30 Free Things To Do During Montreal’s “Nuit Blanche” 2017
A whole night of adventures in the city!
This season, winter is definitely not taking it easy on us. But luckily there's a Montreal festival on the way that's sure to make you forget all about your winter blues.
From February 23rd to March 11th, Montreal en Lumiere us hosting a ton of fun activities all over the city, but the one that has got people most excited is none other than the 14th edition of Montreal's famous Nuit Blanche taking place March 4th.
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.
Here are some of the activities you can look forward to this year. There are 12 different themes this year so brace yourselves.
Free Outdoor Site
This will be the epicenter of Nuit Blanche and the perfect place to start the night off. 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!
But that's not all, the outdoor site will also be temporarily expanded and will reach all the way to the corner of Saint-Urbain and De Maisonneuve, where here will be a huge concert to celebrate all the musical hits from 1967.
There will also be free shuttles taking you all over the city all night long.
- Enjoy an evening of warmth and fun in Studios Vert Prana. There will be Hula-Hoop action inspired by the ambiance of the Beau Dommage era as well as demonstrations and introductory courses in hoop fitness for all ages! More info.
- Atrium Le 1000 presents a skating activity where guests can skate all night long among urban works of art, by artist Jamie Janx Johnston. More info.
- At Village Mammouth, at the foot of Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, fans can enjoy the illuminated Eska skating rink, an interactive slide featuring Télétoon hits, food trucks, guest DJs and a wild moment pyrotechnics display! More info.
- Urbain Mini Putt. More info.
- Yoga Pavillion. More info.
- Bring your favorite t-shirt or reusable bag to Atelier Circulaire, and print it with a ’60s emblem. More info.
- At the Centre culturel Georges-Vanier you'll find writing and illustration workshops as part of Terre des Femmes: a space for inspiration and sharing based on feminine creativity. More info.
- Espace projet will present a dialogue with artist Edith Brunette: what legacy do we hold from 1967? There will also be discussions with artists and urbanologists will be accompanied by workshops inspired by the island of Montreal. More info.
- Nouveau Palais plans an evening of ’60s music and original films produced by autistic teens and young adults, along with four short film collage sequences including a short film on the Montreal Metro in ’67. More info.
- Dazibao and Diagonale join forces for an evening in partnership with the FNC, featuring a performance by dancer Sophia Gaspard, short film screenings, experimental project The Impossible Blue Rose by Lisa Lipton, and a fiery DJ set. More info.
- At Arsenal Art Contemporain you'll enjoy a fun cinematic evening including archival films from Expo 67 and guided tours. More info.
- Tango Libre and Studio Tango Montréal present a wild night devoted to the iconic Argentinean dance, with introductory classes, and professional dance demonstrations. More info.
- Théâtre Aux Écuries offers a sensorial experience based on step-dancing and an interactive show in the dark driven by visual and auditory sensations. More info.
- Galerie MainLine presents a new style of cathedral, a glimpse of the winds of change that hit Quebec and its religious practices in the ’60s. More info.
- The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is holding a Chagall exhibition inspires stained glass activity, as well as a collective mosaic workshop on the theme of Expo 67. More info.
- Sainte-Justine presents an opportunity for discovery, playfully explaining the importance of research and exploring the architecture of the site. More info.
- L’Accueil Bonneau opens its doors to unveil 140 years of history: discover Terre des Hommes, an exhibition created by the lads of Bonneau, join in creating a collective work and, above all, warm body and soul alike! More info.
- At the Old Port, dive back into the era when the Bota Bota, spa-sur-l’eau was a showboat sailing along the river. On the program: DJs, an exhibition, massages and much more! More info.
- There’s a very special tasting event in Salon 1861: La Cuvée d’hiver, with spirits, fine food and performances in a ’50s-inspired rockabilly ambiance. More info.
- UQAM and Montréal joue present Moveo, a crazy night of retro games activated by a giant joystick powered by a motion detector. It’s a playful trip back in time! More info.
- Head to the videogame tent on Saint-Denis for a wild Nuit blanche in the Quartier Latin, with PlayStations VR, the latest videogames available, and retro consoles. In addition, games of skill will have fans testing out their dexterity and sporting fitness, including games of Finnish skittles. More info.
- In Espace La Fontaine, an Illuminated Symphony transports visitors with the music and colours of interactive ice sculptures, and Instaketch presents a new large-scale concept in which visitors’ suggestions are transformed into improvised dramatizations inspired by the Quebec of the ’60s, with costumes, lighting effects and musicians. More info.
- Cité Mémoire immerses you in history with one of the largest projection circuits in the world! More info.
- Fans can dance all night long to music from the DJs of the Artgang collective in a luminous structure inspired by the Biosphère! More info.
- Dawson College is presenting 50 years of history as related by the Sisters of Congrégation de Notre-Dame. From 8 p.m., a DJ will remix the stories. An evening of unique memories! More info.
- Librairie Gallimard hosts a unique “killer” evening, where André Marois and Laurent Chabin, two of the biggest crime fiction novelists in Quebec, spin tales of how their listeners are murdered! More info.
- At the Musée du Château Ramezay, a show-seminar invites you to take a peek backstage at Expo 67 by examining ten rare objects and the treasure trove of stories they unleash. More info.
- Marking its 50th anniversary, Café Campus returns to its roots with a dance evening in the spirit of the Summer of Love, Expo 67, youthful optimism and open-heartedness. More info.
- Nuit Tribe takes over at Centre Phi! An evening with the Moonshine collective presents a musical and multidisciplinary program, and Montreal artist Pony presents a pop-up installation. More info.
- At Eastern Bloc, modernity and futurism implicit in the spirit of Expo 67 serve as inspiration for an utterly contemporary evening
combining art and technology. More info.
- At La Vitrine, the comics of Zoofest join the action with their guests: theme karaoke, guest artists, culinary discoveries and much more! More info.
- Espace La Risée presents a “Pavillon Femmelettes” and a 1967-style comedy show in which the “Femmelettes” are confronted by the
technological advances of the era, analyzing a guide to the perfect woman, 1967 version, discovering the new Metro. Edgy and side-splitting. More info.
- This year, Art Souterrain presents 70 contemporary art projects spread throughout 9 buildings in Montreal’s indoor underground city. A crew of mediators will be on hand to guide festival fans and offer a different perspective on the artworks. Get set for your visit to this edition and its theme “Jeu et diversion” by downloading the audio guide from artsouterrain.com.