Foot to the floor, Montreal. It’s the day of the big race!
Montreal is buzzing with tourists and locals hyped about the Formula 1’s only Canadian stop. Whether you’re ready to hit the gas for the Grand Prix’s final day or if the steady flow of weekend crowds have tired you out, we’ve got you covered with stuff to do today.
So this one is kind of a given considering all the events this weekend. But the big Formula 1 Grand Prix Race happens today at 2:10 pm at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit. Racers from all over the world will complete 70 laps while the world watches. If you weren’t lucky enough to score tickets, head to Crescent or Peel Street and take in the race among thousands of spectators, bars, restaurants and big screen TVs!
When: Sunday, June 10
Time: 2:10 pm – 4:10 pm
Where: Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Price: Tickets may still be available online
Tam Tams might be the ideal relaxant if Montreal was too much for you this weekend. While everyone is at the race, find a nice corner of the mountain to relax at.
Tam Tams is a giant outdoor party with dancers, sports and drummers all gathered around the Sir George-Etienne Cartier monument. If the weather is nice today (still worth it even if it’s raining) head over to the mountain and enjoy a longstanding Montreal tradition and vibe. 420 friendly.
When: Sundays until September 30
Where: Mont Royal Park
Nextdoor Pub & Grill is the place to be on Sunday. They offer deals at both ends of their hours – bottomless caesars and mimosas in the afternoon and 29 cent chicken wings at night. Park yourself at Nextdoor for as many caesars or mimosas you can handle and then relax by eating all the 29 cent wings as you can.
When: Every Sunday
Time: 8 am – 3 pm caesar/mimosa deal, 4 pm – midnight wing special
Where: 5175A Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
As if Westmount Park isn’t enticing enough – the park’s sprinklers are on for the summer. There are three sprinklers for kids to splash around in and it’s equally refreshing for adults. It’s Westmount’s way of signifying that summer has arrived.
When: Westmount sprinklers are open until September 2
Time: 8 am – 8 pm
Where: Sherbrooke and Melville, Westmount Park
Located a short distance from the historical district of the Old Port, Montreal’s urban beach offers a vacation atmosphere with its fine white sand, chairs, parasols, and refreshing mist. Guests are not allowed to swim in the water, unfortunately, but Clock Tower Beach is still a great place to relax, soak up some sun, and offers gorgeous views of Montreal.
When: Now until September 16
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Where: The Old Port Piere
Cinéma du Parc is showing the Stanley Kubrick 1971 masterpiece this afternoon. Cinéma du Parc is a trendy theatre that showcases independent and classic films in a cozy environment for cheap.
When: Sunday, June 10
Time: 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 pm on Sunday
Where: 3575 Avenue du Parc
Price: $11 for guests under 25, $12.50 for 25+
When: June 7 to June 17
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Where: Boulevard Saint Laurent between Sherbrooke and Mont Royal
Celebrate Sunday mass at Montreal’s most viewed structure at 11 am and hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ. Or, take a walking tour of the basilica which is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle. It is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows.
When: The Notre-Dame Basilica is open year round
Time: 8 am – 4:30 pm on weekdays, 8 am – 4 pm on Saturdays and 12:30 pm – 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Eureka! is a three-day long science and technology event that takes place at the Old Port of Montreal. The festival runs this weekend from June 8 to June 10 and features tons of interactive presentations, demonstrations, workshops, and scientist/programmer speeches.
The theme for the festival’s 12th edition is robotics and visitors will be able to discover more about how robotic technology is advancing and how robots are being used to help humans every day.
When: June 8 to June 10
Time: June 8, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm; June 9, 10:30 am to 7:30 pm; June 10, 10:30 am to 6 pm
Where: Montreal’s Old Port
Price: Free to enter
Blow off some steam (or prepare for a zombie apocalypse) by tossing some axes. The indoor range has 11 lanes where you can comfortably throw a variety of axes monitored by supervisors and instructors. The facility can host up to 60 people so bring your friends, a lot of them. You get an hour worth of axe throwing so make sure to stretch beforehand!
When: Rage: Axe Throwing is open year round
Time: 10am – 11:30pm
Where: 1436 Rue Amherst
Price: $40-$55 per target, per hour. Tickets available online.
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts latest exhibit explores Pablo Picasso’s influences in African art with “From Africa to the Americas: Picasso Face-to-Face, Past and Present.” The major exhibition offers a new perspective and an interesting rereading of modern art history. The exhibition features still life, paintings, portraits and structural pieces. Keep this exhibit in mind if the weather on Saturday and Sunday isn’t in your favour.
When: From now until September 16
Time: 10 am-5 pm
Where: 1380 Rue Sherbrooke
Price: $17, Available at the door and online
Take your kids to iSaute Kirkland and pretend it’s for them when it’s really for you. iSaute is a massive venue that has over 30 giant trampolines, trampoline basketball, wall climbing, and a trampoline jungle gym. You pay by the hour, there’s a lot to do, and it’s actually a fantastic workout. Jump around a bit today and tire yourself out before the work week.
Montreal’s Fringe Festival features over 500 artists who will be delivering over 600 live productions across town in June.
Sunday’s lineup includes Lucky, Greasy: A Lesbian Love Story, Mid Knight, Sex? But I’m a Comedian! Becoming Magic Mike: An Action Adventure Comedy, Drunk Girl, Find Me, Naked Ugly Dancing, Skipping Ur Mom’s Funeral and Eating Pizza Instead and more!
The shows are a variety of comedy, drama, burlesque, dance and a lot of them involve audience interaction.
The best part – every show is only $10. Times and locations vary, check the website for specific details.
When: Sunday, June 10
Time: Varies according to show
Where: Varies according to show
Price: $10, available at the door or online