30 things to do this August in Montreal

Aug 9 2016, 8:11 pm

There’s only one month left of summer so you better make it count! Take in the last street sales, art festivals, and outdoor concerts of the summer – you’ve got exactly three weeks left.

Check out this unofficial guide to August in Montreal and have a wonderful rest of your summer!

The Colour Run Montreal

The Colour Run Canada is back in our fair city for another year. This year’s tour, the Colour Run Tropicolour World Tour, will be in town on August 13th. This year’s race includes a tropicolour zone, a rainbow beach at the finish line, and a runner’s kit filled with island-themed goodies. Think leis, pineapple, and white sand. The run is 5km and is a great activity for you and your friends!
When: August 13
Where: 1 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Montreal Country Music Festival

Montreal Country Festival is one of the most recent music festival in Montreal, with only 3 years of existence but it doesn’t prevent 7000 people every year to attend this unique Country Festival in Old Montreal. Get ready to line dance, Shania Twain and Garth Brooks cover bands, and more. With an outdoor stage and an indoor stage, rain or shine make sure to get your cowboy boots ready.
When: August 19 to August 21
Where: Quai de l’Horloge

Matinee Brunch

A Matinee Brunch event in collaboration with @maninacreative bring you “LUSH”! This brunch party will be held at The Hotel 10 Terasse on Sunday August 14th. Get ready to be transported to Montreal’s version of Paradiso in the city! Music by Matinee’s very own Danny Torrence and Toddy Flores. This event will definitely sell out quickly so please send in your requests as soon as possible and get ready to party like it’s Vegas.
When: August 14
Where: HOTEL 10, 10 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal,


Jackalope is the largest action sports event in Canada. The 5th edition is slated to take place on August 19 to 21, 2016 at the Sun Life Financial Esplanade at Montreal’s Olympic Park. It’s the event of the year for adrenaline junkies who come to enjoy a variety of events and activities, including initiations, demonstrations and international-caliber competitions. Events include World Cup Skateboarding for men and women, international base jump competition, and the first annual Montreal waterfight, Montreal’s biggest water gun fight ever!
When: August 19 to August 21
Where: Montreal Olympic Park, 4141 Pierre-De Coubertin, Montreal,

Montreal FestiBlues International

FestiBlues International is the largest music festival dedicated to blues in Montreal. Running for the seventh year in a row, head to Montreal North’s Ahunstic Park and take in some relaxing blues music between August 11th and August 14th. This year’s headliners include Ariane Moffatt, The Seasons, Bob Walsh, Guy Belanger, and Louis-Jean Cormier.
When: August 11 to August 14
Where: Ahunstic Park

Lole White Tour

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The Lole White Tour is back in Montreal for a calming evening of yoga in Old Port. Thousands of yogis came out last year for this sunset yoga session, so if you missed it last summer, this is your chance. Yoga instructors Genevieve Guerard and Dawn Mauricio will be leading the session this year. Be sure to wear your best all-white outfit!
When: August 18, 5:30 pm
Where: Old Port

Celine Dion

Celine Dion has temporarily left Vegas and is back in Montreal for a whole slew of shows this August. With shows remaining on August 9, August 12, August 13, August 16, and August 17, you have exactly five more chances to see this incredible French-Canadian singer in the flesh. The concerts are all held at the Bell Centre and tickets start at $75
When: August 9, 12, 13, 16, 17 at 8 pm
Where: Centre Bell, 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal

International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Quebec’s most gorgeous summer festival is back. Though technically not in Montreal, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is so close that it’s an easy trip for Montrealers to take – and believe me, it’s worth it. With tons of live music, an inflatable park, yummy food trucks, and of course, plenty of air balloons, the International Balloon Festival is not to be missed.
When: August 13 to August 21
Where: 5 Chemin de l’Aéroport

Mont-Royal Trade Fair

Prepare for the sidewalk sale of the century for four days in a row. From August 25th until August 28th, Avenue Mont-Royal will be shut down and will become a mecca for all the bargain hunters out there. Think of this like a rummage sale and a sidewalk sale combined into one. When you get tired of shopping, there will be plenty of food trucks and terrasses for you to grab some grub or perhaps a cocktail.
August 25 to August 28
Where: 10 am to 11 pm

Gatorade O Course

Get ready to sweat at Montreal’s very own extreme obstacle course. Designed by former U.S. Marine Drill Sergeant, Tony A., the Gatorade O Course promises to challenge you both mentally and physically during its 2.5 hour span. The best part? Gatorade Canada teamed up with The O Course to bring you the 2016 summer series completely free of charge!
When: August 13, 9:30 am until 12 pm
Where: University of Montreal, 2900 Boulevard Edouard-Montpetit

International Reggae Festival

Offering three full days of “reggae rocking,” the International Reggae Festival will be taking over Old Port from August 26th until August 28th. The three-day festival will feature reggae artists from around the world as well as some from right here in Canada. As always, the festival will promote the theme, “United Against Violence,” meaning this event has both great music and a powerful message. Tickets start at $30.
When: August 26 to August 28
Where: Old Port

Piknic Electronik

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There is less than two months left of Montreal’s best EDM music extravaganza, Piknic Electronik. Happening every Sunday at Parc Jean Drapeau, Piknic Electronik wraps up on October 2nd so be sure to get there while the weather’s still good!
When: Sundays until October 2nd
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau

Prison Break Race

Make your way through 400 acres of escape land made up of fields, trails, rivers, hills, and mud in Montreal’s Prison Break Race. Simulating an actual prison break, participants will be running past police officers as they try to gain back their freedom. The Montreal race takes place at Terre des Bisons in Rawdon, Quebec and the cost of a ticket includes a beer, a t-shirt, energy drinks, a medal, and admission to the post-race party.
When: August 13 and 14
Where: Terre des Bisons, 6855 Chemin Parkinson, Rawdon

Celebrate Peach Pie Day at Rustique Pie Kitchen

August 24th is National Peach Pie Day! And because it’s summer and pie is amazing, there’s really no reason not to participate. If you’re not feeling baking your own pie from scratch, then be sure to head to Rustique Pie Kitchen. Specializing in handcrafted, local desserts, Rustique Pie Kitchen is the place to be for pie and cake lovers alike. From traditional flavours like strawberry shortcake and cherry pie, to mouth-watering new inventions like a banana split banana crème pie, the Rustique Pie Kitchen executes all of their baking to perfection.
When: August 24
Where: 4615 Rue Notre Dame Ouest

Pompeii Exhibit

This is your last chance to visit the Pompeii Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. On display until September 5th, a visit to this special exhibit will showcase “the splendor and opulence of Pompeii in a spectacular exhibition that features over 220 archaeological artifacts in a unique multisensorial environment.” Reviews have been incredible, so be sure to see it before it’s gone!
When: Any day of the week, until September 5th
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Lego Imagine Nation Tour

The first ever Lego Imagine Nation Tour is coming to Canada this year and will make a stop in Montreal for three whole days. Arriving on August 12th, the Lego Imagine Nation Tour is an interactive event for people of all ages. The event will allow visitors to take pictures with life-size Lego models, play in the huge Brick Pit, and learn new building tips and tricks alongside a Master Model Builder in the Master Builder Lab.
When: August 12 to 14,
Where: Palais des Congrès, 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle

Go for a musical swing on the 21 Balancoires

Create your own song by swinging back and forth on Montreal’s now famous, 21 swings. One swing plays a note while several produce a melody so be sure to head on over with a few friends.
When: August 8 to September 5
Where: From the Place des Festivals to Le Parterre, along De Maisonneuve Boulevard and Président-Kennedy Avenue

Elegenza: Italian Fashion Since 1945

This extensive exhibition celebrates the work of the most important Italian fashion designers post-WWII. Organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in collaboration with Holt Renfrew, it’s safe to say that this is one of the best art exhibits in Montreal this summer. The exhibit features clothing, accessories, photographs, magazines, drawing, and film clips on a multitude of designers and their creations.
When: Any day of the week, until September 16th
Where: McCord Museum, 690 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

La Ronde

As summer comes to a close, now is the time to visit Montreal’s most beloved amusement park. Sure, you may have to deal with crowds, but there’s nothing like going to La Ronde in the height of the summer. With the hot sun on your face, it just makes going on Le Splash that much more satisfying.
When: Any day of the week
Where: 22 Chemin MacDonald

Voiles En Voiles

Take part in an exciting aerial adventure course in the heart of Old Port. You and your kids will be climbing aboard an 18th century pirate ship and going through obstacles that will have you running, jumping, and climbing through an inflatable playground.
When: Every day until August 21st, or on weekends until October 10th
Where: Old Port

Apple Picking

Apple pie anyone? What better way to celebrate the end of summer than by spending the afternoon apple picking! Head out to any one of the orchards near Montreal, and prepare for a day of tractor rides, picnics, and of course, apples. Bonus points if you turn your hand-picked apples into a fresh apple pie. For a little inspiration on where to go, check out this list.
When: Pick-your-own apples are in season starting in the middle or end of August depending on the farm
Where: Various locations

Montreal Ribfest 2016

This summer, enjoy a delicious way to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Island! Mark your calendars for August 12-13-14, 2016 and come by Pierrefonds-Roxboro Borough Hall for great ribs and a great time!
When: August 12 to August 14
Where: 13665 Pierrefonds Blvd

Montreal Under Pressure Festival 2016

This summer be sure to check out Montreal’s grittiest art festival: the Under Pressure Graffiti Festival. Celebrating its 21st year, Under Pressure runs from August 10 to 14. As the largest graffiti and hip hop festival in North America, Under Pressure is one of the best summer festivals in Montreal. Events such as street dance battles and documentary screenings will be taking place the week prior, however, the majority of the fun will take place on the weekend (August 13 and 14).
When: August 10 to 14
Where: Various locations

18th Century Public Market

Anyone ever tell you that you were born in the wrong time period? Well perhaps the 18th century would have suited you better! Take a trip back to 1750, when Montreal’s first public market was founded. Meet farmers, craftspeople, and historic figures from the eighteenth century before sampling some deliciously authentic food like wild fruit jams and spruce beer, all of which is available for purchase.
When: Saturday, August 27, from 10 am to 8 pm and Sunday, August 28, from 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Pointe-A-Calliere, 350 Place Royale

Montreal Pride Parade

Montreal Pride Week is happening right now. There are tons of fun events going on in the city, but if the parade is what you’re most looking forward to, the annual Pride Parade is happening on August 14th. The 2016 theme is “Our Flag, Our Nature: Green,” which means you can expect the floats in this year’s parade to be green in theme. The parade is scheduled to begin at 1 pm on the corner of Saint Mathieu. From there it will travel east on Rene Levesque Boulevard, finishing at Sanguinet Street. Be sure to get there early.
When: August 14
Where: Various locations

Les Boules Roses

Spend time under one of Montreal’s most famous art installations, the pink balls. New and improved for 2016, this year’s design features over 170,000 pink balls suspended over an entire kilometre of Sainte Catherine Street Est.
When: Any time!
Where: Sainte Catherine Street Est

Montreal World Film Festival

Expand your horizons by taking in a foreign film at the Montreal World Film Festival. With the intention of “promoting cultural diversity and understanding between nations,” the Montreal World Film Festival features 7 unique sections. Ranging from the Special Chinese Film Festival to the Francophone Film Festival, there will be a screening for everyone.
When: August 25 to September 5
Where: Various locations

Watch an outdoor Screening of The Martian

Virgin Radio’s Movies in the Park have been going on all summer long, so if you haven’t been to an outdoor film screening yet, now is the time. Seriously though, the August 25th screening is the last of the summer. Saving the best for last, Virgin will be screening the critically acclaimed sci-fi adventure flick, The Martian. Be sure to bring a blanket and some popcorn.
When: August 25
Where: Centre Leonardo da Vinci, 8370 Boulevard Lacordaire

Fashion and Design Festival

Are you a fashionista? Then you can’t miss Montreal’s Fashion and Design Festival. There will be pop up shops, unconventional fashion shows, and special talks from some of the biggest designers in the biz. Head to Quartier des Spectacles this August for some fashion inspiration.
When: August 15 to 20
Where: Quartier des Spectacles

Watch the Olympics

Montreal has designated screening areas around the city allowing Montrealers to support all the Canadian athletes participating in the 2016 summer Olympics. If you don’t feel like watching at home, be sure to hit up the following locations: Le 1000, Place Montreal Trust, Tour Deloitte, CF Carrefour Laval, and Centre de Commerce mondial Montreal. For more information on viewing sites, click here.
When: August 5 to 21
Where: Various locations

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