Hot Music + Hot Air Balloons

Isa Tousignant

Party people, family-fun seekers and culture vultures, you can all head to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. From August 12 to 20, just 45 minutes from central Montreal, everyone will want to float up to the International des Montgolfières Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu: a high colour festival that fills the plains with the sound of music!

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Beats to bop your head at

The International des Montgolfières Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu lights up the sky with multicolour balloons, and the air with music. Top billers this year include Wyclef Jean (on August 12), Dubmatique (August 12), Dead Obies (August 14), Charlotte Cardin (August 15), Alex Nevsky (August 17), Virginia to Vegas (August 19) and Scott Helman (August 19) – and that doesn’t include all the kids’ music shows, which happen all day during the fest at another of the three stages. Family entertainment at its best!

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Fun in every colour

Aside from the cool tunes, there are activities for the entire family at the International des Montgolfières. There’s the bouncy castles, forts and citadels in every hue in Balloon Village, board games and more at the Shack, climbing challenges galore at the Akropark, and rides that’ll give thrill seekers of all ages a taste of the heights and high emotions that are in store once you get to the balloons at . (Speaking of which, if you want to see the world from aboard a balloon, all you need to do is sign up here.) Hungry? Grab a beer at the Budweiser terrasse and head to the Food Truck Zone for a list of options as long as the lineups.

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Balloons to float your boat

The main attraction of the International des Montgolfières is of course the hot air balloons. Multicoloured balloons from all over the world are congregating on this one site, a unique event to say the least! Keep an eye open for the goofy Dingbat balloon by New York’s David and Joel Berka, the ultra-Québécois Fleur de Lysée by Québec’s Denis Unsworth, the glowing Sunny Side Up balloon by Illinois’s Donna Carlton, and the formally-dressed Sir Price by Kenneth Leota, from New Jersey.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.

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