 12 p.m. until sunset
Where: Monument to Sir George-Étienne Cartier

Round

Since it’s hot in June, you have to visit the largest amusement park in Quebec.

Try to fight the Goliath, let yourself be lulled by Le Ednor or discover the park’s newest ride, Chaos.

Sunny June weather means La Ronde is open most days.

When: Weekends only until June 12, every day after June 18
Time: 10.30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (11.30 p.m. during the fireworks display)
Where: 22 Macdonald Road

Piknik Electronik

Piknic is an outdoor electric music dance festival featuring DJs and artists from all over the world. There’s obviously some great tunes, but there’s also great food, great drinks, and plenty of activities to keep you going. Best of all, the show takes place rain or shine.

DJs Paulo Rocco, Shirlee, Inside Blur, Clickbait and more will join Montreal revelers in June. Check out the full program here.

When: June 5, 12. 26
Time: 2 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau

VAN GOGH – Distortion

Have you wondered what it would be like to browse a masterpiece?

The wonderfully colorful world of Vincent Van Gogh is brought to life at OASIS, and visitors can wander freely through animated renderings of classic works like “Almond Blossoms, “Starry Night” and many more.

When: Thursday to Sunday in June
Time: 10 a.m. – 6:40 p.m.
Where: Immersion OASIS, 301 Saint-Antoine