13 things to do in Montreal today: Sunday, June 9

Jun 7 2019, 7:06 pm

Millions of people from around the world will be watching the big race at 2:10 pm today and the city is oozing with great events to check out for both F1 fans and regular Sunday fans.

Get out there and enjoy this June 9!

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Formula Peel Street Event

Grand Prix

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Peel Street (between Ste. Catherine and Sherbrooke) has been closed off to vehicular traffic to host a street-side party full of terraces, luxurious cars, bars, and entertainers all weekend.

Regarded as one of the most prestigious and respected tourism events in the county, Peel Street business owners have welcomed over 400,000 people since Thursday and the festivities sum up today.

Plus, admission is free. Just expect shoulder-to-shoulder groups and long wait lines.

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

Ormstown Fair 2019

ormstown

Ormstown Fair

The Ormstown Expo, known locally as the Ormstown Fair, has geared up for its 105th anniversary this weekend 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: From now until June 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

Tam-Tams

Tam-Tams

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Tam-Tams returned to the city three weeks ago and the iconic party keeps up its weekly trek today.

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: Sunday, June 9
Time: 12 pm until sunset
Where: Sir George-Etienne Cartier Monument
Price: Free

Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival

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Ever since 1999, the Crescent Street Festival has transformed the popular street into a free venue for race fans, tourists, and Montrealers to celebrate the biggest race in Canada.

From race car displays to mini-games, live music, DJs, and a bunch of great restaurants and bars, Crescent Street is the go-to spot for Grand Prix madness.

When: Sunday, June 9
Time: 12 pm
Where: Crescent Street (Between de Maisonneuve and Ste. Catherine)
Price: Free admission

Piknic Electronik

Piknic Electronik 2018

Piknic Electronik

Piknic Electronik returns for its fifth edition of 2019 this weekend.

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: Sunday, June 9
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: Sunday, June 9
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Place des Vestiges, Old Port
Price: Prices vary depending on selected activities, tickets online

Putting Edge Mini-Putt

Putting Edge

With golf season quickly approaching, 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: Sunday, June 9
Time: 10 am – 1 am
Where: 1259 rue Guy
Price: $11.99

Volcanoes 3D – IMAX

volcano

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 700ÂşC.

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

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

Amaze Escape Room

We’ve escaped the workweek, 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: Sunday, June 9
Time: 2pm – 10:30pm
Where: 3550 Rue St. Jacques
Price: $15-$30 depending on your chosen mission (per person). Make your reservation first online.

PY1 – 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 opened to the public last weekend and continues its strong showing this weekend as well.

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: Sunday, June 9
Time: Varies
Where: Montreal’s Old Port
Price: $28.50 – $51, available online

La Ronde

la ronde

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Quebec’s biggest amusement park opened three weekends ago and it’s sure to be busy this one as well.

Though the weather forecast may not be on our side, try battling The Goliath, get rocked on Le Ednor or check out the park’s newest ride, Chaos.

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

Montreal Clock Tower

Clock Tower

Old Port of Montreal

The Montreal Clock Tower (Tour de l’Horloge) is now open  to the general public so get ready to climb some steps to get your Instagram game buzzing.

The 45-metre-high tower, built in 1922, marks the entrance to the Old Port and pays tribute to the sailors lost at sea in wartime.

According to the Vieux-Port de Montreal website, the clock mechanism was made in England and is a replica of London’s Big Ben. “Like Big Ben,” reads the page, “its accuracy is legendary, and sailors would set their own timepieces by it.”

When: Sunday, June 9
Time: 9 am – 10 pm
Where: Quai de l’Horloge, Old Montreal
Price: Free

Give Peace A Chance – The Exhibition

From May 26 to June 2 of 1969, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel welcomed John Lennon and Yoko Ono for their famous Bed-in for Peace.

In honour of the couple’s 50th anniversary of the famous bed-in, the hotel’s lobby will transform into a showroom that showcases photos and guest testimonials pulled from the book, “Give Peace a Chance: John and Yoko’s Bed-in for Peace” by Joan Athey and photographer Gerry Deiter.

Deiter was the only photojournalist covering the 1969 event.

The free exhibition will be on display until October 9, Lennon’s birthday. Visitors are encouraged to share peace vows on their social networks with the hashtags #bedin50 and #givepeaceachance.

When: From now until October 9
Time: 8 am – 10 pm
Where: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Boulevard Ouest
Price: Free

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