18 things to do in Montreal today: Sunday, July 29

Jul 26 2018, 6:42 pm

Summer Sundays in Montreal shouldn’t really qualify as a Sunday. Sure, it’s back to work for most people tomorrow, but there are so many events happening around town today, July 29, that it feels like the weekend’s just get starting instead of ending.

Regardless, spend today like it’s the start. Here are 18 things to do today.

Heavy MTL

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Heavy MTL gears up for its final day of the 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.

Today’s featured acts include Ultra Vomit, Warbinger, Perturbator, Hollywood Undead, Eyehategod and Limp Bizkit.

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

Mac & Cheese Festival

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. Today is the last day so say goodbye to that summer body.

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

Barbie Exhibition

The world’s largest permanent exhibit of Barbies is happening at Montreal’s Cours Mont-Royal. The upscale mall hosts over 1,000 entertainment industry Barbie dolls, all dressed by leading fashion houses.

When: Everyday in July
Time: 10 am – 7 pm
Where: Cours Mont-Royal, 1445 Rue Peel
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. Head over to the mountain on this gorgeous day 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

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 it concludes today.

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

Montreal 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. Today’s weather is perfect to fist pump at the massive beach party.

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: Sunday, July 29
Time: 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: 701 Rue 38, Pointe-Calumet
Price: General admission – $30, VIP – $60

Moving Dunes at the Museum of Fine Arts

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

Just for Laughs Netflix Taping


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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.

Sunday is devoted to Canada and local-gem Deanne Smith graces the stage with her adorable and hilarious presence.

Now’s your chance to hear your awkward laugh on Netflix in the future.

When: Sunday, July 29
Time: 6 pm and 8:30 pm
Where: Club Soda
Price: Free

Film Noir on the Canal

Film Noir au Canal is showing free film noir classics at St-Patrick Square on the canal. Today’s showing is Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1943 classic Le Corbeau. It’s screened in its original French version with English subtitles on a massive screen.

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

When: Sunday, July 29
Time: 7:30 pm – trombonist introduction, 8:45 pm – film screening
Where: St-Patrick Square
Price: Free

Piercing at Fantasia Film Festival

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This American horror film follows the Reed, a husband and father who rents out hotels to fulfill murderous impulses. When he sets up to slay his newest victim, he soon finds out that she’s too much to handle.

The Nicolas Pesce directed film has been selected to the Sundance Film Festival and the Rotterdam International Film Festival for 2018.

When: Sunday, July 29
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Salle J.A. De Sève, Concordia University
Price: $12

Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids

If you still have any of your childhood or teenage writing that you want to share to a room full of strangers, this event is for you.  Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids is an open-mic evening of book reports, poetry, diary entries, letters from camp, Christmas letters and any other kind of creative pieces from your past.

The show will be recorded and may be included as part of future podcasts of the same name.

When: Sunday, July 29
Time: 8 pm – 10:15 pm
Where: La Sala Rossa – 4848 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: Free

Voiles en Voiles

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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

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 visionary director Spike Jonze.

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

When: Sunday, July 29
Time: 10 am and 2:30 pm on July 28 and 10 am on July 29
Where: Cinéma du Parc – 3575 Avenue du Parc
Price: $12.50

Piknic Électronik

Piknic Electronik

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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

Nextdoor Pub & Grill

Nextdoor Pub & Grill is the place to be on Sunday. They offer deals at both ends of their hours – bottomless caesars and mimosas in the afternoon and 29 cent chicken wings at night. Park yourself at Nextdoor for as many caesars or mimosas you can handle and then relax by eating all the 29 cent wings as you can.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 8 am – 3 pm caesar/mimosa deal, 4 pm – midnight wing special
Where: 5175A Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Clock Tower Beach

Located a short distance from the historical district of the Old Port, Montreal’s urban beach offers a vacation atmosphere with its fine white sand, chairs, parasols, and refreshing mist. Guests are not allowed to swim in the water, unfortunately, but Clock Tower Beach is still a great place to relax, soak up some sun, and offers gorgeous views of Montreal.

When: Now until September 16
Time: 11 am – 7 pm
Where: The Old Port Piere
Price: $2

Notre-Dame Basilica

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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