A new month brings a whole new list of exciting activities right here in Montreal!
Though the summer is over, a gorgeous fall in Montreal is about to begin, and that means the perfect weather for outdoor festivals, farmer’s markets, and of course, a foodie event or two.
Check out 30 things to do in Montreal this September.
Montreal’s 8th Annual Oysterfest is back at Terrasse Bonsecours on September 11, 2016. In addition to the thousands of oysters that will be cooked to perfection and yours for the taking, Oysterfest will feature a myriad of exciting events. This year’s competitions include an amateur shucking competition, a seafood plating competition, a bloody caesar competition, and best of all, a secret ingredient cocktail making challenge.
When: September 11
Where: Terrasses Bonsecours, 364 Rue de la Commune East
Kanye West returns to North American arenas for the first time in three years. The 22-time Grammy Award winner today unveiled “The Saint Pablo Tour,” which kicks off in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 25 before hitting nearly 30 cities around the continent, including Canadian stops in Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver. Drake’s Montreal stop is tonight, September 2nd so be sure to head on over to Centre Bell for what is sure to be an incredible show.
When: Friday, September 2
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
YUL Eat is back to give you your yearly foodgasm in Montreal. YUL Eat, happening in Old Port from September 3rd until September 5th, will feature food tastings, a speaker series, culinary classes, and a latte art challenge. Chefs from some of the most popular restaurants in Montreal like Leche Desserts, La Distillerie, and Grumman ‘78 will all be at the festival’s speaker series spilling their foodie secrets, so you won’t want to miss this ultimate foodie event!
When: September 3 to September 5
Where: Quai de L’Horloge, Old Port
There’s no denying the Montreal is unbelievable gorgeous in the fall. Mont Royal becomes a sea of yellow, orange, and red, the temperature is perfect for jeans and a sweater, and cafes start serving pumpkin-infused drinks. If you’re still a little sad that summer is over, why not pump yourself up by venturing outdoors and taking a few fall-tastic Instagram photos. Go for a walk up Mont Royal or just head to your local Starbucks and enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte. You’ll quickly realize that fall in Montreal is pretty damn awesome.
This year’s 5km Foam Fest is happening on September 3rd so prepare for 25 obstacles, each with more suds and bubbles than the last. Foam Fest Montreal will have you crawling through mud pits and sliding down a 50 foot slip n’ slide on Mont Saint Bruno.
When: September 3
Where: Mont Saint Bruno
Gardens of Light is back by popular demand at the Montreal Botanical Garden. As of September 2nd, the gardens will be lit up at dusk, inviting Montrealers to stroll along the paths guided by stunning multi-coloured lanterns. Inspired by Chinese and Japanese gardens, this year’s Gardens of Light will tell the story of the Son of Heaven, the Chinese Emperor.
When: September 2 to October 31, every day from 9 am to 9 pm
Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Rue Sherbrooke Est
Celebrate the last weekend of the summer with a beer in hand. 2016 marks the 15th edition of Chambly’s Beer & Flavour Festival. Organized by Bassin en Fete, this year’s festival will feature over 100 booths and exhibitors serving up artisanal beers, cider, wine, cheese, and bread.
When: September 2 to September 5
Where: Parc du Fort Chambly, Chambly, Quebec
Returning in Montreal for its fifth edition from September 1st to September 7th, Le Burger Week 2016 will also be taking place, simultaneously, in Quebec City, Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Vancouver and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Some of the star burgers you can expect in Montreal include Jukebox Burgers’ “The Georgia Burger”, Burger Royal’s “Legend of the fall”, Art:brgr’s F… Burger!”, and Blackstrap BBQ’s “Le Pig Mac” to name but a few.
When: September 1 to September 7
Where: Various locations
There is only one month left of Montreal’s best EDM music extravaganza, Piknic Electronik. Wrapping up on October 2nd, Piknic Electronik is carrying into the fall with a show every Sunday afternoon at Parc Jean Drapeau. If you’re a huge Piknic fan, then be sure to head on over this Labour Day weekend for three back-to-back shows.
When: Every Sunday until October 2
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Possibly the most romantic spot in Montreal, Les Amis de la Montagne has been hosting a free concert each month of the summer at Chalet du Mont-Royal (the beautiful building at the lookout). Bask in the sun while overlooking our magnificent city and taking in the last of a series of sweet classical music tunes, this Sunday, September 4.
When: September 4 at 3 pm
Where: Chalet du Mont-Royal
The second edition of Montreal’s Bacon Week is back and kicks off this week. From September 2nd until September 9th, Quartier DIX30 in Brossard will become a mecca for all things bacon. Seriously, if you love the taste of this salty treat (and really, who doesn’t?), then this week-long festival is for you. Montreal’s Bacon Week 2016 will feature 22 restaurants, all of which have created exclusive bacon dishes for the festival.
When: September 2 to September 9
Where: Quartier DIX30, 6000 Boulevard Rome, Brossard
On Saturday, September 3rd, Montrealers are coming together to show their support for Harambe, the gorilla killed at the Cincinnati Zoo this past May. The March for Harambe will begin at 12:00pm sharp and those wishing to participate should gather at Cineplex Forum, formerly known as the AMC Cinema at Atwater.
When: September 3, 12 pm
Where: Cineplex Forum, 2313 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest
Are you a fan of books, poetry, art, music, and film? Then Montreal’s International Literature Festival is for you. This year’s event will feature several unique exhibits, including “100 Years with Anne Hebert,” “Jack Kerouac: Life Is Tribute,” “Haiti Is A Party,” and “The Swallowed of Swallowed.” Additional events including live musical performances, poetry readings, book readings, and art expos.
When: September 23 to October 2
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
In celebration of the Montreal metro’s 50th anniversary, Heritage Montreal’s ArchitecTours is offering a two-hour tour of various metro stations across the city. The tours began on August 27th at the Pie-IX and Viau stations and will finish on September 25th. The tours are meant to emphasize Montreal’s history. According to tour guide Bianca-Desiree Arciero, each tour tries “to emphasize the fact that the Metro stations are representative of the time in which they were built.” Nancy Dunton, head of Montreal’s public activities committee, added, “a Metro station’s size, lighting, materiality, colour and public art are all inextricably linked with Montreal’s history.”
When: August 27 to September 25
Where: Various locations
Montreal’s most innovative electronic music festival, Ancient Future, is back for the second year in a row. Taking over Old Port on September 9th and 10th, Ancient Future is not your average electronic music festival. In addition to the lineup of musical performers, Ancient Future utilizes visual arts and multidisciplinary performances to create an unforgettable experience.
When: September 9 to September 10
Where: Quai de l’Horloge, Old Port
Beau’s Oktoberfest is back to bring you another year of good old-fashioned Bavarian fun. Happening from Friday, September 23rd until Saturday, September 24th, Beau’s Oktoberfest is not only an excuse to drink some delicious lager, but also to party hard. Essentially a music festival and beer extravaganza rolled into one, Beau’s Oktoberfest provides a campground for festivalgoers, live music all night long, nine carefully selected and totally original Beau’s brews, and plenty of hearty German treats. The only downside is it’s a 1 hour and 15 minute drive from Montreal.
When: September 23 and 24
Where: Vankleek Hill Fairground, 92 Main Street West, Vankleek Hill, Ontario
Described as the world’s “first running music festival,” the Night Nation Run is coming to Montreal on September 9th. This 5km run combines music (there are DJ booths set up along the route), night running, and plenty of glow sticks for a night you’ll never forget. The run will take place at La Ronde on Ile Sainte Helene.
When: September 9
Where: La Ronde, Ile Sainte Helene
Back for its 15th year, the POP Montreal International Music Festival is happening from September 21st until September 26th. According to the website, the festival’s goal is to deliver “a bold cross-section of art forms and events,” and in that vein, the festival includes concerts, symposium discussions, visual art exhibitions, fashion shows, ﬁlm screenings, and some raging parties. 2016 headliners include John Cale, the founding member of the Velvet Underground, composer and pianist Annette Peacock, and Canadian singer-songwriter, Hayden.
When: September 21 to September 26
Where: Various locations, click here for a full schedule of events and venues
For the fifth year in a row, the Omnivore Food Festival is coming to Montreal for four full days. Just like 2015, the 2016 edition of the Omnivore Food Festival will feature master classes, unique dinner parties, and the hottest event of the festival, the Omnivorous Party.
When: September 16 to September 19
Where: Society for Arts and Technology, 1201 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Support an amazing cause and see Usher (along with several other musicians) perform live at the Bell Centre this month. The Global Citizen Concert series, a concert series dedicated to ending Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, is coming to Canada and will be stopping in Montreal on September 17th. With artists including Usher, Grimes, Metric, Half Moon Run, and Charlotte Cardin, you’re not going to want to miss this incredible night of music.
When: September 17
Where: Centre Bell
On September 17, Montreal will be hosting the 4th annual 500px Red Bull Photography Global Photo Walk. The 500px Red Bull Photography Global Photo Walk will have Montrealers out in the city meeting fellow photographers, sharing tips and tricks about photography, and of course, taking a few awe-inspiring images. The theme for this year’s walk is “Action and Adventure,” so whether you’re walking, running, cycling, hiking, or even skateboarding, the goal is just to capture all that energy and motion on camera.
When: Saturday, September 17 from 1 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: Station Metro Mont-Royal
Adele’s third international tour, Adele Live 2016, began in February and is finally stopping in Montreal this September. Thanks to the success of her sophomore album, 25 (let’s be real, we still belt out “Hello” anytime it’s on the radio), that was released last fall, Adele is travelling all over Europe and North America on her Adele Live Tour. Safe to say, Montrealers in attendance can expect to laugh, cry, and hear some sassy one-liners from the queen of blues herself.
When: Friday, September 30 at 8 pm
Where: Centre Bell, 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal
Quebec farms are opening their doors for one day only this fall. On Sunday, September 11th from 10 am until 4 pm, over 100 farms in Quebec will be open to the public and offer free entry. Quebec’s Agricultural Producers Union invites you to their annual open house day, in which anyone can visit a farm and learn what goes on. Participating farms specialize in everything from vegetables and dairy products to alpacas and sheep, and will be hosting a variety of family-friendly activities throughout the day.
When: Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 10 am until 4 pm
Where: Various locations, click here for more details
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is back for its 18th year in a row. Taking place on Jacques-Cartier Bridge and Parc Laurier, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon gives you an option of running a full marathon, half marathon, 10km, 5km, or 1km. Better known as the Montreal Marathon, this is one of Montreal’s most popular running events throughout the year. What makes it special? As you go through the course, there will be live bands playing music along the route.
When: September 25
Where: Jacques Cartier Bridge
The International Black Film Festival is coming to Montreal from September 28th until October 2nd. Otherwise known as the largest black film festival in Canada, 2016 marks the 7th year of the International Black Film Festival being held in Montreal. Presented by the Fabienne Colas Foundation, the International Black Film Festival will feature a slew of movies all written and directed by black directors and starring black actors and actresses.
When: September 28 to October 2
Where: Various locations
Studio Tattoomania presents the Art Tattoo Show coming to Montreal from September 9-11, 2016. For three days, Place Bonaventure will become a tattoo-lover’s paradise, covered head to toe with incredible tattoo art and filled with over 250 internationally renowned tattoo artists thanks to Studio Tattoomania’s Art Tattoo Show. Tattoo art will be represented from three continents: North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition, the event will feature live music, tattoo competitions, live painting, and kiosks selling clothes, books, and accessories (all tattoo in theme, of course).
When: September 9 from 6 pm to midnight, September 10 from 11 am to 11 pm and September 11 from 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Place Bonaventure, 800 Rue de la Gauchetière Ouest
On September 9th and 10th, Montreal will be hosting a free EDM street festival on Crescent Street! That’s right folks, Villa Paradizo is returning to Montreal once again. Known as the largest outdoor EDM street festival in Canada, Villa Paradizo will be in Montreal in just four weeks. This two-day EDM extravaganza promises to be jam packed with international and local artists. This year’s headliners include Firebeatz, Garmiani, Cazzette, and Thomas Gold.
When: September 9 and 10
Where: Rue Crescent
Described as “a 6 days and nights fantasy-filled experience unlike anything else in the world,” Montreal’s Fetish Weekend promises to be anything but boring. Located in the heart of the Gay Village, Fetish Weekend will comprise of fantasy-themed events, play scenes, demos, workshops, and a fetish photo walk.
When: Until September 5
Where: The Gay Village, more details can be found here
This extensive exhibition celebrates the work of the most important Italian fashion designers post-WWII. Organized by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in collaboration with Holt Renfrew, it’s safe to say that this is one of the best art exhibits in Montreal this summer. The exhibit features clothing, accessories, photographs, magazines, drawing, and film clips on a multitude of designers and their creations, and you have three weeks left to see it.
When: Any day of the week, until September 25
Where: McCord Museum, 690 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Go for a long run in the glow of Old Port with the Night Race taking place on September 16th. With 5km and 10km run options, you’ll be weaving your way along the water in Old Port. Participants will receive a complimentary Energizer LED Headlight and a Brooks tech t-shirt.
When: September 16
Where: Old Port