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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 →

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 →