20 things to do in Montreal this week: October 18-24


At the same time last week, we were either inhaling Thanksgiving treats or getting over it. Now that we’re back to a full work week, it can seem a little intimidating. Luckily, Montreal has a ton of fun things to do.

The Habs are in town, and there’s a bunch of great Halloween-themed things to discover, a bunch of pumpkins, and some really cool art exhibits.

Here’s what’s worth seeing in Montreal this week, October 18-24.

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

The journey experience of 10 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 Canadiens have three home games in five days this week. They host the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday before welcoming old friend Jesperi Kotkaniemi on Thursday and the Red Wings on Saturday.

Considering that the Bell Center can now operate at full capacity, it will be an experience that Montrealers have not had for more than 580 days.

If there ever was a time to shell out money for Canadiens tickets, it might be now.

When; October 19, 21, 23
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Or: Bell Center
: Various prices, available in line

Montreal has a large collection of hidden (and not-so-hidden) street art tours that you can tackle on your own.

Luckily, we’ve put together a handy guide to the most worth seeing wall pieces and where they are.

Fall foliage AND street art? Hard at the top.

When: Daily
Time: 24/7
Or: Various places around town
Price: To free

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

Orionid meteor shower

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The Orionid meteor shower is expected to peak in the early morning hours of Wednesday, October 20 and Montrealers can get a glimpse of it.

A glimpse of the summit.

Experts say sky watchers in the northern and southern hemispheres can expect to see rates of up to 20 meteors per hour, but only under the best conditions, away from city lights.

Orionid meteors are known to be extremely fast, plunging through Earth’s atmosphere at around 66 kilometers per second.

When: Wednesday October 20
Time: Approximately 2 hours ET

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

Juan Luis Londoño Arias, known professionally as Maluma, is a Colombian singer and songwriter. He’ll be at the Bell Center, thrilling a likely sold-out crowd to end the work week.

When: Friday, October 22, 2021
8 p.m.
Or: Bell Center
Price: Starting at $ 76, available in line

If you haven’t decorated your home with pumpkins yet, it’s prime-time pumpkin season at Atwater Market. It’s the same result of going to a pumpkin patch, you know, a lot less work.

When: From now until October 31
Time: 9 am-6pm
Or: 138 Atwater Avenue
Price: From $ 4 per pumpkin

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

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

Since 2002, the ever-growing SPASM Short Film Festival has showcased the efforts of local horror and sci-fi filmmakers.

Now in its 20th edition, this year’s festival, which officially kicks off this week, will feature online and in-person screenings of films from Quebec and the rest of the world.

And for the first time in the history of SPASM, all of the short films on the program will be available online as well as in person.

When: October 21 to 31
Time: Various times
Or: Various locations across Montreal
Price: $ 40 – $ 75

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

As seen on Conan, America has talent, and through his own Crave special, DJ Demers is hitting the Comedy Nest this week, and he’s bringing his clever character with him to throw jokes all weekend.

Including local comic book animation acts and homework, why not have a little laugh this week?

Or at least some of the free Nest popcorn …

When: October 21 – 23
Time: 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Or: 2313 Rue Sainte-Catherine O (3rd floor)
$ 6 – $ 17.50, available in line

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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

“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

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 21-23
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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