20 Montreal events worth checking out in October

Sep 26 2017, 3:46 am

Well Montreal, October has finally arrived.

In addition to the chillier weather, you can tell autumn is in full swing thanks to the myriad of fun fall-themed events happening around the city this month.

From Oktoberfest and Halloween fun, to food and music festivals, check out the 20 hottest Montreal events happening this October.

Gardens of Light

What: Every fall, Montreal lights up with beautiful lanterns and it’s truly a beautiful sight to see. The Montreal Botanical Garden’s annual Gardens of Light event coincides with one of China’s other favourite festivals, the Moon Festival. This year, Gardens of Light includes a new lighted path through the Botanical Garden’s three cultural gardens, each looking at nature from a different perspective.

Where: Montreal Botanical Garden
When: September 8 to October 31

Montreal Oktoberfest

What: Pumpkins and beer? Yes please! Oktoberfest is back at the Atwater Market and will feature over 40 different microbreweries from all over Quebec. If you want a break from beer, you can stroll around the market and enjoy incredible fresh dishes like pizza, sandwiches, grilled meats, cold cuts and more.

Where: Atwater Market, 138 Avenue Atwater
When: September 29 to October 1


What: If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, then you NEED to check out Pumpkinferno, an insane pumpkin lantern festival just an hour and a half from Montreal. The Award-winning Pumpkinferno festival is an annual event taking place in Upper Canada Village that features over 150 themed pumpkin displays made up of over 7,000 hand carved pumpkins. If you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit, you definitely need to check out Pumpkinferno.

Where: Upper Canada Village
When: September 29 to October 29

La Ronde Fright Fest

What: Fright Fest, is back for another terrifying year. Fright Fest offers a wide variety of places to get your scare on including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurks around every corner, as the dark of night washes over the park.

Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald
When: September 30 to October 31


What: The iconic Hanson brother trio will be paying Montreal a visit this fall as part of their Middle Of Everywhere World Tour. The tour is in celebration of the band’s 25th anniversary and will feature all of their classic pop hits including MMMbop, I Will Come to You and Where’s the Love as well as some newly released tracks.

Where: Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre, 2490 Notre-Dame ouest
When: October 3, 8 pm

Black & Blue

What: Black & Blue, otherwise known as the world’s largest gay dance festival, is back in Montreal this October. This year, the Pierre Charbonneau Amphitheatre will once again be taken over by an array of activities for the gay community and its friends. The week of Black & Blue events includes dance parties, brunches, sporting events, and art exhibitions.

Where: Pierre Charbonneau Amphithéâtre, 3000 Rue Viau
When: October 5 to 9

OFF Jazz Festival

What: If you didn’t get your jazz fix during the International Jazz Fest, then you need to catch a performance at Montreal’s OFF Jazz Festival this fall. From October 5 to 14, various venues around Montreal will be filled with some of Canada’s top jazz musicians.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: October 5 to 14

The Great Pumpkin Ball

What: Get into the Halloween spirit by attending the Great Pumpkin Ball, where you’ll find hundreds of decorated pumpkins. Attendees will also find pumpkin decorating contests, play zones and lots of other Halloween activities for the little ones.

Where: Botanical Garden, 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
When: October 6 to 31, 9 am to 9 pm

Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull & CNCO

What: Things are going to be heating up at Bell Centre this Thanksgiving Monday, as the ever-so-talented Enrique Iglesias will be stopping by with Pitbull and CNCO. Get ready for an evening of chart-topping hits and plenty of dancing.

Where: Bell Centre, 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
When: October 9, 7:30 pm

Montreal Canadiens Home Game

What: Show your favourite NHL team some love by catching them on home ice this October. This month’s lineup includes games against the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, and the New York Rangers.

Where: Bell Centre, 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
October 10, 14,24,26, & 28


What: This October, you’re invited to visit one of the most terrifying haunted houses in Montreal. Back for its third year, Malefycia is even creepier than before, with this year’s theme being ‘Creepy Care Clinic.’ For just under an hour, you can wander through the horrifying rooms where you’ll be forced to deal with frightening scenarios.

Where: Angus Street in Montreal’s Rosemont area
When: October 13 to 15; 2o to 22;27 to 31


What: The one and only Deadmau5 will be bringing his “Lots of Shows in a Row: Pt. 2” tour to the Bell Centre this October. He released his eighth studio album, W:/2016ALBUM/ in 2016 that features the singles “Let It Go” and “Snowcone”.

Where: Bell Centre, 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
When: October 13

Haunted Montreal Ghost Tour

What: Come and explore downtown Montreal and discover that beneath the veneer of urban respectability lie many dark secrets, from forgotten cemeteries to ghost-infested buildings, and the numerous hauntings that go with them.

Where: The haunted tours all begin at Andrew’s Pub (1241 Guy Street, just south of Sainte Catherine Street)
When: October 15, 22, 29, 30, 31, and November 5

Montreal Burlesque Festival

What: It’s time to get your burlesque on Montreal! The city is hosting a prestigious three-day burlesque and cabaret festival this month. Come and enjoy performances from both international and local rising stars as they grace the stage.

Where: CLUB SODA, 1225 St Laurent Blvd
When: October 19 to 21

Montreal Taco Week

What: Montreal is gearing up to host its second annual Taco Week, which is a week-long festival in which a number of participating restaurants “pay homage to Mexican cuisine and culture by celebrating the genius of the Taco.” Each restaurant will offer its own version of the taco for just $10 or less.

Where: Various locations, check website for details
When: October 21 to 28, 2017

La Pizza Week

What: The city of Montreal will be celebrating all things ’za the last week of October. The inaugural culinary competition advertises that “more than 50 of Montreal’s top pizzerias will compete for the title of best pizza in town.” Head to the La Pizza Week website to find out what pizzerias will be participating.

Where: Various venues throughout the city
When: October 24 to 31

SPASM Festival

What: The Spasm Festival has dedicated itself to showcasing the most unusual horror films. Taking place over three days this October, SPASM will play a slew of the goriest horror movies. If you’re a film buff looking to get your horror fix this Halloween, this is an event you won’t want to miss.

Where: Club Soda, 1225 Boulevard Saint Laurent
When: October 26 to 28


What: If you love a good networking event and any chance to get dressed up, make sure to head to Incognito this October. It’s not only a networking event where the dress code calls for Venetian masks and semi-formal attire, it’s also a fundraiser for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Don’t forget to bring some business cards!

Where: Entrepôts Dominion
When: October 27, 9 pm

Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball

What: Whether you’re a fan of this cult classic or you’re not, watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween is a must. Lucky for you, Montreal does Rocky Horror justice at the annual Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball. The show takes place at the Imperial Cinema and features a screening of the original movie while a large cast of actors performing live on stage.

Where: Cinema Imperial, 1430 Rue Bleury
When: October 27, 28 & 31

Imagine Dragons

What: American rock band Imagine Dragons will be headlining the Bell Centre this month as part of their Evolve world tour. Get ready to rock out to their popular hits Radioactive, Thunder, and Believer.

Where: Bell Centre, 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
When: October 27, 6:30 pm

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