15 things to do in Montreal this weekend: October 1 to October 2

Sep 30 2016, 7:22 pm

Saturday, October 1

Shop the Frank & Oak Women’s Collection

For three days only, shop the newly launched and buzzed about Frank & Oak women’s collection. Quantities are limited obviously so get there fast and spruce up your fall wardrobe the right way.
When: September 30 to October 2
Where: 3770 Boul St-Laurent Montréal


Since her album 19 back in 2008, Adele has been unstoppable. The young brit rose to fame throughout her next two albums, 2011’s 21 and last year’s 25. And clearly, everyone in Montreal want to see Adele live as she’s sold-out two shows at the Bell Centre this month – well one on September 30. Hello!
When: Saturday, October 1 at 8 pm
Where:  Bell Centre – 1909 avenues des Canadiens-de-Montreal

The International Black Film Festival

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

Play an escape game at A/MAZE

Put your brain to the test at Montreal’s very own escape room game centre, A/MAZE. A/MAZE will challenge you in more ways than you thought possible, and there’s only one way to escape: by solving the puzzle. In a limited amount of time, you’ll have to find clues, crack codes, and solve problems in one of their themed rooms, ranging from a 1926 prison cell to a mad scientist’s lab.
When: Monday to Thursday 2 pm-10 pm, Friday to Sunday 10 am-10 pm
Where: Various locations

Boyce Avenue

Boyce Avenue rose to superstar status a few years ago courtesy of their wildly popular YouTube channels. The band, made up of brothers Daniel, Fabian, and Alejandro Manzano, upload original material and cover songs (like their awesome version of Adele’s “Hello”), and their videos have been seen more than a billion times online. This is the new date from their rescheduled show on May 16 – all tickets from the earlier date will be honoured.
When: Saturday, October 1 at 5:30 pm
Where:  Metropolis – 59 Rue Sainte-Catherine Est

Montreal International Literature Festival

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 – October 2
Where: Quartier des Spectacles

Experience Fright Fest at La Ronde

Celebrate Halloween with La Ronde at their annual Fright Fest. Every weekend in October, La Ronde will be transformed into one giant haunted village. Prepare to meet zombies, convicts, and worst of all, clowns. In addition to their usual slew of mazes and haunted houses, 2016 boasts Demon’s Hell, where you’ll be chased by your worst demons, and The Cursed Farm, where a string of people have recently gone missing…If you like being scared on Halloween, then Fright Fest at La Ronde is the place to go.
When: Every weekend in October from 11 am until closing, for a full schedule click here
Where: La Ronde, 22 Chemin MacDonald

The Color Run Night Montreal

The Color Run Night 5k is bringing a star-lit party to Montreal with neon color zones on course, all-new glowing participant kit, sweet UV bubbles, and an unforgettable after-party. The Color Run, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, and individuality and now you can take part in it and make it a party on this Saturday night!
When: October 1 at 7 pm
Where: 1, Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, Montreal

Spaceman Screening

Check out this very special screenings of SPACEMAN (starring Josh Duhamel, written and directed by Brett Rapkin) this Saturday. Accompanying each screening will be a VIP panel featuring the movie’s protagonist (and former Montreal Expo) Bill “Spaceman” Lee, legendary editorial cartoonist Terry “Aislin” Mosher, TSN 690 radio personality Mitch Melnick, and many more. The evening will be emceed by CJAD radio personality Dave Kaufman.
When: October 1 at 7 pm
Where: Cine de Seve, 1400 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O.

Sunday, October 2

Focus: Perfection Exhibit

Pompeii may be over but lucky for us, an equally exciting temporary exhibition has taken its place at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Titled “Focus: Perfection,” this temporary exhibit focuses on Robert Mapplethorpe, one of the most influential photographers of the 21st century. The exhibit hails all the way from Los Angeles and was curated by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum in collaboration with the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.
When:  Tuesday 10 am-5 pm, Wednesday 10 am-9 pm, Thursday to Sunday 10 am-5 pm,
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Red Bull Music Academy

The music program lands in Canada for the second time since 1998 and it will feature Björk, Fucked Up & Tanya Tagaq, Chilly Gonzales, Tiga, and The Black Madonna, among many others. With the line up of musicians from all genres, and the extensive workshops, lectures, and gigs, the Red Bull Music Academy provides a unique learning environment for up-and-coming artists.
When: Until October 28
Where: Various locations

My Name is Asher Lev

Huffington post called this one of the best shows of the year and now you can see it in Montreal! Based on the book by Chaim Potok, this is a story about
Asher Lev who discovers he has a mystifying artistic talent. But when his passion for painting conflicts with his traditionally religious family, Asher’s gift threatens to divide his entire community.
When: Until October 2
Where: Segal Centre, 5170 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine

World Press Photo

The 11th edition of Montreal’s World Press Photo will showcase the photography from the winners of the most prestigious professional competition in the world.
When: Until October 2
Where: Bonsecours Market, 325 de la Commune Street East

Oktoberfest at the Atwater Market

Pumpkins and beer? Yes please. Oktoberfest is back at the Atwater Market this fall. This year’s Oktoberfest will feature 40 different microbreweries from all over Quebec. Set up under a traditional tent, craft beer can be purchased all day long on September 30th, October 1st, and October 2nd. The tent will be erected right at the entrance to the market so you can grab a pint before strolling through the stands of fall-themed goodies.
When: September 30th 1 pm-6:30 pm, October 1st 10 am-4:30 pm, October 2nd 11 am-4:30 pm
Where: Atwater Market, 138 Avenue Atwater

Gardens of Light

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