Access to the site

Set in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles in downtown Montréal, the MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE (MEL) site occupies the quadrilateral area bordered by St. Urbain Street and De Bleury Street from east to west, and Ste. Catherine Street and President-Kennedy Avenue from south to north. By virtue of their central location amid the festivities, the Complexe Desjardins and Place des Arts are useful landmarks.

A novelty this year to celebrate the 20th edition: the Maison du Festival is transformed into an authentic Quartier Gourmand. This welcoming oasis is the perfect spot to take a warm-up break—and treat your taste buds while you’re at it! Quartier gourmand offers festivalgoers a host of food-related activities, including performances, conferences, tastings, talks, and more.

Due to the tremendous interest in MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, we obviously advise visitors to use public transit. The Place-des-Arts Metro station, located on the green line, is a direct entry point to the festival site. We advise guests to use the exits opening onto Ste. Catherine or De Bleury Streets.

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Festival goers arriving on foot from the East or West are advised to use Ste. Catherine St. all the way to De Bleury or Jeanne-Mance Streets. Please note that bicycles are not permitted on-site for security reasons.

Public transportation tips (Night service)

In addition to extended Metro opening hours, the STM will extend the bus service during the night of March 2 to 3. Simply present a valid bus pass or ticket.

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Vehicle parking

Persons driving to the Festival will be directed towards paid parking areas near the site or directly on site at Place des Arts, Complexe Desjardins and the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). You can even reserve your parking spot right now!

With some streets closed to vehicle traffic, people are encouraged to consult the map of street closures for the location and accessibility of the closest parking areas.

Reserve your parking spot online