Free things to do in your free time
Why do international associations continue to choose Montréal to host annual meetings and conferences? There are many reasons. But recent survey feedback has told us that groups love our French Canadian city because it is exotic yet affordable.
One reason why Montréal is an affordable destination is because there are so many free activities to keep both locals and visitors entertained. Here is a sampling of options that your group can do for no cost. Free things at any time of year.
SEE THE PAST COME TO LIFE
CITÉ MÉMOIRE-MONTRÉAL EN HISTOIRES
Until March 2017
Cité Mémoire brings the city’s rich past to life before our eyes using innovative projections. Download the free app and explore the history of Montréal.
FEEL THE BEAT OF MONTRÉAL
LES TAM-TAMS DU MONT ROYAL
Until late September each year
Every Sunday, this free, drumming tradition takes place in the surrounding vast green spaces of Mount Royal Park.
Find the Tam-Tams on the east side of Mount Royal Park
CELEBRATE CULTURE, CUISINE, COMEDY — AND MORE!
Mainstays like the Jazz Fest and the Just For Laughs festival draw international attention. But Montréal offers many more celebrations! There are a hundred festivals each year, including a startup festival, an urban art festival, a circus festival, a beer festival and more! Most festivals offer a variety of free activities, and there will certainly be a festival happening while you are in town.
— tweet us for free festival ideas: @MeetMontreal
RECONNECT WITH YOUR INNER CHILD
One of the best-loved dolls of all time now has her own display in downtown Montréal: Barbie Expo is the largest permanent exhibition of Barbie dolls in the world, and features over 1,000 Barbies, including Hollywood stars, unique one-of-a-kind Barbie dolls and glamourous outfits created by famous fashion designers.
DISCOVER MONTRÉAL’S UNDERGROUND
Montréal contains a vast network of pedestrian walkways — 32 kilometres (20 miles) of connecting passageways, to be exact — beneath street level. Referred to as RÉSO (“network” en français), the system connects the city’s convention centre, ten major hotels, restaurants and a handful of shopping malls. Grab a PDF map right here.
SAMPLE THE FLAVOURS OF THE SEASON
Marchés publics de Montréal
We’re a city that loves to eat. We’ve got our characteristic local food — such as poutine and smoked meat — but one of the best ways to savour the city is to visit one of the local public markets. Sampling seasonal products is always free!
For additional “free activity” suggestions for your group, reach out on Twitter: @MeetMontreal!