Happy Spring! 13 things to do in Montreal this weekend: March 25 to 27


It’s the first full weekend of spring in Montreal and the city is full of things to do.

As Montreal returns to some semblance of normalcy, the city is welcoming music, food, and the arts — all of the things that make Montreal Montreal.

And certainly, the weather is not looking spectacular and the forecasts announce a gray and rainy weekend but at least it’s not snow…

Here are some fun things to do across the island for the last weekend in March. Seriously, how do we ever say goodbye to Mars?

Disco skating – L’Esplanade Tranquille

If you haven’t visited the giant Montreal ice rink at the Quartier des Spectacles, now is your last chance as it’s its last weekend.

Every day from 5 p.m., the rink will be open to people who want to put on their skates and hit the ice.

It’s the rink’s last weekend hosting its “Disco Fever” night where DJs spin 1970s tunes while you spin the ice.

When: Saturday March 26
Time: 7:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Or: entertainment district
Price: Free

Half Moon

Half Moon Run, the popular indie rock band from Montreal, is performing at the Lionel-Groulx Theater this weekend.

And of course, they are not technically in Montreal this weekend but make the trip to Sainte-Thérèse, they are worth it.

The band is known for their use of layered percussion, group vocals, and playing multiple instruments at the same time.

When: Saturday March 26
Time: 8 p.m.
Or: Lionel-Groulx Theater, Sainte-Therese
Price: $52.75, available online

Sunday night improvisation

How about ending your weekend with a few bursts of laughter? The Ste-Catherine Theater hosts Sunday evening improvisation.

It’s spontaneous, it’s funny, it’s cheap.

When: Sunday March 27
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Or: Ste-Catherine Theater, 264 Sainte-Catherine Street East
Price: $10, available online

Fletcher

Cari Elise Fletcher, known by her last name, is an American singer and songwriter. Fletcher’s breakthrough single “Undrunk” was released in January 2019 and became his first single to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached number one on Spotify’s Viral Chart in the United States.

When: Saturday March 26
Time: 8 p.m.
Or: Corona Theater
Price
: $37, available online

Imagine Monet

Montreal hosted an immersive exhibition of Charles Monet, the French painter and founder of Impressionism, who is among the most famous figures in the history of the art world.

Imagine Monet immerses visitors in Arsenal Contemporary Art for what is the world premiere of the exhibition.

Similar to the Imagine Van Gogh exhibition before the pandemic, the Monet exhibition presents more than 200 works by the artist through a projector, giant murals and an immersive soundtrack.

The event explores works from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s and “will immerse the viewer in the heart of the works painted by the artist, particularly in France”, indicates the list of events of the Arsenal of Contemporary Art.

When: Every day until April 10
Time: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Or: Arsenal Contemporary Art — 2020 Rue William
Price: $26 – $39, tickets only available online

Romeo and Juliet – Ballet

The timeless Place des Arts shows the timeless Romeo and Juliet story in ballet form.

Follow the Montague and Capulet families as a war rages after Romeo and Juliet meet.

When: By March 27
Time: 8 p.m. (Friday), 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. (Saturday), 2 p.m. (Sunday)
Or: Arts Square
Price: $50 0 $149, available online

Gourmet Happening

The annual Happening Gourmand restaurant festival is back for the first time in two years, and dare we say, this year’s edition is better than ever.

The 14th annual Happening Gourmand takes place between now and April 3 and 11 of Old Montreal’s most prestigious restaurants are taking part.

Discover all the participating spots right here.

When: By April 3
Time: Variable hours
Or: Various spots
Price: less than $40

trembling sugar

Three words: maple syrup taffy.

It’s slurpin’ season and you can’t do better than the spots in Quebec. Check out our favorites here.

Intangible forms

A spectacular kinetic laser performance installation takes place at New City Gas by Japanese multimedia artist Shohei Fujimoto.

The exhibition invites visitors to “exist in a space and time of its own”.

Trippy.

When: By April 10
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Or: New Town Gas – 950 Ottawa Street
Price: $19 – $28, available online

Free time brunch

All branches of Montreal’s largest food court will offer brunch from Saturday to Sunday.

Breakfast pizza? Poutine brunch? Middle Eastern, Indian and Japanese eggs?

He has got everything.

We’re talking about 13 different brunch options, all in one place. Go big.

When: March 19 & 20
Time: Brunch offered from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. (open until 8 p.m.)
Or: 705 Ste. Catherine West, Eaton Center

Montreal Biodome

Why not step into spring feeling like you’re outside in summer?

The Montreal Biodôme offers a “multi-sensory and immersive experience” where visitors can make their way through the five ecosystems of the Americas and soak up some really cool animals and greenery.

It feels like walking through the Costa Rican jungle.

When: Everyday
Time: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Or: 4777, avenue Pierre-de Coubertin

Scandinavian spa

Head to Saint-Bruno and relax and unwind at Förena Cité Thermale.

Located at the foot of Mont Saint-Bruno and inspired by Scandinavian culture, the Förena Cité Thermale extends over 60,000 square meters at the foot of a mountain offering its guests thermotherapy, massages, beauty treatments and catering.

When: Everyday
Time: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Or: 250 Rang des Vingt Cinq East, Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville

Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium

How about a little interplanetary trip this weekend?

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium has two separate rooms dedicated to space and astronomy.

It’s quite trippy but a great adventure in the outer limits.

When: Everyday
Time: 9.30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Or: 4801, avenue Pierre-de Coubertin

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