If you're wondering about free things to do in Montreal this May, we've got you covered.
There's nothing quite like the month of May — the weather starts to get warmer, flowers start to bloom, and everyone seems to be just a little bit happier.
Go See The Flower & Plant Stands At Montreal Public Markets
When: All items should be out by Friday, May 7
Address: Atwater Market, 138, avenue Atwater, Montreal, QC
& Jean-Talon Market, 7070, avenue Henri-Julien, Montreal QC
Why you should go: These stands are probably some of the most colourful spots in town and a little stroll through them makes for a lovely day.
Visit Montreal's Barbie Expo
Address: Les Cours Mont-Royal, 1455, rue Peel suite 206, Montreal, QC
Why you should go: Barbies aren't just for kids. This exhibition, the largest of its kind in the entire world, lets you see all kinds of unique "haute-couture" dolls.
Free Flower Distribution In Some Neighbourhoods
When: Registration on May 17, event on May 29
Address: St. Viateur, between de l'Esplanade and Waverly; Duluth, between Coloniale and De Bullion; Garnier, between St. Joseph and Gilford
Why you should go: You could receive free plants, potting soil and more in several Montreal neighbourhoods, including Mile End, Jeanne Mance and de Lorimier.
There will also be a distribution in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie and Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
Go To Tam-Tams
When: Every Sunday from May 3 to September 26
Address: Sir George-Étienne Cartier Monument, Mount Royal Park, Montreal, QC
Why you should go: To enjoy the atmosphere of the lunchtime drummers and dancers. Or, just to spend the day at the park when it's nice out.
Check Out The Public Installations Of "Dans ma cour, ç'a du chien!"
When: Until May 30
Address: rue Sainte-Catherine, between rue de Bleury and rue Saint-Urbain
Why you should go: In order to add some colour to the Quartier des Spectacles, several scenes imagining wacky backyards have been installed on Sainte-Catherine and they're definitely Instagram-worthy.
Take The "Cuisine Ta Ville" Open-Air Course
When: May 13–16
Address: Place des Festivals, 1499, rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal, QC
Why you should go: For the third year in a row, this event organized by Quand l'Art passe à l'Action (ATSA) will take place in the Quartier des spectacles with several small installations and open-air exhibitions under the theme of means of transportation, real and imaginary.
Have A Picnic
Where: Any park in the city
Why you should go: We all need to get out of the house sometimes, and what better way to do that than to enjoy a little picnic in the fresh air?
See The "Tes Mots, Mes Mains" Exhibition
When: Wednesday to Sunday until August 15
Address: Parc-Extension Broadcasting Hall, 421, rue St-Roch, Montreal, QC
Why you should go: Artist Karine Demers presents her work inspired by origami in the form of an exhibition near Jarry Park, which creates a beautiful mix between paintings and sculptures.
Get A Free Donut & Coffee On Mondays
When: Every Monday until May 24
Where: All participating Canadian Krispy Kreme locations
Why you should go: To start the week off right, you can get one of Krispy Kreme's famous original glazed donuts and a medium coffee for free. No purchase necessary!
Explore The Village's Outdoor Exhibit
Address: Galerie Blanc, 1114, rue Sainte-Catherine E., Montreal, QC
Why you should go: All the different works have a way of drawing you in, so it's the perfect spot to spend some time walking through. And it's accessible to everyone.
* Galerie Blanc closed mid-May in order to prepare its new exhibition, which will open early June.
Go On A Tulip Walk Around The City
Address: All over Montreal
Why you should go: May is prime tulip time and we should make the most of it! These lovely flowers are blooming all across the city — so keep your eyes peeled for them.
* This article has been updated.