Is that snow outside? We hope not. Get ready to enjoy April in all its slowly warming-up glory with a few spring festivals as Montreal reclaims its streets from potholes. Watch out for the big ones. We’re not joking!
March 10 – April 3, 2022
The restaurants of the Old Port offer price fixe files that are easy to afford. Try brunch, lunch, or dinner at Bevo, Pincette, Brasserie 701, Modavie, or others. Information HERE.
Festival de la Voix
March 19 – April 10, 2022
Vox Aeterna presents concerts and workshops as a way to support music in the community. Among them Choralissimo!, They Sing Everything, and Dark Divas. More information can be found HERE.
April 1 – 3, 2022
Maison de la culture de Verdun (5160 Blvd La Salle) and Centre PHI
For a celebration of experimental music and performative cinema, join an assemblage of artists for three nights of performances. Among those present will be Lee Renaldo, Sam Shalabi, Gaelle Rouard, Ieva Balode, and more. For info, click HERE.
ART SOUTERRAIN: VOIES – VOIX RÉSILIENTES
April 2 – June 30, 2022
Montreal Underground + Satellite Locations
Get ready to go underground with a festival that puts art where the people are. Art Souterrain works with international art institutions to make visual art more accessible by putting it in the tunnels of the underground city. More info can be found HERE.
March 14 – May 16, 2022
Only one can be the best, but over the next few months let your ears decide which of these artists deserves to advance to the next round: Info HERE.
April 1 – 10, 2022
Cinema from Africa takes central stage at Vues D’Afrique. This annual festival aims to encourage both dialogue and public engagement as it showcases works from both Africa and Creole countries. There is also programming dedicated to films made in Quebec and Canada. Keep an eye HERE for details.
Loser Jamboree : Montreal Punk Rock Flea Market
April 3, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Foufounes Electriques (87 St Catherine E)
What’s on offer? Drinks, laughs, dumb jokes, stuff, and coffee. With indie labels and self-promoting artisans, all things punk and weird will be on sale. Check out Young Pup lingerie, Slime City Toys, Stomp Records, and more. Info HERE.
Le Braderie de Monde Québécoise
April 7 – 10,
Bonsecours Market (350 St. Paul E)
The annual fashion show features hot designers with one-of-a-kind and sample pieces. Between 60 – 100 designers participate. Brighten up your spring and summer wardrobe by checking out this fab event. You can get stuff by Rudsak, Second Yoga, Lady Dutch, Mackage, Atelier B, Bodybag, and so much more. Details HERE.
The Odd Sound Festival : Jazz and Instrumental Music
April 7-15, 2022
With 7 different concerts taking place in different venues, the ODD SOUND festival promises a wide array of jazz and instrumental music in the city. Information HERE.
Hannai Festival : Japanese Spring Festival
April 9-10, 2022
1215 Rue de la Visitation
The annual spring flower-viewing festival in Japan has its twin here with this new festival. Come to engage with Japanese culture through food, manga, art, fashion, and music. Free if you come in cosplay, otherwise $2 for entry. Info HERE.
Insectarium Grand Reopening
April 13, 2022
4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
Okay, so it isn’t a festival per se, but if you’ve been missing all the bugs and the free flying butterflies, you can get back to the place yet again. Details HERE.
April 15 – Nov 15, 2022
The Bixis are back. 9,500 bikes. 700 stations. They’re easier than ever to use in the city with different pricing levels based on how far you go and how long you use the bike plus the usual annual membership and other types of memberships. Info about Bixis is HERE.
Les Rendez-Vous Québec Cinéma
April 20 – 30, 2022
For 11 days, 400 cinema buffs and industry people can gather to see nearly 300 films, with around 100 premieres. Info and tickets HERE.
Blue Metropolis / Metropolis Bleu
April 28 – May 4, 2022
Hotel 10 (10 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest)
Montreal is a city that reads, reads, and reads some more. Listen to authors, attend launches, take workshops, and just get your book brain on. Information HERE.
Bagel Burlesque Expo
April 29-30, 2022
L’Astral (305 Rue St Catherine)
Neo-burlesque extravaganza featuring acts that dare to go where no acts have gone before. Jacqueline Boxx headlines, with Sucre à la Crème as hostess Friday and Selma and Uma Gahd on Saturday. Get ready for this international lineup. Information HERE.
Le Grand Poutine Fest
April 28 – May 1, 2022
3131 Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu
Okay, can I be honest… I don’t really eat poutine. Not because I dislike it, but because I’m into healthy living. But most Montrealers are pretty loose on that healthy living stuff and poutine is their go-to late night nosh, lunchtime meal, or just all around favourite. Archibald Microbrasserie is offering a fabulous event and $1 of each poutine purchased goes to Opération Enfant Soleil. Info HERE.
Montreal Bicycle Festival / Salon du Velo
April 29 – May 1, 2022
Bikes, helmets, bells, gizmos, gadgets, everything you could possibly want for your two wheeled (or more) ride. There’s even a test track. Montreal is bike city CANADA, so this event is bound to be popular. Info HERE.
Announced and Upcoming
Festival Jamais Lu
May 5 – 14, 2022
Théâtre Aux Écuries (7285 Rue Chabot)
This festival looks at new, fresh works in French. Community projects and special events are included. Details HERE.
May 13 – 15, 2022
Palais de Congrès
Everything fo the ladies of Montreal and Quebec. Speakers, workshops, lots of exhibitors, and of course a pretty good shopping zone. More info HERE.
La Fête du Croissant
May 28, 2022
Love your pastry flakey, buttery, and melt-in-your mouth good. Figure out which bakery offers the best by sampling them all for just $1.25 each during La Fête du Croissant. Info about participating bakeries is HERE.
July 29-31, 2022
Parc Jean Drapeau
MUSIC. 3 DAYS OF MUSIC! And art. A$SAP Rocky, and Dua Lipa are headliners. Info HERE.
August 26-28, 2022
Grand Quay, Port of Montreal (200 de la Commune St W)
The annual festival to promote artworks done on paper is always a great gathering for collectors, professionals, and creators. There are plenty of paper goods to collect on some of the nicest paper you will ever touch. Check this art festival and enjoy how a simple medium can be the basis of a myriad of works. Info HERE.
FIKAS (Festival Immersif de Kulture and D’Art Scandinave / Nordique)
October 18 – 23, 2022
No one else understands snow and cold and dark nights quite like Canadians do… except maybe Scandinavians. Our global climate friends from Europe come to share their culture with us at the FIKAS. Music, food, design are all featured. Information HERE.