Make The Best Of Spring Visits In Montreal
If you’re planning on booking for Montreal during spring time, then you’re in for a great time. Spring is a lovely time to visit Montreal, as the weather starts to warm up in March, and the evenings become longer and lighter. Montrealers love to get out into the fresh air without the need for heavy coats and jackets. The city livens up as the ‘snowbirds’ who spend their winters in sunnier climes return to the city. Here’s a few things to look forward to if you’re in town!
GREEN WITHOUT ENVY
Not exactly a festival, but Montrealers love to get a taste of springtime at the Botanic Gardens. They allow their butterflies to fly free from February to April around specially heated greenhouses – a tropical paradise right on the doorstep.
Many Montrealers have Irish heritage, thus making St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 a huge city-wide celebration, which lasts for more like a whole week. With a bright, cheery, and noisy parade along St. Catherine’s St to start things with, followed by a plethora of folk music and dancing events. The bars fill up with revellers dressed in traditional green, some even starting early enough for a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. Downtown Montreal has plenty of Irish pubs, most of which also host live folk music – Le Vieux Dublin, Hurley’s, L’Escalier, and the Irish Embassy are just a few of them. Meanwhile, the St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal hosts an upscale Luncheon and Charity Ball.
DESIGN, BOOKS AND CROISSANTS
The twice yearly Quebec fashion sale in the Bonsecours Market takes place in April. This event offers fantastic discounts on Quebecois designer pieces, making sure fashionistas have their wardrobes ready for the summer.
Book lovers can enjoy the literary festival Blue Metropolis, which promotes linguistic diversity and international cultural understanding, and offers performances, readings, and educational events, with plenty for children and young people.
As if anyone needed an excuse to indulge in Montreal’s famous baked goods and patisserie, there is even a Croissant Festival.
AND SO THE FESTIVALS BEGIN
Festival season gets into full swing in May with the lively and colorful performances of Access Asia, Festival TransAmériques showcasing exciting international contemporary dance and theatre, with an emphasis on new work, and the Offta Festival celebrating performance art in many forms. Vues sur la Relève features performances and creations from young and up-and-coming artists in particular.
Vues d’Afrique African Film Festival has been promoting Canadian/African/Creole cultural exchange for the past 30 years. Featured across three participating cinemas in Montreal, as well as one in Ottawa and one in Quebec City.
For music lovers, there is the International Classical Music Competition, the International Classical Guitar Festival and Competition, the Puces Pop Festival, the charming NDG Porchfest where local musicians play on their doorsteps, and the start of the summer-long series of electronic and dance music events that make up the ever-popular Piknik Électronique.
We hope this guide will have you enjoying your spring during your Short-Term Rentals in Montreal!