5 things to do in Montreal today: Thursday, February 28

Feb 27 2019, 6:16 pm

Right before we flip the calendar to March, here are five events to check out in the city today, February 28, as we prepare to bid ‘au revoir’ to the shortest month of the year.

Enjoy it, Montreal!

Montreal Botanical Garden – Butterflies Go Free

It may not all be butterflies and rainbows in Montreal right now, but(terfly) it will be, starting tonight.

The Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual “Butterflies Go Free” exhibit is back for another year.

The 22nd edition of the butterfly festival features “thousands of multicoloured butterflies who will be flitting about in an exceptionally lush natural setting,” as per the Montreal Botanical Garden.

Get a chance to see butterfly’s shimmering colours up close in a humid, tropical oasis, not to mention ample gorgeous photo opportunities.

When: February 28 – April 28
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $10.25 – $20.50, available online

Montréal en Lumière

The festival primarily aims to light up Montreal during the dark days on winter with dining events, live performances, free all-night activities and innovative art installations.

Though the event coordinates the display of light installations in specific locations around the city, the focal point of Montréal en Lumière is the Quartier des Spectacles and Place des Festivals.

Local DJs, live bands, an illuminated Ferris wheel, and an incredible 360-foot ice slide take over the festival site as well as a two-city-block long zip line that allows festival-goers to zoom over the colourful site.

The site doesn’t only boast mesmerizing sights, but also top-notch gourmet food stations, selling everything from soups to keep you nice and toasty, to maple syrup products and cheese fondue.

When: From now until March 4
Time: Varying times per activity
Where: Various locations around Montreal, headlined at Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Varying prices per activity, free to enter the site

DJ Sur Glace

The Natrel Skating Rink hosts a new DJ this week who’ll provide the tunes to you skating, sliding, spinning and gliding around the city’s outdoor 2,500 square metre rink.

Today’s DJ set is Walla P, who will be setting the rink on fire. Thankfully, not literally.

When: Thursday, February 28
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Old Port of Montreal, Natrel Skating Rink
Price: $6.95 general admission, $4.90 kids aged 6 – 12, free for children under 6

Montreal Robotic Festival

The 8th edition of Montreal’s Robotic Festival features over 60 teams from Quebec who will be showcasing their robotic creations and what they can do at a massive exhibition at the Olympic Stadium.

When: February 28 to March 2
Time: 8 am – 6:30 pm
Where: Olympic Stadium, 4545 av Pierre-de Coubertin
Price: Free

James Blake Concert

James Blake is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer from London. He first received recognition for a series of 2010 EPs including CMYK and Klavierwerke, and he released his self-titled debut album in 2011 to critical praise.

Blake will be performing at the timeless Olympia de Montreal tonight.

When: Thursday, February 28
Time: 7:30 pm – 9 pm
Where: Olympia de Montreal, 1004 rue Ste-Catherine
Price: $48.50, available online