Take a trip back in time to New France with Montreal’s 18th Century Public Market. Held annually in Old Port, the 18th Century Public Market transports Montrealers to the year 1750, when Montreal’s first public market opened.
This historic festival is run by none other than Pointe-A-Calliere, the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, so you can expect the utmost authenticity. The official website invites Montrealers to, “Take a trip back in time to find yourself in the company of farmers, craftspeople, and entertainers as they existed in 1750.” A military regiment and a native encampment will be part of the festivities, making this an educational event for both kids and adults alike.
To kick things off there will be a re-enactment, in which the market’s opening will be officially declared by French soldiers. Once officially opened, Montrealers can stroll through nearby streets sampling 18th century foods, shopping for 18th century products, and engaging in a variety of fun activities hosted by the various exhibits.
Children will be given the opportunity to dress up in period clothing, play French games from the era, and become a French soldier for the day by taking part in a re-enactment.
Expect a fun weekend filled with bonnets, straw baskets, and local food products like wild berry jam and spruce beer.
The 18th Century Public Market is happening on August 27th from 10:00am to 8:00pm and on August 28th from 10:00am to 6:00pm. For more information on the weekend’s festivities, click here.
Montreal’s 18th Century Festival
When: August 27th from 10 am until 8 pm and August 28th from 10 am until 6 pm