28 Free Things to Do This April 2017 in Montreal

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    Free Things to Do This April 2017 in Montreal

    27 free things to do in Montreal this April include spring celebrations, a photo exhibit, and more.
    ••• Above: ice thawing and breaking up at the Old Port in Montreal. Gabalex / Getty Images

    April in Montreal can be confusing. Is it winter? Is it spring? And why is it STILL cold??? I know, valued reader, I know. But we're in this together. So let's focus on the silver lining. The freebies.

    With no less than 28 free things to do this April 2017 in Montreal, you could enjoy a therapeutic stroll. You could score some free ice cream. You could even check out several free concerts this month. And there's more.

    Keep reading and you'll soon realize that you could fill up your social calendar with places to go and people to see even on the tightest budget. Note that I often add more freebies to the list as the month progresses. 

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Taffy

    Free things to do April 2017 in Montreal include making your own maple taffy.
    ••• Anik Messier / Getty Images

    If maple syrup were free in these parts, Montreal would either be a dentist's dream or we'd run out of teeth to chatter with in the cold. But if you already have maple syrup, butter and ice sitting around the house, then this lauded treat won't put a dent in your wallet.

    Can't be bothered and ready to pay up? Fine. Try these urban maple taffy hotbeds or head out to the country and experience a full-fledged traditional sugar shack experience.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Ice Cream

    Free things to do in Montreal this April 2017 includes enjoying free ice cream.
    ••• Above: sums up my feelings. MECKY / Getty Images

    Ben & Jerry's Free Cone DayBecause free ice cream. FAIR TRADE FREE ICE CREAM! In other words, the chances that children were enslaved, beaten and/or worked to death to harvest cocoa to make Ben & Jerry's products are next to nil, unlike an alarming chunk of chocolate products purchased in North America today. The Vermont-based company also ethically sources sugar, vanilla, coffee beans, and bananas.

    Don't miss your chance to score free premium ice cream and support ethical business practices in one scoop on April 4, 2017. Just make sure to check if your local Ben and Jerry's is participating. Not all of them are.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Job

    Free things to do in Montreal this April 2017 include the annual job fair dubbed National Career Event.
    ••• Steve Debenport / Getty Images

    Five career fairs under one roof -technology and engineering, health and social services, banking/insurance/financial, career and professional development and adult continuing education- dubbed the National Career Event is a given every April in Montreal. In 2016, the National Career Event runs April 5 and April 6, 2017 at Palais des congrès and as per usual is free admission.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Architecture

    Free things to do in Montreal this April 2017 include heading to the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
    ••• Above: sculpture by Montreal artist and architect Melvin Charney (1935-2012) located in front of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. De Agostini / W. Buss / Getty Images

    In addition to granting free access to its exhibits as of 5:30 p.m. every Thursday, free film screenings and gallery talks are often scheduled at the Canadian Centre for Architecture the same evening.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Replica

    Mary Queen of the World photos.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user GPS
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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Extra

    Free things to do in Montreal this April 2017 include finding extra work.
    ••• Above: director Michael Bay filming an Airman extra on the set of 'Transformers' at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Several Airmen filled roles as movie extras. United States Airforce Handout / Getty Images

    Have you always wanted to work on a movie set but never figured out how to get on one? Try the extra route. Barring the occasional registration fee, it's free to give it a go.

    And start looking now. Montreal's moviemaking high season starts when the snow melts.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Fashion

    Free things to do April 2016 in Montreal include catching the Braderie de Mode.
    ••• Above: Mackage designers Eran Elfassy and Elisa Dahan (front center) waving to the audience following Mackage's Toronto Fashion Week catwalk presentation on March 25, 2015 at David Pecaut Square in Toronto, Canada. Mackage is one the Braderie de Mode's most popular brands. Edward James / Getty Images

    From April 6 to April 9, 2017, it's the Big Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers better known as the Braderie de Mode, with samples and inventory surplus from over 100 local designers slashed 50% to 80% off retail price. It's free admission but be prepared to splurge a little. I've window shopped there before without buying anything, so it can be done... with great difficulty. At Bonsecours Market.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Oasis

    Free things to do this April 2017 in Montreal include catching Christchurch Cathedral's Oasis Musicale.
    ••• Above: Christchurch Cathedral, one of downtown Montreal's more noticeable churches. George Rose / Getty Images

    Planning a day of downtown shopping? Chances are you'll be passing by Christ Church Cathedral, a non-judgmental Anglican house of worship which proposes free Saturday afternoon classical music concerts at 4:30 p.m.

    The Church does hope visitors can help out with donations in the $5 to $10 range ''to support the concert series, the artists and the mission of the cathedral.'' So if you can spare a few, go for it. Every little bit counts. Otherwise, don't feel ashamed if you can't help out right at the moment. 

    Given how popular the free concerts have been at Christ Church, St. George's Church added on Sunday 2 p.m. concerts of their own. Classical, jazz, and popular tunes are performed by emerging artists.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Schulich

    Free things to do in Montreal this April 2017 include catching free concerts at the Schulich School of Music.
    ••• Classical music in Montreal flourishes courtesy of the Schulich School of Music's free concerts. Above: McGill University's Pollack Hall, one of Schulich's main concert hall venues. The Pollack Hall alone hosts roughly 400 concerts a year. Photo courtesy of the Schulich School of Music

    McGill University's Schulich School of Music proposes free classical and jazz performances most days of the month. But wait don't too long to take advantage. When school is out for summer, so is Schulich.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Swing

    Free things to do in Montreal this April 2017 include hopping on a musical swing.
    ••• You're never too old to have fun ;-). Photo by Flickr user Viola Ng (CC BY-ND 2.0)

    Hop on a musical swing in the Promenade des artistes, a small public space just northwest of Place des Festivals April 10 through May 28, 2017. Every swing in motion creates a unique sound. If multiple swings move at the same time, a song emerges.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Barbie

    Free things to do in Montreal in April 2017 include visiting the Barbie Expo.
    ••• Free things to do in Montreal in April 2017 include visiting the Barbie Expo. Photo by Flickr user Andre Vandal (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Since last February 2016, downtown Montreal shopping mall Les Cours Mont-Royal is permanent host to a Barbie exhibit featuring 1,000 ''entertainment industry Barbies,'' unless they're ''movie character'' Barbies. But of they're simply nobody Barbies, then they're ''dressed by leading fashion houses.'' Housed on Cours Mont-Royal's second floor, the exhibit is free admission.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Roach

    Montreal concerts in April 2017 include Papa Roach.
    ••• Above: Papa Roach performs at the Rockers United Foundation Hosts Rock For Freedom Event at Lucky Strike Bowling Alley on July 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Gabriel Olsen / Getty Images

    California alt-rock/hard rock band Papa Roach is having a free listening party of their new album Crooked Teeth at Montreal's Petit Campus April 17, 2017. But you have to RSVP by April 11 at midnight to possibly win two spots. Spots will be randomly assigned between all the people who sign up. If you are selected, you will be contacted by email on Thursday, April 13 with all the necessary information.You will need to leave your cellphone and any other recording device at the door. Members of the band (to be determined) will be present and available for a meet & greet after the listening party has ended.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Insight

    Free things to do in Montreal this April 2017 include catching the Ed Atkins exhibit Modern Piano Life.
    ••• Still courtesy of Ed Atkins

    British artist Ed Atkins brings his first Canadian exhibit to the PHI Centre April 20 through September 3, 2017 presenting five recent digital video works by the Berlin-based artist exploring loneliness, alienation, and the invasive security of modern life. Entitled Modern Piano Music, admission is free. 

    Also catch the vernissage on April 19, 2017 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Redpath

    Free things to do in Montreal include dropping by the Redpath Museum.
    ••• Above: inside Montreal's Redpath Museum. Ron Levine / Getty Images

    Doing some downtown shopping with the kids? Squeeze in a visit to the Redpath Museum. It's educational AND interesting. And free.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Virtual

    Free things to do in Montreal this April 2016 include
    ••• Photo courtesy of Phi Centre

    Until May 29, 2017, watch seven virtual reality films produced by Montreal’s Felix & Paul Studios free of charge at the PHI Centre. 

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The History

    Free things to do in Montreal this April include visiting the McCord Museum.
    ••• What Montreal's Marché Bonsecours looked like in 1904. McCord Museum Archives

    Everyone gets in free to the McCord Museum as of 5 p.m. every Wednesday. But temporary exhibits cost extra, usually $9.50, more than half off the regular $20 fee.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Paper

    Free things to do this April 2016 in Montreal include catching the Papier 16 exhibit.
    ••• Above: a photograph of a gorgoneion relief fragment taken by Celia Perrin Sidarous. Gorgoneions are representations of Gorgons, mythical female creatures of which Medusa is the most famous of all. Gorgoneions date back as far as Ancient Greece, Etruria and possibly even 1,500 BCE during the time of the Minoans, often worn as protective amulets, grimacing grotesque faces with unibrows, snakes for hair and tongues sticking out whose features came to be softened or even beautified over time, especially in the Roman era. The gorgoneion fragment in this photo is dated 200 CE, found in the Library of Hadrian, which explains its attractive features in spite of its scowl. In modern times, fashion house Versace adopted an idealized version of the gorgoneion as its logo. Sidarous was one of several artists featured at last year's edition. Count on a fresh series of works on display April 21 through April 23, 2017 at the Clock Tower Quay in the Old Port. Photo courtesy of Celia Perrin Sidarous

    Papier is French for “paper,” the chief medium spotlighted at Papier, an open-air art gallery and art fair happening at Arsenal April 21 through April 23, 2017 featuring works on paper from over 35 Canadian galleries.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Earth

    Earth Day 2017 in Montreal.
    ••• Earth Day in Montreal, also known as Jour de la Terre, usually features a slew of free and affordable activities. ESA / Getty Images News

    From free beer to free trees, my Montreal Earth Day activity recommendations run either on or around Earth Day, which is April 22, 2017.​

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Record

    Free things to do this April 2017 in Montreal include checking out Record Store Day.
    ••• Free things to do this April 2017 in Montreal include checking out Record Store Day. DreamPictures / Getty Images

    At last check, nine indie record stores in Montreal celebrate Record Store Day with special deals and, if going on activities in previous years, free live shows. In 2017, Record Store Day is April 22, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Dame

    Free things to do in Montreal in April 2017 include the visiting the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum.
    ••• Above: atop the Marguerite Bourgeoys Museum and Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel.. Yves Marcoux / Getty Images

    Visit Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel free of charge. One of Montreal's most beautiful churches, it was erected in 1771 over the original stone ruins of the oldest chapel ever built in Montreal.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Blue

    Free things to do this April 2017 in Montreal include attending a free Blue Metropolis event.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Blue Metropolis

    Multilingual international literary festival Blue Metropolis features free conferences, talks, round tables, arts workshops for kids (like puppet-making), story time for kids, nursery rhymes for babies and more, all free of charge April 24 through April 30, 2017. Some events are in French, others and English and yet others in different languages including Italian and Arabic.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Photos

    Free things to do in Montreal in April 2017 include checking out the Harry Benson exhibit.
    ••• Above: Dr. Vera Gatch seen holding Mae, a baby chimpanzee, on January 11, 1966. Harry Benson / Express / Getty Images

    Catch a free photo exhibit of the works of Harry Benson at Old Montreal's Galerie Got from April 28 to May 28, 2017. Benson is an iconic photographer perhaps best known for his work from the '60s, capturing everyone from Queen Elizabeth and John F. Kennedy to Muhammad Ali, Andy Warhol, The Beatles, Mia Farrow, Alfred Hitchcock, and more.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Mountain

    Free things to do in Montreal April 2017 include strolling through Mount Royal Park.
    ••• Above: the Kondiaronk Belvedere lookout at Mount Royal Park.. George Rose / Getty Images

    Dress for the weather and go for a crisp spring air walk up the Mountain at Mount Royal Park and drop by the lookout (see photo) for one of the best views of the city.

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    Montreal Gay Village Goes Car-Free

    Free things to do in Montreal April 2017 include checking out the Gay Village's final street fair of the season.
    ••• Above: the Montreal Gay Village suspends pinks balls above the neighborhood's main thoroughfare, Ste. Catherine Street, but in 2017 those balls, all 180,000 of them, will be in 18 different colors. The project's name? "18 Shades of Gay.". Photo courtesy of Aires Libre

    As of April 29, 2017, the Montreal Gay Village goes car-free.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Miracle

    Montreal oratory Oratoire Saint-Joseph is arguably the most imposing structure in the city.
    ••• Montreal oratory Oratoire Saint-Joseph is arguably the most imposing structure in the city, reaching heights even beyond that of Mount Royal. Photo by Flickr user Adam Campbell

    The site of thousands of alleged miracles that have even baffled some doctors, discover the story of St. Joseph's Oratory and its Miracle Man. Unguided visits to the holy site are free of charge. Details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Fine Art

    Free things to do this April 2017 in Montreal include gaining free admission to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
    ••• George Rose / Getty Images

    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' permanent collection is free for ages 65 and up every Thursday, VIP members get in free whenever they want, and as for the rest of us, the last Sunday of the month is the time to go for a permanent collection freebie which in April is Sunday, April 30, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal April 2017: The Yoga

    Free things to do in Montreal this April 2917 include free yoga classes.
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    Free yoga classes in Montreal? They're out there.