12 things to do in Montreal today: Sunday, August 12

Aug 10 2018, 6:00 pm

Whether you’re recovering from the start of the weekend or if you’re looking to get it going, there’s plenty of fun happening around Montreal today, August 12.

Zomboy at Montreal Beachclub



Beachclub claims to be the largest outdoor club in North America. Its name tells you exactly what it is: a club on a beach. Get your fist pumping at the massive party that hosts pools, a beach, plenty of alcohol, food vendors and wakeboarding.

Today’s headlining DJ is the English dubstep specialist, Zomboy.

When: Sunday, August 12
Time: 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: 701 Rue 38, Pointe-Calumet
Price: General admission – $25, VIP pass – $30

Film Noir on the Canal

Film Noir au Canal is showing free film noir classics at St-Patrick Square on the canal. Sunday’s showing is Jean-Pierre Melville’s 1966 crime/thriller classic, Le Deuxieme Souffle. It’s screened in its original French version with English subtitles on a massive screen.

Montreal accordion player Laurence Sabourin will perform to open the film screening.

When: Sunday, August 12
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: St-Patrick Square
Price: Free

Tiny House Festival

The Tiny House Festival sounds like it could be just a collection of Legos but it’s actually the gathering of exhibitors from North America who have made the move to tiny houses. The festival will showcase several tiny houses that you can visit, family games and lectures.

When: Sunday, August 12
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Rue de la Commune, Ouest – Montreal’s Old Port
Price: Free admission

Tam Tams

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You can’t mention things to do on a Sunday in the city without highlighting Tam Tams, it’s a landmark.

Tam Tams is a giant outdoor party with dancers, sports and drummers all gathered around the Sir George-Etienne Cartier monument. 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

Tales and Legends of Seafarers

Local sailors Éric Michaud, Francis Désilets and Yoda Lefebvre tell tales of the watery depths and hidden legends of the sea. Stevedores and captains recount tales of courage, betrayal and lost love during memorable storms and encounters with terrible monsters and mythical sea creatures.

Each performance lasts 30 minutes in French only. The activity takes place inside at the Port Centre in case of rain (not that the sailors mind).

When: Sunday, August 12
Time: 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Where: In front of the Grand Quay
Price: Free

Notre-Dame Basilica

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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: 12:30 pm – 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

Art in Sky at Montreal Pride

The Roman Catholic parish church of St. Peter the Apostle celebrates daily music and art performances in celebration of our ancestors and the dignity and pride of every one.

The church, constructed in 1853, is subtly, powerfully and beautifully decorated to show its support to the community.

When: August 9 – 19
Time: 1 pm – 2 pm
Where: Church of Saint-Pierre-Apotre

Italian Week

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The massive Italian community in Montreal will be concluding its 25th annual Italian Week today in the renowned Little Italy.

The festival aims to promote the Italian culture through music, fashion, cars, shops and obviously, food.

When: Sunday, August 12
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Boulevard Saint-Laurent between Rue Jean-Talon and Beabien
Price: Free

MTL SUP Festival

The MTL SUP festival celebrates stand-up paddleboarding, surfing, canoeing and paddleboard yoga.

Today, MTL SUP is concluding as the festival includes all water-based activities, swim gear, food and drinks. The site will have pop-up shops, beer, sangria, tacos and live music.

When: August 11 and 12
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Where: 7770 Boulevard LaSalle, LaSalle
Price: $60

MudGirl Run

MudGirl is a 5 km foot race that includes over 17 obstacles to overcome. Whether you’re alone or with a team, the challenging course is committed to testing cohesion, endurance and good humour. The run is available to ladies over 7-years-old with any level of running/mud/obstacle course experience.

Men are encouraged to come support but cannot participate.

When: Sunday, August 12
Time: 7:30 am – 5 pm
Where: Paintball Commando Rive Sud
Price: $20

International Balloon Festival

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The International Balloon Festival of Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu is the largest gathering of balloons in Canada. The week-long event caters to the entire family and is an easy 40-minute drive off the island of Montreal.

The Balloon fest floated off yesterday and concludes today.

The event has grown to host food vendors, bar outlets, live bands, theatre performances, activities and has garnered a reputation on an international scale. This year’s outdoor party will feature hot air balloons from Canada, the United States, France and Brazil.

When: Saturday, August 11 – 19
Time: 12 pm to the end of the show
Where: 5 Chemin de l’Aéroport, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Price: $10-$30

Big Trouble in Little China at Cinema du Parc

The quaint, comfortable theatre is showing John Carpenter’s 1986 classic film starring Kurt Russell as a macho man truck driver who agrees to travel to San Francisco to pick up his friend’s fiancee from China. When she gets abducted by a gang from Chinatown, things get pretty wild.

The film is a mash-up of the Western and Chinese genres.

When: Friday, August 10, 11 and 12
Time: 11:30 pm
: Cinéma du Parc – 3575 Avenue du Parc
Price: $12.50

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