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Things to do in Montréal: July 1 to 7

Music and more at Jazz Fest The Montréal International Jazz Festival takes over the Quartier des Spectacles in downtown Montréal with hundreds of outdoor and indoor shows, numerous food and drink options, a kids’ activity zone and more to July 9 – let our Survival Guide to the Jazz Fest and our list of must-see concerts lead the way through the fest’s packed program. This week’s music spans from legends Taj Mahal, Brian Wilson, Kool & The Gang and Oliver Jones to Rufus Wainwright’s operatic show, the incomparable Lauryn Hill, folk hero Ian Kelly,  Jireh Gospel Choir, blues guitarist David Gogo, Jamie Cullum, Orlando Julius & The Afrosoundz, Big Bad VooDoo Daddy and so many more. On top of all that, take a jazz-focused tour on foot or by boat during the festival, including a walking tour on the city’s history of jazz from the 1920s to present day, July 1-3 and 9-10 starting at noon. See even more of the city sights on a guided tour, public art tours and guided bike tours. For the full Montréal festivals scoop, see our 2016 summer festival guide and list of summer music festivals. Bright and beautiful Celebrate Canada Day on July 1… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal May 13 to 19

We’re already feeling the summer hype here in Montréal this week, with cutting-edge outdoor entertainment, farmers’ markets, walking tours and more fun under the sun, while our indoor venues light up with fabulous food and fashion, dynamic circus and drama, inspiring art and live music. Open-air entertainment The Quartier des Spectacles’ Jardins Gamelin officially opens for the season, offering a park-like atmosphere, delicious food (some from gourmet food trucks) and free entertainment in the heart of downtown near Berri-UQAM metro station. Take a picturesque guided walking tour of the Quartier des Spectacles – see public art, learn some of the city’s history, and stroll by and take a swing on interactive musical art installation 21 Swings, located on de Maisonneuve Boulevard outside Place des Arts. Walk around the city’s public markets, full of colourful fruits and veg, local meats and cheeses, full meals and delicious desserts. One step away from being outdoors, the must-see Chromatic festival of urban art and music kicks off on May 19 under the high ceilings of Hangar 16 in the Old Port, with art exhibitions, interactive installations and Afrobeat electro music by Pierre Kwenders. And under the big top nearby, see Cirque du Soleil’s newest… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: April 8 to 14

The lively streets of Montréal get even livelier this week with the return of 21 Swings musical installation at Place des Festivals alongside more innovative art, theatre and dance at Place des Arts and beyond – add to that world-class restaurants, a literary festival, fun family activities and plenty of live music. Swinging spring Whether this is your first time in Montréal or your tenth, expect the unexpected: like 21 Swings, a musical instrument, art installation, colourful swing set and gathering place all in one. The swings return to the streets for the sixth year, lining de Maisonneuve Boulevard outside Place des Arts downtown, from April 11 to May 29. At night, the 9x [MTL] Video Projections illuminate the facades of eight building in the Quartier des Spectacles, screening colourful photomontages of iconic people, places and events in Montréal, created by motion designers, Gabriel Poirier-Galarneau and Vincent Bilodeau. Another sign of spring: the Butterflies Go Free event at Space for Life, where local butterflies venture outdoors and tropical butterflies and caterpillars have the run of the Botanical Garden’s and Insectarium’s Main Exhibition Greenhouse, until April 24. On top of that, see the Harlem Globetrotters on April 8 and the Montréal… / Read More →

Winter thrills at Fête des neiges 2016

Whether you welcome winter with freshly sharpened skates or prefer sipping hot chocolate by the fire, Fête des neiges de Montréal helps us all celebrate snow days in the best ways, turning Parc Jean-Drapeau into a playground for all ages, every Saturday and Sunday from January 16 to February 7. Active entertainment Hand-in-hand with the urban winter fun of Luminothérapie, Igloofest, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and more, Fête des neiges de Montréal is all about brightening up your winter days and nights. Not only can you go skating, snowshoeing, skiing and sledding around the sprawling, picturesque park, but access to the Fête des neiges site and the majority of activities is free. See live musical performances and ice sculpting; play boot hockey and soccer; become a player in a human-sized foosball game; climb into a plastic battle bubble; ride the 16-metre ice slide; try curling and snow-yoga, and more. Winter adventure Add to all that a few choice pay activities well worth their ticket price. If happiness means sledding down a snowy hill all afternoon or you can’t resist the admittedly irresistible view of the city from the top of the ferris wheel, get the most out of Fête des neiges… / Read More →

Expert Tips for a Family-Friendly Trip to Montreal

As everyone knows, Montreal is a family-friendly destination. There are many activities for kids of all ages in our science centre, our Planetarium, our Insectarium, our Botanical Gardens, and our Biodome. These are all great places to bring the young ones for some excitement  – and you can be sure that they’ll be all tired out after their action-packed days out on on the town (just don’t tell them all this fun is educational, too!