Take your pick: adrenaline packed or slow and contemplative?
Enjoy musical concerts, view masks of all kinds and colors, kick off the mountain biking season, plant a tree in your backyard, meet artists in Bromont and split your sides laughing in Sutton – another great weekend of diverse activities in the Townships!
The Festival des Harmonies et orchestres symphoniques du Québec kicks off on Thursday evening on the campus of Sherbrooke University. This music fest features military bands, symphony orchestras, string ensembles, choirs and a drumlines competition. More than 300 performances - a veritable treat for music lovers!
Thursday, May 16 – Sunday, May 19| Various venues on the campus of Sherbrooke University | Take a look at the program.
As part of the Festival international du masque du Québec, an event themed around masks, visitors are invited to attend the opening of Masqu’alors! at the P’tit Bonheur, a performing arts theatre in St-Camille. In the afternoon, you can head to the foot of Mont Ham, to listen to a couple of storytellng sessions. At the end of the day, finish up at La Meunerie (not far from Mont Ham), where there will be two conferences about zombies, as well as a showing of the movie Les Affamés, which was shot in the region.
Masqu’alors! Exhibition opening, Saturday, May 18 (10 :30 am) | P’tit Bonheur de St-Camille
Spectacles de conte (Story telling) : from 1:30 pm onwards | Parc régional du Mont-Ham. By the way, we will be on site. For further details, check us out on Facebook.
Conference on zombies and the film Les Affamés : from 5pm onwards | La Meunerie, St-Adrien
Saturday marks the start of the mountain biking season – good news for those who can’t wait to tackle the slopes! Circuits Frontières is celebrating the grand opening of the bike trails with a festive BBQ party. On the menu – gyros and microbrewery beer! Reservations required.
There’s another option for mountain bike aficionados. This Saturday, Bromont, montagne d’expériences, is also opening its trails for the season (10am).
If you’re looking for more mountain bike destinations, take a gander at our article Mountain biking in the Eastern Townships where you’ll find lots of challenging trails to enjoy your favorite sport!
Were you aware that May is the month of trees and forests? That’s why the Association forestière du sud du Québec is distributing trees, free of charge, to the public. Many species of hardwoods and softwoods are on offer. They include birch, oak, maple, cherry, spruce and larch. Maximum three trees per person. First come, first served!
Saturday, May 18 (9am-12 noon) | Maison de l’eau (755, rue cabana), Sherbrooke
On Sunday, the Chapelle atelier-galerie, a studio-cum-art gallery, is presenting an exhibition of works by 18 local painters and sculptors entitled La force du nombre. The exhibitors, who specialize in contemporary art, will be on site in this charming venue owned by Louise Lachapelle.
Exhibition opening : Sunday, May 19 (11am-5pm). Gallery opening hours, Thursdays to Sundays, 12noon-5pm | La Chapelle atelier-galerie, Bromont
The monthly meeting of the Sutton Comedy Club is this Saturday. Showcasing a ‘mystery’ comic who, with his partner, acted out a series of ‘mishaps’ on a popular radio show for over 20 years, this one-man show (his latest) is sure to bring the house down!
Saturday, May 18 at 8pm | Salle Alec & Gérard Pelletier, Sutton | Tickets can be purchased online.