Free Things to Do in Montreal: October 2017

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal Every Day This October 2017

    Free things to do in Montreal this October 2017? More than you think.
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    Save any lingering Indian summer days, Montreal is knee-deep in FALL come October. But don't blink. Its crisp, humidity-free days go by fast.

    So how does one take advantage? Collect a bucketload of free compost. Enjoy dozens of free cultural activities in a day or roam free with fellow zombies later in the month, all fun stuff that takes a load off the wallet.

    Granted, there aren't nearly as many notable freebies as in the summer. But that's okay. There are still just enough to enjoy the simple pleasures on a daily basis. And I only choose the best, which narrows the list down. Right now, 21 free things to do in Montreal this October 2017 have made my hit list.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: The Leaf Peeping

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2017 include fall foliage leaf peeping at my favorite destinations,
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    Montreal in the fall? STUNNING, especially if you play your walks right by heeding my seasoned advice: these Montreal fall foliage destinations, most of which are free of charge to visit, are my personal favorites. Why? Their technicolored hues are off the charts.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: The Culture

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2017? Try Culture Days is one of the best.
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    Participate in any number Les Journées de la Culture's hundreds of free artistic activities and workshops offered at several locations throughout Montreal September 29 through October 1, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Try This Free Walking Tour

    Free things to do in Montreal in October 2017 include going on a walking tour.
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    Last call to try this free English walking tour on October 1 and October 8, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Just one thing: factor in a tip if your guide did an amazing job. Tour guides aren't exactly swimming in money so if a guided tour is offered free of charge, a little thank you tip goes a long way. And remember to book your spot before showing up at Place des Festivals at the allotted time.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Off Jazz Festival

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2017 include the Off Jazz Festival.
    ••• Above: Trio Luce Bélanger perform at Café Résonance on October 12, 2017. Photo courtesy of Trio Luce Bélanger

    Proposing free shows most days of the festival, head down to Résonance Café at 5 p.m. most days of the Off Jazz Festival October 5 through October 14, 2017 to catch free performances. Donations welcomed.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Black and Blue

    Free things to do in October 2017 include Black and Blue's free admission events.
    ••• Free things to do in October 2017 include catching Black and Blue's free admission events. Photo courtesy of Fondation BBCM

    Montreal's annual LGBTA week-long extravaganza Black and Blue usually features, in addition to its flagship main event and annual balls, a few free admission happenings. The fest runs October 5 through October 9, 2017. Consult the Black and Blue program and contact organizers for details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: The Redpath

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2017 include dropping by the Redpath Museum.
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    A lovely time as any to visit the Redpath Museum, especially with surrounding McGill Campus grounds filled with fall foliage. There aren't many free admission museums left either. And kids love the mummies and dinosaur bones.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: First Fridays

    Free things to do in Montreal this October 2017 include First Fridays food trucks.
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    October is usually last call of the season for First Fridays until the spring, the monthly food truck gathering in Montreal's Olympic Park every first friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. This month it's October 6, 2017. Count on live music and free shows as part of the experience.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Jardins Gamelin

    Free things to do in Montreal this October 2017? Visit Jardins Gamelin.
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    Last call for Jardins Gamelin's lovely, welcoming public space, terrace and free events. The season wraps up October 15, 2017. See scheduled activities.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Compost!

    Free things to do in October 2017? Score as much free compost as you can carry.
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    Are you a Montreal resident with a green thumb and flower beds aching for enhanced soil quality? Do it is the easy, free way with the help of city hall's free compost giveaway this October 7 and October 8, 2017. Just bring a bucket, a shovel and proof of Montreal residence and access to the heap is yours. Take as much as you can carry. It's a great time for it too. Spreading fresh compost on gardens in the fall before the ground freezes affords compost nutrients ample opportunity to spread into surrounding soil by the time spring planting comes around.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Braderie de Mode

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2015 include passing through the Braderie de Mode.
    ••• Above: Montreal designer Evik Asatoorian posing backstage with models wearing his Rudsak outerwear line on March 26, 2015 during Toronto Fashion Week at David Pecaut Square. Rudsak is one of the Braderie de Mode's most popular brands. Edward James / Getty Images

    Dropping by the Braderie de Mode never cost anything. The tricky part is walking through and not buying anything. I'm especially fond of locally designed leather goods sold on-site at anywhere from 50% to 80% off retail. The next edition runs October 19 to October 22, 2017 at Marché Bonsecours.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Montreal Zombie Walk

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2017 include joining the Montreal Zombie Walk,
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    Wanna join the Montreal Zombie Walk on October 28, 2017? Then join the Montreal Zombie Walk. Anyone can be a part of the city's most conspicuous Halloween celebration. No registration nor admission required. BUT you do kind of have to dress the part. It's easier than you think. And you can score supplies at these choice Montreal costume shops which are admittedly not so free, but they won't cost a fortune.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Festival du Monde Arabe

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2017 include catching free shows at the Festival du Monde Arabe.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Festival du Monde Arabe © Eliane Ackar

    Without fail, the Festival du Monde Arabe proposes free events. Expect more of the same at the 2017 edition running October 27 to November 12, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Pick a Peck of Pumpkins

    Free things to do in October 2017 include visiting Château Ramezay's outdoor Pick a Peck of Pumpkins exhibit.
    ••• As if pumpkins are the only squash of the season. RENAULT Philippe / Getty Images

    Pick a peck of pumpkins? Château Ramezay proposes just that, at least in theory. Every year, the Old Montreal history museum features a free outdoor exhibit features a variety of squashes in Old Montreal. Whether it returns in 2017 remains to be seen.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Cemetery Walk

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2017 include visiting Mount Royal Cemetery.
    ••• Above: inside Mount Royal Cemetery. It's a beautiful shot. But it doesn't do the cemetery full justice given the slew of exotic trees sprawled on the grounds. But it was the best photo I could secure without stealing random photos protected by copyright. RENAULT Philippe / Getty Images

    Strolling through Mount Royal Cemetery. One of my favorite fall activities. I even recommend it to families as a bonding activity which, I know, sounds totally weird, right? But you'll understand when you see the place.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Meditate

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2017 include meditating,
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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Bike!

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2017 include going on a bike ride before ti gets too cold.
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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Apéro Crystal

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2017 include attending Soirée Arts et Bulles.
    ••• Above: inside Montreal's Hôtel le Crystal. Photo courtesy of Hôtel le Crystal

    Hôtel le Crystal's monthly 5-à-7 dubbed Apéro Crystal usually features either artwork, jewelry or fashion. As usual, a free glass of bubbly is part of the admission-free experience. It's not clear if there's an October date. Check for updates here. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Canadian Centre for Architecture

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2017 include visiting the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
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    Love architecture? Urban planning? Sustainable development? Perfect. The Canadian Centre for Architecture is practically made for you. Catch their free admission evenings every Thursday as of 5:30 p.m.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Visit the Jean-Talon Market

    Free things to do in Montreal this October 2017 include checking out Jean-Talon Market.
    ••• Sampling fresh fruit and vegetables at the Jean-Talon Market is part of the experience. Guylain Doyle / Getty Images

    Okay. So it's technically free to go, but you're gonna end up buying something if you pass through Marché Jean-Talon. It's inevitable. Fated. Never been? HA. You'll see.*

    *No. The market is not paying me to say this. But with all the free publicity I give the place, I'm starting to think they should ;-)

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: Free Yoga

    Free things to do in Montreal this October 2017? Try some free yoga classes.
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    Find out where you can enjoy free yoga classes in Montreal.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal October 2017: IF3

    Free things to do in Montreal October 2017 include freeski festival IF3.
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    Get free access to freeski festival IF3's "Brand Village" October 27 through October 29, 2017 by the Old Port's Clock Tower. Free gigs and access to exhibitors is part of the experience. Open Friday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.