19 things to do in Montreal this weekend: August 2 to 4

Aug 1 2019, 5:16 pm

We’ve welcomed in a new month and we headed straight towards the weekend. From Osheaga, a couple of food festivals, the Rogers Cup and everything in between, here is what’s happening around Montreal from August 2 to 4.

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Friday, August 2

Osheaga 2019

Osheaga

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Hundreds of bands and thousands of people will be split up between three epic days at the festival’s original site at Parc Jean-Drapeau, for the first time in two years since it underwent major renovations.

Each day features a different headliner, grouped up with a variety of different acts, genres, and audio-visual effects:

Aside from the amazing headliners, each day of the festival will feature some incredible featured acts:

Day 1 ‚Äď Friday, August 2

  • The Lumineers
  • Flume
  • J Balvin
  • Interpol
  • Gucci Mane

Day 2 ‚Äď Saturday, August 3

  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Logic
  • City and Colour
  • Janelle Monae
  • R√ľf√ľs du Sol

Day 3 ‚Äď Sunday, August 4

  • Childish Gambino
  • Tame Impala
  • Hozier
  • Kaytranada
  • Metric

When: August 2-4
Time: Varying times
Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal, QC
Price: $325 – $1,250, available online

First Fridays

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Montreal is about to keep on truckin’ as the fourth First Friday of 2019 kicks off at the beginning of the month.

First Fridays is a special culinary event in which a variety of the city’s food trucks gather at the Olympic Stadium allowing Montrealers to gobble up dishes from dozens of local spots.

The festival, which calls itself “the largest street food fest in Canada,” is known to dish off everything from tacos and churros, to mac and cheese, burgers, and lobster rolls from over 40 participating eateries around Quebec.

Check out a list of participating spots right here.

When: Friday, August 2
Time: 4:30 pm Р11 pm
Where: Olympic Stadium
Price: Free admission

Haunted Red Light Ghost Walk

red light district

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Local tour company, Secret Montreal, is giving guests a chance to learn about the city’s indecent past.

Who knows, you might even see a ghost.

The tour is led by a professional actor and storyteller and the path leads to tales about the dark and lewd history of Montreal’s old Red Light District. Many of the sites are even said to be haunted.

The tour takes place at what is currently known as the Quartier des Spectacles, known for its festivals and entertainment. But Secret Montreal takes its guests on a historical journey of another form of entertainment.

When: Friday, August 2
Time: 8:30 pm Р10 pm
Where: 1219 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $26.50, available online

Cité Mémoire

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Head to Old Montreal to admire 25 of the world‚Äôs largest projection circuits. Montreal‚Äôs history is displayed on buildings and streets throughout the Old Port. Download the free ‚ÄúMontreal en Histoires‚ÄĚ app for destinations, details, and schedules.

When: Friday, August 2
Time: From nightfall until 11 pm
Where: Old Montreal
Price: Free

Saturday, August 3

Coupe Rogers Montreal

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The 2019 Rogers Cup is returning to Montreal for a week in August for the 139th edition of the tournament and the 128th of the Canadian Open.

When: August 3-11
Time: Varies
Where: IGA Stadium, 285 Rue Gary-Carter
Price: Varies, available online

Montreal Beachclub

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Located in Pointe-Calumet, an easy 45-minute drive from Montreal,¬†Beachclub¬†is exactly what its name implies ‚ÄĒ a club on the beach.

The outdoor beach site can host up to 10,000 guests at a time, making it the largest outdoor club in North America.

When: Saturday, August 3
Time: 12 pm Р7 pm
Where: 701 38e Rue, Pointe-Calumet
Price: Varying prices

Matsuri Japon 2019

Japanese street festival

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Montreal is getting ready to host Matsuri Japon’s 18th annual Japanese Street Festival.

The festival will reflect the Japanese community and culture here in Montreal.

According to Matsuri Japon’s Facebook page, the festival will feature Japanese food, activities, desserts, drinks, drum and dance shows, kimono rentals, language workshops, and martial arts demonstrations.

When: Saturday, August 3
Time: 11 am Р8 pm
Where: Matsuri Japon, 8155 rue Rousselot
Price: Free admission

PY1 – Through the Echoes

June 28

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The first-of-its-kind pyramid-shaped entertainment venue, PY1, created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté opened to the public this month and will continue its strong showing this weekend as well.

The innovative venue will offer a multi-sensory experience, state-of-the-art technology and ‚Äúa unique playground‚ÄĚ for multimedia entertainment combining high tech with the talent of the greatest digital creators.

The PY1 experience is slated to make its worldwide debut with Through the Echoes, a show produced exclusively for the pyramid, on June 1, located near the Clock Tower grounds in the Old Port.

When: Saturday, August 3
Time: Varies
Where: Montreal’s Old Port
Price:¬†$28.50 ‚Äď $51, available¬†online

La Ronde

la ronde

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Quebec’s biggest amusement park has kept busy all summer and it’s sure to be busy this weekend as well.

Try battling The Goliath, get rocked on Le Ednor or check out the park’s newest ride, Chaos.

When: Saturday, August 3
Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald
When:¬†10:30 am ‚Äď 8 pm (11:30 pm during the fireworks)
Price: Available online or at the box office

Parc Safari

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Parc Safari opened its gates daily to their 47th season last month.

The park has over 500 animals, exciting rides, and fun activities to keep you going back all season long.

The park starts off with the “Safari Adventure” where guests can get close to exotic animals like never before. While driving to the main park entrance, the optional adventure path allows for the more docile but equally large animals to check you out in your car.

Oh, how the tables have turned.

Animals on the “Safari Adventure” include buffalo, zebras, llamas, gazelles, ostriches, deer, peacocks, and camels. You’re encouraged to feed and pet the animals during the low-speed trek and you’ll always want to keep your windshield wipers handy. Your car might get dirty but it’s worth it.

It’s not often you get to brag about llama saliva on your windshield.

When: Saturday, August 3
Time: 10 am Р5 pm
Where: 280 Rang Roxham, Hemmingford
Price: Prices vary depending on age. Tickets available at the entrance or online

Horos – A Virtual Voyage

HOROS by PHENOMENA VR Escape Game in Montreal from Phenomena on Vimeo.

Regular ‘real-life’ escape rooms are so 2018.

The Old Port is hosting “Horos” all summer, a free-roam virtual reality escape room that “blurs the lines between what is real and what is imaginary.”

Produced by AR/VR company Phenomena, the escape room blends interactive development with content creation and scenography, giving guests a “turnkey location-based experience.”

The VR voyage of Horos is a two-player immersive game that allows users to simultaneously walk freely in a virtual world which is synchronized to physical space.

When: Saturday, August 3
Time: 10 am Р10 pm
Where:  Old Montreal (in front of the Science Center)
Price: $15, available online

Sunday, August 4

Montreal Highland Games

Every summer, the Montreal Highland Games bring people from all backgrounds together to celebrate the heritage of Scotland and this weekend is no different.

The Games represent a wonderful opportunity for participants and visitors alike to discover the treasures, legends and history of the rich Scottish culture.

The festival features a massive parade, caber toss, tug of war, cannons, highland dancing, armoured combat, and traditional Scottish food and drinks.

When: Sunday, August 4
Time: 8:30 am Р6:30 pm
Where: Douglas Hospital Р7070 Boulevard Champlain, Verdun
Price: $15

Tam-Tams

Tam-Tams

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Tam-Tams returned to the city last month and the iconic party keeps up its weekly trek on Sunday.

Tams, the weekly outdoor party at the base of the mountain, is a perfect summary of Montreal, open to both locals and tourists.

The magical outdoor bash is where Montrealers from far and wide, gather in Parc Mont Royal for an afternoon of food, vendors, fun, music, and maybe even a couple of beers and some smoking (shhh, don’t tell anyone).

When: Sunday, August 4
Time: 12 pm until sunset
Where: Sir George-Etienne Cartier Monument
Price: Free

Piknic Electronik

June 28

Piknic Electronik

Piknic Electronik returns for its twelfth edition this weekend.

Piknic is an outdoor electric music dance festival featuring DJs and artists from all over the world. There are obviously good tunes, but there‚Äôs also good food, good drinks, and plenty of activities to keep you going. Best of all ‚Äď the show goes on rain or shine.

When: Sunday, August 4
Time:¬†2 pm ‚Äď 9:30 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Tickets: $16, available online

Voiles en Voiles

pirate ship

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Climb aboard life-size replicas of both royal and pirate ships from the 18th century in Montreal’s Old Port (how fitting).

They are over 100 feet in length and range from two feet high for the young pirates to 35 feet for Peter Pan wannabes.

As the obstacle course gears up for its final stretch run, check out the 61 different activities between the Royal Ship and the Pirate Ship. Activities include zip-lining, rock climbing, and bouncy castles.

When: Sunday, August 4
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 6 pm
Where: Place des Vestiges, Old Port
Price: Prices vary depending on selected activities, tickets online

This Light Never Goes Out – Jim Carrey Exhibition

Jim Carrey

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A new art exhibition featuring works from Jim Carrey is will be on display in Montreal all summer and this steamy weekend might be a good time to check out some art (and you know, air conditioning).

As part of the Phi Centre’s commitment to celebrating technology-based media, the arts centre will present the world premiere of This Light Never Goes Out, featuring over 50 of the actor’s works in an exhibition that will run from June 20 to September 1.

“Jim Carrey is known to most people as a comedic genius on the silver screen, but since 2016, his Twitter feed has been the canvas for a series of satirical and subversive cartoons, penned in response to headlining news,” reads the Phi Centre’s description.

Carrey’s cartoons weigh in on the American political right, focusing on many who are abusing their power in the United States.

When: Sunday, August 4
Time: 10 am Р10 pm
Where: Phi Centre, 315 St-Paul Ouest
Price: $12.40, available online

Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Parc Jean Drapeau

The St-Lawrence River is a gorgeous sight to look at and this weekend, it could be a gorgeous sight to stand on as well.

Lasalle KSF is a store that specializes in surfing, kayak, and paddleboarding and they are teaming up with Parc Jean-Drapeau to get you stand-up paddleboarding this summer.

This great way to stay active, and to be part of the historic River is offered in three different varieties: SUP (stand-up paddleboarding), SUP Yoga, and SUP Fitness.

Paddleboard rentals start at $20 an hour and $10 for each additional hour. They also offer wetsuits to rent for $7 as well as a group 10-rental deal for $150.

When: Sunday, August 4
Time: 10 am Р7 pm
Where: 350 Circuit Gilles Villesneuve, Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $20 Р$56.50, based on activity chosen

HUM(AIN) – We Could Be Human: A Learning Machine

AI robot

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It seems like Siri has some SIRIous competition as a new art exhibition in Montreal features an AI robot that learns from visitors the more it interacts with them.

As part of musician David Usher’s Hum(ai)n exhibition, a digital character named Ophelia will be speaking with humans all summer. This interaction will help to evolve her cognitive state.

When: From now until September 15
Time: 10 am Р8 pm
Where: Phi Centre, 407 Saint-Pierre
Price:$21.97 Р$25.50, available online