17 things to do in Montreal this weekend: March 2 to 4

Mar 2 2018, 1:23 pm

It’s finally the weekend and the city is filled with exciting events.

From checking out a butterfly festival to Montréal en Lumière, get ready to make this three-day stretch a good one!

Mondial des Ciders

Montreal en Lumiere has confirmed that SAQ will be hosting their annual cider festival this March! Known as Mondial des Cidres, the event will take place between March 2 to 4 at Complexe Desjardins.

 Where: Complexe Desjardins
When: March 2, 4-9 pm, March 3, 12 pm-12 am, March 4, 12 pm-5 pm
Admission: Free

Art Matters

Art lovers will be getting a treat next month as North America’s largest undergraduate arts festival will be coming to Montreal.

Art Matters will take place from March 3 to 27 at various galleries and creative spaces around the city.

When: March 3 to 27, 2017
Where: Various locations

Art Souterrain

Taking art out of the galleries and integrating them into daily life, Art Souterrain is hands down one of the coolest art festivals Montreal has ever hosted.

Each installation will be set in a different underground tunnel in Montreal. Art Souterrain will take over several kilometres of underground space, as well as 9 satellite spaces in the city

Where: Various locations around the city. Check website for details.
When: March 3 to 25, 2018


Montreal will be glowing with magical light installations through February and March as part of Montréal en Lumière’s immersive art experience, Illuminart.

Where: Quartier des spectacles
When: Until March 4, 2018

Montréal en Lumière

Montréal en Lumière is back for its 19th year. The celebration is one of the biggest winter festivals in the world and invites visitors to take part in a multitude of events that revolve around performing arts, gastronomy, and outdoors activities.

Where: Quartier des Spectacles and various other locations check website for details
When:  Until March 4, 2018

Milk Urban Slide

Montréal en Lumière is in full swing and the festival is bringing giant, light-up slides to the city.

Head to the Montréal en Lumière at Place des Arts Esplanade, where you’ll find the Milk Urban Slides. These giant glowing installations are 110 metres long and zig-zag around the outdoor site.

Where: Place des Arts Esplanade
When: March 1 to 3. Various times, see schedule for details.

Quebec Maple Ferris Wheel

Montréal en Lumière is bringing plenty of cool events and attractions to town for the next week and you’ve got to check out the neon Quebec Maple Ferris wheel located at Place des Festivals. You’ve probably already seen it up and running, but it’s free to ride so don’t forget to take advantage of it!

Where: Place des Festivals
When: Until March 4

Nuit Blanche

Happening for one night only, Nuit Blanche 2018 will take place on the night of March 3. On that one night, the festival has planned over 200 mostly free events happening at over 150 sites in the city. In other words, you won’t be able to miss it!

When: March 3, 2018, 12 pm-3 am
Where: Various locations (for a map of locations, click here)

Drift After Dark

On the night of March 3, Spa Bota Bota will light up with beautiful illuminations and reflections. With a DJ, a relaxed atmosphere, and incredible views of Habitat 67 and Old Port, don’t miss your chance to visit one of Montreal’s best spas during Nuit Blanche. Tickets cost $30 per person and include access to the water circuit, bathrobe, towel and key bracelet.

Where: Spa Bota Bota, Entrée McGill Coin De la Commune et McGill, Promenade du Vieux-Port
When: March 3 to 4, 11 pm to 2:30 am
Tickets: $30 – $50

Nuit Blanche au Lockhart Montréal

Attention witches, wizards, house elves, and Montrealers! Lockhart, Montreal’s Harry Potter themed bar, is hosting an epic party on Montreal’s most exciting night – Nuit Blanche. Get ready to pull an all-nighter because on March 3, The Lockhart will be open from 9 pm to 5 am.

Where: Lockhart Montreal, 3979 Rue St. Denis.
When: March 3 to 4
Time: 9 pm to 5 am
Price: $6 plus tax

Montreal Botanical Garden Butterflies Go Free

The Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual “Butterflies Go Free” exhibit is back for another year. Taking over the Main Exhibition Greenhouse from February 22 until April 29, visitors can step into a humid tropical oasis that will make you forget all about winter.

Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
When: Until April 29, 2018

Cabane d’à côté

Sugarbush season is fast approaching and per annual tradition, reservations are open for Au Pied de Cochon’s Cabane à Sucre, as well as a new venue (right next door) open for its inaugural maple sugar season in 2018: Cabane d’à Côté.

Where: 3595 montée Robillard, Mirabel, Quebec
When: Opens for the 2018 sugar season February 15, Wednesday to Sunday
Price: $56 per person

Visit the Prince exhibit at Place des Arts

One of the greatest music stars of all time is being celebrated at Montreal’s Place des Arts in honour of Black History Month. Prince: His Purple Majesty is an exhibition dedicated to the legendary artist. Prince’s life and musical career is explored by musicologist Duke Eatmon.

Where: Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme at Place des Arts
When: Until March 3, 2018
Admission: Free

Free Snow Yoga

For a fourth year, Snow Yoga classes are taking place in our beautiful snowy Montreal parks. POP Spirit and the Borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal invite you to take the time to immerse yourself in the sublime white landscape offered by our winter in Quebec!
Bring your own rug and or a small blanket.

Where: Parc Lafontaine: every Saturday, from January 13 to March 17 (meeting point: facing the La Fontaine space)
Laurier Park: every Sunday, until March 18
(meeting point: facing the chalet ( by the pool) of Laurier Park)
When: Various dates until March. Check Facebook page for details.
Time: Various times. Check Facebook page for details.
Price: Free!

Go skating at the Old Port skating rink 

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: Until March 11, 2018
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin, Old Port

Check out the winter village at Olympic Park 

The traditional winter village at Montreal’s Olympic Park has officially returned for 2017 and 2018. From now until March 25, 2018, you can enjoy outdoor skating on a brand new frozen trail, browse the pop-up shops and discover artisanal products, and take part in plenty of other fun winter activities.

Where: Olympic Park, 4545 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave
When: Until March 25, 2018
Time: Thursday and Friday: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
There are also special hours during the holidays. Check website for details.

Visit a Sugar Shack

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

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