Les FrancoFolies de Montréal is a music festival that brings together all the best artists that the francophone world and world music have to offer. This annual summer festival features performances by Francophone artists from various musical backgrounds and nationalities. The festival includes well-known and established artists, current favorites, and rising stars. Many free performances are offered and some paid performances as well.
Established in 1989, Les FrancoFolies de Montréal has become one of the most popular French festivals in the world. The primary focus of this festival is popular music performed in French or by artists from the French-speaking world. This unique event is widely considered to be the most comprehensive French music festival in the world, offering a diverse mixture of French music from Canadian and International artists.
Every popular music style is covered in this festival. Rock, pop, hip-hop, chanson, rai, folk, punk are only some of the musical styles that you will hear during the Francofolies. Many of the performances are free to the public and are held throughout the Quartier des Spectacles in Place des Arts. This pedestrian-friendly area of downtown Montreal offers the perfect venue for strolling from one concert venue to another.
For 11 days, Montreal’s downtown area becomes the center of the French-speaking music world thanks to the FrancoFolies de Montréal music festival. This music and performance festival features over 1,000 French-language performers from all over the world. Some of the highlights of the FrancoFolies include:
- 1 000 artists from a dozen countries
- More than 250 shows, including 70 indoor shows and180 free outdoor performances
- 7 outdoor stages
- Close to one million festival-goers
This celebration of French music and culture allows visitors and locals alike to savor the best musical talents in the French speaking world. Every year, over a million visitors come to Montreal to attend this unique festival of all-things French music. It was established by the founder of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.