February, oh glorious February... one of my favorite months of the year if you can believe it (Morgan can't).
After January's slow if blah-like post-holiday return to normality, February picks up steam with a slew of outdoor festivals and food fairs, like this seasonal panacea overflowing with chocolate. Plan for the perfect February in Montreal with a little guidance from yours truly.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: The Winter Frolick
What good is winter if you're not going to experience it? Here are some of my absolute favorite Montreal winter activities.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: The Freebies
Because who doesn't want to save money while having fun? Here are 33 free things to do in Montreal this February I suspect you'll love.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: The Musique
This month's hottest concerts and DJ sets? Voilà.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Black History Month
Every February makes way for Black History Month, a chance to celebrate, honor and highlight members of the black community -which frankly should be done year round, not just one month a year- as well as reflect on what it will take to once and for all eliminate racist ideology from modern society. Film screenings, workshops, conferences, dance recitals, theatrical presentations, concerts, fashion shows and foodie gatherings set the stage.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Poutine Week
Running February 1 to February 7, 2017 is La Poutine Week. Expect roughly 50 competing Montreal restaurants taking Quebec's quintessential dish, its standard fries-gravy-cheese trifecta, to new heights.
Competing combos could involve anything from chocolate mole sauce, popcorn chicken, fried eggs plopped on top and served with a shot of hard liquor to espresso caramel gravy sauce or even hummus. You never know from one edition to the next.
Diners have an entire week to go nuts and try as many poutines as they want and can vote for their favorite concoctions.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Groundhog Day on February 2
Please. Like we need a rodent to tell us if winter runs through March in Canada.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Taverne Tour
Mont-Royal Avenue's merchant association proposes Taverne Tour.
What is it?
It's basically a mini live music festival held in different bars and nightlife venues on the avenue which, in many cases, don't usually book live acts. I kinda like the idea, especially since I'm rather fond of the area and hang out there fairly often.
Tickets are an affordable $10, offering a chance to run shoulders with the local scenes in bars you might end up loving. Taverne Tour runs February 2 to February 4, 2017.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show
From February 2 to February 5, 2017 is the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show at Place Bonaventure. Featuring conferences, nautical fashion shows and more, the Montreal Boat Show says it’s the largest event of its kind in Quebec with over 450 boats, nearly 275 exhibitors and about 30,000 visitors. Admission $16, $12 seniors and students, free ages under 12, $36 family package on Saturday (2 adults, 2 students) and $8 on Saturday after 5 p.m. Admission reduced if purchased in advance and online.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Le Chop
Until February 3, 2017 runs Le Chop, a $25 fixed price table d'hôte special involving a handful of Montreal restaurants owned by the same group.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Harley Show
From stripper pole dancing to the latest models to hit the road, catch the Harley Show February 3 to February 4, 2017 at the brand new film studio and event venue Studio Cinéma MTL Grandé in Pointe-Saint-Charles. Admission $49.95 to $300 plus taxes and/or service/shipping/box office charge.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Motoneige MTL Xtrem
Entertainment and food on site. On Saturday, February 4, the fun starts at 6 p.m, with the aerials happening from 7 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. And then on Sunday, February 5, more aerial demos are scheduled from noon to 12:45 p.m. and then from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Le Happening Gourmand
Last call to taste Le Happening Gourmand's fixed price tables d'hôte. The Old Montreal foodie event runs until February 5, 2017.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Urban Dog Sledding
Dog sled while you can. Last call is February 5, 2017.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Snow Fest
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Celebrate the Super Bowl
Aching to get out of the house and shout at a large screen while bonding with a bunch of random people? I have JUST the Super Bowl spot for ya this February 5, 2017.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: SAT Fest
Catch an immersive short film festival at the Société des arts technologiques (SAT). All films are screened in the Satosphère, a dome featuring a 360-degree projection screen. Check out the teaser. You've got until March 3, 2017. Admission is $18 plus service charge.
Tack on a two-course dinner at the SAT's Foodlab -main courses include clam-stuffed trout for two, and braised lamb- and it'll cost $58 per person, all in. Buy tickets.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Job Fair
Looking for a job? Then head to the Salon de l'intégration et insertion professionnelle at the Palais des congrès February 9 and February 10, 2017. You've got nothing to lose. It's free admission.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Montreal HomeExpo
The Montreal HomeExpo running February 9 to February 12, 2017 at the Olympic Stadium attracts over 100,000 visitors during its four days with over 600 exhibitors and at least 10 model homes on location. Everything from city to suburban and even country and cottage life are covered. Regular admission $15, $12 seniors and students, $6 ages 6 to 12, free ages 5 and under.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
A chance to catch the Banff Mountain Film Festival's winning shorts capturing the exhilaration of mountain sports, only one of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour's seven screenings in Montreal is in English and it's on February 10, 2017 at Concordia University. Admission is $24.50 plus taxes and/or service/shipping/box office charge.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Oscars Preview
An annual tradition at Cinéma du Parc, watch 10 Oscar-nominated short films on the big screen as of February 10, 2017 with five in the running for Best Animated Short and another five for Best Live Action Short.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Lan ETS
Over 2,500 gamers unite at Lan ETS February 10 through 12, 2017 at Place Bonaventure to compete in what organizers describe as the ''largest Lan Gaming Party in Canada.'' Apart from the tournament and a cosplay contest, an on-site EXPO features the latest tech. Admission ranges from $20 for a day pass to $125 for full access and tournament participation.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Chocolate Show
Montreal chocolate show Je t'aime en chocolat couldn't be more of a no-brainer. Find out why you'd be crazy to miss it this February 10 through February 12, 2017.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Valentine's Day Date Ideas
Ready for a weekend you won't soon forget? My Montreal Valentine's Day ideas covert the bases.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Snow Moon by Bike
Join in a free moonlit bike ride on the streets of Montreal on February 11, 2017. Starting at 7 p.m. at Place des Festivals, cyclists follow the car-free 3.75 kilometre route which ends at the Igloofest site in the Old Port, taking in various projections lit on buildings as they go.
Then cyclist have the option of continuing on a 10-kilometre or 15-kilometre route across the city. Interested parties are advised to sign up if they want to participate. Registration mandatory. It's free though.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Expo Yoga
From February 11 to February 12, 2017, it's Expo Yoga at Palais des congrès, a two-day wellness conference dedicated to the popular practice, with 150 exhibitors on location and non-stop yoga classes held throughout the event. Tickets range from $15 to $230.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Hunting, Fishing & Camping Show
Count on over 250 hunting, fishing and/or camping exhibitors converging at Place Bonaventure February 16 through February 19, 2017 courtesy of the aptly-named Hunting, Fishing and Camping Show. Admission $16, seniors and students pay $14, ages 6 to 11 are $5, ages 6 and under get in free and it's $37 for a family pass (2 regular admission and 2 juniors).
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Polar Hero Race
Participate (or watch others duke it out) in a 5-kilometre obstacles course dubbed Polar Race Hero at Parc Jean-Drapeau on February 18, 2017.
Or do it twice over to compete in the Polar Hero Elite. Or try the Polar Hiero Unlimited, where competitors racer through as many laps as possible in a limited amount of time. Participants pay $49.95 to $109.95. It's free to watch.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Forest Treks
Ever gone on an evening forest trek in the winter? No? Because you think you're gonna freeze? Think again. If you pursue said trek on skis or snowshoes, you might have to unzip your coat a bit. I do. When you're active in the cold, you heat up. It's a fact ;-) The hot chocolate that comes with most of these scheduled treks helps too.
Here are some Montreal parks offering winter treks. Give it go. And don't knock it til you try it.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois
From February 22 to March 4, 2017 it's Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, a celebration of film made in Quebec. Working knowledge of French is essential for screenings as they are usually, pending exceptions, not subtitled nor in English. Admission varies by event and screening.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Igloofest
Last call for Igloofest's last weekend wrapping up February 19, 2017.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Animal Inside Out
Hot off the success of Body Worlds is Animal Inside Out, a science exhibit revealing the intimate anatomy of 50 animals from 30 different species using plastination, a technique invented in 1977 by Body Worlds creator and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. It entails replacing body fat and fluids with polymers and resins which, once in place, harden the cadaver into the desired position, stopping decomposition in its tracks.
Hosted by the Montreal Science Centre, Animals Inside Out runs until March 12, 2017. Note that all animals were donations, having died of natural causes, sourced from parks, zoos and aquariums.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Virtual Reality Garden Animation Series
Catch PHI Centre's Virtual Reality Garden animation series while you can, open for free public viewing until March 12, 2017. Details.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Montréal en Lumière
Combining culinary events cooked up by guest chefs from around the world, performance art, live music, and days of freebies on end, Montréal en Lumière runs February 23 to March 11, 2017, featuring a little something for every taste and budget.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Fête des Fromages d'Ici
Every February, something magical happens in Montreal's Complexe Desjardins. It's called free cheese and it's glorious. February 23 to February 25, 2017 edition details here.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Montreal Bicycle Show
Over 250 exhibitors are on hand February 24 to February 26, 2017 at the Montreal Bicycle Show happening at Place Bonaventure. Bike conferences, bicycle tourism, product and service launches as well as demo rides, admission is $13, seniors and students pay $10, ages 6 to 12 pay $5 (free on Sunday), and it's free for ages 5 and under. Three-day passes are $25 and family packages are $30 (2 adults and 2 children ages 12 and under).
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Butterflies Go Free
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Friday Nocturnes
High culture at an affordable price, catch Nocturne, a special Friday evening event at the Musée d'art contemporain. It's elegant and democratic. It stimulates ideas and creativity through its on-site art workshops. It brings in a nightlife element --a bar service and DJ sessions-- without the sketch and sleaze typically inherent with the scene. And it creates a safe, welcoming space to appreciate high art, with educators on hand to answer questions regarding exhibited works.
Catch the next edition of Friday Nocturnes this February 24, 2017. Or wait until the next one in May. Tickets? The price of regular admission to the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Chagall
From January 28 until June 11, 2017, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents 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.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Port Symphonies
Pointe-à-Callière’s Port Symphonies are one of the more unusual outdoor concerts in the city, uniting the sounds of trains, boats moored in the Old Port, the bells of Notre-Dame Basilica, and other ''urban'' instruments to create a cacophonic symphony. Admission is a free. In 2017, they run February 26 and March 12 at 1 p.m. just outside Pointe-à-Callière at 1:30 p.m.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Evening Slopes
When was the last time you went night skiing near Montreal? It's a choice strategy to cut those costly lift prices down to size.
Montreal Festivals February 2016: Motorcycle Show
Discover the latest motorcycle, scooter and ATV models, kids 6 to 12 are given a chance to learn how to ride, and motorbike experts are on site at Palais des congrès February 24 to February 26, 2017 to answer your most pressing questions courtesy of The Motorcycle Show. Admission $15.50, seniors and students pay $12, ages 6 to 14 are charged $11, ages 6 and under get in free and a family pass (2 regular admission, 2 juniors) costs $40.
Montreal Festivals February 2017: Sugar Shacking
It's tiiiiiiiime. Time to stuff your face until you feel sick. Never had a proper sugar shack experience before? Here's what you're gonna eat. Here's where you should eat what you're gonna eat. And here's how to completely screw up the sweetest part of the deal.