5 things to do in Montreal today: Monday, August 15

Aug 15 2016, 11:37 am

From the first day of the Fashion and Design Festival to musical swings in downtown Montreal, here is everything you need on your social calendar today.

Fashion and Design Festival

What:Every year, many well-known Canadian designers, retailers, up-and-coming creators and international fashion icons will share their art and vision with the public. With 50 shows, as much as 300 participants and 550,000 visitors expected, the Fashion & Design Festival is a leading platform for fashion, design, music, beauty and shopping trends.
When: August 15 to 20
Where: Quartier des Spectacles

International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

What: Quebec’s most gorgeous summer festival is back. Though technically not in Montreal, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is so close that it’s an easy trip for Montrealers to take – and believe me, it’s worth it. With tons of live music, an inflatable park, yummy food trucks, and of course, plenty of air balloons, the International Balloon Festival is not to be missed.
When: Until August 21
Where: 5 Chemin de l’Aéroport

Go for a musical swing on the 21 Balancoires

What: Create your own song by swinging back and forth on Montreal’s now famous, 21 swings. One swing plays a note while several produce a melody so be sure to head on over with a few friends.
When: Until September 5
Where: From the Place des Festivals to Le Parterre, along De Maisonneuve Boulevard and Président-Kennedy Avenue

Voiles En Voiles

What: Take part in an exciting aerial adventure course in the heart of Old Port. You and your kids will be climbing aboard an 18th century pirate ship and going through obstacles that will have you running, jumping, and climbing through an inflatable playground.
When: Every day until August 21st, or on weekends until October 10th
Where: Old Port

Les Boules Roses

What: Spend time under one of Montreal’s most famous art installations, the pink balls. New and improved for 2016, this year’s design features over 170,000 pink balls suspended over an entire kilometre of Sainte Catherine Street Est.
When: Any time!
Where: Sainte Catherine Street Est