The 17th annual Dragon Boat Festival starts this Friday, June 20 at Parc Jean-Drapeau and runs until Sunday. The ancient, three-day sporting event brings fleets of colourful vessels (each one a true work of art), competing for top prize in a variety of races. Expect live entertainment on site and all for free!
On the subject of watercrafts, every Thursday night until the end of August, head to the corner of de la Commune and Saint Gabriel to enjoy a free, nautical-themed flick under the stars. Screening on the 19th: Russell Crowe stars in Peter Weir’s acclaimed, award-winning Master and Commander: the Far Side of the World (original English version with French subtitles).
Every July, for the last 26 years, sensational tunes from Africa, the Caribbean and South America reverberate through Montreal’s bustling streets. Workshops, free, outdoor shows and intimate venues shine the spotlight on some of the world’s best musical performers.
While the former requires little introduction, Zoofest, over the past few years, has been quickly picking up momentum and is well worth checking out. The festival, celebrating comedy, theatre and the arts runs parallel with the Just for Laughs and sets the stage for a slew of today’s up-and-coming funnymen and women. Both run until the 29th.