12 Free Things to Do in Montreal This Week

12 Free Things to Do in Montreal This Week

Montreal, another week means another round of things to do in the city. While you may be living your best life this summer at festivals, new restaurants and patios, you might want to give your wallet a break.

Luckily, we’ve put together a list of free things to do in Montreal that won’t cost you a dime. From free dance classes, yoga sessions, and trivia nights to food festivals, circus acts, and stand-up comedy shows, there’s something for everyone.

Here are 12 free things to do in Montreal this week (July 8-12):

Festival in the West of the Lady

When: July 12-14

Where: 17 shopping streets in Griffintown, La Petite-Bourgogne and Saint-Henri

Why you should go: The Petite-Bourgogne neighborhood will be home to the new summer event À l’Ouest de la Dame. Organized by the Quartiers du Canal Business Development Society, this accessible and free event will take place on Notre-Dame Street West, between Atwater Avenue and Vinet Street. It will feature a wide range of activities, from jazz and food to sports and arts, making it fun for everyone. This experiential pedestrian zone in the heart of the commercial district invites everyone to celebrate summer in style and enjoy the festive atmosphere rooted in the history of the Quartiers du Canal and Petite-Bourgogne in particular.

More about the Festival À l’Ouest de la Dame

Montreal Complete CiRQUE

When: July 4th to 14th

Where: Various locations in Montreal

Why you should go: “Circus does not know the impossible” is the tagline for this year’s 15th edition of MONTRÉAL COMPLÈTEMENT CiRQUE — and you can expect the festival to live up to its theme with 11 days of mind-blowing circus artistry. Indoors and outdoors, digital and in person, on venues, in the streets, in parks, on sidewalks and on stages, the circus will take over the city with “high-flying performances from here and around the world.”

Montreal Complètement Cirque website

Zen out with yoga for beginners

A group of three people do yoga poses with their hands together.

Thanks to Yoga by Isha

When: Saturday July 13th at 1:00 PM

Where: Hôtel de L’ITHQ — 401, rue de Rigaud (Saint Louis room on the sixth floor)

Why You Need to Go: Guests can explore these seven simple practices—focused arm movements, neck exercises, yoga namaskar, nadi shuddhi, nada yoga, shambhavimMudra, and the namaskar process—designed to help you move through life with ease. They offer benefits including prevention and management of chronic conditions (asthma, diabetes, hypertension, obesity), improved sleep quality, increased alertness, and enhanced productivity, concentration, and memory. Suitable for ages seven and up (accompanied by a parent/guardian).

More about the free yoga session in Montreal

Trivia Night in Montreal

A poster for an upcoming trivia night in Montreal with event details and images in red and white.

Thanks to Quiz Master Brian

When: Thursday July 11 at 7:30 PM

Where: Wheel Club — 3373, Boul. Cavendish

Why you should go: Montreal’s Quiz Master Brian hosts their recurring Thursday trivia night extravaganza where you can test your knowledge on a variety of topics. You can play in teams of two to six. However, only people who purchase their tickets together will be seated together. The event does not allow individual participants or individual reservations. The event is hosted in French and English.

More about Montreal’s free trivia night

International Festival Nuits d’Afrique

When: July 9th to 21st

Where: Various locations in Montreal

Why you should go: More than 700 artists from 30 countries are expected to converge this year to give Montreal its beloved African Nights, spent grooving to the rhythms of African, Caribbean and Latin music. The unforgettable cultural festival, now in its 38th year, won’t reveal its schedule until May 28. But last year included six days of free outdoor programming, and this year’s event should be similar.

Website of the international festival Nuits d’Afrique

Free stand-up comedy show

When: Monday July 8th at 9pm

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

Why you should go: This lighthearted comedy night offers a unique show open to all artists, featuring established Quebec stand-up stars trying out new jokes and amateurs taking the stage for the first time. The Vrai Open Mic Saint-Michel is located in P’tit Buck, a recently renovated neighborhood bar across from the Iberville Metro station on the Blue Line, with parking nearby. The show is free to attend, doors open at 7:00 PM, registration begins at 7:30 PM, and the show starts at 8:00 PM. The event is exclusively for those 18 and over. Ages 18+. Please note: Even though it’s marked as sold out online, there is still space available on Wednesday night.

More about the free comedy show in Montreal

Free outdoor salsa lessons

A group of people dance salsa outdoors in Montreal.

Thanks to Canadian Salsa Dance Corp.

When: Thursday July 11th at 6pm

Where: Cabot Square

Why you should go: Guests are invited to dance to the rhythms of the Adan de Dios band, featuring salsa, bachata, and more. You’ll need running shoes and a water bottle for this outdoor event. Everyone is welcome! Register here and let’s dance all summer long!

More about the free outdoor salsa lessons

Festival RU

When: July 11th to 21st

Where: Parc des Compagnons de Saint-Laurent (near Mont-Royal and Cartier)

Why you should go: RU Festival is returning to Mont-Royal Avenue in its pre-pandemic format. The event will take place from Thursday to Sunday over two weekends at the Parc des Compagnons de Saint-Laurent (near Mont-Royal and Cartier). The aim is to offer a diverse, high-quality programme of music, visual arts, theatre, slam poetry and dance, featuring both established and emerging artists. The festival will also feature participatory creative activities for the public, with more than 35 performances planned for this year.

More about Festival RU

Take a guided tour of Quartier des Spectacles

When: Thursday July 11th at 5:30pm

Where: Place des Festivals

Why You Should Go: This tour takes participants on a journey through time, exploring picturesque streets, historic buildings, and French-language cultural and academic 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 discover the well-kept secrets and fascinating stories of the Latin Quarter. From its origins as the intellectual center of French America to its evolution into a vibrant student and artistic district, Justin Bur leads this exploration for the Quartier des Spectacles partnership.

More about the free walking tour in Montreal

Join a running club in downtown Montreal

When: Wednesday July 10 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: Montreal Eaton Centre — 705 rue Sainte-Catherine O.

Why you should go: Lace up your running shoes and join us for a fun 5K 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 connect with other running enthusiasts for an evening of fitness, community, and fun. Meet at Lululemon at Montreal’s Eaton Centre.

More about the free running club in Montreal

Taste of the Caribbean Festival

When: July 11-14

Where: Old Port of Montreal

Why you should go: Montrealers can experience four days of flavors, sights, and sounds that invite visitors to immerse themselves in the warm, enigmatic, and inviting embrace of the Caribbean. You can enjoy live music performances from local talent, including Grammy- and Juno Award-winning artists, along with cooking and mixology demonstrations from local Caribbean restaurants and guest chefs.

Taste of the Caribbean Festival

Enjoy a beautiful summer sunset

When: All summer

Where: Various parks throughout Montreal

Why you need to go: Montreal is home to magical spots where the golden hour is a little different. For those on the hunt for the ultimate spot to catch the island sunset, check out Beaver Lake, Parc Rene-Levesque, Parc Jean-Drapeau, and more.

More about where to see a sunset in Montreal

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