12 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, September 21

Sep 20 2019, 5:00 am

As the last Saturday of the summer kicks off, here are a handful of things worthy of checking out in Montreal today, September 21.

Montreal Vegan Festival



From cooking demos, conferences, cosmetics, clothing, and food (duh), the Montreal Vegan Festival celebrates everything veganism.

When: September 21 and 22
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Palais des congrès de Montréal
Price: Free admission

MTL 2 Grand Open – Prelims 3

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For the second year in a row, the MTL Grand Open returns, doubling up the prize pool money to $2,000 as comics from throughout the city compete for the grand prize over six months and bragging rights.

This weekend’s show is hosted by¬†Troy Stark¬†and features the likes of¬†Yannick Dotes,¬†Paul Ash,¬†Ben Cardilli,¬†Lucy Gervais,¬†Sarah Swinwood,¬†Griffin Schwartz,¬†Lexa Graham,¬†Nazeer Khan,¬†and Stephen Sherman.

When; Saturday, September 21
Time: 8 pm Р11 pm
Where: Montreal Art Centre, 1844 William Street
Price: $10

Garage Sale Weekend – Hemmingford

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The quaint town of Hemmingford is hosting its 21st annual Garage Sale Weekend, starting today. If the hustle and bustle of the city life is too much for you, sneak out to the cozy countryside and see what the country-folk have to offer.


Locals will be selling everything from toys, clothes, sports equipment, furniture, and books.

(It’s also a good excuse to make a day-trip out of it and go apple picking¬†and/or Parc Safari.)

When: September 21 and 22
Time: 10 am Р6 pm (Varies per household)
Where: Hemmingford, Quebec

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives


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

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 21
Time: 10 am Р5 pm
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 380, Sherbrooke Street
Price: $23

Harvest Moon: Neil Young Cover Night at The Diving Bell

A slew of Montreal artists will be performing at The Diving Bell Social Club on Saturday with a variety of renditions of Neil Young.

When: Saturday, September 21
Time: 8:30 pm Р12:30 am
Where: The Diving Bell Social Club / Club Social Le Scaphandre, 3956 Boulevard St-Laurent
Price: $10, available online, $15 at the door

Cité Mémoire


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 21
Time: From nightfall until 11 pm
Where: Old Montreal
Price: Free

Through the Echoes


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 21
Time: Varies
Where: Montreal’s Old Port
Price: $28.50 ‚Äď $51, available online

Montreal’s International Literature Festival

If you’re a fan of books, poetry, art, music, and film, the¬†Montreal‚Äôs International Literature Festival¬†is for you. This event will feature talks and readings from local and international authors as well as live readings and musical performances and an art exhibit.

When: From now until September 29
Time: Various times
Where: Quartier des Spectacle
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: Thursday, September 19
Time: 10 am Р10 pm
Where: Marche Bonsecours, 325 de la Commune
Price:$14, available and at the door online

Gardens of Light

Gardens of Light

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: 9 am Р9 pm (Sunday РThursday), 9 am Р10 pm (Friday РSunday)
Where: Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $8 – $16, available online

Ladyfest 2019

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Ladyfest is a celebration of dynamic femme and non-binary talent in stand-up, storytelling, video, improv, and sketch comedy.

The 5th edition enters the weekend with the likes of Aurora Knaut, Michelle Dominique, Sara Meleika, Kayla de Leon, Dawn Ford, and many others.

When: From now until September 23
Time: 7 pm
Where:¬†Th√©√Ętre Sainte-Catherine,¬†264 St Catherine St Est
Price: $8 general admission, $6 students


pizza Montreal


A pizza festival is in Montreal until next week, capping 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

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