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This year, Montréal is celebrating its 375th anniversary in a big way! It’s a great time to discover the city and make the most of a wide range of festive activities. The top 5 events below are not to be missed.
Les Hivernales January 6 to March 11 Parc Jean-Drapeau, Old Port, Quartier des spectacles
We play outside all year long. Come brave the cold with us and enjoy Les Hivernales. The entire city is coming alive this winter! Watch the soapbox race on Rue Saint-Denis, dance to electronic music under the stars at Igloofest, or participate in the Nordik Games’ zany competitions. Fun and rosy cheeks, guaranteed!
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE February 23 to March 11
An outdoor festival in the depths of winter may seem a little crazy, but it works! MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE brings together the performing arts, gastronomy, family activities… There’s something for everyone. The city is warm and welcoming year round, so put on your tuque and mittens, and stop by. Don’t miss out on Illuminart, a circuit of interactive and luminous works launched for the 375th anniversary. It will make you forget about the cold!
Neighbourhoods come alive for the 375th May 12 to September 17 In Montréal’s 19 boroughs
Staged by Cirque Éloize, this tour will make you discover Montréal in unique and surprising ways. Musical performances, storytellers, dancing, games, picnics, urban agriculture, the circus arts… You’ll be amazed by the cultural wealth the city has to offer, from one end to the other!
Bonne fête Montréal May 17 at the Bell Centre
Ready to celebrate Montréal’s rich and diverse arts scene? Numerous artists from different worlds are coming together for a night of French and English language songs, comedy and music. Even Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Orchestre Métropolitain will be there, so get ready for a memorable and astounding evening!
Illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge Starting May 17
You can’t have a cake without candles! So on the anniversary of the founding of Montréal, witness the spectacular interactive illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. This grandiose legacy will showcase the city both here and abroad. You’ve never seen anything like it; get ready to be amazed!
In 2017, Montréal is lighting up, moving and shaking, and going all out for an entire year of vivid celebrations that will resonate throughout the city. Happy birthday!