5 fun things to do this weekend in Montréal!

Daniel Baylis

Daniel Baylis is a writer and adventurer. Born in British Columbia, Daniel came to Montréal with the kooky bohemian notion that he would write poetry, learn to speak French and fall in love. Having achieved various levels of success in said domains, he now focuses his energy on a new hobby: artisanal pickling.

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This article was updated on February 21, 2024.

Montréal is offering up a diversity of delectable activities this weekend. From gourmet cuisine to classical music to immersion in nature, here are just a few things to discover! 

1

Savour the taste of Montréal.

The 2024 edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE kicks off this weekend with the culinary aspect of the festival. More than 25 international chefs and winemakers will be shing bright in dozens of Montréal's gourmet restaurants, most offering a set price tasting menu. 

Details: www.mtl.org/en/experience/montreal-en-lumiere

 

2

Root for nature.

In collaboration with National Geographic, OASIS immersion presents a new immersive experience that is opening this weekend. Inspired by the historic COP15 agreements, the exhibition—Root for Nature—immerses visitors in a striking interpretation of biodiversity via immersive digital arts and informative educational zones. Truly spectacular. Best to reserve in advance. 

Details: www.mtl.org/en/experience/oasis-immersion

 

3

Listen to luscious classical music.

Select from two incredible programs happening at Montréal’s premier classical music venue, Maison Symphonique. On Friday, Orchestre Métropolitain presents an evening of music and sand (yes, you read that correctly), thanks to the Ukrainian icon and sand art pioneer Kseniya Simonova. On Saturday or Sunday, The Orchestre Philharmonique et Chœur des Mélomanes (OPCM) will present a musical journey of beautiful French arias with Bizet's “Carmen.”

Details: https://placedesarts.com/en/event/pact-set-in-sand

Details: https://placedesarts.com/en/event/carmen-bizet

 

4

Get paddled. 

On Saturday, watch the Montréal Ice Canoe Challenge from the shores of the St. Lawrence River. The massive ice canoes slice through the slushy cold waters at breakneck speed. It’s 100% Québécois and 100% extreme. Head to the Old Port and follow the crowds. Races start at 12:30 PM. 

Details: https://deficanotaglace.ca/

 

5

Shop for local design gems.

Québec fashion is all about original cuts, exquisite materials, unique styles, and strict attention to detail. This weekend, discover Montréal designers with bold personalities and collections that range from avant-garde to timeless elegance. We have a list for you. Can you visit three boutiques or ateliers? 

Details: www.mtl.org/en/experience/montreals-high-end-designers-guide

Daniel Baylis

Daniel Baylis is a writer and adventurer. Born in British Columbia, Daniel came to Montréal with the kooky bohemian notion that he would write poetry, learn to speak French and fall in love. Having achieved various levels of success in said domains, he now focuses his energy on a new hobby: artisanal pickling.

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