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Long Weekend Activities in MTL – Local Music, Attractions & More!

Long Weekend Activities in MTL – Local Music, Attractions & More!

The May long weekend is coming up… And it’s not just Meghan Markle’s wedding to Prince Harry that’s got us excited! There’s also plenty of amazing stuff going down in Montreal, some of which you may not know about… Here’s your list of amazing activities to do this weekend in Montreal. There’s something for everyone!

NDG Porchfest

Montreal has some MIND-BLOWING local talent just waiting to be discovered… No matter what style of music you love, this weekend is chock-full of interesting shows, many of which are FREE!

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A “porchfest” is a community-based musical celebration – artists come to a neighbourhood to play on the front porches, and people can attend for free. The concept was started in Ithaca, Ney York in 2007, and has spread to many cities including Montreal since then.

Montreal’s porchfest is held yearly in NDG. This year, it’s scheduled for Saturday (19 May) and Sunday (20 May) – with a replacement day Monday (21 May) in case of rain.

The roster of artists includes AMAZING local talent: Hanorah (2017 La Voix contestant), Cräckers and Jam, Lara Antebi, Naghmeh and the Southern Shores and TONS more amazing original music from right here in Montreal!

Click here to get the official schedule & map for this year’s NDG Porchfest on

La Ronde Opening Weekend

Montreal’s own La Ronde attraction park is opening this weekend! After a busy winter preparing the rides for customers, La Ronde is set for an awesome opening celebration.

PLUS, The Beat Squad will be there to celebrate with La Ronde, so come say hi! 

La Ronde 

Source: La Ronde 

Among other things, they’ll be opening a BRAND NEW ride called “Tourbillon”, which promises to spin you ‘round in all directions until you laugh uncontrollably!

Fiesta Olympica 

Billed as “a day to discover Latin culture”, this year’s edition of Fiesta Olympica will be held this Sunday (20 May) from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Sun Life Esplanade. The event is FREE except for food & beverages. There will be hammocks, gardens, food and beverages, a bar and ping pong tables. A DJ will be there to create a fun musical ambiance.

Dance lessons will also be offered for FREE from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

21 Swings 

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The 21 Swings exposition at Place Des Arts is up once again, until May 27! It’s a perfect occasion to “make music” with friends and strangers!

Rainbow Decorations on Sainte Catherine 

The multicoloured rainbow ball decorations are back in Montreal’s Gay Village on Sainte Catherine Street. Each year, the return of this fun, colourful decoration marks the beginning of festival season and the opening of Sainte Catherine to pedestrians!

Piknic Électronik 

Piknic Électronik

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Once again, the Piknic Électronik festival returns to Parc Jean-Drapeau with some world-class electronic music for Montreal! Saturday and Sunday, things kick off with headliners ANNA, Kris Tin and Hicky & Kalo. Tickets are just $14.50 for an afternoon of fun outdoor music and dancing. 

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