Montreal Gay Village Summer Events

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    Montreal Gay Village Summer Events: 2017 Edition

    The Montreal Gay Village comes alive in the summer with a slew of free events and activities.
    ••• The Montreal Gay Village comes alive in the summer with a slew of free events and activities. Photo by Flickr user oknidius

    Every spring and summer, the Montreal Gay Village undergoes a transformation. Its main thoroughfare, Ste. Catherine Street, shuts itself down to car traffic, making room for the neighborhood to come alive with free art exhibits, street sales, performances and spontaneous out-of-left-field busking action. And like clockwork, Gay Village restaurants and bars flood the concrete with terraces.

    In 2017, the Montreal Gay Village gets an unusual head start on the season, going pedestrian from April 29 to September 27, 2017. Keep reading for a breakdown of this summer's top events.

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    Montreal Gay Village Summer Events: 2017 Pedestrian Zone

    Montreal Gay Village summer events pedestrian zone.
    ••• For a few months every year, the Montreal Gay Village turns into a car-free pedestrian zone. Just look for the pink balls draped above Ste. Catherine Street and you'll know you're there. Photo by Flickr user oknidius

    The Montreal Gay Village's busiest thoroughfare, Ste. Catherine Street, first went car-free for an entire season back in the spring and summer of 2008. And it was a hit with tourists and locals, so much so that the pedestrianization of the Gay Village became a summer norm every year thereafter. In 2017, the Montreal Gay Village goes car-free from April 29 to September 27, 2017. The entirety of Ste. Catherine Street East, from St. Hubert to Papineau, is pedestrian-friendly. See a map of the Montreal Gay Village Pedestrian zone.

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    Montreal Gay Village Summer Events: June 2017 Sidewalk Sale

    Montreal Gay Village summer events in 2017 include a June sidewalk sale.
    ••• Montreal Gay Village summer events in 2017 include a June sidewalk sale. Photo courtesy of Aires Libres

    Part and parcel of the Montreal Gay Village car-free experience is open-air shopping. Every year, the Village proposes a sidewalk sale -aka vente trottoir- in June. The 2017 June street sale runs May 29 to June 4, 2017, held all along the Village's pedestrian zone on Ste. Catherine Street.

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    Montreal Gay Village Summer Events: 2017 Circus with Hors Piste

    Montreal Gay Village summer events in 2017 include Hors Piste circus performances.
    ••• Above: Hors Piste in action. Circus arts are a given in the Montreal Gay Village come summer. Photo courtesy of Montréal Complètement Cirque

    Random circus acts in the Gay Village? Why not? That's been my experience just casually strolling through the pedestrian zone in summers passed.

    In 2017, keep an eye out for circus company Hors Piste. According to the organizers behind Montreal Gay Village's summer programming, "Hors Piste is inviting the public to wander off the beaten paths and enjoy outdoor performances on Ste. Catherine Street East by circus artists of the next generation and by social conscience circus artists. Hors Piste introduces circus art to the young and the not so young by inviting them to participate in all sorts of interactive activities throughout the site including interactive workshops and circus makeup kiosk."

    Hors Piste performs from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 10 to July 14, 2017 at Jardins Gamelin and all along the Gay Village's pedestrian area, and then from noon to 6 p.m. on July 15, 2017 just outside Beaudry Metro station on Ste. Catherine Street at the corner of Beaudry (map). 

     

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    Montreal Gay Village Summer Events: Mtl en Arts 2017

    Montreal Gay Village 2016 summer events include arts festival and street sale Mtl en Arts.
    ••• Montreal Gay Village 2016 summer events include arts festival and street sale Mtl en Arts. Photo courtesy of Mtl en Arts

    For five days, the Montreal Gay Village turns into an open-air art gallery featuring one kilometer of artwork by 170-something artists across several city blocks of the Gay Village pedestrian zone.

    In 2017, Mtl en ​Arts runs June 28 through July 2, 2017. Expect live performances as well as live and even interactive art creation to be thrown into the mix.

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    Montreal Gay Village Summer Events: Patio Madness

    Montreal Gay Village summer events in 2016 include pedestrian zone terraces.
    ••• Above: Sky Pub, one of the Montreal Gay Village's most popular nightlife destinations, a club with three levels of dance floor and a rooftop terrace with a pool and hot tub. Photo by Flickr user oknidius

    If there's a restaurant in the Montreal Gay Village, there's probably a terrasse to go with it. As soon as the pedestrian zone is set up, Ste. Catherine Street bars and restaurants unleash their patios.

    A couple of my favorites? There's Le Saloon. The waiters are adorable, the vibe is fun and loud and they make some of the best cocktails in the Village.

    Another one just north of the car-free zone is Grenade. Creative cocktails, reasonable drink prices and Asian street food are de rigueur.

    If you can live with a terrace, try Le Resto du Village which sells one of Montreal's Best poutines. It's open 24 hours a day AND you can bring your own booze. In fact, you better bring your own booze. They don't sell any. Love it there.

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    Montreal Gay Village Summer Events: July 2017 Sidewalk Sale

    Montreal Gay Village 2017 summer events include a July sidewalk sale.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Aires Libres

    Every year, the Village proposes a sidewalk sale -aka vente trottoir- in July. The 2017 July street sale runs July 10 to July 16, 2017. As per usual, the street fair is held all along the Village's pedestrian zone on Ste. Catherine Street.

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    Montreal Gay Village Summer Events: Pride 2017

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    ••• Above: illustration of the many faces of LGBTA pride as seen at the Montreal Pride Parade. Photo by Flickr user Nav Jagpal

    Held from August 11 to August 20, 2017, Montreal's Pride Week features family activities, cabaret performances, club nights, conferences, free events, and of course, the city's one and only Pride Parade. Naturally, the Montreal Gay Village serves as a hub.

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    Montreal Gay Village Summer Events: August 2017 Sidewalk Sale

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    ••• Circus arts are a given in the Montreal Gay Village come summer, even during -or should I especially during- street sales. (Photo © Evelyn Reid, all rights reserved, may not be used under any circumstances without my written permission.). Photo © Evelyn Reid

    Every year, the Village proposes a sidewalk sale -aka vente trottoir- in August. The 2017 August street sale dates spill onto September, running August 28 to September 3, 2017. The street fair is held all along the Village's pedestrian zone on​ Ste. Catherine Street.

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    Montreal Gay Village Summer Events: Fetish Weekend

    Montreal Gay Village 2017 summer events includes Fetish Weekend.
    ••• You know the Montreal Gay Village's summer events are at their tail end when the kink comes out. Photo by Flickr user Thomas Pavlick

    Noticed a random dude in a latex gimp mask being dragged around with a ball and chain? He might be married. OR he might be part of the outdoor red carpet event Montreal Fetish Weekend organizers put on every year in the Gay Village pedestrian zone.

    In 2017, the Fetish Weekend fashion show is on Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and features, as per usual, a bevy of buxom babes and bros flashing some skin as they saunter around the Gay Village pedestrian zone in front of Unity, a popular gay Village club on Ste. Catherine Street near Montcalm (map). As for Fetish Weekend itself, it runs August 30 to September 4, 2017.

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    Montreal Gay Village Summer Events: Lesbian Movie Nights

    ••• Photo by Flickr user oknidius

    Since June 2015, locals and visitors can indulge in Lesbian Movie Nights as soon as the sun sets, an initiative signed Lez Spread The Word. The dates for 2017 Tuesdays June 6 through August 22, 2017 at nightfall (between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.). Find out which flicks are airing when here. Free admission.

    Lesbian Movie Nights are held in Parc de l'Espoir, a Montreal Gay Village public space that serves as an AIDS victims memorial located just across the street from Le Saloon.