Montreal May 2017 Events and Attractions

Montreal May 2017: Events and Attractions

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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  • 01 of 09

    May 2017 Festivals and Highlights

    Montreal May 2017 events include these must-see festivals, attractions, concerts and free things to do.
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    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.

  • 02 of 09
    Montreal Cherry Blossoms
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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.

  • 03 of 09
    Montreal May 2017 events include concerts by Norah Jones and The Weeknd.
    ••• Above: Norah Jones performs during the 30th Anniversary Bridge School Benefit Concert at Shoreline Amphitheatre on October 23, 2016 in Mountain View, California. Jones performs at Place des Arts' Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier on May 28, 2017. C Flanigan / FilmMagic / Getty Images
  • 04 of 09

    May 2017 Holidays: Journée des Patriotes/Victoria Day Weekend

    Quebec Patriots Day or Journée des Patriotes.
    ••• Above: an ink and watercolor painting of the 1837 Battle of Saint-Eustache by Lord Charles Beauclerk in 1840, in part inspiring Quebec's provincial government to observe Journée des Patriotes instead of Victoria Day. Lord Charles Beauclerk / Public Domain

    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.

    Here's a list of what's open, what's closed and what's happening in Montreal Victoria Day/Journée des Patriotes weekend.

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  • 05 of 09
    Montreal May 2017 events include these festivals, attractions, concerts and free things to do.
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    Plan where to eat out and what to do this upcoming weekend in Montreal.

    I post the weekend's best bets every Friday while throwing in a few choice food and drink destinations -patios, tea houses, romantic dining, must-eat brunch spots- covering all sorts of budgets.

  • 06 of 09
    Montreal May events in 2016 include these festivals, attractions, free things to do, concerts and more.
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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. 

  • 07 of 09

    Visiting Montreal in May?

    Montreal May weather and the lifestyle of locals.
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    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.

    Worried about getting caught in the rain? Don't. These Montreal convention centre hotels and underground city hotels are either directly connected to the underground or seconds away.

    If money is no object, then get thee to Montreal's top luxury hotels and for a sense of style, try Montreal's top boutique hotels.

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    Montreal May 2017 events, concerts, museums, free things to do and weather guide.
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    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, great news for the heat-aversive.

    Continue to 9 of 9 below.
  • 09 of 09
    Montreal skyline
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    Note that submission alone offers no guarantee a given event will make it into the monthly listings. Events posted on Montreal are selected based on editorial merit and reader appeal.