33 things to do in Montreal this Labour Day weekend: August 31 to September 3

Aug 30 2018, 5:56 pm

As we bid ‘au revoir’ to August, we say hello to the long Labour Day weekend and September that rolls in with it. Besides Monday’s statutory holiday, Montreal is offering a bunch of great events from August 31 to September 3.

We dealt with humidity and thunderstorms all week. It’s time to enjoy your long weekend with 33 things happening around Montreal.

Friday, August 31

Cavalia’s Odysseo



Cavalia is a massive Canadian-owned company that specializes in live shows mixing equestrian performances with theatre, acrobatics and stagecraft.

Since 2003, the event has travelled to perform in front of more than 8 million spectators worldwide throughout over 70 destinations including locations within North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.

Renowned for being hosted at the world’s largest big-top tent, the spectacle returns to Rue St. Catherine this weekend for its last shows of the year.

When: Friday, August 31
Time: 2 pm, 7:30 pm and 8 pm (varies per selected show)
Where: At the entrance of the Jacques Cartier Bridge
Price: $49.50 – $289.50

Joey Elias at The Comedy Nest

The Montreal-native stand-up comedian, Joey Elias, is taping a new comedy album all weekend at the Comedy Nest and tonight is his first of three shows. The Just for Laughs vet is the best in the business when it comes to crowd work.

When: Friday, August 31 – September 1
Time: 8 pm
 The Comedy Nest – 2313 Ste. Catherine West (third floor of the Pepsi Forum)
Price: $6 for students, $12 general admission

Haunted Red Light Ghost Walk

Local tour company, Secret Montreal, is giving guests a chance to learn about the city’s indecent past.

The tour is led by a professional actor and storyteller and the path leads to tales about the dark and lewd history of Montreal’s old Red Light District. Many of the sites are even said to be haunted.

When: Friday, August 31
Time: 8:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: 1219 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $26.50, available online

Aura Basilique Montreal

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The Notre Dame Basilica has teamed up with Moment Factory’s Multimedia & Entertainment Studio to light up the historic building in Montreal until the end of the year. The immersive showcase features lights and sounds to showcase one of Montreal’s most oft viewed pieces of architecture.

When: Friday, August 31
Time: Varying times between 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm depending on the day
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Adults: $24.50, Seniors: $22.20, Kids:$14.80, Students: $18.75

Haunted Griffintown

A lot of hauntings today.

Griffintown is one of Montreal’s most historic neighbourhoods – and one of its most haunted. The area has witnessed dying Irish refugees during the Famine of 1847 and Mary Gallagher, the headless prostitute. Today, condos are sprouting up all over the Griff, but new residents are quickly learning that the district is ghost-ridden.

Take part in a ghost tour conducted by professional actors and storytellers.

When: Friday, August 31
Time: 10 pm
Where: 1380 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Price: $23

Tales and Legends of Seafarers

Local sailors Éric Michaud, Francis Désilets and Yoda Lefebvre tell tales of the watery depths and hidden legends of the sea. Stevedores and captains recount tales of courage, betrayal and lost love during memorable storms and encounters with terrible monsters and mythical sea creatures.

Each performance lasts 30 minutes in French only. The activity takes place inside at the Port Centre in case of rain (not that the sailors mind).

When: Friday, August 31
Time: 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm
Where: In front of the Grand Quay
Price: Free

Clerel and Only the Righteous at Honey Martin Pub

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Clerel and Only the Righteous are local musicians who know how to bring it. They play a Motown style of music – very unique and mellow vibes. The group will be playing at Honey Martin Pub on Friday, which is a perfect, intimate setting for the type of tunes Clerel and Co. bring.

When: Friday, August 31
Time: Honey Martin is open from 3 pm – 3 am, the band starts at 10 pm – 2:30 am
Where: 5916 Sherbrooke Ouest
Price: Free admission

Casa del Popolo Music Show

Psychedelic and garage rock will fill Casa on Friday night as Po Lazarus, Brenda, Cheer and Gentle Mystic blast out one of the grungiest indie bills in town.

When: Friday, August 31
Time: Doors at 8:30 pm, show at 9 pm
Where: Casa del Popolo – 4873 Boulevard St. Laurent
Price: $10

Festival Bières et Saveurs de Chambly

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Flight of beer (Brent Hofacker/ Shutterstock)

If there’s ever a time to check out a beer festival, it’s the long weekend. Parc du Fort Chambly is hosted more than 100 exhibitors from all over Quebec. There’s brewing workshops, samplings, cider, music, food trucks and tons of products to buy.

When: August 31 – September 3
Time: 12:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: Parc du Fort Chambly – 2 rue de Richelieu, Chambly
Price: $13 – $32

The Diving Bell Social Club Launch Party

The Plateau’s newest venue is throwing a launch party on Friday. To celebrate, the owners are throwing an art pop-up that will feature various artists, photographers, poets, and musicians.

When: Friday, August 31
Time: 11 am – 12 am
Where: 3956 Boulevard St. Laurent
Price: Free admission

Beers & Bikes

As September rolls in, it might be time to give your bike a check-up. Or, maybe even buy a new set of wheels for next year. Regardless, HELM brewery is giving out a free beer to everyone who gets a bike repaired or buys a new one.

The B&B party goes down at the trendy public workspace Aire Commune.

When: Friday, August 31
Time: 5 pm – 11 pm
Where: Aire Commune – 5705 de Gaspé
Price: Free admission

Saturday, September 1

Mile Ex End

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Last fall, the Mile Ex End Musique enjoyed its inaugural event when it took over the Van Horne underpass and they’re looking to continue that success the second time around.

The outdoor music festival is split up into four separate dates that focus on three distinct themes and their “Musique” event starts this weekend.

Headliners include The Barr Brothers, Broken Social Scene, Hubert Lenoir, Loud, Eddy de Pretto and many more.

When: September 1, 2, 8 and 15
Time: September 1 and 2: noon, September 8 and 15: 4 pm
Corner of Rue Marmier and Rue Henri-Julien
Price: $10-$60, available online

Montreal Fetish Weekend

From fantasy-themed events to beautiful play scenes, fashion, expo, demos, workshops and an incredible fetish photo walk, the city welcomes you to a grand celebration of Fetish Pride, alternate lifestyle and diversity.

When: September 1 – 4
Time: 9 pm – 3 am
Where: Hotel Gouverneur – 1415 St. Hubert Street
Price: Varies depending on your selection

Big Bubble Tour

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The biggest bubble run in Quebec kicks off this weekend (how much bubble-based competition could they have?).

The non-competitive race features 5 km of foamy bubbles which increase at each passing kilometre. As participants make their way to the end of the race, yes, more bubbles await at the finish line’s Foam Party.

The Big Bubble Tour encourages all runners from any level or age to join the race, all in good fun.

When: Saturday, September 1
Time: 9 am – 2 pm
Where: Park Maisonneuve
Price: $40

Swing Dancing Lessons

Studio 88 Swing is offering four 20-minute sessions to get young and old people swing dancing. Two costumed teachers perform acrobatic swing demonstrations followed by introduction classes.

In case of rain, the event will be cancelled. People sing in the rain, not swing.

When: Every Saturday in August
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: Promenade d’Iberville

The Montreal World Film Festival

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On the heels of the Fantasia Film Festival, the 42nd edition of the Montreal World Film Festival encourages cultural diversity and understanding between nations and fosters cinema of all continents.

The festival features short films, genre pieces and both competitive and non-competitive selections from films all over the world.

The MWFF is spread throughout various outdoor and indoor venues across the city. Check out their website for specific spots for selected films.

When: September 1 – September 3
Time: Varies according to selected film
Where: Various venues across Montreal
Price: $11 per film

The MEG Montreal Festival

Not to be confused with the giant shark movie, The MEG Montreal Festival is an electronic dance music fest. Back for its 20th edition, genres include electro, hip-hop, rock, pop and
features Syzzors, Ghost Love, and Raveen tonight.

When: September 1 and 2
Time: 9 pm – 3 am
Where: Le Ministère – 4521 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $8 online, $10 at the door

Montreal Bacon Week

Start September off with some sizzle (say that five times fast).

The 4th annual bacon festival returns to the Quartier Dix30 on Saturday as we start the month with some serious crisp.

The tasty festival will feature 18 restaurants from the South Shore’s mega-outlets, each putting a different spin on a bacon-inspired dish.

From bacon poutine to bacon donuts and milkshakes, here are a few dishes you’ll be able to taste at this year’s festival.

When: September 1 to 9
Time: Varies per restaurant
Where: Quartier DIX30 – 6000 Boulevard Rome, Brossard
Price: Varies per selected item

Le Burger Week Montreal

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Get on your stretchy pants as 47 eateries in the city compete for the title of the city’s best burger, starting on Saturday.

The winning creation is typically offered at a special “burger price” for the public to taste and cast their votes on leburgerweek.com.

There will be winning burgers in several categories including People’s Choice, Most Creative, and Healthiest Burger. Le Burger Week also sends undercover tasters all over the country to choose which creation will earn the Judges’ Choice title.

When: September 1 – 7
Time: Varies per restaurant
Where: Various locations around Montreal
Price: Varies per restaurant

Haunted Mountain

Haunted Montreal conducts Ghost Walks and carries out research into ghost sightings, paranormal activities, historic hauntings, unexplained mysteries, and strange legends from Mont Royal.

Join a tour conducted by professional actors and storytellers and learn about the mountain’s frightening past.

When: Saturday, September 1
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Fletcher’s Field – Jeanne Mance Park
Price: $23

Promenade Fleuve-Montagne

You can experience two of Montreal’s most stunning landmarks in one trek: the St. Lawrence River and Mont Royal Park. Stroll from one to the other on a beautiful 3.8 km promenade that features wide sidewalks, pedestrian crosswalks, rest areas, greenery and access to various restaurants along the route. The multimillion-dollar investment from the city’s 375th birthday celebrations is a site to see.

When: Every day in September
Time: The path is open 24/7
Where: Rue de la Commune Ouest and Place Royale to Avenue des Pins and Rue McTavish
Price: Free

Sunday, September 2

Axwell /\ Ingrosso at Beachclub



Axwell /\ Ingrosso is a Swedish DJ duo that consists of Swedish House Mafia members Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso.

They’re spinning beats at Beachclub on Sunday. The venue is advertised as the largest outdoor club in North America and it’s exactly as it sounds, a club on a beach.

The site features a massive swimming pool, wave boarding, food trucks, plenty of booze and obviously, a beach.

When: Sunday, September 2
Time: 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: Beachclub – 701, 38e Rue, Pointe-Calumet
Price: $50

Nextdoor Pub & Grill

Nextdoor is the place to on Sundays to eat and drink. They offer deals at both ends of their hours – bottomless caesars and mimosas in the afternoon and 29 cent chicken wings at night. Especially during a long weekend, park yourself at the quaint, basement pub and see how many cheap and equally tasty wings you can devour.

When: Sunday, September 2
Time: 8 am – 3 pm caesar/mimosa deal, 4 pm – midnight wing special
Where: 5175A Rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Tam Tams

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You can’t mention things to do on a Sunday in the city without highlighting Tam Tams, it’s a landmark and there’s only five left for the summer.

Tam Tams is a giant outdoor party with dancers, sports and drummers all gathered around the Sir George-Etienne Cartier monument. Head over to the mountain and enjoy a longstanding Montreal tradition and vibe. 420 friendly.

When: Sunday, September 2
Time: Noon
Where: Mont Royal Park
Price: Free

Notre-Dame Basilica

Celebrate Sunday mass at Montreal’s most viewed structure at 11 am and hear a 25-person choir accompanied by the organ. Or, take a walking tour of the basilica which is an absolutely gorgeous spectacle. It is filled with hundreds of wooden carvings, several religious statues, and gigantic stained glass windows.

When: The Notre-Dame Basilica is open year round
Time: 12:30 pm – 4 pm on Sundays (mass starts at 11 am)
Where: 110 Rue Notre Dame Ouest
Price: Free

Burgundy Lion Brunch

Burgundy Lion serves traditional English breakfasts every Sunday. Their menu is famous for their blood pudding, sausages, salmon, and Yorkshire pudding.

The pub also has one of the most extensive whisky menus in the city.

When: Burgundy Lion is open year round
Time: 9 am – 3 am
Where:  2496 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest

Reload: 80s Dance Night


Dance club night (Elena Yakusheva/Shutterstock)

Dance the night away (you’re not working tomorrow) to 80s goth, alternative and new wave tunes with a slew of retro DJs.

When: Sunday, September 2
Time: 10 pm – 3 am
Where: Bar La Shop – 4177 Rue St. Denis
Price: $6

Monday, September 3




As the summertime heat dwindles down and the Just for Laughs festival has long since packed up, LadyFest steps up and fills Montreal’s comedic void for seven days in September and it starts on Monday.

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

The festival’s slogan, ‘One Love. No Jerks’ shows how LadyFest strives to host comedy events that are respectful and enjoyable experiences for everyone to laugh, connect and grow.

When: September 3 – 9
Time: Varies per selected show
Where: The Blue Dog Motel, Montreal Improv and Theatre Ste. Catherine
Price: Varies per selected show

The Monday Mix at the Comedy Nest

Start the week off with some laughs as the Comedy Nest hosts a variety show on Monday.

The cozy club features open-mic comedians, improv, magicians, jugglers, sketch comedy, and musical acts. The show is hosted by Just For Laughs and Zoofest vet Darren Henwood and audience members get free popcorn.

When: Monday, September 3
Time: Doors open at 7:15 pm, show starts at 8 pm
Where: 3rd floor of the Pepsi Forum, 2313 Saint Catherine Ouest
Admission: $5

McKibbin’s Pub Stumpers


Friends at the pub for trivia (Africa Studio/Shutterstock)

Test your trivia knowledge at McKibbin’s Irish Pub. The pub’s trivia has 5 rounds; general knowledge multiple choice, short answer, a picture round and a music round. The winner of each round receives free drinks or a round of shots. A round for a round – good trade.

When: Monday, September 3
Time: 7:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: 1426 Rue Bishop
Price: Free to play (with purchase of beverage)

London Pub’s Industry Night

If you want to keep the weekend party going on Monday night, head to London Pub. They offer industry nights on Mondays. It’s designed to offer inexpensive drinks to bar, pub and restaurant staff from around the city but it’s slowly morphed into drink deals for everybody. Grab a $4 single or a $3 shot of Jameson. Plus they have a free dart board and an in-house jukebox.

When: Monday, September 3
Time: 7 pm – 3 am
Where: 1337 Boulevard Maisonneuve Ouest
Admission: Free to enter, drink deals vary

Walking Figures

Montreal Museum

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The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts just unveiled their newest exhibition as the ‘Walking Figures’ stroll to the museum’s third-floor Path of Peace section.

The three monumental sculptures weigh just under a ton each and stand at 9’3″. They were sculpted by the late Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz and the headless humanoids represent humanity’s desire to survive.

When: Monday, September 3
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
Price: $23 for general museum admission

Tiësto at Beachclub

Tiësto will be headlining a massive Monday show at Beachclub. It’s the Dutch DJ’s second turn at the club, having played a sold-out show in June. “The greatest DJ of all time” as per Mix Magazine, will do his thing while Beachclub does theirs.

When: Monday, September 3
Time: 12 pm – 7 pm
Where: Beachclub – 701, 38e Rue, Pointe-Calumet
Price: $50

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