Seven 375th birthday activities happening this weekend in Old Montréal!
Here are a few suggestions for a weekend full of spectacular and moving activities.
An eccentric and mind-blowing street theatre performances, a multimedia urban circuit, a light show in the Notre-Dame Basilica, a visit to the very place where Montréal was founded, exhibits on baseball and young people at EXPO 67, and last but not least, MONTRÉAL AVUDO, for which there are almost no tickets left. Follow the guide!
WE’RE ACTING OUT! – QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES – July 1 to 30
Montréal becomes one big outdoor venue for North America’s largest street theatre event! This summer, over 800 free and spectacular performances will be presented by around 50 of the world’s best street theatre troupes.
A must-see! Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.:
LÂCHER DE VIOLONS – Place Jacques-Cartier
This outdoor event kicks off the programming for WE’RE ACTING OUT! in exhilarating style. As acrobat drummers set the beat, a madcap parade like nothing you’ve ever seen takes over the square, accompanied by electric guitarists, a string quartet and an opera singer suspended in the sky. It’s just … WOW!
Join the walkabout starting at 8:30 p.m. from Place d’Armes or Place Jacques-Cartier, corner of de la Commune Street. The show starts at Place Jacques-Cartier at 9 p.m.
CITÉ MÉMOIRE – Old-Montréal – Every evening
This urban multimedia circuit introduces spectators to a host of characters who have witnessed the city’s history first-hand. The circuit has recently been expanded with three new videos and a feature tableau lasting over 30 minutes. Download the app.
AURA – Notre-Dame Basilica – Tuesdays to Saturdays
This luminous experience unveils the richness of the Basilica’s heritage and invites us to celebrate its beauty. Official website and tickets
FORT VILLE-MARIE – PAVILLON QUÉBECOR – Pointe-à-Callière Museum – Tuesdays to Sundays
Walk in the footsteps of the settlers who founded Montréal! This new pavilion has been built over historic vestiges and the very soil walked on by Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, Jeanne Mance and some 40 other pioneers who left France to found Montréal way back in 1642.
MONTRÉAL À COUP SÛR ! UNE HISTOIRE DE BASEBALL – Montréal City Hall – Mondays to Saturdays
Throughout 2017, free exhibits will be presented in the Hall of Honour at City Hall. In July and August, the exhibit Montréal à coup sûr ! offers a retrospective on the history of baseball in Montréal, from 1860 right up to the present.
EXPLOSION 67 – YOUTH AND THEIR WORLD – Centre d’histoire de Montréal – Wednesdays to Sundays
People who were between 11 and 21 years old in 1967 tell how Expo 67 and the late 1960s marked their lives. An “explosive” and immersive exhibit that captures the heady, groundbreaking experience of 1967.
MONTRÉAL AVUDO – OLD PORT OF MONTRÉAL – Until September 2
This spectacular tribute to the St. Lawrence River will come to life through enormous water wall projections inspired by the city’s history. A few free tickets will be available on-site just before each performance. First come, first served! There are no more online tickets available.