The party doesn’t stop when the thaw begins in Montreal. In fact, it’s just getting started! After the incredible Montreal en Lumiere festival ends, you might be at a loss for what to do, but don’t despair just yet. Whether you’re a museum buff, nature-junkie, or love art exhibits, there’s something for you to do this March in Montreal.
OPen your mind and you’re bound to find the perfect activity. Some are free, some are adults, only, and some are more for families, but we guarantee that you’ll have a full calendar after reading this week’s round-up:
Visit an Art Show
Go to Galerie Abyss for their art exhibit, Celebrities, which showcases some of the best portraits and abstract works of celebrities past, present, and future from a collection of talented local artists. This free event is taking place throughout the month, beginning on March 7th from 7PM to 10PM. There will also be refreshments during opening night to offset the art quite well. Head down to Griffintown, and take a gander.
Go to the Ballet
A unique spin on ballet with some of the most cutting-edge choreography, ICKAMSTERDAM and Danse Danse present Rocco, a dramatic ballet between two male dancers who face off in the squared-circle in an epic (mind you, speechless) tale about boxing. This riveting performance is taking place all month long at the Places de Arts in 5e Salle. Marvel at the sheer athleticism of Emio Greco and Pieter C. Scholten as they bring a wonderful performance straight from the Netherlands and leave it all on the stage.
Go See a Hockey Game
There’s still a month or so of regular season hockey going on at the Air Canada Centre, and the Montreal Canadiens have 6 home games that you can attend in March. There really is nothing better than being a part of the action at an NHL game here in Montreal where fans bleed their team colours. Enjoy a brew from your seat and watch the action from the rink itself. That’s way better than PVRing Hockey Night in Canada, and you can go with friends, a partner, or your family, making this the perfect event for anyone to attend!
If you’re really into history, and want to see one of the most impressive exhibits of ancient history, you have a few months left to catch the Ancient Greek exhibit, The Greeks, at the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History. This mesmerizing exhibit is open to the public during regular museum hours in addition to Wednesdays for 4 hours in the evening. The artifacts are as much as 5000 years old, and there are lectures on the history of this great empire on during its entire time on display. Catch this one either in March or April, but it’s very popular, so see it soon!
Visit a Sugar Shack
This is the time of year for visiting a cabane à sucre, or sugar shack, to taste freshly made maple syrup, purchase maple sugar, and go into the back-country with your family for a sleigh ride, hot cocoa, maple taffy made directly in front of your eyes, and much more. Families love going on this adventure together because there’s something in it for everybody! The best one out there for families (a short drive from Montreal) is the Cabane à Sucre Paquette in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines. They offer up pony rides in addition to all of the other fun activities traditional shacks offer. Or for true foodies, check out the super-indulgent Au pied de Cochon cabane.
So even if the winter is still hanging around Montreal, gather up the whole clan and do something that will make you forget the lingering chill outside! Remember, there’s no reason why you can’t take a hot date out to any one of these events either – just follow it up with a quick stop at a wine bar or gastro-pub afterwards to keep the date rolling into the early morning hours.