18 things to do in Montreal this weekend: October 11 to 13

Oct 11 2019, 12:00 pm

If the time for you to work is done, you should get out there and make the most of these fall days. It’s always easy to have some fun in Montreal. It’s a busy weekend of great events, enjoy yourself this October 11 to 13.

For more things to do, check out our events section.

Friday, October 11

Voiles en Voiles

What: 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. The obstacle course features 61 different activities between the Royal Ship and the Pirate Ship. Activities include zip-lining, rock climbing, and bouncy castles.

When: Weekends until Monday, October 14, 2019
Time: 10 am to 6 pm
Where: Place des Vestiges, Old Port
Tickets: Online

Tonga Lumina

What: 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. The adventure starts at the base of Mont-Tremblant. The chairlift transports its investigators to the “Twilight Portal” where a colourful lit path weaves its way through the woods to a series of mysterious checkpoints in pursuit of the giant.

When: From now until October 14, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Mont Tremblant

Parc Safari Zoo

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

Fright Fest

As if La Ronde’s wild rides aren’t scary enough, they’ve added some ghouls, zombies and witches to the park this month to give thrill-seekers some added jolts at Quebec’s biggest amusement park. Fright Fest returns for select days in October, it’s a spooky time as costumed monsters take over the park at night. The park will offer a wide variety of places to get your scare on including new haunted houses, scare zones, frightening mazes and themed rides.

When: On now until October 27
Time: 11 am – 10 pm
Where: La R


The award-winning festival returns featuring mesmerizing installations of artist-inspired, glowing pumpkins that shouldn’t be missed. Take this incredibly awesome tour through a spectacular outdoor art exhibit of 7,000 handcrafted pumpkins all lit at night along a 1 km path in a picturesque 19th-century backdrop.

When: On now until October 27
Where: Upper Canada Village, County Road 2

L’Off Jazz

The 20th edition of L’Off Jazz presents over 22 events taking place in 10 of the city’s most renowned venues.The program offers a variety of seasoned jazz veterans, as well as the young, local jazz musicians from the Montreal scene.

When: October 5 to 12
Time: Varies per selected show
Where: Varies per selected show
Price: $99 for an all-access pass, varies per individual show

Gardens of Light

The lantern festival includes a lighted path through the Botanical Garden’s three cultural gardens, the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations Gardens, all looking at nature from a different perspective.

When: Every day in October
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm (until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Where: Montreal’s Botanical Gardens
Price: $10.25 – $20.50

Haunted Red Light Ghost Walk

Local tour company, Secret Montreal, is giving guests a chance to learn about the city’s indecent past. The tour is led by a professional actor and storyteller and the path leads to tales about the dark and lewd history of Montreal’s old Red Light District. Many of the sites are even said to be haunted. The tour takes place at what is currently known as the Quartier des Spectacles, known for its festivals and entertainment. But Secret Montreal takes its guests on a historical journey of another form of entertainment.

When: Every Friday until October 31, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: 1219 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $26.50, available online

Saturday, October 12

Maisonneuve Market

The Maisonneuve Market is located in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough and is housed in a beautiful stone building that dates back to the early 20th century. In addition to the pretty exterior, the Maisonneuve Market has everything from flowers and baked goods to meat and fish.

When: Open Daily
Time: Open every day at 7 am, closing times vary
Where: 4445 Ontario East, Montreal
Admission: Free

Marche Fermier

What: The Farmer’s Market is a project initiated by the House of Friendship, and features a variety of vendors selling vegetables, bread, cheese and pastries, fruits, and more.

When: Every Thursday and Sunday until November 10, 2019
Time: 3 to 7 pm (Thursday), 12 to 4 pm (Sunday)
Where: Right outside the Laurier Metro

St. Louis Blues vs. Montreal Canadiens

The 2019 Stanley Cup champions will be in town tonight to face off against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

When: October 12
Time: 7 pm
Where: 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
Price: Tickets from $49

La Ronde’s Fright Fest

What: Fright Fest returns for select days in October, it’s a spooky time as costumed monsters take over the park at night. The park will offer a wide variety of places to get your scare on including haunted houses, scare zones, frightening mazes and themed rides.

When: Select dates through October 31
Time: Various times
Where: La Ronde – 22 Chemin Macdonald
Tickets: Online

Sunday, October 13

Lachine Market

What: The smallest and oldest of Montreal’s farmer markets, the Lachine Market features its very own cheese shop, pastry shop, and local produce.

When: Open Daily
Time: Open every day at 7 am, closing times vary
Where: 1875 Notre-Dame, Montreal
Admission: Free

Atwater Market

What: Atwater Market has been selling fresh, local food to Montrealers since 1933. Offering everything from produce to flowers, the Atwater Market is one of the most famous and bustling in Montreal.

When: Open Daily
Time: Open every day at 7 am, closing times vary
Where: 138 Atwater Avenue, Montreal
Admission: Free

Jean-Talon Market

What: The Jean-Talon Market is a Montreal classic is steps away from the metro and open all year round. Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, and fish are available all year.

When: Open Daily
Time: Open every day at 7 am, closing times vary
Where: 7070 Henri-Julien Avenue, Montreal
Admission: Free

Musée Grévin Montreal

What: Check out your favourite actors, athletes, and artists in wax form. The figurines are displayed beautifully through the four-floor museum that also features optical illusions and interactive displays.

When: Every day
Time: 10 am to 6 pm (Monday to Saturday), 11 am to 5 pm (Sundays)
Where: 705 Rue Saint Catherine (4th floor of the Eaton Centre)

La Grande Roue de Montréal

What: Hit up Canada’s largest observational wheel and take in some absolutely breathtaking views of the city, during spring. Not to mention, some primetime photo ops that’ll make your Instagram crowd jealous.

When: Every Day
Time: 10 am to 11 pm
Where: 362 rue de Commune Est
Price: $14.79 – $25

Sunday Night Improv

What: A weekly improv comedy showcase at Theatre Sainte Catherine Café-Bar. New themes and new comedians for each show.

When: Every Sunday
Time: 7 pm
Where: Theatre Sainte Catherine Café-Bar – 264 Ste. Catherine Est, Montreal
Tickets: Online

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