45 Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017

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    Free Things to Do This May 2017 in Montreal

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include concerts, art exhibits, festivals and more.
    ••• Above: the fountain at Place Vaquelin, a public square adjacent Montreal's city hall located in Old Montreal. Danita Delimont / Getty Images

    Free things to do May 2017 in Montreal? When the weather warms up in this town, freebies multiply like cliched bunnies in heat.

    Not that heat has hit the city just yet. No risk of cloying humidity nor sunstroke in May, barring climatological exceptions. Rather, the weather is PERFECT to get out there and take in the following 45 free things you can experience in Montreal this May 2017.

    Truth be told, there's more than 45 freebies out there, but I'm picky about what I put on this list. See, I want you to have fun when you go out, not send you on a wild goose chase that turns into a letdown. I want that freebie to be worth it because time, my valued readers, is finite. You can't ever get it back. So squeeze every bit of worth out of it. Get out there and live a little, with or without that wallet ;-)

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Tam Tams

    Free things to do May 2016 in Montreal? Try the Tam Tams.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Matias Garabedian (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    A popular drum and dance activity with locals and a hit with tourists, anyone can join in the Tam Tams every spring and summer Sunday on Mont Royal, whether musician, onlooker, or tribal beat dancer.

    Keep in mind that it's hard to predict when the Tam Tams start up again. It's anyone's guess every year.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Garden

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2016 include strolling through the Montreal Botanical Garden while it's still free.
    ••• Above: cherry blossoms blooming in the Montreal Botanical Garden's Chinese Garden. Perry Mastrovito / Getty Images

    And you thought Japan and D.C. had the monopoly on cherry blossoms. With any luck, the Montreal Botanical Garden's cherry blossoms will begin blooming before the garden's short-lived freebie window closes after May 14, 2017. 

    Many locals don't know about this insider loophole. That's probably because the Garden doesn't go out of its way to mention it. I only found out myself by fluke a few years back when I was visiting on assignment and noticed a few people walk in without paying admission.

    So the freebie deal works like this: walk anywhere you want in the outdoor gardens. You don't have to pay a penny of admission for outdoor access until May 14, 2017. The only way to get free year round access to the outdoor gardens is with an Accès Montreal card. As for the greenhouses, you always have to pay to see them. There's no way around that.

    As for those cherry blossoms, it's going to be hit or miss if you plan on catching them by May 14. The window for cherry...MORE blossom gawking is notoriously short, a week at most, and it generally happens mid-month.

    Good luck.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Swings

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include playing on musical swings.
    ••• You're NEVER too old to hop on a swing. See?. Photo by Flickr user art_inthecity (CC BY 2.0)

    You've got until May 28, 2017 to hop on these musical swings.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Asia

    Free things to do in Montreal May 2017 include attending Accès Asie.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Accès Asie © Kiran Ambwani

    A celebration of Asian culture through film, song, art, food, and more, admission varies by event at Festival Accès Asie but some are completely free of charge, notably photo exhibits, talks, and the festival's opening cocktail on May 2, 2017, offering a sneak peek into this edition's activities. Accès Asie runs May 2 through May 28, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The McCord

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include dropping by the McCord Museum.
    ••• Above: Inside the the McCord Museum. Photo by Flickr user Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

    Attention history buffs. Everyone gets into the McCord Museum free as of 5 p.m. on May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24 and May 31, 2017. It's a Wednesday thing ;-)

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Village

    Free things to do May 2017 in Montreal include exploring the Gay Village's car-free perimeter.
    ••• Above: the Montreal Gay Village suspends thousands of 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.". ©fitopardo.com / Getty Images

    The Montreal Gay Village is car-free by the beginning of May, an annual tradition since its debut in the spring of 2008, making way for a slew of free spring and summer events, notably the neighborhood's terraces which open in tandem on May 4, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Puces

    Free things to do in Montreal in May 2017 include checking out Puces POP.
    ••• Above: Carrément Tarte's sweet tart offerings made with sablé. Savoury quiches are also made by the local artisan tart maker. Photo courtesy of Carrément Tartes

    Four words: perfect Mother's Day gift ideas.

    The peeps of POP Montreal propose Puces POP, a spring sale of all things artisanal and made in Montreal running May 5 to May 7, 2017 at St. Denis Church. 

    See Also: Montreal's Hottest Sales

    It's free to get in, running from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Count on 115 vendors on site.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Atelier

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include checking out art expo and sale Virée des Ateliers.
    ••• Above: silver jewelry signed Lidia R., a Montreal metalsmith featured at Virée des Ateliers. Photo courtesy of Virée des Ateliers

    Ever been to Les Faubourgs? Over 90 artists -painters, sculptors, fashion designers, metalworkers- with studios located in Les Faubourgs' perimeter including the Grover building, a former textile mill, are opening their doors to the public this May, giving a behind-the-scenes look at their day-to-day creative process. And if you like what you see? You can buy it on the spot. In 2017, La Virée des Ateliers is from May 4 to May 7, 2017. Admission is, of course, free.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Walking Tour

    Quartier des spectacles' Promenade des artistes in Montreal's entertainment district.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Daoust Lestage Architecture Design urbain

    Discover the Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal's entertainment district, via a free walking tour May 4 through October 8, 2017. 

    See Also: Old Montreal Ghost Walks

    Guided tours in English are every Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and tours in French are on Thursdays from 5:30 pm. to 7:30 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon. Tour are always free but registration is required.

     

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Mount

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include strolling through Mount Royal Park.
    ••• Above: one of the nicest views of the city are from Mount Royal Park's Kondiaronk lookout. Nino Hilal / Getty Images

    May. One of the best times of the year to go for a walk on the Mountain to drop by the lookout for one of the best views of the city.

    See Also: Montreal's Best May Festivals

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Comic

    Free things to do May 2017 in Montreal include free comic book day.
    ••• Tim Graham / Getty Images

    Mark May 6, 2017 on your calendars for Free Comic Book Day, when participating Montreal comic book stores give out free comics, usually editions specifically distributed on Comic Book Day. So yeah, you can't just walk in and grab whatever you want, but still. Free comics!

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Maestro

    Quartier des Spectacles' Place des Festivals, Montreal's entertainment district.
    ••• Above: Place des Festivals, Montreal's largest entertainment district plaza, features the largest animated fountain in Canada with 235 programmable water jets. Nino H. Photography / Getty Images

    Take control of Place des Festival's water jets at the flick of a baton courtesy of Maëstro, an interactive digital arts project running May 8 to May 18, 2017. Either show up on location or contact Quartier des Spectacles for details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Redpath

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include visiting the Redpath Museum.
    ••• George Rose / Getty Images

    One of the best Montreal 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 May 2017: Vue sur la Relève

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include catching Vue sur la Relève's free performances.
    ••• Above: 'Le Black Hole', a dance piece exploring the boundaries and love and hate, desire and disgust, a part of Vue sur la Relève's 2017 programming presented outdoors at Place des Festivals on May 12 at noon. Photo courtesy of Vue sur la Relève © Marie-Ève Dion

    Vue sur la Relève is a festival featuring young, local, emerging talent in music, theatre, and dance with performances often free of charge, running May 9 through May 20, 2016.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The VR

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include catching free virtual reality films.
    ••• Above: Felix & Paul Studios' short film 'Cirque du Soleil – KÀ The Battle Within'. VR still courtesy of Felix & Paul Studios

    View seven virtual reality films free of charge at PHI Centre now through May 29, 2017 produced by Felix & Paul Studios. Details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Science

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2016 includes checking out 24 Hours of Science.
    ••• Above: a workshop on the mysteries of cave spiders held in association with 24 Hours of Science. Photo courtesy of 24 Hours of Science

    From taste-testing honey from Montreal's urban beehives to observing Parc La Fontaine's aquatic life under a microscope, several medical facilities, academic departments, and museums across Montreal propose science workshops over a 24-hour period.

    See Also: The Montreal Science Centre
    And: The Redpath Museum: From Mummies to Shrunken Heads

    It's free admission for access to over 300 activities throughout the province of Quebec, though reservations are often required. In 2017, 24 Hours of Science runs May 12 and May 13, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Oasis

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2016? Attend a free Oasis Musicale concert at Christchurch Cathedral.
    ••• Philippe Renault / Getty Images

    L’Oasis Musicale is the name of Christ Church Cathedral's free Saturday afternoon classical music concerts. Sandwiched between downtown Montreal's malls, the cathedral itself is a five-minute walk from Place des Festivals and an even shorter stroll from my favorite pizza joint in Montreal.

    See Also: Montreal's Best Brunch

    Consider grabbing a bite to eat before or after the concerts, which start at 4:30 p.m. Donations in the range of $5 to $10 are welcomed to help support performing artists as well as fund ongoing building repairs and maintenance.

    And given how popular the free concerts have been at Christ Church, St. George's Church added on its own series of concerts, this time on Sundays at 2 p.m. Classical, jazz, and popular tunes are performed by emerging artists. As with Christ Church, donations are welcomed.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Bulles

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include catching Hôtel le Crystal's Soirée Arts et Bulles.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Horace Jewelry

    Hôtel le Crystal, one of Montreal's most luxurious hotels, proposes a monthly event dubbed Soirée Arts et Bulles. The next 5-à-7 free admission event which typically includes a complimentary glass of bubbly, is on May 10, 2017. Artisan of the month is Horace Jewelry, a Quebec line of handmade jewelry and accessories.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Compost

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include grabbing your bucket load of free compost,
    ••• Francesca Yorke / Getty Images

    Twice a year, Montreal residents are given access to a heap of black gold free of charge at the St. Michel Environmental Complex and other sites across the city.

    In the spring, it's on Mother's Day weekend, just in time for the onset of growing season. Find out what to bring with you on May 13 and May 14, 2017 in order to score that free compost.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: Avudo

    Free things to do in Montreal in May 2017 include catching a free presentation of Avudo.
    ••• Image courtesy of Compagnia Finzi Pasca

    Catch a free 30-minute presentation of Montréal Avudo May 17 through September 2, 2017 outside at the Old Port near the Montreal Science Centre. Water jets, 3D animations, and archival images superimposed on the water and surrounding port make up the experience. Reservations required.

    Visiting Montreal? Stay Near the Old Port

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Gamelin

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include checking out Jardins Gamelin.
    ••• Peter Unger / Getty Images

    You couldn't ask for a better revitalization story. Jardins Gamelin used to be the equivalent of a drug-dealing dump. Now it's a gorgeous public square featuring gardens, food, drink and loads of free activities and performances all spring and summer long.

    See Also: Montreal's Best Terraces

    Reopening May 19, 2017 with a bang, count on a Jardin Gamelin opening party with DJs, a salsa presentation, live music, drinks, tasty treats, and more. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m.

    Stay Near Jardins Gamelin: Montreal Festival Hotels

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Porch

    Free things to do in Montreal in May 2017 include attending Porchfest NDG.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Porchfest

    First came Ithaca, New York's Porchfest in 2007. Then the idea spread across the United States and Canada. In 2015, the idea came to the Montreal neighborhood of NDG. And locals loved it so much that buzz on the street is this event's a keeper. 

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    So what is Porchfest? A bunch of professional and amateur musicians basically play music from the comfort of their porches for a weekend, with residents and friends checking out dozens of musical acts in the process. It's like a musical walking tour. NDG's Porchfest goes down the weekend May 20 through May 21, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Books

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2016 including browsing through the Annual Library Book Sale's 100,000 offerings.
    ••• Gabriela Tulian / Getty Images

    From May 20 to May 28, 2017, Montreal's public libraries join forces to sell over 100,000 books for tiny prices at Aréna Martin-Brodeur. Think $3 or less per book. Most of them are in French, with up to 15,000 in English in addition to foreign language books, audio tapes, CDs, CD-ROMs and DVDs. It's fun to browse and free admission, as always.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Architecture

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 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 as of 5:30 p.m., free film screenings and gallery talks are often part of the package every Thursday at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Giants

    Free things to do in Montreal May 2017 include seeing giants walk through the city.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Pascal Victor ArtComPress Royal de Luxe

    Catch two giants up to five stories high walking the streets of downtown Montreal May 19 through May 21, 2017.  Spot them in Jeanne-Mance Park, Pointe-à-Callière, and south of the Gay Village. Route details here.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Pouzza

    Free things to do May 2016 in Montreal include Pouzza Fest.
    ••• Above: Buddy Schaub, Chris DeMakes and Roger Manganelli of Less Than Jake perform on stage at Shepherds Bush Empire on February 14, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. The ska punksters from Gainesville, Florida perform a free show in Pouzza Fest's pop up beer garden at 8:30 p.m. on May 21, 2016. Marc Broussely / Getty Images

    In addition to Pouzza Fest's regular pay-to-see programming is its FREE BEER GARDEN PARTY! Running May 19 through May 21, 2017 catch over 25 punk, reggae, dub and ska bands playing live at the Parterre du Quartier des Spectacles (if you can find Place des Festivals, you'll eventually spot the Parterre).

    See Also: Montreal's Hottest Music Venues by Genre

    And be on the lookout for family-friendly activities for the little punks in your life on Saturday, May 20 at 12:30 p.m.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Greenhouses

    ••• Photo by Flickr user Matias Garabedian

    Starting May 20, 2017, the Verdun Greenhouses serve as a hub for free dance classes, events, and workout programs nearly every day of summer.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Salsa

    Free things to do May 2017 in Montreal include salsa dancing.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Salsafolie

    Saturday nights at Jardins Gamelin will never be the same starting May 20, 2017. On that eve and then nine more Saturday nights until September 30, 2017 is Salsafolie, a chance to learn the basics of salsa and bachata from scratch or practice your moves like a pro from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

    See Also: One Block Away: The Montreal Gay Village's Summer Street for Feet

    All levels are welcome, from newbie to professional dancer. And it's FREE to learn. Just get there early if you're new to the art. Instructors are primed to teach the basics from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    Food and drinks (beer, wine, cocktails) can also be purchased on site. Note that there are no Salsofolies Saturday June 24 through July 29, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Family

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2016 include Family Sundays at Jardins Gamelin.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Jardins Gamelin © Maxime Leduc photographie

    Every Sunday at Jardins Gamelin starting May 21, 2017 and all through summer is Family Sunday. Anticipate face-painting, garden talks, dance and theatre workshops, and other family-friendly surprises geared towards ages 0 to 8. Communication is predominantly in French.

    See Also: Montreal Family Events and Activities

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Yoga for Punks

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include trying out yoga for punks.
    ••• Serg Myshkovsky / Getty Images

    It's not just yoga. It's yoga for PUNKS, a part of Pouzza Fest's freebie programming. Catch the class this Sunday, May 21, 2017. It's held outside as 12:30 p.m. at the Parterre du Quartier des Spectacles near Place des Festivals.

    See Also: Montreal's Best May Concerts

    If you're coming from Ste. Catherine Street, just walk up Place des Festivals, take a right when you reach the far end of the square and boom, there's your Parterre.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The St. Denis

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include checking out the launch of rue St. Denis' terraces.
    ••• Photo courtesy of SDC Quartier Latin

    Lounging at most of these top Montreal terraces -locals call them terrasses, by the way- costs money. And if you decide to linger on one of St. Denis Street's patios on May 26 and May 27, 2017, it'll still cost ya. 

    See Also: Montreal's Best Sidewalk Sales

    But a little section of the street -from de Maisonneuve to Sherbrooke- will be closed off to cars to make way for free concerts, a climbing wall and other surprises on Friday as of 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Presented by Osheaga.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Chromatic

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include Chromatic.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Chromatic

    Families are invited to bring the kids to Chromatic Kids from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 28, 2017 at Studio l'Éloi. Cost? Nada. But reservations are recommended to ensure access to fifteen different creative workshops offered throughout the day.

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    Free things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Rome

    Free things to do in Montreal May 2016 include visiting Mary Queen of the World.
    ••• Henryk Sedura / Getty Images

    Visit a replica of Rome's St. Peter's Basilica in the heart of downtown Montreal.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Photo

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include catching the Harry Benson photo exhibit.
    ••• Above: actress Mia Farrow posing for Harry Benson on November 9, 1964. Harry Benson / Daily Express / Hulton Archive / Getty Images

    Catch a free photo exhibit of the works of Harry Benson at Old Montreal's Galerie Got until 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 Mohammed Ali, Andy Warhol, The Beatles, Mia Farrow, Alfred Hitchcock, and more. 

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Schulich

    Free things to do May 2016 in Montreal include catching concerts and recitals at the Schulich School of Music.
    ••• Caiaimage /Tom Merton / Getty Images

    Catch one of the McGill University Schulich School of Music's free recitals and concerts. Genres are generally classical, jazz and opera. 

    See Also: Montreal's Classical Music Scene
    And: Montreal's Best Jazz Clubs

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The BD

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2016 include attending tje Festival de BD de Montréal.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Festival de BD de Montréal

    Festival BD de Montréal offers residents and visitors the opportunity to meet French comic book artists and participate in on-theme activities at Parc La Fontaine. In 2017, the Festival BD runs May 26 through May 28, 2017. As always, admission is free.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Cycle

    Free things to do May 2017 in Montreal include cycling.
    ••• Nino H. Photography / Getty Images

    It's days like those in May that remind the masses why hopping on a simple bike is so alluring, a free activity as long as you've got your own wheels. Here are my favorite cycling destinations in Montreal.

    See Also: Bixi is Back!
    And: Montreal's Best Bicycle Rentals

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Night Market

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include the Marché de Nuit.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Marché de Nuit

    DETAILS FOR THE 2017 EDITION OF THE NIGHT MARKET WILL BE REVEALED LATER IN MAY. BELOW FEATURES LAST YEAR'S DETAILS.

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    Food trucks, DJ sessions and a night market converge from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. on May 28, 2016 at de l'Esplanade above St. Zotique courtesy of Marché de Nuit.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The TransAmériques

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include catching free performances at Festival TranAmériques.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Festival TransAmériques © Hervé Véronèse

    Every year since its 2007 inception, Festival TransAmériques features free theatrical and dance performances typically held outdoors. And 2017 is no different.

    Among other freebies, catch Blank Placard Dance: replay, a two-hour performance featuring a brigade of performers protesting across downtown Montreal holding blank placards, begging the question ''what do you want to protest,'' with the circuit starting at Place des Festivals at noon on both May 26 and May 27, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2016: The Anarchy

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include the Anarchist Book Fair.
    ••• Image courtesy of the Anarchist Book Fair

    Montreal's annual Anarchist Book Fair proposes folks “come learn more about anarchist ideas and practice. Workshops, theme rooms, films, art and more will take place on both days." Running May 27 and May 28, 2017, the event is free admission.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Museums Day

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include enjoying Montreal Museums Day,
    ••• Above: outside the Centre d'Histoire de Montréal, a history museum a short walk away from Pointe-à-Callière. Kevin T. Levesque / Getty Images

    Explore Montreal's museum network free of charge over the course of one day courtesy of Montreal Museums Day. In 2017, that would be Sunday, May 28. Free shuttle bus service available during the city-wide event.

    See Also: 15 Montreal Museums You Have to See

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: Free BIXI Sunday

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2016 include trying out BIXI, Montreal's public bike rental service, for free.
    ••• Free things to do in Montreal this May 2016 include trying out BIXI, Montreal's public bike rental service, for free. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    After a successful debut run in 2016, BIXI Sundays are back in 2017 proposing free access to its fleet of public bicycles on select Sundays. The first one of the season is on May 28, 2017. Details here

    See Also: How BIXI Works

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Off

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2017 include catching OFFTA's free contemporary art performances.
    ••• Photo courtesy of OFFTA

    Performance art festival OFFTA: Festival d'arts vivants "is an artistic event created by Montreal artists on the edge of Festival TransAmériques. The OFFTA offers a multidisciplinary program centered on contemporary creation and the encounter of various art forms.”

    Admission varies by event but there's always a freebie going on. Think DJ sets and contemporary dance performances. In 2017, OFFTA's free contemporary art performances and installations are held May 30 through June 8, 2017 and surround the theme of complexity.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Miracles

    Free things to do in Montreal this May 2016 include visiting St. Joseph's Oratory.
    ••• Above: some St. Joseph Oratory pilgrims prefer to climb Oratory stairs on their knees, a symbolic act representing the pain Jesus Christ suffered on the cross. Photo by Flickr user Jorge from Brazil

    The site of thousands of alleged miracles attributed to a recently sainted doorman, admission to St. Joseph's Oratory is technically free if you 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. Proceeds go toward maintaining the site.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Piano

    Free things to do in Montreal May 2017 include catching Ed Atkins digital arts exhibit Modern Piano Music.
    ••• Video still courtesy of Ed Atkins

    British artist Ed Atkins premiere Canadian exhibit at the PHI Centre runs now until 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.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal May 2017: The Sale

    Free things to do in Montreal this May include catching the city's best sales.
    ••• Montreal sales are happening all the time. But how does one find out about the biggest and the best?. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    It never cost anyone anything to window shop. On topic, have you signed up for access to these deals?

    See Also: Montreal's Downtown Shopping Malls