Montreal is great at distracting its residents from the fact that winter goes on too long by hosting a great number of festivals. Many take place outdoors with one of the longest running ones being Montreal en Lumière. It is a welcome diversion for many in the last bitter days of winter.
Montreal en Lumière is huge and all-encompassing festival in that it take place both indoors and outside plus features all kinds of activities including concerts (Ron Sexsmith, Basia Bulat, Betty Bonifassi, etc.), plays (The Secret Annex, Glengarry Glen Ross, Race, etc.), magic, circus, dance, and art exhibits. Plus there is a fine dining aspect to the festival which includes demonstrations/workshops/talks/events on subjects like Sicilian Wine, A Tribute to Quebec Cheeses, Time for Tea, and many others. The outdoor component happens in the free outdoor site (all around the Place des Arts area) and involves fun things like The Milk Urban Slide, China Ferris Wheel, The RBC Zip-Line, and many others. Finally there is the hugely popular Nuit Blanche in which activities go on all night. There will be no time for sleeping with activities like Montreal Board Games at Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Mondial des Cidres SAQ at Complex Desjardins, Montreal Impact at Olympic Stadium, and a ton of other things that will go on all night.
-Dates: February 18 – March 5, 2016