27 things to do in Montreal this long Easter weekend: April 19 to 21

Apr 18 2019, 8:31 pm

As you ease into the three-day Easter weekend, there is a slew of great events worth checking out in and around Montreal from April 19 to 21.

Be sure to hide those chocolate eggs in a dry place as we’re expected to get some rainfall this weekend.

Even still, wet chocolate is still good chocolate.

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Friday, April 19

Star Wars: A New Hope – In Concert

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A galaxy far, far away is coming to Place des Arts.

The Quebec entertainment company, GFN Productions, has announced that the world tour of Star Wars: A New Hope – In Concert is coming to Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier for two dates this month.

Montreal’s Orchestre FILMharmonique will be performing the 1977’s film iconic soundtrack, bringing John William’s Oscar-winning score to life as the original film plays on the big screen.

Experience the power of the force like never before.

When: April 19 and 20
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Price: $63.24 – $143.27, available online

21 Swings


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Spring won’t be the only thing in the air as Montreal’s musical swing exhibition has returned to the Quartier des Spectacles.

The interactive, music art installation, 21 Swings, will have Montrealers feeling like kids again as guests can swing back and forth, creating musical melodies.

The 21 Swings (or Balançoires) installation was custom-made for the Promenade des Artistes in the Quartier des Spectacles. The work was created by Daily tous les jours, in collaboration with animal behaviourist Luc-Alain Giraldeau from UQAM and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, the installation’s composer.

When: From now until May 28
Time: 10 am – 12 am
Where: Promenade des Artistes, Quartier des spectacles
Price: Free

Montreal Botanical Garden – Butterflies Go Free


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

Pop Punk Emo Dance Party

Do you want to party like it’s Warped Tour 2005?

Barl Le Ritz is hosting a “Pop Punk Emo Dance Party” on Friday with a trip back to the 90s and the early 2000s pop punk and emo scene.

Guests are encouraged to wear Hot Topic attire to a night full of My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Taking Back Sunday, Green Day, Good Charlotte, Jimmy Eat World, and so much more.

When: Friday, April 19
Time: 10:30 pm – 3 am
Where: Bar Le Ritz, PDB
Price: $10, at the door


Quartier des Spectacles

A centrepiece of Montreal’s architectural heritage, this spiral staircase, created by local artist, Patrick Pérubé embodies “neighbourly culture and friendly back alleys.”

Suspended in mid-air, the double helix of a DNA molecule aims to remind on-lookers that our differences, put together, make up our collective identity.

When: From now until May 28
Time: 24/7
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Free

Neko Case – Théâtre Corona

Neko Richelle Case is an American singer-songwriter, best known for her solo career and her contributions as a member of the Canadian indie rock group The New Pornographers.

Case has partnered with PLUS1 so that $1 from every ticket will go to support Urban Native Youth Association and their culturally responsive, holistic programs and services helping Indigenous youth explore their personal goals for education, work, culture, and life, in a fun, safe, and healthy environment.

When: Friday, April 19
Time: 8 pm – 11 pm
Where: Théâtre Corona, 2490 Notre-Dame Ouest
Price: $46, available online

Girls In The Garage – Vernissage and Art Show


Girls in the Garage are hosting their 5th installment of a two part evening extravaganza.

The GITG we will be showing both visual artists and musicians, celebrating female talent in the underground art scene.

The second half of the night will begin at 9:30 with musical acts Hanorah and Déception.

When: Friday, April 19
Time: 9:30 pm – 12:30 am
Where: The Diving Bell Social Club/Club Social Le Scaphandre, 3956 boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: $10, at the door

Saturday, April 20

420 Mount Royal

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Take part in a seriously laid back 4/20 gathering in the shadow of the Mount Royal monument. Bring a blanket, some snacks, and whatever else you might need as this is less an organized event and more a beautiful and sporadic joining together of the MTL cannabis community.

When: Saturday, April 20
Time: No set time, but the best time to arrive is 4:20 pm
Where: Mount Royal Park
Price: Free

Vintage Bazar Sale

From vintage home decor, retro objects, clothes, jewellery, retro accessories, books, vinyl records, toys, and furniture, the Église St-Jean Berchmans is hosting a whopper of a bazar sale on Saturday.

When: Saturday, April 20
Time: 9 am – 4:30 pm
When: Église St-Jean-Berchmans, 1871 Boulevard Rosemont

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: Satruday, April 20
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

The Therapists, HYRE & lightmares 420 showdown

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The Therapists will be bringing all the medicinal therapy needed for Canada’s first legal 420 celebrations with non-stop, interactive, circus party punk metal from the dirty mining town of Sudbury, Ontario. Local heroes HYRE will also be there to rock your socks off and set the mood for dancing and drinking with some good dirty grunge! Then enjoy the Lightmares, three sweet boys who like making loud noises. They’ve been doing this together for over a decade and the way they play a set together really shows it.

When: Saturday, April 20
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Where: Barfly, 4062A St Laurent
Price: Free admission

Coup Sûr

With baseball/softball season right around the corner, head to the cages and get your swing timing down.

Coup Sûr has six pitching machines all throwing at various speeds and each machine throws either baseballs or softballs. They have a closed off radar section too if you want to practice pitching. They supply bats and helmets and boast an impressive Baseball Town store if you’re looking for some gear.

Their pro shop, Baseball Town, is offering 25% on selected items on Saturday in preparation for the upcoming season.

When: Saturday, April 20
Time: 9 am – 10 pm
Where: 3835 Boulevard Curé-Labelle, Laval
Price: 1 token (20 pitches): $5.75/ 5 token special (100 pitches): $23.00

Space Out 420

Experience the creation of the universe with Montreal’s finest local artists and collectives joining forces. For the first time ever, celebrate 420 and the day of the earth in a multi-sensory immersive experience amongst an incredible community.

Enjoy 10+ hours of music, two stages, 17 DJs (TBC), workshops, food, live instruments, projections, dancers, body painting, and live visuals.

When: Saturday, April 20
Time: 7 pm to 3 am
Where: Bain Mathieu, 2915 Ontario Est
Tickets: Available online, $22.50

Thierry Mugler at the MMFA


The world premiere of the Thierry Mugler: Couturissime exhibition which was christened by Kim Kardashian is at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts.

Set against a spectacular backdrop, the exhibition brings together more than 140 garments made between 1973 and 2001, most of which have never been shown before.

When: Saturday, April 20
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal, 1380 rue Sherbrooke
Price: $16 – $24, available online

Chezannabis: Two years anniversary 4/20


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Chez Ann is turning two years old but according to them “it totally feels like four hundred and twenty years.” Join them for a 420 Chez Annabis celebration, that will feature what is sure to be an impressive selection of Chez Ann’s homemade bread, pastries, and pasta. Come for snacks, stay for the drinks, and dance to the tunes.

When: Saturday, April 20
Time: 4:20 pm
Where: Chez Ann, 6568 rue St-Laurent
Price: free

Sucrerie de la Montagne

It’s not really springtime until you’re sugar shacking.

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 is 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: Saturday, April 20
Time: 10 am – 7:30 pm
Where: 300, Chemin St-Georges, Rigaud
Price:$14 – $34, available online


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The eighth annual Smoke 2 Def is coming to Montreal for April 20. With acts from as far as the UK, with the dubstep of Trampa, LA’s TrollPhace, Crowell from Detroit, and numerous other acts. It’s going to be loud. Get out there. Held at Circus, the party keeps going till 6 am.

When: Saturday, April 20
Time: 9:30 pm to 6 am
Where: Circus, 917 Ste-Catherine Est
Tickets: Available online, $30 to $50

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: Saturday, April 20
Time: Various times
Where: 2 de la Commune Ouest
Price: $10.50 – $12, available online

Sunday, April 21

Notre-Dame Basilica

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Celebrate Easter Sunday Mass at Montreal’s most viewed structure at 11 am and hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ. Or, take a walking tour of the basilica which is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle. It is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows.

When: Sunday, April 21
Time: 12:30 pm – 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

Fabuleux Chez Serge – Game of Thrones Premiere

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“This last season should not be watched alone,” claims the popular Fabuleux Chez Serge, who will be screening every episode of the final season on all of their giant screens, with surround sound.

Chez Serge will be dishing out free popcorn and guests who bring their own chalice, stein, or drinking horn will get $1 off on all drinks.

Plus, the bar has that mechanical bull. If any of the episodes get too intense, that bull might be a good ride to let off some steam.

Chez Serge stresses that “your silence is golden” during the screening.

When: Sunday, April 21
Time: 8 pm
Where: Fabuleux Chez Serge, 4281 boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: Free admission

Rose Bowl Bowling

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The Rose Bowl is a Montreal landmark.

The 72-lane bowling alley offers both 10-pin and 5-pin bowling and opening hours that appeal to everyone.

The Rose also hosts a casse-croute, a bar and an arcade room.

Strike some bowling off the list for this weekend.

When: Sunday, April 21
Time: 8 am – 3 am
Where: 6510 rue St-Jacques Ouest
Price: $5 per game plus $2.39 shoe rental (mandatory)

Haunted Montreal Pub Crawl



If you thought this year’s winter was 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: Sunday, April 21
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

Musée Grévin Montreal

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Say hello to Easter by saying hello to some wax figurines.

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: Sunday, April 21
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

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