As the weather heats up, so too does your social calendars!
Thanks to a whole slew of events taking the city by storm this February, there is no shortage of things to do in Montreal.
From huge concerts and gourmet brunches to La Poutine Week and our very own chocolate festival, check out 25 things to do in Montreal this February.
Montreal en Lumiere is hosting an All-Day Black Truffle Brunch. Taking place February 25th from 10:30am until 5:30pm, chef Normand Laprise of Quebecois restaurant, Toque!, will be serving a four-course menu filled with black truffles from Perigord, France. Though the exact dishes have not yet been released, it’s fair to say that Montrealers are sure going to enjoy “this rare gourmet treasure.” Tickets to this one-of-a-kind event cost $95 so you better grab them before they’re gone!
When: February 25, 10:30 am-5:30 pm
Where: Toque!, 900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Due to Maroon 5 front runner Adam Levine’s wife announcing her pregnancy, the band had to cancel several of their 2016 tour dates for their Maroon V tour. However, it just gives us one more thing to look forward to in 2017. The band, who was scheduled to perform at the Bell Centre on September 23, have postponed their Montreal tour date to February 24, 2017.
When: February 24, 2017
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal
The Old Port of Montreal’s Natrel Skating Rink has decided to host themed skating nights throughout the week. While the “Workout on Ice” Tuesdays and the “Comfort on Ice” Wednesdays sound pretty cool, it’s the “DJ on Ice” Thursdays that have our attention. After all, the DJ on Ice themed nights are basically like a party on skates and what could be more fun than that? Described as “Happy Hour on ice,” DJ on Ice is the official event for nordic Thirstdays. Every week, there will be hot mixes and killer beats, light shows, and magnificent backdrops. Get ready to skate, dance, or a combination of both if you’re really talented, and head on over to Old Port’s Natrel Skating Rink every Thursday night all winter long.
When: December 15-March 9, 2017, 6 pm-10 pm
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin, Old Port
The Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual “Butterflies Go Free” exhibit is back for another year. Taking over the Main Exhibition Greenhouse from February 23rd until April 30th, 2017, visitors can step into a humid tropical oasis that will make you forget all about winter. As you take in the fragrant flowers and diverse greenery, hundreds of stunning butterflies will fly around you. Feel them as they lightly brush your arm mid-air or examine them up close while perched on a flower.
When: February 23-April 30, 2017
Where: The Montreal Botanical Garden
Although the bustling urban city of Montreal is not home to any sugar shacks, you won’t have to travel far to get an authentic Quebec experience. Whether you love the horse-drawn carriage rides or the plethora of maple treats, there are plenty of reasons to visit a sugar shack this winter. Typically open from late February to April, some of the best (and closest) sugar shacks to Montreal include Sucrerie de la Montagne, Cabane à Sucre Au Pied Cochon, and Cabane à Sucre Bouvrette.
When: End of February to mid April
Where: Various locations
Thanks to Parc Jean Drapeau’s annual Fete des Neiges, Montrealers can go on an exhilarating dog sledding adventure just 5 minutes from downtown Montreal. Happening from January 14 until February 5, 2017, Parc Jean Drapeau will be turned into a winter wonderland. The 2017 program of events includes a wide range of activities, but our personal favourite? “A dog sled ride.” Accompanied by a guide, 2 or 3 people can sit in a sled and be pulled by a team of gorgeous huskies. It appears you don’t have to trek further north for a little dog sledding fun.
When: January 14-February 7, 2017
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
For those of you who don’t know, Parc Jean Drapeau’s annual Fete des Neiges festival is back! In addition to the typical ice skating, snow tubing, and cross country skiing adventures, this year marks the introduction of a new activity: snow archery. Try your hand, Katniss-style, at this exciting event. Described as being similar to dodgeball, this snow archery game is sure to get your blood pumping.
When: January 14-February 5, 2017
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Starting January 28th, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will open a brand new special exhibition on world-renowned painter, Marc Chagall. The exhibit, titled “Chagall: Colour and Music,” explores the importance of music in Chagall’s life. It will be multidisciplinary, featuring over 400 works ranging from sculptures and paintings to photographs and films. In addition, puppets, costumes, stained glass windows, maquettes, and gouaches will be on display. According to the official site, “Music was a constant source of inspiration” for the Russian-French artist. “A favourite subject for his creations, it served as an internal rhythm and driving force for his compositions, and a key to the intensity and range of colour in his work.”
When: January 28-June 11, 2017
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Old Port has decided that they will be opening the MTL Zipline all winter long, which means you can soar through the air any weekend you like. This is the first time ever that MTL Zipline has opened during the winter and we can’t wait to take advantage of this momentous occasion! One trip on the MTL Zipline costs $19.99 for adults or $16.99 for children. Located at the Clock Tower in the heart of Old Port, don’t miss your chance to fly like Superman and marvel at the scenic wintery landscape beneath you.
When: Every weekend this winter, 11 am-5 pm
Where: Clock Tower, Old Port
Friday Nocturnes are back and better than ever. While the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Nocturnes of the past have been pretty great, they are seriously stepping it up for 2017. Introducing a brand new concept for their Nocturne evenings, MAC will be open past midnight, during which time visitors are invited to stroll through exhibitions, watch a live performance or attend a gallery talk, and indulge in some appetizers and drinks. Artists and curators will be in attendance, as well as DJs, churning out music until the early hours of the morning. There will be four Nocturnes held in 2017: February 24, May 5, September 15, and November 17.
When: February 24, 2017
Where: Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art
Cinema du Parc are the proud hosts of an Oscar-nominated film festival happening this February. Starting February 10, 2017, Cinema du Parc will be screening all of the Oscar-nominated movies in the following categories: Best Animated Short and Best Live Action Short. Ten films will receive a prestigious Academy Award nomination in 2017, and we can’t wait to find out more so we can grab our tickets to this awesome local film fest!
When: February 10, 2017
Where: Cinema du Parc, 3575 Av du Parc
Grab your outdoorsy friends and head to Place Bonaventure ASAP! Montreal is hosting its very own hunting, camping, and fishing expo, otherwise known as Salon Expert Chasse, Peche, et Camping next month. Taking place at Place Bonaventure between February 16th and 19th, 2017, this unique festival is sure to attract all types of adventure-seekers. The largest event of its kind in Quebec, over 100 retailers will be present, selling everything from boats to RVs to ATVs. The show will also feature fishing seminars, hunting seminars, a West Coast Lumberjack show, and a Thomas Marine contest where one lucky visitor could win a Princecraft Pontoon worth $20,000.
When: February 16-19, 2017
Where: Place Bonaventure
Our favourite food event, La Poutine Week, is back for another year in a row. This time around, it will be happening from February 1st until February 7th, which means it’s time to start creating your plans of attack. Fan favourites and 2016 winners, Dirty Dogs, La Gras Dur, and Shawarmaz, will be participating alongside Bar Brutus, Brit & Chips, Deville Dinerbar, Lola Rosa, Thursday’s, La Banquise, Siam Restaurant Thai, and more. However, 2017 will also welcome a few newcomers, such as Le Bird Bar, Ma Poule Mouilee, Pub BreWskey, Le P’tit Creux du Plateau, Le Smoking BBQ, and Chez Tousignant.
When: February 1-7
Where: Various locations
Calling all chocoholics! Je T’aime En Chocolat 2017 marks the sixth edition of this ultra sweet chocolate festival. This year’s event will features a chocolate market complete with tons of vendors from all over the world, as well as many local vendors from Montreal (La Maison Gourmande, Juliet et Chocolat, Sugar Lady, Douce Soeur, and Gascogne, to name a few). Of course, the vendors present will be selling their products and giving away free samples so be sure to arrive on an empty stomach! In addition to the market, there will be a series of chocolate workshops and exhibitions, the former teaching you everything from how to grow a cacao plant to how to bake with chocolate in the kitchen, the latter showcasing an array of chocolate sculptures.
When: February 10-12, 2017
Where: Marche Bonsecours
Bringing you all the benefits of the tropics, from swaying palm trees to hot and humid temperatures, Bora Park is the place to be this winter. Part of vacation complex, Valcartier, Bora Park is an absolutely massive indoor water park. Better yet? It’s less than 3 hours from Montreal making it the perfect weekend getaway spot. The 102,000 square foot indoor waterpark features a 14,000 square foot wave pool, 14 slides (5 of which are over 50 feet tall), a lazy river, a family pool with activities for young children, a double surf wave, and a restaurant terrace that overlooks the complex.
When: Monday to Sunday, 9 am-9 pm
Where: Bora Park, 1860 Boulevard Valcartier, Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, QC
It may be cold out, but at least you can eat well for next to nothing in Montreal! Participating restaurants in this year’s 4th edition of LeChop MTL will be offering three course meals for just $25 and will be putting their own spin on a specific dish each week of the festival. The festival is going on until February 11th, 2017 and features four incredible restaurants, Newtown, Weinstein & Gavino’s, L’Atelier d’Argentine, and Decca 77.
When: January 4-February 11, 2017
Where: Weinstein & Gavinos (1434 Rue Crescent), L’Atelier d’Argentine (1458 Rue Crescent and 355 Marguerite D’Youville), Newtown (1476 Rue Crescent), and Decca 77 (1077 Rue Drummond)
The Montreal Science Centre is currently hosting an insane exhibition that allows the public to see exactly what lies inside the body of an animal. The Body Worlds exhibit, aptly titled Animals Inside Out, “sheds light on what lies beneath the skin of more than 50 animals.” Through a technique called plastination, experts have removed the skin from various animals, providing a never-before-seen glimpse of the muscular, skeletal, nervous, and digestive systems, as well as the blood vessels and internal organs of different animals.
When: Until March 12, 2017
Where: Montreal Science Centre, 2 Rue de la Commune O
Table d’hote at reduced prices? Yes, please. Eat like a king for less courtesy of Happening Gourmand, one of Montreal’s best culinary festivals. Taking place in Old Montreal between January 5th and February 5th, the festival has partnered with top-notch Montreal restaurants to deliver high quality meals at a fixed price (ranging from $23 to $30). Some of this year’s participating restaurants including Suite 701, Vieux-Port Steakhouse, Bevo Bar + Pizzeria, Modavie Bistro, and Kyo Bar Japonais.
When: January 5-February 5, 2017
Where: Various locations
The smash hit broadway musical, Mamma Mia, is returning to Montreal in February 2017.
In town for a limited engagement of five performances, don’t miss your chance to see this famous play live. The eighth longest running show in Broadway history, Mamma Mia has been running for 17 years and has travelled to over 80 countries. It is returning to Canada this winter, and will be stopping in Montreal on February 17, 18, and 19, 2017. Based on the songs of ABBA, you’ll be humming along to hit singles like “Dancing Queen,” “Money, Money, Money,” and “Mamma Mia” all night long.
When: February 17-19
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
One of the largest winter festivals in the world, 2017 marks the 18th edition of Montreal En Lumiere. The festival showcases everything that a Montreal wintertime has to offer, from the performing arts to gastronomy to outdoor activities.
When: February 23-March 12, 2017
Where: Various Locations
Montreal’s coolest winter music festival is back. Happening four weekends in a row in the dead of winter, Igloofest will be taking over Old Port with their incredible lineup of electronic musicians. The 2017 lineup includes Kim Ann Foxman, Grand Theft, Tiga, and Vakuum to name a few.
When: Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between January 12 and February 4, 2017
Where: Old Port
Discover the secrets of Montreal by snowshoe on one of Les Amis de la Montagne’s City Lights Snowshoeing Excursions. Happening at nightfall every Friday and Saturday evening between January 6th and March 4th, tour guides will lead brave snowshoers on a 90-minute expedition through Mount Royal. There will also be hot chocolate along the way!
When: Fridays and Saturday between January 6 and March 4, 2017 at 6pm
Where: Meeting place is the Beaver Lake Pavilion
This year, in honour of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, Fete des Neiges is going to be bigger than ever. Their 2017 programme, though not yet fully released, includes a range of brand new events and activities including snow archery, the Pat’Patrouille Academy for kids, Le Simulateur Genial at the Biosphere, and none other than an ice boat. What exactly is an ice boat, you may ask? Ice Boat is an interactive pirate ship made out of ice. From the pictures, the ship looks absolutely massive and will be open for kids and adults to not only marvel at but to walk on top of. The description reads, “Come and meet Captain Criniere and the crew of this huge pirate ship! Young and old, get on board and slip into this majestic setting.”
When: January 14-February 5, 2017
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Slide down the snow atop Mount Royal on the designated snow tubing trails near Beaver Lake. Rent an inflatable inner tube or bring your own, and enjoy an afternoon of gliding down the mountain at high speeds. Rentals are $9 for adults and $5 for kids, however snow tubing is free for those who bring their own gear.
When: December 17-March 6, 2017
Where: Beaver Lake, Mount Royal
Attention Montrealers! Your beloved Friday Fridays (aka food truck Fridays) are returning to Olympic Stadium, this time in the form of SnowFood Saturday. As part of Village Mammouth, Montreal’s awesome wintertime festival, Olympic Stadium will be home to a plethora of food trucks every Saturday afternoon between January 28th and March 4th, 2017. Between 3 pm and 10 pm each Saturday, you can expect to see tons of yummy food trucks lining the perimeter of Olympic Village. The official description reads, “You’ll find all the delicious fun of street food during our amazing evenings.” These “amazing evenings” also include live music and DJs, as well as snow sports like ice skating and snow tubing.
When: Saturdays 3 pm-10 pm between January 28 and March 4, 2017
Where: Olympic Village