Montreal Festivals 2017: March Events Hit List

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    Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This March 2017

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 you don't want to miss include the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Port Symphonies and more.
    ••• See that dome on the right? It's a replica of Rome's St. Peter's Basilica located in downtown Montreal. Neil Howard / Getty Images

    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.

    See Also: Montreal Weather in March: What to Expect, What to Wear
    And: This Weekend in Montreal

     

    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 Winter Frolick

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include these amazing winter activities.
    ••• Above: a snowy winter's day at Parc La Fontaine. Photo by Flickr user Claude Robillard (CC BY 2.0)

    Last call to experience winter! Here are some of my absolute favorite Montreal winter activities.

    See Also: Montreal's Best Brunch

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: The Musique

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include these must-see concerts.
    ••• Above: Ariana Grande performs onstage during Z100's Jingle Ball 2016 at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2016 in New York City. Ariana Grande heads to the Montreal Bell Centre March 6, 2017. D Dipasupil / FilmMagic / Getty Images

    Montreal's hottest concerts and DJ sets in this month? Voilà.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: The Freebies

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include these amazingly free things to do all month.
    ••• See that mountainy hill in the distance? That's Mont Royal. martinedoucet / Getty Images

    Save money, have fun, win win. Here are some free things to do in Montreal this March I suspect you'll love.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: The Spring Break

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include spring break activities for the whole family.
    ••• Above: kids playing atop Mont Royal at the Kondiaronk lookout. Thierry Monasse / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: The Skiing

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include downhill skiing and snowboarding.
    ••• Above: snowboarders spotted atop Mont Tremblant, Quebec's best-known ski hill. Jason Lau / Getty Images

    Alpine ski and snowboarding season in Quebec is alive and well come March. Take advantage while you can.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Disney on Ice

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include Disney on Ice.
    ••• Image courtesy of Disney

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Montreal National Home Show

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include the National Home Show.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the 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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Forest Treks

    Montreal festivals in March 2016 events include Forest Treks Under the Stars. On snowshoes.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Les amis de la montagne

    I wouldn't wait too long to book a Montreal winter forest trek. The last ones of the season run March 4, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: La Cuvée

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include La Cuvée.
    ••• Photo courtesy of 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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Mondial des Cidres

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include Le Mondial des Cidres.
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    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Nuit Blanche

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include Nuit Blanche.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Montréal en Lumière © Frédérique Ménard-Aubin

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include Les Rendez-Vous du Cinéma Québécois.
    ••• Above: the classic Quebec film Jésus de Montréal (1989) by Denys Arcand screens at the 2017 edition of Les Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. Film still of Jésus de Montréal courtesy of Max Films Productions, Gérard Mital Productions, and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Running Show

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include running show Le Salon de la course à pied.
    ••• Above: joggers spotted in Mount Royal Park. Nino H. Photography / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Study and Go Abroad

    Montreal festivals in March 2016 include the study abroad fair at Palais des congrès.
    ••• Above: New College, the University of Edinburgh's School of Divinity. See that statue on the left? It depicts John Knox, the famous protestant reformer. The University of Edinburgh is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. John Lawson, Belhaven / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Art Souterrain

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include Art Souterrain.
    ••• Above: art. Photo by Flickr user Retis (CC BY 2.0)

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2016: Spring Forward

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include honoring Daylight Saving Time and springing forward.
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    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.

    See Also: Why Do We Spring Forward? What's the point of Daylight Saving?

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Montréal en Lumière

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include Montréal en Lumière.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Montréal en Lumière © Benoît Rousseau

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Art Matters

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include Art Matters.
    ••• Photo courtesy of 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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Montreal International Children's Film Festival

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include the Montreal International Children's Film Festival.
    ••• Animation still courtesy of FIFEM

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Pay Your Age

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include pay your age.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Ikanos

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals February 2017: Port Symphonies

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include Pointe-à-Callière's Port Symphonies.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Pointe-à-Callière

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Dreaming of Summer?

    Montreal festivals in March 2017.
    ••• Above: singer China Forbes of the American band Pink Martini performs live during a concert at the Admiralspalast on October 25, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Pink Martini is one of the Montreal Jazz Festival's top headliners in 2017. Frank Hoensch / Redferns / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: National Women's Show

    Montreal festivals in April 2016 include the National Women's Show.
    ••• The principles of Ayurveda, a holistic healing system over 5,000 years old, were explored at last year's National Women's Show. Consult the show's schedule to discover this year's workshops and special presentations. Werner Blessing / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: International Festival of Films on Art

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include the International Festival of Films on Art.
    ••• Above: Madonna and her Blonde Ambition Tour crew. Subjects of the award-winning documentary Strike a Pose, these dancers recount their experiences openly expressing their sexual orientation on stage 15 years ago, inviting both controversy and elation. The film screens at the 2017 edition of the International Festival of Films on Art. Courtesy of Miramax Films

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Evening Slopes

    Montreal festivals in March 2016 include hitting the slopes. At night.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Bromont

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Expo Manger Santé

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include health food show Expo Manger Santé.
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    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.

    Insider tip: consider dropping by Montreal's Chinatown just outside the Palais des congrès for brunch, lunch or takeout buns.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Sugar Shacking

    Montreal festivals in March 2016 include eating a sugar shack meal.
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    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Jazz en Rafale

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include Jazz en Rafale.
    ••• Above: Luxembourg's Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen trio, one of Jazz en Rafale's 2017 edition headliners. Photo courtesy of Reis-Demuth-Wiltgen trio

    Every March in Montreal features a jazzy respite dubbed Jazz en Rafale, a three-day mini music fest running March 18 to March 25, 2017.

    See Also: Montreal's Best Jazz Clubs

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Maple Syrup Fest

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include maple syrup street fest Cabane Panache et bois rond.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Promenade Wellington © Aline Dubois

    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. 

    See Also: From Nun Farts to Deep-Fried Lard: Anatomy of a Sugar Shack Meal
    And: Make You Own Maple Taffy At Home

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Salon du disque et des arts underground

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include Le Salon du disque et des arts underground.
    ••• Image courtesy of Le 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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Butterflies Go Free

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include the Botanical Garden's Butterflies Go Free.
    ••• Above: inside the Montreal Botanical Garden's Butterflies Go Free exhibit. Nino H. Photography / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 2017: Earth Hour

    Montreal festivals in March 2017 include Earth Hour.
    ••• Above: Michelin star chef Raymond Blanc OBE dining by candlelight with the World Wildlife Federation's panda mascot in London, England in honor of Earth Hour. Incidentally, that's how I'd like to spend my Earth Hour. Stuart C. Wilson / Getty Images

    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.

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    Montreal Festivals March 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 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.