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Free Things to Do This July 2018 in Montreal
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.
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Free Things to do in Montreal June 2018: The Sidewalk
Folks never tire of Montreal's numerous sidewalk sales, street fairs which pop up all over town as soon as the weather heats up.Continue to 3 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Jazz
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.Continue to 4 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: Canada Day
Celebrate the birth of a nation this July 1, 2018 via a slew of free Canada Day activities in Montreal, from parades to fireworks.Continue to 5 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Fireworks
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.Continue to 6 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Village
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).Continue to 7 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Friday
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.Continue to 8 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Cycle
Have bike? Do travel. It doesn't cost a thing if you have your own. Here are my favorite Montreal cycling destinations.Continue to 9 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Drums
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.Continue to 10 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: Campbell Concert Series
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.Continue to 11 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The McCord
Everyone gets into the McCord Museum free as of 5 p.m. on Wednesdays.Continue to 12 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Hubert
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).Continue to 13 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Circus
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.Continue to 14 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: We're Acting Out
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.Continue to 15 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Carnival
Free things to do in Montreal this July 2018 include Montreal carnival Carifiesta this July 7, 2018.Continue to 16 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Family Day
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.Continue to 17 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: 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.
The Festival of India is a regular annual feature. Details in the 2018 edition will be revealed as we close in on summer 2018.Continue to 18 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Dragon
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.Continue to 19 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Weekends
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.Continue to 20 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Shakespeare
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.Continue to 21 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Tams
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.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Village Sale
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The 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.Continue to 24 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Biggest Street Fair
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.Continue to 25 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Cars
Like muscle cars? Vintage gems? Modified rides? Then you're gonna love the Orange Julep on Wednesday evenings.Continue to 26 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Laughs
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.Continue to 27 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Bouffe
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.Continue to 28 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Africa
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.Continue to 29 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Fam
For 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.Continue to 30 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Chinatown
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.Continue to 32 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Twins
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.Continue to 34 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Redpath
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.Continue to 35 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Barbie
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.''Continue to 36 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Block Party
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.Continue to 38 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Possibilities
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.Continue to 39 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Free Terrace
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.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Extra
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.Continue to 42 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Oasis
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.Continue to 43 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Mount
Mount Royal is one of Montreal's top tourist attractions for a reason. Free admission doesn't hurt.Continue to 44 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Haiti
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.Continue to 45 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The BIXI
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.Continue to 46 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Steps
Learn how to social dance for free at the Verdun Greenhouses nearly every day of summer.Continue to 47 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Miracles
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.Continue to 48 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Skate Jam
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.Continue to 49 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Kid Swim
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.Continue to 50 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Fine Art
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.Continue to 51 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Canal
The Lachine Canal. One of Montreal's free crowning jewels.Continue to 52 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Yoga in the Park
Yoga in the park summer sessions in Montreal include weekday sessions downtown, near the Gay Village and Sunday sessions on the Plateau. Details.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Queen
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.Continue to 55 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: Wednesday Concerts
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.Continue to 56 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Architecture
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.Continue to 57 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Lesbian Flick
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.Continue to 58 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Gamble
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.Continue to 59 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Boardwalk
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.Continue to 60 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: Night Market
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.Continue to 61 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: Avudo
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.Continue to 62 of 62 below.
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Free Things to Do in Montreal July 2018: The Movie in the Park
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.
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 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.