19 things to do in Montreal this weekend: September 27 to 29

Sep 27 2019, 12:00 pm

Montreal’s climate change rally will kick off the month’s final weekend, which is oozing with a bunch of great events worthy of checking out from September 27 to 29.

Friday, September 27

Climate March

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Anchored by 16-year-old Swedish-born Greta Thunberg, Montreal is partaking in the climate march, alongside Mayor Valérie Plante and Justin Trudeau.

Various Montreal schools are closed and public transit is offering free fares to help the rally’s supporters.

Organizers are expecting more than 300,000 participants.

When: Friday, Saturday 27
Time: 12 pm
Where: Starts at the Sir George-Étienne Cartier monument on Parc Avenue
Price: Free

Derek Seguin – Comedy Nest

Derek Seguin, as seen in Just For Laughs, CBC’s The Debaters, and the winner of SiriusXM’s Top Comic Challenge, will be on stage tonight dealing with his always funny (and sometimes dirty) humour at the timeless Comedy Nest.

When: September 27 and 28
Time: 8 pm and 10 pm
Where: 2313 Saint-Catherine Street (3rd Floor)
Price: $12 general admission, $6 students

Montreal’s International Literature Festival

If you’re a fan of books, poetry, art, music, and film, the Montreal’s International Literature Festival is for you. This event will feature talks and readings from local and international authors as well as live readings and musical performances and an art exhibit.

When: From now until September 29
Time: Various times
Where: Quartier des Spectacle
Price: Free admission

World Press Photo Exposition

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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: September 27 – 29
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Where: Marche Bonsecours, 325 de la Commune
Price:$14, available and at the door online

Cité Mémoire


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

When: Friday, September 27
Time: From nightfall until 11 pm
Where: Old Montreal
Price: Free

Montréal International Black Film Festival

Entering its final weekend, the 15th edition of the Montreal International Black Film Festival lets guests discover the black culture on film from all over the world.

When: From now until September 29
Time: Various times
Where: Venues throughout the city,
Price: Various pricing, available online

Saturday, September 28

Montreal Water Lantern Festival 2019

Oka Beach has a pretty magical event lined up for the weekend.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing the national park with thousands of floating lanterns as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

When: Saturday, September 28
Time: 4:30 pm – 9 pm
Where: Oka Beach, 2020 Chemin d’Oka
Price: $38.99 – $50, available online

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: Saturday, September 28
Time: 9 am – 9 pm (Sunday – Thursday), 9 am – 10 pm (Friday – Sunday)
Where: Botanical Garden, 4101 rue Sherbrooke Est
Price: $8 – $16, available online

Mechant BĹ“uf Boozy Brunch

MĂ©chant Boeuf

Just because CĂ©line Dion isn’t swinging by this weekend, doesn’t mean you can’t get your diva fix.

Méchant Boeuf is organizing a Céline Dion Boozy Brunch all weekend.

If you “Drove all Night” to come to her concert and now you’re worried you’ll be “All By Yourself” this weekend, then look no further! “Right in Front of You” there is a perfect “Miracle” to make your weekend a great one.

Head over to the popular spot to sip on bottomless mimosas, enjoy the delicious $19 brunch table d’hĂ´te, while the restaurnat blasts all of Dion’s greatest hits.

When: September 28 and 29
Time: 10 am – 3 pm
Where: 124 Saint-Paul Street Ouest
Price: $19

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators

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Image: Montreal Canadiens / Twitter

Soak up some exhibition action between the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators as the rivals face off against each other at the Bell Centre tonight.

Pre-season is the perfect time to get zoned back into hockey, especially since ticket prices aren’t that expensive, compared to the regular season, which starts in October.

When: Saturday, September 28
Time: 7 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Price: $62 – $220, available online

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 “a unique playground” 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 28
Time: Varies
Where: Montreal’s Old Port
Price: $28.50 – $51, available online

Oasis Surf


Battle the weekend with some hardcore waves. Just because Montreal isn’t located on the coast, doesn’t mean you can’t tackle some killer tides.

Oasis Surf in Brossard is an indoor pool, open to amateur and experienced surfers looking to ride the waves.


When: Saturday, September 28
Time: 10 am – 2 am
Where: Suite 01, 9520 Boulevard Leduc
Price: $30 for 30 minutes

Sunday, September 29

Le Ceramic Cafe Studio


Test out that creativity this weekend.

If you’re a fan of art and coffee, Le Ceramic Cafe Studio is for you. Le Ceramic Cafe Studio allows Montrealers to sip on a latte or eat a sandwich, while creating some pretty magnificent ceramic art. Simply choose an object (like a mug or bowl), pick your colours, and get painting.

When: Sunday, September 29
Time: 10 am – 10 pm
Where: 4338 Saint Denis
Price: $7 – $15 (varies by time)




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 29
Time: 12 pm until sunset
Where: Sir George-Etienne Cartier Monument
Price: Free



DodgeBow is exactly what it sounds like: dodgeball fused with bow and arrows.

The exhilarating team-based archery combat sport is capped with cushion-ends so they don’t hurt when they hit you and you can channel your inner Legolas when flinging them.

Face-off with your friends in the DodgeBow arena and put your marksmanship skills to the test. That’ll show the rain who’s boss.

When: Sunday, September 29
Time: 2 pm – 8 pm
Where: 202-4767 Dagenais Street
Price:$24.95, available online

Egyptian Mummies: Exploring Ancient Lives


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

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: Sunday, September 29
Time: 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 380, Sherbrooke Street
Price: $23

Piknic Electronik

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Piknic Electronik

Piknic Electronik returns for its 21st (and final) 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’s also good food, good drinks, and plenty of activities to keep you going. 11est of all – the show goes on rain or shine.

This weekend’s artists include KiNK Live, DJ BORING, Stacey Sexton, and a giant wrap-up party.

When: Sunday, September 22
Time: 2 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Tickets: $16, available online

Haunted Downtown


As October approaches, it might be time to get in the mood for Halloween and all the hauntings that come with it.

The Haunted Downtown ghost walk visits haunted bars, a forgotten graveyard, hotels rife with paranormal activity, and other locations where ghosts have been spotted around the island.

When: Sunday, September 29
Time: 8:30 pm – 10 pm
Where: Norman Bethune Square
Price: $20.87, available online

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