Six springtime activities in Montreal

To the point Here's our selection of activities to celebrate the arrival of warm weather in Montreal.

Activities in Montreal - Learn about astronomy

1 – See the eclipse of the century

Impressive. It was an event not to be missed on April 8: the moon passed in front of the sun, creating a total eclipse of the sun, at 3:26 p.m. in Montreal.

I hope you enjoyed it: the next total eclipse will be visible in Quebec on July 17, 2205, according to the Société d’astronomie du Planétarium de Montréal.

@ Site Agence spatiale canadienne

To mark the occasion, free events were held in several locations:

2 – An exhibition dedicated to the moon

To stay in this magical mood, head to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to discover the creations of “Wanda Koop: who owns the moon”. This is the Vancouver-born artist’s first solo exhibition in a Quebec museum.

Wanda Koop will be unveiling new works featuring the moon. This event “invites us to reflect on our relationship with history, memory and the torments of our times”, according to the museum.

  • Montreal Museum of Fine Arts ;
  • From April 11, 2024. Until August 4, 2024.
@ Site de Wanda Koop

3 – Popularizing science for children

At the Planetarium, children will be delighted to follow the adventures of the Kentucky chicken and J.O.S, a dreamy robot assistant. In the film “Total eclipse: in search of lost sleep”, they’ll discover the different types of eclipse.

  • Planetarium ;
  • Until June 21, 2024.

For film schedules, click here.


4 – Budding astronomers and spectacular constellations

The Société d’astronomie du Planétarium de Montréal is offering, for members only, two lectures by Damien Lemay and Sebastian Sajarof. A great opportunity to talk with enthusiasts.


Activities in Montreal - Enjoying nature

The eclipse of the century kicks off activities for the 150th anniversary of Parc Jean-Drapeau. A host of events will be held to mark the occasion. Among outdoor activities, we suggest :

To keep abreast of spring programming at Parc Jean-Drapeau, click here.

Jardins Floralies - @ Site du parc Jean-Drapeau

Activities in Montreal - Escape to the back streets

Montreal’s 500 km of alleyways, ideal places to meet people and daydream, are often the perfect way to (re)discover your city. A new book has just been published, entitled “Ruelles“.

This book, which takes readers on a journey from Hochelaga to Villeray, via Rosemont and Le Plateau, also features contributions from Michel Tremblay, Pierre Huet and Michel Rivard.

Here are 10 routes, taken from this book, to take on the metropolis:

@ Facebook Parfum d'encre

Activities in Montreal - Cycling for fun

Cycling enthusiasts have been looking forward to spring for a long time: pedaling, without a cap or glove, with their hair blowing in the wind.

Although BIXI service is offered 365 days a year in seven boroughs as part of a pilot project, the official kick-off for the summer season will be April 15, 2024.

It will also be the return of the Go vélo Montréal Festival, from May 26 to June 2, 2024. The event will feature :

  • The Metropolitan Challenge, Sunday May 26, 2024. A non-time trial of between 60 and 163 km to discover Greater Montreal;
  • The 25th Tour la Nuit, Friday May 31, 2024. A festive 24-km route under the stars, starting from Parc Jeanne-Mance;
  • Tour de l’île de Montréal, Sunday, June 2, 2024. Head southwest, starting from Parc Jeanne-Mance. Two formulas: classic (28 or 50 km) or discovery (68 or 96 km).
@ Facebook Vélo Québec

Activities in Montréal - Stimulate your taste buds

The 30th Mondial de la bière is an opportunity to discover unique imports: this year, Belgian, Brazilian and French beers will be in the spotlight. A total of 400 products will be available for tasting.

  • May 24, 25 and 26, 2024;
  • Windsor Station and Rio Tinto Yard.

Fans of Asian cuisine are sure to be satisfied with these three not-to-be-missed spring events:

  • Japan Week invites you to discover Japanese restaurants, stores and cultural activities in participating businesses, from May 6 to 12, 2024 ;
  • The ASIASIA Market offers you a wide range of products from several regions of Asia, including Cambodia and the Philippines, from May 23 to 26, 2024 at the Time Out Market ;
  • YATAI MTL brings you the best of Japanese street food, from June 13 to 16, 2024 at Bassin Peel in Griffintown.

As for First Fridays, they’ll be back in June. This monthly event is dedicated to Montreal street food.

  • From June 7, 2024;
  • Olympic Stadium Esplanade.
@ Facebook 1ers Vendredis Mtl

Activities in Montreal - Festival vibes

The festival season has well and truly begun in the metropolis. Here’s a roundup of events to put in your diary.

  • The Blue Metropolis international literary festival, April 25-28, 2024, in several venues. Around a hundred authors will be present at this 26th edition on the theme of “Dreams and Utopias”;
  • Eureka Festival, May 24-26, 2024. Quebec’s biggest science festival returns for its 17th edition at the Biosphère;
  • TransAmériques Festival, May 22 to June 5, 2024. North America’s largest festival of contemporary creation is celebrating its 18th anniversary in the Quartier des spectacles;
  • EXCLAM, May 14-19, 2024. Comedy fans will discover the entertainers of tomorrow, notably at Espace St-Denis. The winning comedian will take to the stage at the next Montreux Comedy in Switzerland;
  • Les Francos de Montréal, June 14-22, 2024. From hip-hop to rock to electro, this 35th edition will feature over 200 shows in the Quartier des spectacles;
  • The Montreal Comics Festival, May 24-26, 2024. It’s the place to be for comic book fans on Le Plateau. The Bédélys prizes will be awarded on the opening night of this 13th edition;
  • The Mural art festival, June 6 to 16, 2024. This 12th edition, to be held on boulevard Saint-Laurent in the heart of the Plateau, will feature a host of artists from near and far.
@ Facebook Mural

Visiting: escape with the dots

For all your spending in Montreal restaurants, bars or bistros, maximize your points accumulation with one of these cards:

These cards give you 5 points for every dollar you spend, so you can quickly earn enough rewards to redeem on future trips (or simply as an account credit).

Take your time. Discover Montreal’s activities and charm at your own pace. How about a free or low-cost overnight stay in the heart of the metropolis?

By using reward points, you can treat yourself. Among credit cards in the country, those linked to the Marriott Bonvoy program offer a very attractive welcome bonus that would more than cover the cost of an overnight stay.

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