13 Exciting Events and Activities in Montreal in May

Check out the most exciting events, music festivals and things to do in Montreal in May 2024.

Events and activities in Montreal in May

What to do in Montreal in May to make the most of the long-awaited spring? Montreal is known as the city of festivals, and there are several scheduled in May as temperatures rise and people escape their homes.

This month, our list of the best things to do in Montreal in May includes a mix of festivals, sporting events, cultural outings and family-friendly activities.

Events in Montreal in May

1. Festival des Musiciens du Monde

  • May 16 to 18, 2024

This year, the seventh edition of the Festival des Musiciens du Monde, organized by the Centre des Musiciens du Monde, will take place. The centre's mission is to encourage the creation, development and promotion of musical traditions from around the world. If you love discovering new music, this is the festival for you.

2. TransAmériques Festival

People dancing during TransAmériques Festival in May in Montreal
Festival TransAmériques (Photo par / by : Robert Etcheverry ©)
  • May 22 to June 5, 2024

The TransAmériques Festival, founded in 1985, celebrates dance and theatre. The program includes performances, interviews with artists and creative workshops, bringing the audience into the game. It's a festival for those who love art that surprises and makes you think.

3. Eureka Science Festival

Eureka Science Festival activities in Montreal in May
L’île du savoir – Eureka! Festival (Photo par / by : Mélanie Dusseault ©)
  • May 24 to 26, 2024

The Eureka Science Festival, offering three full days of scientific activities, is perfect for those who love asking, “How does it work?” The biggest science celebration in Quebec, get set to attend over 100 free workshops, shows and lectures. They each aim to delight the curious, both young and old.

4. Piknic Électronik

People enjoying the Piknic Électronik event In May in Montreal
Piknic Électronik (Photo par / by : Peter Ryaux Larsen ©)
  • May 19, 2024

May in Montreal equals the much-anticipated return of Piknic Électronik. Held at Parc Jean-Drapeau, it’s the ultimate gathering for electronic music enthusiasts. Come dance to the sound of DJs, grab a drink or simply lie on the grass and fill your ears with music.

5. Fuego Fuego Festival

  • May 25 and 26, 2024

This Latin music festival has been enormously successful since its launch in 2020. For its third edition, the festival will feature Maluma, Rauw Alejandro and Ivy Queen, among others. Get set to dance the weekend away at Montreal Olympic Park.

6. Mondial de la Bière (World Beer Festival)

Stalls in Mondial de la Bière in Montreal in May
Mondial de la bière (Photo par / by : Olivier Bourget ©)
  • May 24 to 26, 2024

Calling all beer enthusiasts! Let me introduce you to North America’s most important international beer festival. For its 30th edition, Mondial de la Bière will showcase 400 products from just shy of 100 different breweries. This event will particularly celebrate beers from Belgium, France and Brazil and include beers brewed especially for this 30th anniversary.

7. Tour la Nuit (A ‘Go Bike Mtl’ Festival Event)

  • May 31, 2024

The night version of the Tour de l'Île is the perfect event for cycling buffs looking for a slightly smaller challenge. While the regular Tour de l'Île features a 47-kilometre route, the night version is limited to 26 kilometres. The cooler night temperatures are very pleasant for riding. Departures are between 8:00 and 9:30 pm, with the event ending at 11:30 pm.

8. National Improvisation League Season Finale

  • May 6, 2024

Important: This event is in French only.

Looking for entertainment? Why not attend the last match of the National Improvisation League season? The LNI's Charade Cup features 15 regular matches, two semi-finals and one final match to ultimately determine a winning team chosen by the public. By attending the final match, you'll see the favourite teams compete and give their all to make you laugh!

9. Puces POP

Check out Puces Pop when visiting Montreal in May
Puces POP in 2019 (Photo par / by : Ranko Bubosic ©)
  • May 10 to 12, 2024

This fair, held four times a year, truly showcases Quebec’s art and craftsmanship. At each event, creators gather to present and sell ceramics, illustrations, clothing, body products, jewelry and more. Puces POP is the perfect place to find an original gift for a loved one while supporting local businesses and emerging artists.

What To Do in Montreal in May

10. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Kids activity in Montréal Museum of Fine Arts in May
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Photo par / by : Michel Dubreuil ©)

If you haven't already, visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to discover Georgia O'Keeffe and Henry Moore's works before the exhibition ends. In addition to the artists’ paintings, drawings and sculptures, the exhibition features reconstructions of their personal studios.

On Wednesday evenings, admission to the museum is half-price for adults and free for children.

11. Montreal Biodome

Biodome has good family activities in Montreal in May
Biodôme de Montréal – Space for Life (Photo par / by : Eva Blue ©)

If the weather isn't cooperating, one of my favourite indoor family activities in Montreal in May is visiting the Biodome. There, you can discover the creatures that inhabit the Gulf of St. Lawrence, as well as several other creatures, including the penguins of Antarctica.

If you feel like extending your visit, you can also tour the Insectarium and the Planetarium, just a few steps away. Residents of the Montreal metropolitan area are entitled to a discount on admission.

Getaways and Day Trips From Montreal in May

12. May Madness at Mont St-Sauveur

  • May 18, 2024

Two months after the end of the season, Mont St-Sauveur welcomes ski and snowboard fanatics for a festive evening on the mountain. Slide down the slopes one last time while enjoying the milder temperatures, and stay to party at May Madness if you feel like it.

13. Sun Life Longueuil Marathon

  • May 18 to 19, 2024

Are you more into running and looking for a challenge? Join the Longueuil Marathon. Several courses are offered, with the shortest distance being one kilometre and the longest being 42.2 kilometres. Events are open to athletes of all ages, and you can run or walk.

Ready for a road trip? Check out our ideas for things to do in Quebec City in May.

Weather in Montreal in May

In May, maximum temperatures (during the day) generally range between 10 and 20 degrees Celsius. It's the time of year when you might need to shed layers or add some. Therefore, we recommend packing clothing that's easy to store in a bag, such as scarves and light jackets.

There are many things to do in Montreal in May to make the most of the longer days and milder temperatures. Between cultural outings, sporting events and tastings, you’re likely never to stop while visiting Montreal in May.

Related: May is the perfect time to enjoy one of these popular Montreal day trips.

Joshua Marc Seguin Quebec Wonders

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Joshua is our Montreal expert. He has been living in Montreal for over 15 years. He is passionate about sharing his love for Montreal and some local tips with our readers.

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