A FREE art festival is taking over The Village from June 26 to July 1

Jun 6 2019, 4:23 pm

A beautiful outdoor art festival is taking over the Gay Village this month.

Entering its 20th edition, Mtl en Art targets Montrealers and tourists in what they call “the largest open-air exhibition in Eastern Canada.”

The art fest will extend through a one-kilometre stretch of Montreal’s famous Ste-Catherine Street which will be completely closed off to vehicular traffic.

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The festival aims to further promote and develop the concept of art in the street and in public spaces.

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Visitors are given the opportunity to meet both established and new-coming artists as they create all kinds of art ranging from visual arts and crafts to performances and interactive installations.

Painters, photographers, sculptors, illustrators, ceramists, and glassmakers will be on hand for the fest.

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This year, it is taking place between June 26 and July 1, during which time the pedestrian zone of the Gay Village will become home to over 150 artists.

The festival will also include creative workshops for children, live painting demonstrations, and musical performances.

This year, 24 flower boxes will be set up along Amherst Street, all of which will be painted by a group of artists.

This promo video from last year’s edition of the art festival should give you a pretty good idea of what’s in store this year:

The festival is free to enter and is ongoing rain or shine (the festival moves to indoor warehouses along the street if it’s raining).

Mtl en Arts

When: June 26 – July 1
Time: 11 am – 8:30 pm (Monday until 6 pm)
Where: 576 Rue St-Catherine Est
Price: Ste-Catherine between St-Hubert and Papineau