65 Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018

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    Free Things to Do This July 2018 in Montreal

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include concerts, outdoor events and more.
    ••• Above: on the quays of Montreal's Old Port. Atlantide Phototravel / Getty Images

    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018

    July in Montreal is ridiculous. Ridiculous in the best possible sense of the term. There isn't just one free thing to do every day. Or even two. Or three. Instead, there are DOZENS of free events, activities, concerts, performances and workshops happening every single day throughout July 2018 in Montreal. We're talking HUNDREDS if not thousands of freebies in the span of one month.

    So somebody had to narrow down the insanity to these 65+ best bets. Naturally, free is a a bit of misnomer since taxpayers indirectly pay for the brunt of them. More often than not, Quebec festival freebies are propped up by a rabbit hole of government granted cash. So if you're a law-abiding tax-paying local, by all means, get out there and enjoy the madness. After all, you paid for it. As for first timers to Montreal, be prepared to experience an ambiance unlike anywhere else in North America. Your dream vacation (or staycation) starts NOW.

    Full...MORE Disclosure: no one paid their way onto this editorial list compiled by Evelyn ReidTripSavvy 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 June 2018: The Sidewalk

    Free things to do in Montreal June 2018 include walking through sidewalk sales.
    ••• 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 July 2018: The Jazz

    Free things to do in Montreal June 2018 include attending the Montreal Jazz Festival's free concerts.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Montreal Jazz Festival © Benoit Rousseau

    The Montreal Jazz Festival has a tradition of featuring free shows every day of every edition. And 2018 is no different. Check out my Montreal Jazz Festival 2018 Free Concerts Hit List or show up in the vicinity of Place des Festivals anytime from June 28 to July 7, 2018.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: Canada Day

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include celebrating Canada Day.
    ••• George Rose / Getty Images

    Celebrate the birth of a nation this July 1, 2018 via a slew of free Canada Day activities in Montreal, from parades to fireworks.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Fireworks

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include catching the International Fireworks Competition.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user WarOnTomato (CC BY 2.0)

    Catch the Montreal International Fireworks Competition this July 2018. Either buy tickets to see them up close timed to music or catch them for free. Here's where to see the Montreal Fireworks Competition for free.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Village

    Free Things to Do in Montreal in July 2018 include going to Gay Village's annual open-air art exhibit.
    ••• George Rose / Getty Images

    Don't miss the Montreal Gay Village's annual open-air art gallery running June 27 through July 2, 2018 (DATES TO BE CONFIRMED AS WE CLOSE IN ON SUMMER 2018). 

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Friday

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include Frist Fridays, a monthly food truck tradition.
    ••• It doesn't cost anything to show up and hang at First Fridays, a monthly food truck tradition. Photo by Flickr user Andre Vandal (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    First Fridays, Montreal's chief food truck gathering held at the Olympic Park every spring and summer month is on July 6, 201 8 this month (DATE TO BE CONFIRMED AS WE CLOSE IN ON SUMMER 2018). Count on street eats and big crowds as of noon. Live music is part of the package. Free admission. Food costs extra.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Cycle

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 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 July 2018: The Drums

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include the Festival International de Percussion
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Festival International de Percussion

    Every year the Festival International de Percussion proposes family-friendly freebies, from drum and dance workshops to live entertainment. Fest organizers took a break in 2017, with the possibility of a fresh edition in July 2018. Details will be more forthcoming as we approach the summer season.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: Campbell Concert Series

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include free concerts with Concerts Campbell.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Concerts Campbell

    Fast becoming a summer staple in Montreal, 24 free concerts were scheduled July 4 through August 17, 2017 in various Montreal parks courtesy of Concerts Campbell. Of epic note was Montreal's Orchestre Métropolitain performing by the Kondiaronk Lookout of Mount Royal Park last July 20, 2017.

    Whether Concerts Campbell returns for another run in July and August 2018 remains to be seen.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The McCord

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include visiting the McCord Museum.
    ••• Above: inside the McCord Museum. Lonely Planet / Getty Images

    Everyone gets into the McCord Museum free as of 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Hubert

    Free things to do in Montreal in July 2018 include the Plaza St. Hubert sidewalk sale.
    ••• Photo by Alex Drainville (CC BY-NC 2.0)

    Catch Plaza St. Hubert's sidewalk sale July 4 through July 8, 2018 (DATES TO BE CONFIRMED AS WE CLOSE IN ON THE SUMMER SEASON).

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Circus

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2016 includes Montréal Complètement Cirque
    ••• Above: giant bubbles at Montréal Complètement Cirque's free outdoor events on St. Denis. Photo courtesy of Montréal Complètement Cirque

    From July 5 to July 15, 2018 runs Montréal Complètement Cirque, a circus festival which features several days of free performances across the city (DATES TO BE CONFIRMED AS WE CLOSE IN ON THE SUMMER SEASON). In the case of Jardins Gamelin and rue St. Denis between Ste. Catherine Street and Sherbrooke, that would be every day of the fest. Complexe Desjardins also features free shows.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: We're Acting Out

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include street performances part of "We're Acting Out."
    ••• Above: theatre troupe CORPUS presented "Les Moutons," in 2017, a street theatre piece proposing a closer examination of sheep behavior on the downtown streets of Montreal. Image courtesy of CORPUS

    July 7 to July 30, 2017, St. Denis Street in the Latin Quarter hosted We're Acting Out, which features 800 performances by 50 street theatre troupes from around the world, all free. Whether the street theatre fest roaming around both St. Denis Street and the parts of Montreal's entertainment district returns in July 2018 remains to be seen.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Carnival

    67 free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include Carifiesta.
    ••• Free things to do in Montreal this July? Put Carifiesta at the top of your list. Andy Gural / Getty Images

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include Montreal carnival Carifiesta this July 7, 2018.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Family Day

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include Family Day at Marché Ste. Anne.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Marché Ste. Anne

    It was Family Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 8, 2017 at Marché Ste. Anne in the gorgeous waterfront neighborhood Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue. Freebies included free pancakes and strawberries for kids, contra dancing, and a culinary workshop at 10 a.m.

    Whether Family Day returns in July 2018 remains to be seen.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: Festival of India

    Free things to do in Montreal in July 2017 include the Festival of India.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Festival of India

    The Festival of India ran in Jeanne-Mance Park on the edge of Mount Royal Park last July 8 and July 9, 2017. Dance, theatrical performances, live music, exhibits, activities for kids, yoga workshops, and a free vegetarian meal are part of the festivities.

    There was also Indian Chariot Parade (Ratha-yatra) on boulevard Saint-Laurent on July 8 at noon, heralding the fest.

    The Festival of India is a regular annual feature. Details in the 2018 edition will be revealed as we close in on summer 2018.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Dragon

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include watching Quebec Cup dragon boat racing live, in person.
    ••• Joanne Levesque / Getty Images

    Parc Jean-Drapeau hosted the International Dragon Boat Montreal Challenge & Cultural Festival July 8 and July 9, 2017. An annual event in Montreal, the dates for 2018 will be revealed as we close in on summer.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Weekends

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include checking out Les Weekends du Monde.
    ••• Above: a Brazilian style carnival parading through Les Weekends du Monde. Gilles Proulx - Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (Groupe CNW/PARC JEAN-DRAPEAU)

    On July 7, July 8, July 14 and July 15, 2018 (DATES TO BE CONFIRMED), Parc Jean-Drapeau sets the stage for Les Weekends du Monde, a two-weekend multicultural event featuring family-friendly entertainment and activities. Free admission.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Shakespeare

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include catching Shakespeare in the Park.
    ••• Image courtesy of Repercussion Theatre

    For the 2017 season of Shakespeare-in-the-Park ran July 13 through August 15, 2017, with Repercussion Theatre's outdoor rendition of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in various Montreal parks, including one just outside the Canadian Centre for Architecture on July 21, Mount Royal Cemetery on August 3 at 7 p.m., and Parc Jeanne-Mance on August 6 at 7 p.m. Cancelled in case of rain. Free admission.

    DATES AND DETAILS FOR THE 2018 SEASON WILL BE REVEALED AS WE APPROACH SUMMER.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Tams

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include the Tam Tams.
    ••• Olivier Cirendini / Getty Images

    Anyone and everyone is welcome at 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. 

    See Also: Dance Your Summer Away Free of Charge

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Village Sale

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include visiting the Montreal Gay Village's summer sidewalk sale.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user oknidius

    The Montreal Gay Village pedestrian area is especially festive when circus antics collide with its annual sidewalk sale. Dates for July 2018 will be announced as we close in on the summer season.

    See Also: Pride Montreal 2018

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Darling

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include seeing Fonderie Darling's Place Publique.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Fonderie Darling

    Darling Foundry proposes free art performances every summer in its Place Publique. ​Dates and details for the 2018 season will be announced in due time.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Biggest Street Fair

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include visiting the Sainte-Catherine Street sidewalk sale.
    ••• Montreal sidewalk sales in 2018 include the biggest one of all, the Ste. Catherine Street sale. Photo © Clint Lewis

    July 13 to July 15, 2018 sees Montreal hosting what organizers have been claiming for years is Canada's "biggest street fair" with over 300 merchants and restaurants selling their wares, dozens of performers entertainers amusing the crowd and 300,000 people taking it in.

    And for the first year since I've been on the Montreal beat, the Ste. Catherine street fair extends its annual event to three days.

    Insider tip: spent the day shopping and you're starving? Try Montreal's best pizza. It's near the eastern tail-end of the fair. There's also my secret poutine spot in the area featuring the swankiest gravy for the best price.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Cars

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 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 July 2018: The Laughs

    Free things to do in Montreal in July 2018 include the Just for Laughs street festival.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Phil Roeder (CC BY 2.0)

    Head to ​Quartier des Spectacles the last two weeks of July where ​comedy festival Just for Laughs presents a plethora of free pranks, weird costumed people, performances, activities and comedy gigs on the streets of Montreal.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Bouffe

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include eating at Bouffons Montréal.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Bouffons Montréal

    Running July 15 through July 30, 2017 was Bouffons Montréal, an "open-air gastronomy village." It's free admission to get in and some food and drink samples might be free, but you'll have a hard time not spending money on the food being served up, from poutine to foie gras sandwiches to beaver tails and vegan fare. Bouffons Montreal's temporary boardwalk was set up at Quartier des Spectacles' Îlot Clark and Ste. Catherine Street, and has been around since 2016. 

    Whether it returns in 2018 remains to be seen.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Africa

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include 30 Nuits d'Afriques concerts.
    ••• Above: Congolese-Canadian singer-songwriter Pierre Kwenders regularly performs at Nuits d'Afrique. Photo courtesy of Pierre Kwenders

    Nuits d'Afrique unites some of the African's continent's finest musicians under one festival banner, proposing 13 days of indoor and outdoor concerts, with the festival's free concerts roster usually running the third week of July at the Parterre du Quartier des Spectacles, right by Place des Festivals.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Fam

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include Jardins Gamelin's Family Day on Sundays.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Jardins Gamelins © Maxime Leduc Photography

    F​or at least two consecutive years, Jardins Gamelins ​has been hosting for Family Days on Sunday mornings, a weekly family-friendly event featuring free workshops and activities. Whether Family Days returns for Summer 2018 remains to be seen.

    Note that workshops and performances are often held in French only. And do check the schedule before heading just in case of cancellations, especially this month when so many festivals hold special events in the Jardins.

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    Free things to do in Montreal in July 2018: Promenade Fleuve-Montagne

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include walking down the Promenade Fleuve-Montagne.
    ••• Map courtesy of Ville de Montréal

    Montreal's new Promenade Fleuve-Montagne proposes a 3.8 kilometre walkway path lined with public art and select attractions starting from the edge of Parc Mont-Royal and ending at the Old Port.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Chinatown

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

    Montreal Chinatown always has a July sidewalk sale. Dates for Summer 2018 will be announced as we close in on July.

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

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Nightlife

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include checking out Jardins Gamelin's free nightlife events.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Jardins Gamelin

    Jardins Gamelin always features free nightlife events, stuff like live music and DJ sessions. Check the schedule to see who plays next.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Twins

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include catching the Twins Parade.
    ••• Don't be surprised if you see double, or triple, on July 23. Montreal comedy festival Just for Laughs has been pulling this annual prank for years. Roger Lemoyne / Getty Images

    Only the Just for Laughs comedy festival could think of parading a bunch of twins for public amusement in the downtown core. Just head down to Place des Festivals on July 21, 2018 at 4 p.m. You couldn't miss The Twins Parade if you tried. Twin-related activities start as early as noon.

    Are you a twin? A triplet? A quadruplet? Sign up to join the parade here.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Redpath

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 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 July 2018: The Barbie

    Free things to do in Montreal in July 2018 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 July 2018: The Fontaine

    Free things to do in Montreal in July 2018 include catching Parc La Fontaine's free cultural events.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Accès Culture

    Parc La Fontaine hosts a slew of cultural events and activities June through August near Théâtre de Verdure. Dance, music, theatre, film screenings... here's the schedule. And here's another.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Block Party

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2017 include catching Osheaga's Block Party.
    ••• Poster courtesy of Osheaga

    Osheaga usually presents a free Block Party featuring local acts in July. Details for the July 2018 edition will be revealed as we close in on the summer season.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Possibilities

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 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

    Every summer since 2016, Marché des Possibles' open air market in the Mile End neighborhood proposes 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. Organized by POP Montreal. Open weekends only.

    Details for the 2018 summer season will be revealed as we close in on the season.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Free Terrace

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 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 running all month long. Photo by Flickr user Raging Wire (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    The problem with Montreal's best terraces (like the one in the above photo) is you can't exactly linger on them without buying something. There is one exception to that rule, however. Jardins Gamelin is free for all, a public square ripe with free performances and events as well as a charming patio setup.

    Reminder: Attention Smokers

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Beach

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include swimming in Montreal's beaches.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user abdallahh

    Montreal's beaches are open by mid-June. And one of them is always, always free of charge.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Extra

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 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 July 2018: The Oasis

    Free things to do in Montreal in July 2018 include attending a free Oasis Musicale concert at Christchurch Cathedral.
    ••• Philippe Renault / Getty Images

    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 July 2018: 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 July 2018: The Haiti

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2017 include Haïti en Folie.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Haïti en Folie

    A celebration of Haitian culture, Haïti en Folie traditionally features free outdoor fun as part of its annual programming. In 2017, Haïti en Folie ran July 24 to July 30 with several free events and activities held in Jardins Gamelin and Parc La Fontaine.

    Dates for the 2018 edition of Haïti en Folie will be revealed as we approach the summer season.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The BIXI

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include trying BIXI for free.
    ••• Bruce Yuanyue Bi / Getty Images

    Since 2016, Montreal's public bike service proposes Free BIXI Sundays, a chance to try out Montreal's public bike service free of charge one Sunday every summer month. Details here

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Steps

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 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 July 2018: The Miracles

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 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 July 2018: The Skate Jam

    Free things to do in Montreal in July 2018 include Skate Jam BBQ.
    ••• Image courtesy of the Société des arts technologiques

    Every Monday June 26 through August 21, 2017 was 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. Think DJs, skaters, and food. Free admission.

    Whether Skate Jam + BBQ returns for Summer 2018 remains to be seen.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Kid Swim

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include Parc Jean-Drapeau's
    ••• Photo by Flickr user carophoto (CC BY-NC 2.0)

    An annual tradition, 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 are allowed per adult.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Fine Art

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 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 July 29, 2018. 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 July 2018: The Canal

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include exploring the Lachine Canal.
    ••• Nino H. Photography / Getty Images

    The Lachine Canal. One of Montreal's free crowning jewels.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Yoga in the Park

    Free things to do in Montreal in July 2018 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 July 2018: The Underground

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 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 July 2018: The Queen

    Free things to do in Montreal this June 2018 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 July 2018: Wednesday Concerts

    Free things to do in Montreal in July 2018 include Wednesday concerts.
    ••• Photo courtesy of McCord Museum

    McCord Museum proposed Wednesday noon concerts in its adjacent outdoor Urban Forest every Wednesday through August 30, 2017. Whether the museum's concerts series returns for the summer of 2018 will be confirmed as we close in on the season.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Architecture

    Free things to do in Montreal in July 2018 include visiting the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
    ••• De Agostini / W. Buss / Getty Images

    The Canadian Centre for Architecture opens its doors to the public free of charge every Thursday come 5:30 p.m. Assorted talks and screenings are often scheduled the same evening.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Lesbian Flick

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include Lesbian Movie Nights.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Lez Spread the Word

    Every Tuesday all summer as of sundown has Lesbian Movie Nights in the Montreal Gay Village for at least two summers now. Organizers will confirm if the tradition continues in 2018 as we close in on the summer season.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Gamble

    Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 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 July 2018: The Boardwalk

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 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 July 2018: Night Market

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2017 include Marché de Nuit (Night Market).
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    July's Marché de Nuit and its requisite food trucks, artisan fair, and DJ spins is on Saturday, was on July 29, 2017 last year. Whether the Mile-Ex summer tradition continues in July 2018 will be announced some time late in the month.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: Avudo

    Free things to do in Montreal in July 2018 include catching a free presentation of Avudo.
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    Montréal Avudo ran May 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 made up the experience. Whether Avudo will replay in 2018 remains to be seen.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Movie in the Park

    Free things to do in Montreal July 2018 include movies in the park.
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    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.

    Below features last year's schedule. Join my Facebook community to stay in the loop on the 2018 Montreal summer movies schedule.

    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...MORE 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 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.