5 things to do in Montreal today: Thursday, October 18

Oct 17 2018, 6:39 pm

As we set our sails towards the weekend, you have to get through Thursday first. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of interesting things going on in the city today, October 18.

Get out and enjoy a Potter Pub Crawl, the Gardens of Light and more.

Potter Pub Crawl

There’s a Triwizard Tournament happening at a bunch of Montreal bars tonight, starting at Concordia University’s Reggies Bar.

It’s a friendly competition between 10 teams (Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, Order of the Phoenix, Muggles, Death Eaters, Mud-Bloods, House-Elves, Fantastic Beasts) with each group competing against each other at five bars throughout downtown. An impartial judge will determine which team is most worthy of winning the Triwizard Cup, the glory and a prize of unknown Galleons.

Only students 18 and older can sign up.

When: Thursday, October 18
Time: 6 pm – 12 am
Where: Reggies Bar, 1455 de Maisonneuve
Price: $20, at the door

The Braderie de Québécoise

With Halloween circled at the end of the month, nobody wants to spend even more money on clothes.

That’s where the Braderie comes in handy. The festival promotes high-end fashion for low-end prices.

Kollontai, Stefano, Ca va de soi, Veinage, Furlux, Myco Anna, Message Factory, Creation Encore, and many other familiar names will be offering discounts as well as popular accessories and jewellery.

When: October 18-21
Time: 10 am – 6 pm
Where: Marché Bonsecours
Price: Free admission

Festival SPASM

Besides candy and costumes, Halloween is all about scaring people. And what’s a better way to scare people than with a horror movie festival?

Returning for its 17th edition, the SPASM film festival was created to encourage and explore the various horror genre films from Quebec cinema and international French films.

Sure, Hocus Pocus and Casper were scary when you were a kid, but SPASM aims to showcase all films that are gruesome, quirky, terrifying, thrilling and edge-of-your-seat enjoyable.

When: From now until October 27
Time: Varying times
Where: 1225 Boulevard Saint Laurent – Club Soda
Price: $20.25, available online

Gardens of Light

September may have brought the magical Gardens of Light Festival back but October brings the beauty.

The lantern festival includes a lighted path through the Botanical Garden’s three cultural gardens, the Chinese, Japanese and First Nations Gardens, all looking at nature from a different perspective.

When: Every day in October
Time: 6 pm – 9 pm (until 10 pm on Fridays and Saturdays)
Where: Montreal’s Botanical Gardens
Price: $10.25 – $20.50

IF3 Festival

The International If3 Festival returns to Montreal today. IF3 is dedicated to screening and rewarding freeskiing and snowboarding movies. Held annually at the end of October in Montreal, IF3 was created in 2007 by FĂ©lix Rioux, Doug Bishop and Jean-Francis Durocher.

When: October 18-20
Time: 10 am – 8 pm (12 pm on Friday)
Where: 8931 Avenue Papineau
Price: $4 – $15

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