Top Montreal festivals to close out summer

Festival season isn't over yet.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Montreal is the host city to a bevy of varied festivals throughout the summer months, and August and September are no exception. Here are the top Montreal festivals to close out the summer.


Music lovers always gather at Parc Jean Drapeau for this jam-packed annual event, and this year, the headlining acts include The Black Keys, Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion?), Montreal's own Metric, and Feist.


Running from August 9-12, FestiBlues is celebrating their 15th anniversary this year with a great line-up of acts, like Eric Lapointe, Jim Zeller, and more, playing at a myriad of venues.

International Balloon Festival

Although this event takes place just outside the city in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, it's eight days of music, family-friendly activities, and, of course, slews of vibrant hot air balloons in all shapes and sizes.

Montreal World Film Festival

On from August 23 until September 3rd, the World Film Fest features flicks from around the world, from dramas and comedies to groundbreaking documentaries.

Montreal International Reggae Festival

Yeah mon – artists Popcaan, Christopher Martin, Konshens, Khago, and Assassin will all be a part of this year's International Reggae Fest, which takes place at the Old Port August 17-19.

Montreal ComicCon

Discover independent artists and their creations, find hundreds of merchants selling rare comic books and exclusive toys, and meet this year's guests of honour William Shatner and Patrick Stewart (just to name a few) at this great event.

Pop Montreal International Music Fest

September 19-23 Montrealers as well as out-of-towners love checking out Pop Montreal, an annual not-for-profit cultural event that champions independence in the arts by presenting emerging and celebrated artistic talents from around the world.

Photo: ComicCon Montreal