Montréal comes alive on race weekend with street parties, events and festivals. Here's your guide to the best things to do away from the track at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix. For more ideas, check out our 2019 Canadian Grand Prix Travel Guide.
Grand Prix Street Parties
Downtown Montréal really comes alive on Grand Prix weekend with street parties, live music and a great atmosphere in the many pubs, clubs and restaurants. The following F1 street parties all have free entrance:
- Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival: the original Grand Prix street party, Crescent Street has live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights (6-8 June) plus interactive displays, a pit stop challenge and more. The party has got even bigger in recent years, taking over nearby Maissonneuve Street, between Bishop and de la Montagne Streets.
- Formula Peel: this street party takes place on Peel Street, which is closed off between Sherbrooke and Ste Catherine Streets from 6-9 June. Attracting over 400,000 visitors on Grand Prix weekend, this is the place for high-end restaurants and nightlife. Bookings at the Peel Street Paddock and restaurant terraces are recommended!
- Grand Prix Little Italy 2019: over 250,000 visitors are expected to descend on the Little Italy district of Montréal from 7-9 June for a street party featuring children’s entertainment, terraces, street food, boutiques, car show and more.
Other F1 Parties
Montréal is no slouch when it comes to holding some seriously exclusive parties on Grand Prix weekend. Here are the best parties happening in 2019:.
- Official Grand Opening Night - Four Seasons: the official party kicking off the race weekend on Thursday, 6 June is being relaunched for its 10th anniversary, though exact details are being kept under wraps. Tickets for this exclusive red carpet event, featuring "decadent food stations, premium open bar and immersive artistic performances" are priced at $1000 CAD and proceeds go to charity.
- Red Carpet Party: the “ultimate Grand Prix weekend party” at Le Richmond Restaurant on Saturday, 9 June begins with a red carpet, media wall and two hours of open champagne and oyster bar, followed by canapés and dinner and ends with entertainment and DJ.
- Official Party Tradito - Pelicano Club: feel the rthymns of Latin America or get down to some tech house at this official Grand Prix party over two levels on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights (7-9 June). Tickets cost $175 CAD per night or $450 CAD for a 3-night pass.
- L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel: this historic restaurant in the heart of Old Montréal hosts official Grand Prix events all weekend (6-9 June). The restaurant is serving a series of special “Grand Prix feast” menus over the weekend. Bookings essential.
- Ritz-Carlton Grand Prix Party: one of Montréal’s finest hotels hosts its annual Grand Prix party on Friday, 7 June. Featuring a "Sahara Middle Eastern sensuous vibe" this year, tickets cost from $350-1000 CAD.
- La Voûte Grand Pix: the trendy La Voûte nightclub is hosting a series of parties on Grand Prix weekend (6-9 June), including the Code 20 after party on Sunday night.
Montréal is a magnet for festival-goers from all over the world and Grand Prix weekend coincides with some of the city’s best festivals.
- St-Ambroise Montréal FRINGE Festival: featuring 800+ performances from 500+ artists from around the world, the Montréal Fringe is a celebration of theatre, dance, music, performance art, magic, comedy, cabaret, circus, sketch and more! Taking place from 27 May to 16 June, performances take place in the trendy districts of Plateau Mont-Royal and Mile End.
- Mural Street Art Festival: taking over Saint-Laurent Boulevard between Sherbrooke Street and Mont-Royal Avenue, Mural Fest (6-16 June) is a celebration of urban art featuring world-class visual artists, concerts, open air markets, pop-up galleries and food trucks.