21 things to do in Montreal this weekend: October 27 to 29
Happy Halloween weekend, Montreal!
From spooky-themed events to so much more, make the most of your Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Rise of the Dead Festival
Get read ghouls and goblins, because a giant ‘Rise of The Dead’ festival will be taking over Montreal this Halloween.
The Rise of the Dead kicks off the city’s three-day Halloween Festival. On the night of Friday, October 27, skeletons, giant marionettes, and visual artists will take place at Place des Festivals.
Where: Place des Festivals
When: Friday, October 27
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
What: If you love a good networking event and any chance to get dressed up, make sure to head to Incognito this October. It’s not only a networking event where the dress code calls for Venetian masks and semi-formal attire, it’s also a fundraiser for the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation. Don’t forget to bring some business cards!
Where: Entrepôts Dominion
When: October 27, 9 pm
American rock band Imagine Dragons will be headlining the Bell Centre this month as part of their Evolve world tour. Get ready to rock out to their popular hits Radioactive, Thunder, and Believer.
When: October 27, 7:30 pm
Where: Bell Centre, 1909 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montréal
Tickets: Available online from $77
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 27 to 31
Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball
What: Whether you’re a fan of this cult classic or you’re not, watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Halloween is a must. Lucky for you, Montreal does Rocky Horror justice at the annual Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball. The show takes place at the Imperial Cinema and features a screening of the original movie while a large cast of actors performing live on stage.
Where: Cinema Imperial, 1430 Rue Bleury
When: October 27, 28 & 31
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: Now until October 28, 2017
Harry Potter Brunch
Attention Muggles, “He who must not be named” has been spotted in Montreal… at brunch of all places. For two days in October, the Wizard’s Brunch is back at Les Intraitables for a special Harry Potter-themed, costumed brunch affair in advance of Halloween.
When: October 28 and 29
Where: Les Intraitables, 150 Notre-Dame Street Est, Montreal
Marche des Zombies de Montréal
Get out your favourite fake blood recipe and select some creepy clothing options, the Montreal Zombiewalk is coming back to town on Saturday, October 28.
Where: Place des Festivals
When: Saturday, October 28
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
Halloween at the McCord Museum
Get ready for three days of Halloween fun at the McCord Museum.
From Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29, join the museum for magical Halloween events.
When: Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 29
Where: McCord Museum, 690 Sherbrooke St W
Stranger Things Halloween Dance Party
Get ready to travel to The Upside Down this Halloween.
Bar the Ritz PBD is hosting a Stranger Things dance party on October 27 to the 28. Yes, that’s right, this is an overnight dance marathon.The show has reinvigorated the love for the 80s and there is no better way to celebrate season two than by dancing the night away on Halloween weekend.
Where: Bar Le Ritz PDB, Jean-Talon-Ouest, Montreal
When: Friday, October 27- Saturday, October 28
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
Free Movie and Free BIXI Sunday
Celebrate the last free BIXI Sunday with a free movie night on October 29.
The Beaubien and du Parc cinemas would like to invite BIXI riders to come down for a special showing of the film Loving Vincent on Sunday at 7 pm.
Where: The Beaubien and du Parc cinemas
When: Sunday, October 29, 2017
The ever so popular Alt-J will be performing at Place Bell in Laval this fall following the release of their third album, Relaxer.
When: October 29, 8 pm
Where: Place Bell, 1950 Claude-Gagné Road
Tickets: Available online from $35.25
The Great Wizardry Fest
Montreal is hosting a giant wizard festival as part of the city’s three-day Halloween festivities.On Sunday, October 29, the Place des Festivals will be transformed into a Magic Village where wizards young and old can gather for a day of magic and merriment.
Where: Place des Festivals
When: Sunday, October 29
Haunted Montreal Ghost Walks
Explore the spooky history of Mount Royal, Griffentown, and downtown.
Haunted Montreal was created by historian, teacher, actor and Concordia alumnus Donovan King. When Haunted Montreal collects enough ghost stories about one geographical location, it creates a new ghost walk and hires professional actors to dramatize the creepy tales.
Where: Guests must meet at various locations based on the tour they choose. Check website for details.
When: Various dates depending on the tour. Check website for details.
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
Affected: The Manor
In need of a major scare this Halloween?
Montreal’s A/Maze is offering a terrifying VR experience called “Affected: The Manor.” This virtual horror game will send you deep into the dark chambers of a haunted manor.
Where: A/Maze, 3550 rue Saint-Jacques
When: October 26, 27, 28 and November 2,3,4, 5
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
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