Montreal never ceases to find innovative ways to make us forget how awful winter is by hosting fun and interesting events all over the city. Even better, they're mostly free.
The next one to look out for is La Fête des Glaces happening February 21 and 22 on Saint-Denis Street. Over the course of the weekend, you can check out various artists creating impressive themed ice sculptures before your eyes as well as enjoy other open-air activities like food tastings, promotions and competitions.
The 4th Edition of La Fête des Glaces has some new features this year including two ice houses on Saint-Denis, at the corners of Marie-Anne and Duluth, where you can stop in for hot chocolate and other hot beverages with your friends, and there will also be dance performances set to Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen held at four specially designed locations along the street. Visitors have the option of taking a guided tour of the route, or wander at your leisure, with shows presented twice each hour between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., on February 21.
For the full nighttime experience, sculptures will be illuminated, and as part of Montréal en Lumière, there will be one special ice sculpture created specifically for Nuit Blanche happening on February 28.
Head over to the Facebook Page for complete details and don't forget to hashtag your pics #fetedesglaces.
The "new" Saint-Denis street will be filled with new terrasses, benches, places to rest and hang out, brightly colored installations where people can have meet-ups and new areas reserved for street performers.
To celebrate the opening on June 15th, the SDC will also be launching a series of special events, which are expected to be announced on their website.
Down below is a list that composes of great activities you can do this weekend from Friday, March 3rd to Sunday, March 5th! It's officially the FIRST weekend of March and spring is rapidly approaching! So, it's time to embrace the Montreal weather and enjoy the insane things you can do this weekend! Start planning your weekend extra early with your closest friends, because you are going to want to do everything on this list!
1. Enjoy This Weekend And Go To Montréal en Lumière
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, an annual celebration registering 1,300,000 festival site visits from fans experiencing the joy of Montreal wintertime through a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries!
2. Enjoy This Weekend And Go See The First Showing Of The Movie Before I Fall
What if you had only one day to change absolutely everything? Samantha Kingston has everything: the perfect friends, the perfect guy, and a seemingly perfect future. Then, everything changes. After one fateful night, Sam wakes up with no future at all. Trapped reliving the same day over and over, she begins to question just how perfect her life really was. As she begins to untangle the mystery of a life suddenly derailed, she must also unwind the secrets of the people closest to her, and discover the power of a single day to make a difference, not just in her own life, but in the lives of those around her—before she runs out of time for good.
When: In Theaters Friday, March 3rd, 2017
3. Enjoy This Weekend And Go To La Nuit Tribe
As part of Montreal's 14th Nuit blanche, the Phi Centre reimagined La Nuit Tribe, a multidisciplinary happening that combines musical performances (including Tupi Collective, ABAKOS and Mark Clennon), visual arts (Pony), and virtual reality.
As Montreal's 375th anniversary festivities get into full swing, La Nuit Tribe will showcase modern-day Montreal's diversity and energy, 50 years after Expo 67. In collaboration with LNDMRK, Moonshine and Cult MTL, the Phi Centre will celebrate its openness and innovation until the wee hours of the morning.
Again this year, visitors will have the opportunity to explore various virtual reality experiences in the Virtual Reality Garden, a unique space in Montreal dedicated to presenting the latest, most innovative works in the field.
For one night only, there will over 200 hundred amazing (mostly free) events and experiences to choose from. And this year, the Nuit Blanche theme is none other than Expo '67. There will be zip lines, night tubing, urban slides, a Ferris wheel, a curling zone, and outdoor concerts. Plus everything on site is 100% free!
When: FromSaturday, Mar 4, 5:00 pmTo Sunday, Mar 5, 4:00 am
5. Enjoy This Weekend And Go See The Underground Art
With Montreal currently being snowed in, it makes sense for us to migrate underground to escape these very un-spring like conditions. Art Souterrain, which runs from February 26th until March 13th, is a great way to beat the cold and features over100 projects by contemporary photo, video, performance, and installation artists.
This is haute couture on display, a gathering of the world’s most elite designers. This is Barbie seen at her fashionable best, a stunningly beautiful collection chicly modeled by the 11½-inch fashion icon.
When: All Week!
Where: Les Cours Mont-Royal
8. Enjoy This Weekend And Go To The Wim Delvoye Exhibition
We’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy some sunshine and a taste of Spring, reminding us that hot Summer days are around the corner ... for our friends at Baskin-Robbins, that’s just another reason to celebrate! The Kirkland location will be offering 0.31 cent junior scoops to all!
When: Saturday, March 4th, 2017 - 12:00 PM until 04:00 PM
Enjoy the massive rock climbing walls at Allez Up this weekend with some of your closest friends! On Sunday, you are your buddies and rock climb, boulder, and much more! It's a great workout and a lot of fun.
When: Sunday, March 5th, from 1-5 pm
Where: Allez Up -
11. Enjoy This Weekend And Go See The Second Weekend Of The
Illuminart is a new circuit fusing art, lighting and technology, unfolding through downtown Montreal. Aimed at an inquisitive audience eager to discover and explore, Illuminart assembles projects by artists, creators, engineers, set designers, graphic designers and videographers from home and abroad. Our illuminated urban space springs to life, becoming a must-see destination for creativity, inspiration and shared experience thanks to works that are at once surprising, impressive and entertaining.
13. Enjoy This Weekend And Go See No Culture Tour - Mother Mother
Mother Mother is a Canadian indie rock band based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The band consists of Ryan Guldemond on guitar and vocals, Molly Guldemond on vocals and keyboard, Jasmin Parkin on keyboard and vocals, and Ali Siadat on drums. Longtime bassist Jeremy Page left the band in 2016.
Another way to sit back and relax this winter with your special someone is by doing some yoga. Yoga is a great way to relax and release stress. I suggest going to one of Montreal’s many yoga studios. My personal favorite is hot yoga at Ensō where you sweat your stress away and pretend like you are in a rain forest enjoying some good old yoga!
15. Enjoy This Weekend And Go Zip-Lining In Old Montreal
Open this winter in Old Montreal! For the first time, MTL Zipline will be open every weekend this winter from 11am to 5pm. Have a rush of adrenaline on your date with something new to the two of you and Montreal this winter, or as usual this summer!
16. Enjoy This Weekend And Go To The Melvin Charney’s Sculpture Garden
Time to get your sculpting on with a hot chocolate at the Melvin Charney’s sculpture garden, which is an extension of the CCA. This garden contains multiple sculptures that you can enjoy observing over a warm cup of hot chocolate and a beautiful sunset in this spring weather.
17. Enjoy This Weekend And Go To Crew Collective Café
Don’t just spend your weekend at any old cafe, instead I suggest heading to this absolutely gorgeous cafe during Reading Week! The Collective Crew Café is open until 10 during the week and 8 during the weekend. This cafe isn’t only stunning with its architecture, but it is also romantic and a great place to be productive!
18. Enjoy This Weekend And Go To The Butterflies Go Free Exhibit
Step into the almost spa-like setting of the Main Exhibition Greenhouse, where the heat and the flowers’ sweet fragrance help you forget winter. All around you, hundreds of colourful butterflies flit joyously about amidst the lush greenery, filling you with a sense of lightness and inviting you to relax.
When: February 23 to April 30, 2017
Where: Montreal Botanical Gardens - 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
19. Enjoy This Weekend And Go To Le Ceramic Café
One of my personal favourite places is Le Céramic Café. It’s a great place where you can create art, relax, enjoy food, and overall have fun! You can choose whichever mold you like and the fun takes off from there! It’s a great way to distract you from being cold and it's a great activity to cross off your bucket list.
Why not step out of your comfort zone this winter and try pole dancing with your BFF! Not only is it a great workout, but it’s super fun and you will have a great time! I suggest trying Milan Pole Dance Studio where you can have fun, laugh at each other, and laugh at yourselves. This is something that needs to be crossed off everyone's bucket list!