13 things to do in Montreal this weekend: April 27 to 29

Apr 27 2018, 3:01 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!

Concordia Community Bookstore: Eat. Sleep. Read. Book Sale

Digging into a stack of books just got a lot cheaper. This weekend, from Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29, the Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore will be having their “Eat. Sleep. Read.” Used Book Sale.  The co-op bookstore boasts a wide assortment of genres like classic literature, business, math, arts, philosophy, and gender studies, to name a few. More than 600 books will be up for grabs at the event, including new, used, and free books.

Where: Concordia Community Solidarity Co-op Bookstore – 2150 Bishop Street
When: Friday, April 27 to Sunday, April 29, 2018
Time: Friday from 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Camila Cabello in Montreal

Everyone’s favourite Fifth-Harmony-girl-turned-solo-star, Camila Cabello will be bringing her Never Be the Same Tour to Montreal this spring. Cabello is heading out on her first solo tour and she will be performing in Montreal on April 28 at MTELUS. She is set to perform fan favourites including “Havana” and her new hit single “Never Be The Same.”

Where: MTELUS, 59 St Catherine St E
When: April 28, 2018
Time: 8 pm
Tickets: On sale February 16 at 10 am via Evenko, $50.

La Fête du Croissant

The best day of the year, otherwise known as La Fête du Croissant ($1.25 Croissant Day) is back. Taking place on April 28, 2018, Croissant Day promises to celebrate the most delicious and flaky of French pastries: the croissant. Taking place all over Greater Montreal, from Westmount to Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Montrealers can expect to pay just $1.25 (yes, it’s a bit more than a dollar) for a croissant at any one of the event’s participating bakeries and cafes.

Where: Various locations, check website for details
When: April 28, 2018

Festival Gueule D’érable

It’s syrup season and there’s no better way to celebrate than with huge maple festival. On April 28 and 29, Quai Jacques-Cartier will transform into a party place dedicated to all things maple. Festival Gueule D’érable will also feature food trucks, live music, and activities for the whole family including axe throwing, pop-up shops, taffy tasting, and beer (for the older crowd).

Where: Quai Jacques-Cartier
When: April 28 and 29, 2018
Tickets: Available online, $18

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

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?

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

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.

Where: Various locations
When: Begins April 15

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

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.

Where: Mount Royal
When: Anytime

Check out cherry blossoms in Montreal

Is there any sign of spring more beautiful than the cherry blossom tree? We think not. Luckily, cherry blossom trees aren’t exclusively reserved for Washington D.C. and Vancouver. Nope, Montreal is home to some pretty stunning pink flora and it’s only a matter of time until those buds begin to blossom (typically the beginning of May).

For all those on the hunt for the first sign of spring (and those who just want a cute pic to post on their Instagram page), check out 6 places to find cherry blossom trees in Montreal.

Where: Check out our handy list!
When: Late April to May

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