32 things to do in Montreal this weekend: July 27 to 29

Jul 25 2018, 9:29 pm

We’ve dealt with thunderstorms, hail, and humidity to get to the weekend and now that we’re here, it’s time to enjoy it. On the plus side, there’s a lot of fun things happening in Montreal this weekend, July 27 to 29 and we’re going to make the most of it.

As the Just for Laughs and Fantasia festivals continues on strong and food festivals keep our stomach’s full all weekend, here are 32 things to do in Montreal from Friday to Sunday.

Kevin Hart at Just for Laughs


Kevin Hart/ Facebook

One of comedy’s biggest stars will be cracking up the Bell Centre on Friday.

Hart has been going non-stop since his career first began. Along with this year’s tour, Hart’s memoir ‘I Can’t Make This Up’ debuted at Number One on the New York Times Bestseller list and remained on the list for ten consecutive weeks.

Hart went on his last tour in 2015. The WHAT NOW? TOUR and sold out large venues all over the globe. In fact, Hart became the first comedian to sell out an NFL stadium.

Get your laugh on Friday at the Bell Centre

When: Friday, July 27
Where: Bell Centre
Time: Doors: 7 pm, show: 8 pm
Tickets: $68.75 – $166.25

Montreal’s International Fireworks Competition

Montreal’s International Fireworks Competition (known as L’International des Feux Loto-Québec) is the largest and most prestigious fireworks festival in the world. The fireworks display is visible from a variety of places around the island. Local hotspots include the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Old Port Pier, Mont Royal, Place Ville Marie Summit, and Parc Jean-Drapeau. Each showing represents a different theme. The shows go on rain or shine.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 10 pm
Where: Various places around Montreal
Price: Free

Amy Schumer Surprise Show

Amy Schumer has added a surprise show to this weekend’s Just for Laughs festival. She did a show yesterday at Maison Theatre and is at Gesu Theatre tonight.

It’s a chance to see the Trainwreck star at an intimate venue for a decent price before she sets off on her Amy Schumer and Friends tour in August.

When: Friday, July 27
Time: 7 pm
Where: Gesu Theatre
Price: $55

’77 Punk-Rock Music Festival

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’77 specializes in ska, punk and rock music and boasts an impressive lineup of each genre. The Chicago-based band, Rise Against will headline the festival and will join AFI, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Anti-Flag, No Policy, Iron Chic, L7, The Rezillos, and Montreal’s own, The Planet Smashers, among many others.

’77 will have food trucks, bar kiosks, activity zones and it’s open to everyone of any age.

When: Friday, July 27
Time: 12:30 pm – 10 pm
Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $70, passes available online

Judah Friedlander at Just for Laughs

Judah Friedlander may be best known for playing Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock but he burst onto the comedic scene with his hilarious Netflix special, ‘America Is The Greatest Country in the US.’ 

Friedlander will be performing his new routine, ‘America… Still Number One’ which will feature plenty of deadpan sarcasm towards his native country and lots of improv-based crowd work.

Get a chance to check out Friedlander for cheap at a lesser known venue before he makes it big.

When: July 27 and 28
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Cafe Cleopatra
Price: $21.96 – $24.57

The Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra at the Mont Royal Summit


Orchestre MĂ©tropolitain/Facebook

The Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra will be performing a free, outdoor concert at the Mont Royal Summit.

Imagine having Mont Royal’s spectacular sights and the orchestra’s magical sounds together at the same time?

The concert will be conducted by Montreal native, Yannick Nézet-Séguin as he directs his 47-person orchestra to three of Russian composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s pieces.

When: Friday, July 27
Time:  8 pm – 10:15 pm
Where: Mont Royal Chalet
Price: Free

HOLI’s Festival of Colours

This outdoor festival promotes the Indian community all around the world.

The party is hosted by Miss Universe delegate Megha Sandhu and features music by Mr. Bolly, Jaya Sangha, and DJ Neerav as well as a choreographed Bollywood blast dance and bhangra style dancing.

As if that’s not enough to entice you, the crowd will be sprayed with dry paint powder throughout the day.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 12 pm – 10 pm
Where: Clock Tower Beach
Price: $14, kids 12 and under are granted free admission

Heavy MTL

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 Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, Underoath, Avenged Sevenfold, and Warbringer.

When: July 27 – 29
Time: 12 pm – 11 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Price: $95

Maria Bamford at Just for Laughs

Stand-up comedian, actress, voice actress and writer, Maria Bamford, is joining the Just For Laughs festival this weekend for a solo show. Bamford’s streaming series Lady Dynamite just premiered on Netflix and has appeared in Arrested Development, Louie and Fresh Off The Boat. She brings her quirky sense of humour to the MTELUS theatre on Friday

When: Friday, July 27
Time: 7 pm
Where: MTELUS Theatre
Price: $39.99

Mac & Cheese Festival

Photo courtesy of Acme Café

The Mac & Cheese Fest is exactly what it sounds like. 15 food trucks and restaurant outlets from all over Montreal will fill up guests with their take on everybody’s favourite comfort food. So long, summer body.

When: July 27-29
Time: 11 am – 10 pm
Where: Quai Jacques-Cartier, Old Port
Price: Free admission, $13 for food vouchers

K. Trevor Wilson at Just for Laughs

K. Trevor Wilson, the self-proclaimed “Man Mountain of Comedy,” may be known for performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and hilariously roasting other comedians on Jeff Ross’ Roast Battles. Wilson is slated to appear in his 6th consecutive Just for Laughs festival.

The Letterkenny star and Toronto-native will appear on the same show as Nick Swardson and Chris D’Elia, root for the home team as Netflix films his set for their upcoming comedy special.

Get seats close enough to the stage and you could be seen on Netflix in 2019 as well.

When: Friday, July 27
Time: 7 pm and 9:30 pm
Where: Club Soda – 1225 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $99.99

Bouffons MTL

Bouffons Montreal label themselves as “an open-air gastronomy village.” A variety of restaurants from around the city have food trucks and outlets plus they give out free samples. Free fois gras sandwich samples? Sign us up.

The outlets vary in price, but are absolutely mouth-watering. The festival kicked off last week and they conclude this weekend.

When: July 27-29
Time: 12 pm – 11 pm
Where: Corner of Rue Ste-Catherine and Rue De Bleury
Price: Free

Outdoor movies

Free movie nights have returned to Hochelaga this summer and it happens every week. The parking lot of the Dairy Queen in St. Catherine’s St. East has been transformed into an outdoor, walk-in movie theatre.

All that viewers need to do is bring their own folding chair (or any form of seating), a blanket or jacket, and any snacks they prefer. Complimentary popcorn will be offered on-site at the events.

When: Every Friday from now until August 17
Where: Dairy Queen, 4545 Saint-Catherine Street East
Time: 8 pm
Price: Free

Tam Tams

tam tams montreal


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 a 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 until September 30
Time: Noon
Where: Mont Royal Park
Price: Free

Rick Ross at Beachclub

Beachclub claims to be the largest outdoor club in North America. Its name tells you exactly what it is: a club on a beach. If the weather holds up on Sunday, get your first pumping at the massive beach party, especially since it’s headlined by Rick Ross.

The club features a massive open-air dance floor, bars and restaurants and small beaches for guests wanting to escape the electronic dance music.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: 701 Rue 38, Pointe-Calumet
Price: General admission – $30, VIP – $60

Dave Chappelle and John Mayer at Just for Laughs

Dave Chappelle


Stick with us on this one comedy fans, it may seem like an odd duo but it’s totally worth it.

Remember that classic Chappelle’s Show episode where Dave and John team up to explore different culture’s dance moves? It’ll be like that, but live.

After playing several intimate pop-up shows across the US, Chappelle and Mayer’s Controlled Danger tour uses Montreal as their first-ever Canadian performance.

The show features a solo musical set by John Mayer, and a solo comedy set by Dave Chappelle. Truly the best of both worlds. The event kicks into high gear for the second half of the show when both performers join together for songs, stories, improvised dancing, and more.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 8 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Price: $75 – $229

Moving Dunes at the Museum of Fine Arts

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has unveiled their newest exhibit in the Sculpture Garden – an optical illusion.

The exhibit features silver spheres, designed to look like they’re moving through a dessert, fusing notions of real and virtual to give downtown Montreal its very own urban mirage.

When: From now until October 29
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Price:  Free

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: July 27-29
Time:  7 pm – 10 pm
Where: Various outdoor venues across Montreal
Price: Free

The Twin Parade

Get a double-dose of hilarity during the Just for Laughs’ Twin Parade. This year’s parade focuses on the theme of space and everyone in the parade is either a twin, triplet, or quadruplet. Maybe even quintuplets!

Multiple births participants are welcome to register for the parade online.

Non-twins will have to make due with just watching it.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 4 pm
Where: Places des Festivals
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

Melissa Villaseñor at Just for Laughs

Melissa Villaseñor is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and impressionist. She was cast as a member of Saturday Night Live in 2016 and is rocking a solo show at OFF-JFL at the quaint Montreal Improv.

Her impressions are so perfect you might think there are 100 different people on stage.

When: July 25, 27 and 28
Time: 9 pm
Where: Montreal Improv
Price: $24.57

Just for Laughs Netflix Taping

Just for Laughs and Netflix have teamed up to form a pretty powerful duo. Netflix will be taping various comedians from all over the world as part of a new comedy series that is set to premiere in 2019.

Saturday is devoted to USA and Canada as Neal Brennan and Nicole Byer perform representing USA and Dave Merheje reps Canada.

All shows are free to attend, you just have to register online. Maybe then you’ll hear your awkward laugh on Netflix next year.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 6 pm and 8:30 pm
Where: Club Soda
Price: Free

Clerel and Only the Righteous at Honey Martin Pub

Honey Martin/Facebook

Clerel and Only the Righteous are local musician who know how to bring it. They play a Motwon 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, July 27
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

A Rough Draft at Fantasia Film Festival

This Russian film follows a video game designer who’s stripped of his identity and recruited by a mysterious force to become the gatekeeper of a multi-dimensional portal. The film is packed with furious fight scenes and metaphysical graphics.

It is screened in Russian with English subtitles.

When: Friday, July 27
Time: 2:45 pm
Where: Salle J.A. De Sève, Concordia University
Price: $12

Greg Tudeski – Pop Machine

Greg Tudeski is a musical imitator who’s fusing 50 different pop songs and artists into one show. From Lady Gaga to Adele, and Jennifer Lopez to Ginette Reno, Tudeski will hop from generation to generation with a variety of pop music and comedy for all ages.

Friday, July 27
Time: 7:15 pm
Where: Scene Principale
Price: Free

Tacos & Tattoos

This is exactly what it sounds like. Local tattoo artists and Le Ice Tacos bar have teamed up to bring together the 2nd edition of Tacos & Tattoos. Come check out some of Montreal’s best tattoo artists, listen to live music or partake in tequila shots and cocktails.

Organizers recommend getting there early as it’s first come, first served (cash only).

Also, you get a free taco if you get inked. Because let’s face it tattoos last forever but tacos are limited.

When: Friday, July 27
Time: 5 pm – 11 pm
Where: Aire Commune – 5705 Rue de Gaspe
Price: The event is free to attend, tattoos and drink prices vary

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.

The obstacle course features 61 different activities between the Royal Ship and the Pirate Ship. Activities include zip lining, rock climbing, and bouncy castles.

When: From now until October
Time: 10 am – 1o pm
Where: Place des Vestiges, Old Port
Price: online, prices vary depending on selected activities, tickets available

Beam Me Up! Disco Disco Disco!

Beam Me Up is a disco jam that celebrates the underrated and the obscure of the funk, jazz, soul, boogie, reggae, and gospel music genres. The resident DJs are Patchouli and Brothers & Cyclist who will be grooving you all night long.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 10 pm – 3 am
Where: Groove Nation – 410 Rue Rachel Est
Price: Free admission

Where the Wild Things Are at Cinema du Parc

Cinema du Parc is hosting Morning Movies and this weekend’s feature is the film adaption of Maurice Sendak’s beloved children’s book Where the Wild Things Are from director Spike Jonze.

The quaint, trendy theatre will be showing the 2009 film in English three times throughout the weekend.

When: July 28 and 29
Time: 10 am and 2:30 pm on July 28 and 10 am on July 29
Where: CinĂ©ma du Parc – 3575 Avenue du Parc
Price: $12.50

NDG’s Colourful Saturdays

Swing by NDG’s Benny Library and de-stress by colouring and/or painting a variety of different scenes. The library provides coloured markers, pencils, crayons and colouring canvas, and books. Just show up and let your creativity run wild the rest of your afternoon.

When: Saturdays
Time: 11 am to 1 pm
Where: Benny’s Library, 6400 Avenue de Monkland
Price: Free

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

Piknic Électronik

Piknic Electronik

Djalma Vuong-De Ramos/Piknic Electronik

Piknic is an electronic dance music festival that happens every Sunday on Parc Jean-Drapeau. This weekend’s DJ are DJ Bicep, Mallgrab and Quebec’s own, Motions, Or Room, Moadd Bkr and Daura lee.

The venue hosts food trucks, bar outlets and rest areas for people to relax after hours of fist pumping.

When: Sunday, July 29
Time: 2 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Plaine des Jeux – Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $19 at the door
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