24 things to do in Montreal this weekend: September 10 to 12

Sep 10 2021, 12:00 pm

This weekend may not have the same allure of last week’s long weekend but there’s still plenty of things to do in Montreal to keep you busy.

There’s a massive sidewalk sale, a Corgis party, corn mazes, a beer festival, stand-up comedy, and so much more.

As we near the halfway point of the month, here are a bunch of things to keep you busy from September 10 to 12 in beautiful Montreal.

Ste-Catherine Street Celebrates

The country’s biggest open-air sidewalk sale is coming back to Montreal this weekend.

From September 10 to 12, Sainte-Catherine Street will be car-free between Bleury and Chomedey. The closures will be in place to accommodate the massive weekend sale that will feature live music, street performers, graffiti artists– and most importantly, over 300 local vendors.

When: September 10 – 12
Time: Friday, 12 – 10 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 10 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm
Where: Rue Ste. Catherine, between Bleury and Chomedey
Price: Free

Oktoberfest de Repentigny

Are you thirsty for some suds with your buds, this weekend?

Because a four-day Oktoberfest beer festival is kicking off on Thursday and will stick around until September 12.

The Oktoberfest de Repentigny will feature a collection of microbreweries from Quebec and food trucks from across the province, all bunched together in an outdoor space just 40 km outside of Montreal.

For beer fans who score a ticket, there will be over a dozen Quebec breweries on site, serving up tasty beers, ranging from ales, lagers, stouts, and IPAs.

When: From now until September 12
Time: Thursday, 5 – 11 pm; Friday, 3 – 11 pm; Saturday, 12 – 11 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Parc de l’Île-Lebel, Repentigny
Price: Varies per activity, available online

Corn Maze


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La Ferme Forget in Laval offers visitors some pretty un-forget-able experiences, including their famous corn maze, available to visit all weekend (and month).

The farm is not exaggerating when they call their cornfield “giant” as it spans the area of over five football fields (3.5 hectares). With all that real estate, the farm manufactured two mazes; a shorter one that takes about 20 minutes to solve and a longer one that can take over an hour.

Get lost this weekend!

When: Every day in September
Where: 7901 Av. Marcel-Villeneuve, Laval
Time: Every day from 9 am – 5 pm, Night maze: Every Friday from 6 pm to 11 pm
Price: $8 – $15

Battle of Wits


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The fast-paced comedy quiz show returns to The Diving Bell Social Club this weekend, where brave contestants answer trivia questions and compete in skill-testing games in between stand-up sets.

Think of it as a fuse between comedy and game shows.

This weekend’s lineup features a slew of great local comedians and the show is hosted by the very funny Elspeth Wright.

When: Friday, September 10
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: The Diving Bell Social Club, 3956 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: $15 at the door

Le Happy Corgi Party

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Yatai MTL – La semaine Japon is hosting a party full of Corgis for dog owners or people who simply love to look at Corgis.

When: Sunday, September 12
Time: 1 – 3 pm
Where:Parc Tiohtià:ke Otsira’kéhne
Price: Free

Le Burger Week


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The nationwide celebration of all things burgers has kicked off.

Burger lovers can head into participating restaurants around Montreal and enjoy special dishes created just for the festival during this time frame.

There’s more info on the ongoing festival right here.

When: From until September 14
Times: Varies per location
Where: Multiple Locations
Price: Prices vary

Tam Tams


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Le Petit Duck Shoppe

In 2020, Le Petit Duck Shoppe opened its unique novelty store tucked away in the heart of Old Montreal. Their specialty: every kind of rubber duck imaginable.

The store says that “setting foot in the boutique will bring you back to your childhood and is sure to put a smile on your face.”

Their selection of fun little collectibles is separated into categories like Artists, Celebriducks, Animals, Politicians, Holidays, and more.

When: Daily (Closed on Tuesdays)
Times: Monday, Wednesday – Friday, 11 am – 6 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm
Where: The corner of 398 rue Marie-Morin, Saint-Paul St W
Price: Prices vary

An Ode to the Moon – Gardens of Light


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Montreal’s Botanical Garden will shine bright with hundreds of illuminated lanterns as the Gardens of Light returns to the city this week.

The eight-week festival will offer a “brand new journey,” says the Espace pour la vie website, focusing on this year’s theme, “An ode to the Moon.”

The lantern fest will be devoted to the Moon this fall, the “universal beacon that has guided human beings since the dawn of time.” Espace pour la vie says the Moon will be the light that ushers guests on their path to discover the Gardens of Light.

When: From now until October 31
Time: 7 – 10 pm, nightly
Where: 4101 Sherbrooke Est
Price: $8.25 – $16.50

Festival Faves – The Comedy Nest

The Comedy Nest is booming with hilarious local comedians and former JFL vets.

Swing by The Nest for some tasty popcorn and the likes of Gino Durante, Tranna Wintour, Joey Elias, Mike Carrozza, Harrison Weinreb, Serag Meletian, and Adam Susser. 

When: September 10 & 11
Time: 8 pm (and 10:30 on Saturday)
 Comedy Nest, 2313 Rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest (3rd floor)
Price: $6 – $12, available online

Christian Dior Exhibition


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Fashion fans, Montreal’s McCord Museum is showing a one-of-a-kind Christian Dior exhibition from now until September 26.

The exhibition, presented by Holt Renfrew Ogilvy, is a historical showcase of “creations of the first decade of the haute couture house of Dior, created by the famous French couturier Christian Dior.”

When: From now until September 26
Times: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 9 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm; Saturday, 8 am – 11 pm
Where: McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke St W,
Price: Tickets range from $9.50 to $19.00

Éco-Odyssée Water Maze

The Wanderer is Éco-Odyssée’s unique labyrinth that has been in use since 2008. Participants are given an adventure map and their choice of paddleboat, paddleboard, or canoe.

What follows is a 2-hour adventure through the wild country of Wakefield, Quebec.

Don’t be surprised if you run into a beaver or white-tailed deer as the park shares its grounds with the local habitat of dozens of creatures.

When: Daily
Times: Sunday – Thursday, 9 am – 4 am; Friday – Saturday, 9 am – 10 pm
Where: 52, Chemin Les Sources La Pêche (Wakefield), QC
Price: Packages range from $50 to $110

Emile Berliner Musée des Ondes


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Located in the old RCA building in St. Henri, the museum was introduced in 1992 as an homage to Emile Berliner, the inventor of the phonograph record disc. The German pioneer opened the Berliner Gramophone Co. headquarters in the Montreal building back in 1909.

Its impressive collection holds over 30,000 pieces of technology, including gramophones, turntables, televisions, discs, and radios.

When: Daily
Time: Monday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm; Saturday – Sunday, 2 pm – 5 pm
Where: 1001 Rue Lenoir,
Price: Tickets range from $5 to $20

Canal Lounge


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Just steps away from the Atwater Market, this patio doesn’t just offer a view of the water, it’s actually ON the water. The floating terrace bills itself as “the perfect spot to get in the nautical spirit for a 5 à 7.”

When: Daily
3 pm – 11 pm, Closed on Mondays
Where: 22 Atwater Avenue, Montreal


THE INFINITE is a new, groundbreaking virtual reality multi-sensory exhibition that takes guests on a journey aboard the International Space Station.

Freely explore a life-sized reproduction of the ISS in virtual reality as if you were there. Using several different mediums (VR, augmented reality, and projections), the exhibit offers “exceptional realism in an experience that lasts 60 minutes,” says the Centre PHI.

Go to space without having to leave Earth. Great deal.

When: From now until November 7
Times: Friday to Sunday, 10 am – 8 pm; Tuesday to Thursday, 10 am – 7 pm
Address: Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal – 2020, rue William
Price: $10 – $40 (from Tuesday to Thursday), $12 – $50 (Friday to Sunday)

Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures


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The countdown has begun.

There are just days left to see the nearly 110 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Jean Paul Riopelle, presented at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA).

The exhibition Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures sums up its six-month run on Sunday.

When: From now until September 12
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
: 1380 rue Sherbrooke
Price: $16 – $24, available online



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The Notre-Dame Basilica announced the return of AURA, one of the Old Port’s most popular events. The immersive light show is presented by Moment Factory, and a few new features have been added.

The updated version of the spectacle celebrates the materials and colours of Notre-Dame. The new musical accompaniment has also been added for the purpose of showing off the Basilica’s 7,000 pipe Casavant organ, which has been in operation since 1891.

When: Until September 25
Time: 6 pm and 9 pm
Where: Notre-Dame Basilica, 110 Notre-Dame St Ouest
Price: Ranges from $21 to $32, available online



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Montreal’s Biosphère has reopened to the public for the first time since you know what.

The large dome-shaped museum dedicated to the environment was originally constructed to house the United States pavilion during Expo 67. Originally encased in an acrylic bubble, the dome caught on fire in 1976, leaving just the steel structure intact. It has remained a unique city icon since then.

When was the last time you checked out the interior of the Biosphère?

When: Daily. Closed on Mondays
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Where: 160 Chem. du Tour de l’isle, Parc Jean-Drapeau
Price: From $8.25 to $21.50

Musee Grevin

Musee Grevin is Montreal’s very own version of Madame Tussaud’s in London. A wax museum hidden inside Centre Eaton, Musee Grevin, will have you snapping pics of all your favourite celebrities.

The museum has creepily similar figurines of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Michael Jackson, Charlie Chaplin, and so many more.

With an SQDC location easily walkable, you could turn this excursion into a real trip.

When: Daily
Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Centre Eaton de Montréal, 705 Rue Sainte-Catherine
Price: $13.60 – $1

Tonga Lumina


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Slumbering giants have awoken at the top of Mont Tremblant, and a mountainside tour will allow you to go search for them.

Featuring a night-time walk lit up by Quebec’s Moment Factory, the tree is full of sights and sounds that will transport you to a mythical adventure.

When: From now until October 16
Time: 10 pm
Where: 1000 Chemin des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant
Starts at $12.50, available online

Voiles en Voiles


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Ahoy matey!

Channel your inner Jack Sparrow and climb through giant pirate ships in Old Montreal as part of a high-flying obstacle course.

When: Every day until September 20
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Place des Vestiges, Old Montreal
Price: $19 to $54 per person, depending on the type of swashbuckling adventure you choose.

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything

Leonard Cohen A Crack it Everything


Maybe you’re not in the mood to go out on the town? If that’s the case, this virtual exhibition of Leonard Cohen might be up your alley.

The online exhibition is divided into four main themes that are omnipresent in Leonard Cohen’s body of work: Poetic Thought, Spirituality & Humility, Love and Loss & Longing.

When: From now until February 2024
Time: 24/7
Price: Free

Tyrolienne MTL Zipline


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Take a zip across Old Montreal.

For a smooth $19.99, zip across the Old Port and take in seriously breathtaking views of the Montreal skyline.

When: Every day until September
Time: 11 am – 9 pm
Where: Hangar 16, 363 Rue de la Commune Est
Price: $19.99

Amaze Escape Room

You escaped August’s dangerous heat, now try your luck at an escape room. A/Maze has a prison, military facility, lost temple, or laboratory that you have to wiggle your way out of.

Each mission is reserved solely for your group, and you’re given a walkie-talkie in case you need hints/get scared.

When: September 10 to 12
: 3550 Rue St. Jacques
Time: 2 to 10:30 pm
Price: $18 – $26 per person

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