19 awesome things to do in Montreal this weekend: June 17 to 19

Jun 17 2022, 3:18 pm

We’ve somehow already crossed the halfway mark of June and Montreal is really starting to feel like Montreal.

Festival season is in full swing, downtown is bumpin’ with Grand Prix events, MURAL Fest is decorating the landscape with beautiful art, and there are plenty of foodie options — how much more Montreal can you get?

Here’s what’s worth checking out across Montreal this weekend, June 17 to 19.

Steve Aoki

 

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The popular American DJ Steve Aoki will be spinning tunes at New City Gas this weekend with Charly Jordan at a big-time Grand Prix party.

When: Saturday, June 18
Time: 6 pm – 3 am
Where: New City Gas
Price: Starting at $70, available online

Polski Piknik

 

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Fours words: Polish sausage and pierogis.

Celebrate Polish dancing, music, culture, food, and of course beer, all in one spot on Saturday.

When: Saturday, June 18
Time: 12 – 10 pm
Where: Parc Jeanne-Mance
Price: Free admission

Rooftop Basketball

Downtown Montreal has a sky-high new basketball court.

Nrml Bskt is on the rooftop terrace of downtown’s Delta Hotel. There are five courts with illuminated hoops, each at a different height and angle.

Plus, it’s completely free.

Alley-oop!

When: From now until September 15
Time: 9 am – 9 pm
Where: Delta Hotel, 475 President-Kennedy
Price: Free

MAXIM Grand Prix Party — T-Pain & Wyclef Jean

Maxim Grand Prix Party

A big-time Grand Prix party is coming to Gare Windsor Station, offering over 30,000 sq ft of partying and music by T-Pain, Wyclef Jean, Kim Lee, Frank Walker, and more.

When: Saturday, June 18
Time: 8 pm – 3 am
Where: Gare Windsor Station
Price: $175 – $1,600, available online

Time Out Market

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Yes, Time Out is an ideal place to grab a bite. But, it’s also got one heck of a cocktail bar. From June 16 to 19, the wine bar will be pouring notorious Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte, and Les Îles — a neighbourhood rendition of the Apérol apéritif with notes of orange and mandarin.

Visit the market on Fridays & Saturdays for the recurring “Market After Dark,” from 9 am to 1:30 am.

When: From now until June 19
Time: 9 am – 1:30 am
Where: Time Out Market, Eaton Centre

Frida Kahlo – The Life of An Icon

Montreal has been graced with the life of Frida Kahlo in the form of an immersive and inspiring art exhibit.

The exhibit, The Life of An Icon, offers seven different transformational spaces with VR experiences, holographic videos, and 360° projections.

The 90-minute exhibit takes place at the Arsenal Contemporary Art venue in Little Burgundy and will remain on display for the public until June 24.

When: From now until June 24
Time: 10 am – 7 pm, Wednesday & Thursday; 10 am – 9 pm, Friday & Saturday; 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday
Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art, 2020 William Street
Price: $27.58 – $40.23, available online

Clock Tower Beach

Nicki Minaj said it best, Montreal: “Let’s go to the beach-each, let’s go get a wave.”

Montrealers looking to cool off by the water with sand beneath their toes can soak up the sun at the charming Clock Tower Beach all summer.

When: From now until September 5
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Bassin de l’Horloge
Price: Free admission

La Sobremesa

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La Sobremesa, one of Montreal’s premier tapas joints, has launched an exclusive tasting menu in honour of F1 weekend.

With exquisite cocktails and an ever-changing seasonally based array of dishes, featuring locally sourced ingredients, you don’t always know exactly what you’re going to get, but its freshness is certainly guaranteed.

We recommend reserving your spot in advance. This hotspot could fill up fast.

When: June 16 to 19
Time: 4 – 10 pm
Where: 4922 Sherbrooke Ouest

MURAL Fest

 

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One of Montreal’s most iconic summertime festivals enters its second weekend, offering a slew of great art, street food, DJs, and near-infinite photo opps.

When: From now until June 19
Time: 24/7
Where: Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: Free admission

Montreal Fringe Festival

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The St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival is like a summertime block party filled with theatre, dance, music, and comedy. There are over 800 performances spread out across Le Plateau, all in celebration of creativity.

There are more than 500 artists spread out across 20 different venues, all for good prices — some of which are free.

Visit the website for a full program of times and venues before the charming fest concludes for the year.

When: From now until June 19
Time: Varies per show
When: Various venues across Le Plateau
Price: Varies

Uplå

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You can take your family adventures to new heights this weekend, thanks to North America’s biggest trampoline park which just opened outside of Montreal.

Uplå is a labyrinth of 20-foot-high suspension bridges and trampolines that connect to a network of unique and colourful treehouses, all of which are suspended in the air at the foot of Mont-Saint-Grégoire.

What’s wild about Uplå is that the park is open all year round, rain, shine, or snow. We’ll have to wait a few months to see what North America’s biggest trampoline park looks like covered in snow.

The park recommends soon-to-be trampoliners to book online to guarantee a spot.

When: Year-round
Time: 8 am – 6:30 pm
Where: 45 Chem. du Sous-Bois, Mont-Saint-Grégoire
Price: $20 – $30

Francos de Montréal

 

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Since 1989, Les Francos de Montréal has become the true reflection of the French-speaking music culture.

Celebrate French songs in 250 downtown gigs over 10 days in Montreal, all en français.

There are free outdoor shows as well as performances from some of the province’s most established French artists including Koriass, Lynda Lemay, La Femme, Souldia, Marc Dupré, France d’Amour, and more all weekend.

When: From now until June 18
Time: Varies
Where: Quartier des spectacles
Price: Various prices, some free shows (full lineup online)

Tam-Tams

Tam-Tams is quintessential Montreal. A bunch of people drinking, dancing, and smoking the funky stuff at the base of our namesake mountain. What more could you want?

The magical weekly outdoor party is back and it’s arguably the best time of year to join the free party. It’s as simple as showing up for an afternoon of food, vendors, fun, and music.

An absolute Montreal summer must-do.

When: Every Sunday in June
Time: 12 pm until sunset
Where: Sir George-Etienne Cartier Monument

La Ronde

 

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Might be as good a time as ever to check out Quebec’s biggest amusement park this weekend.

Try battling The Goliath, get rocked on Le Ednor, the Chaos, or try to win your significant other a prize.

When: Weekends only until June 12, every day past June 18
Time: 10:30 am – 8 pm (11:30 pm during the fireworks)
Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald
Price: $37.99, available online and on-site

VAN GOGH – Distorsion

 

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Have you wondered what it would be like to walk through a masterpiece?

The wonderfully colourful world of Vincent Van Gogh has been brought to life at OASIS, and visitors can walk freely through animated renderings of classic works like “Almond Blossoms,” “Starry Night,” and many more.

When: Thursdays – Sundays in June
Time: 9 am – 9:40 pm
Where: OASIS immersion, 301 Saint-Antoine
Price: $24 – $32, available online

The Queen’s Ball: A Bridgerton Experience

Her Majesty Queen Charlotte is requesting Bridgerton fans’ attendance at a live event in Montreal.

The in-person event takes place in four cities across North America: Chicago, Washington, Los Angeles, and Montreal.

The ball will transport guests back to London, England’s Regency-era, where they can enjoy a bundle of experiences relating to the show, including a live ball dance accompanied by a string quartet.

When: June 17-19
Time: 4, 6:30, 9 pm
Where: L’Arsenal contemporary art, 2020 William Street, Montreal
Price: Starts at $49, available online

Cirque du Soleil – Kooza

 

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Cirque du Soleil is launching its new show, KOOZA, this weekend — a show that blends subcontinental sounds, stunning lighting, wild costumes, and acrobatic wonder.

When: June 17-19
Time: 4 & 8 pm
Where: Under The White Big Top, Old Montreal
Price: $121 (Friday), starting at $61 (Saturday & Sunday)

VIKINGS – Dragons of the Northern Seas

They sailed the seas, conquered great cities, and have now touched down in Montreal.

For the first time in Quebec, a museum showcasing the National Museum of Denmark’s magnificent Viking collection has arrived in Montreal.

Last week, the “VIKINGS – Dragons of the Northern Seas” exhibit kicked off at the Pointe-à-Callière Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History and will remain open to the public until October.

When: From now until October 10
Time: Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm; closed Mondays
Where: 350 Place Royale, Old Montreal
Price: $8 – $25

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