22 things to do in Montreal this weekend: February 28 to March 1

Feb 27 2020, 5:00 am

We bid au revoir to the workweek and the month this weekend — how perfect.

From Nuit Blanche to Montréal en Lumière and everything in between, here are a bunch of stuff worth checking out across Montreal this weekend, February 28 to March 1.

Don’t forget the metros will be open all night on Saturday in celebration of Nuit Blanche.

Friday, February 28

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers ‚Äď in Concert

What: You shall not pass…on this amazing opportunity to watch The Lord of the Rings in concert.

Howard Shore’s Academy Award-winning musical score for LOTR: The Two Towers will be performed live on a giant screen while an orchestra conducts the epic soundtrack.

A group of 250 musicians will form their own fellowship, filling the stage from both the Orchestre and Choeur FILMharmonique and the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal as they transport you to Middle-earth in the majestic quest to destroy that pesky ring.

When: February 28, 29, and March 1
Time: 7:30 pm on February 28 and 29, and 2 pm on March 1
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Price: $104.98 to $163.97 (Friday and Saturday), $69.95 to $153.95 (Sunday), available online

Québec Maple Ferris Wheel

Montreal en Lumière


What: Presented by Maple from Québec, the giant illuminated ferris wheel cozies up to the Quartier Gourmand sector of the festival, offering guests authentic Quebec-made maple syrup samples.

It’s tough to miss the giant, neon-lit wheel, and it offers gorgeous vantage points of the festival site if you want to go camera heavy.

When: February 28 to March 1
Time: Friday, 5 to 11 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 11 pm
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Free admission

Urban Slide


What: Montréal en Lumière will be in full slide swing this weekend as its giant urban slide returns to the Quartier des Spectacles, zigzagging its way across the outdoor party.

The 110 metre-long slide starts at the illuminated launch tower and glides its way around the site, at full speed, screaming with cheers and photo opportunities.

The slide is ‚Äúcompletely revamped‚ÄĚ this year, according to the¬†Festival of Lights¬†website, offering sliders a multicoloured light show.

When: February 28 to March 1
Time: Friday, 5 to 11 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 11 pm
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Free admission


Montreal en Lumière


What:¬†You’re probably not down to dive into a swimming pool in the dead of winter, especially from such great heights.

Luckily, Canadian haut-vol diver Lysanne Richard is.

She’ll jump off a 25-metre high diving board into a three-metre-deep pool. As if that’s not enough, she’ll be performing acrobatics in between.

When: February 28 to March 1
Time: Varying hours, visit the Montreal en Lumiere website for specific times
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Free

Imagine Van Gogh

Van Gogh


What: Montreal has been coated with an exhibition of the works of Vincent Van Gogh, the Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous figures in the history of the art world.

The exhibition, Imagine Van Gogh, which opened in December, takes guests through the world of colours and emotions of Van Gogh’s works through gigantic murals and immersive soundtrack.

When: Friday, February 28
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Arsenal art contemporain — 2020 rue William
Price: $16 to $26, available online

Natrel Skating Rink

Old Montreal skating Old Port


What:¬†A skating rink with Old Montreal as the backdrop ‚Äď talk about picturesque.

The Natrel Skating Rink in Old Montreal is open to the public every day this month, offering some really nice ice.

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: Friday, February 28
Time: 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Natrel Skating Rink, Bonsecours Basin
Price: $5.22, kids six to 12; $7.83 general admission, free for kids under six.

Comedy at the Art Loft – Aba Atlas

Comedy at the Art Loft/Facebook

What: Comedy at the Art Loft continues to be one of the city’s hottest comedy shows and this weekend’s edition, the 164, features the funny Aba Atlas as a headliner and featured acts Dolino El Africano, Kia Mazhar, Marianne Mandrusiak, and Steve Patrick Adams.

Art Loft is the city’s only weekly bilingual show and is run out of a private loft on rue Saint-Laurent and is usually packed with people. It feels like a college party, except a comedian is slinging jokes into a microphone.

The venue features a DJ and snacks. BYOB and it’s 420 friendly (very 420 friendly).

When: Friday, February 28
Time: Doors open at 9 pm, show starts at 10:30 pm
Where: 4152 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $10 at the door (cash only)

Saturday, February 29

Journey to the Centre of the Earth: The Forgotten City


What:¬†Starting this weekend, escape roomers can experience the history of Montreal’s underground city in an all new game titled, “Journey to the Centre of the Earth: The Forgotten City.”

In collaboration with the¬†Art Souterrain festival, √Čchappe-Toi hosts their newest escape room throughout 4 km of Montreal’s underground city as gamers will be required to answer different riddles throughout their journey in order to¬†escape with the treasure of “the forgotten city.”

When: February 29 and March 1, 6, 7, and 8
Time: Times vary
Where: Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle
Price: $25 plus tax, available online

The Incas, Treasures of Peru

Montreal alpacas

La Vie en Alpaga

What: Going on an Old Montreal adventure? Alpaca lunch.

For the third year in a row, the Pointe-à-Callière museum in Old Montreal will be hosting a range of indoor and outdoor activities during the first week of March including creative workshops, history, musical performances, and the chance to meet and pet alpacas.

The alpacas are part of the museum’s The Incas, Treasures of Peru exhibition, which showcases the beauty, history, and stories of the Inca civilization which rose from the Peruvian highlands in the early 13th century.

When: February 29 to March 7
Time: Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm; closed Mondays
Where:¬†Pointe-√†-Calli√®re ‚ÄĒ 350 Place Royal Old Montr√©al
Price:¬†$13 ‚Äď $21

Study and Go Abroad Fair

What: The Study and Go Abroad Fair is a free event for students looking for undergraduate or postgraduate options, both at home or abroad. The expo offers an opportunity to meet with universities from around the world and to learn about scholarships, admission requirements, and program options.

Also featured is a Travel Zone with work abroad, volunteering, internships and language travel programs.

 When: Saturday, February 29
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Where: Palais des congrès de Montréal, 1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle,
Price: Admission is free. Visitors can pre-register online or sign up on the day

A Night in the Atrium’s Enchanted Forest


What: Lace up and hit the ice at the refrigerated rink inside the tallest building in Montreal. The ice is open until 1 am and DJ Darth Paul will be supplying the beats.

When: Saturday, February 29
 7 pm to 1 am
Where: Atrium Le 1000, 1000 de la Gauchetière
Price: Free

Karaoké on ice


What: The Old Port skating rink will be transformed into a giant karaoke stage fusing music, skating, and singing as part of Nuit Blanche.

When: Saturday, February 29
Time: 9 pm to 1 am
Where: Clock Tower Pier
Price: $7.83

Les Jardineries


What:¬†Head over the Olympic Stadium for the final weekend of February’s free outdoor fun that includes bowling, skating, sledding, sliding, hot drinks, and a heated chalet.

When: Saturday, February 29
Time: 10:30 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Les Jardineries, L’Esplanade du Parc Olympique
Price: Free admission

Night of 100 Improvisers


What: Theatre Sainte-Catherine is going hard on the improvisers on Nuit Blanche, bringing in a new improviser and changing the themes and styles every hour on the hour for seven hours.

When: Saturday, February 29
Time: 8 pm to 3 am
Where: Theatre Sainte-Catherine, 264 Ste. Catherine Est
Price: Free

Montreal Canadiens vs the Carolina Hurricanes



What: The Habs will look to end a rough month on a high note as they welcome the Carolina Hurricanes to town. Look for Carey Price to be between the pipes for the Canadiens and a non-Zamboni driver to hold down the fort on the opposing side (for a change).

When: Saturday, February 29
Time: 7 pm
Where:¬†Centre Bell¬†‚ÄĒ 1909 avenue des Canadiens
Price: $73 Р$361, available online

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives


What:¬†If you’re not a fan of mummies, you probably won’t like them any better at night.

For Nuit Blanche, the MMFA is offering half-price admission to its Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives exhibit.

The exhibit, produced by the British Museum, reconstructs the lives of six people who lived along the Nile between 900 BCE and 180 CE, using an innovative approach that combines the arts and science.

(Note: If they get up and start walking around the museum, that is NOT part of the exhibit.)

When: Saturday, February 29
Time: 5 pm to 12 am
Where: Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal, 1380 rue Sherbrooke
Price: $12

Sunday, March 1



What:¬†The Dynamo show at the¬†√Čnergir stage will feature a mini-circus of acrobats performing what the Montreal en Lumi√®re website describes as a “mind blowing show.”

When: Sunday, March 1
Time: Varying hours, visit the Montreal en Lumiere website for specific times
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
Price: Free


What:¬†If you’ve ever wanted to be like Charlie Bucker from¬†Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, now is your chance (to fly at least, not the whole candy eating thing.)

SkyVenture in Laval offers guests the first recirculating indoor free-fall simulator in Canada. Dive in solo or with a group and you actually fly.

“Anyone who is in good health can fly in the wind tunnel,” reads the SkyVenture terms and conditions. “After just a few minutes, you will finally understand why birds sing!”

Guests are lifted into the air through the flight chamber’s airflow and an instructor is on-site to ensure 100% safety.

When: Sunday, March 1
Time: 9 am to 8 pm
¬†Centropolis ‚ÄĒ 2700 avenue du Cosmod√īme, Laval
Price: $58 – $93.93, available online

Journey to Space

Montreal Science Center

What: How do astronauts do it? We know where they do it but like, how do they wash up at the end of shift? How do they get into and out of those bulky suits?

Embark on Journey to Space at the Montreal Science Center and learn all about the day-to-day lives of astronauts in a new interactive exhibition filled with experiences that are — you guessed it — out of this world.

When: Sunday, March 1
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Montreal Science Center, Old Montreal
Price:$12 Р$23, available online

Pente à Neige

ski hill Montreal


What: No offence Mont Tremblant, but we might hit the slopes a bit closer to home this weekend as La Pente à Neige has constructed a man-made ski hill at Parc Ignace-Bourget.

The third edition of the urban hill is big enough for up to 250 people along with a mini slope that can accommodate up to 50 mini-skiers.

The hill welcomes skiers, snowboarders, tubers, and sledders of any age and features a cozy heated yurt, mulled wine, hot chocolate, and music. Guests can bring their own equipment or it can be rented on site.

The slope is 300 metres long and has professionals on site to teach people proper skiing/snowboarding/falling down techniques.

When: Sunday, March 1
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where:¬†Parc Ignace-Bourget ‚ÄĒ 6101 Avenue de Montmagny
Price: Various pricing, details available online

POP Yoga Neige

outdoor yoga

POP Spirit/Facebook

What: Montreal-based fitness company POP Spirit is hosting another edition of outdoor snow yoga on Sunday.

Aptly titled POP Yoga Neige, classes will take place from 10:30 am to 11:15 am on Sunday.

All classes are free to the public and boast top-notch, professional instructors. All you have to do is bring your own mat and dress warmly (and we mean, really warmly).

When: Sunday, March 1
Time: 10:30 to 11:15 am
Where: Parcours Gouin
Price: Free

Zero Latency VR Games


What: Put on a VR headset, strap into a backpack, pick up a controller and dive into the VR world.

Once inside, guests can move around just like you do in the real world without any wires or walls to get in the way of your virtual reality adventures.

From preventing a zombie outbreak, to saving humanity from a deadly disease, and getting launched into space, each game takes 45 min and can feature one to eight players.

When: Sunday, March 1
Time: 5 to 9 pm
Where: 910 Jean Talon Street East
Price: $44.99, available online