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St-Jean Weekend Events in Montreal

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The long weekend is almost here… And meanwhile, summer has finally arrived! You know what this means… Activities galore! There will be TONS of stuff to do, so here are a few highlights you won’t want to miss. 


Saint-Jean Celebrations

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day is a celebration for all francophone Canadians. Quebec in particular has a rich tradition of celebrating on June 24th with parades, festivities and special events on this statutory holiday.

Saint-Jean celebrations are being held in Villeray, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve and at Pied-du-Courant, where former members of legendary Quebec rock band Offenbach will perform for free.


Francos de Montréal

Montreal’s Francos festival honours the best in francophone music and it’s always action-packed and very interesting! This weekend features some great free shows. Acoustic singer-songwriter duo 2Frères will play at Place des festivals at 9pm Friday, June 21. Rapper Koriass will perform at Place des festivals at 9pm Saturday, June 22. See the full lineup and schedule on the Francos website.


Verdun Beach Opening

After numerous delays, the eagerly anticipated new Verdun beach will open officially this Saturday, June 22, with lifeguards on duty! Verdun is also organising a beach “4 à 7” Thursday to introduce its new, long-awaited beach to the public.


Pool Openings

It’s going to be a warm and sunny weekend… Perfect pool weather!

By this weekend, most of Montreal’s public outdoor swimming pools will have opened. Outdoor pools in most boroughs open June 22, but the schedule varies from one pool and one borough to another. Check out the full details and schedule for your borough here, including pool hours.


National Aboriginal Day

Celebrated each year in Canada on June 21, the summer solstice, National Aboriginal Day celebrates the cultures of Canada’s first peoples. Celebrations are being held in Cabot Square, near Atwater metro, starting at 3pm Friday.


Visit the MAC for free

On Friday, June 21, the Musée d’Art Contemporain (MAC) will be FREE to visitors. This special occasion was announced in honour of National Aboriginal Day. The work of Anishinaabe artist Rebecca Belmore and Algonquin artist Nadia Myre is on display.


Vintage & Street Wear Flea Market

June 22 and 23, there will be a huge market at 4301 Saint-Denis, between Marie-Anne and Rachel. Over 30 vendors will be there with tons of cool stuff!

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