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Things to do in Montréal: November 18 to 24

As Montréal waits for its first snowfall, Santa Claus arrives in a parade, Mozart’s Don Giovanni and wild circus shows thrill, new art and film transform perceptions, and live music from electro to Bach rocks our world. Seasonal sights Santa comes to town early for Montréal’s annual Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 19 along Sainte-Catherine Street starting at 11 am at Fort Street and ending at Place des Festivals – see floats, marching bands, Santa and his elves, and more! Walk through the city streets and among the skyscrapers on tours by Art Public Montréal. See another side of Montréal in quaint neighbourhoods and big parks, and step into the past in Old Montréal on multimedia tour Cité Mémoire. Indoors, see Nintendo characters in lifelike wax at the Grevin Museum’s Super Mario and Friends exhibition, and go on tropical and outer space adventures at the Space for Life’s Botanical Garden, Insectarium, Biodôme and Planetarium. In sports: the Montréal Canadiens play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 19, the Senators on Nov. 2, and the Hurricanes on Nov. 24 at the Bell Centre and Montréal’s Minor League Soccer team the Impact play Toronto FC on Nov. 22 at Olympic Stadium. Go shopping for all kinds of cute kids’ stuff at Marché Néné in Mile End this weekend, or get… / Read More →

Top 10 reasons to visit Montréal now

It’s been a topsy-turvy fall, and if you’re thinking of getting away for a few days, there’s never been a better time to come to Montréal. Friendly, fun and affordable, you’re sure to find tons of great things to see and do, no matter when you come or how long you stay. We could go on forever, but just to light a spark of inspiration, here are 10 reasons to pack your bags and head to our beautiful island city. 1) We are throwing a huge birthday bash for our 375th anniversary Montréal comes alive with a jam-packed program of activities to celebrate this major milestone in 2017. The party kicks off with Barbagazi, which will feature a wacky Nordic obstacle race – complete with a Yeti to take on as you race to the pine forest and the finish line! The fun continues with Les Hivernales, the winter program and then carries on all year. To add to the “wow” factor, 2017 will also mark Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of Expo67. Find out all about the 375th celebrations at 375mtl.com. 2) We have four seasons of fun No matter when you come for a visit, you are… / Read More →

A horn o’ plenty of things to do on U.S. Thanksgiving

If your name is Cobbler, Popcorn, Cheese or Abe, the last four years of the Obama administration were good ones, because those were the names of the Thanksgiving turkeys that – per White House tradition – the president pardoned in his final term. But you don’t have to be a lucky turkey to enjoy U.S. Thanksgiving, at least not in Montréal, and the following represents just a small sampling of the bounty that awaits those who visit during the holiday. American Thanksgiving is celebrated every year on the fourth Thursday of November, which this year falls on November 24, and marks the (un)official puck drop on the holiday season. Traditionally an expression of gratitude for a healthy harvest, it’s only fitting that we begin with one of the things that Montrealers themselves are most grateful for: the city’s incredible crop of topnotch restaurants. Congrats to Agrikol in Montreal, ranked #6 on our list of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2016! Check out this year’s winners for Air Canada enRoute Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2016 by clicking the link in our bio. . Félicitations à Agrikol à Montréal, qui se classe en 6ème place sur notre liste des Meilleurs nouveaux restos canadiens… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 30 to October 6

It’s finally fall in Montréal, and we’re celebrating the change of seasons with outdoor activities (from garden walks to Oktoberfest), a city-wide weekend cultural event, new art, film, theatre and dance, and live music for classical afficianados to late-night dancers. Action and adventure Explore exotic greenery lit by the soft glow of 1000 lanterns at the Botanical Garden’s Gardens of Light exhibition – the Chinese Garden features the Forbidden City while the Japanese Garden provides a contemplative setting. Or discover urban public art in a walk among the skyscrapers. The graceful power of figure skating hits the ice as top athletes compete at the 2016 Skate Canada Autumn Classic International, Sept. 29 to Oct. 1. The on-ice action continues at the Bell Centre as the Montréal Canadians take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 6. Show your true colours in 5K The Color Run Night at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Oct. 1. Tour the universe in animated film We Are Stars on the 360° dome at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium at Montréal Space for Life.  And seek out new tastes by sampling craft beer from Québec microbreweries at Oktoberfest at Atwater Market, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. It’s also Litty Italy Pizza Week Oct. 3-9! Art and culture Free… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 16 to 22

Mid-September eases between summer and fall in Montréal – the sun keeps shining on open-air markets and outdoor performances while a major Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition and Opéra de Montréal’s AIDA wow and POP Montréal keeps Montréal nightlife wild. Outdoor time Beautiful day and night, the Botanical Garden hosts its annual Gardens of Light lantern exhibition – walk through the Chinese and Japanese gardens after sunset in a soft glow. Montréal’s favourite terrasses stay open for meals, drinks and revelry – don’t miss the FoodLab terrasse at the SAT, where the Omnivore World Tour offers one-of-a-kind feasts, workshops and more, Sept. 16-19. You’ll also find excellent food, drink and entertainment at markets Jardins Gamelin and Village au Pied-du-Courant downtown, Marché des Éclusiers in the Old Port and Les Jardineries at Olympic Park. Take a cruise along the Saint-Lawrence River with Croisières AML for a laid-back brunch or gourmet dinner. For more activities, see our guide to Free things to do this fall in Montréal.  City-wide POP entertainment The 15th edition of POP Montréal starts its engines on Wednesday night with dozens of music shows along with talks, art exhibitions, the professional-level Puces POP craft fair, film screenings, kids events and more until Sept. 25 – get the low-down in our Survival Guide to POP Montréal and… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal September 9 to 15

Warm weather and world-class entertainment keep September fabulous in Montréal: lantern-lit gardens, open-air markets, dancing in the streets, a high-performance cyling race, no less than three music festivals, a major Robert Mapplethorpe exhibition, and more. Outdoor activities Take a glittering evening walk through the Gardens of Light lantern exhibition at the Botanical Garden, a family-friendly annual event. Watch peak-performance athletes race in the five-hour Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, starting at 10 am on Sept. 11 at Mount Royal Park’s Georges-Étienne Cartier monument. The Night Nation Run happens Sept. 9 at La Ronde and Parc Jean-Drapeau – register to join or simply cheer on the neon-clad runners. Climb aboard with Croisières AML for a laid-back brunch, afternoon or gourmet dinner cruise on the Saint-Lawrence River. Go dancing in Mont-Royal Park on Saturday night, starting with a free folk dance workshop at 6:30 pm at the Beaver Lake Pavilion. Are you ready, in less than a month in Montreal on Crescent street, 9 & 10 of September the biggest free EDM festival Villa Paradizo www.VillaParadizo.com @villaparadizo @thomasgold @chocolatepuma @domenomusic #villaparadizowear #villaparadizo Une photo publiée par Villa Paradizo (@villaparadizo) le 13 Août 2016 à 20h06 PDT Open-air entertainment Outdoor festivals bring music to the streets this weekend: eat, drink, play games and… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal September 2 to 8

Summer doesn’t stop for September in Montréal. Rhroughout Labour Day weekend and well afterwards, outdoor events – from food festivals to lantern-lit garden walka – and all kinds of stage-and-screen entertainment keep going strong. Labour Day long weekend The last long weekend of summer is fittingly packed: we’ve got the inside scoop on what to do this Labour Day Weekend in Montréal – an array of activities for all ages, incuding live music, art gallery tours, a glittering evening walk through the Gardens of Light at the Botanical Garden, and excellent food at Festival YUL EAT all weekend and at First Fridays on Sept. 2. Hey, you can even make a final decision on dresses and place settings at Le Grand Salon Marions-nous wedding fair. Extended days of summer Swing to the sound of music installation 21 Swings outside Place des Arts, or take a laid-back brunch, afternoon or gourmet dinner cruise with Croisières AML on the Saint-Lawrence River. Have a wonderful meal on Montréal’s favourite terrasses, and check out the entertainment, food and drink at markets Jardins Gamelin and Village au Pied-du-Courant downtown, Marché des Éclusiers in the Old Port and Les Jardineries at Olympic Park. And, Sept. 7-10, eat, drink, play games and dance to the beat of live music at outdoor festival OUMF on St-Denis Street downtown. On stage Kid… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: August 26 to September 1

The end of August doesn’t mean the end of summer in Montréal: warm weather keeps  restaurant terrasses open late and turns parks and city streets into entertainment venues. Also keeping things hot this week: a beer tasting event, new films and art, and live music. Late-summer days The Mont-Royal Avenue Street Sale closes the avenue to traffic Aug. 25-28, featuring plenty of shopping along with open-air restaurants and bars, entertainment – including music on Friday evening from Socalled in front of Mont-Royal metro, live painting, DJs and more – games and activities for kids – from face painting and rock climbing to an electric train and mini golf – at the corners of Mont-Royal and Cartier and Mont-Royal and Des Érables. Walk among farmers, craftspeople and entertainers straight out of 1750 at Pointe-à-Callière’s 18th-Century Public Market in Old Montréal, Aug. 27-28, featuring food, drink, music, storytelling and performances in the spirit of New France. Swing to the sound of musical art installation 21 Swings outside Place des Arts, or take an easy cruise along the Saint-Lawrence River on a laid-back brunch, afternoon or gourmet dinner cruise with Croisières AML. The SOS Labyrinthe and sailing-ship-themed ropes course Voiles en Voiles keep everyone on their toes in the Old Port of Montréal. Test your chess skills on the… / Read More →

Your 2016 guide to surviving the Montréal Jazz Festival

We don’t just want you to survive at the 37th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, we want you to thrive. With your good time in mind, we’ve put to together the following guide comprised of handy dos and don’ts and other valuable info tidbits about the Jazz Festival that will help you maximize your time at one of the most spectacular music experiences on the planet. What you’re getting into: In a nutshell, more amazing music and fabulous fun than should be legally allowed. From June 29 to July 9, Montreal’s downtown Quartier des Spectacles will host the largest Jazz Festival in the world. Get ready for 11 eye-widening and ear-pleasing days of ticketed indoor concerts – which this year will feature can’t miss blue-chip artists such as Rufus Wainwright, Melody Gardot, Kool & The Gang, Wynton Marsalis, Lauryn Hill, Noel Gallagher, Oliver Jones, Cat Power and Joe Jackson among many others – and approximately 350 free outdoor shows and activities that draw around 2 million visitors every year. When you arrive at the festival site: Don’t be surprised if, when you go to enter the festival site, someone asks to look in your bag. This is… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: April 29 to May 5

Montréal puts some spring in everyone’s step this week with Cirque du Soleil’s newest show in the Old Port, food trucks out and about, spring fashions for sale, and nighttime entertainment from ballet and contemporary dance to film and theatre, classical music, indie rock and metal. Walk and roam See the springtime sights at a slower pace by taking a walk: take the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal past museums, restaurants and shops; head downtown to try your hand at making music on art installation 21 Swings, located on de Maisonneuve Boulevard outside Place des Arts; or take the metro east to the Space for Life to walk around the blooming Botanical Garden or the Biodôme, currently celebrating Bird Fest. Indoors, there’s plenty of ground to cover at the Montréal Science Centre and Pointe-à-Callière archaeology museum. See Minor League Soccer team the Montréal Impact on the pitch with the Colorado Rapids at Saputo Stadium on April 30. And find more places to go in our free things to do in Montréal guide, whether this is your first time here or your tenth. Spring shopping Find fashion, beauty and health products, food items, travel ideas and more at over 300 exhibitors… / Read More →