5 Fun things to do this weekend in Montréal! (July 19 - 21)

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Daniel Baylis

Daniel Baylis

If you love eating, it’s a great weekend to be in Montréal. But that’s not it. See a film. Paddle a kayak. Cheer for soccer. But most importantly: enjoy the weekend! 

Restaurant Au Pied de Cochon

1. Eat a poutine

Head to the Old Port for The Great Montréal PoutineFest. Food trucks and restaurants renowned for their unique poutines are on hand to wow hungry crowds. Mac 'n cheese poutine, duck confit poutine, poutine with foie gras. Giant games, booths, and live music complete this festive summer food fair. Until July 28.

Fantasia International Film Festival

2. See a mind-bending film.

Since its inception in 1996, the Fantasia International Film Festival holds its spot as the largest and most influential event of its kind in North America. The three-week festival is one of Canada's most beloved film festivals and spotlights a fascinating maelstrom of genre films or “B movies,” many of which are low-budget commercial movies and receive less publicity. Until August 4.

Atwater Market

3. Take a kayak

Join Parks Canada at a free Lock + Paddle event happening at the Lachine Canal national historic site. Paddle alongside dozens of colourful watercrafts, before experiencing a lockage. Have fun surrounded by the sound of music and laughter, in the company of new friends and family. Don’t forget your neon clothing or accessory. Contact H2O Adventures for kayak rentals! Saturday at 5 p.m. 

Cho Ðêm MTL

4. Sample Vietnamese street food

Montréal’s diversity is a celebration of cultures, including that of the Vietnamese who call the city home. This year’s edition of Cho Ðêm MTL spotlights the Vietnamese cultural identity in Québec with a Vietnamese Street Food Market happening in the Peel Basin. Go for the food; stay for the cultural activities. Until July 21. 

Club de foot Montréal

5. Cheer on the hometown team

Have you been feeling the excitement of the European Football Championships? Check out Montréal’s own soccer team, CF Montréal, as they face off against Toronto—gasp! Tickets from $34. Saputo Stadium. Saturday, 7:30 PM. 

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Daniel Baylis

Daniel Baylis

Daniel Baylis is a writer, poet, and musician. Several years ago he moved to Montréal to chase silly bohemian dreams. And he’s still at it. 

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