9 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, August 31

Aug 30 2019, 5:00 am

Saturdays of long weekends are so magical because there’s still two days of no-working after today.

Today, August 31, is essentially dressed as a Friday so here are a handful of eventful things happening around town today as we bid ‘au revoir’ to August.

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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: Saturday, August 31
Time: 10 am – 10 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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Entering its third edition, the Mile Ex End music festival returned to take over the Van Horne overpass on Friday and it’ll stick around until Monday.

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, MĂ©lissa Laveaux, A Tribe Called Red, La Force, Jeanne Added, and Chromeo.

When: From now until September 2
Time: Doors open at 4 pm (on August 30) and 1 pm (August 31 – September 2)
Where: 
Corner of Rue Marmier and Rue Henri-Julien
Price: $29.75 – $79.75, available online

BLVD – Boulevard PiĂ©ton Block Party

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Boulevard Saint-Laurent closed off to vehicular traffic between Sherbrooke and Mont-Royal Avenue on Friday as it welcomes a giant block party all weekend.

Featuring a slew of terraces, food, music, shops, live performances, and free activities, BLVD is the “the perfect event to say goodbye to August.”

When: From now until September 1
Time: 11 am – 10 pm
Where: Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: Free admission

Asian Night Market 2019

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For the third consecutive year, FoodfestMTL in collaboration with Montreal’s Chinatown Development Council hosts the Asian Night Market.

The food market has 50 kiosks and over 30 Chinatown merchants.

The majority of food is priced at $3 to $5 with high-end items going for $7 to $8.

When: From now until September 1
Time: 11 am – 11 pm (Saturday and Sunday)
Where: 1018 St-Urbain, Chinatown
Price: Free admission

Montreal Fetish Weekend

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Yes, this is for real.

From now until September 3, Montreal will be hosting the 15th annual edition of Fetish Weekend.

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

“The festival is Canada’s largest international fetish gathering,” reads the event’s Facebook page. “It is set in the world’s 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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Taco ’bout a good way to end the month.

The Old Port’s Jacques Cartier Pier will welcome over 10,000 taco lovers for a three-day fiesta of Mexican food and culture in what is appropriately titled, Taco Fest.

The long weekend celebration will feature 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: August 31 – September 2
Time: 11 am – 11 pm
Where: Jacques-Cartier Pier, Old Montreal
Price: $7.95 – $12.95, available online

Cité Mémoire

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

When: Saturday, August 31
Time: From nightfall until 11 pm
Where: Old Montreal
Price: Free

Through the Echoes

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The first-of-its-kind pyramid-shaped entertainment venue, PY1, created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté continues its showing all month.

The innovative venue will offer a multi-sensory experience, state-of-the-art technology and “a unique playground” for multimedia entertainment combining high tech with the talent of the greatest digital creators.

The PY1 experience made its worldwide debut with Through the Echoes, a show produced exclusively for the pyramid last month, located near the Clock Tower grounds in the Old Port.

When: Saturday, August 31
Time: Varies
Where: Montreal’s Old Port
Price: $28.50 – $51, available online

CluedUpp’s Montreal Detective Day

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If you think you have what it takes to solve a murder mystery, you and your friends could finally meet your match.

CluedUpp, the British detective game, is on its way to Montreal this weekend.

The Montreal version of the outdoor game is called “Sneaky Finders,” set in the Golden Square Mile which will become the fictitious town of Millingham.

“Your team of detectives will be tasked with cracking the case as you stalk the streets, tracking down virtual witnesses and eliminating suspects,” reads the game’s website.

When: Saturday, August 31
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Golden Square Mile
Price: $65 – $80, available online