The event name, Sudbest, perfectly captures the goal of the event. Organizers call it the Sud-Ouest's "largest commercial revival initiative," bringing forward as many of the borough's merchants, artists and artisans as possible.
"The Market is intended to be a tailor-made economic stimulus tool for artists and merchants in the Sud-Ouest by giving them a commercial opportunity to promote themselves as part of an event reflecting the neighborhood," said restauranteur Gaelle Cerf, one of the event leaders, in a statement.
At the market, you can expect to find a 100% Quebec wine and cider bar run by the owners of the new convenience store Le Cinq à Sept (Ville-Émard), a bloody caesars bar at Lord William Pub and a "post-pandemic" beer made specially for the event by 4 Origines Microbrewery.
You'll find food trucks, a Perles et Paddock oyster bar, jerk chicken grilled by Boom J, Food'elles and more.
At this month's event, DJ Kelly (Rap Mommies) will be spinning on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. On Sunday, you'll find Jazz St-Henri, 99 Wolves, and ELMNT at the DJ booth.
Fifteen stands are expected at the first Le Sudbest weekend, according to communications coordinator Julie Poulin. But Poulin told MTL Blog there are already 35 kiosks confirmed for the next event on August 28 and 29.
The third and final (for now) Sudbest weekend is scheduled for September 25 and 26.
Entry is free and dogs are allowed on a leash.
Sudbest Neighbourhood Market
Price: Free entry! No cash is accepted on-site (so pay by card or by scanning a QR Code thanks to the CHK PLZ app)
When: From noon to 11 p.m July 31 to August 1, August 28-29 & September 25-26
Address: 40, rue des Seigneurs, Griffintown, Montreal, QC (Behind Arsenal, along the Lachine Canal)
Why You Need To Go: Check out the SudBEST merchants, artists and artisans that the Sud-Ouest has to offer!
The Ciel en Fête hot air balloon festival in Quebec is floating its way through Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu next month, accompanied by a host of activities, including yoga, a Société des alcools du Québec (SAQ) picnic and an illuminated night show.
In the event of good weather, the hot air balloon festival will take place every weekend during the month of August.
The festival will host two free yoga sessions at dawn, where you can practice your downward-facing dog surrounded by breathtaking floating hot air balloons.
The SAQ'scinq à sept style Pique-nique découverte allows you to picnic beneath the balloon-dotted sky. Tickets include a basket with a selection of wines or bubbles from Quebec, paired with agrifood products from the region.
Night Glow on August 7 will create a hot air balloon spectacle under the stars, illuminated in the likeness of Chinese lanterns, which you can view through your car.
On several dates, two professional acrobatic divers will perform extreme dives from a hot air balloon in mid-flight — they'll be jumping 20 to 25 metres, equivalent to an 8-storey building, and diving into the water below.
Food trucks and beer will be available at the free Budweiser tailgate on August 14, where you'll be able to watch the Volaria aerial festival.
Reservations for each activity are required, but entrance is free for most events.
Ciel en Fête Festival
Price: Mostly free entry, but prices vary
When: Every weekend throughout the month of August — dates for each activity vary
Tickets to this awesome event cost $60 and include brunch, a cocktail and tons of fun surprises that you'll just have to wait and see. A portion of the proceeds from their ticket sales go towards helping blood cancer research.
Soon the fall weather will kick in and we'll be wearing our cozy sweaters, taking road trips to go apple picking, and drinking pumpkin spiced lattes all day every day.
But for now, we have this final weekend to enjoy the gorgeous weather and make the most of it! So don't sit indoors all day doing nothing, choose one of these amazing events happening in the city this weekend, grab your crew and have an awesome time!
When: Wednesday, September 13th-Sunday, September 17th
What: POP Montreal is a music festival that takes place every year and highlights some amazing up-and-coming artists. They offer tons of different events from concerts to workshops to fashion shows and everything in between!
What: Montreal is hosting a huge Pizza Fest this week at all the best pizza locations across the city! Find your favourite from the list and get ready to enjoy some totally unique and delicious pizzas.
When: Friday, September 15th @ 8pm, Saturday, September 16th @ 4pm and 8pm, Sunday, September 17th @ 4pm
What: A massive amateur dance party will be taking over Places des Festivals this weekend and it's going to be crazy! It's basically a massive flash mob made up of 375 dancers for Montreal's 375th birthday!
What: Every year Montreal hosts the World Press Photo Exhibit at Marche Bonsecours in the Old Port. It's an exhibit featuring the top photographers from around the world allowing you to see into the lives of other cultures.
When: Friday, September 15th & Saturday, September 16th
What: Plantzy is having a huge 15% off their entire stock room filled with hanging plants, tropical plants, mini cacti, succulents, money trees and so much more! The space is adorable and you can walk home with your cute new plants to liven up your apartment.
What: Montreal's Glass Door Gallery is hosting a super fun Art Market this Sunday! They'll be selling tons of amazing affordable art by local artists with a DJ, projections and you can bring all the booze you want!
When: Saturday, September 16th & Sunday, September 17th
What: For the Dragon Boat Quebec Cup there will be tons of dragon boat racing taking place at Parc Jean Drapeau this weekend! There will be 200m, 500m, and 2000m races taking place that you can watch from the shore line.
What: The 35th annual apple pie festival is taking place this weekend just outside Montreal! Eat all the best apple pie that your heart desires, spend time at the petting zoo, ride a horse drawn carriage, and listen to live music!