13 things to do in Montreal this weekend: November 17 to 19
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Your weekend has arrived, Montreal.
From the Santa Claus parade to several concerts and even a cat festival, be sure to check out these events to make this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday a helluva three-day stretch.
Salon du Livre
If a library is your idea of paradise, then you have to check out Montreal’s annual Salon du Livre. The giant book fair will be held at Place Bonaventure, beginning on November 15 and ending on November 20.
During the six-day festival, Place Bonaventure will be filled to the brim with books. In addition to the thousands of books available for purchase, there will be author signings, book panels, trade shows, a teen lounge, and a book donation bin.
Where: Place Bonaventure, 800 de la Gauchetière Ouest
When: Until November 20, 2017
Admission: Tickets available online, $6-$12.
American electronic music duo Odesza – who is fresh from an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel – are on their way to fame after the recent release of their chart-topping new album, “A Moment Apart.”
When: November 17 and 18 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online at $54.25
The Santa Claus Parade 2017
Santa Claus is officially coming to town. On November 18, head down to Sainte-Catherine West, between Du Fort and Saint-Urbain streets to experience Montreal’s magical Santa Claus Parade.
The 67th edition of the parade will feature over 20 floats including the Christmas Fairy’s and Santa Claus’, and a wide range of artists, musicians, dancers and street performers.
Where: Sainte-Catherine West, between Du Fort and Saint-Urbain streets
When: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Time: 11 am
The Gospel Brunch
The trend from New York City arrives in Montreal. Dine on a local menu of indulgent brunch fare while enjoying live performances by the Imani Gospel Singers choir, accompanied by piano.
Where: 463, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal
When: Saturdays in November from 10 am to 12:30 pm
German Christmas Bazaar
Germany’s Christmas traditions are coming to Montreal.
On November 18, head down to Montreal’s German Christmas Bazaar at the Town of Mont Royal Town Hall. Enjoy a variety of German food, drink entertainment, decorations and more!
Where: Town of Mont-Royal Town Hall, 90 Avenue Roosevelt, Mont-Royal
When: November 18, 2017
Time: 12 to 5 pm
Montreal Cat Festival
Calling all cat lovers!
Montreal’s very own cat festival, The Salon des Aristochats, will take place on November 18 and 19 from 10 am to 5 pm at Centre Pierre Charbonneau. Located near Olympic Stadium, this is your chance to discover cat-loving artists, browse hundreds of cat-inspired gifts and goodies, and participate in cat-themed activities. They will even have celebrity cats on-site for you to play with.
Where: Centre Pierre Charbonneau, 3000 Rue Viau
When: November 18 to 19, 2017
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Calling all LEGO lovers! A giant LEGO festival is taking place in Montreal on November 18 and 19.
Brickomanie brings together some of the most creative LEGO builders in the province. More than 75 exhibitors will be on site sharing their amazing creations. There will also be demonstrations, prizes, exhibits and more LEGO than you can imagine.
Where: Quartier DIX30 à Brossard, 9650, boul. Leduc
When: November 18 and 19, 2017
Time: Check event times for public on website
Admission: Adult: $ 10, kids under 18 years: $ 5 and free for kids 3 years and under
See the Stanley Cup
Grab your camera, because you’re going to get your chance at a Stanley Cup selfie this month, Montreal.
A series of events will take place in Montreal November 17 to 19, as the NHL commemorates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the league.
Where: Outside of the Bell Centre
When: November 18 and 19, 2017
Marché Saison des Fêtes/Holiday Season Market
The holiday season is already on our minds and one of the best ways to celebrate is to visit a cute Christmas market. On November 18 and 19, head down to the first annual Holiday Market organized by Atelier Fiber Arts and Homemade Emporium.
You’ll be able to find unique gifts for your loved ones in no time and you can treat yourself to something nice while you’re at it!
Where: Atelier Fiber Arts, 3993 Rue Wellington, Verdun
When: November 18 to 19, 2017
Time: 11 am to 4 pm
This Montreal home is turning into a Christmas light extravaganza.
Sami Hajjar transforms his home into an amazing light display. Last year, his home took on a Minion Christmas theme with over 15,000 lights. This year, Hajjar is turning it up a notch with a Frozen Land theme that will include over 100,000 shining lights.
Where: 9035 Jean-Bourdon Avenue, Montreal
When: November 19, 2017, to January 5, 2018
Time: Light shows take place at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm and 9 pm
An immersive ‘liquid architecture’ exhibition will be taking place at Montreal’s Society of Technological Arts (SAT).
The exhibit is an audiovisual experience that deconstructs 3D scans of monuments, buildings, and structures into a mesmerizing experience that will be projected on the dome of the SAT.
Where: SAT, 1201 Boul. Saint Laurent
When: Until November 31, 2017 (From Tuesday to Saturday)
Time: 7 pm, each show runs for 40 minutes
Montreal’s amazing light-up holiday water fountain show is back at Complexe Desjardins from November 18 to December 31.
Come discover this year’s edition of Fontaine Boreale –an immersive light-show that features the magic of the holidays.
Where: Complexe Desjardins, 150 Saint-Catherine St W
When: November 18 to December 31, 2017
Times: 3:30 pm, 4 pm, 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 pm
What: Come and check out the world’s largest Barbie exhibit this month. The exhibit will feature Barbies of various ethnicities, dressed in traditional clothes, as well as great Hollywood stars (Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, etc.). A separate section is reserved for haute-couture dolls, which have been dressed by Dior, Chanel, Givenchy and many more notable names from the fashion industry.
Where: Les Cours Mont-Royal, 1455 Peel Street,
When: Now until December 31
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