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Planning FAQ

Keep it Clean and Safe

While fun and great entertainment is a definite priority at Osheaga, it is important to be respectful of your surroundings, other festival goers, and festival staff to ensure that every Osheaga-goer has the time of their life. That being said, please follow these guidelines while attending Osheaga:
  • Please make an effort to recycle/throw out all litter. No one likes a dirty festival site!
  • Please be polite to festival staff and festival-goers (though crowds congregate around the stages, please do not push your way through crowds, cut into lines, etc)
  • Respect Parc Jean-Drapeau and the Osheaga site. Please leave the site as you find it upon entering Osheaga. Do not remove signs, banners, or posters from the festival site.  Do not climb or damage trees, sculptures, etc.
  • Respect the art. Several pieces of art are displayed throughout the festival site. Do not touch or move the art!  Those who tamper with the art may be ejected from festival grounds.

What amenities can I find at Osheaga?

  • Many choices of food vendors
  • Water and other refreshments
  • Beer and other alcoholic beverages
  • Clean toilets located conveniently throughout the site
  • Recycling and compost bins
  • Phone charging stations
  • Lockers available for rent

What can I eat at Osheaga?

Osheaga is Montreal and Montreal = food! More than ever the festival strives to offer a variety of quality food to fans. From the delicious to vegetarian and gluten-free options on top of the multiple food trucks on site presented by Festival YUL EAT, fans will have plenty to satisfy their taste buds and stomachs!

Beverages from water to beer and other spirits can be purchased on site. The legal drinking age in Quebec is 18 years old. If you are planning on consuming alcohol at the festival, please bring two (2) valid pieces of ID and be sure to drink responsibly.

Osheaga festival goers may bring a clear plastic water bottle with them on site, and water refill stations will be provided. Festival goers may be asked to empty their bottle before entering the festival. No alcohol may be brought in from outside.

Festival goers are allowed to bring food for personal consumption (ex: a sandwich, a fruit and a granola bar). Coolers or lunch boxes are not allowed on the site.
 

What is there to do after the show?

Osheaga ends at 11:00pm each night, but don’t let that stop you! Keep the party going at one of the official afterparties and check out all that Montreal has to offer! Saint-Laurent Boulevard (known as “The Main”) or rue Saint-Denis are always a fair bet. We suggest asking some locals where the best watering holes are, or what restaurant to hit up for a tasty post-festival treat. Poutine, bagels and smoked meat are among the must-have food for any visitor seeking a real Montréal experience.

What is Montreal's weather like during the festival?

August in Montreal is usually warm and sunny, so bring plenty of sunscreen and some shades to protect yourself from those rays. Keep an eye on the forecast, and if the weather is less than ideal, please do come prepared. 

What if it rains?

As the saying goes, "The show must go on!" Osheaga takes place rain or shine. Please check the weather prior to coming to Osheaga and if there’s a high chance of rain we suggest bringing a pocket-sized poncho and a sweatshirt or windbreaker.

Can I bring my camera to Osheaga?

Yes, cameras are permitted at Osheaga. Please note, however, that professional video and audio recording equipment is not permitted at the festival.

Here is a complete list of what is and what is not permitted on site at Osheaga:

ITEMS ALLOWED ON THE FESTIVAL SITE

  • One (1) plastic water bottle (water fountains on site)
  • Beach towels and blankets
  • Waterproof ponchos / small umbrellas
  • Small backpacks and bags / purses (please note: all bags will be searched)
  • Sunscreen (except sunscreen in flammable aerosol cans)
  • Lighters and cigarettes
  • Digital cameras (except professional video equipment)
  • Disposable cameras
  • Baby strollers

ITEMS NOT ALLOWED ON THE FESTIVAL SITE

  • Outside alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia
  • Glass bottles and cans
  • Hard-sided coolers
  • Megaphones 
  • Musical instruments
  • Fireworks
  • Flags & banners
  • Beach balls, soccer balls, Frisbees, etc.
  • Large sports umbrellas
  • Folding chairs
  • Skateboards
  • Animals (except guide dogs) 
  • Large backpacks (camping style) 
  • Tents 
  • Laser pointers
  • Water squirt gun or mist 
  • Professional video / audio recording equipment
  • Items intended for sale / promotion 
  • Firearms, knives, or weapons of any kind
  • Any object that can be used to cause bodily harm 
  • Selfie sticks or similar monopods
  • Drones
  • First Nations headdress and other feather headdresses.*
The First Nations Headdresses have a spiritual and cultural meaning in the native communities and to respect and honor their people, Osheaga, Heavy Montreal and îleSoniq ask fans and artists attending the festivals to not use this symbol as a fashion accessory.

Items that are on the disallowed list will be confiscated. We recommend not bringing them to the event site at all to save you the extra hassle. Some items on the disallowed list (backpacks, folding chairs, etc.) may be left at the paid coat check. See below for more information.

Is there a coat check/bag check or locker room at Osheaga?

Yes, the coat check is located just outside of the festival gates. Please note that the coat check fee is $3 per item (*Subject to change).

Lockers to stow your personal items are also available for $15 a day. We provide safe, secure, and easy storage with ALL-DAY access so you can come and go to your locker at any time! 

Is there a Lost & Found at Osheaga?

The Lost & Found is located at the Information Kiosk near the site entrance. Our staff there will be happy to help reunite you with your lost item. In the unfortunate event that your lost item is not immediately found, please send us an email at prodfest@evenko.ca including a detailed description of your lost item or reach us by phone at (514) 521-SHOW (7469). A member of our team will follow up with you as soon as possible.  

Is there medical staff at Osheaga?

Medical staff are constantly present on site. Please be sure to bring all prescribed medication you may need and avoid putting yourself in harm’s way. While it’s important to have fun, please monitor your consumption of alcohol and be sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and juice throughout the day. Make sure to take breaks from the sun if needed. There are plenty of trees for shade on the Osheaga site, so please take advantage of them.

 

 

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