5 things to do in Montreal today: Wednesday, August 14

Aug 14 2019, 5:00 am

As Montreal hits the halfway point of the midweek, there’s some dancing, Montreal Pride, stand-up comedy, and a giant hot air balloon festival to keep you busy today, Wednesday, August 14.

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Montreal Pride

Montreal will welcome over 225 artists, 250 activities, and 20 free large-scale productions as the city celebrates the Montréal Pride (Fierté Montreal) for 11 days, which started on Thursday.

The festival is the “largest gathering of the sexual and gender diversity (SGD) communities in the Francophone world and in Canada,” reads the festival’s press release.

This year’s fest comes with a little bit more weight as MontrĂ©al prepares to compete to host the WorldPride event in 2023, according to event organizers.

The festival’s full program, dates, times, and location can be found on the FiertĂ© Montreal website.

When: From now until August 18
Time: Varies
Where: Montreal’s Gay Village
Price: Varies per selection

Italian Week

Montreal’s well-represented Italian community will be celebrating it’s 26th annual Italian Week, which kicked off this past weekend.

The week-long festival will be celebrated throughout the island, promoting the Italian culture through music, fashion, cars, shops, and obviously, food.

Anchored primarily in Little Italy, the festival also branches out to Montreal-Nord, Laval, Lasalle, NDG, and St-LĂ©onard.

When: From now until August 18
Time: Times vary according to the day, visit the website for exact festival times
Where: Various locations throughout Montreal
Price: Free admission

International Balloon Festival

Look up in the sky today, it won’t be a bird, nor a plane, and it won’t even be Superman. It’ll be dozens of hot air balloons.

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, has grown to host food vendors, bar outlets, live bands, theatre performances, activities, and has garnered a reputation on an international scale.

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

When: From now until August 18
Time: Weekdays from 2:30 pm – the end of the show, weekends from 12 pm – the end of the show
Where: 5 Chemin de l’AĂ©roport, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
Price: $30 – $50, available online

McKibbin’s Irish Pub Hooley Night

McKibbin’s Irish Pub hosts their ‘Hooley Night’ tonight on the third floor.

Ladies pay $10 at the door, gentlemen pay $25 and then it’s an open bar, all you can drink. The bar offers Moosehead beer, vodka, gin, rum, rye and whiskey as part of the special. The third floor features a dance floor and a DJ.

If you’re looking to dance and drink on a Wednesday night, it’s tough to find a better deal than McKibbin’s. Get there nice and early to beat the line.

When: Wednesday, August 14
Time: 10 pm – 2 am
Where: 1426 Rue Bishop
Price: $10 for girls, $25 for guys

Rodney Ramsey – Bishop & Gags

Vol.40 of Bishop & Bagg’s aptly named Bishop & Gags features one of Montreal’s finest comedians, Rodney Ramsey as the headliner and the very funny Darren Henwood as the show’s host.

The cozy pub-turned-stand-up show works on a “pay what you can” basis and organizers ask that you call (514-277-4400) to make reservations.

Featured acts include Vivith Kangaratnam, Inés P. Anaya, Jon Selig, Nazeer Khan, and
Mart Brennan.

When: Wednesday, August 14
Time: 9 pm – 10:30 pm
Where: Bishop and Bagg, 52 St-Viateur Ouest
Price: Pay what you can