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Things to do in Montréal: May 26 to June 1

As Montréal steps into June, outdoor events become a guiding lifestyle principle: enjoy open-air music and artistic performances, see the historic sights of Expo 67, join the Museums Day crowds, and party in the parks and pop-up villages. Montréal celebrates Watch Montréal history come to life on the Saint Lawrence River in spectacular, free multimedia show Montréal Avudo every night in the Old Port. From there you’ll also see the city’s high-tech 375th anniversary light show on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge. An eagerly awaited annual event, Museums Day means almost every museum and major gallery opens free of charge and features special 375th anniversary activities on May 28. The Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under conductor Kent Nagano plays a Symphony for Montréal, with visuals by Moment Factory, May 31 and June 1-2 at Maison Symphonique. La Grand Tournée weekend events, presented by Cirque Éloize, runs throughout the summer and in every neighbourhood, from group picnics in the park and green alleyway tours to circus shows and cinema under the stars. See how new car trends serve the city at the Montréal Electric Vehicle Show at Place Bonaventure May 26-28. And expect more cyclists on the streets during the Go Bike Montréal Festival‘s Bike to Work Week – followed next week by massive public bike rides Tour de… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: May 12 to 18

We’ve been celebrating Montréal’s 375th anniversary since January, but this week marks the city’s official birthday party and kick-off of springtime activities! We’re also celebrating Mother’s Day in style, the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, a new Cirque du Soleil show and more. Celebrate Montréal’s 375th birthday! On May 17, it’s official: the city of Montréal is 375 years old! Watch the 375th anniversary ceremonies starting at 8 a.m. outside city hall – listen for the bells of Oratoire Saint-Joseph on the other side of the city to ring at 8:45 a.m. – followed by a multi-faith mass at Notre-Dame Basilica, a ceremony at Place d’Armes, and later that night the premier of multimedia show Montréal Avudo in the Old Port at 8 p.m. and the illumination of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge at 9:45 p.m. accompanied by the Orchestre Métropolitain, plus a massive Bonne Fête Montréal concert at the Bell Centre. Another major 375th project: La Grand Tournée weekend events, presented by innovative circus company Cirque Éloize, begins May 12 and runs throughout the summer and in every neighbourhood, from group picnics in the park and green alleyway tours to circus shows and cinema under the stars. Visit the Parc des Rapides in the LaSalle neighbourhood for the Rhythm of the Rapids historical performance on… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: May 5 to 11

With spring comes new delights in Montréal: step back 50 years in exhibitions about Expo 67, conduct an orchestra of fountains downtown, marvel at a Cirque du Soleil show, new theatre and illuminating visual art, listen to live music of all kinds, and explore the city. Springtime scenes It’s time to play in the heart of downtown: hop on a colourful, music-making swing at the 21 Swings installation and conduct your own virtual orchestra connected to a system of high-powered water jets in Maëstro – both outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles, part of this year’s Digital Spring art-meets-tech creations. Walk through the Botanical Garden‘s blooming grounds and tropical greenhouse and take a tour with avian experts during Bird Fest at the Biodôme at the Montréal Space for Life. Also fun for kids: solving forensic mysteries at the Montréal Science Centre’s CSI: The Experience in the Old Port. Walk up Saint-Laurent to see bright building-sized murals or take a walk off the beaten path to discover welcoming and wonderful quirky spots in Montréal. Find out more about free things to do this Spring in Montréal and the city’s secret corners in this spring’s Grande Tournée events. Une publication partagée par Spade & Palacio Tours (@spadeandpalacio) le 20 Sept. 2016 à 8h56 PDT Food and fashion  See the city sights and eat well in… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: April 28 to May 4

Montréal coasts into May with colourful shows from Cirque du Soleil and more international productions, visual art that illuminates the city, the return of gourmet food trucks, the literary delights of Blue Metropolis, and live pop, punk, soul and electro. May in motion Hop on a swing and make some music at mini-playground 21 Swings outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles, part of this year’s Digital Spring art-meets-tech creations. It’s the final weekend to see hundreds of pre-migration butterflies at the Botanical Garden greenhouse’s Butterflies Go Free event and the start of Bird Fest at the Biodôme, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s many activities. Attend readings, panel discussions, workshops, parties and more at the annual Blue Metropolis literary festival, April 24-30 – also featuring a wonderful Children’s Series. Or let kids solve forensic problems at the Montréal Science Centre’s CSI: The Experience. Walk up Saint-Laurent to see bright building-sized murals or take a walk off the beaten path to discover welcoming and wonderful quirky spots in Montréal, from urban caves to arcades to Montréal’s best karaoke bars. Watch Major League Soccer team the Montréal Impact take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at Stade Saputo on April 29. And have fun for free with free things to do this Spring in Montréal. Food and drink See the city sights and eat well in… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: April 14 to 20

Montréal celebrates the return of spring with Easter brunches, Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, musical swings and butterflies, NHL playoffs and pro soccer, martial arts merged with dance, and live music by the Dixie Chicks, Jackson Brown, PJ Harvey and more. Easter weekend activities Montréal makes the most of the Easter long weekend, from staying active to religiously reflecting, whether you’re here with friends, family or that special someone – see our guide to Easter weekend 2017 for some ideas. Swing like you’re a kid again – and make music at the same time! – at 21 Swings outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles, part of this year’s Digital Spring art-meets-tech explorations. Observe butterflies up close and in the hundreds at the Botanical Garden greenhouse’s Butterflies Go Free event, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s manyactivities. The NHL playoffs have hockey fans at the edge of their seats: the Montréal Canadiens face off against the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre on April 14. For soccer fans: Minor League Soccer team Montréal Impact plays Atlanta United FC in the season home opener on April 15 at Saputo Stadium. Take a walk off the beaten path to discover welcoming and wonderful quirky spots in Montréal, from urban caves to arcade bars to Montréal’s best karaoke… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: April 7 to 13

As the weather warms, Montréal begins its transformation into an outdoor playground, starting with some music-making swings, alongside Québécois sugar shack meals, new art and film, spring shopping, live music, quirky activities and more. Spring swings Hop on a swing and make some music at the excellent interactive 21 Swings outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles starting April 10. Spring is also in the air at the Botanical Garden where the Butterflies Go Free greenhouse turns into a tropical, butterfly-filled oasis, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s many activities. For shoppers, find designer clothing and accessories at La Braderie de Mode Québécoise, April 6-9 at Bonsecours Market. For families, the massive Parents and Kids Fair features live entertainment, innovations, fashion and much more April 6-9 at Place Bonaventure. In a final home game of the regular NHL season, the Montréal Canadiens take on the Lightning at the Bell Centre on April 7. Cheer for car crushing and mud slinging at the Monster Spectacular XXIII at Olympic Stadium on April 8. Watch the Black Watch Military Tattoo commemorate the 100th anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge at the Bell Centre on April 8, and The Harlem Globetrotters play on April 9. Tread off the beaten path to find these welcoming and wonderful quirky… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: March 31 to April 6

Baseball, butterflies and ballet are very Montréal-like signs of spring from March 31 to April 6 – sit back and watch them all, eat at a Québécois sugar shack, take in colourful art and new films, go shopping, listen to live music and more. Step into spring   Nothing quite says spring like a Major League Baseball game – Montréal’s got the Pittsburgh Pirates vs. the Toronto Blue Jays at Olympic Stadium on March 31 and April 1 followed by Expos Fest on April 2, featuring former Montreal Expos superstars, at Plaza Centre Ville/EvoCentre. Also near Olympic Stadium, the Botanical Garden’s Butterflies Go Free greenhouse event, a tropical oasis that’s part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s many activities. While you’re in the area, stop by one of these great places to eat in HOMA before visiting the Olympic Park. Add some spring in your step by getting up early for DayBreaker, a yoga and dance social event on April 1 at Théâtre Fairmount in Mile End. For shoppers, find designer clothing and accessories at La Braderie de Mode Québécoise, April 6-9 at Bonsecours Market. For families, the massive Parents and Kids Fair features live entertainment, innovations, fashion and much more April 6-9 at Place Bonaventure. And no matter what your vacation budget, these free things to do this… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: March 24 to 30

It’s officially spring and Montréal is ready to celebrate! Enjoy bountiful food (get yourself to a sugar shack!), colourful art and films to match, a Pink Floyd opera, contemporary dance, live music and even butterflies in flight at the Botanical Garden. Spring forward   It’s officially spring, no matter what the weather, and officially fun if you’re here on Spring Break: let our guide to restaurants, bars and parties for spring break in Montréal lead the way to letting loose. Or for kid-friendly fare, follow our guides to things to do for families during spring break and free things to do this Spring in Montréal. Art lovers can take a walk through the underground city to peruse Art Souterrain‘s miles of art installations or walk through Old Montréal at night to see history unfold in the beautiful tableaux projections of Cité Memoire. Nature lovers can roam among the butterflies at the Botanical Garden’s Butterflies Go Free event, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s many activities. And fans of classic comic Astérix can see their fave characters rendered in life-like wax at Grévin Montréal. As the regular NHL season approaches its end, the Montréal Canadiens take on the Senators on March 25, the Stars on March 28 and the Panthers on March 30 at the Bell Centre. And on the… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: March 17 to 23

Even in the midst of a snow storm, the idea of spring is on the minds of Montrealers by late March – one of the sure signs of the season is the city’s huge St. Patrick’s Day parade, joined this week by sugar shack season, a Pink Floyd opera, the vivid colours of Chagall, butterflies at the Botanical Garden, and plenty more. St. Patrick’s Day party Montréal may be one of the biggest French speaking cities in the world, but its varied history wouldn’t be quite as colourful without its long-standingn Irish contingent. That’s why Montréal boasts the longest consecutive running St. Patrick’s Day parade in the world – see what it’s all about on March 19 as the parade dances and drums for all ages along Sainte-Catherine Street downtown. Add to the annual tradition by raising a glass at the city’s best Irish pubs – our guide to 10 things you didn’t know about the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Montréal makes for great bar fodder. Une publication partagée par #CINQCENTQUATORZE ® (@jfsavaria) le 16 Mars 2017 à 7h52 PDT Spring anticipation Snowstorms rival sunny days in March, so if you’re here on Spring Break, keep your plans flexible: our guide to… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: March 3 to 9

March begins with the thrills of massive winter festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and its all-nighter Nuit Blanche, plus spring break activities for families, dance and theatre, incredible illuminated art, classical music and rock shows. Bright days and nights The city seriously shines during winter arts, culture and fine dining festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE ongoing to March 11 with an all-new program of performing arts, fabulous fine dining options and the free and family-friendly outdoor site at Place des Festivals, where you’ll find great local food and drink, from Québec cheeses to Cabral porto, live music and performances such as X-Lumina, an illuminated Ferris wheel, the urban ice slide and zip line, and classic Canadian sport Curling en lumière. Walk around the Quartier des Spectacles to see the high-tech interactive light art of Illuminart or head down into the underground city for Art Souterrain‘s miles of new art installations. And, of course, the festival’s biggest deal: all-nighter Nuit blanche featuring free activities, performances, music, film and more, from downtown to Mile End and many more neighbourhoods on March 4. Montréal on Spring Break We’ve put together an overflowing guide to restaurants, bars and parties for spring break in Montréal but we haven’t forgotten about the younger set either – with local schools closed this week, there are plenty of things to do for families during… / Read More →