6. Check out Quartier des Spectacles
As the name suggests, Quartier des Spectacles is the area of Montreal that serves as the hub for all of the city's major festivals. During the summer months, this Downtown stretch of the city is always bustling with free shows, performers, and all sorts of exhibitions. Jazz Fest, FrancoFolies, Just For Laughs, Fantasia Film Fest, Nuit D'Afrique, and the Fashion & Design Festival are only a sampling of the high-profile events that take over the area in the summer months, making a stroll through an ideal date idea for those looking to enjoy Montreal's festival season without dropping a bunch of bills. Don't assume the area slows down during winter though, as Montreal en Lumiere and Nuit Blanche (among others) keep Quartier des Spectacles alive and exciting when it's cold out.