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Out and about with the family this spring and summer

Montreal in the hot months feels like the reason the sun exists – the city shines like a mirage full or music festivals, lively parks and revelers everywhere you turn. You don’t have to ask us twice to stay out of doors, and with these great activities, even the kids will agree. No TV show in the world compares to the fun to be had in the great outdoors…

Come live some magical Montreal Moments this spring and summer

Montreal truly comes alive in the spring and summer months. The terraces open up, bikes wind in and out of parks dotted with festive picnic spreads and the whole town seems to resound with the sights and sound of art, film, music, comedy and LGBT festivals. From a lazy brunch in the Plateau neighbourhood to an early evening boat ride in the Old Port, summer in Montreal is a little slice of paradise.

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: NOVEMBER

Falling a close second behind February as everyone’s least-favourite month (though Montreal has cleverly thrown a wrench in that logic by holding our Nuit Blanche festivities in February), November might not seem the most fabulous time in this northern town – but one look beyond the superficial and it’s abundantly clear that November is awesome, especially if you’re a fan of free stuff, the arts and leisurely times outside…

THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (AUGUST 4-11)

After all the weeks of festivals upon festivals – jazz, comedy, world-beat, circus – August brings a slight reprieve. Oh, there are still hundreds of things to do this week in Montreal, but the pace of activity is more suited to August vacation time: relaxing in the park to film and music, taking in a play and some art, watching hot bodies on the volleyball court or on the catwalk, you know, the usual Montreal fare…

FREE THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL: AUGUST

As August is a vacation time for many, whether they’re staying in Montreal or headed to a cottage on its outskirts, the city’s pace slows down somewhat – the festival frenzy of the Jazz Fest and Just for Laughs is replaced by more even-keeled cultural events at the Quartier des Spectacles and plenty of free entertainment outdoors in the parks and streets…

FESTIBLUES: CELEBRATE THE BLUES IN MONTREAL

The Festiblues festival is returning, August 10-14, with yet another spectacular line-up. The 5-day festival features musicians from Quebec and around the world at Montreal’s Ahuntsic Park and surrounding area. In traditional Montreal style, the Ahuntsic Park is being turned into a blues playground for all the blues that’s fit to print…

FLICKR PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Our delightful photo of the week is brought to you by Flickr starlet Madam B. She has a stunning selection of Montreal imagery, including the colours of autumn in the city. This diptych features a little slice of the changing maple leaves, paired with the iconic angel that welcomes people to Parc Mont-Royal. Remember, you’ve only got a couple weeks left to catch the fall foliage! —————————————————————————————————————— Submit your Montréal pictures to our MONTRÉAL BUZZ FLICKR GROUP. And see our previous PHOTOS OF THE WEEK.

NEIGHBORHOOD 101: SAINT-HENRI

A little bit south and a little bit west of downtown Montreal sits Saint-Henri. Though it gets a lot of press for being one of the city’s most “up-and-coming” neighbourhoods, the real key to Saint-Henri is that it is still very much what it always was…

PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK: THE MONTRÉAL WEEKLY OUTDOOR DANCE PARTY

You like to bask in the sunshine. You like to dance to upbeat music. You like to drink wine in a park on a Sunday afternoon. Then you’ll like to PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK. Each Sunday afternoon, in Parc Jean Drapeau, Montrealers and visitors gather to enjoy fresh air and cutting edge DJs. Piknic Électronik is a weekly outdoor celebration of electronic music. Some of the famous names to spin in the past two years include MSTRKRFT, Amon Tobin, Benga and Hercules & Love Affair. The featured artists are framed by the skyline of the city and a stunning, slow-sinking orange sun.