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28 Mar

21 Things to do in Montreal this Easter Weekend

Easter weekend is pretty much here and as always, Montreal bring in a slew of fun stuff for anyone and everyone.

I love to personally nerd out and check out local farms, follow egg hunts, and eat alot….I mean alot of the maple taffy goodness.

So here to help your Easter plans out and to keep the fam happy, here are 25 things you should note down:

Easter Brunch (Sunday, April 1st)
Obviously this is #1 on my list – as if you needed another excuse to Brunch on a Sunday!? Some of my fav spots in Montreal are killing it with the Easter Sunday brunch scene this weekend. Be sure to check out: Maison Boulud famous for their chic Easter Brunch (always sells out), Maggie Oakes for you and your friends, or Rosélys at the Fairmont for the perfect big family brunch! Even the Montreal Casino has a killer brunch spread.

Les Siecles (located on 2151 De La Montagne) invites you to spend Easter Sunday for a night of CLASSICS featuring two of Montreal’s pioneer DJs, GODFATHER D & MAJESS. Party on.

Anchored in the Old Port of Montreal, Bota Bota is one of the most luxurious spas in the city. On your day off from work for Easter Monday, treat yourself to a spa day here – they will also be hosting an Easter egg hunt to win prizes throughout the day!

Taking place on Good Friday, Société Philharmonique de Montréal holds its annual Easter show. Featuring 400 performers including Chantal Dionne, Claudine Ledoux, Philippe Gagné, Vincent Ranallo, the UQAM choir, and the École Joseph-François-Perrault choir. Held at Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste, tickets start at $35 and are sure to sell out quickly!

Jeudi de Paques! (March 29th)

Le Saint-Édouard Bar de Quartier is hosting an oyster and cocktail party on the Thursday before Easter; arrive before 6:30 pm for a complimentary cocktail, and enjoy oysters at $2.

Chef a L’Erable (March 16th – April 15th)

Your very own sugar shack in the heart of Old Montreal at Scena, chef Hakim Chajar is hosting the 7th edition of “Chef a l’Erable” featuring a delectable, posh menu. If you’re looking to vamp up your next Cabane a Sucre experience with an urban-chic feel, look no further with this four course menu PLUS maple taffy on ice.

Easter at the Zoo (March 31st – April 1st)

This Easter event is a must-do for all families looking for a creative way to celebrate Easter. The Ecomuseum puts on a unique Egg Hunt where kids and adults alike can discover which animals are the best at hiding colourful eggs, and encounter some of the zoo’s most famous animals. Talented makeup artists will create fun animal-inspired designs on your cheeks (for free!) and of course, the Easter Bunny will be present with an abundance of chocolate for all.

Easter Egg Hunt at Quinn Farm (March 30th – April 2nd)

Looking for a fun way to entertain the kids? Head out to Quinn Farm to take a tractor ride into the fields and let the kids loose to find eggs hidden around the tree plantation. Wagon rides departing on the half hour from 10 am – 3 pm, and admission is $2 per person (adults and children over the age of 2) plus $10 per child participating in the fun-filled afternoon!

BON JOVI (April 4th – 5th)

Rock the Bell Center with Bon Jovi LIVE in Montreal on April 4th. Not free that night? This kick-ass world renowned American Rock band has extended their stay to put on a second show on the 5th.

Superbowl round two anyone!? JT is coming to Montreal for his Man of the Woods 2018 tour and will be performing at the Bell Center for two nights in a row the weekend after Easter.

Easter Mass (April 1st)

Looking for a more sacred way to celebrate Easter Sunday? The grandest Easter Masses are held in the city’s largest and most ornate churches – the basilicas. You can visit St. Joseph’s Oratory,  Notre-Dame Basilica, or Mary Queen of the World for Good Friday and/or Easter Sunday for beautiful religious services.

Butterflies Go Free (through April 29th)

Montreal’s Botanical Garden hosts the Montreal Insectarium to release of up to 20,000 butterflies and moths inside the botanical garden; attendees can expect to see 50 to 75 different species flying free at any given moment. This yearly event is a symbol of the city’s eventual shift into Spring – fingers crossed.

Dufresne-Nincheri Museum Egg Hunt (April 15th – 16th)

Pair your visit to the Botanical Garden with one to the Dufresne-Nincheri Museum within ten minutes of walking. Egg hunting and cupcake decorating for the whole family – who’s in? Reservations required to guarantee your spot!

Drift Away After Dark at Bota Bota (April 6th and every first Friday of the month)

Head into spring RELAXED. Enjoy an exclusive after-hour access to the Bota Bota gardens with tunes by DJ VBEE and cocktails from the spa restaurant La Traversee. Spots fill fast but now you know it’s there all season 🙂

Located on the southern edge of downtown, Atrium Le 1000 has a 10,000 square foot indoor rink open to the public year round. Psst it’s also one of the few places open to entertain the whole family during all of Easter weekend!

For those on the outskirts of the city, this themed skating party is free and open to the public featuring lights, music and Easter candy of course!

Easter Farm at Carrefour Angrignon (March 22nd – April 2nd)

The farm meets the mall as goats, sheep, piglets, ponies, peacocks, lambs, bunnies, and chicks all shopping alongside you! This annual week-long event is fun for the whole family, especially without having to drive miles away to the farm!

Wrap up the long weekend by cheering on the Habs in the Bell Center for the final time this season. Teaming up against the New Jersey Devils on Easter Sunday then the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday, don’t miss the final games of the 17/18 season.

Okay, so this is a tad after Easter weekend BUT you guys know my love affair for ice cream so it had to be included. Visit ANY Ben & Jerry’s location in Montreal and get a free scoop of any flavor! Might as well keep the Easter candy sugar rush going! Shopping Event (March 31st – April 2nd)
Semaine Mode invites you to check out 2018 spring and summer collections from Montreal boutique. In a glamorous and luxurious environment at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth neverseen runways and fashion presention. Stop by the exclusive popup shop to get first hands on what’s trendy and upcoming this season including brands like Hervé Léger, Cynthia Rowley, Monique Lhuillier, Hugo Boss
Full Moon parties belong to the moon, ruler of the emotions and the subconcious. They present an opportunity for a buildup and expression of the deepest, most secret parts of ourselves. An explosion of light from the darkness within. Always in transition, the moon leads us through our many faces and phases, reminding us that nothing and nobody remains unchanged.Music by Laurence Matte, Mathieu Constance & Adrien Mitchell. Hosted by Nic Urli, Jam Depaname & Elsie Yu. Sound magical? Well….it just might be.
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