Celebrate Montréal’s 375th Birthday With Tons of Free Events in 2017 Mary Zakheim October 18, 2016 Travel News Headed to Montréal in 2017? Prepare to party like it’s 1642! In honor of the its 375th birthday, the city is throwing itself a yearlong lavish party complete with parades, art exhibits, musical performances, lighting ceremonies, and much more! The events are being organized by The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary — a non-profit that has teamed up with local players across industries to create a diverse set of activities for Montréalers and tourists alike. The celebrations will undoubtedly be spectacular as the city was named a UNESCO City of Design in 2006, which many locals saw as an invitation to invest in and value the city’s natural spirit of innovative design. C’est cool! A photo posted by 375e de Mtl / 2017 (@375mtl) on May 9, 2016 at 7:07am PDT The committee has been preparing for the anniversary since 2013 and their hard work will finally be realized come January — they have already announced that there are over 175 unique events planned throughout the year and have given insight to what visitors and locals can expect from the celebrations. (Including this awesome projection show) We now know that 2017 will see a parade with the famous giant marionettes of Royal de Luxe Street Theatre Company, a collaborative symphony performance at the base of Mount Royal featuring over 300 musicians, an exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art showcasing work from artists who have drawn inspiration from Leonard Cohen, a series of historical videos projected in the open-air Cité-Mémoire from dusk until 11 pm, and much more! The best part? A ton of the events will be free, open, and super accessible to the public. (Also, just look how cool those marionettes are) As the city itself says, “It’s time to celebrate 375 years of history, boldness and creativity!” and we couldn’t agree more. Let’s get to Montréal, eh?