Events and festivals

Montreal is well known for its many events and festivals during the year. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Europa in downtown Montreal is the perfect place for an affordable stay close to these activities. By staying at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Hotel Europa in downtown Montreal, you will never miss any show of the Jazz Festival or Osheaga.


Fêtes des neiges de Montreal : January-February

The popular family event, Fête des neiges de Montreal, is the place to be for outdoor activities with friends and family.


Montreal en lumiere

MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, is one of the biggest winter festival in the world.  It attracts more than 1,3 million visitors each year with a variety of cultural and gastronomic offerings as well as family activities and the Nuit Blanche event, an overnight of discoveries and diversions.


St. Patrick's Parade: March

Organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal, participants, floats and marching bands parade on Ste-Catherine Street from Du Fort Street to St. Urbain Street.  


F1 Grand Prix du Canada

Organized on Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on the island of Notre Dame, the F1 Grand Prix of Montreal is one of the major city's event


FrancoFolies de Montreal : June

The biggest French-speaking music Festival.  Since 1989, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal presents over 70 concerts and 180 free exterior performances.  


Montreal International Jazz Festival: June-July

The Montreal International Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world. Each year, the Festival presents some 3000 artists from over 30 countries and attracts more than 2.5 million visitors. The event unfolds on the new Place des Festivals, located west of Place des Arts.


L'International des Feux Loto-Québec : June-July-August

L'International des Feux Loto-Quebec is a Montreal event in which pyrotechnicians from around the world show their talent in this prestigious fireworks competition. Launched from the amusement park La Ronde in Montreal, the fireworks are visible from several places, including along the St. Lawrence River, Old Port or the Jacques-Cartier bridge.


Just for laughs Festival : July

Just for laughs is the most important of its kind.   Over the past 32 years, the Festival has featured some of the top comics in the world, including Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, John Cleese, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Jason Alexander, Dane Cook and Tim Allen. Located in the Quartier des spectacles de Montreal. 


Pride Montreal : August

Montréal has a rich history of celebrating its LGBTA population and being at the forefront of the gay rights movement globally.  Each year, Montréal Pride organizes a week of cultural and community activities, including the Pride Parade and Community Day, to celebrate the advancements the LGBT community.


Osheaga: August

The Osheaga music and arts festival is a rock and electronic music event which takes place annually at the Parc Jean-Drapeau on Ste-Helene Island, since 2006. The Montreal Osheaga Festival has established itself as the largest festival of its kind in Canada and is brought to you on several open-air stages .