MONTREAL — Montreal’s many summertime festivals don’t just take place downtown.
Here are a few area fests to enjoy within an hour or so from the city.
MONDIAL DES CULTURES
Mondial des Cultures des Drummondville is a colorful celebration of traditional folk music and dance from around the world in Drummondville, about an hour and a half northeast of Montreal, halfway between Montreal and Quebec City. Its 33rd edition starts today and continues through July 13.
The festival begins tonight at Drummondville’s Woodyatt Park with “Previews of the World,” where visitors can interact with all of the visiting folk ensembles at 7:30 p.m. The Opening Gala follows at 9 and a musical fireworks display caps off the evening at 11:30. Other musical fireworks displays are held July 5, 8 and 12.
A festival highlight is the free International Parade, where hundreds of visiting performers dressed in exotic costumes make their way through the streets of downtown Drummondville along a three-quarter mile carnival-style circuit. This year the International Parade is held at 9 p.m. July 8.
One day access bracelet fees cost $17; ticketed performances extra. Call (819) 472-1184 or visit www.mondialdescultures.com.
Festival de Lanaudiere celebrates its 37th edition July 8 through Aug. 10 with a repertoire of classical music situated in a serene, natural wooded setting in Joliette, about 45 minutes north of Montreal.
Festival artistic ambassador Alain Lefevre opens the concert series with a recital of piano classics that includes Bach, Haydn, the Chopin Preludes and Rachmaninoff’s “Second Sonata.” It’s held July 8. Tickets cost $39.
The fest’s main venue, the Fernand Lindsay Amphitheatre, opens with a unique program that combines the beautiful music of Orchestre Metropolitain with the creative acrobatics of Cirque Eloize on July 10. Tickets range from $17.50 to $70.
Also featured are performances by Kent Nagano and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Les Violons du Roy and a special nod to celebrate hometown Joliette’s 150th anniversary with a performance of Carmina Burana.