17 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, July 28

Jul 26 2018, 6:39 pm

The last Saturday of the month is oozing with stand-up comedy, music and food. What more could you ever want? As you settle into the weekend, here are 17 things to do in Montreal today, July 28.

Montreal’s International Fireworks Competition

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Montreal’s International Fireworks Competition (known as L’International des Feux Loto-Québec) is the largest and most prestigious fireworks festival in the world.

Today’s theme is the United States.

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

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.

This could be one of those instances where when he’s popular in a few years, you can say “I saw him in Montreal.”

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

HOLI’s Festival of Colours


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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, Limp Bizkit and Warbringer.

When: July 28 and 29
Time: 12 pm – 11 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Price: $95

Mac & Cheese Festival

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

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 today, 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

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.

Guests are urged to bring their own chairs but can rent one for $5.

When: Saturday, July 28
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

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 tomorrow, get in while it’s hot!

When: July 28 and 29
Time: 12 pm – 11 pm
Where: Corner of Rue Ste-Catherine and Rue De Bleury
Price: Free

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 her last 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: Saturday, July 28
Time: 9 pm
Where: Montreal Improv
Price: $24.57

Fly Ladies au Pied-du-Courant

Take in the fireworks and more at Montreal’s urban beachside village. DJs the Fly Ladies will be spinning R&B, soul, hip-hop and early 2000 beats. Take in a live performance and enjoy a spectacular and comfy view of the fireworks, just under the famous Jacques Cartier Bridge.

Admission is free to enter and the food truck grub and drinks vary in prices.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 4 pm – 11:59 pm
Where: Village au Pied-du-Courant – 2100 rue Notre-Dame Est
Price: Free admission

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.

Today 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

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 today’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 twice throughout the day.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 10 am and 2:30 pm
Where: Cinéma 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

Westmount Park Bootcamp

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Burn off some food fest calories by taking part in an outdoor boot camp. The training will be lead by Nicole Paznokaitis and Emerson Turnier, two trainers from Blackout and B52 gym.

The sweaty session will be followed by some well-deserved snacks and refreshments.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 4 pm
Where: Westmount Park
Price: Free