Here’s what’s good at Nuit Blanche

The best dance parties, performances, movies, exhibits, crafts, sports, food & drink at this year’s edition of Montreal’s (mostly free) all-night art bash.

Ferris Wheel


Amid the ice sculptors, fire-breathers, food vendors and mass of humanity in the Quartier des Spectacles, a giant ice slide, a ferris wheel and, for the first time, a zip-line. Ste-Catherine between Jeanne-Mance and St-Laurent

Nuit Blanche is the centrepiece of the Montreal Joue festival, which began on Feb. 21 and runs through March 8. The festival’s partners are providing video games and board games for players in the Discovery Zone, site of an outdoor gaming rally. In front of 350 Emery, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., free

Pixelfest 3 promises interactive games merging sound and imagery, with video games, an arcade, DJs and the Nomade6 food truck on the side. Le 2.22 – La Vitrine (2 Ste.Catherine E.), 7 p.m.–3 a.m., free

GeekFest Nano, also part of Montreal Joue, takes place at a Villeray library is setting up a space ship simulation, videogames and board games, as well as inviting cosplayers to do their thing. Bibliothèque le Prévost (7355 Christophe-Colomb), 7 p.m. –2 a.m., free

Montreal Joue also has a hand in the indie video games showcase at Cinéma Excentris, featuring the latest creations by 15 to 20 local developers. And you can try out multiplayer games on a movie screen. 3536 St-Laurent, 6 p.m.–2 a.m., free

Play a two-metre-high 3D version of classic video game Tetris at UQAM’s Street Arcade. Ste- Catherine between St-Denis and Berri, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., free