12 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, September 1

Aug 31 2018, 2:52 pm

Happy September, Montreal! As the calendar flips to a new month, we’re rewarded with a long weekend. To jumpstart said weekend, here are some events to keep you busy in the city today, September 1.

Festival Bières et Saveurs de Chambly

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Flight of beer (Brent Hofacker/ Shutterstock)

If there’s ever a time to check out a beer festival, it’s the long weekend. Parc du Fort Chambly is hosted more than 100 exhibitors from all over Quebec. There’s brewing workshops, samplings, cider, music, food trucks and tons of products to buy.

When: From now until September 3
Time: 12:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: Parc du Fort Chambly – 2 rue de Richelieu, Chambly
Price: $13 – $32

Joey Elias at The Comedy Nest

The Montreal-native stand-up comedian, Joey Elias, has been taping a new comedy album all weekend at the Comedy Nest and tonight is his last show.

The Just for Laughs vet is the best in the business when it comes to crowd work, get in a load of laughs for only $12.

When: Saturday, September 1
Time: 8 pm
 The Comedy Nest – 2313 Ste. Catherine West (third floor of the Pepsi Forum)
Price: $6 for students, $12 general admission

Mile Ex End

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Last fall, the Mile Ex End Musique enjoyed its inaugural event when it took over the Van Horne underpass and they’re looking to continue that success the second time around.

The outdoor music festival is split up into four separate dates that focus on three distinct themes and their “Musique” event starts today.

Headliners include The Barr Brothers, Broken Social Scene, Hubert Lenoir, Loud, Eddy de Pretto and many more.

When: September 1, 2, 8 and 15
Time: September 1 and 2: noon, September 8 and 15: 4 pm
Corner of Rue Marmier and Rue Henri-Julien
Price: $10-$60, available online

Montreal Fetish Weekend

From fantasy-themed events to beautiful play scenes, fashion, expo, demos, workshops and an incredible fetish photo walk, the city welcomes you to a grand celebration of Fetish Pride, alternate lifestyle and diversity.

When: September 1 – 4
Time: 9 pm – 3 am
Where: Hotel Gouverneur – 1415 St. Hubert Street
Price: Varies depending on your selection

Big Bubble Tour

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The biggest bubble run in Quebec kicks off today (how much bubble-based competition could they have?).

The non-competitive race features 5 km of foamy bubbles which increase at each passing kilometre. As participants make their way to the end of the race, yes, more bubbles await at the finish line’s Foam Party.

The Big Bubble Tour encourages all runners from any level or age to join the race, all in good fun.

When: Saturday, September 1
Time: 9 am – 2 pm
Where: Park Maisonneuve
Price: $40

Swing Dancing Lessons

Studio 88 Swing is offering four 20-minute sessions to get young and old people swing dancing. Two costumed teachers perform acrobatic swing demonstrations followed by introduction classes.

In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. People sing in the rain, not swing.

When: Every Saturday in August
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Promenade d’Iberville

The Montreal World Film Festival

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Film Festival

On the heels of the Fantasia Film Festival, the 42nd edition of the Montreal World Film Festival encourages cultural diversity and understanding between nations and fosters cinema of all continents.

The festival features short films, genre pieces and both competitive and non-competitive selections from films all over the world.

The MWFF is spread throughout various outdoor and indoor venues across the city. Check out their website for specific spots for selected films.

When: September 1 – September 3
Time: Varies according to selected film
Where: Various venues across Montreal
Price: $11 per film

The MEG Montreal Festival

Not to be confused with the giant shark movie, The MEG Montreal Festival is an electronic dance music fest. Back for its 20th edition, genres include electro, hip-hop, rock, pop and
features Syzzors, Ghost Love, and Raveen tonight.

When: September 1 and 2
Time: 9 pm – 3 am
Where: Le Ministère – 4521 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $8 online, $10 at the door

Montreal Bacon Week

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Start September off with some sizzle (say that five times fast).

The 4th annual bacon festival returns to the Quartier Dix30 today as we start the month with some serious crisp.

The tasty festival will feature 18 restaurants from the South Shore’s mega-outlets, each putting a different spin on a bacon-inspired dish.

When: September 1 to 9
Time: Varies per restaurant
Where: Quartier DIX30 – 6000 Boulevard Rome, Brossard
Price: Varies per selected item

Haunted Mountain

Haunted Montreal conducts Ghost Walks and carries out research into ghost sightings, paranormal activities, historic hauntings, unexplained mysteries, and strange legends from Mont Royal.

Join a tour conducted by professional actors and storytellers and learn about the mountain’s frightening past.

When: Saturday, September 1
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Fletcher’s Field – Jeanne Mance Park
Price: $23

Le Burger Week Montreal

Le Burger Week 2018

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From bacon to burger, it’s time to get on your stretchy pants. 47 eateries in the city compete for the title of the Montreal’s best burger in a week long competition that starts today.

The winning creation is typically offered at a special “burger price” for the public to taste and cast their votes on leburgerweek.com.

There will be winning burgers in several categories including People’s Choice, Most Creative, and Healthiest Burger. Le Burger Week also sends undercover tasters all over the country to choose which creation will earn the Judges’ Choice title.

When: September 1 – 7
Time: Varies per restaurant
Where: Various locations around Montreal
Price: Varies per restaurant

Montreal Improv 10th Anniversary

Montreal’s biggest improv comedy club is hosting a slew of great events for their 10th birthday. From reunion cast members to crowd-suggested routines, this comedy-on-the-spot is impressive as it is hilarious.

When: Saturday, September 1
Time: 7 pm, 8:30 pm and 10 pm
Where: Montreal Improv – 3697 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $5

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