Montreal Festivals: April 2017 Events Hit List

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    Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This April 2017

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include these must-see concerts, attractions and free things to do.
    ••• Above: inside Palais des congrès, Montreal's largest convention centre. Panoramic Images / Getty Images

    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 Shacks Near Montreal include Sucrerie de la Montagne.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Sucrerie de la Montagne

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: The Sounds

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include these must-see concerts.
    ••• Above: PJ Harvey performs at The Shrine Expo Hall on August 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. The Dorset singer-songwriter performs in Montreal on Easter weekend at the Metropolis on both April 14 and April 15, 2017. Timothy Norris / Getty Images

    Montreal's hottest concerts in April 2017 feature everything from a Roxy Music alumnus to the hottest Anjunabeats producers to a Dixie Chicks comeback.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: The Free Stuff

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include a variety of free things to do.
    ••• Montreal festivals in April 2017 include a variety of free things to do. martinedoucet / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Last Runs of the Season

    Montreal festivals in April 2016 include the last downhill skiing and snowboarding runs of the season.
    ••• Above: at the base of Mont Saint-Sauveur, one of the better-known Quebec ski resorts. Henry Georgi / Getty Images

    Alpine skiing and snowboarding season in Quebec is long in the tooth come April. Do check Quebec ski conditions online before heading out.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: MLB Pre-Season Game

    Montreal festivals in April 2016 include catching a Major League Baseball pre-season game.
    ••• Above: Toronto Blue Jays star third baseman Josh Donaldson. Brian Blanco / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: ExposFest

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include Exposfest.
    ••• Above: considered one of the top Latin pitchers of all time, Dennis Martinez played with the Montreal Expos seasons '86 through '93. Slated to appear at Exposfest in 2017, Martinez is seen here throwing a pitch during the Expos' game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in New York, New York on June 23, 1993. Bill Hickey / Allsport / Getty Images

    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).

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: The Outdoor Adventure Show

    Montreal festivals in April 2016 include the Outdoor Adventure Travel Show.
    ••• Above: woman slacklining across a river in Quebec. Jared Alden / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Museum Exhibits

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include these museum exhibits.
    ••• Above: a Yanomami shaman at a village in the Amazon rainforest of Venezuela, 2001. Scott Wallace / Getty Images

    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...MORE list of top 15 museums in Montreal.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Terrace Season

    Montreal festivals in April 2016 include the return on terrace season.
    ••• Above: coffee cup spotted on an Old Montreal terrace. Marc Vidal / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Spa Time

    Montreal weekend events? Spend the day at Montreal's best spas.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Strom

    It's been a long winter. Celebrate the change of seasons (and the melting of snow) at one of these top 12 Montreal spas.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: National Career Event

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include job fair the National Career Event.
    ••• David Ramos / Getty Images

    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.

     

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Harlem Globetrotters

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include the Harlem Globetrotters on April 8.
    ••• Above: the iconic Harlem Globetrotter Curly Neal (center) with fellow teammates posing before a New York Knicks against the Minnesota Timberwolves game on December 16, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Braderie de Mode

    Montreal festivals in April 2016 include the Braderie de Mode, akak the Big Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers.
    ••• Above: a model posing backstage on on March 16, 2016 as part of the Mackage fashion show at David Pecaut Square in Toronto, Canada. Mackage is one of the Braderie de Mode's better known brands. Edward James / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Parents and Kids Fair

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include the Parents and Kids Fair.
    ••• Photo courtest of the 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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Gem and Minerals Show

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include the Annual Gem and Mineral Show.
    ••• Catherine MacBride / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Monster Trucks

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include Monster Truck Spectacular.
    ••• Ronald C. Modra / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Eat Local

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include eating local.
    ••• Dougal Waters / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Easter

    Montreal Easter Weekend 2017 Paques events.
    ••• Gabriela Tulian / Getty Images

    Have a fabulous fun-filled Easter weekend in Montreal April 14 through April 17, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Vues d'Afrique

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include Vues d'Afrique.
    ••• Above: Aya wal bahr (''Aya Goes to the Beach'') is a short film about a 10-year-old maid yearning to escape her hum drum existence in Casablanca for a better life by the sea. And there might be a way with the help of her disabled neighbor. Aya wal bahr screens at the 2017 edition of Vues d'Afrique. Film still courtesy of Maryam Touzani

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: The Bikes Are Back

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include the return of Bixi.
    ••• Bruce Yuanyue Bi / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Earth Day

    Earth Day 2017 in Montreal.
    ••• Earth Day in Montreal, also known as Jour de la Terre, usually features a slew of free and affordable activities. ESA / Getty Images News

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Volta

    Montreal festivals in April 2017 include Cirque du Soleil's Volta.
    ••• Video still courtesy of Cirque du Soleil

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Blue Metropolis

    Montreal events in April 2017 in Montreal include attending a free Blue Metropolis event.
    ••• Photo courtesy of 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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Gay Village Goes Car-Free

    Montreal Gay Village summer events are a seasonal must-see.
    ••• Montreal Gay Village summer events are a seasonal must-see starting as early as May. Photo by Flickr user Manuel Menal

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals April 2017: Butterflies Go Free

    Every winter and spring, the Montreal Botanical Garden presents Butterflies Go Free.
    ••• Every winter and spring, the Montreal Botanical Garden sets free up to 20,000 butterflies and moths in the confines of its greenhouses over the course of the live exhibit. Olga Tremblay / Getty Images

    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.