41 events worth checking out in Montreal this March

Feb 26 2019, 8:38 pm

The month of March is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. And, given the horrendous winter Montrealers dealt with, here’s hoping this March rages a war on the long-standing winter.

As we eagerly await the first day of spring, we’re springing 41 events that you should check out this March.

From concerts and festivals to food and celebrities, it’s looking like March 2019 is going to be the perfect dessert as we bid farewell to winter, at least officially.

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A Conversation with Ellen DeGeneres

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Montreal is about to get a tad funnier as Ellen DeGeneres is on her way to La Belle Province.

The 61-year-old talk show host and comedian will be at Montreal’s Bell Centre on Friday, March 1 for a Q&A style show called “A Conversation with Ellen DeGeneres.”

When: Friday, March 1
Time: Doors at 6:30 pm, show at 7:30 pm
Where: 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: $89.25 – $391.75, available online

The Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre

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After a surprising start to the season, the Canadiens stayed hot in January, dipped a bit in February and look to stay on pace for the playoffs in March.

Thanks to the return of captain Shea Weber and a return-to-form from Carey Price along with stellar play from Max Domi, the Habs will host the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre this month.

Things are going to get loud.

When: March 2, 12, 16, 21, 23, 26,
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

Les Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma

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

When: From now until March 2
Time: Varying times
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Varying prices, available online

Mumford & Sons Concert

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After the release date for their long-awaited forthcoming album, Delta, Mumford & Sons have embarked on a hefty world tour.

The massive global trek started in the UK in November and they’re touching down at the Bell Centre during the first week of March.

Following the release of Sigh No More in 2009, Babel in 2012 and Wilder Mind in 2015, this is the fourth studio album for Mumford & Sons and the band’s first new music since the release of their EP Johannesburg in early 2016.

When: Monday, March 4
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: $60.75 – $158, available online

Montreal International Children’s Film Festival (FIFEM)

This children’s film festival showcases the best international cinema for kids and families.

When: March 2 to 10
Time: Various times per selection
Where: Cinéma Beaubien, du Parc, du Musée and Musée des beaux-arts
Price: $9.50 per film, available online

Mondial des Ciders

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Just what we needed, a little bit of hooch to take off some of the wintery stress.

Montréal en Lumière, has confirmed that SAQ will be hosting their 12th annual cider festival at the start of the month. Known as Mondial des Cidres, the event promotes cider in sparkling, still, ice, effervescent and rosé forms.

The cider festival will host tastings (obviously) from twenty local artisans, paired with mixologists and cheese-makers from Quebec to teach guests how to properly pair cider and culinary creations.

When: March 1 to 3
Time: 5 pm – 9 pm on Friday, 12 pm – 12 am on Saturday and 11 pm – 4 pm on Sunday
Where: Complexe Desjardins, Quartier des Spectacles
Price: $20 – $65, available online

Parc-Nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques National Park

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The City of Montreal wants you to see more of this gorgeous province this winter by checking out the city’s biggest national park – for free.

So, pack a lunch, hop on a shuttle bus and spend the day in the great Canadian outdoors!

Parc-Nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques is offering free shuttle services from downtown Montreal for three dates in March.

With 330 hectares of land, the Parc-Nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques is the largest park in Montreal. It’s bordered by Lac des Deux Montagnes and the Rivière des Prairies, offering magnificent views of icy, snowy, land.

The park is a massive network of cross-country ski trails that offer river, field and forest landscapes.

When: March 3, 8 and 9
Time: 9 am and 9:30 am – 3:45 pm and 4:15 pm
Where: Square Dorchester pick up
Price: Free shuttle, various prices at the park

The Last Wife

In this play written by Kate Hennig, the story follows the relationship between the notorious King Henry VIII and Katherine Parr. Not only did Henry meet his match in wit and negotiation, he gained a formidable ally worthy of ruling the country.

When: March 1, 2 and 3
Time: 2 pm (March 2) and 8 pm (March 1 and 3)
Where: Centaur Theatre, 453 St Francois Xavier
Price: $55, 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: From now until March 3
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 eighth 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: From now until March 2
Time: Varying times
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Various prices

Scotiabank Cheapie Tuesday Movie Night

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Bundle up inside the theatre and check out the cinema’s best films for real cheap. Glass, Aquaman or Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse highlight the beginning of the month

Or, check out Bohemian Rhapsody or/and A Star is Born which recently dominated at 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: March 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 every Tuesday and Wednesday (tax and shoes included).

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

When: March 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

Haunted Montreal Pub Crawl

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If you thought Montreal’s weather this winter was scary, you’ve got another thing coming.

After doing studies in Savannah, Georgia (dubbed “America’s most haunted city”), the paranormal research crew has jumped over to Montreal for the first-ever Haunted Pub Crawl in the city.

Led by a professional ghost storyteller, the Haunted Montreal Pub Crawl will visit four of the city’s most haunted bars, because mixing ghosts and booze is the only smart way to deal with the paranormal. The tour will start at Charlie’s American Pub on Bishop Street before heading to the recently-burned down John Doe Pub, the historic McKibbin’s Irish Pub, the mysterious Sir Winston Churchill Pub, the frequently-visited (not just by the living) Club Le Cinq and, of course, Hurley’s Irish Pub, where a ghost known as the “Burning Lady” is said to still lurk on the grounds.

When: March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Time: 3 pm for English, 4 pm for French
Where: The tour starts at Charlie’s American Pub, 1204 Bishop
Price: $20.87, available online

DJ Sur Glace

The Natrel Skating Rink is hosting a DJ on the first Thursday in March who’ll provide the tunes to you skating, sliding, spinning and gliding around the city’s outdoor 2,500 square metre rink.

March’s DJ set is Mr. Touré, who will be setting the rink on fire. Thankfully, not literally.

When: Thursday, March 7
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

Griffintown Gourmet and Gastronomic

Griffintown’s first major gourmet and gastronomic event is an opportunity to celebrate the exceptional gastronomic offer, the great diversity and the originality of the restaurants in Griffintown. It is also an event to salute the work of all teams, chefs and cheffes cooks of the region’s beautiful gourmet addresses.

When: March 7 – 14
Time: Varies per restaurant
Where: websiteVisit the to see a list of 17 participating spots
Price: $17 – $42

Domaine Enchanteur – Domaine de la forêt perdue

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There’s no better way to stick it to winter and stand up to your Canadian pride like skating.

But hitting the ice on an enchanted forest trail adds a little bit of magic to the longstanding winter hobby.

Domaine Enchanteur, in the Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel district, a two-hour drive from the island of Montreal, offers guests 15 km of perfectly maintained ice that winds its way through the pine forest’s wintery landscape.

When: From now until March 8
Time: 10 am – to 10 pm
Where: 1180, St-Félix Row, Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel
Price: $16 – $18, available online

Lomepal Concert

Antoine Valentinelli, better known by his stage name Lomepal, is a rapper and singer from the 13th arrondissement of Paris. He has released five EPs, and two studio albums: Flip, released in June 2017, was certified double platinum by the SNEP; and Jeannine, released in December 2018.

He’ll be swinging by MTELUS in early March to a probable packed house.

When: Friday, March 8
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: MTELUS, 59 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $33 – $42, available online

Comedy at the Art Loft

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Comedy at the Art Loft is the hottest underground comedy show in Montreal. It’s the city’s only weekly bilingual show and is run out of a private loft on rue Saint-Laurent and is usually packed with people. It feels like a college part, except a comedian is slinging jokes into a microphone.

This month’s acts include John St. Godard, Michelle Dominique, Karl Knox, Wassim El-Mounzer, Harrison Weinreb, Catherine Thomas, Colin BF, Jordan Cheetham, Reese Turner, and a slew of other great local comedians.

The venue features a DJ and snacks. BYOB and it’s 420 friendly. Very 420 friendly.

When: March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Time: Doors open at 9 pm, show starts at 10:30 pm
Where: 4152 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $10 at the door (cash only)

The Barr Brothers

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The Barr Brothers is a band founded in Montreal that consists of two American brothers Andrew and Brad Barr as well as bassist Morgan Moore, pedal steel guitarist Brett Lanier and a rotating cast of Montreal musicians.

They’re returning home to what will be a wild show at the Théâtre Corona.

When: Friday, March 8
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: Théâtre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame Ouest
Price: $39, 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: From now until March 10
Time: 10 am – 7:30 pm
Where: 300, Chemin St-Georges, Rigaud
Price: online$14 – $34, available

Disney on Ice – Mickey’s Search Party

Disney on Ice present’s “Mickey’s Search Party,” an on-ice story that follows Mickey Mouse as he searches for his friends.

The show, “L’expédition de Mickey,” will be presented in French.

When: March 7 – 10
Time: 11 am, 3:30 pm, 7 pm
Where: Centre Bell, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: online$28.75 – $130.75, available

Massive Attack Concert

Massive Attack are a British musical group formed in 1988 in Bristol, United Kingdom, consisting of Robert “3D” Del Naja, Grant “Daddy G” Marshall and formerly Andy “Mushroom” Vowles.

They’ll be rocking out Place des Arts on March 11.

When: Monday, March 11
Time: 7 pm – 11 pm
Where: Place des Arts,175 rue Ste. Catherine
Price: $65 – $198, available online

Weezer & Pixies at Bell Centre

Talk about a 90s collaboration. The American rock band Weezer is joining forces with alternative rock band The Pixies for a wild, nostlagic show at the Bell Centre in mid-March.

Imagine hearing “Where is my Mind” and “Island in the Sun” at the same concert?

When: Wednesday, March 13
Time: 7 pm – 11 pm
Where: Centre Bell, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: $41.50 – $151.25, available online

SHAMROCKed – St Paddy’s Pre Bash

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As if you really need a reason to drink more around St. Patrick’s Day, NuMcGill is hosting a pre-Paddy’s drinking party at Café Campus. The $20 admission includes a bevy of drinking games, dancing, Celtic music and, of course, you’ve got to wear green.

When: Thursday, March 14
Time: 8 pm – 1 am
Where: Café Campus, 57 rue Prince-Arthur
Price: $20

James Bay Concert

James Michael Bay is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist. In 2014, he released his single “Hold Back the River,” which has been certified platinum, before releasing his debut studio album Chaos and the Calm. The album went to number one in the UK and number 15 in the US.

He’ll be rocking our Place des Arts in mid-March.

When: Saturday, March 16
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: Place des Arts, 175 rue Ste. Catherine
Price:$48, available online

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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After a one year hiatus, Montreal’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is returning to its rightful route on Ste. Catherine Street this year.

The annual parade will be back on Ste. Cat’s after it as forced to move to Boulevard de Maisonneuve in 2018 because of construction.

The giant outdoor bash, the 196th edition, is an excuse to party outside among thousands of other people.

When: Sunday, March 17
Time: 12 pm
Where: Rue Fort and Ste. Catherine until rue Metcalfe and Ste. Catherine
Price: Free

KISS at the Bell Centre

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Are you ready to Rock and Roll All Nite? Rock legends KISS has announced that after an epic 45-year-career, they will launch their final tour ever in 2019.

One of the most prolific bands of all time, that launched an era of rock ‘n roll legends, KISS’ final tour, appropriately named the “End of the Road,” will stop by Montreal’s Bell Centre on March 19 and All Hell’s Breaking’ Loose.

When: Tuesday, March 19
Time: 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: $107.75 – $1,055.75, available online

Full Moon Yoga à l’Observatoire PVM

Yogies in Montreal will have an opportunity to do a half moon under a full moon this month.

Presented by Full Moon Yoga, this 75-minute yoga practice will be taught by instructor Vanessa DL at one of Montreal’s most beautiful vantage points, the 46th floor of the Observatoire Place Ville Marie.

When: Tuesday,  March 19
Time: 5:45 to 7 pm
Where: l’Observatoir PVM, 5 Place Ville Marie
Price: $30.50, available online

Subtronics + Blunts & Blondes – Up In Smoke Tour

Blunts & Blondes, is an electronic music producer based in Tampa, Florida. He makes music of the dubstep and heavy bass variety and is an advocate for the cannabis industry.

He’ll be joined by Subtronics at a wild show at Club Soda.

When: Friday, March 22
Time: 9 pm – 2 am
Where: Club Soda, 1225 St-Laurent
Price: $73.25, available online

Will Sparks and Ben Nicky at New City Gas

William James Sparks, otherwise known by his stage name Will Sparks, is an Australian producer and DJ from Melbourne, Australia, who is best known for his 2013 single “Bring It Back.”

He’ll be doubling up with American DJ Ben Nicky at a bumping New City Gas at the end of March.

When: Friday, March 22
Time: 10 pm – 3 am
Where: New City Gas, 950 rue Ottawa
Price: $16 – $32, available online

Georges Méliès Hommage

Two documentaries will be screened at Cinema VA that highlights the career, importance and films of French filmmaker Georges Méliès and his lasting impact to the film industry.

When: Sunday, March 24
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Cinema VA – 114, 1395 Rene-Levesque
Price: $8

Toronto Blue Jays vs Milwaukee Brewers – Olympic Stadium

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Baseball returns to Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in the form of the Toronto Blue Jays as they welcome the Milwaukee Brewers for a final two-game tune-up before the start of the 2019 MLB season.

It’s a great nostalgic feel to clamp down those plastic seats at the Big O but it’s also an important showing that the city could thrive again with the return of Major League Baseball to La Belle Province.

When: March 25 and 26
Time: 7:05 pm
Where: Olympic Stadium – 4545 avenue Pierre-Courbetin
Price: $19.25 – $86.75, available online

MUSE Concert

The English rock band, Muse, released their latest album “Simulation Theory” in November and have since embarked on a massive world tour.

The trio swings by the bell centre to sum up March at what’s sure to be a packed Bell Centre.

When: Saturday, March 30
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: $65 – $350 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: Everyday in March
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $10.25 – $20.50, available online

Volcanoes 3D – IMAX

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The IMAX Telus Theatre at the Montreal Science Centre invites guests to a “very hot immersive experience.” Volcanoes 3D will take patrons where few humans dare to venture: into the heart of a volcano.

Using state-of-the-art 3D technology, Volcanoes 3D will offer viewers a thrilling experience, exposing them to the lava erupting at over 700ºC.

The documentary will plunge daringly into the heart of various volcanoes from around the globe, exploiting IMAX with new laser technology.

When: Every day in March
Time: Various times
Where: 2 de la Commune Ouest
Price: $10.50 – $12, available online

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, military facility, lost temple, or 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 March
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 March
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 March
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 March
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: Until March 25 (weather permitting)
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