18 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, June 2

Jun 2 2018, 12:49 am

What a great time of year in Montreal: we’ve got good weather on the horizon and a city full of buzz. From festivals and events, to day trips and free activities, here are 18 things to do in Montreal today.

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 the rest of your afternoon.

When: Saturdays

Time: 11 am to 1 pm

Where: Benny’s Library, 6400 Avenue de Monkland

Price: Free

Swimming & Sliding at the Aquadome

Even if it is raining today, take your kids to the Aquadome and they’ll completely forget about the mucky weather. Thanks to the Aquadome’s glass roof, this massive pool room makes you feel like you’re sitting outside. Swim in the 50-metre pool or enjoy the giant water slide, the water fountain or the baby pool for the younger ones. Today is the last Saturday to swim here!

When: Saturdays until June 3

Time: 1 pm to 8 pm

Where: Complexe Michel-Leduc 

Price: $2-$4, dependent on age

Voiles en Voiles

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 2 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 ziplining, rock climbing, and bouncy castles.

When: From now until October

Time: 10 am – 1o pm

Where: Place des Vestiges, Old Port

Price: Prices vary depending on selected activities, tickets available online

Voiles en Voiles

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K.Trevor Wilson at the Comedy Nest

K. Trevor Wilson is a big, rugged Canadian boy with a deep voice and he makes all the weird and wonderful things in life hilarious. You may recognize him from CraveTV’s Letterkenny or Comedy Central’s Roast Battle. He’s at Just for Laughs this summer and is going to get in a little tune up before the big festival. Check out his hilarious set at the Comedy Nest this weekend.

The show’s are 18+ and last 90 minutes.

When: Saturday, June 2

Time: 8 pm & 10:30

Where: 2312 Rue Saint Catherine

Price: $12 general, $6 students. Tickets available at the door or online

Village au Pied-du-Courant

Dozens of collaborators and designers have teamed up together to create a man-made beach village under the Jacques Cartier Bridge. The village hosts bar kiosks, restaurant outlets and a performing stage where Montrealers and tourists can fuse their urban love and beach style together.

This is the Village au Pied-du-Courant’s first weekend of the summer and it’s sure to be packed with entertainment and activities!

When: Saturday, June 2

Time: 3 pm – 12 am

Where: 2100 Rue Notre-Dame Est

Price: Free to enter

The Maisonneuve Bike Path

Explore Montreal in style. The Maisonneuve bike path runs throughout Montreal and has a gorgeous path from NDG to the East End. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the city as the bike path runs parallel with it all. Get in some weekend exercise and then bike down to the Old Port and completely neutralize it by stopping off at any of their tasty restaurants.

When: The bike path is open year round

Where: Runs parallel with Boulevard Maisonneuve

Parc Safari Zoo

Get your animal fix by heading to Parc Safari, an easy 40-minute drive off the island. The park opened last weekend and offers an optional Safari Adventure upon entering where you can drive up and see a variety of exotic animals from your car including zebras, ostriches, buffalo, llamas, and camels. Inside the park, take a walk down the Forest Trail where you have an amazing vantage point view of monkeys, cheetahs, hyenas, and bears. Don’t forget the lions, but we didn’t have to tell you that.

When: From now until October 8

Time: 10 am – 5 pm

Where: 280 Rang Roxham, Hemmingford

Price: Prices vary depending on age. Tickets available at the entrance or online

may 25 to 27

Fringe Festival

Montreal’s Fringe Festival features over 500 artists who will be delivering over 600 live productions across town in June.

This Saturday’s festival includes Lucky, Dance Side of the Moon, Rootless Tree, Queens of the Crypt and Wild Bill’s Facebook Livefeed Feeding-Time Youtube Yeeehaw!

The shows are a variety of comedy, drama, burlesque, dance and a lot of them involve audience interaction.

The best part – every show is only $10. Times and locations vary, check the website for specific details.

When: June 2

Time: Varies according to show

Where: Varies according to show

Price: $10, available at the door or online

La Ronde

La Ronde opened for the 2018 season two weeks ago and it was a blast. Test your bravery on the Goliath, Le Monstre, Ednör or Le Demon. Check out this season’s newly expanded Splash area and the new ride, Le Tourbillon. Forget lunch and supper, fill up on popcorn and cotton candy – it’s the weekend, you earned it.

When: Until October 28

Time: 10:30 am – 8 pm

Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald

Price: Available online or at the box office

Fencing Duels at Stewart Museum

NDG’s Escrime Fencing Club has partnered with the Stewart Museum to bring you outdoor fencing on Île Sainte-Hélène. This massive tournament is already booked so you can’t participate but you’re welcome to watch and cheer on as Montreal’s best sword fighters go to head-to-head.

When: Saturday, June 2

Time: 10 am – 6 pm

Where: 20 ch. du Tour-de-l’Isle, Stewart Museum

Price: Free

 Mont Royal Street Festival

Mont Royal is inviting you to celebrate the start of summer with a street festival. The four-day festival has been going on since Thursday and hosts a slew of shop outlets, restaurant and bar kiosks and obviously, breathtaking views of Montreal. The entire street is closed off and it’s massive!

When: Until Sunday, June 3

Time: 1pm – 9 pm

Where: Mont Royal Avenue

Price: Free to enter

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Matt Mays at Théâtre Corona 

Matt Mays is an indie rock singer from Halifax. He has a smooth voice that he fuses with trendy rock n’ roll and he’s performing tonight at the gorgeous Théâtre Corona.

When: Saturday, June 2

Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm

Where: 2490 Notre-Dame Ouest

Price: $28-$33, available online

IGA Stadium Tennis Open

People of all ages are invited to participate in a variety of tennis-based events at IGA Stadium.

There’s 11 different tennis courts which include cardio tennis, mini tennis, free play, exhibition matches and tennis clinics.

When: Saturday, June 2

Time: 10 am – 3 pm

Where: 285 Rue Gary Carter

Price: Free

Teen Zone Dorval

Teenagers can enjoy a Saturday night out supervised by dynamic monitors. The Laval Rec Centre features a DJ booth for music, pool tables, sporting equipment, Nintendo Wii games, a foosball table and a canteen. Exams are coming up kids, take a Saturday night off to relax.

When: Saturdays

Time: 5 pm – 10 pm

Where: Dorval Community Centre, 1335 Lakeshore

Price: $10 for a membership, $1 each visit

The Notre Dame Basilica has teamed up with Moment Factory’s Multimedia & Entertainment Studio to light up the historic building in Montreal until the end of the year. The immersive showcase features lights and sounds to showcase one of Montreal’s most oft viewed pieces of architecture.

When: From now until December 29

Time: Varying times between 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm depending on the day

Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest

Price: Adults: $24.50, Seniors: $22.20, Kids:$14.80, Students: $18.75

notre dame light show


Montreal Digital Spring

Quartier des Spectacles is hosting a unique digital art festival all season long. 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.

When: From now to June 21

Where: Quartier des Spectacles

Guided Tour of Bonsecours

Hop on a 2-hour guided bus tour that takes you through 15 stops of historic buildings and public squares including some of Old Montreal’s most symbolic places. Listen to the stories of the men and women who have shaped Montreal.

When: Saturdays until June 3

Time: French tour at 1 pm – 3:30 pm, English tour at 3:30 – 5 pm

Price: $26, tickets available online

Montreal Beachclub

Montreal Beachclub is the host of North America’s biggest outdoor club. Located in Pointe-Calumet, an easy 45-minute drive from Montreal, Beachclub can host up to 10,000 guests. The club is beachside and forms an intriguing fuse of the beach and electric dance music.

The 2018 season kicks off this weekend with the headliner, DJ Flux Pavilion, and the venue will host food trucks, bar kiosks and of course, the beach.

When: Saturday, June 2

Time: 12 pm – 7 pm

Where: 701 Rue 38, Pointe-Calumet

Price: $12 to enter the beach and $20 for DJ Flux Pavilion, available online



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