March begins with the thrills of massive winter festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE and its all-nighter Nuit Blanche, plus spring break activities for families, dance and theatre, incredible illuminated art, classical music and rock shows.
The city seriously shines during winter arts, culture and fine dining festival MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE ongoing to March 11 with an all-new program of performing arts, fabulous fine dining options and the free and family-friendly outdoor site at Place des Festivals, where you’ll find great local food and drink, from Québec cheeses to Cabral porto, live music and performances such as X-Lumina, an illuminated Ferris wheel, the urban ice slide and zip line, and classic Canadian sport Curling en lumière. Walk around the Quartier des Spectacles to see the high-tech interactive light art of Illuminart or head down into the underground city for Art Souterrain‘s miles of new art installations. And, of course, the festival’s biggest deal: all-nighter Nuit blanche featuring free activities, performances, music, film and more, from downtown to Mile End and many more neighbourhoods on March 4.
We’ve put together an overflowing guide to restaurants, bars and parties for spring break in Montréal but we haven’t forgotten about the younger set either – with local schools closed this week, there are plenty of things to do for families during spring break. In these waning days of winter, why not try tobogganing or ice skating on the Mountain or spend an afternoon ice sliding, skating and playing games at Mammouth Village at the Olympic Stadium Esplanade. Spring has truly sprung at the Botanical Garden’s Butterflies Go Free event, part of the Montréal Space for Life‘s spring break activities. Play board games, video games and more for free at Festival Montréal Joue, ongoing to March 12. Or play a game of cricket, ultimate Frisbee or quidditch at the Ministry of Cricket (and Other Homeless Sports).
The Montreal Fine Arts Museum hosts a special program for kids, March 4-12, with art, music and dance activities related to the Chagall: Colour and Music exhibition, while Pointe-à-Callière, McCord Museum and Stewart Museum all offer creative workshops and games. See free mid-day puppet shows and more at Place des Arts’s Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme. The Montréal Science Centre drops its prices on IMAX films and hands-on exhibitions during Spring Break. The Montréal Children’s Film Festival screens feature films and shorts from around the world, March 4-12. Mickey, Minnie, Elsa, Dory and more beloved characters skate to the tune of Disney on Ice Presents Follow Your Heart at the Bell Centre, March 8-12, while the characters of classic comic Astérix step off the page at Grévin Montréal wax museum’s newest exhibition. The best female gymnasts in the world compete at International Gymnix at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex, March 9-12. And boat turned spa Bota Bota opens its water circuit to kids 10 years and up, March 6-10, with free daily yoga classes too.
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