14 things to do in Montreal this weekend: February 16 to 18
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It’s finally the weekend and the city is filled with exciting events.
From checking out a Prince exhibit to hitting up a fancy hockey festival, get ready to make this three-day stretch a good one!
Dumplings du nouvel an chinois
Chinese New Year ( also referred to as the Lunar New Year) kicks off on Friday, February 16, and one of the biggest ways to celebrate is with traditional food.If you want to cook up some good eats for Chinese New Year you’re in luck – a dumpling workshop is happening in Montreal.
Where: Co-op Le Milieu, 1251 Rue Robin
When: Friday, February 16, 2018
Time: 6 to 8 pm
Register: On Eventbrite, $20
Cabane d’à côté
Sugarbush season is fast approaching and per annual tradition, reservations are open for Au Pied de Cochon’s Cabane à Sucre, as well as a new venue (right next door) open for its inaugural maple sugar season in 2018: Cabane d’à Côté.
Where: 3595 montée Robillard, Mirabel, Quebec
When: Opens for the 2018 sugar season February 15, Wednesday to Sunday
Price: $56 per person
PetSmart National Pet Adoption Weekend
This weekend, Canadian PetSmart locations will be putting pets in need up for adoption and are encouraging people to adopt as part of National Pet Adoption Weekend.
From February 16 to 18, more than 200 Canadian animal welfare organizations will bring thousands of adorable, adoptable pets into nearly every one of PetSmart’s 130-plus stores across the country.
Where: PetSmart locations across Canada (Check website for full list of participating locations)
Visit the Prince exhibit at Place des Arts
One of the greatest music stars of all time is being celebrated at Montreal’s Place des Arts in honour of Black History Month. Prince: His Purple Majesty is an exhibition dedicated to the legendary artist. Prince’s life and musical career is explored by musicologist Duke Eatmon.
Where: Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme at Place des Arts
When: Until March 3, 2018
Celebrating David Bowie
A concert celebrating legendary glam rock star David Bowie will be taking place in Montreal on Saturday, February 17, at M TELUS. Celebrating David Bowie (CdB) features an all-star line up of artists who worked closely with the star.
Where: M TELUS, 59 St Catherine St E, Montreal
When: February 17, 2018
Time: 8:30 pm
Tickets: Available on Ticketmaster, $62.25 to $155
Check out Montreal’s fanciest hockey tournament
Get on your sweaters and bowties because the WRG Classic returns to Montreal on February 17. This is more than your average hockey tournament. The participants in the WRG Gentlemen’s Hockey Classic must all dress to the nines while they play.
We’re talking about bow ties, blazers, sweater vests, pocket squares, top hats, and more. Sounds more exciting than your typical hockey jersey, doesn’t it?
Where: Parc Ignace-Bourget (Sud-Ouest Montreal)
When: February 17, 2018
Time: 9 am to 230 pm
Tyler the Creator and Vince Staples
Two of hip-hop’s biggest names will be performing at MTELUS.
Where: MTELUS, 59 St Catherine St E, Montreal
When: February 18, 2018
Time: 8:30 pm
Tickets: Available on Evenko, $57.50 – $62.50
Free Snow Yoga
For a fourth year, Snow Yoga classes are taking place in our beautiful snowy Montreal parks. POP Spirit and the Borough of Plateau-Mont-Royal invite you to take the time to immerse yourself in the sublime white landscape offered by our winter in Quebec!
Bring your own rug and or a small blanket.
Where: Parc Lafontaine: every Saturday, from January 13 to March 17 (meeting point: facing the La Fontaine space)
Laurier Park: every Sunday, until March 18
(meeting point: facing the chalet ( by the pool) of Laurier Park)
When: Various dates until March. Check Facebook page for details.
Time: Various times. Check Facebook page for details.
Thanks to Montreal’s plethora of urban parks there are plenty of trails for you to wander this winter. Dig that old pair of snowshoes out of your closet or rent a brand new pair, whatever you do you’re sure to enjoy this snowy activity.
When: Until March 2018
Where: Check out our handy list!
Go skating at the Old Port skating rink
Known for its outstanding quality of ice, excellent facilities, and breathtaking views of the city and the Saint Lawrence River, this is the place to go skating in Montreal.
When: Until March 11, 2018
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin, Old Port
Celebrate winter at Espace pour la vie
Montreal’s Espace pour la vie is ready for January and they’ve got an amazing line-up of events to keep you merry all winter long.
Where: Espace pour la vie, 4101 Sherbrooke St E
When: Various dates and times check website for details
Tickets: Available online
The 6th edition of the LeChop culinary festival is back next month. And this year LeChop MTL wants to give back to the community. The organization has partnered with Share the Warmth to offer a delicious 2-course table d’hote menu at participating restaurants to help fight the battle against food insecurity.
When: Now until February 28, 2018
Where: Weinstein & Gavinos (1434 Rue Crescent), L’Atelier d’Argentine (1458 Rue Crescent and 355 Marguerite D’Youville), and Decca 77 (1077 Rue Drummond)
Visit Montreal’s man-made ski and tubing hills
Pente à Neige –an organization working to bring back skiing to the city by constructing man-made slopes at Parc Ignace-Bourget. Now the slopes are open and the park includes ski and snowboard courses with a carpet lift, two slopes for tubing, a sliding trail and a free ice rink.
Where: Parc Ignace-Bourget
When: Throughout February
Hours: Thursday, Friday: 4 pm to 7 pm
Weekends: 8 am to 7 pm (snow tubing opens at 9 am)
Cost: Activity costs vary, check website for details
Check out the winter village at Olympic Park
The traditional winter village at Montreal’s Olympic Park has officially returned for 2017 and 2018. From now until March 25, 2018, you can enjoy outdoor skating on a brand new frozen trail, browse the pop-up shops and discover artisanal products, and take part in plenty of other fun winter activities.
Where: Olympic Park, 4545 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave
When: Until March 25, 2018
Time: Thursday and Friday: 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.
There are also special hours during the holidays. Check website for details.