Can you smell the flowers yet? Montreal's event roster picks up mighty fast in May, with festival season about to take off faster than a spring fevered bee.
Keep the pace. Whether a tourist or lifelong local, this Montreal May events rundown is concocted with you in mind, featuring the month's best festivals, attractions, concerts and free things to do. I also cover the month's weather tendencies just below.
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May 2017 Festivals and Highlights
Montreal May festivals include a slew of usual suspects, from Montreal Museums Day to Festival TransAmériques.
It's also free compost season, Piknic Electronik is back, with any luck sidewalk sale season kicks off by the last weekend of the month and if short on inspiration come Mother's Day, try one (or some) of these Mother's Day recommendations. They're fool-proof.
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Truth be told, there's more than 39 free things to do in Montreal this May 2017.
But I'm picky about what I put on this list.
I want those freebies to be worth it because time, my valued readers, is finite. You can't ever get it back. So squeeze every bit of worth out of it, with or without that wallet, with my ultimate list to the BEST Montreal freebies in May.
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May 2017 Holidays: Journée des Patriotes/Victoria Day Weekend
A statutory holiday set the Monday before May 25 of every year, Quebec officially calls it Journée des Patriotes though the rest of Canada (and quite a few Montrealers) call it Victoria Day.
Why? It's a long story.
But regardless of what it's called, scores of locals end up enjoying the long weekend by starting their gardens and getting out of the house, provided the weather cooperates. It's also a great weekend for tourists to enjoy the city.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Montreal has attractions every season, but there's something special about spring in Montreal.
When the first real spring weekend hits town -it takes a while- a citywide joie de vivre brigade breaks out. You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief uttered by denizens flocking to the streets in droves, all thrilled they can finally walk around as much as they want without getting cold.
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Visiting Montreal in May?
A great month to visit Montreal if only for the clement weather and smaller crowds its attracts compared to summer, these top 12 Old Montreal hotels are the perfect starting point for a day of walking and exploration in the city's historic centre, Chinatown, and downtown core.
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