Free Entertainment and Activities

Before or after your show, enjoy the free activities and events taking place at Place des Arts or nearby in the Quartier des spectacles.

Outdoor shows, public art exhibitions, street entertainment: there’s something for every taste!

Year-round in the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme

  • Free cultural activities (dance, song, theatre)
  • Digital art works on the screen mosaic
  • Talks through Chez Georges-Émile and Les Causeries Duceppe

Free events in spring and summer

  • Shows on the Esplanade during Francofolies and the Festival International de Jazz
  • Shows for the Festival Quartiers Danses
  • Shows as part of Just for Laughs
  • Shows through the Montréal First Peoples Festival
  • Collection of public art works at Place des Arts on the Esplanade
  • Street entertainment – Quartier des spectacles
  • 21 balançoires (21 Swings) – musical swings in the Quartier des spectacles

Free events in fall and winter

  • Luminothérapie – Place des Festivals
  • Holiday season exhibition – Place des Arts exhibition room
  • Free activities for kids during the winter break – Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme
  • MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE – free activities on the Esplanade (slide, zip line, entertainment, shows and more)
  • The Grand marché de Noël de Montréal (Christmas market) at Place des Arts
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