Take advantage of the spring weather we’ve been having and hit the town this weekend!
Between a major designer fashion show, Mac N’ Cheese Week, a monster truck show, and a musical performance of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, there is plenty to enjoy on this fine April weekend.
For a little inspiration, check out 19 things to do in Montreal this weekend: April 7 to April 9.
Friday, April 7
Calling all shopaholics! Just in time for spring, the Big Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers arrives in Montreal this April. As one of the biggest shopping events of the year, it is taking place over the course of four whole days. Happening at Bonsecours Market between April 6th and April 9th, Montreal is kicking off the sale’s Quebec tour. Hundreds of designers will be represented, all of which will be selling clothing and accessories that are discounted between 50% and 70%. Participants include the likes of Rudsak, Cherry Bobin, Luc Fontaine, Mia More Collection, Eve Gravel, Nisse, Nadya Toto, Winnie Fashion, Sosie Sosie, Slak, GROB, Blush Lingerie, and many more.
When: April 6-9
Where: Bonsecours Market
Quebec eco-entrepreneur permaculture community, Terra Perma, has just announced they will be hosting a popup sugar shack in Montreal between March 18th and April 30th. Sirop Urban Shack will be set up in Montreal neighbourhood, St. Henri, and will feature an all-you-can-eat menu filled with maple goodies courtesy of Terra Perma’s artisanal small batch syrup. Dishes include pea soup, home-style potatoes, smoked bacon, pancakes, sugar pie, and more. Plus, the atmosphere is said to be both fun and enchanting, with a mixture of laid back and gourmet vibes. Tickets cost $20 each so be sure to get yours before they’re gone! This is one of the best opportunities you’ll get to experience a sugar shack without leaving the city.
When: March 18-April 30
Where: 3580 Notre-Dame W
Defy gravity and scale a building like Spiderman courtesy of Old Port’s ultra fun adventure, Decalade. The Decalade challenge is happening at the Conveyer Key Tower in Old Port right now! Participants can choose from a variety of challenges, from the 1-hour “dizzying trip”, to the 3-hour “controlled vertical descent facing the ground like Mission Impossible.” This activity is sure to get your blood pumping as you put yourself in the shoes of all the action hero greats. Sessions are by appointment only and range from $89.99 to $149.00. You can also pay $39.99 for a panoramic selfie as you descend from the roof.
When: By appointment only
Where: Conveyer Key Tower
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
Quartier des Spectacles is hosting a unique digital art festival all season long. Throughout the months of March, April, May, and June, Quartier des Spectacles will see all sorts of events pertaining to the digital arts. These include a media lab, live musical performances, and sculptures. Be sure to check out what’s going on in Quartier des Spectacles every weekend in the spring.
When: March 21-June 21
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Step back into the Phi Centre’s virtual reality garden, this time showcasing the works of Felix and Paul Studios. This “eclectic and powerful” collection boasts 7 of the studio’s best virtual reality creations, including many curated in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. Prepare to be amazed by everything from fire and acrobats to President Obama and amphibious characters.
When: March 22-May 29
Where: Phi Centre
Saturday, April 8
Don’t miss your chance to see the magic brought to life at PDA! Experience Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone In Concert courtesy of Place des Arts. For the first time in history, Montrealers are being given the chance to relive the magic with a screening of the first Harry Potter film accompanied by a live orchestra. The 84-piece symphony orchestra led by conductor Justin Freer will perform every song in the film note-for-note, including the iconic score by John Williams. In addition, the film will be projected onto a 40-foot screen with French subtitles. This one-of-a-kind event will take place for two nights only this April. Get ready to be enchanted.
When: April 8-9
Where: Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts
Titled Monster Spectacular, 2017 marks the 29th edition of this exciting monster truck event. Suitable for parents and children, Monster Spectacular promises to deliver an action-packed show full of incredible stunts. Some of the best and biggest monster trucks will be making an appearance including the Red Baron and the Bounty Hunter. In addition to trucks, the event will also feature freestyle motocross, a speed bike stunt show, and ATV races.
When: April 8, 5:30 pm-10 pm
Where: Olympic Stadium
Montreal’s Fuck Cancer event features Matoma. The fundraising event requires the purchase of a t-shirt rather than a ticket. Fuck Cancer shirts come in different colours, representative of various cancer ribbons. You MUST be wearing your t-shirt to enter the party.
When: April 8 at 10 pm
Where: Theatre Berri / Le Quartier, 1280 Rue Saint-Denis
Toronto’s Harry Potter-inspired resto-bar, The Lockhart has opened a second location in Montreal! The magical apothecary and 45-seat resto-bar opened its doors on March 24th at 3979 Rue St. Denis. Signature potions and elixirs like Betterbeer and Befuddlement by the pitcher have been replicated on the new Montreal menu, while other features include a tapas menu, street-facing terrace, and eventually, events like Trivia Nights, Magic Nights, and more to come.
When: Tuesday to Friday 5 pm-12 am, Saturday and Sunday 5 pm-2 am
Where: 3979 Rue St. Denis
The McCord Museum has announced a temporary exhibition on fashion from the Expo 67 era. The exhibit, titled Fashioning Expo 67, explores the “effervescence of Montreal’s fashion moment.” Over 60 outfits will make up the exhibition, ranging from hostess uniforms to paper dresses, all of which have been created by Quebec designers. Further, Fashioning Expo 67 will feature accessories like hats, gloves, umbrellas, purses, and jewellry, as well as drawings, photographs, documents, and film footage of the fashion at Expo 67.
When: March 17 – October 1
Where: McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke St W
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
Walk up Mount Royal
The weather has finally turned so why not take advantage? Go for your first spring walk up Mount Royal! Explore the flora and fauna, wander a new trail, or even have a picnic at Beaver Lake. There is so much to explore at this Montreal landmark.
Where: Mount Royal
Sunday, April 9
A festival entirely dedicated to showcasing the best mac and cheese dishes available in Montreal, Mac N’ Cheese Week 2017 is sure to be pure heaven. The festival will take place between April 3rd and April 10th, which means you have exactly one week to gorge yourselves on one-of-a-kind mac and cheese creations. Nearly thirty restaurants in the city are participating including Reuben’s, Faberge, Olive + Gourmando, Wienstein & Gavino, EVOO, Suite 701, Deville Dinerbar, Burger Royal, Les Enfants Terribles, and Le Cheese. For a complete list of participating restaurants in Montreal (as well as in Toronto and Quebec City), click here. To RSVP to Mac N’ Cheese Week 2017, click here
When: April 3-10
Where: Various locations
Is there anything better than maple taffy in spring? As part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, the city has commissioned an urban sugar shack to travel all around the city of Montreal bringing maple syrup goodies to Montrealers far and wide. The Urban Sugar Shack will be visiting different Montreal neighbourhoods each weekend in March and April, and bringing with it musical storytellers, coffee and tea, maple treats, and a rustic wooden barn. The Urban Sugar Shack will roll into each borough and set up shop in a local park. Locations still left on the agenda include Rosemont-La Petite Patrie, Ville Marie, Lachine, and Cote des Neiges/NDG. Be sure to indulge in maple syrup on a stick before it’s gone!
When: Until April 16
Where: Parc Maisonneuve (April 8), Emilie Gamelin Park (April 9), Kent Park (April 14), Parc Lasalle (April 16)
You can play the hottest new recreational game right here in Montreal. Known as Archery Tag (or Arc Tag for short), Combat d’Archers is the place to spend a Saturday afternoon in Montreal. This new, hybrid sport is a mix of paintball and archery. It sees players running around a room of over 10,000 square feet, using airsoft weapons to tag their opponents. Each session is one hour in length, excluding 20 minutes of training which is required before every game.
When: Monday to Friday 12 pm-11 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am-11 pm
Where: 3955 Rue de Rouen
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
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
In case you hadn’t heard, Montreal is currently home to the Barbie Expo, the largest permanent collection of Barbie dolls in the world. Montrealers have the chance to see and Instagram over 1,000 one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls. The Barbie dolls on display are not your average Barbie dolls, however. Rather, Barbie Expo is an exhibition of haute couture with Barbie as the model. As the website states, “This is Barbie seen at her fashionable best, a stunningly beautiful collection chicly modeled by the 11½-inch fashion icon.”
When: Open Monday to Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 pm to 9 pm, Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays from noon to 5 pm.
Where: 1455 Rue Peel