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Summer 2022 in Montreal | What to do?

It's officially summer, the kids are out of school, you've got a few days off and you're looking for activities...without breaking the bank?

We have some ideas for you! And you'll see that in Montreal, summer is hard to get bored.

Here is our list of the top 5 free activities to do in Montreal this summer:

1- Go put your feet in the sword at two steps from the Jacques-Cartier bridge at the village Au pied du courant.

The Au pied du courant village is an ephemeral installation with DJs, umbrellas and lots of fun! The schedule is from Thursday to Sunday and the precise address is: 2100 Notre-Dame Street East.

Here is the current summer schedule:

  • Thursday from 4pm to 10pm: Vinyl Thursdays

  • Friday from 4pm to 11pm: Ephemeral evenings

  • Saturday from 4pm to 11pm: Festive Saturdays

  • Sunday from 4pm to 10pm: Afternoon Party

You can even go and see the fireworks during their events Les Feux Festifs!

2- Go for a swim in one of the many public pools in the city.

Is it raining? No problem! There are also many indoor pools that offer free swim times. Some for everyone, some just for adults. In the Pointe-aux-Trembles area, try the indoor pool located in our beloved Roussin Centre at 12125 Notre-Dame Street East, Pointe-aux-Trembles.

Here is their summer schedule (starting June 27):


Monday and Wednesday: 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Family (for all)

Monday to Thursday: 3:15 to 4:45 p.m.

Prefer to wait for sunny days to take a dip? Try the outdoor pool: Richelieu Pool located at 13600 Forsyth Street, Montreal.

Here is their schedule from June 24th to August 21st:

Monday to Friday from 11am to 4pm or from 5pm to 7:30pm

You can always visit the City of Montreal's website to find the pool or even the water games closest to you!

3- Visit the Great Library of Montreal.

The Great Library, located at 475 de Maisonneuve Boulevard East, Montreal, is a much more pleasant place than it looks, as it is the site of many activities that can be attended upon registration:

  • Sign language story time (10:30 a.m. June 25 and June 28);

  • Digital Chat (Online at all times);

  • The Movie Kirikou and the Witch (13 years and under, 2pm, June 28)

  • Urban agriculture (June 29)

4- Go listen to good music in the entertainment district during the Montreal Jazz Festival.

The 42nd edition of the Montreal Jazz Festival will take place from June 30 to July 9 in the Quartier des spectacles (between Complexe Desjardins and Place-des-Arts). On the menu: legends, discoveries, diversity, experimentation, and even some shows created exclusively for the Festival. This year, there will be over 350 shows, at least 2/3 of which will be free.

Fun fact: Did you know that our popular Jazz Festival has been named in the Guinness World Records as the largest Jazz Festival on the planet? Yes, it's well worth the trip.

For more information, go to their website.

5- Go admire the breathtaking prowess of the acrobats at the Festival Montréal complètement cirque.

The Festival will take place from July 7 to 17. On the program: performances, games, music, sound and light. Moreover, this year, the shows will take place under the eye of 3 steel giants that will be installed at the Jardins Gamelin in the Quartier des spectacles, at the Esplanade PVM and at the parc Vinet near the Atwater market.

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