12 free things to do in Montreal this week

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​The Franco festival in Montreal during the summer. Right: A person performing stand-up on stage.

The Franco festival in Montreal during the summer. Right: A person performing stand-up on stage.

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Montreal — while Mondays are never fun, it means we've got a whole new week ahead of us and a whole lot of free things to do in Montreal.

With non-stop festivals, new restaurant openings and tons of shows to catch this month, you might be interested in giving your wallet a break. Luckily, we've compiled a list of events, activities and festivals taking place across the city that won't cost you a dime.

From musical performances, free guided tours, and art exhibitions to open mic nights, comedy shows and a language exchange, there's a little bit of everything for everyone.

Here are 11 free things to do in Montreal this week (June 17 to 21):

Free concerts in Montreal

When: June 20, 21 and 22 at 12 p.m.

Where: Salle Bourgie — 1339, rue Sherbrooke O.

Why You Need To Go: Montrealers will be able to enjoy free lunchtime concerts featuring the Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Winners: violinists Daniel Dastoor, Shannon Lee, Gregory Lewis, Julia Mirzoev and Emma Meinrenken, violist Sebastian Gonzales Mora and cellists Cameron Crozman and Leland Ko thanks to the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. Admission is general, and free tickets are available 45 minutes before each performance's start.

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Francos de Montréal

When: June 14 to 22

Where: Quartier des Spectacles

Why You Need To Go: The biggest music festival in the French-speaking world is always one for the books, and this year should be no exception. The 35th edition features indoor and outdoor concerts in every genre — from folk to hip hop, all in French — including performances by Quebec heavy hitters Galaxie and Karkwa. The best part? Of the 150 shows being presented, a third of them are completely free.

Francos de Montreal website

Get a behind the scenes of filmmaking

\u200bA poster for an upcoming filmmaking session in Montreal featuring details of the event and the cover of the movie.

A poster for an upcoming filmmaking session in Montreal featuring details of the event and the cover of the movie.

Courtesy of Coalition MEDIA

When: Tuesday, June 18 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: L'École des arts numériques, de l'animation et du design de l'UQAC — 1501, rue de Bleury (sixth floor)

Why You Need To Go: Guests will be able to immerse themselves in the world of Les Météorites with a case study on the fictional series directed by Nadia Louis-Desmarchais and broadcast on the ICI TOU TV platform. You will be able to go behind the scenes of this fascinating production with panellists André Béraut (Senior Director, Fiction and Feature Films - ICI Radio-Canada Télé), Marie Ka (Producer - Inaru Films) and Mylène Augustin (Producer - Inaru Films), and moderator Chan Tep (Strategic and Operational Planning Advisor for Diversity and Inclusion at Radio-Canada).

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Get active with a free running club

When: Wednesday, June 19 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Montreal Eaton Centre — 705, rue Sainte-Catherine

Why You Need To Go: Get ready to lace up your running shoes and join in on a fun 5-kilometre run in downtown Montreal. Whether you're a seasoned runner or just looking for a casual jog, this event is perfect for all levels. You'll be able to connect with other running enthusiasts for an evening of fitness, community, and socializing. The meeting point will be at the Lululemon at Montreal's Eaton Centre. The Montreal Eaton Centre is wheelchair accessible. Lululemon is located on street level.

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Catch a free screening of 'The Marvels'

\u200bThe Marvel film poster featuring several MCU characters.

The Marvel film poster.

Courtesy of Bibliothèque publique de Dollard-des-Ormeaux

When: Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Bibliothèque publique de Dollard-des-Ormeaux — 12001, boul. de Salaberry

Why You Need To Go: As part of the TD Summer Reading Club 2024, families are welcome to bring their kids to a free English viewing of The Marvels from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Note that parents must remain in the library for the entirety of the film.

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Enjoy a free therapeutic park session

When: Wednesday, June 19 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Robin des Bois – Parc La Fontaine

Why You Need To Go: Join comedian and therapist Sandy for a unique workshop experience: “A Date with Misery.” In this enlightening session, Sandy will skillfully navigate participants through a journey of embracing and confronting our inner struggles and heavy emotions. Through a blend of humour and therapeutic techniques, Sandy creates a safe space for individuals to sit with their difficulties and explore playful avenues for coping with misery.

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Get a free tour of Quartier des Spectacles

A group of people walking through Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal.

A group of people walking through Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal.

Courtesy of Quartier des Spectacles

When: Thursday, June at 5:30 p.m.

Where: rue Sainte-Catherine and rue Balmoral

Why You Need To Go: This guided tour takes participants on a journey through time, exploring picturesque streets, historic buildings, and cultural and academic Francophone institutions. From the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) to Espace St-Denis, and from Le Bordel Comédie Club to the Jeanne-Mance Habitations, guests will uncover the well-kept secrets and fascinating stories of the Latin Quarter. From its origins as an intellectual hub of French America to its evolution into a vibrant student and artistic district.

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Browse through a vernissage

\u200bA poster for an upcoming art venissage in Montreal featuring the event details.

A poster for an upcoming art venissage in Montreal featuring the event details.

Courtesy of CIDIHCA

When: Wednesday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: CIDIHCA — 430, rue Sainte Hélène (Suite 401)

Why You Need To Go: Guests are invited to the CIDIHCA gallery space this week to view Malou Cadet's exclusive exhibition where she uses various mediums: ink, acrylic, paper, thread, and especially fabric for her stunning collages. Through the interaction of these mediums, a passage is created between sewing and pictorial expression.

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Laugh it up at a open mic comedy night

When: Wednesday, June 19 at 8 p.m.

Where: Bar Au P'tit Buck — 2480, rue Jean-Talon E.

Why You Need To Go: You can prepare for the Vrai Open Mic de Saint-Michel, hosted by William Bindia and Mounir Guedira. This comedy night, open to everyone, features both seasoned Quebec stand-up stars and newbies performing for the first time. It's held at P'tit Buck, a newly renovated neighbourhood tavern across from the Iberville metro station on the blue line, with nearby street parking available. Admission is free, with doors opening at 7 p.m., sign-ups at 7:30 p.m., and the show will start at 8 p.m. Please note that even if online tickets are marked as "sold out", spots will still be available on the night of.

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Test your knowledge at a free trivia night

\u200bA poster for an upcoming quiz night in Montreal featuring the event details and a pineapple graphic.

A poster for an upcoming quiz night in Montreal featuring the event details and a pineapple graphic.

Courtesy of Quiz Master Brian

When: Tuesday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Church St. Pub — 552 Rue de l'Église

Why You Need To Go: Montreal's Quiz Master Brian will be hosting their recurring Thursday trivia night extravaganza where you'll be able to test your knowledge on a variety of topics. You'll be able to play in teams of two to six. However, only people who get their tickets together will be seated together. The event does not allow single participants or single reservations. The event will be hosted in French and English.

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Get social at a language exchange night

When: Tuesday, June 18 at 7 p.m.

Where: Birra Bar — 7129, boul. Saint-Laurent

Why You Need To Go: If you've been looking to make friends in Montreal, you can attend this weekly event at Birra Bar where you'll be able to hang out with other international residents, make connections and meet people with similar interests. While entry is free, you must purchase a beverage from the bar to participate fully.

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Attend a film industry masterclass

\u200bA poster for an upcoming film masterclass in Montreal featuring the event details and a photo of the host.

A poster for an upcoming film masterclass in Montreal featuring the event details and a photo of the host.

Courtesy of Coalition MEDIA

When: Wednesday, June 19 at 3 p.m.

Where: Salle Alanis-Obomsawin — 1501, rue de Bleury

Why You Need To Go: Guests can enjoy an enriching experience with Laurence Lascary, a renowned producer involved in various organizations that support women in audiovisual production. During this master class, Laurence will share her expertise and valuable film industry knowledge. She will guide the audience through each stage of the production process, from the initial concept to the final product, including aspects of financing and international filmmaking. This is a great opportunity to learn more about best practices, challenges and tips for success in the film industry.

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