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Things to do in Montréal: February 24 to March 2

With the idea of spring in the air, Montréal celebrates with one of the biggest winter festivals in the world, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, along with more inspiring dance, theatre, art, film and music, plus some top-talent hockey, indie video games and outdoor fun. Winter city lights Montréal is no stranger to winter festivities – we’ve been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years – while these last 18 winters have been even brighter with the wonderful MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts, culture and fine dining festival. From Feb. 23 to March 11, the fest shines with an all-new program of performing arts, diverse fine dining options, all-nighter event Nuit blanche on March 4, and the free and family-friendly downtown outdoor site. That’s where you’ll find great local food and drink (sample Québec cheeses, sip Cabral porto, roast marshmallows over open fires), live music and performances such as X-Lumina, and more unique activities: take a ride on the illuminated Ferris wheel, glide down the urban ice slide and zip line, and try your hand at a classic Canadian sport with Curling en lumière.  Activities for all Among the many free things to do this winter, try tobogganing or ice skating on the Mountain or visit Mammouth Village at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade, featuring skating, ice slides, activities… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 17 to 23

It may be February, but Montréal’s intent on keeping things hot this week: Off-Igloofest gets us dancing in the snow; indoors there’s art, ballet, comedy, theatre and music to keep us on our toes; and brilliant winter festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE kicks off with constant entertainment. Winter festivals In a city that’s been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years, this winter’s Les Hivernales 375th anniversary events have been a stand-out – they wrap up as electronic music festival Igloofest continues with Off-Igloofest on Feb. 17 – ÎleSoniq festival presents Aussie producer Thomas Jack – and on Feb. 18, an entirely free all-ages night with music from Le Matos, Hatchmatik and more along with the Nordik games (including the Slap Shot movie zone) – and don’t miss the Nordik Slide and Nordik Village on the afternoon of Feb. 19. Among this week’s extreme winter sports: race along with or cheer on the participants of the Polar Hero Race on Feb. 18 at Parc Jean-Drapeau, featuring a unique 5-km, 25-obstacle course and a 10-km, 50-obstacle course. And the wonderful MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE winter arts, culture and fine dining festival starts Feb. 23 at various locations – among the outdoor site activities to try: Curling en lumière.  Une publication partagée par Emily Leclerc (@tomorrow_emily) le 10 Févr. 2017 à 13h08 PST Active February… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 10 to 16

Love is in the winter air in Montréal this Valentine’s Day, but it’s not the usual romance: chocolate, wine and dinner is always an option here, but this week you could also dance in the snow, watch an ice canoe race, sneak into a hidden bar, raid a candy shop, contemplate Chagall, or sing along with C+C Music Factory. Une expérience spectaculaire vous attend le week-end du 11 et 12 février prochain, au Quai de l’Horloge au Vieux-Port 🚤 Venez  découvrir le Défi canot à glace Montréal et vivre un événement rempli d’adrénaline! #375mtl #montreal #mtlmoments #canot #vieuxportmtl Une photo publiée par 375e de Mtl / 2017 (@375mtl) le 1 Févr. 2017 à 16h30 PST 375 winters This winter’s Les Hivernales 375th anniversary events mark only the latest cold-weather activities in a city that’s been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years. The party keeps going as winter electronic music festival Igloofest extends its February reign in the Old Port with Off-Igloofest on Feb. 10, with hip-hop/electro from Tommy Kruise, High Klassified and more accompanied by incredible visuals, and on Feb. 11 with an entirely free night with music from Branko and Poirier, plus the Nordik games (including the Slap Shot movie zone.) Among this week’s extreme winter sports: hop on… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: February 3 to 9

Winter’s feeling fine as Montréal settles into February by going dancing in the snow, digging into La Poutine Week (perfectly paired with the Superbowl) and doing a little freestyle snowmobiling – with some opera, art, live music and speakeasy cocktails on the side. Montréal turns 375 From Montréal’s first winter carnival to this winter’s Les Hivernales events, the city has been celebrating winter like a a pro for 375 years. This weekend keeps the party going by day with free and family-friendly Fête des neiges at Parc Jean-Drapeau (complete with games, an ice-sculpted pirate ship, snow tubing, a Ferris Wheel and more), and at night with electronic music festival Igloofest in the Old Port – dance to music by Green Velvet and more artists on Friday and Dave Clarke and other beat-droppers on Saturday, plus incredible visuals. Day or night, try Igloofest’s Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier or visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier. Freestyle snowmobiling is way up there on the list of extreme winter sports: see world snowmobiling champions perform unbelievable aerial tricks this weekend at free event Motoneige MTL Xtrem at Philips Square. On the other end of the e-sports spectrum: Ubisoft’s Rainbow Six Invitational gaming event at Usine C. And hear campfire songs and stories at Feu, feu, joli feu, un karaoké… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 27 to February 2

We’re having fun staying warm this week in Montréal, whether we’re outside on skates or contemplating Chagall in the museum, watching a hockey game or dancing all night, taking in a show or ringing in the city’s 375th anniversary. La grande roue du @parcjeandrapeau vous attend pour admirer la superbe vue et avoir un aperçu de la multitude d’activités prévues durant la Fête des neiges. C’est chaque week-end jusqu’au 5 février prochain. #375mtl #Hivernales #Fêtedesneiges #mtlmoments Une photo publiée par 375e de Mtl / 2017 (@375mtl) le 22 Janv. 2017 à 12h23 PST Celebrating Montréal Winter’s all fun and games with Montréal’s 375th anniversary Les Hivernales: this weekend have fun at free and family-friendly Fête des neiges, transforming Parc Jean-Drapeau into a playground with a massive ice-sculpted Pirate ship, snow tubing, a Ferris Wheel, live shows and more activities. Watch a game, meet former Montréal Canadiens players and listen to live music by The Planet Smashers and more at hockey tournament Classique Montréalaise, Jan. 28 and 29 in Parc Jean-Drapeau. Cross-country ski and snowshoe with the Grande Traversée du Saint-Laurent, a winter sports odyssey stopping on Jan. 28 in Mount Royal Park. Party in the Old Port at electronic music festival Igloofest, pairing exquisite visuals with electronic music… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 20 to 26

It’s a busy, entertaining winter week in Montréal as the city’s 375th anniversary continues – have fun at outdoor family-friendly festivals, a soapbox derby, late-night open-air parties, world-class dance productions and art exhibitions, rock shows and more. Wintery ways to celebrate Montréal Montréal’s 375th anniversary Les Hivernales events keep us active this week, starting with another weekend of free and family-friendly activities at Fête des neiges, transforming Parc Jean-Drapeau into a playground with a massive ice-sculpted Pirate ship, snow tubing, a Ferris Wheel, live shows and so much more. Downtown, be sure to catch the high-speed La Descente Saint-Denis soapbox derby race on Jan. 21. Go ice skating in the Old Port or party at electronic music festival Igloofest, pairing exquisite visuals with electronic music by   Josh Wink, Steve Bug and more artists on Friday and Chris Liebing, Jennifer Cardini and more on Saturday, while Claptone and Lauren Lane get weekend #3 going on Jan. 26. And day or night, try Igloofest’s Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier or visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier. Repost from @vieuxportmtl Vous avez bien lu. @mtlzipline ouvert les fins de semaine de l’hiver et pour la période des Fêtes. | This is real people! @mtlzipline will be open on weekends during the winter and… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 13 to 19

Montréal makes the most of winter weather this week at outdoor festivals for families and party-goers alike – celebrate the city’s 375th birthday with us by dancing in the snow, tubing down ice slides, skating in the parks, drinking by the fireplace, singing along to your favourite songs and more! 375th anniversary activities Winter activities meet Montréal’s 375th anniversary head on this week, in Les Hivernales events. It’s the first weekend of free and family-friendly Fête des neiges activities at Parc Jean-Drapeau, including a massive ice-sculpted Pirate ship, snow tubing, a Ferris Wheel and live shows. And it’s the second weekend of the also free and family-friendly Barbegazi winter action sports festival downtown – try the skill-testing obstacle course, snowskating, fatbiking and more, Jan. 13-15. Electronic music festival Igloofest brings the party to the Old Port, pairing exquisite visuals with electronic music by Carl Cox, Miss Me and other electro greats on Friday and Joris Voorn, Djdeanja Schneider and more on Saturday, while MK, Will Clarke and Ardalan get weekend #2 started on Jan. 19. And you don’t have to stay out late to try Igloofest’s Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier or visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier. More winter wonders There’s nothing quite like playing outside in the… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: January 6 to 12

Montréal officially kicks off celebrations for its 375th! The city marks its momentous anniversary this week – and all year – with seasonal activities and events, including a winter action sports festival, a giant ice slide and winter villages, an outdoor electronic music fest, all kinds of art and more. It’s January at maximum fun! Winter activities Les Hivernales events kick off Montréal’s 375th anniversary, beginning with the free Barbegazi winter action sports festival, Jan. 6-8 and 13-15 downtown – try the skill-testing obstacle course, snowskating, fatbiking, wood cutting and Christmas-tree throwing. Montréal has even more free things to do this winter – go ice skating at Mount Royal Park’s Beaver Lake or Park La Fontaine and at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade’s Village Mammouth where there’s also a tube slide, food and drink, and an activity area for kids. In Old Montréal, take a ride down the Nordik ice slide on Place Jacques-Cartier, opening Jan. 12 – and when you get to the bottom, visit the Nordik Village next to Quai Jacques-Cartier – both built by electronic music event Igloofest. Spin fairy-tale images in giant zoetropes at this year’s Luminothérapie art playground at Place des Festivals. And now that the World Junior Hockey Championships has finished a stellar series at the Bell Centre, watch the Montréal Canadiens return to home ice on Jan. 9… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal December 30 to January 5

Ring in the New Year in Montréal with fabulous gourmet dinners and glamorous parties, ice skating under a firework-filled sky, cabaret shows or hockey games, or simply a relaxing walk along snowy streets. Happy New Year! New Year’s in Montréal In the city that parties hard no matter what the weather, New Year’s Eve might be the biggest, wildest party night. Expect fun before and after midnight at Montréal’s family-friendly and free New Year’s Eve Party in the Old Port with fireworks and live music from Alex Nevsky, Bernard Adamus, Klô Pelgag and more. Dance the night away with Gogol Bordello at L’Olympia, in the SAT’s immersive audiovisual dome or at Île Soniq’s Ceremonie 2017 with Dirty Audio and Jason Ross. Some of Montréal’s best hotels throw their own swanky, champagne-flowing events, as does the Casino de Montréal and almost every bar in the city – find out where to be on NYE in our New Year’s Eve Guide and make your New Year’s resolutions Montréal-style. Outdoor activities Take a winter walk through beautiful Old Montréal, where Place Jacques-Cartier features a market, entertainment, fire pits and warm drinks courtesy of Merry Montréal until New Year’s Day. Step inside the art-filled 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie outside Place des Arts. Rent skates and take a turn on the Old Port’s… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: December 23 to 29

Montréal slows its pace this week for the holidays yet there’s still so much to do – go gift shopping or ice skating, see The Nutcracker or a hockey game, warm up by a fireplace or dance late into the night. However you celebrate, Montréal wishes you a happy holiday season. Let it snow  Downtown’s Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal stays open throughout Christmas Eve –  find gifts, food and drink, kids activities, live music and Canada’s tallest Christmas tree on Sainte-Catherine Street outside Place des Arts. Right around the corner, art lights up when you push levers in the 13 giant zoetropes of this year’s Luminothérapie. Listen to live music, eat, drink and roast marshmallows over open fires at Noël dans le Parc at Place Émilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons and Parc Lahaie, open right up to and including Christmas Day. Go ice skating at the Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink or at Village Mammouth, turning the Olympic Stadium Esplanade into a winter fun zone with a refrigerated rink, tube sliding, food trucks and a market. See our round-up of winter activities for all ages for more things to do, including tropical adventures at the Botanical Garden and Biodôme, hosting Christmas for the Animals on Dec. 26. Last-minute shopping Outdoors, in beautiful Old Montréal there’s a… / Read More →