62 Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017

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    Free Things to Do This August 2017 in Montreal

    59 Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017.
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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017

    Montreal is particularly glorious during the dog days of summer. Orchestras schedule outdoor concertos. Big screens pop up all over town in the name of movie nights under the stars. And street fairs give it their last all before retiring for the season. Admission for all of this? NADA. 

    Be it live concerts or zero-cost day-long family events, I handpicked something for every taste, narrowing the flow of freebie action down to 62, 62 free things to do in Montreal this August 2017.

    Full Disclosure: no one paid their way onto this editorial list compiled by Evelyn Reid. TripSavvy.com experts are subject to a strict ethics and full disclosure policy, a cornerstone of the network's credibility.

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    Free Things to do in Montreal August 2017: The Sidewalk

    Free things to do in August 2017 include the city's best sidewalk sales and street fairs.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Matias Garabedian (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Folks never tire of Montreal's numerous sidewalk sales, street fairs which pop up all over town as soon as the weather heats up.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Cycle

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include going for a bike ride.
    ••• Above: a view of Montreal's Old Port from Parc Jean-Drapeau, one of my favorite cycling destinations in Montreal. Bruce Yuanyue Bi / Getty Images

    Have bike? Do travel. It doesn't cost a thing if you have your own. Here are my favorite Montreal cycling destinations.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Fontaine

    Free things to do in Montreal in August 2017 include catching Parc La Fontaine's free cultural events.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Accès Culture

    Until August 29, 2017, Parc La Fontaine hosts several free cultural activities open to everyone, from music to theatre to dance and film screenings near Théâtre de Verdure.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The McCord

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include visiting the McCord Museum.
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    Everyone gets into the McCord Museum free as of 5 p.m. every Wednesday.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Shakespeare

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include catching Shakespeare in the Park.
    ••• Image courtesy of Repercussion Theatre

    Ending August 15, 2017, Repercussion Theatre proposes an outdoor rendition of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in various Montreal parks, including a performance at Mount Royal Cemetery on August 3 at 7 p.m., and in Parc Jeanne-Mance on August 6 at 7 p.m. Cancelled in case of rain. Free admission. Here's the schedule.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The First People

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include the Montreal First Peoples Festival.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Montreal First Peoples Festival

    From August 2 to August 9, 2017, catch free shows at Place des Festivals nearly every single evening courtesy of the ​Montreal First Peoples Festival.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Underside of Pride

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include Pervers/Cité.
    ••• Image courtesy of Pervers/cité

    Dubbing itself the “underside of pride,” Pervers/cité always features free events, be it a lecture or random gathering August 11 through August 20, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Friday

    Free things to do in Montreal in August 2017 include
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Andre Vandal (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Catch First Fridays, Montreal's monthly food truck gathering held at the Olympic Park every spring and summer month on August 4, 2017. Count on street eats and live music. Free admission. Food costs extra.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Italy

    Free things to do in Montreal in August 2017 include Little Italy's Italian Week.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user abdallahh

    An annual tradition celebrated with fashion shows, live opera, car exhibits and really good food, Montreal Italian Week runs August 4 to August 13, 2017 in La Petite Patrie's Little Italy. Free admission, as always.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Possibilities

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include the Marché des Possibles.
    ••• Above: Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler DJing under the moniker DJ Windows 98 at Marché des Possibles last June 24 as part of the market's St. Jean activities. Photo courtesy of Marché des Possibles

    Until August 11, 2017, drop by Marché des Possibles' open air market in the Mile End neighborhood. A beer garden, a farmer's market, artisanal crafts, food truck and pop-up restaurant fare, free film screenings and family-friendly musical performances and activities for kids are part of the package. Organized by POP Montreal. Open weekends only.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Market

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include visiting the Jean-Talon Market.
    ••• Above: flowers for sale at the Jean-Talon Market. wichan yingyongsomsawas / Getty Images

    The ambiance in the Jean-Talon Market is unbeatable this time of year. Buskers, happy kids and lots of food and drink converge around up to 300 vendors at one time. 

    If it's especially hot, grab a handmade ice cream or a pink grapefruit cassis half and half sorbet, my own personal pairing when I visit the market's Havre-aux-Glaces. The grapefruit refreshes and wakes up your tastebuds while the cassis' depth and sweetness cuts out the grapefruit's bitter aftertaste. Heavenly, silky textures too.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Archaeology

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include catching archaeology month events.
    ••• Above: Pointe-à-Callière, Montreal's museum of history and archaeology, one of several institutions participating in Archaeology Month. Roderick Chen / Getty Images

    It's Archaeology Month all month in Quebec and free events are part of the programming.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Triathlon

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include the Montreal International Triathlon.
    ••• Above: vintage shot of the 1999 Montreal ITU Triathlon World Championships in motion. After a more than 15-year absence from the International Triathlon Union's World Cup schedule, Montreal is back on the world circuit, this, since 2016. Photo courtesy of the Montreal International Triathlon

    Catch the Montreal International Triathlon on August 5 and August 6, 2017 in Old Montreal. Grandstand seats are free.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Movie in the Park

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include watching free movies in the park.
    ••• Airing in English with French subtitles in Montreal's Cabot Square on August 14, 2017 at 8:30 p.m., 'I am Not Your Negro' is a 2016 documentary film looks at this history of racism in the United States via James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript 'Remember This House'. Film still of documentary film 'I am Not Your Negro'

    Movies in the park are a given in Montreal come summer, particularly in July. But don't assume that all screenings are in English. Some are and they typically include French subtitles, but others aren't. Always check the fine print before heading out if your fluency in French is on the rickety side.

    Virgin Radio & CTV propose four movies in the park in Montreal on and off-island suburbs. The vibe is community and family-oriented.

    Parc La Fontaine hosts movie nights near Théâtre de Verdure on select Tuesdays and Thursday nights. Families, cinephiles, and locals round out attendees. All screenings are in French. Schedule here.

    Another family-oriented outdoor movie night is the one put on by Promenades Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Fridays June 30 to August 18, 2017 at 9 p.m. Screenings include free popcorn and a dangerously close proximity to Dairy Queen's hot and frozen treats given the movie-viewing site is in the Queen's parking lot. All screenings are in French. Bring a lawn...MORE chair if you can or get there early to score a complimentary seat.

    Cool kids are at the Société des arts technologiques where free movie screenings under the stars at public square Place de la Paix -it's on St. Laurent just south of Ste. Catherine, you can't miss it- are scheduled as part of the SAT's  Cinéma urbain à la belle étoile series every Tuesday evening as of 9 p.m. from June 12 to August 24, 2017. No Country for Old Men, The Devil's Horn, Spaceballs, and more are on the agenda.

    Documentary film buffs and the socially-conscious flock to Cinéma sous les étoiles running June 27 to September 9, 2017 at various Montreal parks.

    And don't miss Lesbian Movie Nights on Tuesdays at nightfall in the Gay Village June 6 through August 22, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Tams

    Free things to do in Montreal include going to the Tam Tam.
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    Anyone and everyone is welcome to join the Tam Tams, Montreal's weekly drum circle in the park. Sprawl out on Parc Mont-Royal's surrounding park space and have a picnic or join in the drum circle, whether dancer or drummer. 

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Fam

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include Jardins Gamelin's Family Day on Sundays.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Jardins Gamelins © Maxime Leduc Photography

    Grab the clan and head out to Jardins Gamelin Sundays as of 9:30 a.m. for Family Days, a weekly family-friendly event featuring free workshops and activities. Note that workshops may be held in French only. And do check the schedule before heading out just in case of cancellations.

    Important notice: Jardins Gamelin's regularly scheduled activities are on hiatus from August 14 to August 20, 2017 to make way for Pride celebrations.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Cars

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include checking out cars at the Orange Julep.
    ••• For decades, the Orange Julep has been hosting informal sports, muscle and vintage car gatherings most spring and summer Wednesdays. Spyros Bourboulis / Getty Images

    Like muscle cars? Vintage gems? Modified rides? Then you're gonna love the Orange Julep on Wednesday evenings.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Darling

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include seeing Fonderie Darling's Place Publique.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Fonderie Darling

    Darling Foundry proposes the final installment of its Filiations series, evenings of free performance art presentations August 3, August 10, and August 17, 2017. Details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Yoga in the Park

    Free things to do in Montreal in August 2017 include Yoga in the Park.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Ville de Montréal

    Yoga in the park summer sessions in Montreal include weekday sessions downtown, near the Gay Village and Sunday sessions on the Plateau.  Details.

    Bring your mats.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Great Montreal Poutinefest

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2016 include seeing the New York Times Virtual Reality Garden series at PHI Centre.
    ••• Above: actress Lily Tomlin in 'Take Flight', one of four virtual reality films screening at Phi Centre free of charge throughout the month of June. Film still courtesy of Vrse.works and The New York Times

    The Great Montreal Poutinefest is back August 8 through August 13, 2017 at the Old Port. Sample everything from foie gras poutine to meatball poutine to gawd-knows-what. Admission is free. Poutine is extra.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Orchestra

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include a free concert by Orchestre symphonique de Montréal courtesy of the OSM Classical Spree.
    ••• Above: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal conductor and artistic director Kent Nagano. Photo courtesy of Parc olympique de Montréal

    OSM Classical Spree's indoor concerts cost money, but the annual classical music festival's outdoor concerts and special activities don't cost a dime, running August 10 through August 12, 2017.

    August 10, 2017 features the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal performing songs from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess at the Olympic Park Esplanade and August 11 through August 12, 2017 features free music performances and activitiesin and around Place des Festivals and Place des Arts.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The FALLA

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include FALLA.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Matias Garabedian (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Circus performances, live world music, and more, don't miss TOHU's annual FALLA celebration. The fun starts August 10, 2017 and it all burns down August 12, 2017. As always, admission is free.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Chinatown

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include Chinatown's June sale.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Ville de Montréal

    August 9 to August 13, 2017 are the dates for Montreal Chinatown's last sidewalk sale of summer.

    Insider Tip: pick up these buns while you're there.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: Orientalys

    Free things to do in Montreal in August 2017 include Orientalys.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Orientalys

    Celebrate cutlures from across three continents, from Africa to Asia, August 10 through August 13, 2017 at the Old Port near the Clock Tower Beach with dance, music, food, and exhibitor booths on location. Free admission.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Japan

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include attending the Matsuri Japan Festival.
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    Don't miss the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre of Montreal's annual Matsuri Japan Festival. Martial arts demonstrations, dance performances, Taiko drummers, Japanese food are in store on August 12, 2017. Free admission.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Redpath

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include dropping by the Redpath Museum.
    ••• Above: inside Montreal's Redpath Museum. Ron Levine / Getty Images

    From a handful of dinosaur fossil replicas to Ancient Egyptian mummies, the ​Redpath Museum might be small, but its natural science collection is mighty, an entertaining and educational free admission drop-in.​

    Pro tip: doing some downtown shopping? Consider tacking on a visit to the Redpath. It's barely a five-minute walk from both Place Montréal Trust and the Eaton Centre.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: Under Pressure

    Free things to do in Montreal in August 2017 include Under Pressure.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Under Pressure

    Catch Under Pressure International Graffiti Convention's free admission street fest perimeter located on Ste. Catherine Street East, between Ste. Élizabeth Street and Berger. Closed off to cars on both August 12 and August 13, 2017, count on activities for kids, dance battles and live graffiti creation.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Barbie

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

    Like Barbie? Then you'll love Cours Mont-Royal's free admission Barbie exhibit on the second floor of the upscale mall. Said exhibit is composed of 1,000 ''entertainment industry Barbies,'' ''movie character'' Barbies and Barbies ''dressed by leading fashion houses.''

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Free Terrace

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2017 include visiting this free terrace.
    ••• Above: I'd be lying if I said this was the free terrace I'm going on about below. However, this particular patio offers a sensational view of the fireworks competition. Details on where that is here. Photo by Flickr user Raging Wire (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    The problem with Montreal's best terraces is you can't exactly linger on them without buying something. There is one exception to that rule, however. This Montreal terrace space is free for all, a public square ripe with free performances and events as well as a charming patio setup.

    Important notice: Jardins Gamelin's regularly scheduled activities are on hiatus from August 14 to August 20, 2017 to make way for Pride celebrations.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Beach

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include swimming in Montreal's beaches.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user abdallahh

    Montreal's beaches stay open throughout most of August, except for the one that's free of charge.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Extra

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include looking for movie extra work.
    ••• Above: extras dressed as German civilians running during a scene of the film Valkyrie starring Tom Cruise being shot on August 18, 2007 in front of the German Finance Ministry, which during the war was the Nazi Air Ministry, in Berlin, Germany. Incidentally, Old Montreal has been used by blockbusters as a production stand-in for the Old World, notably as Paris for the films 'The Curious Case of Benjamin Button' and 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'. Sean Gallup / Getty Images

    Sticking around Montreal the mid to long term and need a job? Have you tried the movie extra route? It's not as glamorous as it looks, but there are worse ways to make a buck. And it doesn't cost anything to look into it.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Oasis

    Free things to do in Montreal in August 2017 include attending a free Oasis Musicale concert at Christchurch Cathedral.
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    L’Oasis Musicale is the name of Christchurch Cathedral's free Saturday afternoon classical music concerts. Shows start at 4:30 p.m. 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.

    And on Sundays, fellow downtown Anglican church St. George's hosts Sunday afternoon Oasis Musicale concerts at 2 p.m. Details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Mount

    Mount Royal Park, aka parc du Mont-Royal, is one of Montreal's top attractions.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Eduardo Zárate

    Mount Royal is one of Montreal's top tourist attractions for a reason. Free admission doesn't hurt.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Steps

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include dancing at the Verdun Greenhouses.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Verdun Greenhouses

    Learn how to social dance for free at the Verdun Greenhouses nearly every day of summer. 

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Miracles

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include visiting the St. Joseph's Oratory.
    ••• Above: don't be fooled by this photo's play on perspective. St. Joseph's Oratory is huge. naibank / Getty Images

    The site of thousands of alleged miracles, it's always free to visit the St. Joseph's Oratory. Usually open every day, even on statutory holidays.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Campbell Concert Series

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include free concerts with Concerts Campbell.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Concerts Campbell

    Nine of Concerts Campbell's 24 free summer concerts in various Montreal parks are happening this month until August 17, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Kid Swim

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include Parc Jean-Drapeau's
    ••• Photo by Flickr user carophoto (CC BY-NC 2.0)

    Parc Jean-Drapeau's Jean-Doré Beach and Aquatic Complex both propose Free Wednesdays all summer long for ages 12 and under with the purchase of one adult ticket. Up to three children allowed per adult.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Hubert

    Free things to do in Montreal in August 2017 include the Plaza St. Hubert sidewalk sale.
    ••• Photo by Alex Drainville (CC BY-NC 2.0)

    Catch Plaza St. Hubert's back-to-school sidewalk sale August 17 through August 20, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Canal

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include exploring the Lachine Canal.
    ••• Nino H. Photography / Getty Images

    The Lachine Canal. One of Montreal's crowning jewels. Feel free to roam around.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Pride

    Free things to do in Montreal in August 2017 include checking out the Pride Parade.
    ••• Above: participants marching during the Montreal Gay Pride Parade on August 17, 2014. NurPhoto / Corbis via Getty Images

    One of my favorite Montreal parades, the Montreal Pride Parade celebrates the global LGBT community at large this August 20, 2017: details here. (Keep an eye out for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He'll be marching in the parade with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar.)

    Apart from the parade, Gay Pride festivities run all the way from August 10 through August 20 with several free events on the roster including a free concert starring Nelly Furtado at 8 p.m. on August 18 at Parc des Faubourgs.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Jackalope

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include Jackalope.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Jackalope

    Base jumping, water gun fighting, free climbing and BMX biking are just a few of the sports and activities typically happening at Jackalope. Catch it this August 18 through August 20, 2017. Free admission.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Orchestra Trifecta

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include a free orchestra presentation.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the 375th Montreal Anniversary Celebrations

    "A major new public concert at the foot of Mount Royal for Montréal's 375th and Canada's 150th, our three major Montréal orchestras' the McGill Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre Métropolitain and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will be coming together to celebrate this historic moment at the foot of our iconic Mount Royal. This concept show, created and produced by GSI Musique and directed by Simon Leclerc, will feature more than 400 musicians, pop artists and choral singers who promise to dazzle our eyes and ears and make our spirits soar."

    Rufus Wainwright, Patrick Watson, and Coeur de Pirate are part of the package. Catch the show at the edge of Mount Royal Park near Avenue Parc on August 19, 2017 at 9 p.m. Details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The NDG

    Montreal festivals in August 2017 include NDG Arts Week.
    ••• Image courtesy of NDG Arts Week

    NDG Arts Week is bigger and better than ever in 2017, running August 21 to August 27 with lots of free events and activities including live opera, tango and comedy spread out across various parks and landmarks in the NDG neighborhood.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Queen

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include visiting a replica of Rome's St. Peter's Basilica.
    ••• Walter Bibikow / Getty Images

    Mary Queen of the World is a Montreal cathedral replica of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. And it's free to check it out.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Fashion

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include attending the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival

    From August 21 through August 26, 2017, the Montreal Fashion and Design Festival features outdoor catwalks at Place des Festivals, an adjacent shopping and exhibitor section, and special conferences. Past talks included former ''Fashion Television'' host Jeanne Beker, bandage dress creator Hervé Léger and Scott Schuman, the man behind The Sartorialist.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Wellington

    Free things to do in Montreal this August include Promenade Wellington's back to school sidewalk sale.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Matias Garabedian (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Promenade Wellington's annual back to school sidewalk sale runs August 24 to August 27, 2017. And keep an eye out for dozens of puppet shows happening at several locations along Wellington Street on August 26 and August 27.

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

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include visiting the Marché de Nuit.
    ••• Image courtesy of Marché de Nuit

    Food trucks, DJ sessions and a night market converge from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. some time this August 2017 at de l'Esplanade above St. Zotique courtesy of Marché de Nuit.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Puppets

    Free thngs to do in Montreal August 2017 include seeing free puppet shows.
    ••• Above: photo of UBUS Théâtre's puppet show dubbed 'Le piano à voile' to be performed during Promenades Wellington's August street fair. Photo courtesy of UBUS Théâtre © Mario Villeneuve

    Twenty puppeteer companies showcase their skills along Wellington Street in Verdun during Promenades Wellington's annual back to school sidewalk sale August 26 and August 27, 2017 courtesy of Marionettes Plein la Rue. Shows are typically in French or are mute. Details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The 18th Century

    Free things to do in Montreal in August 2017 include visiting Point-a-Calliere's 18th Century Market.
    ••• Above: Pointe-à-Callière's 18th Century Market in progress. Krzysztof Dydynski / Getty Images

    Catch Pointe-à-Callière's popular annual public market event runs the last weekend of August evey year, depicting what life was like in the 1750s. Buy 18th Century foodstuffs like maple syrup, cider, cheese and sausages, jams and spruce beer. Games for kids, historical reenactments, and storytelling also on site. Free admission.

    2017 ALERT: the 18th Century Market was rescheduled in May this year due to Montreal's 375th anniversary festivities. Whether the market will return to its usual August time slot for 2018 remains to be seen.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The BIXI

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include trying BIXI for free.
    ••• Bruce Yuanyue Bi / Getty Images

    Free BIXI Sundays is a chance to try out Montreal's public bike service free of charge. The next one is Sunday, August 27, 2017. Details here

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

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include visiting the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
    ••• Bruce Yuanyue Bi / Getty Images

    Seniors get free access to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' permanent exhibits every Thursday. As for everyone else, the last Sunday of the month is the permanent exhibits' official free admission day, which in the case of this month is August 27, 2017. Just keep in mind that you'll still have to pay to see temporary exhibits.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Skate Jam

    Free things to do in Montreal in August 2017 include Skate Jam BBQ.
    ••• Image courtesy of the Société des arts technologiques

    Until August 21, 2017, it's Skate Jam + BBQ from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at public square Place de la Paix on St. Laurent just south of Ste. Catherine. Count on DJs, skaters, and food. Free admission.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Underground

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include exploring the underground city.
    ••• Emmanuel Joly / Getty Images

    Some people say Montreal's underground city is just a glorified mall. I say it has its moments. Feel free to explore and make up your own mind.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Architecture

    Free things to do in Montreal in August 2017 include visiting the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
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    The Canadian Centre for Architecture opens it doors to the public free of charge every Thursday come 5:30 p.m. Assorted talks and screenings are often scheduled the same evening.

    Note that in July, the CCA proposes a bunch of free events and activities just outside the museum. From jazz in the park on Wednesdays to yoga in the park and movies in the park on Thursdays.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: MUTEK

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include MUTEK.
    ••• Photo courtesy of MUTEK

    Experimental audiovisual fest MUTEK free DJ sessions and digital performances August 23 through August 26, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Place des Festivals.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Lesbian Flick

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include Lesbian Movie Nights.
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    Every Tuesday all summer as of sundown is Lesbian Movie Nights in the Montreal Gay Village. Everyone is welcome.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Gamble

    Free things to do in Montreal this August 2017 include visiting the Montreal Casino.
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    Gambling, food and alcoholic drinks -Las Vegas, this ain't- aren't exactly free but admission to Casino de Montréal sure is.

    And look for the self-serve self drink area on every floor, usually near the penny slot machines where free juices, coffee, tea, milk and soda is available. Open 24 hours a day seven days a week, you could technically spend the afternoon (or the middle of the night) observing local fauna betting the farm. Or find the Casino dance floor and bust a few moves. Again, no payment required.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Chill

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include cooling off at Parc Jean-Drapeau's fountains.
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    Too hot? Chill out. Take the subway and get off at Jean-Drapeau Metro. Exit the station and look straight ahead for Parc Jean-Drapeau's water jets. Consider bringing a picnic with you too. You're just a short walk from the Floralies Gardens. You're also right beside the Aquatic Complex and a quick bus ride to Jean-Doré Beach.

    2017 ALERT: due to ongoing construction in the park this summer, there's no guarantee the water park will be operational during your visit. The Aquatic Complex is also closed this summer. However, the beach is open.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Village

    Free Things to Do in Montreal in August 2017 include going to Gay Village's annual open-air art exhibit.
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    August 28 through September 3, 2017 is the Montreal Gay Village's final street fair of summer. Anticipate sales, art, and live performances, art, and live performance.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Boardwalk

    Free things to do in Montreal August 2017 include visiting Village Au Pied-du-Courant
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    Free entertainment all summer long, Montreal boardwalk Village au Pied-du-Courant is a local favorite, a grassroots experiment that quickly became a choice summer destination.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal August 2017: The Avudo

    Free things to do in Montreal in May 2017 include catching a free presentation of Avudo.
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    Catch a free 30-minute presentation of Montréal Avudo now 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.