Car race downtown offers family activities

The Family Zone will feature a play area, interactive workshops, and bumper cars.

In celebration of its 375th anniversary, Montreal will host the Hydro-Québec Montreal ePrix for the first time this summer, paired with lots of family-friendly fun.

The ePrix is an annual race in which drivers from around the world compete in cars operated by electric motors using rechargeable batteries.

On July 29 and 30, renowned drivers from around the world will race electric cars on a new circuit in Montreal’s Ville-Marie borough. The 20-car race will kick off on Réné-Lévesque Blvd., and continue on Papineau Ave. and Viger St. before returning to Réné-Levesque Blvd. after about an hour of racing.

The cars are pollution-free and noise-free, so parents don’t have to worry about the races being too loud for young children.

If you want to take a break from watching the races, there will be plenty to do at the activity zones surrounding the nearby Radio-Canada building. First stop is the

Allianz eVILLAGE, a tented area that will host live music, racing-simulation games, and performance challenges for all ages.

Meanwhile, the Hydro-Québec Family Zone will feature a play area, interactive workshops, and bumper cars. Children will also be able to interact with the Formula E mascots, ACee and DCee, who will be hanging out throughout the two-day event.

Visitors of all ages can stop by the Innovation and New Technology Zone, where they can learn about the science behind electric cars, as well as test out mini drones and virtual reality games.

Ticket prices vary. For more information, visit montreal.fiaformulae.com.