Salon National de la Pourvoirie et du Bateaux de Pêche de Montréal
February 2-5 2017
I almost didn’t include this one, and then thought well, why not. Hunting, fishing, camouflage. I suppose it’s all about appreciating nature, right? You can check out fishing lures, guns, listen to experts (take Mario Huot’s 10 Trucs pour chasser le dindon!), and meet Jose Boily the host of Québec à Vol d’oiseau and others. For more info, click HERE.
December 9 – March 12 2017
Olympic Park (4141 Avenue Pierre-de Coubertin)
free access to site; some activities are extra
Now that the weather has decided to be more wintry, Montreal’s Olympic Stadium’s winter village is a place to take on your outdoor winter activities from Thursday to Sundays. There is an 18 meter long slide, a hockey/ice-skating rink, and a variety of other activities. DJs are on hand to keep the beat alive and there is also a cocktail bar open after 4 p.m. See HERE for more info.
Le Happening Gourmand
January 5 – February 5 2017
If trying new and old restaurants is on your bucket list, you might want to take advantage of this mini-restaurant week happening in Old Montreal. Some of the city’s best restaurants are offering lunch and dinner menus at costs of $23, $26, and $30. After eating, you can get a discount ticket to Igloofest and dance off the dessert. A few of the participating restaurants are Verses, Méchant Boeuf, and Kyo Bar Japonais. For more information and to book a space, click HERE.
February 2 to 4 2017
Old Port Quai Jacques Cartier
It’s the last weekend of Igloofest but don’t let that bring you down. Snails, Green Velvet, and Dave Clarke lead the three final nights. Great light shows. Cool activities. Tickets are here and all information is HERE.
February 1 – 7 2017
Poutine is fries, gravy, cheese curds. Full stop. But experimental chefs are never happy to stick with the classic. Over 60 restaurants are asked to prepare a special poutine just for this week. Get the app or check the website and join in the madness to sample and rate. Some ones to check out are the ones at Lola Rosa, Le Smoking BBQ, Imadake, Ha, Chez boris, Burger Royal, and the Burgundy Lion. For updates, click HERE.
February 2-4 2017, Rue Mt. Royal
No reason to let the winter blues keep you inside. Bars and clubs along Mt. Royal are hosting three days of music to get you out of your house and into a nice warm pub. Check out Les Breastfeeders, Fred Fortin, Les Dales Hawerchuk, and more at the partner taverns: le Bar inc, La Taverne Sant Sacrement, Chez Baptiste Mt Royal, Le Barraca, Le Taverne Normand, le Pub West Shefford, Le Verre Bouteille, le Jono Bar, and Le Matahari Bar Salon. Info HERE.
Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show
February 2-5 2017
If you want to think of warmer, wetter times, the Montreal Boat and Water show reminds you that there’s plenty of times for you water babies ahead. The boat show has over 450 different boats for you to admire and 275 exhibitors who will showcase everything from paddle boards to canoes to trips you can take. Tickets are $15/12/free under 12. Info HERE.
Le Salon Je t’aime en chocolat
February 10-12 2017
Marche Bonsecours (350 St Paul E)
Chocolate is the food of champions. Those who love the stuff should head out to the annual festival now in its fifth edition. L’Académie du Chocolate has lessons on making chocolate deserts, there’s a fashion show, and, let’s face it, plenty of the dark brown stuff to eat. For all info, click HERE. Free.
Festival Temps d’Images
February 11 – 21 2017
Dance, performance, even a night of food, the Festival Temps d’Images, celebrates living and digital arts together. For more information, click HERE.
February 11-12, Palais de Congrès
Yoga fans can get together for a weekend of speakers, classes, and trends. Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman-Yee are the two internationally celebrated teachers in attendance. For more information, click HERE.
February 16-18 2017
A volunteer organized festival, Kickdrum festival features over 30 musical acts and donating them to Jam for Justice. Shows take place at Cagibi and Café Anjuna. Among those playing are Caribou Stew and Frisky Kids. Info HERE.
Montréal en Lumière
February 23 to March 11 2017
The lights stay bright in the Quartier Des Spectacles at Place des Arts. With plenty of cool visual displays, performing arts like Flamenco dancing, outdoor activities, and special foodie events with a special focus on local cheese and both local and international chefs, this is worth walking through. Performers include Matt Holubowski, Chantal Kreviazuk, and Maritza. Some events are free. Click HERE for more details.
Feb 20 – May 8
For more info on this music festival and who will be playing, click HERE.
Les Rendezvous de Cinema Quebecois
February 23 – March 4 2017
When Quebec’s film community gets together, you can bet there’s some talent in the room. Come celebrate Quebec’s vibrant cinema scene with this annual festival. Everyone from the director to the extra can find something of interest. The highlight are the juried film screenings, held nightly. Watch for details HERE.
Montreal Festival of New Music/ Montréal Nouvelles Musique
February 23-March 4 2017
New music festival takes place biannually. Get ready to hear what hasn’t been heard before. For details, click HERE.
Montréal Bicycle Show/Montéal Triathlon Show
February 24-26 2017; Place Bonaventure
Winter will soon be over and the outdoor athletes who prefer clear sidewalks and roads can get back outside again. To help pass those remaining days when running a half marathon is iced out, this event will showcase plenty of upcoming things for sporting enthusiasts. Info HERE.
Salon de la Moto
February 24-26 2017; Palais de Congrès
Whether you’re more into the Harley Davidson or the BMW, the Salon de la Moto has got a two wheeled vehicle that you’ve always dreamed about. Check out the newest models as well as some vintage ones at this weekend long event. Information HERE.
February or March ???
Montreal’s all-night arts party is a not-miss event. Various neighbourhoods host events and many venues remain open well past the midnight hour (usually until the next morning). The MAC is a favorite place to visit, but check the schedule to find out the full sampler. Dress warm and have a blast. Schedule unveiled on February 13.
Festival International du Film Pour Enfants de Montréal (FIFEM)
You’re never too young to enjoy a children’s film. This annual festival celebrates films that the under 12s will enjoy… as well as the adults who accompany them. A children’s jury picks the best of the film. More info HERE.