Find all the essential information and some bonus tips to celebrate your Pride!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- When is the Festival fierté Montréal?
The Festival Fierté Montréal will take place from August 3 to 13. The shows at the main site, the Olympic Park's Esplanade, start on Wednesday, August 9th, and continue every day until Sunday, August 13th with the T-Dance and the Closing Show. The Pride Parade will take place on August 13, 2023.
- Where are the shows?
Most of the shows will take place in the main venue: the Olympic Park's Esplanade.
However, there will be some shows happening in other spaces. Consult our flyer with our official programmming or our website to know everything about all the events.
- Do I need to buy tickets to attend the shows?
The shows that will take place on the main site, the Olympic Park'S Esplanade, are all free! However, there are a few ticketed events taking place outside the main site during the festival. Check out our schedule to find out which ones and where to get tickets.
- Will there be bars and food available?
Yes, the main site in the Olympic Park's Esplanade has a gourmet zone with plenty of food trucks. Several bars are at your disposal as well, including the Bistro SAQ.
- Can I pay in cash?
Cash is not accepted on the main site. You can only pay by card or contactless with your cell phone.
- How do I get there?
We strongly encourage you to prioritize public transportation. It's quick and easy!
Metro: The Olympic Park's Esplanade, the main site of the Festival, is accessible through the Pie-IX station (green line). From the Berri-UQAM, Beaudry or Papineau stations, in the Village, you can take the metro directly to the Olympic Park -it takes 10 minutes!
Bus: These bus lines have stops nearby: 97, 139, and 439. Remember to buy your tickets in advance. Visit the STM website for more information.
Bicycle: Bicycle access via the bike paths on Rachel Street, Maisonneuve Park, Bennett Street, and de la Salle Street. Bike racks (unattended) are available a few meters from the entrance (4545 Pierre-de-Coubertin Avenue), as well as in the P2 parking lot. An attended space in the 600 sector of the Esplanade, at the corner of Sherbrooke and Pie-IX, will also be available.
Car: Underground paid parking P1 located at 4545 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue or P2 located at 4141 Pierre-De Coubertin Avenue, as well as P4, located at 4200 Sherbrooke Street.
- Are children allowed?
Yes! Everyone is welcome!
- Is the main site accessible to people with reduced mobility?
Yes, the Olympic Park's Esplanade is accessible to people with limited mobility. There are also wheelchair-accessible washroom facilities on site. The Pie-IX station is universally accessible.
- What can I bring with me to the site?
- Your empty water bottle to fill it at one of our watering holes
- Your camera
- Backpacks and handbags are allowed but will be searched at the entrance
- Small umbrella
- Bike helmet
- Strollers, walkers and wheelchairs
- Your own folding chair, if needed
- What is prohibited on the site?
- Alcoholic beverages
- Glass containers
- Musical instruments
- Illegal drugs
- Animals - except for service dogs that are properly identified and licensed
- Firearms, knives, weapons of any kind, corkscrews, selfie sticks, fireworks, utensils
- Any object that could present a danger to the safety of participants
- Bicycles, scooters, skates, skateboards
- War headdresses
- Water games
- Umbrellas and other structures that may obstruct the view of spectators and/or affect their safety
- Circus items
- Can I bring and consume cannabis on site?
According to the current law, it is allowed to bring cannabis, but it is forbidden to smoke on the site (both cannabis and tobacco).
- What are the security measures?
When you arrive at the main site, our reception and security staff will ask you to show the contents of your bags for verification purposes and there will be metal detection doors.
Also, all sales and solicitations are strictly forbidden on the Festival Fierté Montréal's sites.
Any person present on the site, acting in an inappropriate or dangerous manner, will be expelled from the site on the spot.
We count on your collaboration to make your visit a pleasant and safe experience for all.
- What happens in case of rain?
The Festival Fierté Montréal shows on the main site (the Olympic Park's Esplanade) will take place rain or shine. In case of extremely bad weather, the event may be interrupted or canceled. Be sure to follow us on social networks for the latest news.
- What do I do if I lose something on the site?
Email us at email@example.com the day after the event to find out if your item was found. Please note that after 15 days, unclaimed items will be donated to charity.
- Where can I stay?
Check out our "Accommodation" section further down.
Tips from experience
Because an outdoor festival is best celebrated well prepared.
Here are some tips to celebrate your Pride!
NO CASH ACCEPTED on the main site, the Olympic Park’s Esplanade.
There will be lot of uncovered bodies, and that is not an invitation to touch! Always ask for CONSENT. IT IS ESSENTIAL!
The 2SLGBTQIA+ communities are diverse, and Pride is a place for ALL OF US to celebrate.
Purchase your STM round-trip TRANSPORTATION TICKET before arriving at the activities. Everything will be smoother at the end of the night.
Bring your REUSABLE BOTTLE, we have water fountains in the Olympic Park's Esplanade.
Our festival is FREE! Thank you so much in advance for supporting us by giving donations via our tiptap stations.
For everyone’s security, there will be checkpoints at the entrance of the Olympic Park's Esplanade. If you don’t want to wait in line, arrive early, and you'll get the chance to enjoy the Food Zone and all its food trucks!
Check the WEATHER! Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. If it’s raining, bring your raincoat or a small umbrella.
This is OUR celebration. Be PROUD and HAVE FUN!
Community intervention resources
The Festival Fierté Montréal is committed to providing visitors with an experience where all feel safe, respected and heard. That's why we are working with various community organizations to provide a series of resources to make our festival safer and more inclusive.
Visiting Montréal for Pride? Find the perfect accommodation during your stay.
Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth
Experience first-hand a city that is open-minded as it is kind-hearted. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth wants you to fully enjoy your visit during Fierté Montréal in our stylish and vibrant city. The hotel boasts a design blending contemporary decor with a vintage flair reminiscent of Montréal’s golden years. The local community frequents its spaces alongside travelers who, by the same token, find themselves immersed without compromise in the exciting Montréal way of life.
The W Montréal provides luxurious comfort with a modern atmosphere. Located in the heart of the International Quarter, near the Convention centre, Old Montréal and the downtown area, art galleries, boutiques and museums, the W Montréal features large rooms with a refined style. Their creative concept combines bright yellow and gold accents with a French rococo-style wall and large windows overlooking Victoria Square.
Welcome to the brand new Hyatt Centric Ville-Marie in Montréal. This sophisticated hotel is located in the charming Parisian-style district of Old Montréal, just steps from the famous Village. The 177 rooms and suites offer magnificent views and the rooftop pool/bar offers the best view of Montréal you can find!
Get to the Festival Fierté Montréal site by public transportation or your car.
- Travelling by metro
Our sites are well served by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM).
The esplanade of the Olympic Park, the main site of the Festival, is accessible by the Pie-IX station of the green line. Bus routes 125, 136, 185, 439 and 97 also have stops nearby.
Berri-UQAM (green, yellow and orange line), Beaudry and Papineau (green line) stations lead directly to the Village.
Visit their website to learn more about rates, schedules and stations.
- Travelling by train
Discover a country of differences. Travelling across Canada on a VIA Rail train, between major urban centers or in the regions, is to enjoy a peaceful and comfortable journey with impeccable service and an unbeatable view. Discover the diversity and openness of our beautiful country.
The Central Station is located at 895 de la Gauchetière West, in downtown Montreal. It is served by the Bonaventure and McGill metro stations. VIA Rail trains serve all of Canada.
*Direct trains to New York City also leave from the Central Station (Amtrak).
Visit their website to learn more about rates, schedules and stations.
- Travelling by car
Travelers can also take advantage of the Canadian highway system to get to Montréal.
Montréal is only a five-hour drive from Toronto or Boston and seven hours from New York. Montréal is only 47 km (29 mi) from the New York border. The New York State Thruway (I-87) becomes Interstate 15; I-89 becomes Route 133 (two lanes at the border) and then joins Interstate 10 which leads to Montréal. From I-91 in Massachusetts, Highways 55 and 10 lead to Montréal.
Visitors from Western and Eastern Canada can reach Montréal via Highways 20 and 40.
In Québec, speed limits are expressed in kilometers (100 km/h is approximately 62 mph). Gasoline is sold by the liter (3 3/4 liters is equivalent to one US gallon).
If you need additional information to get to Montréal by car, refer to the Transports Quebec website and select the Montréal region from the drop-down menu. You will be able then to enlarge the map and search for the different roads serving the city.
- Travelling by plane
The Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is located 18 kilometers from downtown Montréal.
You can take the Express Bus 747. It runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year between the Montréal Bus Station (Berri-UQAM metro station) and Montréal-Trudeau Airport on a route with nine stops per direction.
The 747 buses are equipped with luggage racks for passengers. Travel time is 45 to 60 minutes -depending on traffic. WI-FI service is available on most buses.
The fare is $11, payable upon boarding the bus in coins only, for the exact amount (no paper bills).
The following fares are also accepted on the 747 at no additional cost:
- 24 hrs, All modes A
- 3-day, All modes A
- Unlimited Weekend
- Weekly and Monthly, All modes A, at a regular or reduced fare.
- 4-month, All modes A
- and monthly All modes AB, ABC and ABCD fares.
Come celebrate the advances in the rights of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities by marching in the Pride Parade!