Best time to visit Montreal

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Best time of year to visit Montreal

A period from April to September is the best time to visit Montreal. A little bit chilly spring starts with its famous Montreal Nuit Blanche; the temperatures rise and the room rates drop. The tourist season kicks off in warm June and runs till August. Summer is packed with unforgettable festivals like Montreal Cirque Festival, Osheaga Music Festival and, of course, famous Montreal Pride. The air gets chillier after dark, so pack a warm sweater just in case. September usually holds summer temperature, and you are at odds to find nice rooms during autumn. December–February is a rather cold and snowy time in the city, but keep in mind the Underground City beneath the downtown Montreal.

5 THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (APRIL 28 - MAY 07)

Pow Wow

Pow Wow

May–August • event

See the unique annual celebration of the First Nations dedicated to the awakening of nature

Maple Taffy

Maple Taffy

March–April • food

Real Quebecois make maple syrup lollipops with snow

Snow Crab

Snow Crab

April–August • food

With a beginning of the snow crab season, the seafood restaurants of Quebec become very popular

Snow Geese Spring Migration

Snow Geese Spring Migration

late March–mid-May • nature

This show is perfectly suitable for amateur birdwatchers, as it will let you see birds in their natural habitat and in a very convenient way

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

early May • nature

Spring blooms dress Montreal in pale pink

28 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Montreal Cirque Festival

Montreal Cirque Festival

July 04–14, 2019 • event

The best circus performers from all around the globe perform right in streets of this city

The Montréal Jazz Festival (Le Festival de Jazz de Montréal)

The Montréal Jazz Festival (Le Festival de Jazz de Montréal)

June 27–July 06, 2019 • event

Visit the world's largest jazz festival listed in the Guinness Book of World Records

Piknic Électronik Montréal

Piknic Électronik Montréal

May 19–September 29, 2019 • event

Summertime open-air music and dancing in the park

Montreal Nuit Blanche

Montreal Nuit Blanche

February 29, 2020 • event

Among other beautiful nights in Montreal, there is one that will definitely be remembered

Montréal Pride (Fierté Montréal)

Montréal Pride (Fierté Montréal)

August 08–18, 2019 • event

Join this stylish, sexy and hot summer event

Just for Laughs Comedy Festival

Just for Laughs Comedy Festival

July 10–28, 2019 • event

Meet your favourite comedians and sitcom stars around Montreal during the summer

Montréal en Lumière

Montréal en Lumière

February 21–March 03, 2019 • event

One of the largest and most beautiful winter festivals in the world

Osheaga Music Festival

Osheaga Music Festival

August 02–04, 2019 • event

The world's seventh top grossing festival draws over 130,000 devoted fans from all over North America and Europe

St. Patrick's Parade

St. Patrick's Parade

March 17, 2019 • event

One of the oldest and most exciting spring events in Montréal

Tour de l’Île de Montréal

Tour de l’Île de Montréal

June 02, 2019 • event

The most important cycling event of the city

St. Jean Baptiste Day

St. Jean Baptiste Day

June 24 • event

Quebec's national holiday celebrates the longest day of the year

Dog Sledding

Dog Sledding

December–March • activity

As soon as winter begins in Quebec, dog sledding is practiced in every corner of the region

Grands Prix Cyclistes

Grands Prix Cyclistes

September 13, 2019 • event

Since 2010 this race in Montréal and Québec City has become one of the major sports events in the region

Igloofest

Igloofest

January 16–February 01, 2020 • event

The festival that brings best DJs together to warm up cold Montreal winter

Canadian Grand Prix Montreal

Canadian Grand Prix Montreal

June 07–09, 2019 • event

Have yourself an excellent trackside experience!

Indian Summer

Indian Summer

late September • nature

When the days are getting shorter and colder, Quebec landscapes explode with colors

Snow Geese Fall Migration

Snow Geese Fall Migration

late September–late October • nature

Hundreds of thousands of snow geese cover the skies in Quebec and you should see this phenomenon at least once in a lifetime

Dîner en Blanc Montréal

Dîner en Blanc Montréal

June 03, 2018 • event

When thousands of people have a chic dinner all together

Ice Fishing

Ice Fishing

January–February • activity

Pêche blanche—this tradition that comes from the indigenous people is an unusual winter activity

Winter Forest Treks

Winter Forest Treks

January–February • activity

A great winter activity for nature lovers

Je t'Aime en Chocolat

Je t'Aime en Chocolat

February 08–10, 2019 • event

Satisfy your sweet tooth and get all of your Valentine's Day gifts at the Montréal chocolate fair

Montreal Rock 'n' Roll Oasis Marathon

Montreal Rock 'n' Roll Oasis Marathon

September 21–22, 2019 • event

Choose your route and enjoy the run

Montreal Christmas Market

Montreal Christmas Market

November 30–December 23, 2018 • event

A charming fair that reflects rich European Christmas traditions

River Surfing

River Surfing

June–August • activity

Montreal is also famous for its perpetual waves on the St. Lawrence River all summer long

Tourtiere

Tourtiere

late December • food

This well-known meal is especially delicious in Quebec region as a part of Christmas réveillon

Fête des Neiges de Montréal

Fête des Neiges de Montréal

January 15–February 15, 2019 • event

Experience a winter wonderland on two islands in the middle of the city

Christmas Parades

Christmas Parades

mid-November–mid-December • event

Noël is a special and magical time in the largest city of Québec

Rogers Cup (Canadian Open)

Rogers Cup (Canadian Open)

August 03–11, 2019 • event

The third-oldest tennis tournament in the world