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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 21 to 27

Montréal celebrates spring with in dozens of colourful ways this week: a Cirque du Soleil circus show; a massive art fair; butterflies at the Botanical Garden; literary luminaries at Blue Metropolis; international dance performances; and live music from orchestras to electro. Spring in the city Swing into spring for real at the musical mini-playground of 21 Swings outside Place des Arts in the Quartier des Spectacles, part of this year’s Digital Spring art-meets-tech explorations. See butterflies up close and in the hundreds at the Botanical Garden greenhouse’s Butterflies Go Free event, while on April 23 take a tour through the gardens with the Biodôme’s bird experts, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s many activities. The Stewart Museum marks the 375th anniversary of Montreal and the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 with the EXPO 67: A World of Dreams exhibition, highlighting the world fair’s technological innovations, opening April 26. 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. Also fun for kids: the Montréal Science Centre’s CSI: The Experience hands-on exhibition. 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 bars. And have fun for free with free things to… / 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 →

375 things to do in Montréal in 2017

As you probably heard, Montréal is celebrating a big birthday this year – and it might get a little noisy. Sorry. To keep the fun going all year long, we asked locals and Tourisme Montréal staffers to recommend some of their favourite things to do in the city. Here are just 375 of their suggestions. Winter Make a plan to get in on the panoply of activities of Les Hivernales. Make a clean sweep and toss a few rocks at Curling en lumière in the Place des Festivals. Grab your thermos and watch 40 teams compete on icy waters of the St. Lawrence in the Montréal Ice Canoe Challenge. Warm up with a delicious hot chocolate at Juliette & Chocolat or Cacao 70. Don your tuque and mittens and watch outdoor hockey at the Classique Montréalaise at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Take the kids skating in huge outdoor rink in the Old Port. Indulge in everything chocolate, from cocktails and workshops to a chocolate-infused fashion show, at Je t’aime en chocolat! Strap on your cross-country skis or snow shoes and head down to the river to meet the Grande Traversée du Saint-Laurent. On Chinese New Year or year round, fill your plate… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: September 23 to 29

As the fall season begins in Montréal, the warm weather holds as art and entertainment abounds: walk through lantern-lit gardens and markets, see the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, watch world-class dance, rock out at POP Montréal, and even run a marathon. Warm days, bright nights Nature meets the soft glow of lantern light at the Botanical Garden’s Gardens of Light exhibition – start your walk at sunset for the full effect. Excellent food, drink and entertainment (especially on Friday nights) await at open-air markets Jardins Gamelin and Village au Pied-du-Courant downtown, Marché des Éclusiers in the Old Port and Les Jardineries at Olympic Park. Croisières AML cruises offer laid-back brunch and gourmet dinners on the Saint-Lawrence River. See the city in a different way during the Montréal Rock’n’Roll Oasis Marathon on Sept. 25 as over 20,000 runners wind their way from Île Notre Dame through Old Montréal and into the Plateau, finishing at Parc La Fontaine. And the Canadiens start the NHL pre-season with games at the Bell Centre, Sept. 26, 27 and 29. For more, see our guide to Free things to do this fall in Montréal. POP sounds and city beats Music and arts festival POP Montréal celebrates 15 years of fun with shows, talks, art exhibitions, Puces POP craft fair, films, kids events… / Read More →

Things to do during the Labour Day Weekend: September 2 to 5

A slew of exhibitions, world-class auteur film, a mind-blowing art performance, a giant round-up of food trucks, a food fest that shines the spotlight on Québec cuisine, activities for families and hot party evenings: it’s going to be one mighty fine long weekend in the city! Exhibitions Montréal’s museums and art galleries are teeming with excellent exhibitions. On September 2, the MAC opens the doors to its popular Nocturne from 5 p.m. to 2 in the morning. Take advantage of your visit to see Edmund Alleyn. In my studio, I am many, Jean-Pierre Gauthier and Ryoji Ikeda. Orchestrated, Liz Magor. Habitude and Lizzie Fitch/Ryan Trecartin. Priority Innfield while you’re there. At the MMFA don’t miss the last days of the POMPEII until September 5 and take part in a musical experience that combines urban art and play structures with the sweet 21 balançoires (21 swings) on the Promenade des Artistes at the Quartier des spectacles. Starting August 31, you can see the World Press Photo at Bonsecours Market, which showcases the winning photographs of this prestigious professional world competition. On September 4, take the family to see the Harvest Festival at Maison Saint-Gabriel for a day of fun and market-fresh abundance that… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: August 12 to 18

Relax the way Montrealers do in August with outdoor classical music concerts and film screenings, set your kids free at family-focused events, or party like a Montrealer at Montréal Pride and the Fashion & Design Festival. And definitely eat like a Montrealer – we’ve got recommendations. Music for all ages Classical music enthusiasts of all ages will love the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Couche-Tarde Classical Spree, August 10-13: 30 affordable concerts at Place des Arts starting with Kent Nagano conducting the OSM in Chariots of Fire, plus matinée shows for kids, free activities and two free outdoor concerts: Mozart’s Magic Flute opera on Aug. 12 at 7 pm, and four orchestras performing in Spotlight on Youth on Aug. 13 at 10:30 am. Make your own music just by swinging: outdoor art installation 21 Swings is back until Sept. 5 outside Place des Arts. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts transforms a side street into Toulouse-Lautrec’s Belle Époque on Aug. 13 at noon, featuring Cancan dancers and music by the Alex Francoeur jazz trio. La Tohu circus centre hosts FALLA, a free event of world music, circus acts and kids activities, Aug. 11-13. And the Olympic Park hosts kids event Carnaval estival on Aug. 13. Montréal Pride… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: August 5 to 11

August in Montréal means it’s time to relax a little even while festival season keeps the energy high. This week we’ve got classical, metal, electronic dance music, anime and First Peoples festivals along with the start of Montréal Pride and the Olympics – plus all the food and drink to match. Festival pride Classical music meets the Olympic spirit this week at the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s Couche-Tard Classical Spree main event on August 10: free, outdoor show Galaxy of Heroes pays tribute to the 40th anniversary of Montréal’s 1976 Summer Olympics, at Olympic Park – music enthusiasts also won’t want to miss the Spree’s many affordable and abundant concerts, August 10-13 in the Quartier des Spectacles. Traditional music and hip hop, video and film, art and theatre made by Aboriginal artists take the spotlight as the Présence Autochtone Montréal First Peoples Festival, August 3-10 in and around the Quartier des Spectacles – evening shows include Innu singer Shauit on August 5 and Soirée ÉlectroChoc on August 6. Montréal Pride celebrates its 10th edition with parties, community and art events, cabaret shows, parades and more, August 8-14. For more festival fun, including Heavy Montréal and ÎleSoniq, see our live music section below. Fun and games The world… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: July 22 to 28

Montréal turns the fun dial all the way up this week for comedy fest Just For Laughs, games fest Mondial des Jeux, two nights of fireworks, numerous outdoor activities and sports in the sun, new films and live music – we’ve even got Pokémon GO covered! Mike Ward, scène @videotron 🎉 // 16 juillet Une photo publiée par Juste pour rire (@juste_pour_rire) le 17 Juil. 2016 à 14h02 PDT Comedy gold Laugh out loud for days during comedy festival Just For Laughs, bringing headliners Nathan Lane, Sarah Silverman, Jeff Goldblum, Aziz Ansari, Julie Louis-Dreyfus, Russell Peters, Hannibal Buress and more comedy stars to Montréal until August 1. JFL’s free street festival outside Place des Arts entertains day and night – don’t miss the Twins Parade on July 23 and the Vintage Car exhibition on July 24, kid-focused V8energy labyrinth, puppeteer Jacques Boutin and dancer-clown Fifi Bric-à-Brac, nightly musical Jukebox and an array of food trucks. See new editions of The Ethnic Show hosted by Rachid Badouri and The Nasty Show, a seriously dirty good time hosted by Mike Ward. JFL’s “underground” program OFF-JFL features Janeane Garofalo, Tom Green, Scott Thompson, The Lucas Bros and more. Add to all that Zoofest, dedicated to wild indie humour and a… / Read More →

Things to do in Montréal: July 8 to 14

As always, July in Montréal means innumerable things to do: amazing shows at the Jazz Fest, Cirque Festival and in parks throughout the city; a Saturday night of fireworks; a family-friendly weekend of global culture activities and music; films new and old; and good ol’ rock ‘n’ roll. Jazz Fest fun The Montréal International Jazz Festival takes over the Quartier des Spectacles in downtown Montréal with hundreds of outdoor and indoor shows, numerous food and drink options, a kids’ activity zone and more to July 9 – let our Survival Guide to the Jazz Fest and our list of must-see concerts lead the way through the fest’s packed program. This weekend’s music includes the Swedish indie-pop of Peter Bjorn and John, The Wainwright Sisters, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Squirrel Nut Zippers, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, a Women of Soul tribute concert, brilliant NYC pianist Aaron Parks and his trio, and dozens of amazing free shows. On top of all that, take a jazz-focused tour on foot or by boat during the festival, including a walking tour on the city’s history of jazz from the 1920s to present day, July 9-10 starting at noon. See even more of the city sights… / Read More →