When: Every weekend throughout the month of August — dates for each activity vary
Address: Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC
Why You Need To Go: Less than an hour out of town, it's hardly a drive but you'll still feel like you're far far away. Check out the last weekend of this breathtaking hot air balloon festival before it's too late.
Montreal, you've almost made it through another doozy of a week. But don't fret because another week means another weekend. The weekend is an opportunity to do fun things that can cheer you up and make you feel better about the world, but in order to find them, you actually need to leave your apartment.
So get your butt off the couch. Might we recommend showering? And then try one of these activities! Whatever you're up to this weekend, here's hoping it brings some light back into your life.
Take Advantage Of The Last Free Weekend To Visit The McCord
Address: McCord Museum, 690, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To celebrate its 100th birthday, one of Montreal's favourite museums gifted us 100 days of free admission, which comes to an end this week. Take advantage of free art, culture and Montreal history while you still can!
Why You Need To Go: Parc Jean Drapeau offers some of the coolest winter activities, like cross-country skiing, sledding, a skating trail and more, proving to the world that no one does winter quite like Montreal!
Why You Need To Go: Restaurants also need a pick-me-up right now. If you order takeout or delivery, not only do you support local eateries during a tough time, but you get to enjoy delicious food while you do it!
Address: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101, rue Sherbrooke E., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Plants and flowers have been known to brighten even the gloomiest of days. Although Espace pour la vie had to close its museums due to government restrictions, the Botanical Garden's outdoor areas remain open. Can't handle the cold? Lufa Farms offers free virtual tours of its Ahuntsic rooftop greenhouse each week.
Where: Librairie Saint Henri Books, Indigo, Argo Bookshop, etc.
Why You Should Go: To buy yourself a new book to keep you occupied during curfew hours! Retail stores remain open at 50% capacity under new restrictions, but keep in mind that they'll be closed on the first three Sundays of January.
Montrealers know the feeling of pandemic dread "All Too Well" and it can be hard to "Shake It Off." Though that "Blank Space" in your soul might make you just want to throw on a "Cardigan" and retreat into the embrace of your well-worn couch, at least one planned Montreal concert might inspire you to head out this winter.
An acoustic tribute to Taylor Swift is coming to the Plateau's Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church. The event promises to present a reimagined selection from the American songstress's discography, transforming upbeat tracks into a moody spectacle.
Candles will illuminate the stage as a string quartet runs through 14 of Swift's greatest hits, including the aforementioned four tracks in addition to "I Don't Want to Live Forever," "Enchanted," "I Knew You Were Trouble," "Invisible String," "Lover," "Love Story," "New Romantics," "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," "Wildest Dream" and "You Belong With Me."
The entire event has a runtime of one hour.
The concert is scheduled to have shows on two dates — Saturday, February 5 and Thursday, February 17 — with performances scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. each evening.
In an online FAQ section, organizers say they could reschedule the Taylor Swift tributes if the situation requires it, in which case ticketholders could just attend the new event. If the curfew persists, organizers will move the concerts to earlier times.
Tickets range in price from $30 to $60 depending on the seating section.
Get all the details below.
Candlelight acoustic Taylor Swift tribute
Price: $30 to $60, depending on the seating section
Where: Église St-Jean-Baptiste, 4237, av. Henri Julien, Montreal, QC
When: Saturday, February 5 and Thursday, February 17, at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. each evening
Why You Have To Go: For the perfect moody soundtrack to our second winter of discontent