Usually, music festivals are revered for enjoying your favorite artists in a summertime atmosphere. Igloofest, Montreal’s premiere outdoor dance party, is just the opposite. And absolutely, perfectly Canadian.
Imagine head-bangin’ to your favorite sets on a sub-zero night with thousands of other fans wearing extreme winter gear. Igloofest may sound crazy – partying on a waterfront pier (arguably one of the bone-chillingest parts of the city you could find), with thousands of fellow suited-up revelers, but it’s an experience you won’t find anywhere else – and one that you’ll never forget.
The coldest party in the world, Igloofest dates for 2018 are every weekend from January 18 to February 3rd. (Yes, it’s almost guaranteed to be the chilliest time of the year.) Temperatures can reach -20℃ (-4℉) during its polar performances. While the group behind this wild event also throws the city’s ‘Piknic Electronik‘ during summer months, Igloofest is an annual, artic gathering of epic proportions. Igloofest artists are among the top electronic musicians in the world, spinning tunes under the stars in Montreal’s ‘Vieux Port‘ (that’s Old Port for the non-francophones), as icy decor, steel structures, and stunning light projections enhance the ambiance.
Worried about those sub-zero temps? You don’t have to be. Canadians are a hearty folk – but they’re not heartless. Ask any local the secret to a great Igloofest experience and they’ll tell you – layer up, wear warm boots that can handle the dancefloor slush, have a shot – or two – at one of the venue’s numerous ice bars and warm up afterward with a rib-sticking meal of poutine. (Poutine, fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds, is a local food tradition that’s required eating for winter weather. For the best eats, hop in a cab for La Banquise, a beloved, 24-hour spot offering an astounding array of poutine variations. )
You can also take a break from the chill in the indoor dance area, or warm up at the open-air campfires for a marshmallow roast between sets. Don’t leave without vibing out with the Party Yeti for a full-fledged Igloofest weekend. Brave the cold and take a ride down the enormous Glissoire Nordik slide to arrive in style at the frozen festival.
Igloofest sees no shortage of wacky fashion. Prepare to see some of the most creative one-piece winter suits imaginable highlighted by bright colors, glow-in-the-dark accessories and bizarre headwear. Think you got what it takes? Head to Canada and party with insane festival-goers for an icy extravaganza.
“Igloofest is an adrenaline rush – where else do you get to enjoy the best musicians in the world, in a truly unforgettable sub-zero setting?”
Event organizers make entry fairly easy – but if your Igloofest tickets are waiting at will call, be prepared for a little bit of a wait because lines can be long. Mobile ticketing offers quick and convenient access to the event location. Since attendees will be wearing mittens and gloves, ski passes are clipped on your jacket to avoid the hassle of wristbands.
Montreal is a great walking city which makes it a very convenient place for travel. Transportation methods such as bus, bike, taxi and car are really only necessary if you are looking to travel to other neighborhoods. However, the quickest and most economical mode of transportation is using the metro system. To get to the Igloofest site, get off at the Place-d’Armes or Champ-de-Mars station when using the metro.
Check out the full schedule here to properly plan your trip. Additionally, parking is available at Clock Tower Quay and the King Edward Quay if traveling by car.
The Igloofest site offers several bundle packages that include admission tickets and lodging for the festival. Finding a hotel won’t be a problem as Montreal has plenty to offer in and around the city. Rad Travel has extensive hotel options that are available in the area. Choose your filter and book your stay for this epic arctic experience!
Before you book, be sure to check the Igloofest schedule – artists appear only once during the festival, so there are plenty of epic nights to choose from.
Montreal offers world-class cuisine, entertainment, museums, and natural attractions all within Canada’s historic and culturally-diverse environment. There’s no shortage of things to do in the city, while you’re waiting for the night’s events to begin.
Discover storied museums and architecture at some of the world’s most extravagant locations. The city offers microbreweries, jazz bars, dance clubs and more for those looking to expand their nightlife fun. Dine out at local eateries and cafes where a food-lover’s’ dream can become a reality.
For a complete listing of what Montreal has to offer, check out their official website before planning your trip. With so much happening in Montreal, Igloofest is just one of the many reasons to spend a winter weekend in this incredible city.