22 things to do in Montreal this weekend: February 3 to February 5

Feb 3 2017, 2:54 pm

Since Montreal’s poutine festival is happening right now, it’s safe to say that this weekend is going to be a pretty good one.

However, in addition to heaps of cheese curds and gravy, there are several other exciting events happening all around the city. We’re talking about Igloofest, the last weekend of Fete des Neiges, and an exhilarating freestyle snowmobiling show (to name a few).

For a full list of what’s happening in Montreal over the next three days, check out 22 things to do in Montreal this weekend: February 3-5.

Friday, February 3

La Poutine Week

Our favourite food event, La Poutine Week, is back for another year in a row. An it’s on now (until February 7th), which means it’s time to start creating your plans of attack. Fan favourites and 2016 winners, Dirty Dogs, La Gras Dur, and Shawarmaz, are participating alongside Bar Brutus, Brit & Chips, Deville Dinerbar, Lola Rosa, Thursday’s, La Banquise, Siam Restaurant Thai, and more. However, 2017 also welcomes a few newcomers such as Le Bird Bar, Ma Poule Mouilee, Pub BreWskey, Le P’tit Creux du Plateau, Le Smoking BBQ, and Chez Tousignant.
When: February 1-7
Where: Various locations

Virtual Reality Garden: Animation Series

The Phi Centre has yet another cool exhibit happening right now. Titled Virtual Reality Garden: Animation Series, the exhibition showcases a collection of internationally-acclaimed short films including Henry, Eagle Flight, and Minotaur. The programme “juxtaposes animated film and virtual reality,” thus making it one of the most innovative and exploratory art exhibits on display in Montreal.
When: Until March 12
Where: Phi Centre


Montreal’s coolest winter music festival only has one full weekend left until their two free shows commence! Thus, it will be taking over Old Port with their incredible lineup of electronic musicians all weekend long. The 2017 lineup includes Kim Ann Foxman, Grand Theft, Tiga, and Vakuum to name a few.
When: Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday between January 12 and February 4, 2017
Where: Old Port

Village Mammouth

This winter festival right in the heart of the Olympic Village is one of the biggest attractions in the city. Featuring ice skating, snow tubing, an outdoor bar, and plenty of restaurants, there is tons of fun to be had at this snow-filled paradise.
When: Until March 12
Where: Olympic Park

Nordik Slide

In addition to free shows, 2 extra weeks of programming, and a killer lineup, Igloofest 2017 also marks the return of the Nordik Slide. A winter tradition dating back over 100 years, Igloofest’s Nordik Slide has been wowing Montrealers for several years in a row. Presented as a contemporary update on a winter carnival classic (with an Igloofest touch), there is surely tons of fun to be had on the Nordik Slide. It will be set up in Place Jacques Cartier all festival long, meaning you have between January 12th and February 19th to check it out.
When: January 12-February 19, Thursdays to Sundays
Where: Place Jacques Cartier

Happening Gourmand

Table d’hote at reduced prices? Yes, please. Eat like a king for less courtesy of Happening Gourmand, one of Montreal’s best culinary festivals. Taking place in Old Montreal between January 5th and February 5th, the festival has partnered with top-notch Montreal restaurants to deliver high quality meals at a fixed price (ranging from $23 to $30). Some of this year’s participating restaurants including Suite 701, Vieux-Port Steakhouse, Bevo Bar + Pizzeria, Modavie Bistro, and Kyo Bar Japonais.
When: January 5-February 5, 2017
Where: Various locations

City Lights Snowshoeing Excursions

Discover the secrets of Montreal by snowshoe on one of Les Amis de la Montagne’s City Lights Snowshoeing Excursions. Happening at nightfall every Friday and Saturday evening between January 6th and March 4th, tour guides will lead brave snowshoers on a 90-minute expedition through Mount Royal. There will also be hot chocolate along the way!
When: Fridays and Saturday between January 6 and March 4, 2017 at 6pm
Where: Meeting place is the Beaver Lake Pavilion

Saturday, February 4

Motoneige MTL Xtrem

Get outside this February and check out the ultimate extreme winter sport: freestyle snowmobiling. On February 4th and 5th, Montreal will be hosting world snowmobiling champions for an event called, Motoneige MTL Xtrem. Taking place at Place Philips, the expert riders will be performing crazy tricks for Montrealers to enjoy free of charge. This freestyle snowmobiling show is presented by Tribu Experentiel in collaboration with the city’s 375th anniversary team. Over the course of two afternoons, downtown Montreal will be turned into a snowmobiling course in which riders will pull stunts such as jumping above Sainte-Catherine street. The event will feature 10 of the best riders in the world and three gratify-defying demonstrations.
When: February 4 and 5, 2017
Where: Square Philips, Sainte Catherine Street between Union and Place Philips

MTL Zipline

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

Snow Yoga

Montreal-based fitness company, POP Spirit, is hosting a series of outdoor yoga sessions this winter. Aptly titled POP Yoga Neige, classes will take place between January 7th and March 12th in Parc Lafontaine and Parc Wilfrid Laurier. All classes are free to the public and boast top-notch instructors. All you have to do is bring your own mat and dress warmly (and we mean, really warm). Happening every weekend until March 12th, classes start at 10:30 am sharp and last for roughly 40 minutes. Saturday mornings sessions will be held at Parc Lafontaine and Sunday mornings they will be held at Parc Laurier. Time to start practicing your downward dog in sub-zero temperatures!
When: Sundays between January 7 and March 12, 10:30 am
Where: Parc Laurier and Parc Lafontaine

Snow Archery

For those of you who don’t know, Parc Jean Drapeau’s annual Fete des Neiges festival is back! In addition to the typical ice skating, snow tubing, and cross country skiing adventures, this year marks the introduction of a new activity: snow archery. Try your hand, Katniss-style, at this exciting event. Described as being similar to dodgeball, this snow archery game is sure to get your blood pumping.
When: January 14-February 5, 2017
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau

La Petite Floride

In an effort to revitalize vacant land along the Mile End railway, a hangout spot in an abandoned parking lot has popped up in recent weeks. Featuring a school bus-turned-cafe, picnic tables, lights, and a skating rink, this newest late night joint is called La Petite Floride. Open every Saturday night from December 2nd until the end of March, this is the place to be in winter. Grab some mulled wine, sit by the fire, skate around the manmade rink (featuring paintings by local artists), and enjoy a relaxing night in this urban oasis.
When: Saturdays 9 pm-1 am, from December 2nd until the end of March 2017
Where: 5705 avenue de Gaspé

SnowFood Saturdays

Attention Montrealers! Your beloved Friday Fridays (aka food truck Fridays) are returning to Olympic Stadium, this time in the form of SnowFood Saturday. As part of Village Mammouth, Montreal’s awesome wintertime festival, Olympic Stadium will be home to a plethora of food trucks every Saturday afternoon between January 28th and March 4th, 2017. Between 3 pm and 10 pm each Saturday, you can expect to see tons of yummy food trucks lining the perimeter of Olympic Village. The official description reads, “You’ll find all the delicious fun of street food during our amazing evenings.” These “amazing evenings” also include live music and DJs, as well as snow sports like ice skating and snow tubing.
When: Saturdays 3 pm-10 pm between January 28 and March 4, 2017
Where: Olympic Village

Dog Sledding

Thanks to Parc Jean Drapeau’s annual Fete des Neiges, Montrealers can go on an exhilarating dog sledding adventure just 5 minutes from downtown Montreal. Happening from January 14 until February 5, 2017, Parc Jean Drapeau will be turned into a winter wonderland. The 2017 program of events includes a wide range of activities, but our personal favourite? “A dog sled ride.” Accompanied by a guide, 2 or 3 people can sit in a sled and be pulled by a team of gorgeous huskies. It appears you don’t have to trek further north for a little dog sledding fun.
When: January 14-February 5, 2017
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau

Sunday, February 5

Pit Bull Party

Quebec Pit Bull, an organization that facilitates dog adoptions and that is dedicated to ending the Montreal pit bull ban, is celebrating its 2nd anniversary this month. To honour the big day, they are throwing a pit bull-themed birthday party at none other than Montreal’s resident dog cafe, Le Doggy Cafe. Taking place this Sunday, February 5th at noon, the birthday party is open to the public (both two-legged and four-legged friends are welcome). The event will feature an array of pit bull merchandise, the profits of which will go to local dog shelters and rescues in Quebec. There will also be a gift basket raffle, doggy kisses, and a donation box where guests can donate dog toys, treats, and canned food.
When: Sunday, February 5, 12 pm
Where: Le Doggy Cafe, 4493 Avenue Papineau

Check out the lanterns in Chinatown

As Montreal’s Chinatown just celebrated the Lunar New Year, the neighbourhood has put up a ton of gorgeous decorations, most notably stunning Chinese lanterns. In addition to the lit-up Rooster (in honour of the Year of the Rooster) that is in the centre of own, there are also several colourful lanterns strung up on the streets. Be sure to visit before they’re taken down and remember to snap a few photos for you Insta feed!
When: Anytime
Where: Chinatown, Montreal

Fete des Neiges

Fete des Neiges is nearly at its end for there is only one weekend left! Take advantage of this year’s awesome schedule which includes everything from evening dance parties to dog sledding. Outdoor activities include snow tubing, cross country skiing, dog sledding, snow archery, an icy pirate ship, a special simulator at the Biosphere, ice skating, ice sculptures, ziplining, a ferris wheel, a Village of Penguins, a Polar Circus, snow scooters, an inflatable bouncy castle, and a mini igloo play area. Though some activities will cost you, many are free. Plus, walking around the grounds on its own is enough of a fun time.
When: January 14-February 5, 2017
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau

Visit Parc Lafontaine’s Love Lock Fence

It’s true! Parc Lafontaine now has a Love Lock Fence just like the ones seen in Paris, Berlin, and nearly every major city around the world. Check it out solo or solidify your love with your partner by purchasing a lock (you can even get them at Dollarama), writing your initials on them in permanent marker, and attaching it to this fence in Parc Lafontaine. This activity is perfect for Valentine’s Day!
When: Anytime
Where: Parc Lafontaine

Village Nordik

The Christmas markets may be gone, but Igloofest’s free winter village is in full swing. Village Nordik is back for another year of action-packed winter fun, setting up shop in Old Port for six whole weeks (January 12th until February 19th, to be exact). This year’s Village Nordik is an interactive play area curated by seven local design firms, each of which have been asked to present their vision of winter living. In the past, visitors have seen everything from igloos and ice sculptures to warm fire (featuring roasted marshmallows) and giant reindeer statues
When: January 12-February 19
Where: Place des Vestiges

Chagall: Colour and Music

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

Animals Inside Out

The Montreal Science Centre is currently hosting an insane exhibition that allows the public to see exactly what lies inside the body of an animal. The Body Worlds exhibit, aptly titled Animals Inside Out, “sheds light on what lies beneath the skin of more than 50 animals.” Through a technique called plastination, experts have removed the skin from various animals, providing a never-before-seen glimpse of the muscular, skeletal, nervous, and digestive systems, as well as the blood vessels and internal organs of different animals.
When: Until March 12, 2017
Where: Montreal Science Centre, 2 Rue de la Commune O

Ice Pirate Ship

This year, in honour of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, Fete des Neiges is going to be bigger than ever. Their 2017 programme, though not yet fully released, includes a range of brand new events and activities including snow archery, the Pat’Patrouille Academy for kids, Le Simulateur Genial at the Biosphere, and none other than an ice boat. What exactly is an ice boat, you may ask? Ice Boat is an interactive pirate ship made out of ice. From the pictures, the ship looks absolutely massive and will be open for kids and adults to not only marvel at but to walk on top of. The description reads, “Come and meet Captain Criniere and the crew of this huge pirate ship! Young and old, get on board and slip into this majestic setting.”
When: January 14-February 5, 2017
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau