29 things to do in Montreal this weekend: August 3 to 5

Aug 2 2018, 5:04 pm

Here’s hoping August carries over all the enjoyment from July but leaves the dangerous heat behind. The massive music festival Osheaga is surely going to headline the weekend, but our fair city is oozing with events to keep everyone busy this weekend, August 3 to 5.

Friday at Osheaga

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When it comes to music festivals, it’s hard to top Osheaga. The 3-day indie music festival is at Parc Jean-Drapeau this weekend, with hundreds of bands and thousands of spectators spread out across six stages on Île Sainte-Hélène.

The festival always boasts an impressive lineup of artists and last year, had over 150,000 visitors over three days. The site also hosts local food trucks, activities, bar outlets and rest areas.

Osheaga’s lineup on Friday includes Travis Scott, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, James Blake, Portugal, The Man, Chromeo and Odesza as the first day’s headliners.

When: Friday, August 3
Time: Doors open at noon, performances begin at 1 pm – 11 pm
Where: Île Sainte-Hélène – Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $115 for a day pass

Le Grand PoutineFest

After travelling to Mirabel and Laval, PoutineFest is back to its original location at the Jacques Cartier Quay in the Old Port and everything is gravy.

The festival will welcome more than 20 poutine outlets from various restaurants all over the city, some of whom will dish out the classic poutine and some will give it a little spin. The venue will feature live music, shows, cooking workshops and a family zone.

Say goodbye to that summer body, these poutines are totally worth it.

When: From now until August 5
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Jacques Cartier Quay – Montreal’s Old Port
Price: Free

Italian Week

The massive Italian community in Montreal will be celebrating its 25th annual Italian Week, starting this weekend in the renowned Little Italy.

The festival aims to promote the Italian culture through music, fashion, cars, shops and obviously, food.

When: August 3 to 12
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Boulevard Saint-Laurent between Rue Jean-Talon and Beabien
Price: Free

Montreal Highland Games



Great Scott! Every summer, the Montreal Highland Games brings together people from all backgrounds together to celebrate the heritage of Scotland.

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.

Whether you’re Scottish or not, all are invited to celebrate the Highland Games activities.

When: Sunday, August 5
Time: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Where: Douglas Hospital – 7070 Boulevard Champlain, Verdun
Price: $15

Nick Jam at Beachclub

Montreal Beachclub is the host of North America’s biggest outdoor club. Located in Pointe-Calumet, an easy 45-minute drive from Montreal, Beachclub can host up to 10,000 guests. The club is beachside and forms an intriguing fuse of the beach and electric dance music.

The American singer/songwriter Nicky Jam will be spinning beats to kick off the month of August.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: Noon – 7 pm
Where: 701 Rue 38, Pointe-Calumet
Price: $15

Notre-Dame Basilica

Celebrate 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: The Notre-Dame Basilica is open year round
Time: 8 am – 4:30 pm on weekdays, 8 am – 4 pm on Saturdays and 12:30 pm – 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

Cavalia’s Odysseo



Cavalia is a massive Canadian-owned company that specializes in live shows mixing equestrian performances with theatre, acrobatics and stagecraft.

Since 2003, the event has travelled to perform in front of more than 8 million spectators worldwide throughout over 70 destinations including North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Renowned for being hosted at the world’s largest big-top tent, the spectacle returns to Rue St. Catherine this weekend, right at the foot of the Jacques Cartier Bridge with over 70 horses.

When: August 2-5, (and then August 7, 9-12, 14-19, 21-26 and 29-30)
Time: 2 pm, 7:30 pm and 8 pm (varies per selected show)
Where: At the entrance of the Jacques Cartier Bridge
Price: $49.50 – $289.50

Saturday at Osheaga

Unless you have the luxury of camping out for all three days at Osheaga, it’s tough to choose the best day to go as so many great artists are spread out all weekend.

If you fancy Saturday at the festival, it’s headlined by  The Arctic Monkeys, Khalid, Tyler, The Creator, Lord Huron, Future Islands, Blondie and the Montreal-band, John Jacob Magistery.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: Doors open at noon, performances begin at 1 pm – 11 pm
Where: Île Sainte-Hélène – Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $115 for a day pass

First Fridays

The largest food truck festival in the province has begun. Olympic Stadium is known for a lot of things but First Fridays have got to be high on the list. The city’s food trucks gather at Olympic Stadium showcasing an array of mouthwatering local food allowing Montrealers to sample dishes from over 50 food trucks.

You can expect to find everything from tacos and churros, to mac and cheese and lobster rolls. The event takes place on the first Friday of every month all summer and guess what this Friday is?

When: Friday, August 3
Time: 4 pm – 11 pm
Where: Olympic Stadium
Price: Free admission


Otakuthon is an anime convention that features cosplay, Japanese singing competitions, live arcade concert shows, video game rooms, tabletop gaming, screening rooms and anime guests of honour.

When: August 3 – 5
Time: 8 am – 10 pm on Friday and Saturday and 8 am – 5 pm on Sunday
Where: Palais des Congres
: $40 – $60

Vini Vici and Benny Benassi at Beachclub



Beachclub is hosting back-to-back events on this first weekend in August. Vini Vici will be mixing tunes on Sunday and he’s joined by none other than Benny Benassi.

“Push me and then just touch me ’til I can get my satisfaction.”

When: Sunday, August 5
Time: noon – 7 pm
Where: 701 Rue 38, Pointe-Calumet
Price: $23.50

Summer of ’84 at Cinéma du Parc

Fresh off its sold-out premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival, Summer of ’84 takes its indie-horror story to the cozy Cinéma du Parc.

The film follows a group of teenage friends who suspect that their police officer neighbour is a serial killer. They spend the summer spying and gathering evidence on him but things get dangerous as they get closer to the discovering the truth.

The directors will be present at the screening for a Q&A before each showing.

When: August 3 and 4
Time: 9:15 pm – 11 pm
Where: Cinéma du Parc – 3573 Avenue du Parc
Price: $12.50

Tales and Legends of Seafarers

Local sailors Éric Michaud, Francis Désilets and Yoda Lefebvre will be at the Old Port’s pier telling tales of the watery depths and hidden legends of the sea. Stevedores and captains recount tales of courage, betrayal and lost love during memorable storms and encounters with terrible monsters and mythical sea creatures.

Each performance lasts 30 minutes in French only. The activity takes place inside at the Port Centre in case of rain (not that the sailors mind).

When: August 3 and 5
Time: 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Where: In front of the Grand Quay – Old Port
Price: Free

Clerel and Only the Righteous at Honey Martin Pub

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Clerel and Only the Righteous are local musicians who know how to bring it. They play a Motown style of music – very unique and mellow vibes. The group will be playing at their usual Friday spot, Honey Martin Pub, the perfect intimate setting for the type of music Clerel and co. bring.

When: Friday, August 3
Time: Honey Martin is open from 3 pm – 3 am, the band starts at 10 pm – 2:30 am
Where: 5916 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Price: Free admission

Sunday at Osheaga

On arguably Osheaga’s most popular day, the big artists come out on Sunday to cap off the festival.

Sunday’s lineup includes Florence & The Machine, The National, Post Malone, James Bay, Franz Ferdinand, The Neighbourhood, Tash Sultana, DVSN, Dua Lipa and Brockhampton, among many others.

When: Sunday, August 5
Time: Doors open at noon, performances begin at 1 pm – 11 pm
Where: Île Sainte-Hélène – Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $115 for a day pass

Old Port Swing Lessons

Studio 88 Swing is offering four 20-minute sessions to get young and old people swing dancing. Two costumed teachers perform acrobatic swing demonstrations followed by introduction classes.

In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. People sing in the rain, not swing.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Promenade d’Iberville
Price: Free

Tam Tams

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Sundays in Montreal in the summer is synonymous with Tam Tams. It’s a giant outdoor party with dancers, sports and drummers all gathered around the Sir George-Etienne Cartier monument. If the weather is nice on Sunday (still worth it even if it’s raining) head over to the mountain and enjoy a longstanding Montreal tradition and vibe. It’s 420 friendly.

When: Sundays in August
Time: Noon
Where: Mont Royal Park
Price: Free

Film Noir on the Canal

Film Noir au Canal is showing free film noir classics at St-Patrick Square on the canal. This weekend’s showing is Fritz Lang’s 1953 classic The Big Heat. It’s screened in its original English version on a massive screen.

Dip your toes in the water, paddle up to the screen or relax in the park.

Montreal trombonist Alex Desjardins will perform to open the film screening.

When: Sunday, August 5
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Saint-Patrick Square – Lachine Canal

Osheage Afterparty

See? It’s Osheaga weekend, we just can’t shake it.

The official afterparty of Osheaga happens at the ever popular New City Gas nightclub. The venue promises to host special and surprise guests but have been very secretive about who it is. Regardless, the club will have bottles, drinks and music galore.

Festival attire is permitted.

When: Friday, August 3
Time: 10 pm – 3 am
Where: 950 Rue Ottawa
Price: $25 at the door

Aba and Preach Cookout at Pied-du-Courant



Fresh off their Haiti tour, Montreal’s popular comedy duo, Aba and Preach, are hosting a stand-up-based BBQ at the urban beachside village this weekend.

They’re bringing some DJ friends, some dancers and some cooks to celebrate multiculturalism. They will be performing comedy whenever they’re not busy stuffing their faces with delicious food.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: 4 pm – 11:59 pm
Where: Village au Pied-du-Courant – 2100 rue Notre-Dame Est
Price: Free admission

Yoga on the Pier

Yoga teacher, Érika Gauvin, welcomes yogis to a calm and welcoming setting right on the Old Port Pier. She fosters discovery of the human body’s subtleties and its awakening to breathing and movement, as a way to develop freedom of mind and body. Her background in contemporary dance and yoga encourages her to explore the balance between sthira (effort/strength) and sukha (grace/gentleness).

Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat. The event goes on rain or shine.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: 9 am – 1o am
Where: Promenade d’Iberville
Price: Free

Atwater Market

The Atwater Market is a massive farmers’ market located in Saint-Henri that’s been running since 1933. The market features both indoor and outdoor vendors from a vast variety of local options: meat, bread, cheese, fruit, vegetables, flowers, candy, pizza and ice cream.

The market is free to enter and a lot of outlets hand out free samples. Take a stroll through the market, it’s lovely.

When: Every day
Time: 7 am – 8 pm
Where: 138 Avenue Atwater
Price: Free

Uncle Tetsu Cheesecake

Uncle Tetsu


The wait is finally over as the Japanese mega-chain Uncle Tetsu opened its first ever Montreal outlet this week.

The puffy, rich and cloud-like pastry has success shops in Vancouver and Toronto and they are absolutely decadent.

If the lineup is quiet, go nab these addictive little things. Who are we kidding, get one even if there is a line.

When: Uncle Tetsu is now open year round
Time:  9 am – 10 pm
Where: 1410 Rue Pierce
Price: Varies per selection

Madonna Dance Party

The 2nd edition of the Madonna Dance Party is dedicated to, you guessed it, the original queen of pop. DJ Jeffany will be playing Madonna’s biggest hits and rarely played gems spanning her entire four-decade career.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: 11 pm – 3 am
Where: Bar le Ritz – 179 Rue Jean Talon Ouest
Price: $10

Shakespeare in Westmount Park

The untraditional rendition of Shakespeare runs every day until August 8. The long-running outdoor theatre event is celebrating its 30th year and takes on a Shakespearean classic this summer in the form of Romeo & Juliet: Love is Love. It’s a contemporary, gender-bent take on the classic love story.

When: Nightly until August 8
Time:  7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Various outdoor venues across Montreal
Price: Free

BIXI Bikes

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BIXI Bikes have added a couple new features this month. Some are equipped with a green laser light system and some are motor-powered. There are only about 40 specialty bikes spread throughout the city, why not go on a hunt for one?

When: BIXI Bikes are in service until mid-October
Time: 24/7
Where: Various loading docks around Montreal
Price: $2.95 for one-way trips, $5 for day passes, $10 weekend pass

Haunted Red Light Ghost Walk

Secret Montreal hosts a haunted guided tour of Montreal’s former Red Light district. Learn about the city’s indecent past and maybe even stumble into a ghost.

When: Every Friday until Halloween
Time: 8:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: 1219 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $26.50, available online

Orientalys Festival

The Orientalys Festival returns for its 8th edition today at the Old Port. The festival honours east-Asain culture through an array of shows, animations, exhibitions, workshops and dance. The site also features authentic cuisine and drinks.

When: August 2 – 5
Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Where: Clock Tower Quay
Price: Free

Baby Cheetahs at Parc Safari Zoo


Parc Safari

Get your animal fix by heading to Parc Safari, an easy 40-minute drive off the island. The park offers an optional Safari Adventure upon entering. You can drive up and see a variety of exotic animals from your car including zebras, ostriches, buffalo, llamas, and camels.

The park will showcase their newest additions, four baby cheetahs, only the second time in the history of Quebec that cheetahs have been born in the province. The first were born at Parc Safari in May 2017. Meaning, there’s a total of six young, adorable cheetahs to check out.

Inside the park, take a walk down the Forest Trail where you have an amazing vantage point of other animals including, monkeys, hyenas, and bears. Don’t forget the lions, but we didn’t have to tell you that.

When: Parc Safari is open until October 8
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 280 Rang Roxham, Hemmingford
Price: Prices vary depending on age. Tickets available at the entrance or online

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