In Montreal, a sidewalk sale is also called vente de trottoir (French for "sale of the sidewalk"), braderie (French for discount market), or foire commerciale (French for commercial fair). You could also just say "vente trottoir" without the "de."
Sidewalk sales, street sales, or bazaars, are typically associated with Montreal's more popular summer events. The street fairs start as early as May depending on the year with Montreal's sidewalk sale season ending by mid-September or sometimes October in less central neighborhoods.
You can find great shopping deals, cheap eats, live entertainment, and activities for the kids as part of the experience. These events are also ideal for anyone looking for sales. Some of these street fairs are more elaborate than others and may have a unique theme.
On August 25 and 26, 2018. Montreal features a quaint street fair called "Encounters of New France," on the edge of the Old Port. The 18th Century Public Market is organized by Montreal history museum Pointe-à-Callière.
Reenacting what it was like to shop, socialize, and live in the city's long gone past, actors roam around in character just outside Pointe-à-Callière, the actual birthplace of Montreal. Food and wine kiosks complement the experience.
Quartier Latin's rue St. Denis celebrates the opening of its terraces and roof patios with a street fair on May 25 and May 26, 2018.
A small section of the street, from de Maisonneuve to Sherbrooke, will be closed off to cars to make way for free concerts, a climbing wall, and much more. The festival is presented by Osheaga.
Every summer Montreal's Gay Village goes car-free, and street sales are part of the scheduled activities. The street fair is held along the Village's pedestrian zone on Ste. Catherine Street. You can expect more than just good deals. You can find great street food as well as are impromptu street performances.
The village holds big sidewalk sale three times in summer 2018 from June 4 to10, July 9 to 15, and August 27 to September 2.
Plateau Mont Royal
Avenue Mont-Royal in the Plateau neighborhood is a superstar thoroughfare. It is packed with quaint boutiques, wonderful bars, and yummy food. It isn't a stretch to add Mont-Royal to the list of must-shop Montreal sidewalk sales from May 31 to June 3. The fair features more than the usual trappings and street food. It has DJs, live shows, and for the kids, giant inflatables, little train ride, face painters, mini-golf, a magician, clown, and balloon sculptor.
Avenue Mont Royal's 2018 street fair runs along Mont-Royal Avenue from St. Laurent to d'Iberville.
The end-of-summer event Réappropriation Urbaine, French for "urban Reappropriation," is a street fair that runs from August 23 to August 26, 2018. There are sidewalk sales combined with a mixture of activities like performances, kid-friendly fun, and most particularly, visual artists on location engaging in living art creation.
Verdun's Promenade Wellington street fair from May 31 to June 3, 2018, is a great way to take a load off, grab a bite, and check out the sales and family entertainment. The promenade's annual pre-summer sidewalk sale spans a nice long stretch along Wellington Street from Régina Street to 6th Avenue.
The promenade hosts another sidewalk sale, billed as a "back-to-school" fair to close out the summer season on August 23 to 26, 2018. About 80,000 people are expected for this last sidewalk sale of the season. In addition to the end-of-summer sales, the Plein la Rue Puppet Festival will be taking place on the Promenade on August 25 and 26, 2018.
Part sidewalk sale, part street art festival, the Mural Festival is held along "the Main" from June 7 to June 17, 2018, where new murals are created on the spot for the occasion. Expect sidewalk sale action, DJ sessions (some have an admission fee) and an all-out street party vibe. Anticipate that the first weekend will be packed since it's Grand Prix weekend.
In conjunction with the Mural Festival, keep an eye out for Grill Saint-Laurent on June 13 and June 14, 2018. At least 15 participating restaurants whip up a variety of grilled meats. A barbecue cook-off is usually in the cards, with teams converging in the parking lot just south of the corner of St. Laurent and Prince Arthur.
Benvenuti a tutti! A Little Italy tradition come Grand Prix weekend, catch the neighborhood's annual street fair featuring a slew of muscle cars, vintage rides, and streamlined, high-performance beauties running June 8 to June 10, 2018, on Boulevard St. Laurent, from St. Zotique to Jean-Talon.
Return to Little Italy again for Italian week running August 3 to August 12, 2018. Fashion shows, live opera, and addictive food are part of the experience. The bulk of Italian week's events and attractions are on Boulevard St. Laurent in the heart of Montreal's Little Italy.
About a five to ten-minute walk from the Biodome, the Botanical Gardens, the Insectarium and the Planetarium is the Promenades Hochelaga-Maisonneuve back-to-school sidewalk sale running August 30 to September 2, 2018, with family-friendly activities on the Saturday of the event. The sale is on Ontario Street, extending from Darling Street to Pie-IX Boulevard.
Nearby you can catch shows de ruelle, French for "alley shows." These live music performances are held at Ruelle Gaboury Thursday evenings June 28, July 12 and 26, August 9 and 23, 2018. Try not to miss the free, intimate shows. At 5 p.m., you can enjoy barbecue and beers. The show starts at 6:30 p.m.
Most of Montreal's Chinatown is "pedestrians only" year round so a sidewalk sale here doesn't dramatically change the neighborhood vibe. Besides, you shouldn't need a special event to draw you to one of the most vibrant places in the city.
While in Chinatown, drop by Harmonie bakery or pick up sweets made by Johnny Chin. Chinatown's June sidewalk sale runs June 20 to June 24, 2018. Just make a beeline for Sun Yat-Sen Square and you're there.
If you miss it in June, you can always catch the sidewalk sales from July 25 to July 29 or August 15 to August 19.
Mtl en Arts on Ste. Catherine Street
There's no sidewalk sale in Montreal quite like this one. Running June 27 through July 1, 2018, Mtl en Arts is basically a street sale featuring art. About 90 artists gather together to showcase their creative wares and some even engage in making live art during the festival event held at the Gay Village's pedestrian zone on Ste. Catherine Street.
Plaza St. Hubert
You could theoretically spend most of the day pairing an outing at the Jean-Talon Market with the Plaza St. Hubert sidewalk sale July 4 through July 8, 2018. It's dubbed "Atmosph'Air on the Plaza" and it's held on St. Hubert itself from Beaubien to Jean-Talon.
The plaza will host another sidewalk sale for back-to-school from August 16 to 19. You can attend shows by musicians, circus performers, and visual artists outdoors and attractive prices on various items just in time for back-to-school.
Ste. Catherine Street
The mother of all ventes trottoirs in Montreal, the Ste. Catherine Street sidewalk sale is 1.24 miles, a doozy of a sale going from west to east, which along the way features some of the best pizza in the city. Afterward, drop by the Place des Festivals to see what outdoor gags the Just for Laughs Festival is pulling on folks walking by. If you're still hungry head down to Chinatown for some of the best Chinese steamed buns in Montreal.
In 2018, the Ste. Catherine street sale runs from July 13 to July 15 stretching from Guy Street to Aylmer Street. The sale runs Friday from noon till 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
St. Laurent BLVD
One should never turn down a chance to celebrate the Main. The "BLVD" street sale lets you enjoy one last taste of summer with terraces, great food, good music, and a ton of shopping. The BLVD refers to St. Laurent Boulevard. The event takes place from September 13 to September 16, 2018.