13 things to do in Montreal this weekend: May 11 to 13

May 11 2018, 2:03 pm

We’ve finally made it to the end of the week, Montreal. Luckily, there is plenty going on around town so be sure to check out these weekend events and turn the next few days into a worthy spring stretch!

Food Truck Fridays

Olympic Stadium is known for their awesome events, with our personal favourite being  The most glorious of days, First Fridays are a special kind of culinary event in which all of the city’s food trucks gather at Olympic Stadium.

Where: Olympic Stadium
When: Every Friday until to October 5, 2018
Time: 4 to 11 pm
Admission: Free

Sneakercon Montreal 2018

A massive sneaker convention will be taking to Montreal this coming May.
Sneakercon, affectionately dubbed “the greatest sneaker show on earth” will be taking its successful shows from New York, Cleveland, and Santa Clara to Palais des Congres on Saturday, May 12. The event is a widescale collection and collaboration of sneakerheads to browse, talk, purchase, sell, and trade their highly-coveted kicks.

Where: Palais des Congres – 1001 Jean-Paul Riopelle Pl, Montreal
When: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Tickets: Available online for $32

Montreal Sketchfest 2018

Montreal Sketchfest, the city’s biggest and longest celebration of sketch comedy, is returning for May 2018. In addition to over 60 groups and performers who call Montreal home, they’ll be joined by a handful of comedy groups from across the continent. Artists will be travelling from Seattle, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Toronto, New York, and Philadelphia to join a loaded roster of sketch comedy performances for the upcoming festival.

Where: Theatre Sainte-Catherine – 264 St. Catherine St. E, Montreal
When:  Until May 12, 2018
Admission: Passes can be purchased online starting at $12.

Montreal spring Etsy Market

Need to do some spring decorating? The Creative Collective Etsy Montreal is hosting a special seasonal market on May 12 and 13. You’ll be able to get your hands on fantastic homemade and local goods. Hundreds of creators from Montreal and around the world will be on site with their products.

Where:  Technopôle Angus, 2600 William-Tremblay Street
When:  May 12 and 13, 2018
Time:  May 12: from 10:00 am to 6 pm
May 13: 10 am to 5 pm


Grab your sangria kits and drum sets! Tam-Tams will be returning to our fair city and we couldn’t be more excited. After all, is there any better sign that summer has arrived? Taking place every Sunday during the summer months, Tam-Tams is one of the city’s best and most popular unofficial events.

Where: Sir George-Etienne Cartier Monument
When: Every Sunday from May 6, 2018, to September 30, 2018
Time: 12 pm until sunset

21 Swings

Montreal’s beloved 21 Swings (or 21 Balancoires) is returning to Promenade des Artistes this spring! Is there any better sign that spring has arrived?

Where: Promenade des Artistes
When: Until May 27, 2018

Bixi Bikes

Bixi season begins April 15th and we couldn’t be more excited. Given the chilly winter we’ve had, it’s about time our favourite bike sharing program is brought back to the streets of Montreal.

Where: Various locations
When: Until November 15, 2018

Visit Montreal’s free museum

Montreal is filled with amazing museums but there is one you can visit for free anytime. The Redpath Museum is located in downtown Montreal on the McGill University campus and you can visit it anytime at no cost. The museum features exhibits focusing on natural history, biology, geology, and cultural heritage. Completed in 1882, Redpath Museum is the oldest building in Canada built as a museum.

Where: 859 Sherbrooke Street West
Hours: Monday to Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
Saturdays* and public holidays: CLOSED (But open for spring/ summer starting April 7)
Sunday (September through May): 11 am – 5 pm
Sunday (June, July, August): 1 – 5:00 pm

Particles of Existence 

The Phi Centre is hosting an out-of-this-world exhibit that you definitely do not want to miss.

Particles of Existence explores new dimensions of how science and technology have brought us closer to understanding our universe and beyond.

Where: The Phi Centre, 407 Rue Saint-Pierre
When: Until August 12, 2018. Closed on Monday.
Time: Various time slots. Check website for details.
Tickets: Available online


Montreal Digital Spring

Quartier des Spectacles is hosting a unique digital art festival all season long. Throughout the months of March, April, May, and June, Quartier des Spectacles will see all sorts of events pertaining to the digital arts. These include a media lab, live musical performances, and sculptures. Be sure to check out what’s going on in Quartier des Spectacles every weekend in the spring.

Where: Quartier des Spectacles
When: From now to June 21, 2018

Walk up Mount Royal

The weather has finally turned so why not take advantage? Go for your first spring walk up Mount Royal! Explore the flora and fauna, wander a new trail, or even have a picnic at Beaver Lake. There is so much to explore at this Montreal landmark.

Where: Mount Royal
When: Anytime

Check out cherry blossoms in Montreal

Is there any sign of spring more beautiful than the cherry blossom tree? We think not. Luckily, cherry blossom trees aren’t exclusively reserved for Washington D.C. and Vancouver. Nope, Montreal is home to some pretty stunning pink flora and it’s only a matter of time until those buds begin to blossom (typically the beginning of May).

For all those on the hunt for the first sign of spring (and those who just want a cute pic to post on their Instagram page), check out 6 places to find cherry blossom trees in Montreal.

Where: Check out our handy list!
When: Late April to May

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