No, they won't literally cool you off... but you'll have a DAMN good time.
After surviving what could have been the hottest week of the summer, the weekend is FINALLY here!
To celebrate, we've found some of the coolest things to do in Montreal... at least figuratively speaking. So say, "See ya" to the heat and "Bonjour, Hi" to another epic weekend in the city.
Check Out This Smorgasbord-Style Market With Food Trucks & Music
Price: Free entry! Prices vary by merchant. No cash accepted on-site.
When: Noon to 11 p.m on 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: This neighbourhood market is back for a second weekend so you can check out the SudBEST merchants, artists and artisans that the Sud-Ouest has to offer!
Grab Some Bites At The Food Festival Under Chinatown's Wishing Tree
Price: Free admission. Menus range from $4 to $8, with premium dishes costing between $9 and $12.
When: August 12 to October 3, 2021. Thursdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. & Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 11 p.m.
Address: Place des Souhaits (corner of boul. Saint-Laurent & boul. René-Lévesque O.)
Why You Need To Go: Great food, amazing prices and all-around magical vibes.
Rent Your Neighbour's Swimming Pool
Price: Varies but averages US$45 an hour
Why You Need To Go: Keep cool and make a splash! Montrealers can now rent a private pool, Airbnb style, using the Swimply app.
Live It Up On Your Own Private Garden Terrasse
Price: $1,500 for the day, $700 for a half-day, $10 per person per hour (not private)
Address: 1200, rue Ottawa, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Cheers to the weekend and cheers to your own private terrasse!
Shop At The Giant Street Fair On Mont-Royal
When: August 26 to 29
Address: Avenue du Mont-Royal between Boulevard Saint-Laurent and Rue Fullum
Why You Need To Go: Did someone say street fair?! Shop the sales while enjoying surprise performances and events. No cars allowed.
Stop By This Sexy New Food Truck
When: Wednesday to Friday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m, Saturday from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: Burly Boys - 1304, rue Saint-Patrick, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: If you're a fan of sandwiches or food trucks — or both! — then you need to try Burly Boys this weekend because Burly Boys KNOWS how to make a tasty sandwich.
See This Unbelievable Verdun Festival With Your Own Eyes
When: Fridays and Saturdays from August 20 to September 4
Address: Promenade Wellington, Verdun, QC
Why You Need To Go: Watch the streets come to life with the 10th edition of Festival Marionnettes Plein la rue.
Marvel At Hot Air Balloons Filling The Sky Near Montreal
Price: Mostly free entry, but prices vary
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.
Dance The Night Away At A Free House & Techno Show
When: Friday, August 27 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Doors open at 4 p.m.
Address: Les Guinguettes at Parc Jean-Drapeau, ave. Einstein, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Awesome DJs and the chance to dance the night away amidst the beauty of Parc Jean-Drapeau. Plus, it's free.
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