Top 20 Montreal Things To Do For St. Jean Baptiste Day 2014

23 Jun 2014

St. Jean Baptiste Day, La Fête Nationale, Quebec Day, no matter what you call this week’s holiday, you better be ready to celebrate. Today and tomorrow are going to be two full days chock full of huge events, parade, bonfires, and drunken folk celebrating all things Quebec, so make sure you know what’s going on.

The holiday may be tomorrow, but there are plenty of things going on today/tonight too, so read on below to get the lowdown on the city’s major events. All info was taken from La Fete National in Montreal’s website, so head there if you want even more info.

Bonfire @ Olympic Stadium

  • Where: Esplanade du Parc Olympique (Pie-Ix and Pierre-De Coubertin entrance)
  • When: Monday, June 23rd, starting at 8pm
  • What: A celebratory bonfire will be blazing (because nothing says Quebec pride like a pyre of fire) and the Big O’s Esplanade-area will also have a bunch of other fun activities for all to enjoy.

The Parade/La Grande Envolée

  • Where: Starts @ Sherbrooke and Place De Léry (map) and runs east ’til Parc Maisonneuve (full route)
  • When: Tuesday, June 24, at 2:30pm
  • What: A giant parade (with actual giants as part of the theme) that will be an ode to the many cultural aspects of Quebec, from nature to historical figures. Three interactive stations will be set up along Sherbrooke (corner of Davidson, Joliette, and Pie-IX) for you to check out too.

Les Étoiles Du Metro

  • Where: Maisonneuve Park (map)
  • When: Tuesday, June 24th, from 6:30pm to 8pm
  • What: Before the big show begins, check out some not-so-famous Quebec artists who are being given the spotlight for a change. The event is being put on by the STM and the Regroupement des Musiciens du Métro de Montréal, hence the name.

Le Grand Spectacle @ Maisonneuve Park

  • Where: Maisonneuve Park (map)
  • When: Tuesday, June 24th at 8:45pm
  • What: Enjoy a show jam-packed with musical artists, all who hail from Quebec. A combo-performance including all the musicians is planned, which will be a huge spectacle in itself.

The After Party

  • Where: Maisonneuve Park (map)
  • When: Tuesday, June 24th, starting at 11pm
  • What: After the musical performances of Le Grand Spectacles, the party begins. DJ Poirier will be spinning ’til 1am, so be ready to get a ‘lil wild and dance-y.

Celebrations By Borough

  • Ahunistic/Cartierville: Monday the 23rd from 4-11pm @ Parc Ahunistic
  • Anjou: Tuesday the 24th from 10am-1pm @ Parc Roger-Rousseau
  • CDN: Monday the 23rd from 5-11pm @ Club Oriental Portugal de Montreal
  • NDG: Tuesday the 24th from 2-10:30pm @ Parc Benny
  • L’Ile Bizard/Ste-Genevieve: Monday the 23rd from 6-10:30pm @ Parc Eugène-Dostie
  • Lachine: Tuesday the 24th from 8-11pm @ Parc Saint-Louis
  • LaSalle: Tuesday the 24th from 3-10pm @ Parc des Rapides
  • Mercier: Monday the 23rd from 12-10pm @ Parc de la Promenade Bellerive + Tuesday the 24th from 4:30-10pm @ Parc St. Victor & Sainte-Louise-de-Marillac
  • Hochelaga-Maisonneuve: Monday the 23rd from 10am-11:30pm @ Place Simon Valois
  • Montreal-Nord: Tuesday the 24th from 1-10:15pm @ Parc Aimé-Léonard + 11am-3pm @ Saint-Vincent-Marie-Strambi Church
  • Outrement: Monday the 23rd from 4-10:30pm @ Parc Outrement + Tuesday the 24th from 11am-10pm @ Parc St. Viateur
  • Plateau Mont-Royal: Monday the 23rd from 2-11pm @ Parc Laurier + Tuesday the 24th from 10am-10pm @ Espace La Fontaine
  • Pointe-aux-Trembles: Monday the 23rd from 11am-5pm @ Parc St. Jean-Baptiste + 2:30-11pm @ Cooperative D’Habitation Le Colombier
  • Rosemont: Monday the 23rd & 24th from 5-11pm @ Parc de la Petit Italie + Tuesday the 24th from 11am-5pm @ Parc Joseph-Pare, from 10:30am-6pm @ Parc Pere-Marquette, from 12-5pm @ Parc Molson

And if you don’t make it to any of those, just go drink in the park and eat a poutine.

 Where will you be celebrating?