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Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This May 2017
The city is bustling year round but things really start to pick up in Montreal come May, mostly due to spring's long-awaited arrival which opens the floodgates to a slew of outdoor events and activities. Keep scrolling to discover Montreal's top festivals in May 2017.Continue to 2 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Free Stuff
The perfect month -one of my favorite months- to enjoy the best of the city, even on a tight budget. Behold 39 free things to do May 2017 in Montreal.Continue to 3 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: The Concerts
Montreal's top concert picks for May 2017 include pop's biggest names, choice electronic music, a healthy dose of indie and more.Continue to 4 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Grilled Cheese Festival
About 100 restaurants across the province of Quebec are offering their own version of the quintessential grilled cheese sandwich May 1 through May 7, 2017. A Grilled Cheese Festival presentation.Continue to 5 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Slow Food
It's finally spring in Montreal! And you know what that means. Fresh produce. The Jean-Talon Market's outdoor section and its unbeatable selection reopens this time of year, making the implementation of my slow food strategy much easier than just a few weeks ago.Continue to 6 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Virée des Ateliers
Score a one-of-a-kind piece at La Virée des Ateliers from May 4 to May 7, 2017 while discovering the creations -art, jewelry, sculpture, fashion- of over 90 local designers opening their studio doors to the public.Continue to 8 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Nocturne
High culture at an affordable price, catch the latest edition of Nocturne at the Musée d'art contemporain this May 5, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
I've previously described the event as an elegant and democratic alternative to the often snooty and elitist vibe that's long been associated with high art. Friday Nocturne 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. And it creates a safe, welcoming space to appreciate high art, with educators on hand to answer questions regarding exhibited works.
If you miss this one you'll have to wait for the next edition in September.Continue to 9 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Book a Spa Treatment
Get ready for summer with select beauty treatments or pamper yourself with a massage or Nordic style water circuit at these top Montreal spas.Continue to 10 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Croissant Festival
Only one day a year can you score high-end croissants in Montreal made with real butter for $1 each. It's called La Fête du Croissant and in 2017, it's on Saturday, May 6.Continue to 11 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Museum Exhibits
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts continues its exhibit of Marc Chagall's works, 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. Chagall: Colour and Music runs until June 11, 2017.
See Also: Montreal's Top 15 Museums
The McCord Museum debuts Illusions: The Art of Magic on May 26, 2017, featuring posters promoting magic shows "mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries."
Pointe-à-Callière continues its Amazonia - The Shaman and The Mind of the Forest exhibition until October 22, 2017, an "immersive and multi-sensory experience that will showcase the shamanism and mythology of traditional Amazonian societies."
The Montreal Science Centre's CSI: The Experience is on until September 4, 2017, proposing visitors "compare tire tracks and shell casings, perform blood spatter and DNA analysis, and learn about forensic... anthropology and toxicology in this highly interactive investigation." Based on the hit American TV series.
Catch the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal's Nocturne event while you can this May 5, 2017. The next one months away, in September.
Galerie Got in Old Montreal proposes a free Harry Benson exhibit of the photographer's better-known celebrity shots, notably of the Beatles, the Queen, and Muhammad Ali until May 28, 2017.
PHI Centre hosts British artist Ed Atkins first exhibit in Canada until September 3, 2017, one featuring five of his motion capture video works exploring the deepest recessed of self-pity. The Centre also proposes the viewing of seven virtual reality films produced by Felix & Paul Studios until May 29, 2017. All of the above is free admission.
And don't miss Montreal Museums Day on May 29, 2017 when most of the city's museums open their doors to the public free of charge.Continue to 12 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Sketchfest
A week of sketch comedy by 60 of North America's more promising troupes, catch the Montreal Sketchfest May 4 through May 13, 2017.
Admission varies by event and/or package deal (like double bills). Most shows are held at Théâtre Ste. Catherine.Continue to 13 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Accès Asie
Accès Asie runs from May 2 to May 28, 2017, celebrating Asian cultures the world over, from India to Mongolia, with live music, dance, workshops and more.Continue to 14 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Food Truck Fridays
First Fridays, a monthly food truck gathering on the first Friday of every month at the Olympic Park May through October, is baaaack. Catch the first edition of 2017 this May 5 from 4 p.m.to 11 p.m.Continue to 16 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2016: Design Show
May 4 through May 6, 2017, the Design Show (SIDIM) opens its doors to the public: "SIDIM is a contemporary showcase for the latest ideas and innovations from the design, architectural, and building communities, from here and around the world." Admission $20, $15 seniors/students, free for ages 5 and under. At Place Bonaventure.Continue to 17 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Mother's Day
Not sure what to do for Mother's Day in Montreal this May 7, 2017? Treat Mom to a special day she won't soon forget.Continue to 18 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Vue sur la Relève
Dreaming of a successful career in the arts? Every year, Montreal festival Vue sur la Relève proposes free workshops and 5-à-7 meetings designed to help folks ages 18 to 35 find a footing in music, dance, and assorted performance art milieus.
Vur sur la Relève is also a music festival filled with talented locals finds performing gigs at affordable admission rates, sometimes free.
In 2017, Vue sur la Relève runs May 9 to May 20, 2017. Consult Vue sur la Relève's website to find out when this year's concerts, performances, workshops and talks are scheduled. Note that talks are generally conducted in French.Continue to 19 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Cocktail Week
From May 10 to May 16, 2017, Invasion Cocktail proposes 250 cocktails concocted at 35 different bars. Download the event passport app to get deals on participating cocktails throughout the seven-day event.Continue to 20 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Epic Seedling Sale
From May 19 to May 20, 2017 it's Concordia Greenhouses' Epic Seedling Sale. Roughly 10,000 plants are for sale including ''hundreds of varieties of seedlings, some organic seeds, mushroom kits, house plants and more.'' Organizers advise you to bring boxes to carry your seedlings home and to anticipate lineups.Continue to 22 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Chromatic
From May 24 to June 1, 2017, it's Chromatic, a festival mixing high tech with artistry. Free exhibits featuring digital installations, photography, virtual reality and painting as well as art workshops just for kids are part of the program, as is an industry conference and of course, parties open to all almost every night.Continue to 23 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Salsa Convention
Workshops, pro dance showcases, free dance classes and amateur/pro competitions, the Montreal Salsa Convention sizzles at Complexe Desjardins this Victoria Day/Journée des Patriotes weekend from May 18 to May 22, 2017.
Heading to the Salsa Convention? Book a Table HereContinue to 24 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Victoria Day/Journées des Patriotes
From what's open to what's closed to what's happening in Montreal on Monday, May 23, 2016, I've got your Victoria Day / Journée des Patriotes long weekend covered!
See Also: Free Things to Do in Montreal This May
And before any of you try to chastise me for referring to the statutory holiday as Journée des Patriotes, here's a history lesson on the subject.Continue to 28 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Festival TransAmériques
Running May 25 through June 8, 2017 is Festival TransAmériques, an annual performing arts festival featuring theatre and contemporary dance programming.Continue to 29 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Marché de Nuit
Mile-Ex's first night market of the season runs May 27, 2016. Check out the wares of Marché de Nuit's 30 on-site artisans, wolf down food truck fare, take in the evening's DJ sessions and more.Continue to 31 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Museums Day
Explore Montreal's museum network free of charge over the course of a day courtesy of Montreal Museums Day on May 28, 2017. A free shuttle bus service is available during the city-wide event.Continue to 32 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Go Bike
Sign up along with thousands of other cyclists for a day or night bike ride courtesy of the Go Bike Montreal Festival running May 28 to June 4, 2017. Routes range from 20 to 150 kilometres and feature major Montreal streets and thoroughfares specially closed off to cars just for the festival. Admission varies by event.Continue to 33 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Cultivons le Plateau
Free flowers and free compost, Plateau residents are invited to stock up on gardening supplies May 27, 2017 on Duluth, between Coloniale and de Bullion. Proof of residence required. Details.
Similar story further north on St. Viateur, also on May 27. Free flowers, free horticultural advice and more. This particular event holds interest for folks who aren't Plateau residents given that ''interactive workshops, artistic installations, music and other fun projects led by neighbourhood community groups'' are part of the experience. Details.Continue to 34 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: OFFTA
Performance art festival OFFTA: Festival d'arts vivants is Festival TransAmériques' edgier, underground sister. "A multidisciplinary program centered on contemporary creation and the encounter of various art forms,” catch OFFTA May 30 through June 8, 2017 including its free performances scheduled every evening of the festival at Jardins Gamelin as of 6 p.m.Continue to 35 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Volta
Until 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 36 of 36 below.
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Montreal Festivals May 2017: Sidewalk Sales
Locals love their sidewalk sales. Sometimes the season starts as early as May. Sometimes it doesn't. It depends on the year.
See Also: Montreal's 22 Best Sidewalk Sales