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Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This April 2017
Much like March, April in Montreal has an unpredictable edge to it, at least when it comes to the weather.
April in Montreal could feature a sweet summer's day. Or a polar vortex. Maybe both in the span of 24 hours. Not that it fazes anyone who calls the city home, content to know that by the second half of the month, Montreal is knee-deep in spring. Besides, there's always something to do in the city, hail or shine, like the following must-see Montreal April festivals, attractions, concerts and delightful freebies.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: The Sugar Rush
Sugar shack season is in full swing both in and outside of Montreal come April, though if you want the most complete and authentic experience, you have to leave the city which in itself can seem daunting given how many cabanes à sucres reside in the province of Quebec. We're talking three figures. So I narrowed things down to a manageable selection of 9 top sugar shacks one hour or less from Montreal. Rather stay in town? Fine. Here's where to go in Montreal to soothe those maple cravings.Continue to 3 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: The Sounds
Montreal's hottest concerts in April 2017 feature everything from a Roxy Music alumnus to the hottest Anjunabeats producers to a Dixie Chicks comeback.Continue to 4 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: The Free Stuff
Primed to save some money in April while still hitting the town? The best of both worlds is possible with my list of 27 free things to do in Montreal this April.Continue to 5 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Last Runs of the Season
Alpine skiing and snowboarding season in Quebec is long in the tooth come April. Do check Quebec ski conditions online before heading out.Continue to 6 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: MLB Pre-Season Game
Catch a Major League Baseball game at the Olympic Stadium on April 1, 2017. It's the Toronto Blue Jays against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Admission $24 to $99.50 plus taxes and/or service/shipping/box office charge. Buy tickets.Continue to 7 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: ExposFest
The Montreal Expos' last game might have been September 29, 2004 but fans aren't done mourning their gut-wrenching departure from a city that loved them to bits.
Join your favorite Expos players for ExposFest at Montreal's Plaza Centre-Ville on April 2, 2017 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. for a day of reminiscing, photo ops, arcade games, face painting for kids, mascot cavorting, batting cage action and autographs. Admission $7, free for ages 11 and under accompanied by an adult (only one child per adult).Continue to 8 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: The Outdoor Adventure Show
Palais des congrès hosts the Outdoor Adventure Travel Show on April 1 and April 2, 2017. Discover new destinations, put together the ideal travel plans with the help of the show's 200+ exhibitors, hear the stories of seasoned travelers giving seminars on location and more.Continue to 9 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Museum Exhibits
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts proposes an exhibit of the works of March Chagall, a French-Russian early modernist who dabbled in and borrowed from Cubism, Surrealism, Fauvism, and Suprematism while staying firmly entrenched in his passion for figurative art.
You've got until April 30, 2017 to catch Butterflies Go Free, an annual Montreal Botanical Garden must-see.
The Montreal Science Centre debuts CSI: The Experience On April 6, 2017, "an adventure into the world of criminalistics."
And Pointe-à-Callière kicks off Amazonia: The Shaman and the Mind of the Forest on April 20, 2017. With 500 shaman-related objects in the exhibit, from curare-dipped arrow tips to hallucinogen paraphernalia, Montreal's archaeology museum ''will be transformed into the Amazon forest in an immersive and multi-sensory experience that will showcase the shamanism and mythology of traditional Amazonian societies.''
To discover more top exhibits in Montreal this month, consult this... list of top 15 museums in Montreal.Continue to 10 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Terrace Season
Montreal terrace culture is very much a thing. As soon as it's warm enough to sit on a chair outside without shivering, they come out of hiding. In March, it's a hope. In April? It's a guarantee. Try some of Montreal's top terraces for a taste of what I'm talking about.Continue to 11 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Spa Time
It's been a long winter. Celebrate the change of seasons (and the melting of snow) at one of these top 12 Montreal spas.Continue to 12 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: National Career Event
Need a job? Want to change careers? Drop by the National Career Event on April 5 and April 6, 2017 at Palais des congrès for free career advice as well as job leads in technology and engineering, health and social services and banking/insurance/financial. Free admission.Continue to 13 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Harlem Globetrotters
As a kid, I used to dream of seeing these guys up close. Bring the fam and relive your own childhood this April 9, 2017 when the Harlem Globetrotters hit Montreal's Bell Centre for a good old exhibition game. Doors open at 1 p.m. Event kicks off at 2 p.m. Admission $32.25 to $160 plus taxes and/or service/shipping/box office charge. Buy tickets.Continue to 14 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Braderie de Mode
Running April 6 through April 9, 2017 is the Big Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers otherwise known as the Braderie de Mode, a choice opportunity to score both high street and high end apparel, outerwear and accessories at up to 80% off retail. It happens only twice a year so don't be sleeping.Continue to 15 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Parents and Kids Fair
From April 6 to April 9, 2017, it's the Parents and Kids Fair at Place Bonaventure. Geared towards children ages 0 to 6 and expectant families. Hundreds of exhibitors provide information about health, birth, nutrition, social and government services, consumer products, daycare, education, recreation and family activities. Admission $14, $11 seniors/students, free ages 12 and under.Continue to 16 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Gem and Minerals Show
The Salon des pierres, minéraux et fossiles de Montréal runs April 7 to April 9, 2017 at Centre Pierre-Charbonneau. Score deals on jewelry, geodes, fossils, gem art, and more. Admission $10, ages 6 to 12 and under $4, ages 5 and under free.Continue to 17 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Monster Trucks
Every year an assortment of monster trucks and thrill rides hit Montreal's Olympic Stadium. This year's Monster & FMX Spectacular blazes through town April 8, 2017. Admission ranges from $31 to $86 plus taxes and/or service/shipping/box office charge. Buy tickets.Continue to 18 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Eat Local
With spring giving old man winter the boot, some locals might be dreaming of fresh salads and made-from-scratch goodies. Maybe you're one of them, dreaming of a life free of crappy processed gunk, haunted by memories of your grandma's dishes, wishing her kitchen would magically replace yours.
So how to turn those daydreams into reality? Easy. Take it one day at a time with my slow food strategy.Continue to 19 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Easter
Have a fabulous fun-filled Easter weekend in Montreal April 14 through April 17, 2017.Continue to 20 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Vues d'Afrique
Running April 14 through April 23, 2017 is film festival Vues d'Afrique which features films from over 30 countries. Admission $10 per screening, $32 for four screenings, $20 opening night.Continue to 21 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: The Bikes Are Back
After taking a long winter break, they're baaaack. Bixi, Montreal's public bike service, proposes a variety of fares to suit different budgets and circumstances, picking up where it left off come April 15, 2017.Continue to 22 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day in Montreal April 18 through April 23, 2017 by picking up free tree saplings, swapping used toys for free beer, joining a seed workshop, and more.Continue to 23 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Volta
From April 20 to July 23, 2017, Montreal hosts the worldwide premiere of Cirque du Soleil's Volta, the megatroupe's 41st original production since 1984. Theme? Following your own path. Admission $50 to $295 plus taxes and/or service/shipping/box office charge. Buy tickets.Continue to 24 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Blue Metropolis
Blue Metropolis, a Montreal multilingual literary festival running April 24 through April 30, 2017, is the place to rub shoulders with the emerging and the elite in the publishing world. From authors to photographers, storytellers to illustrators, publishers and literary professionals of all sorts from across the globe gather right here every year in Montreal.Continue to 25 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Gay Village Goes Car-Free
The Montreal Gay Village frees itself of cars as soon as April 29, 2017, an annual tradition since its debut in the spring of 2008.Continue to 26 of 26 below.
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Montreal Festivals April 2017: Butterflies Go Free
Last call for Butterflies Go Free, the Montreal Botanical Garden's annual ode to the winged creatures running until April 30, 2017. Count on up to 2,000 moths and butterflies fluttering about the Garden's greenhouses at any given time.