March can feel bittersweet; it feels like the relentless onslaught of winter is finally coming to an end but the slush and unpleasant mess of the city can be a bit demoralizing. Yet we still can't wait to uncover the new, shiny season; as Leonard Cohen wrote, "in Montreal spring is like an autopsy." What elevates March during the month is the number of events, festivals, and all-around free things to do in the city. 

We are far away from the money-trap that is the holidays but saving money while having fun or trying out something new is always on the cards.

With the places on this list, you can feel like a kid again by taking advantage of the last days of snow or attending a nostalgic '90s exhibit. You can even lean more towards some cultural activities like art and film exhibitions. 

Or see where you stand in life with a new job or by testing your trivia knowledge (and winning prizes).

Whatever you're in the mood for this March, keep reading to learn more about the 28 free things to do this month that are completely free and totally worth every (lack of) penny spent. 


Celebrate The End Of Winter At Les Jardineries

When: January 18 – March 22 

Where: 4141, Pierre-de Coubertin; Parc Olympic 

Take a look!


Be A Kid Again With The Bay's '90s "Nostalgia Project" 

When: February 21 – March 9 

Where: 585, rue Sainte-Catherine O.

Read more!


Experience Spring Break (and An Alpaca) at Pointe-à-Callière

When: February 29 – March 7; 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Where: 350 Place Royale; Pointe-à-Callière  

Read more about it!


Get Involved In North America's Largest Student-Run Art Matters Festival

When: February 29 – March 22

Where: Locations around Montreal

Take a look at the events and workshops!


Go Underground With The Art Souterrain Festival 

When: February 29 – March 22

Where: Locations around Montreal

Read more!


Go For One Last Tubing Day At Centre De La Nature 

When: Early March before the snow leaves

Where: 901, ave du Parc, Laval

Check it out!


Check Out The Reflections On My Skin Exhibit

When: March 3 – March 7

Where: 372, rue Sainte-Catherine O.

Take a peek!


Get A Free Makeup Session With Max Beauty

When: March 7; 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: 5676, ave. Macdonald

Reserve your place!


Hang Out With Puppies At Le Doggy Café

When: March 7; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: 4701, rue St-Denis

Click for the Facebook event page!


Say Goodbye To Tons Of Winter Sports At Barbegazi

When:  March 7 – 8; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Parc Olympic (Entrance PIE IX / Sherbrooke)

Take a look at the line-up!


Have Some Laughs At Comedy Village

When: (every Sunday) March 8; 9 p.m.

Where: 1245, rue Saint-André

Read more!


Test Your Knowledge At The Best Damn Trivia in Montreal at 4 Origines

When: (every Monday) March 9; 7:15 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Where: 1304, rue Saint-Patrick; Microbrasserie 4 Origine

Learn more!


Listen To Some Blues With The Sonny Wolf Band 

When: March 9 – March 11

Where: 1627, rue Saint-Denis; Bistro a Jojo

Check it out here!


Rush In Spring (And Have a Drink) At These Adorable Pastel Spots

When: Anytime

Where: Locations around Montreal

Take a look at the list!


Give Yourself A Chance At The Happiness Program

When: March 11; 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Where: 6380, rue Sherbrooke O.

Book your date!


Meet Hundreds Of Potential Employers At The Montreal Job Fair

When: March 11; 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: 999 Rue Saint Urbain

Click here to register!


Walk Through The Flohmarkt Vintage Street Wear Pop Up

When: March 14 – 15; 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: 4190, rue St-Denis

See the Facebook page!


Enjoy One Of The Last Chances To Skate On Beaver Lake 

When: Before March 15 (check the website for updated dates)

Where: 2000, Chemin Remembrance; Beaver Lake 

Read more!


READ ALSO: Montreal Has A New Café Where You Can Actually Climb Up The Walls


Get Sweaty With All Day Yoga Classes 

When: March 14; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: 954, rue Sainte-Catherine O.

Read more!


Learn About Environmental Sustainability

When: March 16 – 18

Where: 7141, rue Sherbrooke O. & 1450, rue Guy

Make sure to register!


Take In The International Festival Of Films On Art

When: March 17 – 29

Where: Locations around Montreal

Take a look at the free activities!


Take Part In The Biggest Urban Lumberjack Festival, Cabane Panache

When: March 19 – 22

Where: rue Wellington, Verdun

Read more!


Innovate At Montreal's Digital Spring Installations

When: March 22 – June 21; Daily, 10 a.m.

Where: Quartier des Spectacles

Check out the free programs!


Wear Green At The St. Patrick's Day Parade 

When: March 22; 12 p.m. –  3 p.m.

Where: rue Sainte-Catherine (leaves from du Fort)

Check out the Facebook page!


Take A Bike Ride Along Lachine Canal 

When: Anytime — as soon as it's nice out!

Where: Lachine Canal 

Read more!


Meet New Friends At A Potluck With The Supper Society

When: March 28; 7 p.m. – 10 p.m

Where: 4819, ave. de l'Hôtel-de-Ville

Reserve your spot!


Be A Kid Again At Montreal ToyCon Convention

When: March 29; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: 7000, Place Robert Joncas; Courtyard by Marriott Montreal Airport

Check it out!


Celebrate Greek Independence Day At The Greek Parade

When: March 29; 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Park Extension (exact location to be announced) 

See the event page!


Doesn't your wallet feel better already?

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