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Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This March 2017
March. The month spring begins toying with our minds, at least in Montreal. For the scoop on Montreal festivals in March 2017, click on the above slideshow photo to get started.
Montreal in March: In Brief
The first half is usually all winter, a last call to head out to Montreal's best outdoor skating rinks and winter sports trails before they shut down activities until the next cold season. The only exception to that rule is downhill skiing. With any luck, Quebec ski season rages on until early May.
As for the second half of March, anything can happen. A sudden warm spell could unleash Montreal's best terraces. But the opposite could strike. Not that it matters. It's going to take a lot more than a snowstorm to stop thousands from gathering on Ste. Catherine Street to watch one of the city's favorite events of the year: Montreal's St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: The Musique
Montreal's hottest concerts and DJ sets in this month? Voilà.Continue to 4 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: The Freebies
Save money, have fun, win win. Here are some free things to do in Montreal this March I suspect you'll love.Continue to 5 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: The Spring Break
March is spring break season and with it comes a week of fun for the whole clan. Here are a few family-friendly events, Montreal attractions and activity ideas sure to please an all-ages crew.Continue to 6 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: The Skiing
Alpine ski and snowboarding season in Quebec is alive and well come March. Take advantage while you can.Continue to 7 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Disney on Ice
Every spring break season in Montreal features Disney on Ice. In 2017, Disney on Ice Presents Follow Your Heart features characters from Frozen, Cinderella, Inside Out, and other Disney films, runs March 8 through March 12, 2017 at the Montreal Bell Centre. Admission $26 to $99 plus taxes and/or service/shipping/box office charge. Buy tickets.Continue to 8 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Montreal National Home Show
From March 10 to March 19, 2017 at Place Bonaventure is the Montreal National Home Show, a chance to discover the latest trends in home decorating. Admission $16, seniors and students $13, ages 6 to 12 $6, free for ages 5 and under. Save up to $3 on admission if tickets are purchased online.Continue to 9 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Forest Treks
I wouldn't wait too long to book a Montreal winter forest trek. The last ones of the season run March 4, 2017.Continue to 10 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: La Cuvée
Drink, eat, dance and be merry. La Cuvée proposes the sampling of 200 different products on site --mostly beer-- to the tune of '50s swing and rockabilly music March 2 through March 4, 2017. Admission is $10 to $15 plus tokens at $1 each which are required for any kind of tasting, be it food or beer or whisky. Held at Salon 1861.Continue to 11 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Mondial des Cidres
I've got a soft spot for Quebec ciders. It's hard not to once you've tried them, which brings me to Le Mondial des Cidres. It runs March 3 through March 5, 2017 and features 20 cider producers sharing a variety of samples, from bubbly to ice cider.Continue to 12 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Nuit Blanche
Believe it or not, there's a right way to do Nuit Blanche. And there's a wrong way. You can either discover this fundamental truth the hard way, like I did. Or you can stick with me and have a fun all-nighter that goes your way this March 4, 2017.Continue to 13 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois
Catch Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois, a celebration of film made in Quebec, while you can. The 2017 edition wraps up March 4, 2017. Working knowledge of French is essential for screenings as they are usually, pending exceptions, not subtitled or in English. Admission varies by event and screening.Continue to 14 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Running Show
Assorted runners, joggers and marathoners converge at Palais des congrès for the Salon de la course à pied de Montréal running March 4 and March 5, 2017. Everything from gear to diet to things to know about jogging while travelling is covered. Admission $12, seniors $8, free for ages 12 and under.Continue to 15 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Study and Go Abroad
Wish you could afford to travel? Maybe you can. Find out how you can pair your studies with a new temporary home in another country courtesy of the Study and Go Abroad Fair held at Palais des congrès March 4, 2017. It's free admission too.Continue to 16 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Art Souterrain
Montreal's underground city is a deeply confusing mess. Add to that maze over a hundred or so art exhibits and you've got yourself the makings of Art Souterrain, one of my favorite events of the year, if only for its ability to position itself three standard deviations from the mean of anything remotely normal -normality can be so boring when it wants to be- especially on opening night when it's teeming with performance artists (see photo). In 2017, it runs March 4 to March 26, 2017.Continue to 17 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2016: Spring Forward
And here it is, the morning almost no one looks forward to, the day Daylight Saving goes into effect. In 2017, that would be March 12, 2017, so make sure your clocks are forwarded one hour either before bed or after waking.
Not that anyone wants to. But there's hope. Ever wonder how to get rid of that awful feeling of losing one hour of sleep that lingers with some for days if not weeks? Want to prevent it altogether? Heed my advice. But don't heed it the day of the time change. You have to plan ahead if you want this to work.Continue to 18 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 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 until March 11, 2017.Continue to 19 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Art Matters
Throughout most of March is Art Matters, an annual arts festival put on by the students of Concordia University featuring vernissages, talks, workshops and nightlife events.Continue to 20 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Montreal International Children's Film Festival
Not one to let the Disneys and Pixars of the world get all the glory, the Montreal International Children's Film Festival runs March 4 through March 12, 2017 with a film lineup featuring a who's who on the international scene, most notably in animation. Films are predominantly screened in French.Continue to 21 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Pay Your Age
From March 6 to March 11, 2017, families aching for some fine dining benefit from a fun little promo: pay your age. Eleven upscale Montreal restaurants including Europea and Auberge St. Gabriel, two propose that youth ages 16 and under enjoy a complete gourmet meal that costs their age. So if you're 12 years old? You -or more likely, your parents- pay $12. Simple.Continue to 22 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals February 2017: Port Symphonies
Pointe-à-Callière’s Port Symphonies are among 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. Catch the last edition of the year this March 12, 2017 at 1 p.m. just outside Pointe-à-Callière at 1:30 p.m.Continue to 23 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Dreaming of Summer?
Dreaming of time off spent at the Montreal Jazz Festival? Or maybe Osheaga? Click on the links to discover the highlights and find out what are Montreal's hottest summer events.Continue to 24 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: National Women's Show
Catch the National Women's Show at Palais des congrès March 17 through March 19, 2017. Everything from business advice to food, fashion, beauty, and travel guidance are on the agenda. Admission $14, free for ages 12 and under.Continue to 25 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: International Festival of Films on Art
Examining art from every field and format, the International Festival of Films on Art runs March 23 to April 2, 2017, proposing films on subjects as creatively varied as photography, architecture, theatre and more.Continue to 26 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 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.Continue to 27 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Expo Manger Santé
Love this healthy eating show held every March at Palais des congrès. There are so many free food samples, from chocolate to cheese to blueberry juice, that the admission price feels worth it in the end. And many of these products are sold at a discount on site. In 2016, Expo Manger Santé runs March 24 to March 26, 2017. Admission $14, seniors and students $11, free for ages 16 and under.Continue to 28 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 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.Continue to 29 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Maple Syrup Fest
From March 23 to March 26, 2017 is Promenade Wellington's Cabane Panache et bois rond, a maple syrup festival of sorts if you consider that all the food sold on site feature maple products in some form or other.
Traditional Quebec folk music, square dancing, lumberjack style games like log-throwing and two-man saws, local crafts for sale and other attractions are on the annual agenda.Continue to 31 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Salon du disque et des arts underground
Salon du disque et des arts underground de Montréal unites independent music labels, zine publishers and underground music merch at Église St. Denis March 18 and March 19, 2017. Free admission.Continue to 32 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: St. Patrick's Day Parade
EVERYONE is a Irish for a day and in 2017, that would be March 19 when Montreal's legendary St. Patrick's Day Parade rolls through town. The city goes ape over it.Continue to 33 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Butterflies Go Free
Thousands of butterflies are set free in the Montreal Botanical Garden's climate-controlled greenhouses every year. It's called Butterflies Go Free and in 2017, it runs now through April 30.Continue to 34 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: Earth Hour
Earth Hour in Montreal is like Earth Hour in the rest of the world. It's lights out on March 25, 2017 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The difference here relates to its associated events. In Montreal, that includes a free candlelit concert with five choirs and a stargazing act, both free. Details.Continue to 35 of 35 below.
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Montreal Festivals March 2017: MLB Pre-Season Game
Catch a Major League Baseball game at the Olympic Stadium on March 31, 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.