24 things to do in Montreal this weekend: July 26 to 28

Jul 25 2019, 6:16 pm

Get ready for a slew of Just For Laughs shows, some of which are free, a couple of music festivals, outdoor activities and everything in-between as Montreal revs up for the final weekend of the month, July 26 to 28.

Friday, July 26

Trevor Noah – Just For Laughs


Trevor Noah/Facebook

Comedic powerhouse and political commentator Trevor Noah returns to the world’s biggest comedy fest, bringing his “Loud & Clear” tour to the Bell Centre on Friday.

When: Friday, July 26
Time: 8 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Price: $58.50 – $112.70, available online

’77 Punk-Rock Music Festival

punk rock


’77 specializes in ska, punk and rock music and boasts an impressive lineup of each genre.

The festival will include Pennywise, Bad Religion, Streetlight Manifesto, The Exploited, BIGWIG, Wavves, and so much more.

When: Friday, July 26
Time: 12:30 pm – 10 pm
Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $77 – $117, passes available online

Pete Holmes and Friends

Just For Laughs/Facebook

American comedian, writer, cartoonist, author, and podcast host Pete Holmes is in Montreal to kick off the weekend, and he’s brining friends!

When: Friday, July 26
Time: 7 pm – 10 pm
Club Soda, 1225 St-Laurent
Price: $99, available online

Haunted Red Light Ghost Walk

red light district

Secret Montréal/Facebook

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, July 26
Time: 8:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: 1219 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $26.50, available online

Cité Mémoire


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

When: Friday, July 26
Time: From nightfall until 11 pm
Where: Old Montreal
Price: Free

Ladies & Gentlemen

Free Just For Laughs

Just For Laughs

The Ladies & Gentlemen Comedy Show returns to OFF-JFL this summer with local comics Chris Sandiford (CBC’s Cavendish) and Daniel Carin (JFL’s Homegrown Competition) who team up for their award-winning comedy show that features their very best friends as special guests and maybe even a song or two.

“It’s stand-up. It’s sketch. It’s improv. It’s a beach party wrapped in a picnic basket and thrown onstage.”

When: Friday, July 26
Time: 9 pm
Where: Scene Bell Zoofest Outdoor Stage
Price: Free admision

Fantasia International Film Festival

international film festival


Fantasia works primarily as a film screening festival, showcasing a variety of programming, both independent and commercial, while focusing on the imaginative cinema of Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

The festival also welcomes guests from across the cinema community, including actors, directors, producers, studio reps, and distributors.

When: Friday, July 26
Time: Varies according to screening
Where: Concordia University – 1455 Boulevard de Maisonneuve Ouest
Price: Varies according to screening

Gayme Show

Free Just For Laughs

Just For Laughs

Gayme Show is, you guessed it, a game show and crash course in all things LGBTQ and fabulous.

Hosts Dave Mizzoni and Matt Rogers put two straight male comedians to the test in head to head challenges to uncover which of them will be named “Honorarily Gay as Fuck” and will reign as “Queen of the Straights.”

During the show, the straights are coached and critiqued by very special guests, a “Woman Who Gets It” and a “Wise Queer.” Gayme Show is spirited, competitive, and pop-culturally educational while also “being fun and frivolous as all hell.”

When: July 26 and 27
Time: 10 pm
Where: Loto-Quebec Stage

Saturday, July 27

Heavy MTL

heavy montreal


Heavy MTL is a two-day, outdoor heavy metal and hard rock music festival. If you want to jump into a mosh pit and bang your head, Parc Jean Drapeau’s Heavy MTL has got you covered.

This year’s festival is headlined by Slayer, Ghost, Evanescence, Godsmack, Clutch, Slash, Anthrax, and so much more.

When: Saturday, July 27
Time: 12 pm – 11 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Price: $175 – $320, available online

Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious

Just For Laughs

The Nasty Delicious formed in 2007, and has been rocking stages around North America with Craig Robinson of The Office and This Is The End fame.

Robinson fuses the musical genres of electric funk, Latin jazz, hard rock, soul, and obviously tosses in a few laughs.

When: Saturday, July 27
Time: 9:15 pm
Where: Scene La Capitale

Montreal Beachclub



Located in Pointe-Calumet, an easy 45-minute drive from Montreal, Beachclub is exactly what its name implies — 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, July 27
Time: 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: 701 38e Rue, Pointe-Calumet
Price: Varying prices

L’International des Feux Loto-Québec

montreal fireworks

Parc Jean-Drapeau

The world’s largest fireworks festival sums up its 35th edition of L’International des Feux Loto-Québec tonight with its sky-high show appropriately titled, “finale.”

When: Saturday, July 27
Time: 10 pm
Where: Old Montreal
Price: Free

Never Surrender: Still Kicking

Free Just For Laughs

Just For Laughs

Never Surrender, dubbed “The World’s Greatest Lip-Sync Band,” has been rocking audiences across Canada and the US for nearly 15 years and they’ll keep it going as they return to JFL for the fifth time.

Featuring comedians Tim Rabnett, Ryan Wilner, and Mike Paterson, your favourite pop/rock hits from the 80s and 90s are back with a jump-kicking vengeance.

Never Surrender urges guests to “come sync-along and try to figure out which of them is the stud, the patsy, and the golden retriever.”

When: Saturday, July 27
Time: 9 pm
Where: Scene Bell Zoofest Outdoor Stage

PY1 – Through the Echoes

June 28


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 “a unique playground” 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, July 27
Time: Varies
Where: Montreal’s Old Port
Price: $28.50 – $51, available online

La Ronde

la ronde

La Ronde – PAGE OFFICIELLE/Facebook

Quebec’s biggest amusement park opened last month 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, July 27
Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald
When: 10:30 am – 8 pm (11:30 pm during the fireworks)
Price: Available online or at the box office

Sunday, July 28




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, July 28
Time: 12 pm until sunset
Where: Sir George-Etienne Cartier Monument
Price: Free

14th Annual SERVE Tournament


Montreal’s annual SERVE volleyball tournament returns this weekend for the 14th edition.

Every year, Montreal bars gather together to raise money for Head & Hands’ Sense Program.

The venue will have beer, music, dancing, games, and food. The tournament’s goal is to raise $30,000 for Head & Hands’ Sense Program.

When: Sunday, July 28
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Association Montreal Beach, 1306 rue Olier
Price: Free admission

Piknic Electronik

June 28

Piknic Electronik

Piknic Electronik returns for its eleventh edition of 2019 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’s also good food, good drinks, and plenty of activities to keep you going. Best of all – the show goes on rain or shine.

When: Sunday, July 28
Time: 2 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Tickets: $16, available online

Voiles en Voiles

pirate ship

Voiles en Voiles/Facebook

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, July 28
Time: 10 am – 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


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, July 28
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Where: Phi Centre, 315 St-Paul Ouest
Price: $12.40, available online

Parc Safari


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: SundayJuly 28
Time: 10 am – 5 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: Sunday, July 28
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Where:  Old Montreal (in front of the Science Center)
Price: $15, 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, July 28
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Where: 350 Circuit Gilles Villesneuve, Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $20 – $56.50, based on activity chosen

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

AI robot


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 – 8 pm
Where: Phi Centre, 407 Saint-Pierre
Price:$21.97 – $25.50, available online