11 things to do in Montreal today: Monday, September 2

Aug 30 2019, 12:00 pm

Though some people consider Labour Day to be the end of summer, you shouldn’t worry about it today. Sit back, relax, and take a Monday off. You earned it.

Here is what’s happening around Montreal today, September 2.

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Piknic Electronik

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Piknic Electronik

The seventeenth edition of 2019’s Piknic Electronik is on a rare Monday today.

Piknic is an outdoor electric music dance festival featuring DJs and artists from all over the world. There are obviously good tunes, but there‚Äôs also good food, good drinks, and plenty of activities to keep you going. 11est of all ‚Äď the show goes on rain or shine.

When: Monday, September 2
Time:¬†2 pm ‚Äď 9:30 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Tickets: $16, available online

World Press Photo Exposition

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The World Press Photo exhibition started its month-long run in Montreal this week.

The worldwide tour showcases the stories that matter through photography.

The 2019 exhibition features the World Press Photo of the Year, and for the first time, the World Press Photo Story of the Year. The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 78,801 photographs entered by 4,738 photographers from 129 countries.

When: Monday, September 2
Time: 10 am Р10 pm
Where: Marché Bonsecours, 325 de la Commune
Price:$14, available and at the door online

Mile Ex End Musique Montreal

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Having entered its third edition on Friday, the Mile Ex End music festival returned to take over the Van Horne overpass all weekend and it sums up today.

Besides taking place in a pretty hip venue under an overpass, the Mile Ex End fest has assembled a pretty stellar lineup which includes both comedy and music.

The festival’s full lineup can be found online but headlining acts include Feist, Kevin Morby, Adam Naas, M√©lissa Laveaux, A Tribe Called Red, La Force, Jeanne Added, and Chromeo.

When: Monday, September 2
Time: 1 pm 
Corner of Rue Marmier and Rue Henri-Julien
Price: $29.75 Р$79.75, available online

Montreal Fetish Weekend

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Yes, this is for real.

Montreal has been hosting the 15th annual edition of Fetish Weekend.

Described as a “fantasy-filled experience unlike anything else in the world,‚ÄĚ Montreal‚Äôs Fetish Weekend (MFW) promises to be anything but boring.

“The festival is Canada‚Äôs largest international fetish gathering,” reads the event’s Facebook page. “It is set in the world‚Äôs fetish-friendliest city. A grand celebration of alternate lifestyle. An urban fetish happening unlike anything else in the world. You are the star!”

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: From now until September 3
Time: 5:55 pm – 11:30 pm
Where: 1415 St-Hubert
Price: $25 – $300, available online

Taco Fest

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Tacos, tacos, tacos. (Shutterstock)

Taco ’bout a good way to start the month.

The Old Port’s Jacques Cartier Pier welcomed over 10,000 taco lovers this weekend, full of Mexican food and culture in what is appropriately titled, Taco Fest.

The long weekend celebration features over 75 varieties of tacos, churros, Mexican street corn, and enchiladas from the city’s top chefs and restaurants.

Now might be a good time to invest in some seriously stretchy pants because 75 varieties of Mexican cuisine is a seriously high bar to jump eat over.

Speaking of the bar, taco fans will be able to wash down the delicious dish with renowned sangrias, margaritas, tequila, and mezcal.

When: Monday, September 2
Time: 11 am Р11 pm
Where: Jacques-Cartier Pier, Old Montreal
Price: $7.95 Р$12.95, available online

Stand Up Paddle Boarding – Parc Jean Drapeau

Parc Jean Drapeau

The St-Lawrence River is a gorgeous sight to look at and this weekend, it could be a gorgeous sight to stand on as well.

Lasalle KSF is a store that specializes in surfing, kayak, and paddleboarding and they are teaming up with Parc Jean-Drapeau to get you stand-up paddleboarding this summer.

This great way to stay active, and to be part of the historic River is offered in three different varieties: SUP (stand-up paddleboarding), SUP Yoga, and SUP Fitness.

When: Sunday, September 1
Time: 10 am Р7 pm
Where: 350 Circuit Gilles Villesneuve, Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: $20 Р$56.50, based on activity chosen

Dollar Cinema


Dollar Cinema is an absolute gem of a find. They show second-run movies at a two-screen venue (only in English). It’s great for a date or for people who want to watch a relatively new movie on the big screen instead of Netflix.

The dive theatre is currently highlighted by¬†Crawl, The Art of Self-Defence, John Wick Chapter 3, The Dead Don’t Die, Avengers: Endgame, Pok√©mon: Detective Pikachu,¬†and¬†Wonder Park¬†to name a few, but check out the¬†website¬†for complete listing.

But for Labour Day, the theatre is also showing the 1978 classic, Grease.

Oh yeah, snacks are $1.

When: Monday, September 2
Time: Varies per selection
Where:¬†6900 Boulevard Decarie,¬†C√īte Saint-Luc
Price: $2.50 general admission

Tonga Lumino

Mont-Tremblant wants to make sure you have giant plans this weekend — literally.

The renowned ski mountain has transformed into an enchanted hiking trail where participants embark on a quest to find the last sleeping giant of its kind.

Uh. Yes, please.

The adventure, Tonga Lumina, is produced by Moment Factory, the same company known for their illuminations of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge.

This summer’s Mont-Tremblant trail will be illuminated with light projections and mythical storytelling as giant-seekers must trek through a 1.5 km nocturnal hike to find the slumbering giant.

When: Sunday, September 1
Time: Every 15 minutes from 9:15 pm Р10:45 pm
Where: 1000 Chemin des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant
Price: $11.99 Р$27.99, available online

La Ronde

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Quebec’s biggest amusement park has kept busy all summer and it’s sure to be busy this weekend as well.

Try battling The Goliath, get rocked on Le Ednor or check out the park’s newest ride, Chaos.

When: Sunday, September 1
Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald
When:¬†10:30 am ‚Äď 8 pm (11:30 pm during the fireworks)
Price: Available online or at the box office

Voiles en Voiles

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Climb aboard life-size replicas of both royal and pirate ships from the 18th century in Montreal’s Old Port (how fitting).

They are over 100 feet in length and range from two feet high for the young pirates to 35 feet for Peter Pan wannabes.

As the obstacle course gears up for its final stretch run, check out the 61 different activities between the Royal Ship and the Pirate Ship. Activities include zip-lining, rock climbing, and bouncy castles.

When: Sunday, September 1
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 6 pm
Where: Place des Vestiges, Old Port
Price: Prices vary depending on selected activities, tickets online


Parc Jean Drapeau is bringing Montrealers another challenge this summer: staying afloat.

Aquazilla, the floating obstacle course on water, is returning to the man-made island again this summer.

The 30-by-35 metre inflatable structure is combined with obstacles, slides, and platforms. Your job is to complete the course without falling into the Jean-Doré beach.

When: Sunday, September 1
Time: 10 am Р7 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Price: 6 Р13 years: $13 for an hour/$25 unlimited, 14 and over: $15 for an hour/$28 unlimited, family deal: $50 f0r an hour, $98 unlimited (tickets available on-site)

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