Set in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles in downtown Montreal, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal site occupies the quadrilateral area bordered by St. Laurent Boulevard and De Bleury Street from east to west, and Ste. Catherine Street and President-Kennedy Avenue from north to south. By virtue of their central location amid the festivities, the Complexe Desjardins and Place des Arts are useful landmarks.
With some streets closed to vehicle traffic and parking in the downtown core relatively limited, people are encouraged to make their way to the Festival site on foot, by taxi or by public transit.
Those driving to the Festival are urged to consult the map of street closures for nearby parking areas and related access routes.
Bicycles, skateboards and in-line skates are also excellent means of transportation. However, they are not permitted on-site for security reasons. We invite you to deposit them in one of two bicycle parking areas set up specially for festivalgoers.
- Public transit
Please consult the Google map below for details on public transit options.
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- BIXI stations
Please consult the BIXI Montréal website for details.
- Bicycle parking
To meet growing demand, there are two free parking areas capable of handling more than 350 bicycles. On-site staff will be pleased to answer your questions, and a flat-tire repair kit complete with pump is also available. Cyclists using these parking areas must provide their own locks.
The bicycle parking areas are conveniently located on the periphery of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal site:
- De Bleury Street, corner of De Maisonneuve Boulevard
- St. Laurent Boulevard, corner of De Maisonneuve Boulevard
Bicycle parking areas are clearly identified on the map of the site using the following pictogram
The bicycle parking areas also include a pigeonhole storage bin for skateboards. Persons who use this service will be asked to fill out a form and provide proof of identity (a valid driver’s licence or health insurance card).
The bicycle parking areas are open from 5 p.m. to midnight for the duration
of the Festival.
The bicycle parking areas are open from noon to midnight for the duration of the Festival.
The Festival will not be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged objects.
This service is offered thanks to the collaboration of TD.
- Vehicle parking
Persons driving to the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will be directed to paid parking areas near the site or directly on site at Place des Arts, Complexe Desjardins and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
- Street closures
Please consult the PDF document for details on street closures during the
- Getting around
Given the popularity of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, public transit is the most recommended means of transportation. Located on the green line, the Place-des-Arts and Saint-Laurent Metro stations provide direct access to the site. Those arriving by metro are encouraged to use the Ste. Catherine Street or De Bleury Street exits.
Festival-goers arriving from the east or the west on foot may access the site from Jeanne-Mance Street at the corner of Ste. Catherine Street.
The main stage of the Festival is set up at the north end of the Place des Festivals, with its back to De Maisonneuve Blvd. A second large stage located on Ste. Catherine Street, at the corner of Jeanne-Mance Street. To facilitate pedestrian circulation, the public may use security corridors at all times. These corridors provide access to the Place-des-Arts Metro station and to Ste. Catherine Street and De Bleury Street. Loitering is prohibited in these corridors.
To enjoy the Festival to the fullest, we ask that people comply with the
regulations in force on the site.
Mobility-impaired persons may consult the adapted services
section for details on reserving a space in the reserved area.