33 events worth checking out in Montreal this February

Jan 30 2019, 1:52 am

February may be the shortest month of the year but the event list is long – good trade.

As the city is covered in a blanket of snow, there’s something about February that indicates the end of winter is near.

As you prep for Valentine’s Day plans, before you know it, it’ll be March and that much closer to springtime.

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Here are 33 things happening in Montreal this February to keep you busy.

Igloofest

Igloofest

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Igloofest sums up its nine-date run with a two final shows in February.

Thousands of wintery-dressed partiers will head to the Old Port tonight to beat the winter by dancing, drinking, and partying through it.

The site features two massive stages, DJs, food outlets, bar kiosks, and plenty of winter-based activities.

When: February 1 and 2
Time: 7:30 pm – 12:30 am
Where: Quai Jacques-Cartier
Price: $39.24 – $79.63, available online

PouTail at La Poutine Week

Things are going to get messy to start off February in Montreal as BeaverTails are hopping on the gravy train for the city’s La Poutine Week festival.

The Canadian-based chain of pastries has created the “PouTail,” a classic BeaverTails dessert topped with the company’s signature poutine.

It will be quite possibly the messiest and most Canadian meal ever attempted.

When: February 1 to 3
Time: Varying hours per restaurant
Where: BeaverTails premium outlets, Montreal
Price: TBA

The Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre

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After a surprising start to the season, the Canadiens stayed hot in January thanks to the return of captain Shea Weber and a return-to-form from Carey Price.

They’ll look to on track in February as the Habs host the New Jersey Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Anaheim Ducks, Winnipeg Jets and rivals Philadelphia Flyers and of course, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

When: February 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 19, 21,
Time: Varies from 7 pm and 7:30 pm
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: Varies per date and seat selection, available online

The Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show

It might be tough to visualize boats and water sports during February, which is why you should probably just see it live.

The 20th edition of the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show offers guests the opportunity to meet professionals of the boating sector, speakers, sailors and retailers from across the province.

When: From now until February 3
Time: 11 am – 9 pm
Where: Place Bonaventure
Price: $14 – $18, available online

La Poutine Week Montreal

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If you thought the poutine in itself is delicious, how about an entire week-long festival devoted to the tasty dish?

Your New Years resolutions can be put on hold for a week because, during the first week of February, things will get greasy.

Actually.

La Poutine Week returns to the city from February 1 to 7 as a variety of Montreal spots will create their own signature poutine-dish, vying to become the city-wide champion, voted by restaurant patrons.

A full list of participating spots can be found online.

When: February 1 to 7
Where: Various locations around Montreal
Price: Varying price per location

Happening Gourmand

Nine gourmet restaurants in the Old Port will take part in the 12th edition of Happening Gourmand, a food festival where foodies can knock back some delicious brunch and dinner meals for under $30.

Whether you’re into pizza, steak, eggs- benedict, or burgers, Happening Gourmand offers gourmet meals and a vibrant atmosphere for every food lover. Plus, the meals won’t set you back too much (we’re dreading the post-holidays credit card statements too).

Check out a full list of participating restaurants online.

When: From now until February 3
Time: Varying times per restaurant
Where: Nine participating Old Port locations
Price: $17 brunch, $24-$29 dinner

Jeff Caldwell Stand-Up Show

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Six time Letterman veteran Jeff Caldwell will be in town for three shows at the start of the month.

The comedian is known to audiences through a clean, clever and observational approach to the art.

Apart from The Late Show with David Letterman, the American comedian has performed all over North America as well as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and Conan.

When: February 7, 8 and 9
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Comedy Nest, 2313 rue Ste.Catherine
Price: $12 – $15, available online

LanETS

The LanETS is a club from ETS (Ecole de technologie supérieure) that organizes what they call “the biggest Lan party of the east coast.”

2000 gamers compete for prizes ($40,000 worth of prizes) and  there is a plethora of cosplay, scavenger hunts, and exhibitors too.

When: February 8 – 10
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm  (Friday), 9 am – 9 pm (Saturday), 9 am – 3 pm (Sunday)
Where: Palais des congrès de Montréal
Price: $20 – $85, available online

Sarah Brightman Concert

Sarah Brightman is an English classical crossover soprano, singer, songwriter, actress, dancer and musician. Brightman has sung in many languages including English, Spanish, French, Latin, German, Turkish, Italian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese and Catalan.

She’ll be gracing Place Bell on the second Saturday in February.

When: Saturday, February 9
Time: 8 pm
Where: Place Bell, 1950 rue Claude-Gagné, Laval
Price: $98 – $505, available online

Sucrerie de la Montagne

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,Sucrerie de la Montagne lets guests experience real Quebec traditions. Maple syrup is produced the old-fashioned way on site – the tree is tapped with a spout, the sap collected in a pail and transported to a traditional wood-fired evaporator, where it is transformed into maple syrup.

And guess what? You can have it.

There’s also horse-drawn sleighs, wagons and an all-you-can-eat sugaring off feast.

When: February 11 to March 10
Time: 10 am – 7:30 pm
Where: 300, Chemin St-Georges, Rigaud
Price: online$14 – $34, available

Don Juan – Maison symphonique de Montréal

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Acclaimed by audiences across Canada, France and South Korea (more than 600,000 spectators total) the Don Juan musical returns in a symphonic version.

Presented by the OSM, right in time for Valentine’s Day, these symphonies  feature Marie-Eve Janvier, Jean-François Breau and Mario Pelchat.

Music and libretto by Félix Gray, in an orchestration by musical director Simon Leclerc.

When: February 12 – 16
Time: 8 pm (2:30 pm on February 16)
Where: Maison symphonique de Montreal
Price: $50 – $220, available online

Walk Off The Earth Concert

Walk off the Earth is a Canadian indie pop band from Burlington, Ontario. They are known for their music videos of covers and originals. The band is well known for its covers of pop genre music on YouTube.

After the untimely death of Mike ‘Beard Guy’ Taylor, this concert will certainly be emotional.

When: Wednesday, February 13
Time: 8 pm
Where: MTelus, 59 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $71 – $419, available online

DJ Sur Glace

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Image: Old Port Montreal

Thursday nights at the Natrel Skating Rink welcomes a different Montreal DJ every week who’ll provide the tunes to you skating, sliding, spinning and gliding around the city’s 2,500 square metre rink.

When: February 7, 14, 21 and 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

The Montreal Outdoor, Hunting, Fishing and Camping Show

Quebec’s largest event dedicated to hunting and camping kicks off mid-February. Manufacturers, retailers, and 100 outfitters will be site to showcase everything from clothing to accessories.

There’s also a hunting hall with 35,000 square feet showcasing the leading brands and new products.

When: February 14 – 17
Time: 9 am – 6 pm
Where: Palais de Congrès, 1001 Jean Paul Riopelle
Price: $14 – $16, available online

Fête des neiges

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The 36th edition of the Fête des neiges takes place during the first two weekends of February.

Outdoor activities include snow tubing, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snow archery, an icy pirate ship, ice skating, ice sculptures, ziplining, a Ferris wheel, Tour de Lévis, axe throwing, a penguin village, a Polar Circus, snow scooters, an inflatable bouncy castle, and a mini igloo play area.

That’ll show winter who’s boss.

When: From now until February 10
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau
Tickets: $8 – $25, available online

Les Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma

At the end of the month, cinema buffs can gather to see nearly 300 films and 100 premiers from Quebec’s film industry.

When: February 20 – March 2
Time: Varying times
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Varying prices, available online

Festival de la Bête Noire Horror Theatre Festival

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If Quebec cinema doesn’t do it for you, how about some horror?

The film festival focuses on horror cinema and features everything from comedy, thrillers, horror and gore films.

When: February 21 – 24
Time: Varies per selected film
Where: Mainline Theatre, 3997 St-Laurent
Price: Varies per selection, available online

Montreal Bicycle and Triathlon Show

Over 250 exhibitors will be on site showing off and selling bicycles, equipment, accessories, and bike seminars.

When: February 22 – 24
Time: 12 pm – 9 pm (Friday), 10 am – 6 pm (Saturday) 10 am – 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Place Bonvaenture, 800 de la Gauchetière
Price: $11, available online

Montréal en Lumière

Festival of Lights

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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: February 21 – 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

MNM Festival

For its 50th anniversary, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) is  presenting the 8th annual  festival Montréal / Nouvelles Musiques (MNM).

The festival hosts more than 20 concerts, orchestras, solo shows and conferences as a celebration of contemporary music for 10 days.

When: February 21 – March 2
Time: Varying times
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Various prices

Salon de la Moto

With mere weeks until the weather gets toasty, a motorcycle exhibition is on its way to Montreal at the end of the month.

From Harleys to sport bikes and accessories, the Salon de la Moto has got you covered if you’re a fan of the two wheels.

When: February 22 – 24
Time: 10 am – 9 pm
Where: Palais de Congres, 1001 Jean Paul Riopelle
Price: $16.50, available online

Montreal Botanical Garden – Butterflies Go Free

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

The Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual “Butterflies Go Free” exhibit is back for another year, starting on February 28.

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

Snow Tubing on Mont Royal

Take advantage of the pride of Montreal by snow tubing down it.

Discover the exhilaration of snow tubing down reserved lanes next to the toboggan hill overlooking Beaver Lake.

When: Every day in February
Time: 10 am – 4 pm (until 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)
Where: Mont Royal Park
Price: $5 for 4 – 11 year olds, $9 for 12 years old and up

Scotiabank Cheapie Tuesday Movie Night

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Bundle up inside the theatre and check out Glass, Aquaman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for real cheap every Tuesday at Scotiabank Theatre Montreal.

Or, check out Bohemian Rhapsody or/and A Star Is Born as it makes its trek towards the Oscars.

Scotiabank Theatre offers cheap movie tickets for the Tuesday crowds. They also have deals on snack combos. Can you honestly say no to that popcorn smell?

When: February 5, 12, 19 and 26
Time: Varies depending on selection
Where: 977 Rue Saint-Catherine Ouest
Price: General admission starts at $7

Bowling – Forum Sports Bar

Cozy up inside the Forum and strike some bowling off your list this month.

The Forum Sports Bar hosts 16 lanes of 10-pin bowling for $5 a game (tax and shoes included) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

You also can’t go wrong with the giant square bar, arcade games, and TV screens.

When: February 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27
Time: 11 am – 1 am
Where: 2313 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $5 per game, shoe rental included

Hockey History Exhibit

The Hockey Cup History travelling exhibit has set up shop at the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage.

Hockey fans can take a look at trophies, rings, hockey sticks, archival footage and over 50 hockey-related artifacts. Visitors are also invited to play a hockey tabletop game as well as a ‘design your own goalie mask’ workshop.

When: Every day in February
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Thursday to Sunday
Where: 1850 Lakeshore Drive, Dorval
Price: Free

McKibbin’s Pub Stumpers

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Test your trivia knowledge at McKibbin’s Irish Pub every Monday.

The pub’s trivia has five rounds, general knowledge multiple choice, short answer, a picture round, and a music round. The winner of each round receives free drinks or a round of shots. A round for a round – good trade.

When: February 4, 11, 18 and 25
Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: 1426 Rue Bishop
Price: Free to play (with purchase of a beverage)

Amaze Escape Room

Escape the cold and try to figure your way out of an escape room.

Try your luck at escaping from a prison, a military facility, a lost temple, or a 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: Every day in February
Time: 2pm – 10:30pm
Where: 3550 Rue St. Jacques
Price: $15-$30 depending on your chosen mission (per person). Make your reservation first online.

La Grande Roue de Montréal

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Hit up Canada’s largest observational wheel and take in some absolutely breathtaking views of the city, covered in February snow. Not to mention, some primetime photo ops that’ll make your Instagram crowd jealous.

When: Every day in February
Time: 10 am – 11 pm
Where: 362 rue de Commune Est
Price: $14.79 – $25

Musée Grévin Montreal

Sneak away from the winter cold and spend a few hours in a warm room while staring at wax celebrity figures.

Check out your favourite actors, athletes, and artists in wax form. The figurines are displayed beautifully through the four-floor museum that also features optical illusions and interactive displays. It’s admittedly pretty creepy staring into Elvis’ eyes, especially if he starts blinking.

When: Every day in February
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 705 Rue Saint Catherine (4th floor of the Eaton Centre)
Price: $19.50 for adult, $13.50 for children, $15.50 for youth and students and $18 for seniors

iSaute Kirkland

Take your kids to iSaute Kirkland and pretend it’s for them when it’s really for you.

iSaute is a massive venue that has over 30 giant trampolines, trampoline basketball, wall climbing and a trampoline jungle gym. You pay by the hour, there’s a lot to do and it’s actually a fantastic workout. Fun for all ages (and a great workout).

When: Every day in Februry
Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Where: 3220 Jean Yves, Kirkland
Price: $16 for the first hour, $10 for the second. Tickets are sold at the door

Natrel Skating Rink

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Old Port Skating rink

A skating rink with Montreal’s Old Port as the backdrop – talk about picturesque.

Known for its outstanding quality of ice, excellent facilities, and breathtaking views of the city and the Saint Lawrence River, this is the place to go skating in Montreal.

There’s no better way to stick it to winter than bundling up and hitting the ice.

The chilled 2,500 square metre rink features a cozy village right in front of the ice and is a puck’s throw away from Bistro Bonsecours for a little post-game refresher.

Natrel’s Skating Rink plays rock, classical and jazz music on large outdoor speakers to add to your soundtrack of whizzing down the ice.

When: Every day in February
Time: 10 am – 9 pm (Mondays – Wednesdays), 10 am – 10 pm (Thursdays – Sundays)
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin
Price: $6.95 general admission, $4.90 kids aged 6 – 12, free for children under 6

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