11 things to do in Montreal this weekend to have a good time

The countdown to Halloween has officially begun, and let’s face it, winter is knocking on our doorstep. No need to panic, because Montreal offers all the fun and entertainment you need for a smooth seasonal transition.

Whether you’re a party animal, a fan of all things scary, or hoping to find solace in tasty food and compulsive shopping, 514 has something for every Montrealer.

Here is a list of 11 activities to do this weekend, and we highly recommend doing more than one!

Watch a classic horror movie with your date

Cost:

  • General admission is $9
  • $7 for students and seniors (65+)
  • Tickets are sold on site

When: October 23, at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Cinéma de Sève, 1400, boulevard de Maisonneuve O.

Why you should go: This popular ’50s sci-fi movie will totally give you goosebumps. A doctor discovers that the inhabitants of his small town have been replaced by alien doubles. A guest speaker will deliver an analysis of the meanings behind the cult film.

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Fill your belly at Pizza Fest

Cost: Prices vary by restaurant

When: October 11-24

Where: Several restaurants across the city. You can find the list of participating restaurants here.

Why you should go: This week we’re celebrating Italy’s most iconic food! You can try various signature pizzas created for this special occasion and vote for your favorite online.

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Watch a comedy show at the Segal Center

Cost:

  • $62 for general admission
  • $58 for seniors
  • $25 for students and people under 30

When: October 23, at 1:30 p.m.

Where: Sylvan Adams Theatre, 5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine Road

Why you should go: If you’re looking for a good laugh this spooky season, this show should do the trick. Blending dark pop culture references and stage illusions, the show gives you a not-so-serious insight into the life of Count Dracula.

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Go see the lights at the Botanical Garden

Price:

  • $16.50 for Montreal residents
  • $22 for non-residents

When: Until October 31

Address: Montreal Botanical Garden, 4101 Sherbrooke Street E.

Why you should go: You only have a few days left to see the Botanical Garden shine for the Festival of Light and Lanternsunder the theme “An Ode to the Moon”. Read our contributor’s opinion.

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Overcome your fears at La Ronde Fright Fest

Cost:

  • $49.99 for October 22
  • $44.99 for October 23

When: October 22 from 1 to 10 p.m. and October 23 from 1 to 8 p.m. (and additional dates in October)

Where: La Ronde, 22 Macdonald Road

Why you should go: Only two weekends left until the end of La Ronde’s popular Halloween event. If you dare, you can visit the spooky areas filled with roaming monsters, enter a haunted house, or ride the rides in the dark.

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Take a haunted guided tour

Cost:

  • $24.50 for the “Haunted Downtown” tour
  • $21.30 for “Haunted Old Montreal”

When:

  • Haunted Downtown: October 22 at 8 p.m. (in French) or 8:30 p.m. (in English)
  • Haunted Old Montreal: October 23 at 7 p.m. (in French) or 7:30 p.m. (in English)

Where:

  • Haunted downtown: Place Norman Bethune
  • Haunted Old Montreal: Parc de La Presse, 749 Côte de la Place d’Armes

Why you need to go: It’s the perfect time to join a guided tour to uncover some of Montreal’s spookiest historical facts. This weekend, you have the choice between a visit to downtown or Old Montreal.

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“Get your perversion!!!” At the Berlin Cabaret

Cost: $22.23

When: October 15 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Where: Cabaret Berlin, 1982, rue Sainte-Catherine E.

Why you should go: This special Halloween dance party is a great excuse to wear your kinkiest fetish costume, or just let off steam in the playgrounds after a long, busy week.

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Buy yourself some warm winter clothes

Cost: Discounted items. Prices range from $49.99 to $99.99

When: October 20 to 23, from 10 a.m.

Where: 7177 Newman Boulevard, LaSalle

Why you should go: You’ll need a good coat to keep you warm this winter, and you can get one on the cheap at this warehouse sale this weekend.

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Shopping at the Vintage Bazaar

Cost: Free entry

When: October 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and October 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: St-Jean Berchmans Church, 5945 Cartier Street

Why you should go: Fans of antiques and all things retro can visit this fall vintage market in a church. Maybe you’ll find something cute that will make you forget about the months of freezing temperatures that lie ahead.

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Party in a 360° venue with DJs and art projections

Cost: $18

When: October 22, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Where: Satosphere, Society for Arts and Technology, 1201 Saint-Laurent Boulevard

Why you should go: the Montreal SAT is hosting another one immersive dance party with 360° projections. This time around, the lineup includes DJs Regularfantasy, Genetellem and Scott W.

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Step back in time at Bar Le Ritz

Cost: $14

When: October 22, from 11 p.m.

Where: Bar Le Ritz, 179, rue Jean-Talon O

Why you should go: From Diana Ross to ABBA, Donna Summer, Cameo and Madonna, you can dance the night away to the best hits of the 70s and 80s.

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