Montreal Jazz Festival 2017 Event Guide

The largest festival of its kind, the Montreal Jazz Festival features more than 3,000 artists from roughly 30 countries all gathered to perform for the roughly 2.5 million music lovers who pack Montreal’s streets each summer. Since 1980, music legends from a variety of genres have graced Montreal’s stages, attracting fans from all over the world.

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Montreal Jazz Festival Dates and Location

The Montreal Jazz Festival is held at various venues in downtown Montreal, QC, Canada June 28 – July 8, 2017. Most of the venues are located in the Quartier des Spectacles, a downtown neighborhood known as the city’s arts center. The Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier performing arts center will be the venue for most of the biggest names.

Montreal Jazz Festival Lineup

Some anticipated highlights of the 2017 Montreal Jazz Festival include Bob Dylan, June 30 (Bell Centre, 8 p.m.),  La La Land in concert on July 2 (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, 7:30 p.m.) and a double bill featuring the The O’Jay’s and The Four Tops July 6 (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, 7:30 p.m).

Read up on the full line up and be sure to check out our Montreal Jazz Festival Pro Tips page for inside advice on how to plan around the lineup as well as other keys to a great festival experience. 

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Montreal Jazz Festival Tickets

Unlike many festivals which offer passes, Montreal Jazz Festival tickets are sold by individual event. Prices for feature events range from roughly $60-100. Although many of the bigger names perform in indoor venues, 10 of the 20 stages are outdoors and admission to those is free.

The best way to buy tickets is by checking out the official program website.

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Transportation to and from Montreal Jazz Festival

Air – Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is 45 minutes to an hour by taxi to downtown. A number of shuttle operators offer service to downtown at roughly half the price of a taxi.

Bikes – If feet get tired or you’re in a rush to get from one event to the next, visit one of the automated bike rental stations throughout the city. Check out a map of stations to find the one closest to you.

Metro – The Montreal metro makes the city easy to navigate. Hop off at the Saint-Laurent stop and you’re just two blocks from the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.

Train – Amtrak offers service to Montreal with regular trips from Northeast cities.

Walking  Almost all stages and events are located in the Quartier des Spectacles.The city closes off many of the neighborhood’s streets so moving on foot is the transportation mode of choice.

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Where to Stay for Montreal Jazz Festival

Given Montreal’s solid public transportation system, festival goers shouldn’t feel that staying in the Quartier de Spectacles is the only option. However, staying in one of the many close by accommodations will, of course, maximize event time.

The Hyatt Regency Montreal is right next to the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier and offers rooms starting at $163. From a convenience standpoint, this is a top pick.

On the cheaper end, and just three blocks up the street from Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, is the Hotel Villa where rooms start at $55.

If you’re looking for Airbnb options there’s a new loft just a few minutes walks from Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.

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