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May. 31, 2024

Gear up downtown: 11 can’t-miss activities during the Grand Prix weekend

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Montreal’s summer kicks off with a burst of speed as the Formula 1 Grand Prix races into town. This is not just any event; it’s the epicenter of excitement, attracting thousands of passionate fans to the heart of the city. They come to experience the roar of engines and the electric atmosphere, mingling with locals in a celebration of speed and spectacle. While the official race lights up the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, the real party shifts to downtown Montreal, the ultimate hotspot to keep the festivities in full swing.

For the life enthusiasts and racing aficionados eager to soak up the city vibe and revel in balmy summer evenings, here are 9 downtown activities you absolutely must check out during the Grand Prix weekend.

The Pit Stop at Eaton Centre – June 5-9

Gear up for a fun-filled and unique experience at the Eaton Centre’s Pit Stop, rolling from June 5th to 9th. Immerse yourself in the thrilling world of Formula 1 with state-of-the-art race simulators and feel the adrenaline rush from the starting line. Test your skills at the Pit stop Challenge, racing against the clock to change tires in record time. Capture lasting memories in the B2 photobooth area and discover the Decathlon Zone, featuring ping-pong tables and various other sports activities.

705 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest

Espace Grand Prix au Centre Eaton F1 Montréal

Vinyl Bar evening at the Hotel W

The prestigious Hotel W opens its doors this Wednesday, June 5, for its very first Vinyl Bar. DJs, cocktails and hundreds of vinyls at your disposal will make this an exceptional evening.

Places are limited! Book your table now.

Soirée Vinyl

CINQ@SEPT at Améa Café – June 5

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, June 5th and head over to an exclusive CINQ@SEPT at Améa Café, nestled within the charming heritage site of Maison Alcan. The evening comes alive with the enchanting beats of DJ Laura Scavo, setting the stage for a night of musical allure. Dive into the ‘Mirage’ theme designed by Cosmic-co, which promises to magically transform the setting. Enjoy a signature cocktail and a specially curated menu that perfectly kicks off the Grand Prix festivities.

1188 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Maison Alcan, pour célébrer le Grand Prix à Montréal

Festival Grand Prix – June 6-9

Each year, the iconic Festival Grand Prix transforms Crescent Street into a pedestrian paradise for racing enthusiasts and action-seeking tourists alike. The street brims with energy, featuring outdoor terraces and a host of activities including racing simulators and car exhibitions. To accommodate the largest crowd possible, the event spills over to Maisonneuve Boulevard, where a grand stage is set up to host race drivers, DJs, and some of Canada’s top bands.

Festival Grand Prix sur Crescent F1 Montréal

GP’24 at Soubois – June 6-9

Nestled beneath the bustling streets of downtown Montreal, Soubois restaurant-club is the quintessential spot for racing aficionados during the Grand Prix. This year, Soubois is rolling out a series of unforgettable events. The festivities kick off on June 6 with DJ Tunez spinning an Afrobeats set, followed by DJ Spade’s Hip Hop vibes on June 7. European DJ Nico de Andrea takes the stage on June 8, leading up to the closing party on June 9 featuring Francis Mercier and Tommy Kimpton. Click here to check out the full lineup.

1106 Boulevard De Maisonneuve Ouest

Party soubois F1 Montreal Grand Prix

Festive Weekend at Yoko Luna – June 6-9

Get ready to master the art of indulgence during Montreal’s most electrifying weekend of the year. From June 6 to 9, Yoko Luna bar hosts a spectacularly festive weekend featuring DJs like Franzen, Malone + Purple, and Sparrow & Barbossa. Immerse yourself in an unmatched experience with renowned artists, extraordinary entertainment, and exquisite Nikkei cuisine, all set within the unique ambiance of Yoko Luna, presented by JEGantic.

1234 Rue de la Montagne

Party Grand Prix F1 Montreal Yoko Luna mtl

Ritz-Carlton Grand Prix Party – June 7

Mark June 7 in your calendar for the event of the year at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal, hosted by Mercedes-Benz and BFL Canada. The Ritz-Carlton Grand Prix Party will transport you to the 1950s. The hotel will undergo a transformation, recreating the ambiance of vintage music and cinema.

Anticipate live performances, retro fashion shows, and culinary delights that echo the past. The decor, styled by Mercedes Canada and Louboutin, will channel the glamour of the ’50s. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Barry F. Lorenzetti Foundation, aiding mental health care improvements in Canada. Space is exclusive for an intimate experience.

1228 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Soirée Ritz Carlton Montreal Grand Prix F1

Maxim Grand Prix Party – 8 juin

The most exclusive event of the Grand Prix, the Maxim Grand Prix Party, will take place at Windsor Station on Saturday, June 8 from 10 PM to 3 AM. Experience a spectacular setting with performances by French Montana, Sommer Ray, and Nervo. Your ticket grants you access to both the indoor and outdoor areas, including selected drinks and immersive activities. Don’t miss this unforgettable experience where music and glamor blend for a night to remember.

1160 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal

Maxim Grand Prix Party F1 Montreal

MTL Vice and Formula Deep at Nacarat – June 7-8

Experience two unforgettable evenings at Nacarat, located in the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. On June 7, the MTL Vice event will immerse you in an evening of elegance, cocktails, and urban vibes featuring Ultra Nate (DJ set), along with local talents The Flores Bros., The Neighbors, Jared Ross & Fice, hosted by Gotsoul, Jam, Youyou, Carlos, Johnathan R., Sousa & Devis. 

On June 8, dive into the world of Formula 1 during the Formula Deep night, where speed and adrenaline fuel another electrifying musical experience. Whether you’re in the mood to dance it out or simply unwind with a drink, these unique events are not to be missed.

900 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest

MTL Vice et Formula Deep au Nacarat F1

Gourmet Break on Peel Street

During the Grand Prix weekend, Peel Street turns into a true culinary festival. The terraces of restaurants like Ferreira and Ibérica expand to welcome food enthusiasts in a festive atmosphere. Champagne flows freely, especially in renowned spots like Chez Alexandre, adding a touch of glamor to the already charged celebratory spirit. This is the perfect opportunity to explore Montreal’s culinary diversity and enjoy a memorable moment with a glass of champagne in hand.

Pause Gourmande Rue Peel Grand Prix Montreal F1 Ferreira

Free concerts in Square Phillips and Square Victoria – June 7-8

This summer, Montréal centre-ville invites visitors to take over the public squares! No fewer than 60 free concerts will be held during the summer season at Phillips and Victoria squares. Whether it’s lunchtime or an afterwork, take advantage of these events and discover up-and-coming artists!

During this Grand Prix weekend, Coco Rose will have the crowd dancing to their funk, soul and pop music on June 7, at 12 p.m. (Square Victoria) and 5:30 p.m. (Square Phillips).

Pop-choc singer Georgette will charm visitors with her flamboyant lyrics on June 8, at 12 p.m. (Square Victoria) and 5:30 p.m. (Square Phillips).

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