33 things to do in Montreal this February

Jan 30 2020, 9:34 am

With January now in the rear view mirror, we crossed off another wintery month and springtime is on the horizon.

Before we get there, we’ve got to tackle February and here is a list of great things happening all month around Montreal to make it feel like March shows up a tad quicker.

La Poutine Week Montreal

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Hopefully that 2020 diet is working out because the world’s largest poutine festival is about to kick off and you might want to find the stretchiest pants you have.

The eighth edition of La Poutine Week returns to Montreal from February 1 to 7 as a variety of Montreal restaurants will create their own signature poutine-dish, vying to become the city-wide champion, voted by restaurant patrons.

So yes, things are about to get greasy. Ranging from $7 to $25.95, check out this list of all of this year’s greasy pooters and the restaurants that are dishing them out.

When: February 1 to 7, 202o
Time: Varying hours per location
Where: Various locations around Montreal

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

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A handful of mummies have been continuing their world tour as they cozied up to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The exhibition, Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, is the mummies’ first North American exposition, following “tremendous success in Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” according to the MMFA.

As per the press release, the British Museum has reconstructed the lives of six individuals who lived along the Nile from about 900 BC to AD 180.

If one of them gets up and starts haunting you, however, that’s NOT part of the exhibition.

When: From now until February 2, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm (closed on Mondays)
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts — 380 Sherbrooke Street
Price: $12 – $24, available online

Fête des neiges

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Fête des neiges

If you live in Montreal, you’re best off standing up to the snow and the cold instead of shying away from it. Luckily, Parc Jean Drapeau’s four-weekend-long winter festival is a perfect opportunity to make the most of wintery season.

The 37th edition of the Fête des neiges sums up its four-weekend-long run this month.

Outdoor activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snow archery, an icy pirate ship, ice skating, ice sculptures, ziplining, a Ferris wheel, Tour de Lévis, axe throwing, a penguin village, a Polar Circus, snow scooters, an inflatable bouncy castle, a snow castle competition, and a mini igloo play area.

When: February 1, 2, 8, and 9
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Espace 67 — Parc Jean-Drapeau
Tickets: $8 – $38, available online

Imagine Van Gogh

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Montreal has been coated with an exhibition of the works of Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous figures in the history of the art world.

The exhibition, Imagine Van Gogh, which opened last month, takes guests through the world of colours and emotions of Van Gogh’s works through gigantic murals and an immersive soundtrack.

When: Every day in February (closed Mondays)
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Arsenal art contemporain — 2020 rue William
Price: $16 to $26, available online

Happening Gourmand

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Happening Gourmand

Nine gourmet restaurants in the Old Port are taking part in the 13th edition of Happening Gourmand, a food festival where foodies can knock back some delicious brunch and dinner meals for under $40.

Whether you’re into pizza, steak, eggs benedict, or burgers, Happening Gourmand offers gourmet meals and a vibrant atmosphere for every food lover. Plus, the meals won’t set you back too much (we’re dreading the post-holiday credit card statements too).

Check out a full list of participating restaurants online.

When: From now until February 9
Time: Varying times per restaurant
Where: Nine participating Old Port locations
Price: $17 brunch, $25-$35 dinner

Igloofest

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There’s no better way to stick it to Mother Nature’s winter by revelling in the snow and the cold. And, Igloofest is the most entertaining way to do so.

Igloofest sums up its four-weekend-long outdoor bash this month, where thousands of partiers flock to the Old Port to brave the cold with wild music, costumes, dancing, and booze.

This month’s lineup includes Sentimental Rave, Omar Hamdi, Yanneek, Matador
Kris Tin, Syd Woz, Nap, Myriam Boucher, and much more split up across the final two weekends.

When: February 1, 7, and 8
Time: 7:30 to 11 pm on Friday, until 12:30 am on Saturday
Where: Quai Jacques Cartier
Price: $20.50 – $89, available online

The Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre

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The Canadiens have a busy nine-game home schedule this month, hosting the likes of the Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, and New York Rangers, among others, as they enter the trade deadline month with some decisions to make.

When: February 1, 2, 6, 8, 10, 15, 25, 27, and 29
Time: Varies from 2 pm, 7 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: Varies per date and seat selection, available online

Rufus Wainwright

Rufus McGarrigle Wainwright is an American-Canadian singer, songwriter, and composer. He’s recorded seven albums of original music and numerous compilation tracks and film soundtracks.

Wainwright has also written a classical opera and Shakespeare sonnets.

The talented musician will be rocking out Théâtre Maisonneuve at the beginning of the month.

When: Wednesday, February 5
Time: 7:15 pm
Where: Théâtre Maisonneuve
Price: $54.65 – $71.75, available online

The Comedy Nest

The Comedy Nest

The Comedy Nest will heat up all month, giving comedy fans the chance to check out Forrest Shaw, Jeff Caldwell, Jen Grant, and Mike Wilmot throughout the month, along with a slew of great local openers.

When: February 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29
Time: 8 pm and 10:30 pm
Where: The Comedy Nest — 2313 Saint-Catherine Street 3rd Floor
Price: $6 – $15

Titanic in Concert- Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

The 1997 blockbuster film, written and directed by James Cameron, one of the most prolific movies of all time, is coming to Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier this month, offering the iconic film to the background of James Horner’s epic score.

Conductor John Jesensky leads the musicians of the Orchestre FILMharmonique, the exceptional choir “Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal” and Celtic musicians.

The music extravaganza will feature 130 musicians.

When: February 8 and 9
Time: Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 2 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Price: $59.95 – $136.95, available online

Montreal Canadiens Skill Competition

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Even if where they’re sitting in the standings isn’t pretty, the skills competition is. The team gathers for a variety of different skills tests and you can check it all out for under $40 at the Bell Centre.

When: Sunday, February 9
Time: 10 am
Where: Bell Centre
Price:$35, available online

Post Malone – Montreal

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Post Malone has added a second leg of his North American “Runaway Tour” which includes a stop in Montreal this month.

The multi-platinum-selling rapper will swing by the Bell Centre on February 16, 2020, as part of the second part of his tour which is promoting his recently released third album, Hollywood’s Bleeding.

When: Sunday, February 16
Time: 8 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Price: $53.50 – $503.50, available online

Celine Dion 

Celine Dion Montreal

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Céline Dion postponed some October shows to this month as she returns to her hometown after a string of very popular shows in November as well.

Tickets are scarce but as of this writing, there are still some available for her back to back shows mid-month.

When: February 18 and 19
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Price:$230.75, available online

Scotiabank Cheapie Tuesday Movie Night

Scotiabank offers $7 general admission tickers every Tuesday at their downtown location.

February is a great month for movies, especially for under $10. Check out Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Sonic the Hedgehog, Birds of Prey: The Emancipation of Harley Quinn, 1917, The Call of the Wild, Invisible Man, Guns Akimbo, and so much more.

They also have deals on snack combos. Can you honestly say no to that popcorn smell?

When: February 4, 11, 18, and 25
Time: Varies depending on selection
Where: 977 Rue Saint-Catherine Ouest
Price: General admission starts at $7

Comedy at the Art Loft

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Comedy at the Art Loft is the hottest underground comedy show in Montreal. It’s the city’s only weekly bilingual show and is run out of a private loft on rue Saint-Laurent and is usually packed with people. It feels like a college part, except a comedian is slinging jokes into a microphone.

The hosts, headliners, and featured acts change weekly and we’ll be sure to keep you up to date.

The venue features a DJ and snacks. BYOB and it’s 420 friendly. Very 420 friendly.

When: February 7, 14, 21, and 28
Time: Doors open at 9 pm, show starts at 10:30 pm
Where: 4152 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $10 at the door (cash only)

Comedy Crowd OFF

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If you’ve ever sweated through a stand-up comedy show while sitting in the front row, the tables may have now turned in your favour.

Comedy Crowd OFF, a new comedy club in downtown Montreal, encourages audience members to heckle the comics, rewarding the best chirpers with a prize at the end of the night.

“Use all those comebacks you thought of in the shower and lead your table to victory,” reads the Comedy Crowd OFF Facebook page.

The venue continues to describe ‘heckling’ as to interrupt or harass a stand-up comedian during a performance. Heckling is done through the means of yelling, jeering, and roasting.

When: February 6 and 27
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Kenoh Bar — 1431B rue Bishop
Price: $5 admission

Nuit Blanche

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Nuit Blanche is all night party that concludes the Montréal en Lumière outdoor festival.

Events take place throughout Montreal in a variety of forms, whether it’s on stage or on canvas, outdoors or indoors, restaurants or museums, through music or performances, the whole city comes alive at night.

When: Saturday, February 29
Time: All day
Where: Various spots throughout the city

Journey to the Centre of the Earth: The Forgotten City

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At the end of the month, escape roomers can experience the history of Montreal’s underground city in an all new game titled, “Journey to the Centre of the Earth: The Forgotten City.”

In collaboration with the Art Souterrain festival, Échappe-Toi hosts their newest escape room throughout 4 km of Montreal’s underground city as gamers will be required to answer different riddles throughout their journey in order to escape with the treasure of “the forgotten city.”

According to the event’s description, guests will “embark on a thrilling race to find the jewel that kept this civilization in balance. But beware, not everyone has an interest in bringing out the truth!”

When: February 29 (and March 1, 6, 7, and 8)
Time: Times vary
Where: Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Price: $25 plus tax, available online

SkyVenutre

If you’ve ever wanted to be like Charlie Bucker from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, now is your chance (to fly at least, not the whole candy eating thing.)

SkyVenture in Laval offers guests the first recirculating indoor freefall simulator in Canada. Dive in solo or with a group and you actually fly.

“Anyone who is in good health can fly in the wind tunnel,” reads the SkyVenture terms and conditions. “After just a few minutes, you will finally understand why birds sing!”

Guests are lifted into the air through the flight chamber’s airflow and an instructor is on-site to ensure 100% safety.

When: Every day in February
Time: Tuesday to Friday, 3 pm to 10 pm; Saturday to Sunday, 9 am to 8 pm; closed on Monday
Where:
 Centropolis, 2700 avenue du Cosmodôme, Laval
Price: $58 – $93.93, available online

Natrel Skating Rink

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A skating rink with Old Montreal as the backdrop – talk about picturesque.

The Natrel Skating Rink in Old Montreal is open to the public every day this month, offering some really nice ice.

Known for its outstanding quality of ice, excellent facilities, and breathtaking views of the city and the Saint Lawrence River, this is the place to go skating in Montreal.

When: Every day in February
Time: Monday to Wednesday, 10 am to 9 pm; Thursday to Sunday, 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin
Price: $5.22 for kids six – 12; $7.83 general admission, free for kids under six.

Snow Tubing on Mont Royal

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Take advantage of the pride of Montreal by snow tubing down it.

Discover the exhilaration of snow tubing down reserved lanes next to the toboggan hill overlooking Beaver Lake.

When: Every day in February
Time: 10 am to 4 pm (until 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Mont Royal Park
Price: $6 for 4 – 11-year-olds, $10 for 12 years old and up

Oasis Surf

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Battle the winter blues with some hardcore waves. Just because Montreal isn’t located on the coast, doesn’t mean you can’t tackle some killer tides.

Oasis Surf in Brossard is an indoor pool, open to amateur and experienced surfers looking to ride the waves.

Radical.

When: Every day in February
Time: 10 am to 2 am
Where: Suite 01 — 9520 Boulevard Leduc
Price: $30 for 30 minutes

Rage: Axe Throwing

Rage Axe Throwing

If you feel the need to get some adrenaline pumping this month, head inside to Rage Axe Throwing and toss some axes.

The competition is based on accuracy points but throwing hatches, axes, and Tomahawks is fun enough without needing to tally the scores.

When: Every day in February
Time:
Monday to Thursday, 2 pm to 1o pm; Friday and Sunday, 12 pm to 10 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 11:30 pm
Where: 1436 rue Amherst
Price: $45 – $55, available online

Zero Latency VR Games

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Put on a VR headset, strap into a backpack, pickup a controller and dive into the VR world.

Once inside, guests can move around just like you do in the real world without any wires or walls to get in the way of your virtual reality adventures.

From preventing a zombie outbreak, to saving humanity from a deadly disease, and getting launched into space, each game takes 45 min and can feature one to eight players.

When: Thursday, January 30
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm
Where: 910 Jean Talon Street East
Price: $44.99, available online

Laser Quest

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Succumb to Februarys darkness by going full-on pitch black, except for glow in the dark lights, and fire off some lasers.

Whether you take the game super seriously and turn into James Bond, or you just enjoy running around under a black light, Laser Quest is a great option for rainy November days (or nights) in Montreal.

When: Every day in February
Time: Monday to Thursday, 5 to 9 pm; Friday, 4 pm to 12 am; Saturday, 10 am to 12 am; Sunday, 10 am to 8 pm
Where: 1226 rue Sainte Catherine Ouest
Price: $9 – $12 per person

Le Ceramic Cafe Studio

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Test out your creativity in February.

If you’re a fan of art and coffee, Le Ceramic Cafe Studio is for you. Le Ceramic Cafe Studio allows Montrealers to sip on a latte or eat a sandwich, while creating some pretty magnificent ceramic art. Simply choose an object (like a mug or bowl), pick your colours, and get painting.

When: Every day in December
Time: Monday to Wednesday, 10 am to 11 pm; Thursday, 10 am to 12 am; Friday and Saturday, 10 am to 12:30 am; Sunday,10 am to 10 pm
Where: 4338 Saint Denis
Price: $7 – $15 (varies by time)

Atrium Le 1000

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If the weather is too tricky today but you feel like hitting the ice, check out Atrium Le 1000, an indoor ice rink located inside Montreal’s tallest building.

The Atrium has a glass ceiling, perfect to be part of the weather without actually being part of it.

Plus, the skating rink plays music so you can glide to some tunes.

You can bring your own skates or rent equipment on site.

When: Saturday, January 25
Time: 11:30 am to 9 pm
Where: 1000 rue de la Gauchetière Ouest
Price: $8.26

Dodgebow

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DodgeBow is exactly what it sounds like: dodgeball fused with bow and arrows.

The exhilarating team-based archery combat sport is capped with cushion-ends so they don’t hurt when they hit you and you can channel your inner Legolas when flinging them.

Face-off with your friends in the DodgeBow arena and put your marksmanship skills to the test. That’ll show the rain who’s boss.

When: Every day in February
Time: 2 to 8 pm
Where: 202-4767 Dagenais Street
Price: $24.95, available online

The Emile Berliner Museum of Sound

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Set in the old factory that used to produce them, the Emile Berliner Museum of Sound is a collection of old televisions, phonographs, and other sound-related machines that honors the history of sound in media.

When; Every day in February
Time: 2 to 5 pm
Where: 1001 rue Lenoir
Price: $5

Putting Edge Mini-Putt

Putting Edge

Putting Edge is an indoor mini-putt course that (besides having a great name), glows in the dark. Every hole has Canadian-based trivia questions plus the venue has an arcade and they serve alcohol. Need we say more?

When: Every day in February
Time: 10 am to 1 am
Where: 1259 rue Guy
Price: $11.99

Amaze Escape Room

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You escaped January’s snow (sort of), now try to get out of an escape room.

Try your luck at escaping from a prison, military facility, lost temple, or laboratory. Make a reservation, choose your adventure and then you have anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to get out of any respective room. Each mission is reserved solely for your group and you’re given a walkie-talkie in case you need hints/get scared.

When: Every day in February
Time: 2 to 10:30 pm
Where: 3550 Rue St. Jacques
Price: $15-$30 depending on your chosen mission (per person). Make your reservation first online.

La Grande Roue de Montréal

Hit up Canada’s largest observational wheel and take in some absolutely breathtaking views of the city, during wintertime. Not to mention, some primetime photo ops that’ll make your Instagram crowd jealous.

When: Every day in February
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: 362 rue de Commune Est
Price: $14.79 – $25

Musée Grévin Montreal

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If you want to heat up from February’s chill while staring at wax celebrity figures, Musée Grévin is for you.

Check out your favourite actors, athletes, and artists in wax form. The figurines are displayed beautifully through the four-floor museum that also features optical illusions and interactive displays. It’s admittedly pretty creepy staring into Elvis’ eyes, especially if he starts blinking.

When: Every day in February
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 705 Rue Saint Catherine (4th floor of the Eaton Centre)
Price: $19.50 for adult, $13.50 for children, $15.50 for youth and students and $18 for seniors

iSaute Kirkland

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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. Fun for all ages (and a great workout).

When: Every day in February
Time: 10 am to 9 pm
Where: 3220 Jean Yves, Kirkland
Price: $16 for the first hour, $10 for the second. Tickets are sold at the door