Happy Saturday, Montreal! From an arts festival to Igloofest there is plenty to do around town today. Be sure to make sure to make the most of your weekend.
Lux Magna is described as a “four 4-day festival with a diverse range of local culture, music and arts, as well as a few outdoor guests to warm our collective soul.” During the day, the festival programming has activities for all ages including workshops and activities for kids.
Meanwhile, in the evening, shows will range from hip-hop to experimental music and bluegrass to a battle of brass bands. There will be dance parties, awesome music, and so much more.
Montreal’s Igloofest is back and the full lineup has officially been announced.This year, the music festival will take place between January 18 and February 3. The ultimate winter music festival, we, along with thousands of tourists that flock the city, brave the freezing temperatures to enjoy a wild night of music in Quai Jacques Cartier.
Where: Jacques Cartier Quay at the Old Port
Times: Thursday: 7:30 to 11 pm
Friday and Saturday: 7:30 to 12:30 pm
When: January 18 to February 3, 2018
Tickets: Available online
If you’re looking for the ultimate virtual reality experience head down to the Phi Centre. From January 23 to February 12, the Phi Centre will be hosting a special edition of its ‘Virtual Reality Garden.’ You’ll be able to view screenings of the five productions nominated in the Best immersive production category at the Canadian Screen Awards.
Where: The Phi Centre, 407 Saint-Pierre Street, Montreal
When: January 23 to February 12
Tickets: Available online, $9.30
Your favourite winter festival is back. Parc Jean Drapeau’s annual Fête des neiges returns for three spectacular weeks this winter. Taking place between January 20 and February 11, the park will host a myriad of snow-themed events and activities.
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
When: January 20 to February 11, 2018
Tickets: Available online
A light-up winter wonderland will be taking over Place des Festivals this winter for the eighth annual edition of Luminothérapie. This year’s display is called Impulse and it is an interactive work made up of light-up seesaws.
Where: Place des Festivals, Jeanne Mance St.
When: Until January 28, 2018
Time: Sunday to Wednesday: from noon to 10 pm
Thursday to Saturday: from noon to 11 pm
Thanks to Montreal’s plethora of urban parks there are plenty of trails for you to wander this winter. Dig that old pair of snowshoes out of your closet or rent a brand new pair, whatever you do you’re sure to enjoy this snowy activity.
When: Until March 2018
Where: Check out our handy list!
Known for its outstanding quality of ice, excellent facilities, and breathtaking views of the city and the Saint Lawrence River, this is the place to go skating in Montreal.
When: Until March 11, 2018
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin, Old Port
Montreal’s Espace pour la vie is ready for January and they’ve got an amazing line-up of events to keep you merry all winter long.
The 6th edition of the LeChop culinary festival is back next month. And this year LeChop MTL wants to give back to the community. The organization has partnered with Share the Warmth to offer a delicious 2-course table d’hote menu at participating restaurants to help fight the battle against food insecurity.
When: Now until February 28, 2018
Where: Weinstein & Gavinos (1434 Rue Crescent), L’Atelier d’Argentine (1458 Rue Crescent and 355 Marguerite D’Youville), and Decca 77 (1077 Rue Drummond)
Pente à Neige –an organization working to bring back skiing to the city by constructing man-made slopes at Parc Ignace-Bourget. Now the slopes are open and the park includes ski and snowboard courses with a carpet lift, two slopes for tubing, a sliding trail and a free ice rink.
Where: Parc Ignace-Bourget
When: Throughout January
Hours: Thursday, Friday: 4 pm to 7 pm
Weekends: 8 am to 7 pm (snow tubing opens at 9 am)
Cost: Activity costs vary, check website for details
The traditional winter village at Montreal’s Olympic Park has officially returned for 2017 and 2018. From now until March 25, 2018, you can enjoy outdoor skating on a brand new frozen trail, browse the pop-up shops and discover artisanal products, and take part in plenty of other fun winter activities.
Where: Olympic Park, 4545 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave
When: Until March 25, 2018
Time: Thursday and Friday: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
There are also special hours during the holidays. Check website for details.