Montréal IFCON 2017
September 1 - September 4, 2017 | Hyatt Regency Montréal
The International Friendship Conference (IFCON) is an annual social gathering hosted over the years by members of the International Friendship Alliance (IFA) and Long Yang Club (LYC) - two groups dedicated to promoting friendship among gay Asian men & the people who love them.
In 2017, the 28th edition of IFCON is heading to CANADA - where our friendly neighbors to the North invite you to experience the Old World Charm of Montréal!
Montréal - the City of Festivals, Literally Always!
This is not an exaggeration. Once the warm weather hits Montréal, the entire city goes into festival mode. You can find a different festival to go to every single day: JazzFest, Just For Laughs, Mural Festival, MUTEK, Fringe Fest, Grand Prix, BeerFest, Comic-Con, International des feux Loto-Québec, Fantasia Film Fest, the list can go on and on.
Drinking In The Park
There’s a much-adored by-law in Montréal known as the “Picnic Law,” and all you need to know is that it fully allows you to drink in the park, never having to worry about being reprimanded by the authorities. You do, however, need a meal with you while drinking (though it’s rarely enforced, and the term “meal” has a fairly fluid definition in this context) but otherwise you’re totally allowed to drink in any Montréal public park. And Montréal has some pretty amazing parks (Parc La Fontaine, Mount Royal, Laurier, and many more) to ensure the alcohol isn’t the only enjoyable part of the experience.
Food Trucks On The Streets
Montréal is known for its wondrous restaurant scene, but you can enjoy all the food available at the city’s many eateries anytime of the year. Only in the summer, however, can you get food right off the street from one of Montréal's many food trucks. Montréal boasts artisanal-gourmet food trucks, many of which are operated by some of the city’s most esteemed restaurants and chefs. Delectable food truck dishes include lobster rolls, pulled pork poutines, Banh Mi tacos, dumplings, raclette, schnitzel, and so much more.
Truly Beautiful Weather
Montréal may be awful in the winter but things definitely change in the summer. No matter what, you can expect long days full of sun with the warmth continuing well into the night. It’s basically t-shirt and shorts weather all the time from June to mid-September. What makes the beautiful weather even better is the accessibility of Montréal. Walk half an hour in this city and you can actually cover a lot of ground, with the weather ensuring you enjoy the stroll. Ride a bike (which you can always do with the city’s public bike service, BIXI) and you’ll get even further. Or, if you really need to make a trek, take the metro, which brings you almost anywhere in the city. Incredibly warm weather and a small city with great public transit ensures a summer spent in Montréal is full of discoveries.
Terrasses For You To Enjoy
You may know them as patios, but in Montréal, they’re called “terrasses,” and come summer, you can find everyone on them enjoying a drink. Even bars and restaurants that don’t have a terrasse space literally build one just for the summer, allowing you to enjoy a pitcher almost anywhere in the city.
The Montréal Summer Energy
If there’s one thing that makes summer in Montréal truly amazing, the aspect that makes a “Montréal summer” truly unique, is the people. Montréal comes alive during the summer season, and the energy is infectious. After months of hibernating due to a harsh winter, the people of Montréal live outdoors in the warmer months of the year. Never will you find a park empty, a terrasse without faithful patrons, a festival lacking hordes of attendees. Unlike cities where it’s warm all of the time, Montréal makes the most of the summer, meaning you’ll always have people to have fun with.
So what are you waiting for? Get your Passport ready and make plans to Rendez-vous in Montréal for IFCON 2017!
Registration for IFCON 2017 is still available!