Start your engines, Montreal!
The Canadian Grand Prix is back for its only stop in Canada as Formula 1 rolls into Montreal. The big race happens on Sunday at 2 pm, but the city comes alive starting Wednesday and it’s a 5-day party with endless opportunities.
Montreal welcomes guests from all over the world for the festival and we’re welcoming you to our fair city by giving you the ultimate party guide for the 2018 Grand Prix week in Montreal.
On Wednesday, the Formula 1 Montreal Grand Prix kicks off the week in high fashion and style. Dress to Kill is a Canadian fashion magazine who is celebrating their 10th anniversary coinciding with the launch of the Montreal Grand Prix. The fancy party is at the elegant Bar George of the Mount Stephen Hotel.
A dress code is in effect for the soiree where guests are expected to be chic and fashionable. The event will host a networking VIP cocktail party with a wide range of top designers, business class, artists, and sports personalities at the historic hotel.
Peel Street closes off to vehicles to ironically host a massive vehicle festival. But it’s totally worth it. Over 400,000 people visit Peel Street every year for the Canadian Grand Prix.
The Place F1 GP Canada is hosted by Formula 1 and offers guests an array of restaurant and bars to choose from, go-kart racing on the Chandon racing circuit and the street showcases the newest and most luxurious car models.
Head to the Chandon Pit Stop for a glass of bubbly and enjoy the trials, challenges, and the final race live on giant screens scattered throughout Peel Street.
Entrance is free but be sure to get to the site nice and early if you want to cement a spot.
L’Auberge St-Gabriel is a chic French cuisine supper club that is in a renovated 300-year-old inn nestled in Montreal’s Old Port. The fuse food music, champagne and an impressive guest list to kick-off the Grand Prix nighttime festivities. The party will feature local DJs and celebrities and L’Auberge has fixed up a tasty menu for the weekend. Their menu includes a decadent surf & turf platter of filet mignon, shrimp, crab cakes and lamb rack followed by a tower of desserts. The feast menu starts at $145 per person and is available from 7 pm to 10 pm.
Le Méridien Versailles hosts a 5 to 7 cocktail party with DJs, hors d’oeuvres, fancy cars and tons of people. The cocktail is “by invite only” and you can get invited by reaching out to them by phone or on Facebook.
Soubois is nighttime supperclub located on the corner of Boulevard Maisonneuve and Peel Street, right in the middle of all the Grand Prix action. Soubois is going with a “wild” theme for this year’s festival and the club’s forest-like interior will suit the mood just fine. “Soubois” does mean “under wood” after all.
The weekend’s DJs include DJ Spade of New York and Nico DeAndrea of Paris. Chef Guillaume Daly will also be cooking up a signature Grand Prix menu for his guests all weekend.
The annual Grand Prix party at the Ritz-Carlton has become one of the most sought after events for the past few years due to its luxury and elegance. This year’s event is in collaboration with Aston Martin and includes music by one of Montreal’s best DJ YO-C, a Moet & Chandon champagne bar, an open bar, and a gastronomic buffet feast by the executive chef of the Ritz-Carlton.
The exclusive event, as always, features surprised, and secrets that are only revealed at the event.
On Saturday, New City Gas will be transformed into “Moët City” for Grand Prix. The program includes a Moët brunch, a beach-day party, DJs, artists, dancers, and three different Moët champagne mirco cities, offering three different Moët products for you to enjoy: Quartier Ice, Rosé, and Imperial.
Like Peel Street, Crescent Street is also closed off entirely during the Grand Prix festivities. The street hosts a library of gorgeous vintage and new cars and Crescent’s plethora of restaurants are all offering free samples and patios to enjoy the street’s buzz.
Crescent’s biggest allure during the festival is the Corona Stage, situated right on the corner of Maisonneuve and Crescent, the stage is a revolving door of local singers and bands.
Take a trip down Crescent and venture in to any of the street’s bars and restaurants. Get their early and when you’re there, park it.
On Sunday, the final event is at La Voûte nightclub, located in the basement of an old 1920’s bank vault in Old Montreal. Code 20 is a party that is organized in every city where the Formula 1 takes place. All the drivers and celebrities meet here to celebrate the end of the Grand Prix.
The event features costumes, dancers, musicians, DJs, meals and bottle service. Prices vary depending on selected events.