16 things to do in Montreal today: Sunday, August 5

Aug 3 2018, 6:53 pm

In what feels like this summer’s Sunday tradition, Montreal is graced with another hot day to cap off the week. If you’re eyeing the end of Osheaga or something a little more relaxing, we’ve got you covered with 16 things to do in Montreal today, August 5.


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On arguably Osheaga’s most popular day, the big artists come out to bid farewell to the festival’s 12th edition.

Today’s lineup includes Florence & The Machine, The National, Post Malone, James Bay, Franz Ferdinand, The Neighbourhood, Tash Sultana, DVSN, Dua Lipa and Brockhampton, among many others.

When: Sunday, August 5
Time: Doors open at noon, performances begin at 1 pm – 11 pm
Where: Île Sainte-Hélène – Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $115 for a day pass

Notre-Dame Basilica

Celebrate Sunday mass at Montreal’s most viewed structure at 11 am and hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ. Or, take a walking tour of the basilica which is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle. It is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows.

When: The Notre-Dame Basilica is open year round
Time: 8 am – 4:30 pm on weekdays, 8 am – 4 pm on Saturdays and 12:30 pm – 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

Nextdoor Pub & Grill

Nextdoor Pub & Grill is the place to be on Sunday to eat and drink. 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 as many 29 cent wings as you can.

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

Dollar Cinema

Dollar Cinema is an absolute gem of a find. They show 2nd-run movies at a two-screen venue (only in English). It’s great for a date or for people who want to watch a relatively new movie on the big screen instead of Netflix. The quaint, family-run theatre is currently playing A Quiet Place, Avengers: Infinity War, Sherlock Gnomes, and Solo: A Star Wars Story.

It costs $2.50 to get in and popcorn goes for a buck.

When: Sunday, July 15
Time: Varies depending on the screening
Where: 6900 Boulevard Decarie, Côte Saint-Luc
Price: $2.50




Cavalia is a massive Canadian-owned company that specializes in live shows mixing equestrian performances with theatre, acrobatics and stagecraft.

Since 2003, the event has travelled to perform in front of more than 8 million spectators worldwide throughout over 70 destinations including North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Renowned for being hosted at the world’s largest big-top tent, the spectacle returns to Rue St. Catherine this weekend, right at the foot of the Jacques Cartier Bridge with over 70 horses.

When: Sunday, August 5, (and then August 7, 9-12, 14-19, 21-26 and 29-30)
Time: 2 pm, 7:30 pm and 8 pm (varies per selected show)
Where: At the entrance of the Jacques Cartier Bridge
Price: $49.50 – $289.50

Westmount Park Sprinklers

As if Westmount Park isn’t enticing enough – the park’s sprinklers are on for the summer. There are three sprinklers for kids to splash around in and it’s equally refreshing for adults. It’s Westmount’s way of signifying that summer has arrived.

When: Westmount sprinklers are open until September 2
Time: 8 am – 8 pm
Where: Sherbrooke and Melville, Westmount Park
Price: Free

Italian Week

The massive Italian community in Montreal will be celebrating its 25th annual Italian Week, starting this weekend in the renowned Little Italy.

The festival aims to promote the Italian culture through music, fashion, cars, shops and obviously, food.

When: From now until August 12
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: Boulevard Saint-Laurent between Rue Jean-Talon and Beabien
Price: Free

Montreal Highland Games



Great Scott! Every summer, the Montreal Highland Games brings together people from all backgrounds together to celebrate the heritage of Scotland.

The Games represent a wonderful opportunity for participants and visitors alike to discover the treasures, legends and history of the rich Scottish culture.

The festival features a massive parade, caber toss, tug of war, cannons, highland dancing, armoured combat, and traditional Scottish food and drinks.

Whether you’re Scottish or not, all are invited to celebrate the Highland Games activities.

When: Sunday, August 5
Time: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Where: Douglas Hospital – 7070 Boulevard Champlain, Verdun
Price: $15

Le Grand PoutineFest

After travelling to Mirabel and Laval, PoutineFest is back to its original location at the Jacques Cartier Quay in the Old Port for the last day.

The festival will welcome more than 20 poutine outlets from various restaurants all over the city, some of whom will dish out the classic poutine and some will give it a little spin. The venue will feature live music, shows, cooking workshops and a family zone.

Say goodbye to that summer body, these poutines are totally worth it.

When: Sunday, August 5
Time: 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Jacques Cartier Quay – Montreal’s Old Port
Price: Free


Otakuthon is another festival that sums up today. It’s an anime convention that features cosplay, Japanese singing competitions, live arcade concert shows, video game rooms, tabletop gaming, screening rooms and anime guests of honour.

When: Sunday, August 5
Time: 8 am – 10 pm on Friday and Saturday and 8 am – 5 pm on Sunday
Where: Palais des Congres
: $40 – $60

Vini Vici and Benny Benassi at Beachclub

Beachclub is hosting a big one for their first Sunday August show. Vini Vici will be mixing tunes on Sunday and he’s joined by none other than Benny Benassi.

“Push me and then just touch me ’til I can get my satisfaction.”

When: Sunday, August 5
Time: noon – 7 pm
Where: 701 Rue 38, Pointe-Calumet
Price: $23.50

Tam Tams

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Sundays in Montreal in the summer is synonymous with Tam Tams. The giant outdoor party has dancers, sports, and drummers all gathered around the Sir George-Etienne Cartier monument. If the weather is nice on today (still worth it even if it’s raining) head over to the mountain and enjoy a longstanding Montreal tradition and vibe. It’s 420 friendly.

When: Sundays until September 30
Time: Noon
Where: Mont Royal Park
Price: Free

Tales and Legends of Seafarers

Local sailors Éric Michaud, Francis Désilets and Yoda Lefebvre will be at the Old Port’s pier telling tales of the watery depths and hidden legends of the sea. Stevedores and captains recount tales of courage, betrayal and lost love during memorable storms and encounters with terrible monsters and mythical sea creatures.

Each performance lasts 30 minutes in French only. The activity takes place inside at the Port Centre in case of rain (not that the sailors mind).

When: Sunday, August 5
Time: 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Where: In front of the Grand Quay – Old Port
Price: Free

Film Noir on the Canal

Film Noir au Canal is showing free film noir classics at St-Patrick Square on the canal. This weekend’s showing is Fritz Lang’s 1953 classic The Big Heat. It’s screened in its original English version on a massive screen.

Dip your toes in the water, paddle up to the screen or relax in the park.

Montreal trombonist Alex Desjardins will perform to open the film screening.

When: Sunday, August 5
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Saint-Patrick Square – Lachine Canal
Price: Free

Orientalys Festival

The Orientalys Festival returns for its 8th edition today at the Old Port. The festival honours east-Asain culture through an array of shows, animations, exhibitions, workshops and dance. The site also features authentic cuisine and drinks.

When: August 2 – 5
Time: 6:30 pm – 9 pm
Where: Clock Tower Quay
Price: Free

Baby Cheetahs at Parc Safari Zoo


Parc Safari

Get your animal fix by heading to Parc Safari, an easy 40-minute drive off the island. The park offers an optional Safari Adventure upon entering. You can drive up and see a variety of exotic animals from your car including zebras, ostriches, buffalo, llamas, and camels.

The park will showcase their newest additions, four baby cheetahs, only the second time in the history of Quebec that cheetahs have been born in the province. The first were born at Parc Safari in May 2017. Meaning, there’s a total of six young, adorable cheetahs to check out.

Inside the park, take a walk down the Forest Trail where you have an amazing vantage point of other animals including, monkeys, hyenas, and bears. Don’t forget the lions, but we didn’t have to tell you that.

When: Parc Safari is open 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

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