33 events worth checking out in Montreal this June

May 30 2019, 6:49 pm

It may only officially become summer at the end of the month, but as long as the calendar says June, you won’t hear too many of us complaining.

From concerts, the zoo, food events, and summertime activities, here is what’s happening around Montreal this month.

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Through the Echoes

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The first-of-its-kind pyramid-shaped entertainment venue, PY1, created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté kicks off this month.

The innovative venue will offer a multi-sensory experience, state-of-the-art technology and “a unique playground” for multimedia entertainment combining high tech with the talent of the greatest digital creators.

The PY1 experience is slated to make its worldwide debut with Through the Echoes, a show produced exclusively for the pyramid, on June 1, located near the Clock Tower grounds in the Old Port.

When: June 1 to September 19
Time: Varies
Where: Montreal’s Old Port
Price: $28.50 – $51, available online

Montreal Beachclub

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Located in Pointe-Calumet, an easy 45-minute drive from Montreal, Beachclub is exactly what its name implies — a club on the beach.

The outdoor beach site can host up to 10,000 guests at a time, making it the largest outdoor club in North America.

June’s lineup is also pretty spectacular:

When: June 1 – September 15
Time: Monday to Friday: 10 am – 6 pm, Saturdays and Sundays: 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: 701 Rue 38, Pointe-Calumet
Price: Monday to Friday: $12; Saturday and Sunday: $15 (subject to change when special events are held) Prices for DJ events vary, tickets are available online

Parc Safari

Calgary Zoo

Parc Safari opens its gates daily to their 47th season this month.

The park has over 500 animals, exciting rides, and fun activities to keep you going back all season long.

The park starts off with the “Safari Adventure” where guests can get close to exotic animals like never before. While driving to the main park entrance, the optional adventure path allows for the more docile but equally large animals to check you out in your car.

Oh, how the tables have turned.

Animals on the “Safari Adventure” include buffalo, zebras, llamas, gazelles, ostriches, deer, peacocks, and camels. You’re encouraged to feed and pet the animals during the low-speed trek and you’ll always want to keep your windshield wipers handy. Your car might get dirty but it’s worth it.

It’s not often you get to brag about llama saliva on your windshield.

When: June 1 – October 8
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 280 Rang Roxham, Hemmingford
Price: Prices vary depending on age. Tickets available at the entrance or online

First Fridays

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Montreal’s ‘Big O’ is about to turn into the Big “Oh My” as the city’s monthly food truck festival returns for its eighth annual season.

First Fridays is a special culinary event in which a variety of the city’s food trucks gather at the Olympic Stadium allowing Montrealers to gobble up dishes from dozens of local spots.

The festival, which calls itself “the largest street food fest in Canada,” is known to dish off everything from tacos and churros, to mac and cheese, burgers, and lobster rolls from over 40 participating eateries around Quebec.

The second First Friday kicks off on June 7, the festival is free to enter but unless you just plan on smelling everything, prices range per food truck.

When: Friday, June 7
Time: 4:30 pm – 11 pm
Where: Olympic Stadium
Price: Free admission

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: June 7, 14, 21, 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)

Bowling – Forum Sports Bar

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Strike some bowling off your list this month.

The Forum Sports Bar hosts 16 lanes of 10-pin bowling for $5 a game every Tuesday and Wednesday (tax and shoes included).

You also can’t go wrong with the giant square bar, arcade games, and TV screens.

When: June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, and 26
Time: 11 am – 1 am
Where: 2313 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $5 per game, shoe rental included

Scotiabank Cheapie Tuesday Movie Night

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

June is a great month for movies, especially for under $10. Check out Men in Black: International, Dark Phoenix, Shaft, Child’s Pay, Toy Story 4and plenty of other choices for real cheap.

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

When: June 5, 12, 19, and 26
Time: Varies depending on selection
Where: 977 Rue Saint-Catherine Ouest
Price: General admission starts at $7

Haunted Red Light Ghost Walk

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Local tour company, Secret Montreal, is giving guests a chance to learn about the city’s indecent past.

Who knows, you might even see a ghost.

The tour is led by a professional actor and storyteller and the path leads to tales about the dark and lewd history of Montreal’s old Red Light District. Many of the sites are even said to be haunted.

The tour takes place at what is currently known as the Quartier des Spectacles, known for its festivals and entertainment. But Secret Montreal takes its guests on a historical journey of another form of entertainment.

When: Every Friday until October 31, starting June 7
Time: 8:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: 1219 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $26.50, available online

Ormstown Fair 2019

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Ormstown Fair

The Ormstown Expo, known locally as the Ormstown Fair, is gearing up for its 105th anniversary from June 6 to 9 and it’s a dandy of a time for city-slickers and country-folk alike.

Hosted on the ancient, Ormstown fairgrounds, the fair is a mixture of carnival rides, barn animals, derbies, tractor pulls, live music, and agriculture awareness.

Whether you’re driving down from Montreal or you live up the road, the Ormstown Fair is a fan favourite for all ages.

When: June 6 – 9
Time: Gates open at 8 am, midway rides at 11 am and close at midnight.
Where: 1 McBain Street, Ormstown
Price: $5-$20, dependent on days and age. Passes available online

Formule Peel

As eyes around the globe prepare to tune in to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix, Peel Street has begun preparing for the annual Formule Peel block party.

Regarded as one of the most prestigious and respected tourism events in the county, Peel Street business owners come together and host over 450,000 people for four days, from June 6 to 9.

Peel Street will be blocked off to vehicular traffic between Ste. Catherine Street and Sherbrooke to make way for the hordes of people.

When: June 6 to 9
Time: Varying times
Where: Peel Street, between Ste. Catherine and Sherbrooke
Price: Free admission

Grill Saint Laurent

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Grill Saint-Laurent is the Inception of festivals — a festival within a festival.

The city of Montreal is oozing with events in the summer, so much so that they have started fusing some of them into each other.

With this month’s MURAL Fest, Grill Saint-Laurent will be joining the party on The Main and start cooking up some serious food in an epic culinary competition.

Ten restaurants will prepare 10 exclusive dishes on street-side grills for only $6 each (or four dishes for $20).

The respective dishes will be evaluated by a selected jury before a $1,000 cash prize winner is announced at the end of the competition on June 13.

When: June 11-14
Time: 11 am – 9 pm
Where: 3527 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $6 per food voucher/$20 for 4

Red Bull Player One – 1v1 League of Legends tournament

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A giant League of Legends gaming tournament is coming to Montreal this summer and there’s national pride at stake.

Presented by Red Bull, Player One is a 1v1 “League of Legends” tournament that features the best amateur duelists in Canada.

The tournament’s winner will represent Canada internationally at the Red Bull Player One World Finals in Brazil in December 2019.

Plus, all expenses for the Canadian champion will be covered.

Looks like those countless hours of multiplayer online battles might finally pay off.

When: Saturday, June 15
Time: 10am – 12 am
Where: Esports Central Arena, 1231 Saint-Catherine Ouest
Price: $10 – $20 registration

Oprah Winfrey – Bell Centre

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The one and only Oprah Winfrey is headed to Montreal this month.

The media mogul is embarking on a multi-city Canadian tour, where she’ll be sharing her key lessons and the personal stories that helped set the course for her best life.

Titled “Oprah Winfrey Presents: Your Path Made Clear,” the tour will kick off in Toronto on Friday, June 14 before landing in Montreal on Sunday, June 16.

Winfrey will speak about the moments throughout her life that helped direct her on her path before being joined on stage by a special guest who impacted her journey for a unique one on one conversation.

When: Sunday, June 16
Time: 8 pm
Where: Centre Bell, 1909-avenue-des-Canadiens-de-Montreal
Price: $85.25 – $392.75, available online

Aquazilla

Parc Jean Drapeau is brining Montrealers another challenge this summer: staying afloat.

Aquazilla, the floating obstacle course on water, is returning to the man-made island again this summer as it preps to launch (maybe literally) on June 19.

The 30-by-35 metre inflatable structure is combined with obstacles, slides, and platforms. Your job is to complete the course without falling into the Jean-Doré beach.

When: June 19 – August 25
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Price: 6 – 13 years: $13 for an hour/$25 unlimited, 14 and over: $15 for an hour/$28 unlimited, family deal: $50 f0r an hour, $98 unlimited (tickets available on-site)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Parc Jean Drapeau

Parc Jean Drapeau

The St-Lawrence River is a gorgeous sight to look at and this summer, it could be a gorgeous sight to stand on as well.

Lasalle KSF is a store that specializes in surfing, kayak, and paddleboarding and they are teaming up with Parc Jean-Drapeau to get you stand-up paddleboarding this summer.

This great way to stay active, and to be part of the historic River is offered in three different varieties: SUP (stand-up paddleboarding), SUP Yoga, and SUP Fitness.

When: June 19 – August 18, August 24, 25, 31 and September 1 and 2
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Where: 350 Circuit Gilles Villesneuve, Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $20 – $56.50, based on activity chosen

Aziz Ansari – Road to Nowhere Tour

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Aziz Ansari has just announced new dates for his ‘Road to Nowhere‘ tour and Montreal cracked the list.

The American actor, writer, producer, director, and stand-up will be on stage performing on June 20 at the timeless Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

With three Netflix comedy specials and his own Netflix show under his belt, Ansari is one of the most sought after comedians in the industry and he’ll be using Montreal as his tour’s last Canadian landing spot.

When: Thursday, June 20
Time: 8 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Price: $63.72, available online

The National Concert

Following the news of their new album, I Am Easy To FindThe National has announced that they’ll be embarking on a world tour — and Montreal will be one of their destinations.

The American rock band is best known for their fourth and fifth albums, Boxer and High Violet. In 2017, the band also released the album Sleep Well Beast, which won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

They’ll be performing at Place des Arts on Friday, June 21 with Alvvays as special guests.

When: Friday, June 21
Time: TBA
Where: Place des Arts
Price: TBA

Complexe Atlantide

water park

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No offence to La Ronde, but sometimes it’s nice to have an alternative from the constant buzz of the big city.

Enter: Complexe Atlantide.

This huge amusement centre/water park hybrid venue features water slides, mini putt, a wave pool, and zoo animals, all located in Saint-Calixte, an hour outside of Montreal.

Families are also encouraged to spend a few days on site as the park is found in the middle of Quebec’s largest campground.

When: From June 21 to August 25 and August 30 to September 2
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 11155 QC-335, Saint-Calixte
Tickets: Varies depending on your selection, tickets available online

Fantasia in Concert – Place des Arts

Fantasia

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Mickey Mouse is coming to Place des Arts this month and he’s bringing the rest of the Fantasia squad with him.

In celebration of the iconic film’s 75th anniversary, Montreal’s premier film concert orchestra, l’Orchestre FILMharmonique, will be performing the movie’s famous soundtrack while Mickey and his broomstick get lost in the magical world of Fantasia on a giant screen at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier.

“The feature film remains unique in the history of motion pictures, and one of the most persistently fascinating intersections between classical music and popular culture,” reads the ‘Fantasia in Concert’ press release.

Guests can relive the childhood classic alongside the powerful scores of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and Stravinsky on June 21 and 22.

When: June 22 and 23
Time: 7:30 pm (Saturday) and 2 pm (Sunday)
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Price: $63.25 – $129.47

Norah Jones – Bell Centre

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Norah Jones is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She has won multiple awards and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. Billboard named her the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade.

She’ll be rocking out the iconic Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at the end of the month.

When: Thursday, June 27
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Price :$67.50 – $325.50, available online

Tam-Tams

Tam-Tams

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Tams, the weekly outdoor party at the base of the mountain, is a perfect summary of Montreal, open to both locals and tourists.

The magical outdoor bash is where Montrealers from far and wide, gather in Parc Mont Royal for an afternoon of food, vendors, fun, music, and maybe even a couple of beers and some smoking (shhh, don’t tell anyone).

When: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 12 pm until sunset
Where: Sir George-Etienne Cartier Monument
Price: Free

La Ronde

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Since the weather gets toasty in June, you have to check out Quebec’s biggest amusement park.

Try battling The Goliath, get rocked on Le Ednor or check out the park’s newest ride, Chaos.

June’s sunny weather means La Ronde is open almost every day.

When: June 1, 2, 5-9, 12 – 30
Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald
When: 10:30 am – 8 pm (11:30 pm during the fireworks)
Price: Available online or at the box office

Piknic Electronik

Piknic Electronik 2018

Piknic Electronik

Piknic is an outdoor electric music dance festival featuring DJs and artists from all over the world. There are obviously good tunes, but there’s also good food, good drinks, and plenty of activities to keep you going. Best of all – the show goes on rain or shine.

When: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Time: 2 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Tickets: $16, available online

Voiles en Voiles

pirate ship

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Climb aboard life-size replicas of both royal and pirate ships from the 18th century in Montreal’s Old Port (how fitting).

They are over 100 feet in length and range from two feet high for the young pirates to 35 feet for Peter Pan wannabes.

As the obstacle course gears up for its final stretch run, check out the 61 different activities between the Royal Ship and the Pirate Ship. Activities include zip lining, rock climbing, and bouncy castles.

When: Every day in June
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Place des Vestiges, Old Port
Price: Prices vary depending on selected activities, tickets online

Volcanoes 3D – IMAX

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Old Port of Montreal

The IMAX Telus Theatre at the Montreal Science Centre invites guests to a “very hot immersive experience.” Volcanoes 3D will take patrons where few humans dare to venture: into the heart of a volcano.

Using state-of-the-art 3D technology, Volcanoes 3D will offer viewers a thrilling experience, exposing them to the lava erupting at over 700ºC.

The documentary will plunge daringly into the heart of various volcanoes from around the globe, exploiting IMAX with new laser technology.

When: Every day in June
Time: Various times
Where: 2 de la Commune Ouest
Price: $10.50 – $12, available online

Amaze Escape Room

You escaped the winter’s cold, 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 June
Time: 2pm – 10:30pm
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

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

When: Every day in June
Time: 10 am – 11 pm
Where: 362 rue de Commune Est
Price: $14.79 – $25

Musée Grévin Montreal

If you want to cool down in an air-conditioned museum 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 June
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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Take your kids to iSaute Kirkland and pretend it’s for them (when it’s really for you).

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 June
Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Where: 3220 Jean Yves, Kirkland
Price: $16 for the first hour, $10 for the second. Tickets are sold at the door

Coup Sûr

With the baseball and softball season cranking up with month, why not take a couple cuts at the batting cage?

Coup Sûr has six pitching machines all throwing at various speeds and each machine throws either baseballs or softballs. They have a closed off radar section too if you want to practice pitching.

They supply bats and helmets and boast an impressive Baseball Town store if you’re looking for some gear for the quickly approaching ball season.

When: Every day in June
Tim: 9 am – 10 pm
Where: 3835 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Laval
Price: 1 token (20 pitches): $5.75/ 5 token special (100 pitches): $23.00

Putting Edge Mini-Putt

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With golf season in full swing,  you might want to hone your putting skills.

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 June
Time: 10 am – 1 am
Where: 1259 rue Guy
Price: $11.99

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