12 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, September 14

Sep 13 2019, 5:00 am

From food festivals, a tattoo convention, mummies, and everything in between, here is what’s going on around town today, September 14, in beautiful Montreal.

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YUL EAT Festival – 2019

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It seems like Montreal is saving its biggest food festival for last.

The YUL EAT Festival returned for its sixth edition at the start of the week, giving Montrealers one last big food fest to cap off the summer.

From different culinary themed nights to the ‚ÄúParcours Gourmand‚ÄĚ grand tasting experience, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, conferences, a pop-up restaurant, wines, beers, and cocktails, YUL EAT offers up a little something for everyone.

Free outdoor activities include the Breville Lab, the General Store, the Ford Smokehouse pop-up restaurant, Chope-Chope (beers from Brasseur de Montréal and Creemore Springs), Tchin-Tchin wine and Shake-Shake cocktail bars.

When: From now until September 15
Time: Varies
Where: Anchored at Quartier des spectacles
Price: $30 Р195, available online. Free admission options also available

Art Tattoo Montreal

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This weekend is bringing a whole bunch of ink with it to Montreal.

The 17th edition of the Art Tattoo Montreal convention is on its way to the Gare Windsor all weekend featuring more than 200 artists of all styles from around the world.

Guests can also take this opportunity to add some ink to your tattoo collection as artists will be available on site.

When: From now until September 15
Time: Saturday, 12 pm Р11 pm; Sunday, 12 pm Р7 pm
Where: Gare Windsor, Montreal
Price: $20 for one day entry and $50 for the entire weekend, available at the door

Grand Prix Cycling

Experience the intensity of the biggest cycling event in all of Montreal. The race starts at Jeanne-Mance park and cycles around the designated route around the city.

Registration for the race is full but it’s free to watch the hundreds of cyclists.

When: From now until September 15
Time: 10:30 am Р4:50 pm
Where: Jeanne-Mance Park
Price: Free admission

World Press Photo Exposition

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The World Press Photo exhibition has returned to Montreal for its month-long run at Marché Bonsecours.

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: From now until September 29
Time: 10 am Р10 pm
Where: Marché Bonsecours, 325 de la Commune
Price:$14, available and at the door online

Montreal Bacon Week

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You didn’t really think the city of Montreal would host so many food festivals and leave out bacon, did you?

The fifth annual bacon festival returned to the Quartier Dix30 this week and will keep sizzling until Sunday.

The crispy festival will feature 17 restaurants from the South Shore’s mega-outlets, each putting a different spin on a bacon-inspired dish.

Check out the participating spots right here.

When: From now until September 15
Time: Varies per restaurant
Where: Quartier DIX30 – 6000 Boulevard Rome, Brossard
Price: Varies per selected item

Montreal Paint Festival

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Jet Night Club is about to get real messy as the largest paint festival in Canada gets ready to splash down on Crescent Street tonight.

Using biodegradable and water-based paint, the popular club is going to be dousing partygoers for a very colourful night of dancing, DJs, booze, and photo ops.

The venue will feature a collection of resident DJs spinning EDM, house, hip-hop, reggaeton, and mashup tunes so guests can live it up as Jet’s ‘paint blasters’ soak up the nightclub.

When: Saturday, September 14
Time: 10 pm Р3 am
Where: Jet Night Club, 2020 rue Crescent
Price: $20 – $25, available online

Gardens of Light

Gardens of Light

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As it does every fall, the Gardens of Light returned to the city, shining thousands of bright lights at the Botanical Garden.

Espace pour la vie invites everyone to discover the cultural riches of the three gardens along an illuminated pathway in its flagship autumn event.

The venue is split up into three gardens: the Chinese Garden, the First Nations Garden, and the Japanese Garden.

When: From now until October 31
Time: Sunday РThursday, 9 am Р9 pm; Friday РSunday, 9 am Р10 pm
Where: Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $8 – $16, available online

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives

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A handful of mummies will be continuing their world tour when they cozy up to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for a few months, starting this weekend.

The exhibition,¬†Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, will be the mummies’ first North American exposition, following “tremendous success in¬†Australia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan,” according to the MMFA.

As per the press release, the British Museum has reconstructed the lives of six individuals who lived along the Nile from about 900 BC to 180 AD.

If one of them gets up and starts haunting you, however, that’s NOT part of the exhibition.

When: Saturday, September 14
Time: 10 am Р5 pm
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 380, Sherbrooke Street
Price: $24

Buddha Bazaar

The Buddha Bazaar invites guests to slip away into a zen atmosphere through a metaphysical indoor market with over 30 spiritual artists.

Events include live music, yoga, vegetarian food, sound healing, tarot readings, and much more.

When: September 14 and 15
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 6 pm (until 5 pm on Sunday)
Where:¬†Nutopia Holistic Centre Holistique ‚Äst7378 Rue Lajeunesse
Price: Free admission

PIZZA FEST Montreal

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A pizza festival kicked off across Montreal this week, ready to cap off the summer with a slice.

From now until September 24, dozens of restaurants around the city will take part in the festival before one spot is crowned the tasty winner of Montreal’s PIZZA FEST.

If you’re into the classics, all-dressed, just cheese, pepperoni and cheese, or you like your pizza with a bit more spunk, Pizza Fest will have you covered.

Visit the PIZZA FEST website for a full list of participating spots.

When: From now until September 24
Time: Varies per location
Where: Spread out throughout Montreal
Price: Varies per selected pizza

Cité Mémoire

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

When: Saturday, September 14
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 ‚Äúa unique playground‚ÄĚ 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, September 14
Time: Varies
Where: Montreal’s Old Port
Price: $28.50 ‚Äď $51, available online