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17 things to do in Montreal today: Sunday, June 24

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DH Montreal Staff Jun 22, 2018 5:00 am 2,318

It’s Saint-Jean Baptiste Day, time to celebrate Quebec! From food festivals to parades and parties, Montreal is “en feu” today, June 24. The best part is, tomorrow is another day off so it’s essentially like a Saturday!

Be safe and have fun!

Saint Jean Parade

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What’s better than a parade? Two parades at the same time.

That’s exactly what’s happening today as two separate parade routes leave at the same time, take different routes, and converge at Jeanne Mance Park for a Saint-Jean party. The ‘North’ parade leaves Boulevard Maisonneuve and Saint-Denis and the ‘South’ float leaves Maisonneuve and Peel.

The long-standing parade features various elements of Quebec culture including winter and sports themes, marine life and animal balloons, caricatures of Quebec celebrities, Quebec artists, music, dancing, and politicians.

Onlookers are encouraged to join the parade once the tail-end has passed.

When: Sunday, June 24
Time: 9:15 pm – midnight
Where: Separate routes from Maisonneuve and Saint-Denie and Maisonneuve and Peel to Jeanne Mance Park
Price: Free

Imagine Monkland Street Festival

Monkland’s street festival took a hiatus last summer but is back this year having rebranded as Imagine Monkland.

Today is the last day of the street festival so you better get moving, plus it’s going to be packed for Saint-Jean Baptiste day!

Over 50 restaurant outlets and store boutiques will be set up along Avenue Monkland from Avenue Girouard to Avenue Harvard which will be completely closed off to motorists.

A parade, local bands, circus acts, children’s activities, and a giant street-wide sale will highlight the Imagine Monkland festival. The festival is expected to host over 90,000 participants during its three-day run.

When: Sunday, June 24
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Avenue Monkland, NDG
Price: The festival is free to enter

The Montreal Jerk Food Festival

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Albeit a tad unconventional, The Montreal Jerk Food Festival is an entertaining and equally filling way to celebrate St. Jean Baptiste.

The Lachine Soccerplexe hosts a bunch of Jamaican food vendors slinging some seriously mouthwatering food. Try everything from jerk poutine (obviously), jerk pork, jerk pizza, jerk ribs, to jerk lobster.

The festival does more than just satisfy your taste buds, the outdoor event will also have DJs, emcees, and bouncy castles for the kids.

When: June 24
Time: 
12 pm – 9 pm
Where: 775  Avenue 1, Lachine
Price: Free to enter, food and drink costs vary

Free Hot Dogs

It’s Saint-Jean Baptiste day and let’s face it, can anyone make a steamy hot dog better than Quebec? The non-profit organization, AGA St-Amable is giving out free hot dogs because it’s Quebec’s provincial holiday. It’s that simple.

When: Sunday, June 24
Time: 12 pm – 3 pm
Where: Saint-Amable Municipal Pool – Rue De Normandie, Saint-Amable

Fête nationale à Laval

Laval’s Centre de la Nature is hosting a massive free concert in celebration of Saint-Jean Baptiste day. The concert will host a dozen Quebec-based bands.

There will also be Laval restaurant food trucks, a family zone, and fireworks.

When: Sunday, June 24
Time: 9 pm – 2:30 am
Where: Centre de la nature de Laval – 901 Avenue du Parc, Laval
Price: Free

Battlewar 55 Wrestling at Foufounes Electriques

Quebec and professional wrestling have had a long, successful history together. In celebration of Quebec’s provincial holiday come Battlewar 55. The wrestling match features Mathieu St-Jacques, Surfer Mitch Thompson, Francis and Francis, Kevin Blanchard, Scott Parker and Battlewar champion, Thomas Dubois.

The classic Foufounes Electriques will host a wrestling ring and will obviously be serving booze.

When: Sunday, June 24
Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: Foufounes Electriques – 87 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est
Price: $15

KIZO Festival

Today is the last day of the first-ever KIZO festival in Montreal. The festival set up camp at the Bain Mathieu and features a wide variety of African rhythms, music and DJs. Dance your Sunday away to the sounds of kizomba, semba, and afrohouse music.

When: Sunday, June 24
Time: 5 pm – 3 am
Where: Bain Mathieu – 2915 Ontario Est
Price: $75

Free BIXI Sunday

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BIXI Montreal is offering everybody free BIXI bike rides today. You need your credit card to acquire the bikes but you won’t be charged. Test out the bikes and take a ride down the Lachine Canal’s bike path or ride it into downtown along the Maisonneuve path!

When: Sunday, June 24
Time: 6 am – midnight
Where: Every loading dock around the city
Price: Free

Paul Myrehaug at the Comedy Nest

Paul Myrehaug is a tall, slender comedian from CBC’s Just for Laughs. His off-beat humour is the perfect way to start the weekend. The show also features Toronto’s Ryan Maglunob, Andy Fruman and is hosted by Ben Walker. Check out all these comic’s improvisational wit all weekend at the Comedy Nest.

The shows are 18+ and last 90 minutes.

When: Sunday, June 24
Time: 8 pm & 10:30 pm
Where: 2312 Rue Saint Catherine
Price: $15, tickets available at the door or online

Village au Pied du Courant

Village au Pied du Courant is a manmade urban beach just south of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Today’s event is honouring Quebec and their DJs are all locals. The site features food trucks, restaurant outlets, bar kiosks and of course, sand. The urban project was a culmination of various local engineers and planners and it’s a total hot spot in the summer.

When: Sunday, June 24
Time: 3 pm – 11 pm (on Sundays)
Where: 2100 Rue Notre-Dame Est
Price: Free to enter

Montreal Beachclub

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Montreal Beachclub is the host of North America’s biggest outdoor club. Located in Pointe-Calumet, an easy 45-minute drive from Montreal, Beachclub can host up to 10,000 guests. The club is beachside and forms an intriguing fuse of the beach and electric dance music.

This weekend’s event is Escapade, a mini-festival featuring a slew of Quebec-born DJs to celebrate the provincial holiday.

When: Sunday, June 24
Time: Noon – 7 pm
Where: 701 Rue 38, Pointe-Calumet
Price: $15

Piknic Électronik Saint Jean

Celebrate Quebec by dancing to electronic dance music from world-renowned DJs at Montreal’s dynamic man-made island. In honour of the Quebec holiday, Piknic Électronik’s will feature local DJs Clarian, Apportez Votre Vin, Coach Vic, CRi, and headliners Ryan Playground and Tommy Kruise.

When: Sunday, June 24
Time: 2 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Plaine des Jeux, Parc Jean Drapeau
Price: $14.50 online, $19 at the door

ELMNT Studio Free Outdoor Class

ELMNT’s Matt Aguba is offering a high-intensity interval training using body-weight, free weights and resistance bands in a creatively designed circuit meant to tone, sculpt and power your entire body.

When: Sunday, June 24
Time: 10:15 am – 1:45 pm
Where: 6000 Avenue Monkland
Price: Free

Tam Tams

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Tam Tams is a Montreal landmark. If things are too hectic this weekend with all the Saint-Jean Baptiste activities, go and relax on Mont Royal.

Tam Tams is a giant outdoor party with dancers, sports and drummers all gathered around the Sir George-Etienne Cartier monument. When the weather is nice this weekend, head over to the mountain and enjoy a longstanding Montreal tradition and vibe. 420 friendly.

When: Sundays until September 30
Time: Noon
Where: Mont Royal Park
Price: Free

Notre-Dame Basilica

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: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest

Westmount Park Sprinklers

As if Westmount Park isn’t enticing enough – the park’s sprinklers are sprinkling 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: From now until September 2
Time: 8 am – 8 pm
Where: Sherbrooke and Melville, Westmount Park
Price: Free

Restaurant Chez Grégoire

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Take a drive this weekend and get the best poutine Montreal has to offer, it is Saint-Jean Baptiste day after all. It’s an easy 30-minute drive from the island and is worth every second. Grégoire’s has been dishing out poutines for decades. The casse-croute uses shredded cheese curds and an in-house gravy to make sure every bite of the poutine is as decadent as the last.

When: Grégoire’s is open year round
Time: 8 am to 11 pm
Where: 975 Boulevard Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Mercier
Price: $4.50-$13

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