It’s the freakin’ weekend, Montreal!
There is so much to do during the first weekend of September, from food foodie events to fetish weekend, your Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are going to be jam-packed with fun.
Here are 15 things to in Montreal over the next 3 days.
Montreal’s art scene is getting even better with the addition of KM3 (pronounced kilometre cube) a free participatory walking tour of art installations around the city. This kilometre long public art trail is located at Quartier des Spectacles and is part of Montreal’s 375th-anniversary celebrations.
Get up close and personal as you walk through the streets to view 22 works of public art created by artists in Quebec and all over the world.
Where: Quartier des Spectacles
When: Until October 15, 2017
From August 30 to September 4, Montreal will be hosting the 13th annual edition of Fetish Weekend. Described as “a 6 days and nights fantasy-filled experience unlike anything else in the world,” Montreal’s Fetish Weekend promises to be anything but boring.
Located in the heart of the Gay Village, Fetish Weekend will comprise of fantasy-themed events, play scenes, demos, workshops, and a fetish photo walk.
Where: The Gay Village, more details can be found here
When: Until September 4
As part of Montreal’s 375th-anniversary celebrations, Sherbrooke Street has been temporarily turned into an open-air museum. According to the website, it gives Montrealers “the chance to soak up a spectacular world-class public art exhibition.” What are you waiting for?
Where: Sherbrooke Street West between the McCord Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
When: Now until October 2
Tonga Lumina, the latest project from superstar Montreal multimedia company Moment Factory, has taken over Mont Tremblant. Based on the story of a sleeping giant, the last of his kind and protector of the wooded lands, the interactive tour invites guests to engage in a sensory experience. Setting out on a quest to the heart of the mountain, curious visitors are encouraged to explore the giant’s tracks along the forest trail, searching for hidden clues left behind by its keeper.
Where: Mont- Tremblant, 1000 Chemin Des Voyageurs
When: Now until October 9
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
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
A dazzling water show paying tribute to the Saint Lawrence River has taken over Old Port this summer. Titled Montreal Avudo, this spectacular water show projects life size images inspired by the city’s history onto the water. The event’s official site promises that “Young and old will be dazzled, moved and transported by the magic of images and scenes projected on rippling water walls and other spectacular installations.”
Where: The west sector of the Old Port of Montréal, near the King Edward Pier and the Montréal Science Centre
When: Thursday to Saturday until September 2, 2017, 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm each night
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 Boutin, La 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!
When: Anytime in September
Bixi Bikes are now back on the roads which means it’s time to start exploring our city’s beautiful bike paths. With bike paths all around the city, cycling in Montreal has never been easier. So hop on your bike, borrow one from a friend, or take advantage of the city’s Bixi bikes and get pedaling! For a little inspiration, check out the most beautiful bike paths in Montreal.
Where: Various locations
We never thought it would happen but Montreal’s giant Ferris wheel will finally open Friday and you’ll have the chance to ride it for free.
To celebrate its grand opening La Grande Roue de Montréal is offering the first 250 guests a free ride.
Where: Old Port of Montreal, Bonsecours Basin
When: Friday, September 1 at 4 pm. The wheel will be open all weekend long. Check Facebook page for hours and details.
First Caturday will be taking place at Parc Villeray on Saturday, September 2.
According to organizers, First Caturday “is the day to reclaim the glory of the parks for our furry friends. They are otherwise sadly trapped in the most boring of containers: the inside.” It will be a day of cat socializing but be aware of Montreal’s regulation about pets.
Where: Parc Villeray
When: Saturday, September 2
In honour of the city’s 375th anniversary, Evenko and MEG Montreal have teamed up to bring the first-ever electronic parade to North America.
Electro Parade, which has become a popular tradition in European cities such as Paris and Zurich, sees DJs from all over the world standing on parade floats equipped with top-notch sound systems. Each float will wander the streets of the city as onlookers dance to their electronic beats.
Where: Various locations, click here for more info
When: September 2, 2017
Get ready to feast because a giant food festival is coming to the Old Port next month. The Yul Eat festival will take place from September 2 to 4 and will feature dozens of amazing food vendors and appearances by talented local chefs serving up amazing dishes.
Where: Clock Tower Quay, Old Port of Montreal
When: September 2 to 4
Les Siestes Musicales invites you to relax by discovering immersive, dreamlike music and live music by musicians installed in the heart of the public: a unique way to hear a variety of musical genres while lying on mats, cushions or even in the grass by the water.
Where: Parc Jerry
When: September 3rd from 1 to 3:30 pm
The 6th edition of the SOUP Festival of Vaudreuil-Soulanges celebrates delicious soups from all over the world. So get your spoons ready and try soups from various countries including Belgium, Mexico, and Portugal.
Besides all the soup you can dream of, there will also be live entertainment and music on site.
Where: Pointe-du-Moulin Historical Park, at the end of Don Quixote Boulevard on Île-Perrot.
When: Sunday, September 3, from 10 am to 4 pm