Major sporting events in 2024 

As you gear up for the Paris Olympics this summer, keep your eye on other sporting events in 2024. Here are the world’s top athletic events enjoyed by Canadians, what to expect from the athletes, and a bit about the host cities for fans who plan to travel to watch from the stands. 

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Also known as Roland Garros, named for a famous French aviator, the French Open is held annually in late May at the Stade Roland Garros, in Paris. In 2023, Iwa Swiatek won the women’s open. Novak Djokovic won his third men’s open. Here’s 10 incredible museums, eateries and gardens to visit a short stroll from Stade Roland Garros.  

Dates: May 20 - June 9

Where: Paris, France

More than 300,000 fans of Formula 1 racing from North America and around the world are expected to flock to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix this year. You’ll be watching from the edge of your seat at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Named in honor of the local hero who won the venue’s first race, the circuit is known for its narrow track and close barriers, which demand the best from the sport’s top drivers. Montreal is a city in love with Formula 1, despite not boasting a world champion since 1997. Race fans fill the streets of downtown Montreal, with many stopping on Crescent Street in Old Montreal for a beer.  

Dates: June 9, 2024

Where: Montreal, Canada

This year, major cities in Germany will host the 17th UEFA European Football Championships. And it’s the third time the matches will be held in Germany. England is largely favored to win, with France and Germany also being possibilities. 

Dates: June 14 - July 14 

Where: The championships will be held across 10 stadiums:

  • Olympiastadion Berlin (Berlin)
  • Cologne Stadium (Cologne)
  • BVB Stadium Dortmund (Dortmund)
  • Dusseldorf Arena (Dusseldorf)
  • Frankfurt Arena (Frankfurt)
  • Arena AufSchalke (Gelsenkirchen)
  • Volksparkstadion Hamburg (Hamburg)
  • Leipzig Stadion (Leipzig)
  • Munich Football Arena (Munich)
  • Stuttgart Arena (Stuttgart)

Since 1987, the US Open has been the culminating Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. The odds favorite is 24-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic. Iga Swiatek could take the win for the women’s open.

Check out this list of fun things to do near the US Open including mini golf, great cocktails and more

Dates: 26 August - 8 September

Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York 

This year’s paralympic games are the first to be hosted in Paris and the second time the nation of France has hosted the games. The games will not only be held in Paris but also in the city’s surrounding suburbs including: Clichy-sous-Bois, La Courneuve, Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and Vaires-sur-Marne. Para shooting will be held in Châteauroux.

If you want to make time for sightseeing outside of the city of lights, Paris’ suburbs offer a lot to see and do. Get away from the grounds and urban streets by escaping to Clichy-sous-Bois, which is full of parks and other green spaces. The suburb bounded by Bondy Forest to the east and the Fosse-Maussoin to the west. Explore old quarries, the pond of Clichy and Bellevue Park. 

Dates: August 28 - September 8

Where: Paris and its suburbs

While on the course, keep your eye on Rory Mcllroy, Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm, who are favoured as possible winners. But this trip shouldn’t just be about the players. The opportunity to visit the Royal Troon Golf Club is reason enough to attend the 152nd British open this summer.

“Overlooking the Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran, Troon boasts of beautiful sandy beaches, championship golf courses, and breathtaking scenery,” writes AGS Golf. “It is a premier tourist destination for golfers and non-golfers alike offering a myriad of fun-filled activities including cycling, golfing and walking.”

The town of Troon is also quaint and peaceful, with plenty of beach access during the summer months. Take a stroll around Troon’s harbor and duck into the town’s unique boutiques and cafes. 

Dates: July 18 - 21

Where: Royal Troon Golf Club, Troon, Scotland

Head to England for one of the most famous and distinguished tennis tournaments worldwide. One of the major Grand Slam championships, Wimbledon began in 1877. Following the retirement of tennis giants Serena Williams and Roger Federer, new stars are proving themselves. Carlos Alcaraz secured his first Wimbledon title last year against Novak Djokovic. Markéta Vondroušová also secured her title in 2023after six years without a win.

Dates: July 1 - 14

Where: All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London 

This year, the 111th edition of the prestigious Tour de France – one of the most grueling tests of athletic endurance – will begin in in Florence, Italiy and end in Nice, France.

Canadian cyclists are having a huge moment. Michael Woods became the third Canadian to win a stage of the Tour de France last year. In 2022, Hugo Houle became the second Canadian to win a stage of the prestigious race. The first Canadian to ever win a stage was Steve Bauer in 1988. 

Dates: June 29 - July 21

Where: Italy and France

Cricket fans across the world will be in the stands for the 10th T20 World Cup this year. The tournament has been held nearly every other year for nine years. The West Indies and England are the only nations to mark two tournament wins. In 2022, England’s team won in Melbourne, Australia.

Dates: June 1 - 29

Where: Bridgetown, Barbados

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