In the summertime, the city’s streets are alive with activities. Thirteen of our pedestrian shopping streets offer free arts and culture programming. Here are some activities you don’t want to miss!
Circus acts, art installations, craft workshops, musical performances, puppet shows: There’s something for everyone to see and do!
Avenue du Mont-Royal in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal
Seven collectives and series of artists, designers and architects have created the garden installations that enhance the promenade on Avenue du Mont-Royal. La Roseraie, Le Jardin Nocturne, Le Jardin du Solstice, Le Pique-nique Jardin, Le Jardin de Vent, Le Jardin Cactus and Le Jardin Nourricier are all unique spaces waiting to be discovered.
Promenade Ontario in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
At the corner of Rue Nicolet, you’ll find a family space offering many activities such as Sunday morning story time, as well as crafts and a free play area. You can also learn the secrets of natural dyes in an educational workshop presented in partnership with Montréal’s botanical garden.
Promenade Masson in Rosemont–La Petite-Patrie
As you stroll down the street, you’ll encounter musicians, stilt walkers and mascots. Surprise activities will take place on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Promenade Wellington in Verdun
From August 20 to September 4, Rue Wellington will come alive with the Plein La Rue marionette festival. In addition to the entertainment, shows will be presented to small groups of spectators. Marionettes of every kind await you!
Rue de Castelnau in Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
Place De Castelnau has been transformed into an open-air museum showcasing local artists. Five artists with diverse careers and artistic practices were each invited to create four works.
Rue Saint-Denis in Ville-Marie
Installations, street furniture and works of art allow you to see Saint-Denis Street from a new angle. Happy hour in the Quartier Latin will delight you with musical performances, Thursday to Sunday.
Rue Sainte-Catherine Est in Ville-Marie
Rue Sainte-Catherine Est features drag queens and kings, circus performers, classical ballet, tango, voguing and much more! Don’t miss the action at the corner of Rue Sainte-Catherine East and Rue Atateken.
Avenue du Musée in Ville-Marie
Until October 10, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is presenting La Dérive by the Incognito collective. The work reflects on the fragile balance of nature through the words of storyteller, lyricist and producer Joséphine Bacon, a First Nations cultural ambassador to Québec and beyond. Find it on Avenue du Musée, north of Rue Sherbrooke.
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