18 things to do in Montreal this weekend: March 29 to 31

Mar 28 2019, 9:38 pm

March was a bit crummy in regards to weather, and as the last few days of the month dwindle down, Montreal is offering a slew of great events to bid ‘au revoir’ to March in style.

From dinosaurs, concerts, comedy and world-renowned basketball players, here’s what’s happening in the city this weekend.

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Friday, March 29

Jurassic Park Live in Concert

Jurassic Park


Welcome to Jurassic Park… sort of.

There will be dinosaurs, a giant screen (roughly the size of a T-Rex) and a live orchestra playing you through the movie without the whole “dinosaurs escape and chase you” deal. It’s the best of both worlds, really.

The soundtrack to the 1993 classic film will be performed by Attila Glatz Concert Productions, an international orchestra that has already produced numerous film concerts in Montreal including Harry Potter, Gladiator The Godfather and ET – The Extra Terrestrial.

Conductor Evan Mitchell will conduct a large 77-piece orchestra who will perform the iconic soundtrack of famous composer John Williams throughout the projection of the entire film.

When: March 29 and 30
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
Tickets: From $49.44 – $121.08, available online

Comedy at the Art Loft

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Comedy at the Art Loft is the hottest underground comedy show in Montreal. It’s the city’s only weekly bilingual show and is run out of a private loft on Rue Saint Laurent and always packed with people. It feels like a college party, except a comedian is speaking into a microphone.

This week, Quinn McMorrow hosts a show headlined by the very funny Amanda McQueen as well as featured acts: Brendan McTeer, Troy Stark, Anne-Sarah Charbonneau, John Cotroc and Fares Oussama.

There venue features a DJ and snacks. BYOB and 420 friendly. Very 420 friendly.

When: Friday, March 29
Time: Doors open at 9 pm, show starts at 10:30 pm
Where: 4152 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $10 at the door (cash only)

Montreal Improv’s Main Event

If you’re not in the mood for stand up, how about some improv to get you chuckling?

The ultimate improv competition in the city is happening on Friday as two teams collide for their weekly, main event.

Through a series of match-ups and challenges, all initiated through audience suggestions and interaction, only one team will leave Montreal Improv with the title of champion.

When: Friday, March 29
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Montreal Improv, 3697 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $8

Clerel and Only the Righteous at Honey Martin Pub

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Clerel and Only the Righteous are local musicians who know how to bring it. They play a Motown style of music – very unique and mellow vibes. The group will be playing at Honey Martin Pub on Friday, which will be a perfect intimate setting for the type of music Clerel and co. bring.

When: Friday, March 29
Time: Honey Martin is open from 3 pm – 3 am, the band starts at 10 pm – 2:30 am
Where: 5916 Sherbrooke Ouest
Price: Free to enter

Robin Schulz – New City Gas

Robin Schulz is a German musician, DJ and record producer.

Most of his songs make use of manual guitar riffs and the popular DJ will be at a bustling New City Gas on Friday.

When: Friday, March 29
Time: 10 pm – 3 am
Where: New City Gas, 950 rue Ottawa
Price: $20 – $45, available online

Harlem Globetrotters – Bell Centre


The exhibition basketball team, the Harlem Globetrotters, are coming to Montreal this weekend.

They combine athleticism, theater, and comedy in their style of play. Over the years, they have played more than 26,000 exhibition games in 123 countries and territories. The team’s signature song is Brother Bones’ whistled version of “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

You know it.

When: Friday, March 29
Time: 7 pm
Where: Bell Centre, 1909-avenue-des-Canadiens-de-Montreal
Price: $36.50 – $124.75, available online

Doug Paisley

Doug Paisley is a Canadian alternative country singer and songwriter from Toronto with record label No Quarter Records.

Paisley will be at the Quai des Brumes on Friday.

When: Friday, March 29
Time: 9 pm – 12 am
Where: Quai des Brumes, 4481 rue St-Denis
Price: $18 – $25, available online

Saturday, March 30

MUSE Concert

The English rock band, Muse, released their latest album “Simulation Theory” in November and have since embarked on a massive world tour.

The trio swings by the Bell Centre on Saturday at what’s sure to be a packed Bell Centre.

When: Saturday, March 30
Time: 10 pm – 3 am
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 avenue des Canadiens de Montreal
Price: $65 – $350 available online

Ariana Grande, CĂ©line Dion, Mariah Carey – Dance Party

Bar Le Ritz is hosting a giant dance party that’s based around Ariana Grande, CĂ©line Dion and Mariah Carey.

Tough to top that trio.

When: Saturday, March 30
Time:  pm – 11 pm
Where: Bar Le Ritz PDB, 179 Rue Jean-Talon-Ouest
Price: $10

Montreal Botanical Garden – Butterflies Go Free


Montreal Botanical Garden (alice.tsybenko/Instagram)

It may not all be butterflies and rainbows in Montreal right now, but(terfly) it will be soon.

The Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual “Butterflies Go Free” exhibit has returned for another year.

The 22nd edition of the butterfly festival features “thousands of multicoloured butterflies who will be flitting about in an exceptionally lush natural setting,” as per the Montreal Botanical Garden.

Get a chance to see butterfly’s shimmering colours up close in a humid, tropical oasis, not to mention ample gorgeous photo opportunities.

When: Saturday, March 30
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $10.25 – $20.50, available online

Rose Bowl Bowling

The Rose Bowl is a Montreal landmark.

The 72-lane bowling alley offers both 10-pin and 5-pin bowling and opening hours that appeal to everyone.

The Rose also hosts a casse-croute, a bar and an arcade room.

Strike some bowling off the list for this weekend.

When: Saturday, March 30
Time: 8 am – 3 am
Where: 6510 rue St-Jacques Ouest
Price: $5 per game plus $2.39 shoe rental (mandatory)

Polish Bazaar

The Committee for Relief to Polish Children invites guests to their traditional bi-annual Polish Bazaar.

The two-day fest will feature a slew of Polish food, drinks, and activities.

When: March 30 and 31
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Where: 4920 Avenue Coolbrook
Price: Free admission

The Horrifically Real Virtuality at Centre Phi

A collective immersive experience combining virtual reality, cinema and interactivity by filmmaker Ed Wood.

The event allows viewers to watch the film in a virtual environment while interacting physically and in real time with characters and material objects.

When: Saturday, March 30
Time: 10:30 am – 8 pm
Where: Phi Centre, 407, rue Saint-Pierre
Price: $46 – $55, available online

Sunday, March 31

Volcanoes 3D – IMAX


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The IMAX Telus Theatre at the Montreal Science Centre invites guests to a “very hot immersive experience.” Volcanoes 3D will take patrons where few humans dare to venture: into the heart of a volcano.

Using state-of-the-art 3D technology, Volcanoes 3D will offer viewers a thrilling experience, exposing them to the lava erupting at over 700ÂşC.

The documentary will plunge daringly into the heart of various volcanoes from around the globe, exploiting IMAX with new laser technology.

When: Sunday, March 31
Time: Various times
Where: 2 de la Commune Ouest
Price: $10.50 – $12, available online

Musée Grévin Montreal

Say bye to March by saying hello to some wax figurines.

Check out your favourite actors, athletes, and artists in wax form. The figurines are displayed beautifully through the four-floor museum that also features optical illusions and interactive displays. It’s admittedly pretty creepy staring into Elvis’ eyes, especially if he starts blinking.

When: Sunday, March 31
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: 705 Rue Saint Catherine (4th floor of the Eaton Centre)
Price: $19.50 for adult, $13.50 for children, $15.50 for youth and students and $18 for seniors

Haunted Montreal Pub Crawl



If you thought Montreal’s weather this winter was scary, you’ve got another thing coming.

After doing studies in Savannah, Georgia (dubbed “America’s most haunted city”), the paranormal research crew has jumped over to Montreal for the first-ever Haunted Pub Crawl in the city.

Led by a professional ghost storyteller, the Haunted Montreal Pub Crawl will visit four of the city’s most haunted bars, because mixing ghosts and booze is the only smart way to deal with the paranormal. The tour will start at Charlie’s American Pub on Bishop Street before heading to the recently-burned down John Doe Pub, the historic McKibbin’s Irish Pub, the mysterious Sir Winston Churchill Pub, the frequently-visited (not just by the living) Club Le Cinq and, of course, Hurley’s Irish Pub, where a ghost known as the “Burning Lady” is said to still lurk on the grounds.

When: Sunday, March 31
Time: 3 pm for English, 4 pm for French
Where: The tour starts at Charlie’s American Pub, 1204 Bishop
Price: $20.87, available online

iSaute Kirkland

Take your kids to iSaute Kirkland and pretend it’s for them when it’s really for you.

iSaute is a massive venue that has over 30 giant trampolines, trampoline basketball, wall climbing and a trampoline jungle gym. You pay by the hour, there’s a lot to do and it’s actually a fantastic workout. Fun for all ages (and a great workout).

When: Sunday, March 31
Time: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Where: 3220 Jean Yves, Kirkland
Price: $16 for the first hour, $10 for the second. Tickets are sold at the door

Nextdoor Pub & Grill

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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: Sunday, March 31
Time: 8 am – 3 pm caesar/mimosa deal, 4 pm – midnight wing special
Where: 5175A Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

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