Hosting the only Canadian stop on the Grand Prix circuit, Montrealers have always embraced the excitement of Formula 1. Taking place from June 6th-10th, Grand Prix “weekend” is so much more than the race. With parties and festivities everywhere in the city, it’s one of the biggest weekends of the year. And, to help you plan ahead, here is your ultimate Grand Prix weekend events line up so you don’t miss out on the Montreal F1 experience.
Montreal Grand Prix festivities event line up:
Wednesday, June 6th
Dress to Kill 10th anniversary Party at Mount Stephen Hotel
To launch the festivities of the Formula 1 Montreal Grand Prix with style, Dress to Kill magazine is celebrating its 10th anniversary at the sumptuous Bar George of the Mount Stephen Hotel. For this special occasion, the cream of the crop of Canadian fashion will be meeting on Wednesday, June 6, during Montreal Fashion Night. Preceeded by a networking VIP cocktail party, the chic “soirée” will receive a wide range of designers, business people, artists and sports personalities in the historic hotel. The entrance is free as of 10 pm.
Thursday, June 7th 2018
Formula Peel Event on Peel Street
As part of the Grand Prix, business owners of Peel Street will come together to organize a huge party that combines: gastronomy, fashion, live music and cars, as the downtown street will be closed to circulation from June 7th-10th to set up temporary terraces, stages and attractions. Entrance to the site is free but be sure to make your reservation in advance if you wish to enjoy one of the street terraces as 400,000 people visit Peel Street every year during this 4-day “pow wow”.
For more info: https://www.formulepeel.ca/en/#about-page-section
Place F1 GP Canada at Dorchester Square
For the second year in a row, Square Dorchester will host the Place F1 GP Canada 2018. Racing simulators by D-BOX, a go-kart track, luxury cars plus a vast range of other activities for the entire family will be showcased the entire weekend. In addition, fans will be able to watch the Sunday race live on the giant screens. Do not miss the Chandon Pit Stop where guests can enjoy speciality cocktails created by Montreal top mixologist Lawrence Picard while listening to some live music by renowned DJS at the “Chandon Pit Stop”. Food trucks will be on-site all weekend to complement the party.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2065825996763662/
Grand Prix Red Carpet Launch Party—Auberge Saint-Gabriel
“L’Auberge” has become one of the top location for Montreal Grand Prix parties. And, this year, again, ABGE certainly won’t disappoint with a series of events that combines food, music, champagne and an impressive guestlist. The festivities will kick off with a “Grand Prix Red Carpet Launch Party” on Thursday, June 7th. The cream of the Montreal scene will start off the festivities of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada at L’Auberge. Recognized as one of the most glamorous events of the F1 weekend, the Red Carpet Party welcomes several Montreal celebrities such as Francisco Randez, Garou, Sébastien Benoit, Mitsou, Julie Bélanger, Jean-François Baril, and many others. Montreal celebrity DJs : Abeille Gélinas, Thomas H and Donald Lauture will be sure to deliver a great atmosphere on this extraordinary evening. L’Auberge is also serving a “Grand Prix special” menu every evening of the Grand Prix festivities (from Thursday to Sunday). The festive and decadent menu includes an over-the-top surf & turf platter (filet mignon, shrimps, crab cakes, lamb racks) and a dessert tower (Grand Prix feast menu starts at 145$ per person).
For more info and to make reservations: https://www.facebook.com/aubergef1/
Friday, June 8th
Formula 1 Opening Cocktail at Le Méridien-Versailles
To launch the Grand Prix weekend in style, Le Méridien Versailles hotel will host a 5a7 cocktail party with DJ, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, cars and beautiful people. The perfect pre-party to start this weekend extravaganza in style.
Soubois, located in the heart of the action on De Maisonneuve corner Peel, will host international DJ’s all weekend long such as DJ Spade of New York and Nico De Andrea of Paris. In addition, Chef Guillaume Daly will prepare a special Grand Prix menu that will be served from Thursday-Sunday, where every night will be “wild” night at this underground supperclub renowned for its sexy decor and ambiance. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/soubois/
The Grand Prix Party at The Ritz-Carlton
The annual Grand Prix party at the Ritz-Carlton has become one of the most anticipated Formula 1 events due to its luxury and elegance. This year’s event is in collaboration with Aston Martin and includes music by one of Montreal’s best Dj’s, DJ YO-C, a Piper-Hiedsieck champagne bar, an open bar as well as a gastronomic buffet feast by the executive chef of the Ritz-Carlton. For tickets purchase: https://www.universe.com/events/the-ritz-carlton-montreal-grand-prix-party-2018-tickets-montreal-ZH12PN?ref=universe-discover
Saturday, June 9th
Moët City at New City Gas
New City Gas is becoming “Moët City” as of Saturday, June 9th. The bubbly program includes: a Moet Brunch, a beach-day party, numerous “Moët neighbourhood activations in the champagne city” (Quartier Rosé, Brut, Chandon, Imperial…) and bold entertainment for this two-day long champagne party. The brunch is catered by Lino Lozza and live music is provided by Djs Adrian Mitchell, Phil Cabana, Donald Lauture, Thomas H. For brunch or table reservations: http://moetcity.ca/
Pit Stop Lounge at W Hotel
For the 3rd consecutive year, W Hotel Montreal is hosting a private and very chic “pit stop lounge” that includes beauty and gift stations for VIPS guests that want to get ready in style before the big night. “Pit stop stations” includes: make up, manicures, blow dry bar, grooming for men, gift bags, DJs, bites and cocktails. W Hotel wants to be “the only stop” needed for Montreal A-list to get ready for the big night of Grand Prix.
Red Carpet Gala at Restaurant Richmond
In collaboration with Laurent Perrier Champagne, the very chic Restaurant Richmond has organized, again this year, a red carpet gala where the dress code is strictly chic and extravagant! A red carpet awaits, as party guests will be greeted as stars by photographers and journalists for official pictures. Entertainment for the chic evening will be provided by Jojo Flores & Black Mohawk, known for their out-of-the-ordinary event design. Champagne, paparazzis and an ultra VIP party is on the books for this red carpet event. For more info and for ticket purchase: https://www.facebook.com/restaurantlerichmond/
Sunday, June 10th
Old Montreal take over MURAL Festival
Two renowned Old Montreal restaurant groups: Tomahawk (Tommy, Santos, Rockwood) and Barroco (Barroco, Bocata, Foiegwa) will gather together to bring Old Montreal to downtown for a food-fun event on Sunday, June 10th, the very last day of Grand Prix festivities and the first Sunday of the MURAL street art Festival. This creative 11-day event (June 6-17) offers a host of activities and events in a free-access pedestrian zone located on Saint-Laurent Boulevard between Sherbrooke Street and Mont-Royal Avenue. Some twenty new murals created this year enhance an already impressive and well-rounded route of artwork from the Quartier des spectacles up to Mile End. Why not end your weekend in style and head to Saint-Laurent street for great food and art on Sunday?
Formula 1 Closing Evening at L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel
L’Auberge Saint-Gabriel and Guy Laliberté always had a special relationship (he was one of the founding partners). Therefore, the closing evening of Grand Prix weekend will welcome the Cirque du Soleil founder has a guest DJ for an ultra-VIP party consisting of international celebrities, models and drivers celebrating this thrilling weekend. For more info: https://www.facebook.com/lauberge.saintgabriel/
CODE 20 at La Voûte
Finally, on Sunday, the event CODE 20 partners up with the team of the very hype nightclub La Voûte, located in the basement of an old bank in the Old Montreal district. CODE 20 is a party that is organized in every city where the Grand Prix takes place. This is, usually, the closing party where all the drivers and celebrities meet to celebrate the end of the F1 weekend in style. For more information : https://www.facebook.com/ClubLaVoute/