17 things to do in Montreal this weekend: October 20 to 22

Oct 20 2017, 12:25 pm

Fall is in full swing, Montreal!

There is so much to do this weekend. From fall-themed events to so much more, make the most of your Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

First Fridays

The largest food truck festival has begun! Olympic Stadium is known for their awesome events, with our personal favourite being First Fridays. The most glorious of days, First Fridays are a special kind of culinary event in which all of the city’s food trucks gather at Olympic Stadium. Allowing Montrealers to sample dishes from over 50 food trucks, you can expect to find everything from tacos and churros, to mac and cheese and lobster rolls.

Where: Olympic Stadium
When: First Friday of each month until October 27

Death from Above

Toronto punk rock duo Death from Above is on the road this month, to promote their recently released their third album Outrage Is Now! Aside from playing their new tracks, you can expect to hear the duo’s classic hits including “Black History Month” and “Trainwreck 1979”  You can catch the boys performing at the Corona Theatre.

Where: Corona Theatre, 2490 Notre-Dame St W
When: October 20, 9 pm
Tickets: Available online for$45.50 and at the show for $50.50

Montreal Burlesque Festival

What: It’s time to get your burlesque on Montreal! The city is hosting a prestigious three-day burlesque and cabaret festival this month. Come and enjoy performances from both international and local rising stars as they grace the stage.

Where: CLUB SODA, 1225 St Laurent Blvd
When: Now until October  21


What: This October, you’re invited to visit one of the most terrifying haunted houses in Montreal. Back for its third year, Malefycia is even creepier than before, with this year’s theme being ‘Creepy Care Clinic.’ For just under an hour, you can wander through the horrifying rooms where you’ll be forced to deal with frightening scenarios.

Where: Angus Street in Montreal’s Rosemont area
When: October 2o to 22 and 27 to 31


Vancouver born rockers Japandroids are on the road this month and will be performing a set at Montreal’s Corona Theatre including tracks from the duo’s latest record, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life. 

Where: Corona Theatre, 2490 Notre-Dame St W
When: October 21, 9 pm
Tickets: Available online from $32.50

Harry Potter: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets concert

Calling all Potterheads! The Harry Potter Concert Series is returning to Montreal this October.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets will play on a giant 40-foot screen while a full symphony performs John Williams’ amazing score from the movie.

Where: Place des Arts
When: October 21 and 22
Time: Saturday, October 21 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, October 22 at 3 pm

Montreal Taco Week

What: Montreal is gearing up to host its second annual Taco Week, which is a week-long festival in which a number of participating restaurants “pay homage to Mexican cuisine and culture by celebrating the genius of the Taco.” Each restaurant will offer its own version of the taco for just $10 or less.

Where: Various locations, check website for details
When: October 21 to 28, 2017

The Great Pumpkin Ball

What: Get into the Halloween spirit by attending the Great Pumpkin Ball, where you’ll find hundreds of decorated pumpkins. Attendees will also find pumpkin decorating contests, play zones and lots of other Halloween activities for the little ones.

Where: Botanical Garden, 4101, rue Sherbrooke Est
When: Now until October 31, 9 am to 9 pm


What: If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, then you NEED to check out Pumpkinferno, an insane pumpkin lantern festival just an hour and a half from Montreal. The Award-winning Pumpkinferno festival is an annual event taking place in Upper Canada Village that features over 150 themed pumpkin displays made up of over 7,000 hand carved pumpkins. If you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit, you definitely need to check out Pumpkinferno.

Where: Upper Canada Village
When: Until October 29

La Ronde Fright Fest

What: Fright Fest, is back for another terrifying year. Fright Fest offers a wide variety of places to get your scare on including several haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. The stuff of nightmares lurks around every corner, as the dark of night washes over the park.

Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald
When: Until October 31

Secret Montreal

Learn something new about our fair city. Local tour company, Secret Montreal, is currently running “The Red Light of Montreal” tour, which teaches participants about the city’s indecent past.

Where: Midway Tavern, 1219, Boulevard Saint-Laurent
When: Now until October 21, 8:30 pm

Gardens of Light

Officially set to open September 8, 2017, this year’s Gardens of Light theme is “Between sky and water.” Thus, the 2017 exhibition will focus on nature, and more specifically, on the five elements of water, earth, fire, wood, and metal.

Where: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Rue Sherbrooke Est
When: Until October 31, 9 am to 9 pm

Barbie Expo

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

Go apple picking

What better way to celebrate the end of summer than by spending the afternoon apple picking? Head out to any one of the orchards in the Montreal area, and prepare for a day of tractor rides, picnics, and of course, apples. Cidrerie-Verger Léo BoutinLa Ferme Quinn, and Vergers Pierre Tremblay et Fils are a few great options. Bonus points if you turn your hand-picked apples into a fresh apple pie!

Where: Anywhere
When: Apple season is on until mid-October

Go biking on one of the city’s bike paths

We can all agree that biking in Montreal is objectively non-advisable in winter. Sadly, we’re somehow almost there.

All the more reason to saddle up and take advantage of Montreal’s fantastic bike paths while fall is still here. That pleasant autumn air, long golden hours, and flashing auburn leaves – not a bad way to spend a day on a bike. Check out this list of 9 back paths in Montreal.

Where: Check out the list!
When: Anytime this fall

Take your best Instagram pics of fall in Montreal

If you’re still a little sad that summer is over, why not pump yourself up by venturing outdoors and taking a few fall-tastic Instagram photos. Go for a walk up Mont Royal or just head to your local Starbucks and enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte. You’ll quickly realize that fall in Montreal is pretty damn awesome.

Where: Anywhere
When: Anytime

Check out the 8 best places to see the leaves change within 3 hours of Montreal

Montreal is home to plenty of incredible spots to see the gorgeous colours of fall.The real magic, however, happens a little distance beyond city limits. And you know what that means: it’s road trip time. Chase the colours of the season at these 8 great places to see the leaves change within three hours of Montreal.

Where: Check out the list!
When: Anytime this fall

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