TOP 15 activities to do in downtown Montreal this summer

For the past few weeks, summer has been everywhere in downtown Montreal, whether through festivals, urban facilities or cultural events. The Quartier des Spectacles is in action day and night and overflows with activities to do with family or friends, for younger and older ones.


The XP_MTL team has selected 15 unique, fun and colorful activities on the Les moments du cœur de l’île website, so that you can spend a memorable summer in the city. This course is a perfect mix between relaxation, games and learning, in addition, the majority of activities are free!

Ste-Catherine Circuit – Montréal en Histoires

The Ste-Catherine circuit  is a digital experience, available at all times on the Montréal en Histoires app. An activity that allows you to learn about the creation, history and important people of Montreal, through augmented reality, podcasts or archive illustrations. All this, while walking around the beautiful Sainte-Catherine Street !



Le Sentier des Jasettes

Credit : Philippe Manh Nguyen

Until early September, take advantage of the urban oasis imagined by XP_MTL to relax, have a coffee or spend some time with friends on St-Cath Street. This installation, 100% made in Quebec, is made up of benches in waves, wild flowers, but also a “ni oui, ni non” game, for those who love to have fun and take up challenges.

Holographic Garden, the Other Side of the Screen

Credit : Ulysse Lemerise

This urban garden imagined by the Collective Escargo is an oasis of relaxation composed of holographic effects, aerial plants, lights and sounds, in short, an experience of sensations! Located in the heart of the business district, this facility is open to the public until August 10, 2022.

Mika Rottenberg at MAC

Credit: Mika Rottenberg. Cosmic Generator (freeze frame), 2017. ©Mika Rottenberg. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

This summer and until October 10, 2022, discover the colorful and immersive exhibition of Argentinian artist Mika Rottenberg, at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal. His busy and humorous works highlight the interactions between work, the economy and the production of value, as well as how our affective relationships are increasingly monetized. All MAC exhibitions are free for children and the general price for adults is only 10$.

Les Cubes des Mystères

Located between Mansfield Street and McGill College Avenue, Les Cubes Mystères are colorful benches placed in an architectural way. Whether it’s to rest or to play the riddle game that is on site, you will love this installation!

Oasis – Esplanade PVM,  Place Ville Marie

Recently renovated, the PVM esplanade plans a festive summer! Its varied program combines culinary discoveries, shopping getaways, cultural offerings and unique experiences.

Les P’tites Vacances  in front of the Eaton Center

Inspired by the boardwalks of Hollywood Beach, this installation presented in collaboration with the Eaton Center is a relaxing place where you can savor your culinary discoveries. Moreover, we have selected the best places in the Eaton Center where to order your take-out, in the Le p’tit menu.

Ste-Cath’s space

This installation, made up of modular benches, will allow you to admire the architecture of Cathedral Christ Church, while learning various facts with the quiz “Do you know your city center well? » !


JJ Levine: Queer Photographs

Credit : JJ Levine – Miwa 2021

Until September 18, 2022, visit the McCord Museum to discover the exhibition of artist JJ Levine: Queer Photographs. Levin’s work stage queer subjects in a domestic setting, while questioning the representation of traditional binary gender roles.


McCord Museum’s Urban Forest

Credit : McCord Museum

Still at the McCord Museum, but this time outside, the urban forest is back for a 12th edition! Located on Victoria Street, this ephemeral park offers a well-being space with warm colors and a striking cultural program.


Credit : Harisson Fun

This project by Harrison Fun takes the form of a basketball court, including 5 baskets that light up to guide the game. You also have the chance to discover 6 mini-games and a big button to take your revenge. Located on the terrace of the Delta Hotel, Nrml Bskt combines technology, sport and fun, for young and older ones. The facility is open until September 22 and it is necessary to reserve in advance to have access to the land for free.

Oasis – St. James Beach

Credit : Vivien Gaumand

A beach in downtown Montreal? It’s possible ! This oasis located in the forecourt of the Saint-James church has been laid out so that people can feel like they are at the beach. Sand, comfortable chairs, sounds reminiscent of the holidays and voila!

Video projections – Façade of the WILDER building – Dance area

Every day, at nightfall, the facades of the Quartier des Spectacles are embellished with original video projections. An experience not to be missed!

Les Espaces temps – Complexe Desjardins

Credit : Félix Audette

Created by Complexe Desjardins, Les Espaces temps are classic workspace layouts where you find a balance between productivity and relaxation, sharing and intimacy, cohesion and individuality. These different immersive zones are open until September 30, 2022, in the Complexe Desjardins.


Fashion & Design Festival

Credit : Philippe Nguyen

The Place des Festivals lives up to its name perfectly. With a program of free festivals throughout the summer, you won’t be idle! Upcoming, the Juste Pour Rire festival from July 13 to July 31, the Fantasia festival from July 14 to August 3, the Présence Autochtone festival from August 9 to 18, the Mode + Design festival from August 25 to 28 and the Quartiers Danse festival from September 8 to 19. It’s a date !


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