Get ready for a festival of games in Montreal

There will be more than 300 indoor and outdoor activities, including traditional board games, video games, role-play and interactive animations as well as workshops



There will be two weeks of fun and games in Montreal as the annual Joue Festival returns for its 7th edition, giving families an opportunity to explore the gaming world while chasing away those winter blues.

Children of all ages will be able to participate in more than 300 indoor and outdoor activities, including traditional board games, video games, role-play and interactive animations as well as workshops. Most of the events and activities are offered free of charge.

The 2019 edition will run from Feb. 23 to March 10. Activities will be held at different venues, including Montreal City Hall, Marché Bonsecours and the 45 libraries that are part of the Bibliothèques de Montréal Library Network.

According to new festival spokesman and comedian Arnaud Soly, the festival is a great way to bring people together, and he invites Montrealers to join him in discovering new games and supporting the city’s local libraries.

On Feb. 23, the festival will host a day of video games in the Old Port at Marché Bonsecours, a new location for the festival. Kids of all ages will be able to play games, listen to panels, and watch demonstrations.

The festival is also introducing a new event this year. The Jeux d’Énigmes will take place in libraries around the island on Feb. 23-24. Kids will solve puzzles and quizzes and can win prizes. Parents are encouraged to call ahead to find out if these events are being offered at their local library.

Montreal Joue will host outdoor games and activities during the Nuit Blanche festivities, and will have an event on March 2 at Montreal City Hall. Fans of traditional board games can enjoy events such as the Jeu Society Montreal, which will be held at the Pierre-Charbonneau Centre March 8-10.

The festival has grown immensely in popularity since it was launched in 2013; in the first year, there were 5,000 participants and last year there were 65,000.

Most events are free and open to all ages, but some require advance registration to guarantee a spot.

For more information, visit montrealjoue.ca.  

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