Learn Where to Find the Montreal May 2018 Events and Attractions

Montreal in May is alive with offbeat things to do

Saint Paul Street in Montreal at night
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Can you smell the flowers yet? Montreal's event roster begins to pick up in May, with the festival season about to take off faster than a spring-fevered bee. May is a lovely month to be in Montreal. Not only does it feel like spring, it finally looks like it, too. And summer humidity hasn't yet kicked in, which is great news for the heat-averse.

Keep the pace. Whether you're a tourist or lifelong local, this May 2018 events rundown is concocted with you in mind, featuring the month's best festivals, attractions, and concerts. 

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    Producing world-renowned maple syrup is a Quebec tradition, and you can see how it's done at Sucrerie de Montage, through May 6. You'll see how the sap is drawn from the maples and taken to a wood-fired evaporator, where it turns into that delicious maple syrup. While you're there you can also take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, partake of a huge feast, and check out the General Store, where you'll find maple syrup, butter taffy, and other sweet treats.

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    Bon Jovi will be in Montreal for a one-night show on May 17 at Centre Bell. This band rose to prominence in the 1980s, but it has evolved with the times, so don't expect an all-oldies show. Get ready to hear some great rock anthems, familiar and new. 

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    Walk ​through the doors of the Pointe-a-Calliere museum in Old Montreal and you'll enter the world of Egypt circa 1500 B.C. in its exhibition The Queens of Egypt, which is on show throughout May. The show displays more than 350 pieces related to Nefertari, Nefertiti, and Hatshepsut, all legendary queens of Egypt, and reveals their connection to this ancient civilization.

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    Tattooing is the star of this show, which takes place in Griffintown May 25 through  27 at Salon  1860, a restored church. Tattoo artists from around the world will show off their style of tattooing,​ and food trucks will add to the festive atmosphere. Griffintown is alive with restaurants, art galleries, antique shops, and cafes, and it's worth a stop after the tattooing event.​


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    The Montreal Medieval Fair provides another way to go back in time this May in Montreal, this time on May 4, 5, and 6 at the Pierre-Charbonneau Center. Your senses will be bombarded with music and dancing, fights, and acrobats, and you'll meet gunsmiths, jewelers, leather craftspeople, and makers of armor, candles, and shoes. And you'll see Vikings, Roman gladiators, and musketeers roaming around in this carnival-like atmosphere with a medieval ambiance.

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    Get yourself to Sainte-Catherine Street East during May, where you'll see temporary art shows and find plenty of restaurants in this pedestrian-only zone. You never know what kind of pop-up festival you might find here.

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    Piknic Electronik is an outdoor music event that kicks off on May 20 with a season of 21 events through September. It takes place at Plain des Jeux, about a 10-minute drive from downtown Montreal.


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    Latin Jazz Night happens on May 13 at Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill. Eat great food and order your adult libation of choice as you listen to the Alex Bellegarde Quintet and its original compositions that fuse contemporary jazz with an Afro-Cuban sound.