Montreal Summer Festival Guide for Guys

There’re countless festivals every summer in Montreal. We detailed where to get your fix for suds, songs and stick shifts, but the fun doesn’t stop there. Below, more events to make this season Montreal’s best summer yet.

Just For Laughs Festival
Uproarious and hysterical, the Just For Laughs festival has been one of the city’s main attractions for thirty years. Montreal’s rich comedy scene may have desensitized you to the LOLs to be had, but this event promises gut-wrenching hilarity your local standup just can’t provide. Aziz Ansari, Lewis Black and Kermit the Frog will all be performing — a lineup not to be missed. Box office here. July 10-July 29

International Jazz Festival
From traditional blues to electronica-inspired, Montreal’s Jazz Festival is one of the biggest and most diverse jazz festivals in the world. Hosting millions of guests, offering over 500 concerts, it’s hard to avoid the idea that there’s something for everyone. Not quite sold? There are hundreds of free shows, including performances by Rufus Wainwright and Marie-Christine. Check out this map to start planning your itinerary. June 28 – July 7

Montreal International Fireworks Competition
Rain or shine, during these five weeks there will be weekly pyrotechnics competitions along the Canal. While the show can be watched for free from afar, we suggest you make the effort to see the explosions up close. Although the fireworks only last a half-hour, tickets to the competition also grant you a daylong pass at La Ronde, Montreal’s Six Flags theme park. Each competition is themed, from the “cycle of life” to “pyromusical celebrations of the heart”— none should be missed. Tickets available here. June 30 – August 3

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