10 fun and free things to do in Montreal

HomeExchange.com team members and Montréalais Paul and Jean-Jacques are giving us the inside scoop on the best fun and free things to do in Montreal.


1. Visit the Museum of Fine Arts

The Museum of Fine Arts in Montreal offers free admission for the majority of its collections at all times. The only paid exhibitions are temporary collections. MBAM also offers regular tours, film screenings, seminars, and conferences, always free.

 

2. Admire the Botanical Garden

The Montreal Botanical Garden opens its doors for free every evening from 6PM until sunset all summer long.

 

3. Dive into the pool

Enjoy the city’s free public swimming pools all year round; in the winter, they’re converted to ice rinks!

 

4. Observe Feux Loto-Québec

The International des Feux Loto-Québec is an international fireworks competition, and one of the largest festivals in the world in its category. It takes place every year between June and September. There are some strategic locations on the island of Montreal that will allow you to observe the lights in all their glory, without paying a cent. Enjoy it!

 

5. The Free Jazz Festival and Francofolies shows

Towards the end of June and beginning of July, the Jazz Festival of Montreal welcomes more than 3,000 artists from 30 countries and nearly 2 million festivalgoers. 1,000 concerts are presented, most of which are free and take place on 10 outdoor stages.

 

6. Dance to the Tam-tams du Mont-Royal

Every Sunday in the summer, go to Parc du Mont-Royal to dance to the Tam-Tams’ rhythm, or bring your beach towel and enjoy the beautiful weather in a bohemian and festive atmosphere.

 

7. Catch some sun at La Plage de l’Horloge

La Plage de l’Horloge in the Old Port of Montreal is now free! Go get a tan with friends under the beautiful blue umbrellas of this new urban beach. The beach is open every day of the summer (until September 2nd), from 11AM until 7:30PM.

 

8. Visit the Cinematheque Quebecoise

The Cinematheque is not just a movie theatre, but also a museum that presents different collections. Museum admission is free at the Cinematheque at all times.

 

9. See the Boules Roses

If you’re wondering what to do in Montreal on a beautiful summer afternoon, try a walk on Ste-Catherine, in the Village, between St-Hubert and Papineau. The street is closed to vehicular traffic and reserved for pedestrians, so you can enjoy the shops and bars of the area while walking under a sky of more than 200,000 pink balls.

 

10. Browse the Jean-Talon Market

Stroll to the Jean-Talon market, one of the largest public markets in the city. You will love the experience, especially all the food treasures (not expensive at all) you will taste! Take a few minutes to sit and enjoy some good pancakes or some good cheese from Quebec. Even if you do not buy anything, a promenade along the MJT is always a wonderful free thing to do.

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