Things to do in Montréal in August 2020

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

This article was updated on July 29, 2020.

August in Montréal is a time to take a break and unwind with outdoor activities and creative events that celebrate Montréal's vibrant atmosphere, from the Old Port to well beyond the Plateau. Day or night, explore the city's many sights and secret corners, happen upon murals and projection art, and see Montréal in a summery new light.

Colourful city sights

Rediscover Montréal this August with all kinds of summer attractions, restaurants and more amenities. Hop on a colourful, musical swing at 21 Balançoires (21 Swings) along Président-Kennedy Avenue until August 9. Spot brand new and classic murals along Saint-Laurent Boulevard and its side streets during Montréal's MURAL Festival – learn about the murals and their artists on a street art tour with Spade & Palacio.

Among the many summer sights downtown, watch for the Placott’arts artistic relaxation stops as well as the animated architectural projection of EN FORME! until August 20, celebrating the joys of summer in Montréal, on the facades of the Grande Bibliothèque, UQAM's Pavillon President-Kennedy and adjacent to the Saint-Laurent metro station (also where you can see MAPP_MTL's Messengers of Hope projections) – while on August 20, multimedia exhibition Un coeur nomade opens, honouring Dany Laferrière’s literary career. And go on a musical soundwalk with the Portrait Sonore app, featuring modern architecture, public art, Expo 67 and more.

History and activity in Old Montréal

Explore the history and beauty of Old Montréal this August too, where newly pedestrianized streets accommodate more visitors and the area's popular restaurants and airy terrasses are open again. Simply stroll the Old Port of Montréal boardwalk or try out the MTL Zipline & Quick Jump, climb ropes at the Voiles en Voiles adventure park, rent a quadricycle from Ecorecreo and visit Marché des Éclusiers.

See the city from 20 storeys above ground on La Grande Roue de Montréal. Take some time out for sunbathing in the sand at Clock Tower Beach. Or embark on an interactive Journey to Space and see a family IMAX film at the Montréal Science Centre. Save on entrance fees to Old Port activities, Montréal museums and more with Passeport MTL and the summer family essentials offer!

Things to do in Montréal in August 2020

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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