13 things to do in Montreal this weekend: April 20 to 22

Apr 19 2018, 11:06 pm

We’ve finally made it to the end of the week, Montreal. Luckily, there is plenty going on around town so be sure to check out these weekend events and turn the next few days into a worthy spring stretch!

420 tribute show

Celebrate with 420 with the ultimate stoner music event, featuring Bob Marley, Cypress Hill, and Sublime tribute acts.

Where:  Piranha Bar, 680 Ste-Catherine West, Montreal
When: April 20, 2018
Time: 8 pm to midnight
Tickets: Available online, $10

Spring Polish Bazaar

Looking to satisfy your Pierogi craving?

You’ll be able to do just that at Montreal’s Spring Polish Bazaar taking place from April 21 to 22. At this cultural event, you’ll be able to try out delicious Polish foods and shop for goods such as jewellery and cosmetics.

Where:  5391 Snowdown Street
When:  April 21 and 22, 2018
Time:  Doors open at 10 am

Blue Metropolis

Blue Metropolis is one of the city’s best literary festivals. Taking place annually in April, this one-of-a-kind event dates back to 1999. The festival has activities both in English and French, and features all sorts of events including readings, on-stage interviews, panel discussions, and writing workshops.

Where: For a full list of locations, click here.
When: April 20 to 29, 2018
Tickets: Available online

Record Store Day

On Saturday, April 21, vinyl record enthusiasts are invited to celebrate independent record stores all over the world as part of Record Store Day.

Here in Montreal, vinyl collectors can look forward to parties, in-store performances, and special releases from bands old and new.

Where: Record stores throughout the city
When: April 21, 2018
Admission: Free

$1 coffee day in Montreal

From April 15 to 21, the third edition of Festivals des Cafes Independent is being celebrated at over 50 independent coffee shops in and around Montreal.The event aims to highlight the craftsmanship of Montreal’s baristas who serve up some of the city’s best java. The caffeine-filled week wraps up on April 21, where participating locations will be offering customers $1 cups of coffee.

Where: Various locations, check the website for details
When: $1 coffee Day: April 21. Coffee week runs from April 15 to 21.

21 Swings

Montreal’s beloved 21 Swings (or 21 Balancoires) is returning to Promenade des Artistes this spring! Is there any better sign that spring has arrived?

When: Until May 27, 2018
Where: Promenade des Artistes

Bixi Bikes

Bixi season begins April 15th and we couldn’t be more excited. Given the chilly winter we’ve had, it’s about time our favourite bike sharing program is brought back to the streets of Montreal.

When: Begins April 15
Where: Various locations

Visit Montreal’s free museum

Montreal is filled with amazing museums but there is one you can visit for free anytime. The Redpath Museum is located in downtown Montreal on the McGill University campus and you can visit it anytime at no cost. The museum features exhibits focusing on natural history, biology, geology, and cultural heritage. Completed in 1882, Redpath Museum is the oldest building in Canada built as a museum.

Where: 859 Sherbrooke Street West
Hours: Monday to Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Saturdays* and public holidays: CLOSED (But open for spring/ summer starting April 7)
Sunday (September through May): 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday (June, July, August): 1 – 5:00 pm

Particles of Existence 

The Phi Centre is hosting an out-of-this-world exhibit that you definitely do not want to miss.

Particles of Existence explores new dimensions of how science and technology have brought us closer to understanding our universe and beyond.

Where: The Phi Centre, 407 Rue Saint-Pierre
When: Until August 12, 2018. Closed on Monday.
Time: Various time slots. Check website for details.
Tickets: Available online

Le Temps des Sucres

If you’re desperately in need of a maple fix head down to Montreal Olympic Stadium where a huge sugar shack festival will be happening from April 12 to 22.

Le Temps des Sucres will be featuring delicious fare created by some all-star chefs. These won’t be your ordinary sugar shack dishes. Instead, renowned Quebec chefs Martin Juneau, Marie-Fleur St-Pierre, Alexandre Gosselin, and Rémy Couture will be cooking up 4-course contemporary meals that will highlight the sweet taste of maple.

Where: Olympic Stadium’s Esplanade Financière Sun Life Source
When: April 12 to 22, 2018
Tickets: $35 to $65, available online

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

Montreal Digital Spring

Quartier des Spectacles is hosting a unique digital art festival all season long. Throughout the months of March, April, May, and June, Quartier des Spectacles will see all sorts of events pertaining to the digital arts. These include a media lab, live musical performances, and sculptures. Be sure to check out what’s going on in Quartier des Spectacles every weekend in the spring.
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
When: From now to June 21, 2018

Walk up Mount Royal

The weather has finally turned so why not take advantage? Go for your first spring walk up Mount Royal! Explore the flora and fauna, wander a new trail, or even have a picnic at Beaver Lake. There is so much to explore at this Montreal landmark.
When: Anytime
Where: Mount Royal

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