Province/Territory: Quebec

Tap to the beat of international jazz heaven

  • 1000 concerts
  • 3000 artists from 30 countries
  • 02 million festival-goers

Join a party that starts in the morning and ends only when you call it a night. Dance and sing to the beat, dream in French, snack on poutine, linger over a five course tasting menu and shop the chic boutiques of Montréal. Head to Maison du Festival de Jazz for an intimate concert or let loose in the open air ambiance. Sip cappuccino at an open-air café and bite into pain au chocolat minutes after it emerges from the oven. Hum your way back to your boutique hotel.

Cheer alongside 100,000 new friends in the pedestrian-only Quartier des spectacles. Skate in the middle of the summer to the sounds of Diana Krall. Close your eyes and breathe in remakes of Miles Davis classics. 11 days of Jazz, hundreds of acts and a lifetime of memories.

Why you should visit
  • Listen to a new interpretation of your favorite jazz music at the world’s largest jazz festival.
  • Rub shoulders with fans of all types of jazz-related music, aficionados of the genre in its purest form, and even the artists themselves.
  • Tell everyone back home that you got to soak up the sounds of some 3,000 musicians and entertainers from over 30 countries.
  • Choose from over 1,000 concerts and activities—two-thirds of them free.
  • Join the crowd at Quartier des spectacles.
  • Explore Old Montréal by bike , carriage or foot, soaking up its renowned duality of Old World charm infused with North American energy.
  • Take a breather in Mont Royal Park.
  • Experience Montréal clubbing at its hippest.


Visitor information
  • Access to the site via foot, bicycle, car and public transit.
  • Travel packages.
  • On-site food & beverage.
  • Year-round gift boutique in the hall of the Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan.
When to go
  • The festival takes place in the last week of June and the first week of July. Dates vary slightly from year to year.
Need to know
  • A number of concerts are free and easily stumbled upon.
  • For other concerts you'll want to buy tickets early, but leave room for spontaneity.
  • Bring comfortable shoes.
  • Pack your French-English dictionary.
Getting Here
  • Located in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles in downtown Montréal.
  • Access to the site via foot, bicycle, car and public transit.
  • Taxis are available to-and-from the festival site.
  • Pay parking available.
  • Public transit to the site.