March is a hormonal month. On some days, you can feel the warm spring breeze will blow into town, and you'll think to yourself "wow, this is it!" - as we have been experiencing lately - then, three days later, it will drop down to a bone-chilling -20 degrees as a blizzard of epic proportions beats down on the city. In other words, March is rough.
That said, this is the last chance, however, do to all those winter activities you didn't do while you were Netflixing under your duvet all winter.
Again, this is your LAST CHANCE, to get your friends together and go spring skiing or go on that toboggan ride you promised your girlfriend you would take her on all winter. Over the next page, we will look at some of the best free things to do in the city during the month of March.
30. Attend free city-wide Festival Montreal En Lumiere!
We've been talking about it a lot, but just in case you've been under a rock. This weekend is the last weekend of Montreal En Lumiere, a city-wide festival which hosts tons of free events and outdoor sites for everyone to enjoy.
29. Attend one of the many FREE events hosted by Art Matters throughout the month of March
Art Matters is North America’s largest Undergraduate arts festival. Supporting talent within Concordia’s Fine Arts Department as well as providing exposure to emerging artists; the month-long festival has held a variety of exhibitions and events across Montreal. Most are free!
28. Attend a "Yoga Neige" event totally free!
These free outdoor yoga events are what makes Montreal so special. Hosted by the Burroughs themselves, these will be held in different public parks such as Park Lafontaine throughout the beginning of March. See Facebook event for all the details!
27. SPRING HAS SPRUNG: don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour on March 11th.
Days are getting longer, and they will be even longer after Sunday, March 11th, when we spring forward one hour. Although most modern gadgets are automatically set to take care of this for us, don't forget to manually wind that kitchen clock.
26. Attend Cocktail Friday's at September Surf Cafe in St-Henri
This St-Henri cafe hosts a re-occurring event every Friday where they mix and serve new and delicious specialty cocktails. Although the cocktails will cost you, the entry is totally free.
25. Attend "ladies night" at Resto Melrose every Thursday!
This Plateau resto hosts a free ladies night every Thursday. Food and drinks are 50% off for ladies and no entry is charged! Can't go wrong there.
24. Take a self-guided tour around Montreal's China Town
One of my favorite things to do when the weather warms up is to take a walk around China Town. There are so many interesting shops that carry quirky imported odds and ends from around the world. You're always bound to find something cute for close to nothing.
23. Attend Art Matters Event "Book Works" at Galerie Mile-End
Bookworks surveys the current climate of the artist book in the Concordia arts community brought together by the qualities and attributes of books, rather than by the subject they address.
22. Attend a dog adoption event at Le Doggy Cafe in the Plateau
Le Doggy Cafe is the only cafe in Montreal that welcomes both humans AND their furry friends. The cafe is hosting a dog adoption event that is free and open to everyone, even if you're not planning on adopting. All dog-lovers are welcome!
21. Attend a FREE vintage clothing Pop-Up in the Plateau
Need new clothes for spring but low on cash. You're not the only one. Vintage finds to the rescue! Find some unique pieces at this vintage pop-up in the Plateau being hosted Saturday, March 24th.
20. Enjoy the last snow and take the sled ride you promised you would go on all winter
Although the snow is melting this week, as a person who has lived in Montreal all her life - I assure you, it's not over. There will be at least one or two more snow storms before Spring actually rolls around. Make the most of the last snow and hit up Mont-Royal for one last toboggan ride this March!
19. Host an "Oscar night party" at home with friends!
The 90th annual Academy Awards are airing this Sunday, March 4th. A great way to stay in and save some money but still connect with friends over a shared interest. Who doesn't love the movies?
18. Visit the Canadian Center For Architecture, FREE on Thursday evenings!
Are you interested in design, architecture, and art, if yes - it's a great idea to visit the Canadian Center For Architecture right in the heart of Guy Concordia. It's particularly nice to visit in the Spring because the park surrounding the building is beautiful.
17. Take a bike ride or walk along the Lachine Canal
The Lachine Canal is a beautiful place to stroll when the weather starts to warm up. You can walk as far as the actual neighbourhood of Lachine or just stay around the Atwater Market area. Bike rentals are available as well!
16. Host a board game night at home with friends!
Ok, I know most board games cost money. But did you know many games are available for free download online, including family-favorite Cards Against Humanity? Yes 100% open source and available to everyone. Linked in red above!
15. Visit the MAC Museum on Wednesday evenings!
All year round, from 5-9 on Wednesdays, the MAC Museum gives free entry to its exhibits. This is a great way to spend the evening doing something inexpensive. Maybe stroll down to China Town for a cheap bite afterward.
14. Take a self-guided tour of the Old Port
The Old Port is a classic spot to hit up when the weather warms up. Spend an afternoon strolling on the water as you watch the container boats tug in and out. Pure romance.
13. Say "Hello!" to spring by visiting the Jean-Talon Market
The Jean Talon Market is open all year, but the spring/summer is when it truly shines. All the local vendors will start to open up shop this month, so get your cute farmers market outfit and coffee ready for the perfect Sunday stroll through one of Montreal's most famous markets.
12. Last chance to skate for FREE at one of the many public rinks in the city
March is really the final month to check off all your winter "to do" activities. If you haven't gone ice skating yet, this is really your last chance. Hit up one of our many free outdoor rinks, such as the one pictured above at Parc Lafontaine.
11. Discover a new neighborhood!
Pictured above is the breathtaking Eglise Notre Dame Des Sept Douleurs located on Promenades Wellington right near Metro De L'Eglise. Why not venture outside of your little bubble and explore the beautiful neighborhoods this city has to offer!
10. Take a leisure drive to the Laurentians for some stunning mountain views
Nothing says spring like spring skiing in a t-shirt or hoodie. While skiing is a costly sport, visiting the mountains is totally free! It's a great way to bring in spring by spending time outdoors.
9. Visit the Notre Dame Basilique in the Old Port
This is quite possibly one of the most stunning churches in the entire city, and we got A LOT of 'em. While taking a stroll through China Town or Old Port, make sure to stop by the Basilique Note-Dame.
8. Visit the historic McCord Museum on Sherbrooke West
This beautiful and historic museum and Montreal landmark provides totally free entry on Wednesday's from 5-9. Why not take a peek inside, it's free!
7. Visit a new funky Montreal cafe
While visiting a cafe is not entirely free, it's very close to it! And you're supporting local business, which you can never feel bad about. This one pictured above just opened and specializes in vegan pastries. Yum.
6. Celebrate International Women's Day on March 8th
Don't forget to tell your mom, sister, aunt, cousin, co-worker - you get it, all the women you know that you truly appreciate them on March 8th for International Women's Day.
5. Take a ride on the "Milk Glow Slides" as part of the Montreal En Lumiere Festival
These outdoor "urban slides" will be set up around Place Des Arts and are totally free to ride as part of the Montreal En Lumiere festival running this weekend from March 3rd to 4th. See all the info on the official site of the festival.
4. Take a walk up the St-Joseph Oratory
The weather is getting warmer and the snow is melting, which means the St-Joseph Oratory will be opening its stairs again to visitors. This is a weekend activity that never gets old. The view is always beautiful from the top.
3. Walk to the Kondiaronk Belvedere and stoop for a couple hours and take in the sun
The Kondiaronk Belvedere is home to Chalet Du Mont-Royal and the nicest lookout of the city because you can go inside the chalet and grab a drink if it's too cold. And you can also stoop outside on the stairs for hours if it's warm. Since it's finally warming up why not pay a visit to Montreal's most iconic lookout.
2. Hit up Saint-Catherine Street for the St-Patricks Day Parade on March 18th.
Ah, the St-Patricks day parade in Montreal. Each year the weather is a total surprise. It's either still an icy -30 or a warm spring breeze +10 degrees. No matter how warm or cold, there will always be at least one group of drunk grunting shirtless bros. Priceless.
1. Ride the Quebec Maple Ferris Wheel as part of the Free outdoor sites for Montreal En Lumiere
The lit-up Ferris wheel is set-up at the heart of the festivities actions and is one of the many free outdoor sites and events that will continue to be available during the festival this coming weekend of March 3rd and 4th. Check out the page for details!