Grab your lasso and cowboy hat, Montrealers, because the city is throwing a massive rodeo to celebrate Montreal's 375th anniversary.
And honestly, it's a little messed up that it's actually happening.
Starting today, the Nomadfest Urban Rodeo is taking over the Old Port's Jacques-Cartier Pier and will go on until Sunday night.
A "contemporary rodeo" that will allow visitors to "experience the daily lifestyle of cowboys down to the smallest detail,” the event promises a bluegrass saloon, a giant terrace, and a variety of musical acts.
Since this is a Montreal festival, food will be an integral aspect of Nomadfest. Gourmet food stations will be set up to offer you a gustatory window into the life of a cowboy.
Corn-grilling stations, cook-your-own-sausage spots, and braised bacon (with chocolate!) stands will be set up for you to enjoy.
No rodeo is complete without a competition of cowboy-skills, and rest assured Nomadfest will let you witness some men-in-chaps bareback ride some bulls and stallions.
Sorry if that last bit came off a little sexual, it's just hard not to when you have "bareback," "riding," and "cowboys" in the same sentence.
But as exciting as it is to see a cowboy take on a bull, not everyone in Montreal is pleased with the event. Animal rights activists are condemning Nomadfest, with protests planned.
Montreal's SPCA described the rodeo as "barbaric," notes CBC, denouncing the act of making animals undergo large amounts of stress solely for our entertainment.
The non-profit animal welfare organization also pointed out, quite correctly, that the rodeo "has nothing to do with the 375th anniversary of the City of Montreal."
"In memory of Grady...the horse who died during a rodeo in Saint-Tite on May 28th, and for all the other victims of the rodeo industry, [we] invite you to attend the anti-rodeo vigils during...NomadFest" says the protest's Facebook event page.
So even if you love the idea of a rodeo or abhor it completely, there will be something for you to do at this Montreal 375th anniversary event!
Plus, attendance was apparently pretty terrible. They're were expecting at least 10,000 more people to show up. So it looks like this whole thing pissed a lot of people off, and it wasn't very successful either way, so there's no real reason to bring the event back next year.
The SPCA say they're satisfied that the rodeo will not return. However they won't rest until they put an end all rodeos across Canada.
There's going to be tons of huge balloons flying through the sky this Thursday in Saint Jean Sur Richelieu! It's going to be a crazy event accompanied by a concert and you definitely shouldn't miss out.
Plaza St-Hubert is hosting a massive street sale this weekend! There will be tons of live music, merchant sales, an open air art gallery and food. Enjoy a huge celebration within the city this sunny summer weekend.
These unreal milkshakes are made with tons of Nutella and then to add to that, they top it with a sugary donut stuffed with even more Nutella!! It looks seriously insane and you must treat yourself to this at least once this summer.
A recent list released the top 30 restaurants in Canada and 5 of them were right here in Montreal! That's super impressive for us. If you're looking to try out some good food at some high-end restaurants, check those 5 out this weekend!
Montreal is hosting it's 6th edition of the Jackalope Festival and guess who's coming?? Yup, it's skateboarding legend Tony Hawk! There will also be tons of food trucks, parties, and fun things like watergun fights, bubble soccer, axe throwing and sooo much more!
Bar A Beurre in the Old Port serves these insane "butter balls" in all different flavours and colours and they look seriously delicious! They come in flavours like watermelon, peach, red velvet, lemon and sooo many more.
Montreal is hosting a huge Reggae Festival this weekend that's going to be seriously insane! They'll be hosting some big names in the reggae music world that will be performing live. In addition to that there will be tons of drinks and delicious Jamaican food available on site!
When: Friday, August 18th- Sunday, August 20th @ 5pm-11pm
The famous Rock n' Roll band Guns N' Roses is playing a show right here in Montreal this weekend! Heavy MTL is hosting this huge show and it's going to be something you definitely don't want to miss this weekend.
Saint Henri is hosting a huge vintage and artisans market this weekend! They will be featuring tons of awesome vintage clothes and items for sale as well as food trucks, live music, film projections, a BBQ and more on site!
Yup, McDreamy, a.k.a Derek Shepherd, a.k.a Patrick Dempsey was recently spotted in Montreal and if you're a Grey's Anatomy fan you're STOKED about this! If you're looking for something to do this weekend I seriously suggest getting out there in the city and spotting him for yourself!
Montreal is hosting Canada's National Pride Festival this year making it the biggest event yet! They're hosting tons of events all week long and they're ending it with a huge bang with their massive Pride Parade! It's going to a crazy event that you don't want to miss in the city!
If you haven't had a chance to get out to Montreal's weekly event at the base of Mont Royal then this is your chance! The weather is going to be amazing so grab your friends, your picnic blankets and allll the snacks and chill while listening to some awesome drum circle music in the sun!
This past weekend Planteria had their grand opening event and it was a hit! They're selling some adorable mini cacti, succulents handmade planters and so much more! Don't miss grabbing your new green friend from this cute store.
All to celebrate Montreal's First Nations' heritage, and different religions in the city. Prominent Canadian and Quebec political figures will be there, including PM Justin Trudeau, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and Mayor Denis Coderre.
A tribute to Paul Chomedy de Maisonneuve and Jeanne-Mance, featuring music, dancing, and speeches, will go down at 10:30 AM.
Honestly, I feel like I've been waiting for this one all year. We saw how gorgeous the bridge is lit up when they tested it out a few months ago; now it's the real deal, so you can only imagine how beautiful it'll be (especially since there'll be a soundtrack of the Montreal Metropolitan Orchestra playing, too).
Remember that the bridge is going to be closed off to traffic tonight for this from 9:00 PM to 10:30 PM.
For more information, and a complete list of things happening today, check out the official 375 Montreal website right here.
It's only one of the most popular Basilicas/churches in the whole entire world, friends, and one Montreal company knows exactly how to celebrate it in just exactly the right way.
Aura Basilique, put on by Montreal's Moment Factory, is a lazer light show taking place inside the Basilica. The show is going down throughout the year. Tickets cost roughly $25; and trust, it's so, so worth it!