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Culture and Cuisine during the Jazz Fest

Come June, there is music in the air…thanks to 650 concerts, 370 of which are outside for your al fresco listening pleasure during the Montréal International Jazz Fest! While the Quartier des spectacles literally hums with activity for eleven full days, the rest of the city has a lot going on, too. Check out these ideas to round out your cultural Montréal experience!
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Fabergé at the Museum of Fine Arts

From mid-June to October, over 240 Fabergé masterpieces, including the iconic eggs, will be on display at the Museum of Fine Arts. Don’t miss the chance to view the greatest collection of Fabergé outside of Russia in this Canadian exclusive.

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Art Galleries Galore

With more art galleries than you can shake a stick at, Montréal is gaining a reputation as a world-calibre cultural and innovative art centre. Sherbrooke Street West, Saint-Paul Street or even renovated industrial spaces are gallery hotspots that feature works by renowned European and North-American artists.

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Street Food at its Finest

Samples good eats on the street all summer long at one of the city’s fifteen designated sites, where trucks rotate daily. Hungry? Check out the StreetFood Mtl site to find the food truck of your craving based on location and cuisine.

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The Cave of Lascaux

Travel back to prehistoric times at the Montréal Science Centre until mid-September. Featuring life-sized reproductions of never-before-reproduced cave drawings, videos and prehistoric artefacts, this interactive exhibition reveals how prehistoric humans lived some 20,000 years ago and explains the conditions under which these paintings were executed.

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Pedestrian Zones

Montréal becomes a pedestrian paradise come summer, with car-free zones popping up throughout the city like daisies! Blithely stroll through the Village under the boules roses and stop to enjoy a drink on a patio along with the nearly-daily events surrounding Aires Libres, an eco-artistic happening.

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Upstairs, when the night is young

Keep the good times – and music – rolling at the Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill long after the last outdoor concert has wrapped up! A key intime venue during the Festival, Upstairs offers a variety of libations, snacks or meal options against a backdrop of inspired music nightly.

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Party Montréal Grand Prix style!

The unofficial kick-off to summer, the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada is when international glitterati arrive in jet-set splendour, locals rejoice and tourists experience what the city is all about. F1 fever rages across Montréal in an all-out epidemic where streets…

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What to do off the track during Grand Prix Weekend

F1 action doesn’t just happen on the track – there are things to see, do and experience all weekend long within an arm’s reach of the race. Head up to Little Italy for some Ferrari fun, get in a little…

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Jazz Fest: What to do between concerts

A favourite summertime happening,  the Montréal International Jazz Festival features more than 650 concerts over eleven days and nights, including 370 free outdoor shows in the buzzing Place des Festivals…but even the most ardent audiophiles have to take a break…

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