14 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, July 14

Jul 14 2018, 1:02 am

Montreal is expecting some rain today and you know what? It’s about time. It’s been very dry in the city since the heat wave and maybe some showers will do us good. Fear not, even if it does rain, there’s plenty of indoor events happening around Montreal today, July 14.

Montreal’s International Fireworks Competition

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Montreal’s International Fireworks Competition (known as L’International des Feux Loto-Québec) returns for its second week of summer action.

It is the largest and most prestigious fireworks festival in the world. The fireworks are 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.

The shows go on rain or shine.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 10 pm
Where: Various places around Montreal
Price: Free

Ste. Catherine Street Celebrates

Ste. Catherine Street Celebrates is a giant party that’s dressed as a sidewalk sale.

Dubbed “the largest open sky gathering of merchants in Canada.,” Ste. Catherine Street Celebrates gathers more than 300,000 visitors throughout the weekend so yeah, that’d be tough to beat.

More than 250 boutiques, stores and restaurants set up outlets along the famous street which is closed-off from Rue Guy to Rue Mansfield. There’s also a mini parade, magic shows inflatable bouncy houses, samples and street performances.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Where: Rue Ste. Catherine from Rue Guy to Rue Mansfield
Price: Free admission

Rock the Park

NDG’s Benny Park is hosting a massive party today with all proceeds going to help local causes, mainly the NDG minor hockey association and The NDG Depot.

There’s a BBQ, face painting, a dunk tank, raffle prizes, bouncy castles and five local bands will be performing. Check out Shane Murphy, Jesse Stone, Melina Soochan, Tamashi and the Temporary Flings.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 12 pm – 8 pm
Where: Benny Park
Price: Free admission

Kahnawake Pow Wow

The Kahnawake Pow Wow’s 28th annual event starts today.

This unique opportunity is a chance to discover Native dancing, music, food and arts and crafts as you celebrate with the Mohawks of Kahnawake and take part in the Echoes of a Proud Nation Pow Wow.

The Pow Wow features tribal and smoke dancing, all-native craft booths, prizes and native cuisine food sampling.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time:Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm, Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Kahnawake Pow Wow Grounds
Price: $8

Buffalo Boys at Fantasia

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The Fantastia International Film Festival kicked off on Thursday and they’re showcasing some seriously groovy international genre pieces this weekend.

Buffalo Boys takes place in the year 1860 and two brothers, exiled for years in America, return to their hometown to avenge the death of their father. The Indonesian film, slated for its world premiere, approaches the classic American western genre with a Southern Asian angle, full of spectacular action scenes.

The film will be screened with English subtitles.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 7:15 pm
Where: Auditorium des diplômés de Sir George Williams, Concordia University
Price: $12

Keep it LOUD Party Tour

In celebration of the 45th anniversary of KISS, Piranha Bar is hosting a soiree for all KISS fans. There will be an Eric Carr exhibit, door prizes, food vendors from Frits Alors and a 5-hour KISS video montage.

The tribute band, KISSed will then cover a bunch of KISS songs throughout the night.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 12 pm – 1 am
Where: Piranha Bar – 680 Rue Saint Catherine Ouest
Price: Afternoon activities are free, $15 for the KISSed show starting at 7 pm

Complètement Cirque at Jardins Gamelin

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This is the last Saturday of the urban circus as the festival sums up on Sunday. They’ve set up camp today at Jardins Gamelin.

Check out tightrope walkers, trapeze artists, balancing and trampoline acts, fire art, jugglers, gymnastics, live music, human pyramids, and street performers using the city’s landscape as their stages.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 7:15 pm – 11:15 pm
Where: Jardins Gamelin
Price: Free

WordUp! Battle

Zoofest is a comedy festival that labels themselves as Just for Laughs’ younger sibling. They’re hosting a word battle of four comedians versus four rappers. WordUp! works like a roast where nothing is off-limits and everything goes.

The battle will happen all in French.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 10 pm
Where: Katacombes – 1635 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $25

JDM Fest

The JDM Fest is a massive exhibition of Asian cars. The festival features drag racing, a shine and show, and circuit laps of some of the most exotic cars to come out of Asia.

All car makes and models are invited to partake in the festival.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 10 am – 9 pm
Where: 1016 Boulevard Arthur Sauvé, Saint-Eustache
Price: $15 admission

A Taste of the Caribbean

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The Taste of the Caribbean festival honours the island culture and community. The weekend-long festival will host a variety of free activities: cooking and mixology demos, concerts, children’s activities, and a themed dance festival.

There will also be tasty genuine Caribbean food available for purchase.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 12 pm – 11 pm
Where: Clock Tower Beach
Price: Free admission

Beauty School Drop Out Drag Show

Because beauty comes in all shapes, colours, sizes and forms, and the latest edition of CafĂ© ClĂ©opatra’s cabaret show will honours just that, celebrating inner and outer beauty. The show will feature local performers Uma Gahd, Dot Dot Dot and Noah Gahd.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 10 pm – 1 am
Where: CafĂ© ClĂ©opatra – 1230 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: Pay what you can

Venezuela Festival

The Caribbean isn’t the only country showing some pride today. The Venezuela Festival pays homage to its community’s food, music, dancing and culture at Parc Jean-Drapeau this weekend. The venue will feature authentic food vendors and souvenirs for purchase.

The event will be cancelled in the event of severe thunderstorms but will persist through light rain.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 12 pm – 10 pm
Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: Free

The Ethnic Show at Just for Laughs

The Ethnic Show prepares for their massive Quartier des Spectacle show by performing at Just for Laughs today. Hosted by Maz Jobrani, The Ethnic Show features of a bunch of ethnically-diverse comics who all speak the universal language of funny.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 7 pm – 8:30
Where: Just for Laughs Soda –2101 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $52.80

Summer of  ’84 at Fantasia

Arguably the most anticipated film at this year’s Fantasia Film Festival, Summer of ’84 was selected to this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

The film follows a group of teenage friends who suspect that their police officer neighbour is a serial killer. They spend the summer spying on him and gathering evidence but things get dangerous as they get closer to the discovering the truth.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 10:15 pm
Where: Auditorium des diplômés de Sir George Williams, Concordia University
Price: $12

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