June 11, 2024

10 free things to do in Montreal this summer

By Kristen Mayne

Don’t let summer burn a hole in your pocket. Enjoy all the free things Montreal has to offer.

Summer in Montreal is a vibrant and exciting time. There’s an abundance of free activities for both locals and tourists to enjoy. From cultural events to outdoor adventures, there is something for everyone. This makes it easy to stay on budget without missing out on fun.

Here are 10 free things to do in Montreal this summer:

1. Explore Mount Royal Park

Enjoy a leisurely hike, a picnic and even birdwatching in the beautiful Mount Royal Park. This green oasis in the heart of the city offers stunning views of the skyline. You can also catch free outdoor concerts and events at the park throughout the summer.

2. Wander through Old Montreal

Stroll through the charming cobblestone streets of Old Montreal and discover historic architecture, art galleries and street performers. Don't miss Place Jacques-Cartier for vibrant street entertainment and outdoor cafes.

3. Attend festivals and events

Montreal is known for its lively festivals, many of which offer free events and activities. Keep an eye out for events like the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Piknic Électronik and the Montreal Cirque Festival.

4. Visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

On the first Sunday of every month, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts offers free admission to its permanent collections. Explore a wide range of art, from classic to contemporary, in this world-class museum.

5. Attend a Tam-Tams Session

Join locals and tourists alike at the Sunday Tam-Tams percussion session at Mount Royal Park. There, you’ll experience lively drum circles and dance performances at this iconic Montreal event.

6. Explore Jean-Talon Market

Immerse yourself in Montreal's culinary scene at Jean-Talon Market. It’s one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in North America. Sample local produce, cheese and baked goods, and experience the atmosphere of this colourful bustling market.

7. Enjoy outdoor movie screenings

Several parks and outdoor venues in Montreal host free movie screenings during the summer months. Grab a blanket and some snacks and enjoy a movie under the stars with friends and family.

8. Take a walking tour

Discover the city's history and culture by joining a free walking tour of Montreal. Many organizations offer guided tours of different neighborhoods, allowing you to learn about the city's rich heritage.

9. Explore street art in the Plateau

The Plateau neighborhood is known for its vibrant street art scene. Take a self-guided tour to discover colorful murals, graffiti and installations by local and international artists.

10. Relax at Parc Jean-Drapeau

Escape the busyness of the city at Parc Jean-Drapeau, located on the Saint Helen's and Notre Dame Islands. Take a leisurely walk, swim or simply relax by the water while enjoying beautiful views of the city.

From exploring parks and markets to attending cultural events and festivals, Montreal offers a wealth of free activities. Whether you're a local looking to rediscover your city or a tourist eager to experience Montreal's unique charm, these attractions are sure to make your summer memorable.

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