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La Grande Roue de Montréal | Things to do in Montreal this summer

There’s always something to do at the Old Port of Montreal. Here are 10 activities to help you (re)discover this place during your summer vacation!

10 things to do this summer at the Old Port of Montreal

The Old Port of Montreal is full of interesting activities you can enjoy this summer with your friends and family. And a number of them are even free!

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Discover our 10 suggestions for summer activities to do with your loved ones.


1. Holi – Festival of Colors

The Holi Festival of Colors is an outdoor musical event that will allow you to experience India as if you were there. Take advantage of the occasion to sprinkle your loved ones with colored powder!

August 10, 2019 at the Clock Tower Quay

2. The Great Montreal Ribfest 2019

Meat lovers will have their day! With barbecue pros from the southeastern United States, the Great Montreal Ribfest is your opportunity to enjoy the best ribs ever.

August 13–18, 2019 (free admission)

3. The sky belongs to the DJ

Part of the Montreal Fireworks Festival, this unique event offers you world-class fireworks displays in an unforgettable setting. Some of Montreal’s best DJs will be waiting for you!

Click here for the schedule (18 and over)

4. Cité Mémoire

Come discover the history of Montreal and the cast of characters who played key roles in it with Cité Mémoire. Through twenty different interactive tableaux, you’ll learn how the metropolis evolved.

Until September 2 at the Clock Tower Quay, begins at dusk (free admission)

5. Nouvelle Vague

A co-working space on the quays of Montreal’s Old Port? That’s exactly what you’ll find at Nouvelle Vague. Get together with your colleagues for a creative outdoor work session!

Until October 3, Monday through Friday

6. The Promenade Fleuve-Montagne

Experience the Promenade Fleuve-Montagne, a pedestrian walkway running from the St. Lawrence River to Mount Royal, featuring public artwork.

(Free admission)

7. Orientalys Festival 2019

Celebrate the richness of the East with Orientalys 2019, a series of shows, animation and expositions.

August 22–25, 2019 (free admission)

8. The MTL Zipline

Experience the excitement of flying with our urban zipline circuit, which offers you an impressive view of the City of Montreal. A family activity that’s 100 percent fun and safe!

Open on weekends and holidays (depending on the weather)

9. The Bistro de La Grande Roue & the Café de La Grande Roue

The bistro and the café de la Grande Roue are ideal places to share a meal or a coffee in a relaxed atmosphere, while enjoying the beauty of the surroundings.

Open every day in good weather and bad

10. La Grande Roue de Montréal

La Grande Roue de Montréal takes you 60 meters up in the air, offering you an unobstructed 360-degree 28-kilometer view of the beauty of Montreal!

Enjoy it day and night, in summer and winter