It’s funny how time flies when you’re having fun. We are almost halfway through August and it looks like the highlights of this festival season are already behind us. In addition, the winter forecast for Quebec does not look good, hanging above our heads like the sword of Damocles.
Fortunately, Montrealers still have some time to enjoy the sunny days. Here’s a list of things to do this weekend, from fun festivals, including Lasso, to classical music and yoga, this weekend will be one for the books.
So where will you go?
Be colorful at this Holi-inspired festival
Cost: $20.63 – $30.86
When: August 13, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Address: Quai de l’Horloge
Why You Need To Go: Montreal’s Holi-inspired festival is back this Saturday for its third edition. As well as the usual music shows and color throws, you’ll also find food stalls and henna artists.
Have a drink at the Village au Pied-du-Courant
Cost: free admission
When: After 4 p.m. Thursday to Sunday until September 18
Address: 2100, rue Notre-Dame E.
Why You Need To Go: This Friday, the Village au Pied-du-Courant will present its ‘Purr Club Social’ evening, a mix of house and disco music, with DJs Luc Raymond, MightyKat and Soundshaper. The next day, Montrealers are invited to the Yambae festival for classes and bachata or salsa shows.
Take part in ItalFestMTL
When: August 5-21
Address: Little Italy and Villeray
Why You Need To Go: The 29th edition of the Italian festival in Montreal is still going! This weekend you can catch free concerts from artists representing a wide range of genres, including country punk singer Manny Blu, rising star Lili-Ann De Fransesco, Pino Gioia, Gianni Bodo and many more .
Dance all day at Piknic Électronik
Cost: $20 before Sunday or $25 the day of the event
When: August 14, from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Address: Plaine des Jeux, Parc Jean-Drapeau
Why You Need To Go: Our favorite Sunday date is back this weekend for a special Pride edition after a well-deserved break. The Montreal queer collective Slut Island will host the Scène du Boisé. Also expect Maya Jane Coles, Guillaume Michaud and Ian Jackman on the Videotron stage. The Pride festivities aren’t over for you!
Eat Japanese food in Matsuri Japan
Cost: Free admission
When: August 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: 8155, rue Rousselot
Why you should go: This summer festival celebrates “all things Japanese,” including language, martial arts, traditional music, dance, food and more. We recommend that you come hungry as you will have the opportunity to try Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake), takoyaki (octopus balls) as well as cold udon (noodles).
Find your Zen with Yoga En Ville
When: August 14, from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: Quai de l’Horloge, Old Port
Why you need to go: Inhale. Exhale. It’s time to relax with these seven free yoga workshops by the water. Whether you want to learn more about postures, breathing, meditation, kirtan, Vinyasa or Yin Yoga, you can count on Yoga en Ville to disconnect from your stressful routine and start the next week on a high note.
Listen to classical music courtesy of the symphony orchestra
Cost: Concert tickets from $10 to $45 plus free shows
When: August 10-14
Address: Esplanade of the Olympic Park and Quartier des Spectacles
Why you have to go: This weekend, the Orchester symphonique de Montréal is celebrating the musical cultures of the Americas with its Classical Spree 2022. It started Wednesday with a free show at Olympic Park. The event includes 24 indoor concerts in total, in addition to free activities in the Quartier des spectacles.
Try local wine and ciders at Jean-Talon Market
Cost: free admission
When: August 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: Jean-Talon Market
Why You Need To Go: 15 different producers will participate in this fair to present the great wines and ciders of Quebec. With a drink in hand, you can listen to jazz music or attend conferences to learn more about their products and how they work.
Watch Pitbull and Iggy Azalea at the Bell Center
Cost: Starting at $86
When: August 12, 8 p.m.
Address: Bell Center
Why you need to go: Mr. Worldwide and Australian artist Iggy Azalea stop in town for a memorable show as part of their summer tour. Montrealers are invited to join the party to sing the Miami rapper’s iconic songs, such as “Time of our lives” and “I know you want me.”
Try kayaking at Village Des Ecluses
Cost: The single kayak costs $12 for a one hour rental, $30 for a half day and $55 for a full day. A double kayak costs $18 for an hour, $45 for half a day, and $80 for a full day.
When: Open daily from 9 a.m.
Address: 2, ch. du Canal, Pointe-des-Cascades, QC
Why you should go: Only 45 minutes from Montreal, the Village des Écluses has everything for a great weekend. With paddle board, kayak and electric surfboard rentals, you can try something new and have fun in the water. The estate also has a bar, a BBQ, a microbrewery, a theatre, a bike path and a DJ set on the beach every Sunday until the end of summer.
Celebrate at the Lasso Festival
Cost: $220 for a two-day general admission pass
When: August 12-13
Address: Espace 67, Parc Jean-Drapeau
Why You Need To Go: The long-awaited country music festival will finally have its very first edition this weekend on Île-Sainte-Hélène. Cowboys and cowgirls, this is your chance to put on the hat and see performances from Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Old Dominion, Kelsea Ballerini and more. Yeah-hah!