This week marks the beginning of one of Montreal’s most exciting festivals. You’ve probably noticed by now that summer in the city means a nonstop parade of festivals, each featuring exciting free events at major downtown locations. Montréal Complètement Cirque perhaps best exemplifies this principle. For 10 days from July 7 to July 17, it will feature public circus performances, from juggling to aerial acrobatics to clown shows, all across Montreal, put on as a collaborative effort between various circus schools and organizations in the city, as well as the world famous Cirque du Soleil.

For more information on where and when to catch some of these awesome free shows, read on for the top 3 upcoming performances at Montréal Complètement Cirque:

  1. Fracas

    This is one of the main events, a stunning, 30 minute performance right by Montreal’s most central metro station, Berri-UQAM, where dozens of acrobats and other performers will fill the stage with stunning feats. A completely captivating and breathtaking performance which can be enjoyed in daylight or after nightfall for different effects.

    Where: Place Émilie-Gamelin
    When: July 7-17 (excluding July 11) at 7 pm and 10 pm.

  2. Plateau Mont-Royal Evening

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    All throughout the festival, circus performances will be held in different neighborhoods, including the focus of this blog–the Plateau! If you want a fun and conveniently located evening experience during your stay in the area, come to one of the neighborhood’s biggest parks to watch awesome acrobatic shows and get the chance to participate in circus workshops and mini Olympics.

    Where: Parc Jeanne-Mance.
    When: July 15 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

  3. La Rue Complètement CirqueRue complètement cirque - Renald Laurin
    If you want to enjoy the festival on a more casual basis, just come take a walk along Saint-Denis street after 5 pm any time during the festival. A whole chunk of street has been transformed into a little circus that comes to life after work hours end. You’ll be able to catch a constant stream of free shows, as well as fun events like the Waiter Race and various participatory activities. Visit the website for more details.Where: Saint-Denis Street, between Sherbrooke Street and Ste-Catherine Street.
    When: July 7 – 17 (excluding July 11) from 5 pm – 11:30 pm.