Swing into carefree spring in Montréal
In spring, Montréal gradually steps out of the festive beauty of winter and into a true celebration of springtime – nothing less than hundreds of butterflies at the Botanical Garden, interactive musical swings in the entertainment district, and Spring Break soirees will do. As serious showers meet April flowers and spring-fever kicks into high gear, the season heralds the abundance of festivals to come, kicking off with the Blue Metropolis literary festival, Papier art fair and annual Cirque du Soleil big top shows followed by music festivals Les FrancoFolies, Picnik Electronik and The Montréal Folk Festival, along with early June's Mural Fest, the Montréal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival and more.
Bright spring days and nights
Spring weather may be unpredictable but finding unique and entertaining things to do in Montréal is always a sure thing, whether you're an art lover, a sports enthusiast or simply want to sit back and relax with a good meal.
- Indulge in a true Québécois tradition as winter turns to spring: a massive meal at a cabane à sucre set in a maple tree grove outside the city or at a traditional-meets-gourmet sugar shack downtown
- Hop on a bike or BIXI to see Montréal's neighbourhoods at your own two-wheeled pace or join the fun of Go Bike Montréal‘s massive public rides, Tour de l’Île de Montréal and Tour la Nuit in early June
- Let the high-tech artistry of Montréal's citywide Digital Spring events enlighten and amaze all season, and see some of the world's most daring theatre and dance at Festival TransAmériques
- Eat, drink, enjoy live music, dance and circus – and maybe even sing a little karaoke –at the Jardins Gamelin, an outdoor oasis in the Quartier des Spectacles
- Discover local history and art on Montréal Museums Day at the end of May, when almost all museums and galleries offer free entry!