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Free Agenda Attracts Locals and Tourists in Montreal This Weekend

Tourists and locals in Montreal are set to enjoy a weekend filled with a variety of free attractions, offering a welcome relief after last week’s heatwave, with temperatures expected to stay below 30 degrees. Quebec's National Day, June 24, offers extra time to enjoy the city and the summer.

21/06/2024 - For those who have been taking advantage of festival after festival, new restaurants, and tons of shows, you might be looking to give your wallet a break. Luckily, we've compiled a list of free things to do in Montreal this weekend that won't cost you a dime.

From yoga sessions, music festivals, and performances to comedy shows and cultural events, there's something for everyone. Here are 11 free things to do in Montreal this weekend (June 21 to 23), selected by MTL Blog (More details: MTL Blog) :

1. Francos de Montréal

When: June 14 to 22

Where: Quartier des Spectacles

Why You Need To Go: This is the last weekend to enjoy the Francos de Montréal, the largest music festival in the French-speaking world. With 150 shows, a third of which are free, you can catch performances by top Quebec artists like Galaxie and Karkwa.

Francos de Montréal website

2. Visit a Public Market

When: June 6 to October 20

Where: Marché Jean-Talon – 7070, av. Henri Julien

Why You Need To Go: The market transforms into a pedestrian haven every Thursday through Sunday with free educational activities, roving performances, cooking workshops, and gardening sessions. It's a vibrant spot for all ages.

3. Participate in a Garden Workshop

When: Saturday, June 22 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Jardin nourricier – avenue Mont-Royal, between rue Fabre and rue Garnier

Why You Need To Go: Cultiver Montréal's workshops kick off this Saturday with Polliflora, exploring the world of Quebec's wild bees through games, observations, and discussions.

4. Cool Off at a Public Pool

When: June to September

Where: Various locations across Montreal

Why You Need To Go: Enjoy the city's free public pools. From Piscine du parc LaSalle in Lachine to Piscine du parc Arthur-Therrien in Verdun, there's a refreshing spot near you.

More about public pools in Montreal

5. Get Your Groove On at a Multicultural Day Party

When: Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m.

Where: 5705, av. de Gaspé

Why You Need To Go: Join the MTL Shake Fam-Jam at POP Montreal Summer 2024, a family-friendly rave featuring DJ Seriousblack. Enjoy dance battles, food vendors, and more in a vibrant, inclusive atmosphere.

6. Enjoy a Free Meditation Session

When: Saturday, June 22 at 9 a.m.

Where: Café des Amis | Pavillon du Lac-aux-Castors – 2000, ch. de Remembrance

Why You Need To Go: Celebrate International Yoga Day with a free yoga and meditation session in Mont-Royal Park. Bring your mat, water, and comfortable clothes for a relaxing start to your weekend.

7. Get a Free Guided Tour of Quartier des Spectacles

When: Saturday, June 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: At rue Balmoral and rue Sainte-Catherine

Why You Need To Go: Explore the history and culture of the Latin Quarter with Justin Bur. Discover hidden gems and stories from Montreal's artistic and academic heart.

8. Laugh it Up at a Comedy Show in the Park

When: Saturday, June 22 at 7:45 p.m.

Where: Girouard Park – 3500, av. Girouard

Why You Need To Go: Enjoy top-notch comedy in a beautiful park setting. Bring your blankets and chairs for a cozy evening of laughter and fun.

9. Jam Out at an Open Mic Night

When: Friday, June 21 at 7 p.m.

Where: Plateau Bistro – 901, rue Sherbrooke E.

Why You Need To Go: Experience local talent at Plateau Bistro's open mic night. Enjoy great vibes and $4 shots all night long. Free admission, but reservations are required.

10. Get Your Souvlaki On at the Greek Festival

When: June 21 to 23 from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Where: Hellenic Community Centre – 5220, boul. Grande Allée, St-Hubert, QC

Why You Need To Go: Celebrate with the Greek community at the St. Jean Baptiste Greek Festival. Enjoy delicious food, dance performances, and a fun zone for kids.

11. Free Yoga in the Park

When: Friday, June 21 at 6 p.m.

Where: Parc La Fontaine

Why You Need To Go: Join Yoga with Paulina for a free 45-minute yoga session in the park, perfect for all levels. Meet at the bridge over the pond for a relaxing start to your weekend.