Montreal Events: May 2017

Montreal Events in May 2017

I’ve been doing a lot of research about local cultural events lately. I’ve been trying to get more into the local scene – exploring my own city to find really awesome things. 

I figured that I can either put everything in a bookmarked folder… or I can share them with you! 

This is not a complete list of all the events happening in Montreal in May 2017, but it is a list of events that interest me!  You should follow along on Instagram stories for when I attend some of them!

As always, let me know if I missed anything rad to add to the event list. 


May 2017 Events in Montreal



Festival Accès Asie (May 2 – 28):

This is an arts festival that promotes Asian arts, cultures and histories. There are an abundance of events with everything from visual arts to dance to comedy. There are also conferences and workshops! It’s the 22nd annual Festival Accès Asie and I am sad to say that it is the first I am hearing about it! I am actually sad because I’ve travelled through 12 different Asian countries and will be heading to 3 more this summer. 

I’ve scoped out the calendar and these are the events that interest me the most:

  • May 6th: Sous La Pluie – Piano recital featuring Japanese pianist Kimihiro Yasaka ($20)
  • May 19th: DIY Haunt – A performative installation by the artist Yen-Chao Lin ($5)
  • May 20th: Middle Eastern Dance Competition ($15)
  • May 25 and 26th: Outdoor Events at Les Jardins Gamelin, Wind of Asia (free)
  • May 27th: Insomniaque – A dance, music and video performance along Prince-Arthur Street (free)


Roundup Montreal Events in May 2017


Festival TransAmériques (FTA) (May 25 – June 8):

A festival that celebrates contemporary dance and theatre! Features works by choreographers, writers and directors as well as hosts workshops, debates and discussions. There are 27 shows packed into this festival! 

These are the events in the May portion that I am interested in. They are out of my budget range at the moment but they look so fascinating!

  • May 25, 26, 27 and 28: 100% Montreal – 100 citizens will incarnate 100% of the city’s population ($50 reg/$40 youth)
  • May 26 and May 27: 7 Pleasures – a feast of senses where the naked body asserts its rightful place ($45 reg/$39 <30 yrs)


Cirque du Soleil: VOLTA (April 20 - July 23): I've never seen a Cirque du Soleil show in Montreal! VOLTA seems to be a bit odd and have fewer wondrous costumes than usual... but I still want to see it! Cheapest tickets I found are $29 but for most dates the cheapest seem to be $42. Roundup Montreal Events in May 2017




Montreal Museum Day (May 28):

Free admission to over 30 different museums all day long! In past years there were free shuttle buses between museums (between 9:30am-4pm) and free access to Bixi bikes. Details for this year to be confirmed.


Montreal Contemporary Art Museum:

  • Ending Soon:
    • Teresa Margolles: Mundos, on until May 14th
    • Emanual Licha: Now Have a Look at This Machine, on until May 14th
  • On for Longer:
    • State of the World, on until August 20, 2017
    • Between Self and Other, on until August 20, 2017

Admission: $15 adults, $10 students. Half price tickets on Wednesdays between 5pm-9pm. Membership to this museum is actually really cheap: $40 adults, $25 students.


Montreal Museum of Fine Arts:

  • Ending Soon:
    • Adel Abdessemed: Conflict, on until May 7th
  • On for longer:
    • Chagall: Colour and Music, on until June 11, 2017
    • MNEMOSYNE, on until May 20, 2018

Admission: $23 over 31 years old, $15 ages 13 to 30. Wednesday evenings $11.50 from 5pm-9pm. There is a great membership deal for people under 30 years called the ‘avant-garde VIP‘ which costs $35 for one year (regular = $80). 


McCord Museum:

  • Fashioning Expo 67, on until October 1, 2017

Admission: $20 adults, $14 students ages 18-30. Wednesday evenings $9.50 from 5pm-9pm.


Roundup Montreal Events in May 2017




Cirque du Soleil: VOLTA (April 20 – July 23):

I’ve never seen a Cirque du Soleil show in Montreal! VOLTA seems to be a bit odd and have fewer wondrous costumes than usual… but I still want to see it! Cheapest tickets I found are $29 but for most dates the cheapest seem to be $42.

Roundup Montreal Events in May 2017


Tagente Danse: Fractured Narratives (May 4, 5, 6 & 7):

Contemporary dance performance. Website notes: Re-thinking “The Scenario” with movement collage and diverse cultural dance forms. Includes three different performances with varied performers.  The first performance warns against claustrophobes.

Tickets: $24.71 reg / $17.10 reduced


Piknic Electronik (May 21 – September 24):

There’s no shortage of music in Montreal! Every Sunday of the summer is jam-packed with performances at Jean-Drapeau Park. Lineup will be available on May 4th. Ticket prices aren’t out yet either but it is normally around $20 for the day. 


Roundup Montreal Events in May 2017


The xx (May 24):

My partner used to love listening to The xx so we might be attending their concert! He just needs to decide if he likes their newest album enough or not! haha Cheapest tickets are $42 each at the moment. 




Puces POP Montreal (May 6, 7 & 8):

Get to know local Montreal makers and artisans! We attended the winter one to support our good friend La Reserve Design. We’ll probably head back to check out what the spring vendors show up with! Also, it’s like two blocks from our home so that’s pretty convenient. Free entrance, but it is a shopping event. 


Roundup Montreal Events in May 2017




Ville de Montréal Carte Accès:

If you live in Montreal or own property in Montreal then you can get an Access Montreal card for just $8. This gives you discounts at various locations and services. For example, typically you get $2 off standard museum entrance fees. You can also get 2-for-1 movie tickets at Cinema Beaubien and Cinema du Parc. It’s only $8 and lasts an entire year. They also occasionally provide bigger discounts and hold contests for free tickets over on the Carte Accès Montréal Facebook Page. 


Did I miss something rad? Let me know in the comments below! Have a wonderful May!



  1. May 1, 2017 / 10:27 AM

    Aw I wish we had museum day around here!! I love hittin’ up museums!

    Renee | Life After Lux

    • rebecca
      May 1, 2017 / 3:52 PM

      It is a super great opportunity to check out the exhibitions but it does tend to get a bit crowded! haha

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