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Le Weekend Guide | Montreal’s Top 5 Free (July 12 – 15)

Le Weekend Guide | Montreal’s Top 5 Free (July 12 – 15)

Your Latest Weekend in Montreal Of Free Events!

As always, Best Kept MTL happily curates your weekend’s free activities, in the hopes that you get the most out of your Montreal summer. This weekend’s a culture trip if we ever saw one! Make sure to indulge and fill your senses with the bright festivities that will take the city by storm, from the World Cup final to the Brazil Carnival. Enjoy!

Week-end du Monde (July 14 – 15)

Throughout all summer, Weekend du Monde has given different cultures a wonderful platform to express their traditions, music and food.

This weekend’s celebrations mark the final edition, and the festivities are truly going out with a bang. On Saturday, an impressive cocktail of the 46th edition of the Montreal Peruvian festival, the Venezuelan festival and the Afro-World Ngondo festival will unfold in different parts of Jean-Drapeau. Come Sunday, it’ll be time for Colombia, Tunisia, and the Brazil carnival to take over in a colourful flurry of fun.

Throughout the weekend, the usual dance shows and workshops, musical performances, parades, live graffiti and family zone activities are sure to provide a blissful time for anyone ready to get lost in good-spirited cultural celebrations. There’s something for everyone at Village du Monde, so don’t miss out on the last chance to partake!

IleSoniq en Ville (July 15)

For the first edition of IleSoniq en Ville, the festival’s robust event team take over Aire Commune, the Mile End’s new open air event, networking and collective work space, for a park block party full of sunshine and dynamic beats. Artists on the lineup thus far include Griffin, Party Favor, Grandtheft, Musik Me Luv… and an unannounced hyped up secret guest.

Drop by this Sunday anytime between 3 and 9pm, before or after tamtams, to soak in music that’ll kick-start your afternoon. Bonus point: the first 100 guests to arrive will receive a code to upgrade their standard IleSoniq pass to a GOLD pass – enjoy.

Canadian Animalize (July 12)

Never Apart shines bright within the Montreal non-profit landscape, providing a massive space dedicated to conscious creativity, featuring a gallery, a music production zone, a theatre, an archive of 10 000 vinyls and reunion spaces. Their events and initiatives are developed with an innovative artistic eye, and their contribution to the local cultural scene cannot be overlooked.

Thursday will see the last day of the Canadian Animalize exhibit, which aims to re-inspire and re-invigorate our connection to animals and their sensitivities, leading to greater awareness of our impact on their lives: “Animalize reminds the viewer of nature’s brimming beauty, presence and need for care.” A unique occasion to reconnect with wildlife through art that we strongly recommend.

Taste of the Caribbean – Dance Edition 2018 (July 12 – 15)

More sun-filled culture for your agendas this weekend. The Taste of the Caribbean – Dance Edition is setting up camp at Old Port’s Clock Tower, in an effusive display of good music, good people, good food, good drinks and good fun. The glistening water will stand as the perfect backdrop for the positive dancehall-induced vibes sure to inundate the senses of anyone present!

On the menu, free cooking and rhum mixology demonstrations, free music and dance performances, and a large selection of activities. Holding the reigns of the event, we have Olympic gold medalist Bruny Surin and Le Lab bar co-owner Gabrielle Panaccio, renowned for her mixology prowesses.

Yoga, Meditation and Taï-Chi Sessions – (All weekends until October)

Spirituality in a very special location. This new cafe and terrace is an ephemeral installation, active from June to October 2018, offering a unique view on Mont-Royal. It’s part of a pilot project developed by the city to interrupt traffic on the Camillien-Houde/Remembrance intersection, in order to highlight the beautiful potential of the Mont-Royal pathways if more of them were pedestrian…

This project in accessibility has given way to a wide array of activities at the Café Suspendu, events that demonstrate a certain degree of connectivity with nature and the self. Sunset yoga will occur on Fridays, while Sunday mornings will see either morning yoga, meditation or tai-chi classes. Be good to yourself and check it out!

See Also

Along the way, you may be near some of Montreal’s very hip outdoor spaces. Find out about it here.


You can also try La Ronde amusement park. It’s not free but definitely fun.

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