12 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, October 19

Oct 18 2019, 5:00 am

As we enter the penultimate Saturday of the month, here are a few things worthy of checking out around town today, October 19.

Gardens of Light

Gardens of Light

As it does every fall, the Gardens of Light returned to the city, shining thousands of bright lights at the Botanical Garden.

Espace pour la vie invites everyone to discover the cultural riches of the three gardens along an illuminated pathway in its flagship autumn event.

The venue is split up into three gardens: the Chinese Garden, the First Nations Garden, and the Japanese Garden.

When: Saturday, October 19
Time: 9 am Р10 pm (Friday РSunday)
Where: Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $8 – $16, available online

Montreal Burlesque Festival

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Montreal got a touch more glamorous as the prestigious Burlesque Festival returned to the city for its 11th edition on Thursday.

The city never veers away from its nightlife, partying, and entertainment scene and the two-day Montreal Burlesque Festival will highlight all three.

Concluding tonight, the event will feature costumes, dancing, music, and cabaret flaunting the best of male, female, and non-binary performers on stage at the renowned Club Soda.

When: Saturday, October 19
Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Where:¬†Club Soda ‚Äď 1225 Boulevard St. Laurent
Price:¬†$49.25 ‚Äď $179.25, available¬†online

Bengt Washburn at The Comedy Nest

As seen on Conan, The Late Late Show, and Comedy Central, Bengt Washburn is bringing some laughs to Montreal all weekend.

“Eight years ago a lump appeared on his right thigh,” reads his stand-up bio. “It‚Äôs not visible from the stage but according to some kids at the water park, it looks creepy.”

Special guests include locals Rodney Ramsey and Paul Baluyot.

When: Saturday, October 19
Time: 8 pm and 10:30 pm
Where: The Comedy Nest, 2313 Saint-Catherine Street (3rd Floor)
Price: $10 Р$15, available online

Montreal Indigenous Fashion Week

Bringing forth some of the most eclectic Indigenous designers from across the globe, the Montreal Indigenous Fashion Week event will also include designer workshops and an interactive panel-style discussions

When: Saturday, October 19
Time: 5 pm
Where: Montreal City Hall
Price: Free

The Rocky Horror Show

Montreal Theatre Hub

See the sensational play that sparked an international phenomenon at the timeless Mainline Theatre tonight.

Worlds collide in Richard O’Brien’s musical-theatre masterpiece as camp sci-fi meets sexual exploration, glam-rock, and sensual daydreams to treasure forever. Experience the October classic in an intimate experience with a full live cast, band, dancers, and music.

When: Saturday, October 19
Time: 8 pm
Where: Mainline Theatre, 3997 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: $20 Р$30, available online

DVBBS + DLMT – New City Gas

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Dvbbs is a Canadian EDM duo formed in 2012, composed of brothers Chris Chronicles and Alex Andre. They’ll be spinning tunes at the always-busy New City Gas tonight.

When: Saturday, October 19
Time: 10 pm
Where: New City Gas, 950 Rue Ottawa
Price: $18, available online

Cité Mémoire

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Head to Old Montreal to admire 25 of the world‚Äôs largest projection circuits. Montreal‚Äôs history is displayed on buildings and streets throughout the Old Port. Download the free ‚ÄúMontreal en Histoires‚ÄĚ app for destinations, details, and schedules.

When: Saturday, October 19
Time: From nightfall until 11 pm
Where: Old Montreal
Price: Free

Dodgebow

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DodgeBow is exactly what it sounds like: dodgeball fused with bow and arrows.

The exhilarating team-based archery combat sport is capped with cushion-ends so they don’t hurt when they hit you and you can channel your inner Legolas when flinging them.

Face-off with your friends in the DodgeBow arena and put your marksmanship skills to the test. That’ll show the rain who’s boss.

When: Saturday, October 19
Time: 2 pm – 8 pm
Where: 202-4767 Dagenais Street
Price: $24.95, available online

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

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A handful of mummies will be continuing their world tour as they cozy up to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for a few months.

The exhibition,¬†Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, will be the mummies’ first North American exposition, following “tremendous success in¬†Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” according to the MMFA.

As per the press release, the British Museum has reconstructed the lives of six individuals who lived along the Nile from about 900 BC to 180 AD.

If one of them gets up and starts haunting you, however, that’s NOT part of the exhibition.

When: Saturday, October 19
Time: 10 am Р5 pm
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 380, Sherbrooke Street
Price: $23

Parc Safari Zoo

may 25 to 27

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Get your animal fix by heading to Parc Safari, an easy 40-minute drive off the island. The park offers an optional Safari Adventure upon entering, you can drive up and see a variety of exotic animals from your car including zebras, ostriches, buffalo, llamas, and camels.

Inside the park, take a walk down the Forest Trail where you have an amazing vantage point view of monkeys, hyenas, and bears. Don’t forget the lions, but we didn’t have to tell you that.

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until October 27, 2019
Time: 10 am
Where: 280 Rang Roxham, Hemmingford
Price: Prices vary depending on age. Tickets available at the entrance or online

Musee Grevin

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Musee Grevin is Montreal’s very own version of Madame Tussaud’s in London. A wax museum hidden inside Centre Eaton, Musee Grevin will have you snapping pics of all your favourite celebrities.

The museum has creepily similar figurines of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Michael Jackson, Charlie Chaplin, and so many more.

With an SQDC location easily walkable, you could turn this excursion into a real trip.

When: Saturday, October 19
Time:
¬†10 am ‚Äď 6 pm (Monday ‚Äď Saturday), 11 am ‚Äď 5 pm (Sunday)
Where: Centre Eaton de Montréal, 705 Rue Sainte-Catherine
Price:¬†$13.60 ‚Äď $19.95