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IgloofestSpanning four (yes, four!) frigid winter weekends, Montreal's Igloofest is the ultimate outdoor music festival. Flooded with kids decked out in their warmest––and brightest––snow gear, electro beats pump out over the crowds while lights brighten Old Montreal's skyline. When all the dancing has tuckered you out, there's plenty more to do: warm your toes by a bonfire, throw yourself down an icy slide, mow down on toasted marshmallows, and guzzle boozy hot chocolate and mulled wine. As a recent survivor of one of the coldest weekends the fest has seen, I recommend wearing thermals, wool sweaters, a cozy toque and the warmest boots you can find. Docs just don't cut it!
AFAR Local Expert
over 6 years ago
THE Winter Party in Montreal: Igloofest!
What do you do in Montreal when it's negative 20 degree Celsius weather? Party of course! The idea of Igloofest came about because the organizers wanted to make winter fun again and indeed even in the most frigid of conditions, over 5,000 people were coming out to dance to some of the best DJs in the world, decked out in their most fun snowsuits and partying in their boots! There were lots of activities going on besides the dancing like roasting marshmallows over a fire, playing table top curling and sliding down an a slide made of ice. Even at its coldest, Montreal is still charming. Igloofest takes place every January-February. If you're into electronic music, it's a very fun event!
over 6 years ago
Don't stop the party
Montreal is well known for two things: winters are harsh and the city is one of the best party scenes in North America! So the only reasonable thing to do by combining these two is to party under the biggest electronic festival in the country. Igloofest takes place every January in Old Port where local and international DJs heat up the docks Thursday thru Saturday. Its deco is simple: ice structures and colorful stages bright up Montreal's very cold nights. So if you're up to the challenge of partying under the stars given the weather conditions, then this is your scene. PS. You may spot a random dude wearing a panda costume and some others with a full ski attire...but its just part of the game!
about 6 years ago
Now in its eighth year, Montreal’s Igloofest has become one of the city’s major winter events, drawing ten of thousands of fans of electronic music to the Old Port on weekends in January and February. Projections on walls of screens accompany the music spun by the best local and international DJs on the scene today. The festival’s Igloo Village is a highlight, with ice sculptures, an ice bar, and fire pits, while the “one-piece contest” encourages festival goers to think outside the box when it comes to the traditional snow suit. The most creative costumes, as determined in an open vote, are awarded prizes that have included music, of course, as well as cash and plane tickets. It’s one of the hottest raves in the world, in one of the chilliest locations. As one DJ put it, “It’s completely mad!”