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St. Jean Baptiste Day Family Activities 2010

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You may have heard about a Quebec holiday called St. Jean Baptiste Day … and might be wondering how family friendly the festivities will be. So, here’s a list of what’s going on in 24 areas, highlighting the family-targeted programming at each celebration.

Some celebrations take place on June 23, some on June 24, some on both days. Also, in many areas festivities continue through the evening, often with fireworks at around 10 p.m. Remember to bring your own chairs. Bonne Fête St. Jean!

Beaconsfield: June 24, noon to 5 p.m. at Centennial Park, 288 Beaconsfield Blvd. (In case of rain at Beaconsfield Recreation Centre, 174 City Lane). Petting farm, bread making, quill pen writing, adventure obstacle course, Chief Topleaf, crafts and the Ecomuseum kiosk.  Puppet show “The Forkman Cabaret” by Panadream Theatre, will be on at 2 p.m. in French and 3:30 p.m. in English. Clown show on main stage at 2:50 p.m. Also horse-drawn wagon rides; traditional arts and crafts; art exhibition and sale; mini sailboat regatta. Call 514-428-4480 or go to http://www.beaconsfield100.ca/events/en/

Boucherville: June 23 at 8 p.m. Show and animation at Place de l’eglise saint-famille.
June 24, 1 p.m. shows, animation, inflatables, Festizoo and more at Parc de la rivière aux pins. Call 450-449-8640.

Châteauguay: June 24, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Festivities start at 10:30 a.m., but family entertainment starts at 11:30 a.m. with games, art workshops, a collective mural, face-painting, 2 p.m.: Quebec history told through stories and songs; 5:15 p.m. picnic dinner, at Maison LePailleur. More information.

Dollard des Ormeaux: June 24, 7 to 10 p.m. Face-painting and animation for kids, concert and fireworks at Dollard des Ormeaux Park. Call 514-684-1012, ext. 632.

Dorval: June 24, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Millennium Park. Games and animation for families, barbecue, fireworks at 10 p.m. Continuous shuttle between the park and SACC. Rain date, June 25. Consult the full program.

Ile Bizard: June 23, 6 to 10 p.m., Eugene Dostie Park, Ile Bizard. Inflatables, face painting, entertainers and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Montreal West: June 23 at 6 p.m. at Davies Park. Traditional music, folklore dance, barbecue, inflatable games and bonfire.

Hochelaga-Maisonneuve: June 24, 1 p.m.: Giants parade (giant representations of Quebec historical figures) leaves from Fullum and Sherbrooke, ends at Pie IX. At 5:30 p.m. the main Montreal Fête Nationale bash is at Maisonneuve Park, with many musical performances. More information.

Rosemont-La Petite Patrie: June 23, 2 to 6 p.m. Family festivities including entertainers, face-painting, inflatables, circus entertainers and street performers at Molson Park, corner Iberville and Beaubien Sts. After 6 p.m., concerts and other entertainment follow. More information.

Lachine: June 24, 7 p.m. to midnight: Musical shows by performers including Mara Tremblay Bernard Adamus and Fred Fortin outside the old brewery, 2801 St. Joseph Blvd. Also, from June 24 to 26, the Theatre de la Rue festival will be held from 7 p.m. onward. It includes theatre, dance and musical performances at 2901 St. Joseph Blvd. For more information, go to Festival Théâtre de Rue de Lachine.

LaSalle: June 24, 4 p.m. Coleur Soleil, a children’s music and dance show will be performed, followed by dinner, traditional music and other performances at Aqueduct Park, corner of LaSalle Blvd. and 75th Ave., Lasalle. More information.

Laval: June 23, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. inflatables, picnic area, musical shows and games and fireworks at Champfleury Park, Laval. More information.
June 24, 8 a.m. to midnight, activities and shows at Parc du Moulin, 1125 Montée du Moulin (St. François), Laval. Call 450-662-8422.

Longueuil: June 24, 11 to 5 p.m.: Animation by Parc-o-Mètre, inflatables, pedal karts, circus workshops and water games at St. Marc Park, Longueuil. Call 450-463-7181.

Montreal East: June 23: 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Games, races, face-painting, balloon sculptors and inflatables, magic show at 3 p.m., picnic dinner at 5 p.m. at René Labrosse Park. More information.

Montreal North: June 24, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Games, contents, giant mosaic, bicycle engraving, inflatables, animation; 3 p.m.: circus workshop; 5 p.m. picnic dinner at Aimé Léonard Park. More information.

Outremont: June 24, noon to 5 p.m.: Family activities all afternoon, including music, face-painting, a collective mural, water games, animation ambulantes, barbecue and a children’s show at 2 p.m., at St. Viateur Park, on Bloomfield between Bernard and St. Viateur Sts.

Pointe Claire: June 24, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; family activities start at 1 p.m., including games, contests, sports, inflatables, arts and crafts and a climbing wall; swimming at 1:30 p.m., magic/clown show at 2:30 p.m.; traditional music, dinner at 5:30 p.m., fireworks at 10 p.m., at Alexandre Bourgeau Park. More information.

Rigaud: June 24, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.: Family activities start at 11 a.m., including sand-sculpture workshops, games, inflatables, animation and various musical performances at Chartier de Lotbinière Park and Desjardins Park. More information.

Ste. Anne de Bellevue: June 24, noon to 6 p.m.: Family activities include face-painting and game booths; at 2 p.m. a family show by Circus Cowboys, at 3 p.m. St. Jean cake is served, at 4 p.m. traditional dance exhibition, at 10:45 p.m. fireworks. Events will be held on the Ste. Anne de Bellevue boardwalk.

St. Hubert: June 24, 3 to 7 p.m.: family activities including inflatables, entertainers, a mini train and shows. At 6:45 p.m., official opening of festivities, including concerts and fireworks at 10 p.m., at Parc de la Cité, 6201 Davis Blvd. More information.

St. Lazare: June 23, 7 to 11 p.m.: Concerts and fireworks at Bédard Park. June 24: 10 a.m. to noon: family entertainment, including a classic car show, parade (including horses) at 11 a.m. on Ste. Angélique Rd., barbecue and corn roast. More information.

St. Léonard: June 24: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Games, contests, clowns, arts and crafts, face-painting, inflatables, food, etc., at Delorme Park. More information.

Westmount: June 24, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Bring a picnic or buy food/drink at Westmount Park; there will be a performance by the band Genticorum, and a bonfire at 9 p.m. In case of rain, activities will be held at Westmount Arena. More information.

Vaudreuil-Dorion: June 23, 6 to 10:30 p.m.: Concerts and fireworks at Cité des jeunes Park. More information.

Verdun: June 24, 2 to 9 p.m.: Family entertainment including face painting and inflatables, starting at 2 p.m.; cake served at 6 p.m., on the waterfront park at the corner of 6th Ave.

Main photo courtesy of abdallah.

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