21 things to do in Montreal this weekend: September 13 to 15

Sep 12 2019, 5:00 am

Don’t let the superstitions of Friday the 13th scare you off as Montreal is boasting an impressive list of stuff to check out this weekend, September 13 to 15.

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Friday, September 13

YUL EAT Festival – 2019


It seems like Montreal is saving its biggest food festival for last.

The YUL EAT Festival returned for its sixth edition at the start of the week, giving Montrealers one last big food fest to cap off the summer.

From different culinary themed nights to the ‚ÄúParcours Gourmand‚ÄĚ grand tasting experience, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, conferences, a pop-up restaurant, wines, beers, and cocktails, YUL EAT offers up a little something for everyone.

Free outdoor activities include the Breville Lab, the General Store, the Ford Smokehouse pop-up restaurant, Chope-Chope (beers from Brasseur de Montréal and Creemore Springs), Tchin-Tchin wine and Shake-Shake cocktail bars.

When: From now until September 15
Time: Varies
Where: Anchored at Quartier des spectacles
Price: $30 Р195, available online. Free admission options also available

Art Tattoo Montreal

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This weekend is bringing a whole bunch of ink with it to Montreal.

The 17th edition of the Art Tattoo Montreal convention is on its way to the Gare Windsor all weekend featuring more than 200 artists of all styles from around the world.

Guests can also take this opportunity to add some ink to your tattoo collection as artists will be available on site.

When: September 13 to 15
Time: 6 pm Рmidnight (Friday), 12 pm Р11 pm (Saturday) and 12 pm Р7 pm (Sunday)
Where: Gare Windsor, Montreal
Price: $20 for one day entry and $50 for the entire weekend, available at the door

Grand Prix Cycling

Experience the intensity of the biggest cycling event in all of Montreal. The race starts at Jeanne-Mance park and cycles around the designated route around the city.

Registration for the race is full but it’s free to watch the hundreds of cyclists.

When: September 13 Р15
Time: 10:30 am Р4:50 pm
Where: Jeanne-Mance Park
Price: Free admission

World Press Photo Exposition

photo exhibition Montreal


The World Press Photo exhibition has returned to Montreal for its month-long run at Marché Bonsecours.

The worldwide tour showcases the stories that matter through photography.

The 2019 exhibition features the World Press Photo of the Year, and for the first time, the World Press Photo Story of the Year. The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 78,801 photographs entered by 4,738 photographers from 129 countries.

When: From now until September 29
Time: 10 am Р10 pm
Where: Marché Bonsecours, 325 de la Commune
Price:$14, available and at the door online

Montreal Bacon Week

Le Vestibule (Quartier Dix30)

You didn’t really think the city of Montreal would host so many food festivals and leave out bacon, did you?

The fifth annual bacon festival returned to the Quartier Dix30 this week and will keep sizzling until Sunday.

The crispy festival will feature 17 restaurants from the South Shore’s mega-outlets, each putting a different spin on a bacon-inspired dish.

Check out the participating spots right here.

When: From now until September 15
Time: Varies per restaurant
Where: Quartier DIX30 – 6000 Boulevard Rome, Brossard
Price: Varies per selected item

Saturday, September 14

Gardens of Light

Gardens of Light


As it does every fall, the Gardens of Light returned to the city, shining thousands of bright lights at the Botanical Garden.

Espace pour la vie invites everyone to discover the cultural riches of the three gardens along an illuminated pathway in its flagship autumn event.

The venue is split up into three gardens: the Chinese Garden, the First Nations Garden, and the Japanese Garden.

When: From now until October 31
Time: 9 am Р9 pm (Sunday РThursday), 9 am Р10 pm (Friday РSunday)
Where: Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $8 – $16, available online

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives


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A handful of mummies will be continuing their world tour when they cozy up to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for a few months, starting this weekend.

The exhibition,¬†Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives, will be the mummies’ first North American exposition, following “tremendous success in¬†Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” according to the MMFA.

As per the press release, the British Museum has reconstructed the lives of six individuals who lived along the Nile from about 900 BC to 180 AD.

If one of them gets up and starts haunting you, however, that’s NOT part of the exhibition.

When: September 14 to February 2, 2020
Time: TBA
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 380, Sherbrooke Street
Price: TBA

Buddha Bazaar

The Buddha Bazaar invites guest to slip away into a zen atmosphere through a metaphysical indoor market with over 30 spiritual artists.

Events include live music, yoga, vegetarian food, sound healing, tarot readings, and much more.

When: September 14 and 15
Time:¬†10 am ‚Äď 6 pm (until 5 pm on Sunday)
Where:¬†Nutopia Holistic Centre Holistique ‚Äst7378 Rue Lajeunesse
Price: Free admission


pizza Montreal


A pizza festival kicked off across Montreal this week, ready to cap off the summer with a slice.

From now until September 24, dozens of restaurants around the city will take part in the festival before one spot is crowned the tasty winner of Montreal’s PIZZA FEST.

If you’re into the classics, all-dressed, just cheese, pepperoni and cheese, or you like your pizza with a bit more spunk, Pizza Fest will have you covered.

Visit the PIZZA FEST website for a full list of participating spots.

When: From now until September 24
Time: Varies per location
Where: Spread out throughout Montreal
Price: Varies per selected pizza

Cité Mémoire


Head to Old Montreal to admire 25 of the world‚Äôs largest projection circuits. Montreal‚Äôs history is displayed on buildings and streets throughout the Old Port. Download the free ‚ÄúMontreal en Histoires‚ÄĚ app for destinations, details, and schedules.

When: Saturday, September 14
Time: From nightfall until 11 pm
Where: Old Montreal
Price: Free

Through the Echoes


The first-of-its-kind pyramid-shaped entertainment venue, PY1, created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté continues its showing all month.

The innovative venue will offer a multi-sensory experience, state-of-the-art technology and ‚Äúa unique playground‚ÄĚ for multimedia entertainment combining high tech with the talent of the greatest digital creators.

The PY1 experience made its worldwide debut with Through the Echoes, a show produced exclusively for the pyramid last month, located near the Clock Tower grounds in the Old Port.

When: Saturday, September 14
Time: Varies
Where: Montreal’s Old Port
Price: $28.50 ‚Äď $51, available online

Sunday, September 15

Terry Fox Run ‚Äď Montreal

Terry Fox Montreal

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This year marks the 39th anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope as the country honours his legacy by raising money for cancer research.

Montreal‚Äôs official event will be ran at throughout the Old Port‚Äôs March√© des √Čclusiers and Terry‚Äôs brother, Darrell Fox, will be in attendance as the guest of honour.

The non-competitive fun run invites individuals, families, and groups to walk or run from 1 to 10 km to raise funds for cancer.

When: Sunday, September 15
Time:¬†8:30 am (registration) 9:30 am ‚Äď 11 am (run)
Where:¬†March√© des √Čclusiers, 400 de la Commune Street Ouest
Price: Donations




Tam-Tams returned to the city last month and the iconic party keeps up its weekly trek on Sunday.

Tams, the weekly outdoor party at the base of the mountain, is a perfect summary of Montreal, open to both locals and tourists.

The magical outdoor bash is where Montrealers from far and wide, gather in Parc Mont Royal for an afternoon of food, vendors, fun, music, and maybe even a couple of beers and some smoking (shhh, don’t tell anyone).

When: Sunday, September 15
Time: 12 pm until sunset
Where: Sir George-Etienne Cartier Monument
Price: Free

La Ronde

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Quebec’s biggest amusement park has kept busy all summer and it’s sure to be busy this weekend as well.

Try battling The Goliath, get rocked on Le Ednor or check out the park’s newest ride, Chaos.

When: Sunday, September 15
Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald
When:¬†10:30 am ‚Äď 8 pm (11:30 pm during the fireworks)
Price: Available online or at the box office

Piknic Electronik

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Piknic Electronik

Piknic Electronik returns for its 19th edition this weekend.

Piknic is an outdoor electric music dance festival featuring DJs and artists from all over the world. There are obviously good tunes, but there‚Äôs also good food, good drinks, and plenty of activities to keep you going. 11est of all ‚Äď the show goes on rain or shine.

This weekend’s artists include Blondish, Ankh, Sama, Jacklyn Kendall, Kaz Kandy, and much more.

When: Sunday, September 15
Time:¬†2 pm ‚Äď 9:30 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Tickets: $16, available online

Apple Picking – La Ferme Quinn

apple picking Montreal


If that constant buzz of the big city is a bit draining, trade in your slacks and button-up shirt for a straw hat and overalls.

Take a quick drive out to Île-Perrot and enjoy a variety of farmyard activities at Quinn Farm and apple picking galore.

La Ferme Quinn harvests apples until the end of September, giving Montrealers one whole month to pick from their juicy varieties.

Open from 10 am to 4 pm 7 days a week, admission to La Ferme Quinn is just $5 and gives you access to the pick-your-own apples and tractor and wagon rides.

When: Sunday, September 15
Time: 10 am Р4 pm
Where: 2495 Perrot Boulevard Sud, Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot
Price: $5

HUM(AIN) – We Could Be Human: A Learning Machine

AI robot


It seems like Siri has some SIRIous competition as a new art exhibition in Montreal features an AI robot that learns from visitors the more it interacts with them.

As part of musician David Usher’s Hum(ai)n exhibition, a digital character named Ophelia will be speaking with humans all summer. This interaction will help to evolve her cognitive state.

After a successful summer run, the exhibition concludes after this weekend.

When: Sunday, September 15
Time: 10 am Р8 pm
Where: Phi Centre, 407 Saint-Pierre
Price:$21.97 Р$25.50, available online

Parc Safari


Sneak away from the busy city life and head to the country for some zoo fun this weekend.

Parc Safari has over 500 animals, exciting rides, and fun activities to keep you going back all season long.

The park starts off with the “Safari Adventure” where guests can get close to exotic animals like never before. While driving to the main park entrance, the optional adventure path allows for the more docile but equally large animals to check you out in your car.

Oh, how the tables have turned.

Animals on the “Safari Adventure” include buffalo, zebras, llamas, gazelles, ostriches, deer, peacocks, and camels. You’re encouraged to feed and pet the animals during the low-speed trek and you’ll always want to keep your windshield wipers handy. Your car might get dirty but it’s worth it.

It’s not often you get to brag about llama saliva on your windshield.

When: Sunday, September 15
Time: 10 am Р5 pm
Where: 280 Rang Roxham, Hemmingford
Price: Prices vary depending on age. Tickets available at the entrance or online

Horos – A Virtual Voyage

Regular ‘real-life’ escape rooms are so 2018.

The Old Port is hosting “Horos” all summer, a free-roam virtual reality escape room that “blurs the lines between what is real and what is imaginary.”

Produced by AR/VR company Phenomena, the escape room blends interactive development with content creation and scenography, giving guests a “turnkey location-based experience.”

The VR voyage of Horos is a two-player immersive game that allows users to simultaneously walk freely in a virtual world which is synchronized to physical space.

When: Every day until October 1
Time: 10 am Р10 pm
Where: Old Montreal (in front of the Science Center)
Price: $15, available online

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