Whoever said the best things in life are free never spent a summer in Montreal. All of the best shows and events cost you some dollah bills, but thankfully, not all of them force you to bust your wallet. Summer, and July specifically, has plenty in the realm of free, so you can enjoy the season's many events without going broke.
To help you stay entertained with money staying in the bank, here are 30 free things to do in Montreal this July:
1. Rendez-Vouz of Italian Cinema: Every Wednesday at 8:30 PM' tilo August 6 at Dante Park (map)
2. Cirquefest Outdoor Shows: Find out more about Completement Cirque here, and all the program of free shows here.
3. SPA's Free Vegan BBQ: Saturday July 26, all details here.
6. Free Museum Nights: McCord is free on Wednesdays, the CCA is gratis on Thursdays, the Museum of Fine Arts is free for all ages the last Sunday of the month (other days depending on age) and the Redpath museum is always charge-less, to name a few.
7. Outdoor events at JFL: many to choose from, find out more here
8. Tam Tams: Every Sunday, the biggest chill sesh in the city
9. Week-ends du Monde: July 12-13 @ Parc Jean Drapeau, more info here
10. Yoga in the Park: Every Sunday, more info here
11. Montreal's Clocktower Beack: Always free for you to chill at, all details here
12. Saturday Piknic Electronik: July 12th @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
13. St. Catherine Sidewalk Sale: July 12th & 13th, learn about other street sales here
14. Saint-Michel Environmental Complex: Tours are free if you're a Montreal resident
15. Cirque du Soleil Tour: Right next to the above, unguided tours are free
16. Free Pancake Fundraiser w/Chuck Hughes: July 9th, learn where here
17. Atmosph’Air Outdoor Festival: July 9-13th, @ St. Hubert, from Bellechase and Jean-Talon
18. Take a walk! (we suggest one up the mountain)
19. Downtown Film Screening Under The Stars: July 12th & 13th, find out more
20. FIFA World Cup Final Viewing: Sunday July 13th, as part of the final day of Week-end du Monde
21. La Fête des enfants de Montréal: July 19th & 20th @ Parc Jean-Drapeau
22. Botanical Gardens: free after 6pm, 'til Labour Day
American game show, talk show and pageant host Steve Harvey shared the inspirational story of his rise from homelessness to fame in a clip posted to Twitter on Wednesday.
The clip, which appears to show Harvey speaking to an audience during the taping of the game show Family Feud, shows him describe how a visit to Montreal and a performance at Just For Laughs changed his life.
I had been living in my car for 3 years, I was struggling... I went to the Montreal Comedy Festival and I entered t… https://t.co/hZ4Zk3IWlo
"I had been living in my car for three years," Harvey says in the video. "I entered this Just For Laughs comedy festival and I killed, I mean I killed, man. First night up, I had these Canadians f****** screaming."
The show was so successful, in fact, that representatives from ABC approached Harvey after the show with a performance deal, which he accepted.
The ABC reps then handed Harvey a check for $50,000. "F***," he says in the Twitter clip. "I left the festival that afternoon."
Harvey explains that he went on to buy an airplane ticket to Dallas and secure an apartment.
"Don't give up on your dreams!" Harvey captioned the video on Twitter.
And by the looks of her Instagram story, her and her colleagues definitely vibed with the DJ sets they got to hear while there.
In the story she posted above, she wrote that she was there to check out the pop-up vaccination site that was open at Piknic on Sunday, August 22. But also, "to dance with her colleagues" — and that she did.
On Saturday, Plante let Montrealers know that they would be able to receive a vaccine dose the following day at this iconic music event that happens every weekend in the summer.
"For Montrealers who haven't been vaccinated and are planning to go, you can combine business with pleasure by getting vaccinated while you're at Piknic. I invite you to go," the mayor wrote.
Montrealers are anxiously awaiting the return of warm weather and sunshine-filled Sundays in Mount Royal park... and if you have to ask why then you're clearly not from around here. Tam-Tams — the weekly meetup of drummers, dancers, picnickers, and stoners — is a Montreal tradition for good reason.
If you've never been to Tam-Tams before or you've taken a long pandemic hiatus, don't worry. We have you covered! We've created this packing list of all the essentials you need to bring with you for a good time at Tam-Tams.
A bottle-opener or wine-opener should be right at the top of your list of Tam-Tams essentials. There's nothing worse than showing up to Mount Royal park with your cold wine or bubbly and not being able to open it.
Pro tip: We've heard you can use the sole of a hard shoe to open a bottle of wine if you're in a bind.
A cozy blanket
A blanket is a necessity for a day at a park in Montreal.
Use it to lounge, tan, and protect yourself from whatever lurks on the ground below. The bigger the blanket, the cozier the summer day.
Your favourite snacks
Sunday Tam-Tams in the park wouldn't be complete without a great outdoor brunch or your own version of tapas.
Like all public spaces, keep Montreal parks clean by disposing of your trash or compost in your own bags.
Not only does it make the lives of our beloved city workers easier, but it's also important to protect natural environments by doing your part to keep them free of litter.
If you're keen on taking yourself out on a date, we're all for it — being alone is great! However, in Montreal, Tam-Tams represents an unofficial tradition of getting together and enjoying a sunny day with fellow Montrealers.
Some great friends and fam will make your warm summer day all the more memorable.
Wear comfortable clothes to Tam-Tams.
You may spontaneously decide to join a drum circle. And, even if you don't, we assure you that lounging on a blanket all day in tight jeans can test your patience.
The more comfortable your outfit, the longer you'll last at Tam-Tams, which is the best way to make the most of the day.
Bonus points for looking bright, colourful and hippy-esque.
For one night only on Friday October 13th, the Jardin des Lumieres will feature a traditional Chinese dragon dance.
"The dragon dance is done by several people. Each holds a bamboo stick supporting part of a dragon, which can be as long as 15 metres. The dancers make the beast ripple, dance and flutter to chase away the bad spirits."
It all takes place Friday October 13. The dragon will depart from the rose garden entrance at 7:00 pm and again 8:00 pm