- Looking for fun summer things to do in Montreal before August is over? Same.
- We created this end-of-summer bucket list to help make sure you made the most of all our city has to offer, before it's all over.
- From Old Port to Boucherville, food festivals to free movies, take a look at the events below to make sure your August goes out with a bang. 🎉
We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but now that mid-August is here, it's time to face the facts: summer is almost over. You probably have already realized this, hence the nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach that reminds you that you may not have made the most of the summer.
Well, we get it. And we're here to help... because we, too want to make the most of the amazing season that is summer in Montreal. It really is amazing.
As you probably know, Montreal comes alive in the summer with a host of ephemeral terrasses, pop-up restaurants, and other seasonally-specific events.
But, of course, there is still another good month of warm weather and long summer days ahead of us. To help you make the most of what's left of the summer, we've compiled a list of summer-only events, bars and restaurants that you need to try before they disappear again.
Eat At A Pop-Up Restaurant Before It Closes For The Season
Nothing says "summer" like sipping a nice cocktail and eating delicious food at a restaurant that is only open for a limited time.
Go To La Ronde
Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald, Montreal
La Ronde is only open for a few months out of the year, so make sure to make the most of this action-packed amusement park while you still can!
Go To A Beautiful National Park
Where: Parc national des îles de Boucherville
The Parc national des îles de Boucherville is one of Montreal's best-kept secrets, only a 20-minute drive from the city centre. The park is the perfect escape on a warm summer day when the heat of the city gets to be too much.
Where: 5455 Gaspe Ave, Montreal
Picnik happens every weekend in the summer, so there's no excuse not to go. Sun, DJs, and buckets full of booze await.
Attend A PY1 Night
Where: Quai de l'horloge, Montreal
PY1 nights is a unique, immersive club experience, and it's only in Montreal until August 31.
Lounge In A Montreal Park
Where: Your choice of park!
Montreal has a variety of beautiful parks to lounge in. From Westmount to Olympic Parc, the city has plenty of places to cool down, have a beer, enjoy a picnic and relax.
And did you know ladies can go topless?
Check Out Le Village Au Pied-du-Courant
Where: 2100 rue Notre-Dame Est, Montreal
This pop-up location hosts a ton of fun events, like BBQs and social experiences, like the "Living Library" where you can ask elderly people for advice. The location, set at the foot of the St-Lawrence river, is easy on the eyes, too.
Eat All The Food At A Carribean Jerk Fest
Where: Agora Châteauguay, 75 boulevard Maple
This huge Carribean jerk fest is a free event that anyone can attend. The event features jerk cuisine, vendors and drink stands, so there's something for everyone.
Play Beach Volleyball By An Outdoor Bar
Where: Riverside St-Henri, 5020 Rue Saint Ambroise
Riverside St-Henri not only has great cocktails, but it's also a dog-friendly bar with beach volleyball courts, and foosball. No, you're not dreaming.
Drink At Alllll The Terrasses
Where: Check out this list of Montreal's Best Terrasses.
Nothing says "summer" like drinking on a terrasse. Check out our list of all of the best terrasses in the city and enjoy as many as you can before the month is over.
Check Out A Free Outdoor Concert
Where: Various locations, dates and times.
Montreal has a host of outdoor concerts in the summer. Check out the concerts happening in parks all around the city this year, like the Orchestre Metropolitain's free outdoor shows.
Go On A Bike Ride
Where: Check out our list of scenic bike rides in the city.
Though some hardened souls bike all year round, most of us see it as a summer-only activity. Make the most of the beautiful weather and enjoy the view of the city from a bike.
Frolick Through Lavender Fields
Where: 891 Chemin Narrows, Stanstead, QC
Enjoy the beauty of a massive lavender field. The best time to visit these fields is in late July and early August, at the height of the bloom.
Challenge Your Friends To A Silly Game
For those of us who like some good, old-fashioned fun, try challenging your friends to a game where you race down a hill in giant inflatable balls.
Watch A FREE Outdoor Movie
Where: There are many venues where you can watch outdoor movies for free, here are a few of them.
Because of Montreal's long, harsh winters, we like to make the most of warm summer nights. For example: hanging out in parks watching movies and eating popcorns.
Enjoy The Water Of The Old Port
Where: Montreal Old Port
Go To A Beach!
Where: Check out this list of beaches close to Montreal.
Though the summer is nice, it can also be very hot. If you need to cool down, head to a beach and swim the day away before it gets too cold!
Party At Les Jardins Gamelins
Where: 1500, rue Berri
Les Jardin Gamelins are open until late September. Until then, the venue hosts a ton of free outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy, including some pop-up food vendors you have to try.
Enjoy Your City Like A Tourist Would
Where: Check out our list of "tourist traps" you actually need to try.
While the summer season is in full swing, blend in with the tourist crowd and hang out at some "tourist traps" that are actually really great.
Enjoy A Huge, Outdoor "Beer Garden"
Where: Les Jardineries, 2705 boulevard Pie-IX
This Beer Garden in the Olympic Park has a ton of places to sit, relax and enjoy some fantastic beer. It is only open in the summer, so head there will you still can!
There you have it! Try to tick off as many of these activities as you can before the end of the month. Enjoy the rest of the summer, Montreal.