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11 June 2024

Our 13 favorite festivals not to miss this summer

Article written by: Bianca Cloutier-Lamoureux

Like every year, summer is the best time to visit Montreal or go abroad. All summer long, the streets of Montreal bring people together to attend numerous festivals and events. This year, we have collected the 13 best music festivals for summer 2024 that will thrill you and perhaps discover new destinations!


Montreal International Jazz Festival (June 27 to July 6, 2024) Montreal, Quebec
Like every year, the Montreal International Jazz Festival welcomes thousands of people from all over the world. Renowned as one of the largest festivals in the world, the Jazz Festival highlights several local and international artists. Enjoy this open-air event in the streets of Montreal.

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://montrealjazzfest.com/


Tremblant International Blues Festival (July 10 to 14, 2024) Tremblant, Quebec
For four days, enjoy numerous free concerts, day and evening, throughout this magnificent pedestrian village, Mont-Tremblant!

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://blues.tremblant.ca/


Montreux Jazz Festival (July 5 to July 20, 2024) Switzerland
If you want to go abroad for a few days, and you are a fan of jazz, the Montreux Jazz Festival will take place from July 5 to 20 in Switzerland. Many popular artists like Tyla, Justice, Lenny Kravitz, Tems and Duran Duran will be present! Without a doubt, the Montreux Jazz Festival is an unforgettable experience!

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://www.montreuxjazzfestival.com/en/


Mad Cool (July 10 to 13, 2024) Spain, Madrid
Want to go to Spain soon? The Mad Cool festival will take place from July 10 to 13 in the heart of Madrid! The festival takes place in the evening, considering long hot days. There you will find merchandise kiosks, festive cocktails and an incredible program. The festival features Dua Lipa, Janelle Monáe, Pearl Jam, Rema, The Killers, Avril Lavigne, Tyla, The Smashing Pumpkins and more.

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://madcoolfestival.es/


Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) (July 4 to 14, 2024) Quebec, Quebec
For more than 50 years, the FEQ has welcomed thousands of festival-goers. This year, you will find very popular artists on stage such as Nickelback, 50 Cent, Ben Howard, Carly Rae Jepsen, Fleet Foxes, J Balvin, Jonas Brothers and others!

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://www.feq.ca/en


Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 11 to 14, 2024), Winnipeg, Manitoba
Want to explore Canada? The Winnipeg Folk Festival, located in Manitoba, invites you to enjoy the outdoors, relax and discover your favorite artists with friends! Merchandise kiosks and food trucks will be at your disposal. Artists like Half Moon Run, Ruth Moody, Lucinda Williams, Mt. Joy, Noah Cyrus, Band of Horses and others will be in attendance.

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca/


Beaches International Jazz Festival (July 4 to 28, 2024) Toronto, Canada
Celebrating its 36th edition, the festival will take place throughout the month of July in Toronto. It is one of the largest free Canadian festivals, with more than 1,000,000 visitors each year. The festival takes place on several stages throughout the Kew Gardens Bandshell in the Toronto Beaches area.

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://www.beachesjazz.com/


Pitchfork Music Festival (July 19 to 21, 2024) Chicago, IL
Do you want to go to the United States for a long weekend? Just a 2.5-hour plane ride from Montreal, the festival returns this year to Union Park in Chicago, bringing with it three days of festivities for all tastes. You will find a diverse lineup bringing together well-known artists like Carly Rae Jepsen, Black Pumas, Jai Paul, 100 Gecs, Alanis Morissette, Jessie Ware and others. Markets, artisanal products, vintage items and food trucks will be available to those celebrating.

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://pitchforkmusicfestival.com/


Newport Folk Festival (July 26 to 28, 2024) Newport, RI
One of the most anticipated festivals of the summer, the Newport Folk Festival is a festival operating since the 1950s. Some popular artists such as Adrianne Lenker, Allison Russell, Billie Marten will be present. The tickets are unfortunately all sold out, however it is still possible to buy some second hand!

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://newportfolk.org/


Lollapalooza (August 1 to 4, 2024) Chicago, IL
This long-awaited festival will be presented over four days, offering a diverse program for all genres. As artists, you will find Kesha, SZA, Tyler the Creator, Hozier, The Killers, Blink-182, Melanie Martinez and others. Like all festivals, food trucks and kiosks for visitors will be at your disposal.

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://www.lollapalooza.com/


Osheaga (August 2 to 4, 2024) Montreal, Quebec
Like every year, enjoy the Osheaga festival at Jean Drapeau Park between August 2 and 4. You will find activities for all tastes, food trucks, installations by emerging artists, and even more! The artists will perform on different stages throughout the park at different times of the day. As artists, you will find Melanie Martinez, Smashing Pumpkins, Labrinth, Justice, Green Day and others will be present.

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://osheaga.com/en


Soniq Island (August 9 to 11, 2024) Montreal, Quebec
Following the Osheaga festival, Île Soniq continues from August 9 to 11 at Jean Drapeau Park. For Dubstep, techno and house fanatics, this festival is here to thrill you! You will find activities for all tastes, food trucks and even more.

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://ilesoniq.com/en


Outside Lands (August 9 to 11, 2024) San Francisco, CA
Want to visit California? San Francisco’s Outside Lands Festival traces its roots to the city’s old neighborhood, which became the founding ground of Golden Gate Park founded in 1870. Celebrating its 16th year, the festival features artists like Corinne Bailey Rae, Men I Trust, Tyla, Slowdive, Teddy Swims and others will be present.

To find out more about the program and to get your tickets: https://sfoutsidelands.com/

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