Top 10 things to do in April in Montréal

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.

April in Montréal marks a major shift of seasons as the city stretches into springtime with spring-break fun and the return of cycling season, plus traditional Québécois sugar shack meals, Easter weekend relaxation, a celebration of all things Scottish, new art and more. Check out our 10 oh-so Montréal things to do in April.

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1. Make the most of your spring break

If your spring break happens to be in April, Montréal happens to be ready to entertain, whether you're with family or with friends.

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2. Enjoy a delightful Easter weekend

The Easter long weekend in Montréal is all about welcoming spring with garden walks, relaxing brunches and more from April 10 to 13.

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3. Dig into seasonal Montréal cuisine

Montréal's many food and drink offerings also make the transition from winter to spring this month.

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4. Ride through the streets

As the weather warms up, locals and visitors alike hop on bikes in Montréal, whether to get from A to B or explore the city on two wheels.

  • Montréal's shared bike system, BIXI, is easy to use, has stations in almost every corner of the city and opens for the year on April 15.
  • Rent a bike here or bring your own to explore the city on Montréal's extensive bike path system – try these bike rides perfect for visitors.
  • Whet your appetite on Montréal On Wheels' culinary tour Montréal Bike and Bites, and other great bike tours guiding you through the city's unique neighbourhoods.

5. Explore Scotland in Montréal

Scotland takes the spotlight in Printemps écossais, at Place des Arts in downtown Montréal from April 16 to 26.

  • Québec traditional music group Le Vent du Nord reunites with Scottish folk music group Breabach on April 18, Scottish 21st-century folk music groups RURA and Talisk perform on April 22, plus sporadic Blackwatch performances.
  • Renowned Scottish author and playwright Irvine Welsh (perhaps best known for Trainspotting) in discussion on April 24.
  • Family-friendly dance performance Four Go Wild in Wellies on April 19 and 20 and a free celebration with dance, film and music on April 26.
  • Paysages de Montréal : le grand héritage des Écossais photo exhibit of Montréal's Scottish heritage since the 18th century and digital experiences Nearer Future and L’invention de Brewster.
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6. Shift your perspective

On canvas or paper, in video or performance, art in Montréal's museums and galleries is an experience to savour this spring.

7. See the world on screen

Montréal shows off its future-leaning visions and international perspectives in immersive experiences and film festival screenings.

  • Annual event Montreal Digital Spring opens our eyes to the possibilities that abound when art meets new technologies.
  • The world shift between realities at the Phi Centre's Mirages & miracles interactive virtual reality and augmented reality exhibition, exploring the relationship between nature, technology, the human body and art until April 5.
  • Festival international de cinéma Vues d'Afrique screens films from Africa, the Caribbean and the African diaspora and features roundtables with guest artists and more from April 17 to 26.
  • Nine documentaries focused on the environment and climate, as well as discussions with the directors, at Ciné Vert from April 15 to 19 at Ausgang Plaza.
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8. Catch some major league action

Cheer on top-tier athletes – and dare-devil monster truckers – this month in Montréal.

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9. Get your thrills at the theatre

Captivating plays and contemporary dance are set to stun on Montréal stages.

  • Darkly funny, fast-paced, Tony Award winning political thriller Oslo on stage from April 19 to May 10 at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts
  • August Wilson’s play Fences, a 1950s snapshot of a family in blue-collar America, from April 21 to May 10 at Centaur Theatre.
  • National Ballet of Canada choreographer Guillaume Côté's Crypto, a reflection on beauty and our need to control and transform it, at Place des Arts from April 1 to 4.
  • Rhythms of contemporary Cuban dance by Danza Contemporánea de Cuba in three works by leading Cuban choreographers, at Place des Arts from April 29 to May 2.
  • And for families with younger kids, Peppa Pig’s Adventure! at Théâtre St-Denis on April 21.

10. Let the music move you

From classical music to classic rock stars and high-energy electronic dance music, live music in Montréal doesn't take a break this month.

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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