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Montreal International Jazz Festival

400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1L4, Canada
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Should be Called Music Festival not Jazz Festival

Disappointed this year to go to the 2018 so-called "jazz" festival, Every year there appears to be... read more

Reviewed today
Miss Dee Q
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New York City, New York
Lots of People, lots of music

This event has evolved from lots of small stages to just a few venues. Lots of free music and the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Michael R
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Since the festival was first inaugurated by the great Ray Charles in 1980, thousands of musicians and public entertainers from around the world gather every year to indulge in their passion for jazz music in the heart of downtown Montreal. Over ten days, more than two million music lovers can enjoy the choice of 1,000 concerts and activities. Between shows there is a plethora of food to explore, from fine dining by world-class chefs to food trucks, and a variety of shopping options. It's the perfect event that everyone can enjoy, with plenty of family-friendly shows and activities. Best of all, most of the shows are free!
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400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1L4, Canada
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Reviewed today

Disappointed this year to go to the 2018 so-called "jazz" festival, Every year there appears to be less and less jazz on display and more alternative forms of music. We worry that the root of jazz will be lost, that visitors will understand jazz to...More

Thank Miss Dee Q
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This event has evolved from lots of small stages to just a few venues. Lots of free music and the coordinators seem to group performances to stages based on type/style of performance. Be aware that for the free performances you will be elbow to elbow,...More

Thank Michael R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We didn't even know this festival was happening during our trip to Montreal but we fortunately had bumped into it during the night walk. It's huge street festival, actually there were two separate stages, lots of vendors, drinks, food and so many people. It was...More

Thank Yumi H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am almost tempted not to write a review to help keep the numbers down. Montreal itself was baking when we visited so make sure you take cool clothes and lots of sun block. There were 30 odd deaths due to the heat over that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Jazz festival was a great experience. Except for the service from the Athene Gyros food truck, which took advantage of some tourists charging up to 50% additional costs claiming it was part of the Canadian tax. This is more than the 15% tax and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As always Montreal's Jazz festival is amazing, very entertaining for all the family. You can spend couple of hours there, enjoying some drinks, food, great music; free outdoor music, like I enjoyed today with the Brass Band, very entertaining and full of life. There are...More

Thank Greg K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most known attraction of Montreal is the Jazz Festival. It's a safe place, everytime crowded, but accessible. The restaurants around the area are opened and there are some food and drinks available inside the festival area.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is without a doubt the best venue in Montreal, although there are many. It is absolutely not to be missed.

Thank Penny R
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

2018 festival is from June 28 to July 7. Come next year. Lots of choices. Free outdoor concerts every day and evening beginning about noon. Children friendly. Fountains and spray fans for the heat. Easy public transportation. Good information booths. Lots of food choices

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is our 6th year coming up to the Jazz Fest from Boston. You can choose to pay for certain concerts in jazz clubs but there is so much free music rotating on the several stages around Rue St. Catherine. I recommend downloading the fest...More

Thank Greg S
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