33 Free Things to Do This February 2017 in Montreal

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    Find Free Things to Do Every Day This February 2017 in Montreal

    Free things to do February 2017 in Montreal include a free cheese festival, free chocolate, complimentary access to the Biosphere, and more.
    Free things to do February 2017 in Montreal include a free cheese festival, free chocolate, complimentary access to the Biosphere, and more. Daniel Loiselle / Getty Images

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: The Queen

    Free things to do in Montreal February 2017 include visiting a replica of St. Peter's Basilica, tasting 60 different kinds of cheese, visiting the Redpath Museum and more.
    To think Montreal has a proverbial piece of Rome, right in the heart of the downtown core. Walter Bibikow / Getty Images

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Skate

    Free things to do in Montreal this February 2017 include ice skating.
    Above: ice skaters spotted at the Old Port skating rink on the Bonsecours Basin. Brian D. Cruickshank / Getty Images

    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. 

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Virtual Reality

    Free things to do in Montreal February 2017 include PHI Centre's virtual reality garden series.
    Above: a still from Ubisoft's Eagle's Flight, a game set 50 years after humans have vanished from the face of the Earth. The player incarnates an eagle, swooping through the ghost town of Paris, protecting territory from adversaries with every flight. Still courtesy of Ubisoft

    Ever watched a virtual reality film? No time like now. Or anytime through February. It won't cost you anything either. Details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Ice Dance Party

    Free things to do in Montreal this February 2017 include checking out Le Patin Libre's free ice dance parties.
    Photo courtesy of Le Patin Libre

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Snow Fest

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 include snow festival La Fête des Neiges.
    Above: Parc Jean-Drapeau during Montreal snow festival Fête des neiges. See those towers on the left? That's the Montreal Stewart Museum, a former British military complex. And that geodesic dome on the right is the Biosphere. Philippe Renault / Getty Images

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: The Redpath

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 include visiting the Redpath Museum.
    Above: inside the Redpath Museum. Ron Levine / Getty Images

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Chocolate Fest

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 include chocolate festival Je t'aime en chocolat.
    Photo courtesy of Je t'aime en chocolat

    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).

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: St. Joseph's Oratory

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 include visiting the St. Joseph Oratory.
    Jean Heguy / Getty Images

    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.

     

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Chinatown Lanterns

    Free things to do in Montreal include celebrating the Chinese New Year.
    Above: kids engaging in an impromptu lion dance spotted in Montreal's Chinatown. Mark Tomalty / Getty Images

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Black History Month

    Free things to do in Montreal February 2017 include attending Black History Month events.
    Photo courtesy of 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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Arts et Bulles

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 includes Hôtel le Crystal's Soirée Arts et Bulles.
    Above: acrylic and watercolor on canvas entitled Lucid Dream 2 by Amal Afoussi, a featured artist at a previous Arts & Bulles event. Image courtesy of Amal Afoussi

    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. 

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Find a Job

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 include finding work at a job fair.
    Mario Tama / Getty Images

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Snow Moon by Bike

    Free things to do in Montreal this February 2017 include Snow Moon by Bike.
    Photo courtesy of Vélo Québec © François Démontagne

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Ice Canoe Challenge

    Free things to do in Montreal this February 2017 include watching the Ice Canoe Challenge.
    Photo courtesy of Défi Canot à Glace Montréal

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Igloofest Freebies

    Igloofest 2017 events include these free things to do.
    Above: the slide of Montreal's ancestors in Place Jacques-Cartier. Photo courtesy of Igloofest

     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...MORE 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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Polar Hero Race

    Free things to do in Montreal February 2017 include the Polar Hero Race.
    Photo courtesy of Polar Hero Race

    Watch participants compete Polar Hero Race, a 5-kilometre obstacle course at Parc Jean-Drapeau on February 18, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: High Lights

    Free things to do in Montreal this February 2016 include catching High Lights Festival Montréal en Lumière.
    Photo courtesy of Spectra © Benoît Rousseau

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Oasis Musicale

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2016 include Christ Church Cathedral's Oasis Musicales concerts.
    Nino H. Photography / Getty Images

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Window Shop

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 include window shopping the season's best sales.
    François Durand / Getty Images

    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?

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Cheese Fest

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 include cheese fest la Fête des fromages d'ici.
    Photo courtesy of Spectra © Benoît Rousseau

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Food Tastings & Cooking Demos

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 include food tastings and cooking demos at Marché Jean-Talon.
    Photo courtesy of Fromagerie du Vieux St-François

    Because who in their right mind would say no to free food? On February 25 and February 26, 2017 only. Details here.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Architecture on the Cheap

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 include visiting the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
    Photo courtesy of the Canadian Centre for Architecture

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: New Ski Trail

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 include cross country skiing or snowshoeing along the Lachine Canal.
    Above: this is actually further west than where the new cross-country ski trail is located, but you get the picture. Photo by Flickr user Artur Staszewski (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    The city of Montreal announced last year the creation of a new 6-kilometre long cross-country ski and snowshoeing trail along the Lachine Canal. So if you've got your own skis, go for it. It's free. Details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: MMFA

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 includes enjoying the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' free admission special.
    Above: inside the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. George Rose / Getty Images

    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Village Mammouth

    Free things to do in Montreal February 2017 include visiting the Olympic Park's Village Mammouth.
    Photo courtesy of 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.

    Insider tip: have your own skates and don't want to pay? Cross the street and go here instead.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Slide and Glide

    Free things to do in Montreal in February 2017 include sliding.
    Above: women tobogganing down Mount Royal circa 1955. National Film Board of Canada Archives / Getty Images

    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. 

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Schulich

    Free things to do in Montreal February 2017 include attending recitals at the Schulich School of Music.
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    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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal February 2017: Fitness Classes

    Free yoga classes in Montreal? Yes! They exist!
    Dougal Waters / Getty Images

    Free yoga classes? Right this way. Free guided meditation? Montreal's got it.

    Free bootcamp, hatha yoga and Essentrics classes? Try here.