24 things to do in Montreal this March

Feb 28 2018, 8:02 am

In addition to warmer weather, March in Montreal brings a whole slew of new events and activities.

Ranging from culinary events like the World Cider Festival and Montréal en Lumière, this is going to be a month to remember.

Check out 24 things to do in Montreal this March.

Mondial des Ciders

Montreal en Lumiere has confirmed that SAQ will be hosting their annual cider festival this March! Known as Mondial des Cidres, the event will take place between March 2 to 4 at Complexe Desjardins.

 Where: Complexe Desjardins
When: March 2, 4-9 pm, March 3, 12 pm-12 am, March 4, 12 pm-5 pm
Admission: Free

Visit the Prince exhibit at Place des Arts

One of the greatest music stars of all time is being celebrated at Montreal’s Place des Arts in honour of Black History Month. Prince: His Purple Majesty is an exhibition dedicated to the legendary artist. Prince’s life and musical career is explored by musicologist Duke Eatmon.

Where: Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme at Place des Arts
When: Until March 3, 2018
Admission: Free

Montréal en Lumière

Montréal en Lumière is back for its 19th year. The celebration is one of the biggest winter festivals in the world and invites visitors to take part in a multitude of events that revolve around performing arts, gastronomy, and outdoors activities.

Where: Quartier des Spectacles and various other locations check website for details
When:  Until March 4, 2018


Montreal will be glowing with magical light installations in March as part of Montréal en Lumière’s immersive art experience, Illuminart.
Located in Quartier des spectacles in downtown Montreal, Illuminart brings together various projects by artists, creators, engineers, set designers, graphic designers and videographers from home and abroad.

Where: Quartier des spectacles
When: Until March 4, 2018

 Quebec Maple Ferris Wheel

Montréal en Lumière is bringing plenty of cool events and attractions to town and you’ve got to check out the neon Quebec Maple Ferris wheel located at Place des Festivals. You’ve probably already seen it up and running, but it’s free to ride so don’t forget to take advantage of it!

Where: Place des Festivals
When: Until March 4

Drift After Dark

On the night of March 3, Spa Bota Bota will light up with beautiful illuminations and reflections. With a DJ, a relaxed atmosphere, and incredible views of Habitat 67 and Old Port, don’t miss your chance to visit one of Montreal’s best spas during Nuit Blanche. Tickets cost $30 per person and include access to the water circuit, bathrobe, towel and key bracelet.

Where: Spa Bota Bota, Entrée McGill Coin De la Commune et McGill, Promenade du Vieux-Port
When: March 3 to 4, 11 pm to 2:30 am
Tickets: $30 – $50

Nuit Blanche au Lockhart Montréal

Attention witches, wizards, house elves, and Montrealers! Lockhart, Montreal’s Harry Potter themed bar, is hosting an epic party on Montreal’s most exciting night – Nuit Blanche. Get ready to pull an all-nighter because on March 3, The Lockhart will be open from 9 pm to 5 am.

Where: Lockhart Montreal, 3979 Rue St. Denis.
When: March 3 to 4
Time: 9 pm to 5 am
Price: $6 plus tax

Liquid Architecture

An immersive ‘liquid architecture’ exhibition will be taking place at Montreal’s Society of Technological Arts (SAT).

The exhibit is as an audiovisual experience that deconstructs 3D scans of monuments, buildings, and structures into a mesmerizing experience that will be projected on the dome of the SAT.

Where: SAT, 1201 Boul. Saint Laurent
When: March 6 to 10, 2018  (Tuesday to Saturday)
Time: 7 pm, each show runs for 40 minutes
Tickets: $19.75 , available online 

Hot Rhythms on Ice

Every Wednesday, the Old Port skating rink will transform into a giant Salsa dance party for its Latin Nights! Skate the night away as a guest DJ plays Latin beats all night long.

Salsafolie will also be on site to help you learn how to dance Dominican Bachata and Merengue. There will be a special dance section reserved around the rink for you to practice your moves. It’s going to be the hottest party in town!

Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin, Old Port
When: Until March 7, 2018
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Cost: Adults, teens and seniors: $6.95
Children (6 to 12) : $4.60
Children under 6: free

DJ on Ice

The Old Port of Montreal has decided to host themed nights throughout the week. While the “Workout on Ice” Tuesdays and the “Hot Rhythms on Ice” Wednesdays sound pretty cool, it’s the “DJ on Ice” Thursdays that have our attention.

DJ on Ice is the official event for nordic Thursdays. Every week, there will be hot mixes and killer beats, light shows, and magnificent backdrops.

Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin, Old Port
When: Until March 8, 2018
Time: 7 to 10pm
Cost: Adults, teens and seniors: $6.95
Children (6 to 12) : $4.60
Children under 6: free

Spring break snowshoeing 

During March Break, explore the snow-covered forests of Mount Royal while discovering its fauna, flora and history of mountain sports all with the help of a guide. A stop for hot chocolate in the heart of the forest is included! 

When: March 3 to March 11, 2018
Where: Smith House, 1260 Chemin Remembrance 

International Festival of Films On Art

Montreal is hosting yet another exciting art festival this month, the International Festival of Films on Art(or FIFA). A unique festival that recognizes the films created on art and media arts. FIFA seeks to promote the work of artists, increase knowledge of art among the public, and encourage the film community to produce more films based on the subject.
When: March 8 to 18, 2018
Where: Various locations, check website for details 

Montreal St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018 

What is the traditional way to celebrate St. Paddy’s in Montreal? The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, of course! This year, it’s taking place on Sunday, March 18, but the event, organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal, will be taking a different route than usual. After over 50 years of festivities along Ste-Catherine Street, the parade route will proceed along Maisonneuve Boulevard.

Where:  Maisonneuve Boulevard
Time: 12 pm
When: March 18, 2018

POP Yoga Neige

Montreal-based fitness company POP Spirit is hosting a series of outdoor yoga sessions this winter. Aptly titled, POP Yoga Neige, classes will take place until March 18 in Parc Lafontaine and Parc Wilfrid Laurier.

Where: Parc Lafontaine and Parc Laurier
When: Until March 18, 2018
Time: 10:30 am
Admission: Free

National Home Show

The National Home Show returns to Montreal this March. Taking over Place Bonaventure between March 9 to 18 this unique festival will feature hundreds of exhibitors covering all sorts of home-related needs.

Where: Place Bonaventure
When: March 9 to 18, 2018

Combat d’Archers

You can play the hottest new recreational game right here in Montreal. Known as Archery Tag (or Arc Tag for short), Combat d’Archers is the place to spend a Saturday afternoon in Montreal. This hybrid sport is a mix of paintball and archery. It sees players running around a room of over 10,000 square feet, using draw-string airsoft weapons to tag their opponents. Each session is one hour in length, excluding 20 minutes of training which is required before every game.
When: Monday to Friday 12pm-11pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am-11 pm
Where: 3955 Rue de Rouen

Visit a Sugar Shack

Although the bustling urban city of Montreal is not home to any sugar shacks, you won’t have to travel far to get an authentic Quebec experience. Whether you love the horse-drawn carriage rides or the plethora of maple treats, there are plenty of reasons to visit a sugar shack this winter. Typically open from late February to April, some of the best (and closest) sugar shacks to Montreal include Sucrerie de la Montagne, Cabane à Sucre Au Pied Cochon, and Cabane à Sucre Bouvrette.
When: End of February to mid April
Where: Various locations

Art Matters

Art lovers will be getting a treat as North America’s largest undergraduate arts festival will be coming to Montreal.

Art Matters will take place from March 3 to 27 at various galleries and creative spaces around the city.

When: March 3 to 27, 2018
Where: Various locations

Art Souterrain

Taking art out of the galleries and integrating them into daily life, Art Souterrain is hands down one of the coolest art festivals Montreal has ever hosted.

Each installation will be set in a different underground tunnel in Montreal. Art Souterrain will take over several kilometres of underground space, as well as 9 satellite spaces in the city

Where: Various locations around the city. Check website for details.
When: March 3 to 25, 2018

Cabane Panache Et Bois Rond

A cabane a sucre right in the middle of the city!

Montreal’s own urban sugar shack/maple syrup festival is back for the 8th year in a row. Officially called Cabane Panache Et Bois Rond, all the sugary goodness of a Quebec cabane a sucre will be coming to Promenade Wellington between March 22 to 25, 2018.

Where: Olympic Park, 4545 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave
When: Until March 25, 2018
Time: Thursday and Friday: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
There are also special hours during the holidays. Check website for details.
Prices:  Skates: $8 /Helmet: $3

The 5K Chococourse

Looking to achieve those summer fitness goals while treating yourself to chocolate?

It sounds contradictory but that’s exactly what you can do at the Montreal Chococourse. This 5 km run, presented by Cacao Barry and organized by Les Courses Gourmandes, is the perfect event for those with a sweet tooth.

Where: Maisonneuve Park
When: March 24, 2018
Register: Online 

V Winter Village

The traditional winter village at Montreal’s Olympic Park has officially returned for 2018.

From now until March 25, 2018, you can enjoy outdoor skating on a brand new frozen trail, browse the pop-up shops, discover artisanal products, and take part in plenty of other fun winter activities.

Where: Olympic Park, 4545 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave
When: Until March 25, 2018
Time: Thursday and Friday: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
There are also special hours during the holidays. Check website for details.
Prices:  Skates: $8 /Helmet: $3

Montreal Botanical Garden Butterflies Go Free

The Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual “Butterflies Go Free” exhibit is back for another year. Taking over the Main Exhibition Greenhouse from February 22 until April 29, visitors can step into a humid tropical oasis that will make you forget all about winter.

Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
When: Until April 29, 2018

Get a waffle on a stick in Old Montreal

There’s nothing like a good waffle. And this classic breakfast food is even better on a stick – complete with delicious toppings. These easy to transport waffles with delectable add-ons are available at LApop, located in Old Montreal.

Where: 436 St Francois-Xavier, Montreal
Phone: (514) 816-1300

Cabane d’à côté

Sugarbush season is fast approaching and per annual tradition, reservations are open for Au Pied de Cochon’s Cabane à Sucre, as well as a new venue (right next door) open for its inaugural maple sugar season in 2018: Cabane d’à Côté.

Where: 3595 montée Robillard, Mirabel, Quebec
When: Opens for the 2018 sugar season February 15, Wednesday to Sunday
Price: $56 per person

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