16 things to do in Montreal this weekend: October 15-17


Due to the short work week, it’s already Friday. And we couldn’t be happier.

It’s also still surprisingly hot, which is another big plus.

So to celebrate the beautiful weekend ahead, we’ve found a bunch of things to do in the city by October 17th.

The fact that it’s exactly mid-October is mind-boggling, but we’ll take care of that on Sunday.

Until then, here are a few things that should keep you busy in and around Montreal.

The Grands Ballets

There is never a bad time to hear the wonderful of Vivaldi Four Seasons! This triple program will mark two great returns for Les Grands Ballets, that of Mauro Bigonzetti’s ballet. The four Seasons, on Vivaldi’s emblematic score of the same name, as well as a new collaboration with Quebec choreographer Edouard Lock. Make sure you have a live interpretation of this while you can.

When: From now until October 23
Or: Salle Wilfred Pelletier, Place des Arts
Time: 8 p.m.
Price: Tickets start at $ 39

How about over 7,000 pumpkins in one place?

Pumpkin, the kilometer-long promenade with the picturesque 19th century backdrop is just 148 kilometers from Montreal.

When: From now until October 31
Time: 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Or: 13740 County Rd 2, Morrisburg, ON
Price: $ 20

If you’re looking for thrills and frills, look no further than La Ronde’s spooky calendar of Halloween events.

After a one-year hiatus, La Ronde is bringing Fright Fest back throughout October.

This year’s edition, which debuted on October 2, features fan-favorite haunted attractions with spooky new surprises dotted with them.

When: From now until October 31
Or: Round
Time: 1 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Price: Day passes start at $ 44.99

After being closed for more than two years for renovations (and pandemic), the Biodôme de Montréal is finally reopened.

Using some elements of the Biodome’s original design in 1976, guests can now watch rainforest birds from treetops, step into a beaver lodge, and actually feel the subpolar cold, just like penguins.

Browse replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas without even leaving the island.

When: Daily
Time: 9 am-6pm
Or: 4777 avenue Pierre-de Coubertin
Price: $ 16.50 – $ 21.50, available in line

Installed inside the Palais des Congrès, RELOAD / Relax is a stunning new digital world that aims to re-energize guests at Oasis Immersion, Canada’s largest indoor immersive attraction.

The journey experience of ten works by some of the most prominent digital artists in Quebec (and in the world) offers a stimulating and soothing sensory journey experience.

When: From now until January 30, 2022
Time: 10:20 a.m. – 8:20 p.m.
Or: Montreal Convention Center, 1001 Pl. Jean-Paul Riopelle
From $ 19 to $ 25, available in line

The Montreal Botanical Garden will shine brightly with hundreds of illuminated lanterns thanks to the Gardens of Light.

The eight-week festival will offer a “whole new journey,” says the The Space for Life website, focusing on this year’s theme, “An Ode to the Moon”.

The Lantern Festival will be dedicated this fall to the Moon, the “universal beacon that has guided human beings since the dawn of time”. Space for Life says that the Moon will be the light that guides guests on their way to discover the Gardens of Light.

When: From now until October 31
Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., every evening
Or: 4101 Sherbrooke East
Price: $ 8.25 – $ 16.50

This farm offers an impressive selection of on-site fall activities, including pumpkin tic-tac-toe, pumpkin bowling (which is exactly what it looks like), a giant pumpkin house, a maze of corn, a petting zoo, tractor rides, and of course, food and drink.

When: Weekends from now until the end of October
Time: 9 am-6pm
Or: 4356 Boulevard Dagenais Ouest, Laval
Price: $ 4

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An Indigenous art exhibit will be held at the Riverside Inn in Kahnawake by October 24.

Iontkahthohtha will present works by Onkwehón: we the artists from Tuesday to Saturday every week the rest of the month.

When: From now until October 24
Time: Tuesday to Thursday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Or: Riverside Inn


Quartier des spectacles

Indulge in a generous and delicious brunch as Imani Gospel Singers choir, accompanied by piano, perform live music for a truly unique entertainment experience.

The Montreal group, formed in 1993, will sing favorite gospel tracks in a way that is sure to make you feel blessed.

When: saturday 16 october
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Or: Le Balcon, 463, Sainte-Catherine West
Price: $ 35

“It’s the season of good scares and cheap thrills, and what better way to celebrate than by going to one of Montreal’s best escape rooms?”

Find the Key is the perfect location for a one-of-a-kind group activity and is located in the city center. The facility contains four unique escape rooms and experiences that you and your group can participate in.

When: Daily
Time: Tuesday – Thursday, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Or: 1000 Atateken # 101
Price: $ 20 – $ 25

Retro arcade games in Montreal’s largest food court, what more could you ask for?

When: Everyday
Time: 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Or: Eaton Center, 705 Sainte-Catherine Street West
Price: $ 1 per token

Sleeping giants have awakened at the top of Mont Tremblant, and a circuit along the mountainside will allow you to go look for them.

Equipped with a night walk lit by the Moment Factory of Quebec, the tree is full of images and sounds that will transport you on a mythical adventure.

When: From now until October 16
Time: 10:00 p.m.
Or: 1000 Chemin des Voyageurs, Mont-Tremblant
Starting at $ 12.50, available in line

Leonard Cohen Un Crack Everything

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Maybe you’re not in the mood to go out on the town? If so, this Leonard Cohen virtual exhibit might be right for you.

The online exhibition is divided into four main themes that are ubiquitous in Leonard Cohen’s work: Poetic thought, Spirituality & Humility, Love and Loss & Desire.

When: From now until February 2024
Time: 24/7
Or: In line
Price: To free

THE INFINITE is a revolutionary new multisensory virtual reality exhibit that takes guests on a journey aboard the International Space Station.

Freely explore a life-size reproduction of the ISS in virtual reality as if you were there. Using several different mediums (VR, augmented reality and projections), the exhibition offers “exceptional realism in an experience that lasts 60 minutes”, specifies the PHI Center.

Go to space without having to leave Earth. Good deal.

When: From now until November 7
Times: Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Address: Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal – 2020, rue William
Price: $ 10 – $ 40 (Tuesday to Thursday), $ 12 – $ 50 (Friday to Sunday)

Montreal is home to the Barbie expo, the largest permanent collection of Barbie dolls in the world.

Guests have the chance to view and snap photos of over 1,000 unique Barbie dolls, all dressed by the city’s top fashion designers.

When: Daily
Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Or: 1455 Peel Street
Price: Free entry

October is the last month to attend AURA, one of the most popular and beautiful events in the Old Port.

Moment Factory presents the immersive light show in the timeless Notre-Dame Basilica.

It is truly breathtaking.

When: October 15 and 16
Time: 6 p.m., 7, 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Or: Notre-Dame Basilica, 110 Notre-Dame Street West
Price: Ranges from $ 21 to $ 32, available in line

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