16 things to do in Montreal today: Sunday, August 19

Aug 17 2018, 7:41 pm

As the city bids farewell to Montreal Pride, a plethora of other fun events are scattered throughout the city today, August 19.

Because let’s be honest, Sundays in Montreal sometimes feel like the start of the weekend instead of the end. Luckily, today is one of those days.

The Pride Parade

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The Pride Parade is an LGBTQ tradition that has been going on since 1979. It’s a show of the community’s solidarity, strength, and demand for the same respect, dignity, and basic rights as those granted to heterosexuals.

Streets from Rue Metcalfe to Rue Alexandre-DeSève on Boulevard René-Lévesque are closed off today to motorists and makes way for 2.7 km of dancing, music, costumes and a whole lot of colours.

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 1 pm and 4 pm
Where: Rue Metcalfe to Rue Alexandre-DeSève on Boulevard René-Lévesque
Price: Free

Migos at Beachclub

The American hip-hop trio, Takeoff, Quavo and Offset will be spinning beats at Beachclub today, sure to be a packed house/beach.

The venue will host the usual pool, beaches, food trucks, wave boarding and plenty of booze.

When: Sunday, August 18
Time: 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: 701, 38e Rue, Pointe-Calumet
Price: $90

Film Noir on the Canal

Film Noir au Canal is showing free film noir classics at St-Patrick Square on the canal. Today’s showing is David Lynch’s 2001 classic, Mulholland Drive. It’s screened in its original English version with French subtitles on a massive screen.

A musical show will open the nighttime screening.

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 7 pm – musical introduction, 8:20 pm – film screening
Where: St-Patrick Square
Price: Free

Electric BIXI

electric BIXI bikes


Electric BIXI bikes have rolled into the loading docks all over Montreal this week. They’re the same price as regular BIXIs but, they’re battery powered. So while everyone else is pedalling today, you can zoom right past them in a mini-chopper.

They’re spread out among the city but the blue, electric-assisted bikes stand out versus their grey and green counterparts. Try and catch one.

When: From now until mid-October
Time: 24/7
Where: Various locations throughout Montreal
Price: $2.95 one way, $5 for a day pass, $10 for a weekend pass

Lighting of the Olympic Tower at Montreal Pride

For the fifth year in a row, the Olympic Stadium’s Tower will be illuminated with the colours of the rainbow. The curved spine of the famous structure is a spectacular sight and is totally Instagram-worthy.

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 8 pm – 3 am
Where: Olympic Park
Price: Free

311 Concert

The American reggae, rap, funk and rock band will be performing today at the MTelus Theatre.

“Come original, you got to come original.”

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: MTelus – 59 Rue Ste. Catherine Est
Price: $56.25

Notre-Dame Basilica

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Celebrate Sunday mass at Montreal’s most viewed structure at 11 am and hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ. Or, take a walking tour of the basilica which is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle. It is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows.

When: The Notre-Dame Basilica is open year round
Time: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

The Mega T-Dance Party at Montreal Pride

The Mega T-Dance Party wraps up the Pride festivities with a massive dance party that features 3 renowned DJs and various synchronized dance routines. Spain’s DJ Suri joins DJ Morabito and Grammy winner, Hex Hector for an evening of trance, hip-hop, house and dance tunes.

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 3 pm – 11 pm
Where: Parc des Faubourgs – TD Stage
Price: Free

Duke vs McGill Basketball Game

As part of Duke University’s Canadian Tour, the renowned basketball team will take on McGill University for an exhibition game at Place Bell in Laval.

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 3 pm
Where: Place Bell – 1950 Rue Claude-Gagné, Laval
Price: $33 – $123

International Balloon Festival

International Balloon Festival


The International Balloon Festival of Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu is the largest gathering of balloons in Canada. The week-long event caters to the entire family and is an easy 40-minute drive off the island of Montreal.

In what started off as a balloon festival, the event has grown to host food vendors, bar outlets, live bands, theatre performances, activities and has garnered a reputation on an international scale. Plus, Justin Trudeau was just there.

This year’s outdoor party will feature hot air balloons from Canada, the United States, France and Brazil.

Today is the last day of the festival.

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 12 pm – the end of the show
Where: 5 Chemin de l’Aéroport, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Price: $10-$30

RibFest Montreal

RibFest is a three-day celebration of rock and roll music and BBQs, specializing in, you guessed it, ribs.

The festival welcomes over 30,000 attendees, has live bands, a massive kid’s zone and local grillers from respected Montreal steakhouses.

Meal prices vary per selected meal and a word of advice, don’t forget paper towels, things get greasy.

Today is the last day of the tasty, three-day fest.

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 11 am – 10 pm
Where: 13665 Boul de Pierrefonds
Price: Free admission




Jackalope is an adrenaline-based festival, the entire event is staged outside at the Olympic Stadium. The event hosts a slew of activities that include: skateboarding, BMX, bouldering, motocross, slacklining and water gun fights.

There will also be a Jackalope pop-up shop on sight, food trucks, live music and the legendary Tony Hawk will be there.

According to the Jackalope website, the three-day festival is “an international showcase of raw talent, outdoor fun and stimulating exchanges at a unique event.” The festival packs up at 10 pm tonight, so get your kicks in.

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 1 pm – 10 pm
Where: Montreal Olympic Park, 4549 Avenue Pierre-de-Coubertin
Price: $25-$200, tickets available online

Asian Night Market

A giant all-Asian night market is happening today.

The market will be hosted by Foodfest MTL and will feature more than 60 authentic Asian restaurant outlets on site.

Concerts, special performances and activities will be included in the night market.

The majority of food is in the $3 to $5 range so try to show up hungry.

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 11 am – 9 pm
Where: Clock Tower Beach – Montreal’s Old Port
Price: Free admission

Station F-MR Vegan Pop-Up Shop

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Station F-MR is hosting a vegan pop-up shop today, selling a variety of local vegan products. From bagels, teas, soaps, milk and sweets, the urban park has it all.

The venue also hosts food trucks, music and a comfortable place to relax.

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 11 am – 8 pm
Where: La Station F-MR – Allée des Barges
Price: Free admission

Hook at Cinema du Parc

Cinema du Parc is hosting a morning, family-friendly movie today as they screen Steven Spielberg’s 1991 classic, Hook.

The film stars Robin Williams as an adult Peter Pan who’s lost touch with his Neverland routes and must return to the magical island to thwart Captain Hook’s plans after kidnapping his children.

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Cinema du Parc – 3575 Avenue du Parc
Price: $12.50

Closing Show at Montreal Pride

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Well known for their highly entertaining and energized explosive numbers of glamour and humour, Tracy Trash, Una Gahd and LaDrag On-fly prepare for a grand finale of the festival.

Anything is possible with the Queens who make sure the festival bids ‘au revoir’ with a bang.

When: Sunday, August 19
Time: 10:30 pm – 11 pm
Where: Parc des Faubourgs – TD Stage
Price: Free

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