Get us in your inbox

Esplanade Tranquille
Photograph: Vivien Gaumand

Downtown Montreal has free bumper cars, disco skating and maple taffy this weekend

Hit the Esplanade Tranquille starting today for some free outdoor fun

Written by
Laura Osborne

Get ready for a bucket list weekend in Montreal.

From the St. Patrick’s Day parade—returning for its first full-scale event since 2019—to the free bumper cars at Esplanade Tranquille, downtown Montreal is the place to be. 

St Patricks Day Parade 2019
Photograph: United Irish Societies of Montreal / @uismtl

Don’t miss out on the action: March 17 (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and March 18 and 19 (1 p.m. to 5 p.m.) the Esplanade Tranquille will be home to maple taffy tasting and maple sugar sculpture demonstrations. 

Esplanade Tranquille
Photograph: Vivien Gaumand

Looking for an amusement-park ride meets outdoor winter experience? Check out the Kaboom bumper cars on March 18 and 19, 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Head to the north side of the rink for this activity.)

Esplanade Tranquille
Photograph: Rémi Hermoso

If skating is more your thing, on Saturday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. the Esplanade Tranquille rink is taking us all back to the 70s.

Expect disco hits by artists like Boney M., Chic, Donna Summer, Barry White, Kool & The Gang, Stevie Wonder, the Bee Gees, Cheryl Lynn and more.

L'Esplanade Tranquille
Photograph: Ulysse Lemerise

And you don’t need to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Montreal on Sunday. March 19.

St. Patrick's
Photograph: Eva Blue

This year marks the 198th parade the city has hosted where you can find members of the Irish community from across the island playing music, showing off their float-building game and just generally having a great time.

It’s a great day to watch a parade with the whole family, or gather your friends to drink your face off in the city's best bars (or grab some cheap eats).

Taverne Les Torchés - Saint Patrick
Photograph: © Taverne Les Torchés

The parade is returning for its first full-scale event since 2019, so get ready for some epic festivities.

Looking for a place downtown to recharge your batteries? Don't forget about Time Out Market Montréal—where some of the best chefs and restaurants in the city are gathered under one roof—in the Montreal Eaton Centre.

Full guide to St Patricks Day in Montreal
Best things to do in Montreal
Best 59 bars in Montreal
Best cheap eats in Montreal
Best free things to do in Montreal

You may also like
You may also like