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29 Jul

Get Ready for Hot Air Balloons and even Hotter Music

Party people, family guys and culture vultures, head to Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu this August, just 45 minutes from central Montreal! The International des Montgolfières Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, from August 13 to 21, is a high colour date for all that’s simply not to be missed.

With top acts like Half Moon Run (on August13), Metric (August 13), Redfoo (August 17), Francesco Yates (August 20) and OMI (August 20) sharing the lineup with local luminaries Koriass (August 15), Ariane Moffatt (August 18) and Dumas (August 19), it’s definitely a music-lover’s destination. But that’s not even mentioning the kids’ music shows, which happen all day during the fest at another of the three stages.

st-jean_montgolfiereAside from the cool notes, there are activities for the entire family, including bouncy castles, forts and citadels in every colour. Shoppers will want to check out the crafts village, featuring goods by all sorts of local artisans, and thrill seekers, we’ve got you covered with rides that’ll give you a taste of the heights and high emotions that are in store once you get to the balloons. (Speaking of which, if you want to see the world from aboard a balloon, all you need to do is sign up here.)

Une nouveauté cette année, Speedy Snail se baladera dans le ciel pendant notre festival cet été! Pilotée par le brésilien Rui Kalousdian, ce sera la première envolée canadienne de cette montgolfière! #montgolfieres New this year, Speedy Snail will breeze through the sky during our festival this summer! Piloted by the Brazilian Rui Kalousdian, it will be this balloon’s first Canadian flight! #ballooncanada

Une photo publiée par montgolfieres (@montgolfieres) le 8 Juin 2016 à 12h09 PDT

The main attraction is of course the beauty and wonder of the hot air balloons that are all uniting from all over the world on this one site, a unique event to say the least. Keep an eye open for the beautiful Carnival balloon by Mark Meyer from the U.S., the Speedy Snail by Rui Kalousdian of Brazil, the aptly named Kaleidoscope balloon by New Mexico’s Raymond Bair, and the incredible Air Dino (by Bruno Boudriau), Monark (by Danielle Francoeur and Leo Burman) and Tourbillon (by Pierre Gariépy and Martin Girouard), all designed right here in Quebec.

International_des_MontgolfieresInternational des Montgolfières Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
5, ch. de l’Aéroport, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

August 13 to 21, 2016

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