11 things to do in Montreal today: Saturday, September 7

Sep 6 2019, 5:00 am

Thanks to a shortened workweek, it feels like this Saturday crept up on us a lot quicker (not that anyone is complaining).

Here are a few happenings around the city today, September 7, to keep you busy.

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Gardens of Light

Gardens of Light

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As it does every fall, the Botanical Garden will shine bright with thousands of lights as the annual Gardens of Light returns to the city this weekend.

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: Saturday, September 7
Time: 9 am – 9 pm (Sunday – Thursday), 9 am – 10 pm (Friday – Sunday)
Where: Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $8 – $16, available online

OUMF Back-to-School Festival

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The new school year has begun and OUMF wants to make sure students get in one last big party to cap off the summer.

The ninth edition of the Festival OUMF kicked off and Thursday and it hosts live music, performances, art exhibitions, and a bunch of street-side activities to form a block party on Saint-Denis, which concludes today.

This year’s bash features the likes of Brown Family, Claudia Bouvette, J.A.M., Kap.Dog, Kevin Na$h, Kirouac & Kodakludo, Lit Gang, MTLord, Salimo, and much more.

When: Saturday, September 7
Time: 5 pm – 11 pm
Where: Rue St.DenisQuartier latin
Price: Free admission

Ukrainian Festival


The 18th annual Ukrainian festival promotes Ukrainian heritage and culture within the Montreal community and strives to increase awareness of the contribution of Ukrainian-Canadians to the society in Quebec.

Visitors who attend the festival have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with Ukrainian traditions of folk crafts, music, dance, art, fashion, and of course, food.

When: September 7, and 8
Time: Friday: 7 pm – 2 am, Saturday: 11 am – 10 pm, and Sunday: 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Parc Beaubien – Intersection of Rue Beaubien Est and 9e avenue

World Press Photo Exposition

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The World Press Photo exhibition started its month-long run in Montreal last 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, September 7
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Where: Marché Bonsecours, 325 de la Commune
Price:$14, available and at the door online

Underdog Stand-Up II

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Another edition of the Underdog Stand-Up show is hitting Montreal this weekend.

Local comedians get into the ring and will be throwing punches in the style of jokes.

The popular boxing gym has swapped out its gloves for microphones as a handful of Montreal’s top comics perform on stage (except it’s a ring).

The show will be hosted by Quinn McMorrow and features the likes of  Wassim El-Mounzer,
Arl Brunet, Harrison Weinreb, Kara Parham, and Oren Shbiro.

When: Saturday, September 7
Time: 9 pm – 11 pm
Where: Underdog Boxing Gym, 9 Ste. Catherine Est
Price: $10

Cité Mémoire


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, September 7
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 “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, September 7
Time: Varies
Where: Montreal’s Old Port
Price: $28.50 – $51, available online

La Ronde

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Quebec’s biggest amusement park has kept busy all summer and it’s sure to be busy this weekend as well.

Try battling The Goliath, get rocked on Le Ednor or check out the park’s newest ride, Chaos.

When: Sunday, September 7
Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald
When: 10:30 am – 8 pm (11:30 pm during the fireworks)
Price: Available online or at the box office

Voiles en Voiles

pirate ship

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Climb aboard life-size replicas of both royal and pirate ships from the 18th century in Montreal’s Old Port (how fitting).

They are over 100 feet in length and range from two feet high for the young pirates to 35 feet for Peter Pan wannabes.

As the obstacle course gears up for its final stretch run, check out the 61 different activities between the Royal Ship and the Pirate Ship. Activities include zip-lining, rock climbing, and bouncy castles.

When: Sunday, September 7
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Place des Vestiges, Old Port
Price: Prices vary depending on selected activities, tickets online

Parc Safari


Sneak away from the busy city life and head to the country for some zoo fun this weekend.

Parc Safari has over 500 animals, exciting rides, and fun activities to keep you going back all season long.

The park starts off with the “Safari Adventure” where guests can get close to exotic animals like never before. While driving to the main park entrance, the optional adventure path allows for the more docile but equally large animals to check you out in your car.

Oh, how the tables have turned.

Animals on the “Safari Adventure” include buffalo, zebras, llamas, gazelles, ostriches, deer, peacocks, and camels. You’re encouraged to feed and pet the animals during the low-speed trek and you’ll always want to keep your windshield wipers handy. Your car might get dirty but it’s worth it.

It’s not often you get to brag about llama saliva on your windshield.

When: Sunday, September 8
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 280 Rang Roxham, Hemmingford
Price: Prices vary depending on age. Tickets available at the entrance or online

Thierry Mugler at the MMFA


The world premiere of the Thierry Mugler: Couturissime exhibition which was christened by Kim Kardashian is at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts for the last weekend.

Set against a spectacular backdrop, the exhibition brings together more than 140 garments made between 1973 and 2001, most of which have never been shown before.

When: September 7-8
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal, 1380 rue Sherbrooke
Price: $16 – $24, available online

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