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Find Free Things to Do Every Day This February 2017 in Montreal
From free cheese to free chocolate, there are so many free things to do in Montreal throughout February, you'll almost forget you maxed out your credit cards over a month ago in the name of Christmas holidays if you follow my advice. So behold, your ultimate fact-checked, t-crossed, i-dotted list features no less than 33 free things to do this February 2017 in Montreal. Beautiful, amazing and delectable things.Continue to 2 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: The Queen
Because how cool is visiting a replica of Rome's St. Peter's Basilica in the heart of downtown Montreal? Mary Queen of the World opening hours and details.Continue to 3 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Skate
LOVE skating. Even on a crowded rink. My stop start technique has never been better because of it, what, with all that swerving through beginners and Sunday strollers if suddenly breaking for little kids. Montreal's top outdoor skating rinks are listed right here in addition to a popular indoor alternative. Most of these choice rinks charge no admission and are thus free BUT skate rentals will cost you if you don't bring your own.Continue to 4 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Virtual Reality
Ever watched a virtual reality film? No time like now. Or anytime through February. It won't cost you anything either. Details.Continue to 5 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Ice Dance Party
Join creative ice dance troupe Le Patin Libre for a series of free shows and ice dance parties. I was a regular at those events last year. They were among the highlights of my winter.
On February 1 and February 8, 2017, the troupe invites the public to join them at Parc La Fontaine as of 7 p.m. for a short performance of their current show in circulation. By 7:15 p.m., everyone hits the ice as the troupe teach beginners and advanced skaters alike the ins and outs of ice dance. The activity wraps up by 8:30 p.m. Ice skate rentals available on site for a small fee.Continue to 6 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Snow Fest
Jean-Drapeau Park morphs into a winter wonderland of igloo mazes, furry mascot people and free activities every winter courtesy of Fête des Neiges de Montréal. It's great fun for families as well as adults, with skating, dog sledding and tube sliding on the agenda. Note that while some things are free, others cost a little. Details here.Continue to 7 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: The Redpath
One of the best museums for families, or anyone really, the Redpath Museum is a perpetual freebie in these parts. But do consider giving a donation. It makes all the difference in keeping this local science treasure preserved.Continue to 8 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Chocolate Fest
From February 10 to February 12, 2017 it's Montreal chocolate show Je t'aime en chocolat, a chance to sample a variety of cocoa products free of charge and buy your favorites on location. The annual event also features chocolate fashion shows and workshops.
February 10, 2017 UPDATE: sadly, starting in 2017, the Montreal chocolate show is no longer free admission as it had been at every previous edition. Admission is now $2, kids ages 6 to 12 pay $1, and families pay $5 (2 adults, 2 kids).Continue to 9 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: St. Joseph's Oratory
Admission to St. Joseph's Oratory is technically free if you're not in an organized group and avoid the museum, which does charge admission. Parking is also free on Sundays before 1 p.m. But if you can spare a little, please give a donation to help keep the building maintained.Continue to 10 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Chinatown Lanterns
Celebrate the Chinese New Year by checking out the lanterns adorning Chinatown until February 9, 2017, give or take. It's a sight at night.Continue to 11 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Black History Month
Every February is Black History Month. And with it comes a slew of free theatrical events, talks, workshops, concerts, dance presentations and film screenings, many of which are completely free of charge.Continue to 12 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Arts et Bulles
Every second Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m., luxurious downtown Montreal hotel Hôtel le Crystal proposes the free admission event Arts & Bulles whereby a local artist shows off his or her work in a 5 à 7 context complete with complimentary bubbly and appetizers.Continue to 13 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Find a Job
Looking for a job? Mark the Salon de l'intégration et insertion professionnelle at the Palais des congrès on your calendar February 9 and February 10, 2017. It's a free admission event.Continue to 14 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Snow Moon by Bike
Go on an evening bike ride with hundreds of cyclists on February 11, 2017 courtesy of Snow Moon by Bike. Registration is free. The car-free route starts at 7 p.m. at Place des Festivals and ends at the Igloofest site. Cyclists can then continue on an optional pre-determined 10-kilometre or 15-kilometre ride throughout Montreal.Continue to 15 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Ice Canoe Challenge
Watch 40 teams duke it out in the Old Port on the icy waters of the St. Lawrence courtesy of the Ice Canoe Challenge this February 11 and February 12, 2017. Other on-site activities include free snowshoe demos, live music and food truck treats.Continue to 16 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Igloofest Freebies
A first for Igloofest is its smattering of freebies offerings in 2017.
Two Off Igloo nights are scheduled on-site Saturdays February 11 and February 18, 2017 from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. featuring local artists spinning beats free of charge.
Igloofest's Nordik Games also held on February 11 and February 18, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Count on a Christmas tree tossing competition and reign supreme in winter-themed obstacle courses like "dig out your car" and "put up your tempo shelter." Registration required. Keep your eyes on this Facebook page for details on how to sign up.
And don't miss the Nordik Slide. Recreating a sliding experience from 100 years ago during Montreal's first winter carnivals held in what's today's Place Jacques-Cartier (that's right beside Igloofest at Quai Jacques-Cartier), you've got until February 19, 2017 to scoot down the Nordik Slide in that very same spot. Nordik Slide hours are 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Finally, check out Igloofest's Nordik Village, an interactive zone featuring the works of seven Montreal design firms? Their mission? Reinvent temporary winter living, like say, the classic igloo. The zone is at Place des Vestiges, a spot sandwiched between Place Jacques-Cartier and Igloofest grounds on Quai Jacques-Cartier. It's open to the public any time until February 19, 2017.Continue to 17 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: High Lights
Running a record 18 days in 2017, Montreal High Lights Festival Montréal en Lumière features culinary events, live music, performance art, exhibits, light shows and... free activities. Note that the bulk of free activities scheduled outside of Nuit Blanche happen outdoors most evenings and all weekends at Place des Festivals.Continue to 19 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Oasis Musicale
Free Saturday afternoon classical music concerts in Christ Church Cathedral, a gorgeous downtown Montreal cathedral, are a given as of 4:30 p.m. And on Sundays at 2 p.m., it's St. George's Church's turn to host Oasis Musicale's classical music concerts.
Note that church officials do request donations ranging from $5 to $10. If you're broker than broke, no worries. But if you can spare, every penny helps cover building maintenance costs.Continue to 20 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Window Shop
It never cost anyone to window shop. But if you do see something you like, this would be the ideal time to spend a little, like say on that super warm winter coat you've been coveting since November that practically covers a month's rent?
Steep price drops are the norm in a month when retailers are pressured to unload whatever is left of fall/winter collections to make way for spring merchandise. Every one of these Montreal malls is in sale mode. On topic, have you signed up for access to these deals?Continue to 21 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Cheese Fest
Courtesy of Fête des fromages d'ici, taste dozens of cheeses made in Quebec -for free- and then buy your favorites on the spot at a discount February 23 through February 25, 2017.Continue to 22 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Food Tastings & Cooking Demos
Because who in their right mind would say no to free food? On February 25 and February 26, 2017 only. Details here.Continue to 23 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Architecture on the Cheap
In addition to granting free admission access to its collections and exhibits as of 5:30 p.m. every Thursday, free film screenings and gallery talks are often a given at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.Continue to 24 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: MMFA
It was a sad day when it was announced that the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' permanent collection was no longer free to everyone at all times. But silver linings, there are. Ages 65 and up get in free every Thursday, VIP members get in free whenever they want, and as for everyone else? Put a gold star on the last Sunday of the month. This month, that's Sunday, February 26, 2017.Continue to 26 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Village Mammouth
Did you know Montreal has a winter village? Not to be confused with the now-defunct Montreal Snow Village or the fact that Montreal is kind of a winter village already, this winter village is defined by its location, right in the heart of the Montreal Olympic Village. Access to Village Mammouth is free, but if you plan on skating and sliding, it'll cost ya.Continue to 27 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Slide and Glide
As long as you have your own equipment, this winter activity won't cost you squat. Keep clicking for the best spots to slide on with reckless abandon in Montreal.Continue to 28 of 29 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Schulich
Most evenings at McGill University's Schulich School of Music feature free recitals, usually of the classical persuasion but jazz sometimes squeezes its way in there.Continue to 29 of 29 below.
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