Free Things to Do in Montreal: September 2017

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal Every Day in September 2017

    41 Free Things to do in Montreal this September 2017.
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    September. A tale of two seasons squished into one month. Free salsa? Montreal's got it. Free workouts? Yep. Free films? But of course. Then there are free BMX stunts, over 500 cultural freebies and activities over the course of a weekend, free orchestra performances and much, much more. 

    At last count, I personally handpicked no less than 46 free things to do in Montreal this September 2017 that I think, as someone who has authored thousands of Montreal-centric articles over the course of two decades, are completely worth your while.


    See Also: September's Best Festivals, Concerts & Events
    And: 20 Ways to Have the Best Labour Day Weekend in Montreal

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal in September 2017: Aire Commune

    Free things to do in Montreal September 2017 include Aire Commune.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Aire Commune

    Aire Commune, a new open-air pop-up networking space in the Mile End proposes free admission meetups and events until September 17, 2017. Details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Electro Parade

    Free things to do in Montreal September 2017 include Electro Parade.
    ••• Above: crowds dancing to the sound of techno music during the Paris techno parade on September 19, 2015 in Paris, France. The Paris Techno Parade is an international event that gathers thousands of people devoted to electronic music since 1988. Aurelien Meunier / Getty Images

    For the first time in North America, an event the likes of Berlin's Love Parade and Paris' Techno Parade hits the continent.

    It's called Electro Parade, it's on September 2, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the heart of Montreal. Local and international DJs spin on parade floats with the masses dancing around their favorites. It's free for everyone. Parade route details ​here.​​​​​

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Les Escales Improbables

    Free things to do in Montreal September 2017 including napping at Les Escales Improbables de Montréal.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Les Escales Improbables de Montréal.

    Les escales improbables de Montréal is one of the city's more eccentric festivals, one that deliberately sets out to uncover the "unexpected" side of visual arts, music, dance, what have you. And every year features freebies, notably Les Siestes Musicales, an opportunity to effectively nap in a public space while local musicians lull you to slumber.

    In 2017, Les Escales runs August 20 through September 16, 2017. As for Les Siestes Musicales, they're happening Labour Day Weekend on September 3 as well as September 10 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Parc Jarry. Bring a blankie. Or a yoga mat. Yoga sessions are part of the event.

    Pro tip: after your nap, how about a five-minute walk to Montreal's #1 foodie destination? I've yet to meet someone who's regretted visiting.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Meditate

    Free things to do in Montreal this September 2017? You might want to meditate on that.
    ••• Above: man spotted meditating in Montreal's Parc La Fontaine. Joanne Levesque / Getty Images

    I got a head start with my meditation practice. One of my earliest memories was when I was around three years old lying on my bed with my birth mother teaching me guided visualization, both our heads dangling upside down off the side of my bed, her long raven hair cascading with mine toward the ground as we closed our eyes to the sound of her voice.

    She coached me to command myself to "see" colors in the backdrop of my mind: "now I want you to see blue Evelyn. Do you see it? Goooood. Now change it to red, Evelyn. Do you see red now?" 

    Those lessons stuck with me even when she was torn from my life at an early age and as I matured, I shifted from my mother's guided visualizations to self-hypnosis (induction techniques taught by one of my university professors, a psychologist and memory researcher) to full-on meditation.

    Ever considered taking the leap yourself? It doesn't cost anything to try

    The resilience it builds is off the charts. If you can stick with it in...MORE the long-term, you risk being surprised by your own grit in the face of difficult if not dangerous, and even life-threatening situations.

    After all, you're stronger than you think ;-)

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Bike!

    Free things to do in Montreal September 2017 include going for a bike ride.
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    If you've got your own, hop on a bike and head to these Montreal parks and destinations for a little nature therapy.  

    See Also: Rent a Bike in Montreal
    And: Compare Montreal Weather Forecasts

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Projet Ex

    Free things to do in Montreal September 2017 include Projet Ex.
    ••• Image courtesy of Projet Ex

    At the corner of Waverly and Beaubien in the Mile-Ex is Projet Ex's block party this September 9, 2017. Concerts, public art, an artisan market, and citizen workshops are part of the deal from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Gay Village Street Fair

    Free things to do in Montreal September 2016 include checking out the Gay Village's final street fair of the season.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Aires Libre

    Usually, Montreal Gay Village's car-free neighborhood opens the streets back up a day past Labour Day. But in 2017, the neighborhood stays car-free for most of the month. The Gay Village's last street fair of summer runs August 28 until September 3, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Quartiers Danses

    Free things to do in Montreal September 2017 include Festival Quartiers Danses.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Quartiers Danses © Bobby Leon

    Quartiers Danses' aim since its May 2000 inception has been to make contemporary dance accessible to everyone. In line with that philosophy, the festival proposes several free outdoor dance presentations at Place des Festivals, Jardins Gamelin, Beaver Lake, and other locations in Montreal September 7 through September 17, 2017.

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

    Free things to do in Montreal in September 2017 include visiting the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
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    The Canadian Centre for Architecture opens free to the public every Thursday evening as of 5:30 p.m. Conferences and film screenings are often held as well.

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

    Free things to do in Montreal in September 2015 include going on a walking tour.
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    Free things to do in Montreal September 2017? Try this English walking tour on Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It won't cost a thing, except maybe an optional tip if you thought it was a great experience. Just remember to book your spot and then show up at Place des Festivals at the allotted time.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: BLVD

    Free things to do in Montreal this September 2917 include BLVD.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Mural Festival

    St. Laurent Boulevard debuts BLVD, a September street fair running September 7 through September 10, 2017.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: In-Water Boat Show

    Free things to do in Montreal in September 2016? Try the Montreal In-Water Boat Show.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Montreal In-Water Boat Show

    Spend the day boarding over 100 boats at the Quays of the Old Port courtesy of the Montreal In-Water Boat Show running September 8 to September 10, 2017 whose organizers even propose a free boating lesson on location. All this, completely free of charge.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Quebec National Parks Day

    Free things to do in Montreal in September 2016? Take advantage of Quebec National Parks Day.
    ••• Above: Gaspésie National Park's flagship lake Lac Cascapédia. Aurélien Pottier / Getty Images

    This may not be happening in Montreal, but maybe some of you want to get away for a day. On Saturday, September 9, 2017 is Quebec National Parks Day, an event whereby Quebec's 24 provincial parks wipe out admission fees for the day.

    See Also: Montreal's BEST September Festivals and Attractions

    An important note on the use of the word "national": don't get participating parks mixed up with Canadian national parks located within Quebec borders, like the federally-administered Forillon Park for example.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: OUMF

    Free things to do in Montreal in September 2017? Try OUMF's free street arts and live performances.
    ••• Photo courtesy of SDC Quartier Latin

    OUMF proposes its annual back-to-school pick-me-up freebies September 6 through September 9, 2017. Count on free concerts, free street performances and outdoor art creation and exhibits in the heart of Montreal's Quartier Latin neighborhood on St. Denis, between Ste. Catherine Street and Sherbrooke (map). The bulk of OUMF's freebies are from 5 p.m. to roughly 10 p.m.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Villa Paradizo

    Free things to do in Montreal in September 2016 include dancing your heart out at Villa Paradizo's free EDM street festival.
    ••• Free things to do in Montreal in September 2017 include dancing your heart out at Villa Paradizo's free EDM street festival. Photo courtesy of Villa Paradizo

    Villa Paradizo. Montreal's only free outdoor EDM street festival. In 2017, Villa Paradizo features the DJ likes of Roger Sanchez, Borgeous, Timmy Trumpet, and more. From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on both September 8 and September 9, 2017. On Crescent, above Ste. Catherine Street.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Arts et Bulles

    Free things to do in Montreal this September 2015 includes Hôtel le Crystal's Soirée Arts et Bulles.
    ••• Above: inside Montreal's Hôtel le Crystal. Photo courtesy of Hôtel le Crystal

    Hôtel le Crystal took a break for the summer but their monthly Soirée Arts et Bulles event pairing local designer wares with bubbly in a 5-à-7 context returns September 26, 2017 under a new name, Apéro Crystal. Event is free, as always, but registration is required.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Agricultural Fair

    Free things to do in Montreal through September 2017 include catching Parc Jean-Drapeau's Agricultural Fair.
    ••• Photo courtesy of L'Union des producteurs agricoles

    Portes Ouvertes sur le Fermes du Québec is an annual event whereby roughly 100 farms across the province of Quebec open their doors to members of the public interested in learning about food production up close and personal. And in Montreal is a free admission Agricultural Fair hosted at the Olympic Park on the same day -September 10, ​2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.- where folks can eat fresh corn on the cob, meet farm animals, chat with farming professionals and take in whatever other activity is on offer. Kid-friendly environment.​​

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2016: Art by the Lake

    Free things to do in Montreal this September 2016? Drop by Art by the Lake.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Lakeshore Artists Association

    For locals and visitors interested in venturing off of Montreal's central path, consider a free outdoor art exhibit west of city centre. Pointe-Claire's annual Art by the Lake event features the works of 50 artists in addition to artist demos, art workshops for kids, face-painting, and a tea room set up on a terrace. Art by the Lake's 59th edition is held on the waterside grounds of Stewart Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both September 9 and September 10, 2017, rain or shine.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Ukrainian Festival

    Free things to do in Montreal in September 2017 include discovering the Montreal Ukrainian Festival.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Montreal Ukrainian Festival © Sophia Khmil

    Held September 8 to September 10, 2017, the Montreal Ukrainian Festival is your best opportunity of the year to discover this Eastern European culture via live music, dance, authentic Ukrainian dishes, a beer garden and more. Free admission. At Parc Beaubien.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: POP Montreal

    Free things to do in Montreal in September 2017? POP Montreal usually manages to squeeze some freebies into its programming.
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    POP Montreal, a top shelf indie fest 16 years in the running, proposes hundreds of activities over the course of its four-day schedule from September 13 to September 17, 2017, everything from an artisan fair to events for children. And POP usually has some freebie or other up its sleeve, including its annual opening party on September 13. ​Details.

    See Also: Which Concerts Made My September Hit List?

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Harvest Time

    Free Things to do in Montreal this September 2017 include one of my favorite activities: visiting Montreal's public markets.
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    Do you have any idea how obsessed I am with Montreal's public markets? My regular readers do, and if you're new here, now you do.  Pick a day. Any day. Now inspect my fridge. I pinky swear that there are at least two items in there at any given moment which were originally purchased from a farmer's market, most probably this one. Now do another spot check in the fall. That fridge? It overfloweth with fresh produce. You couldn't ask for a better season to visit a farmer's market. And while it won't cost you anything to browse and enjoy a few free samples here and there, I dare you to walk out of a Montreal public market without buying anything.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Puces POP

    Free things to do in Montreal in September 2017 include Puces POP.
    ••• Photo courtesy of POP Montreal

    Every year, POP Montreal hosts a Puces POP in September, whereby an assembly of local artisans and designers sell their latest wares under one roof. In 2017, it runs September 15 through September 17 at Église Saint-Denis. As always, it's free admission. Details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Mount Royal Park

    Free things to do in Montreal September 2017 include strolling through Mount Royal Park.
    ••• Above: the Kondiaronk Belvedere lookout at Mount Royal Park.. George Rose / Getty Images

    Who doesn't love this park? It never cost anyone anything to stroll through it either...

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Avenue Gourmande

    Free things to do in Montreal in September 2017 include Avenue Gourmande.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Avenue Gourmande © Melissa St-Arnaud

    September 16 and September 17, 2017 on avenue Mont-Royal is Avenue Gourmande where over 25 local businesses offer the public free samples of their edible goodies.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Muscle Cars

    Free things to do in Montreal through September 2017? Classic car fans will love this one.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Katherine Tompkins (CC BY 2.0)

    Last call to catch the Orange Julep's informal muscle car show Wednesday evenings. As temperatures cool, so does the unofficial event.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Les Grands Apéros

    Free things to do in Montreal this September 2017 include Les Grands Apéros.
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    Join Les Grands Apéros' festive block party vibe at Parc des Faubourgs from September 15 through September 17, 2017. Details.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Leaf Peep

    Free things to do in Montreal through September 2017 include leaf peeping at these top fall foliage destinations.
    ••• Free things to do in Montreal through September 2017 include leaf peeping at these top fall foliage destinations. Wayne Barrett & Anne MacKay / Getty Images

    It's always hard to predict exactly when Montreal leaves will change colors because ambient temperatures in tandem with shortening days are what lead trees to halt chorophyll production, the pigments responsible for leaves' green tinge and for turning sunlight into energy. So while we can predict when the days shorten, calling out the exact onset of fall temperatures is a whole other story. Since even weather specialists have difficulty nailing down near-future temperatures, the best we can do at this juncture is GUESS. So here's mine.  I'm guessing that the last week of September will have some fall foliage stunners emerging across the city. Want the best view? Here are my favorite places in Montreal to take in fall's glorious colors.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Quebec Cup

    Free things to do in Montreal through September 2017 include watching Quebec Cup dragon boat racing live, in person.
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    Free things to do in Montreal through September 2017 include watching Quebec Cup dragon boat racing live, in person, at Parc Jean-Drapeau on September 16 and September 17, 2017. Check directly with organizers for race hours.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Journées de la Culture

    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017? Think hundreds of free things to do courtesy of Journées de la Culture.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Journées de la Culture

    It would be nothing short of a failure of imagination to sit at home twiddling proverbial thumbs in the name of boredom come September 29 to October 1, 2017 when Montreal's annual observance of Les Journées de la Culture promises HUNDREDS of free activities across the city.

    Past and present editions include making your own puppet, practicing your poetry slam, learning how to sing like a Dark Ages monk, practicing your improv, watching cartoons in your pyjamas with a bunch of random strangers, and other unexpected events and workshops.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Tam Tams

    Free things to do in Montreal this September 2017? It's last call for the Tam Tams.
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    Montreal's tribal tradition in the park persists as long as it's warm and toasty outside. I wouldn't wait too long to plan an outing though, lest you be stuck waiting until next May for the Tam Tams come out of hibernation again.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: The Redpath

    Free things to do in Montreal September 2017 include dropping by the Redpath Museum.
    ••• Above: inside Montreal's Redpath Museum. Ron Levine / Getty Images

    Free museums are a dying breed, proverbial dinosaurs so to speak. Incidentally, the Redpath Museum specializes in fossils, among its other natural science interests.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Jardins Gamelin

    Free things to do in Montreal this September 2017? Visit Jardins Gamelin.
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    A charming little spot to sit down in and relax, Jardins Gamelin is a public space that offers terrasse space, drinks and food. Keyword: public. Unlike at your typical commercially-run patio, there's no obligation to buy anything to justify you taking up space.

    See Also: Montreal's Hottest September Festivals

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Free Yoga

    Free things to do in Montreal this September 2017? Freebie yoga anyone?
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    Free trial yoga sessions are a dime a dozen. So where are the real Montreal yoga freebies?

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Mary Queen of the World

    Free things to do in Montreal this September 2017 include visiting Mary Queen of the World.
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    A beauty, isn't she? Montreal's got only one Mary Queen of the World and is she ever worth the visit.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Lachine Canal

    Free things to do in Montreal this September 2017? Go for a stroll along the Lachine Canal.
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    Explore the Lachine Canal and its historical remnants -abandoned industry in varying degrees of decay- by way of the Old Port going west. Bring liquids and a snack though. By foot, there are long stretches without much in the way of refreshment.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Underground City

    Free things to do in Montreal this September 2017? You could always go underground.
    ••• Above: one of my favorite Montreal underground city passageways. Emmanuel Joly / Getty Images

    Montreal's underground city? As a destination? I'll be the first to admit that, nope, it's not quite the wonderland of subterranean delights you were hoping for... unless you like shopping! Or, if keeping in the spirit of this ​freebie guide, window shopping.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Free Jazz and Classical Concerts

    Free things to do in Montreal in September 2015 include attending free jazz concerts and classical music recitals.
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    Once the school year picks back up in September, so does McGill University's Schulich School of Music and its student body, musicians primed to perform free jazz, classical and even operatic recitals on most days of the month at Pollack Hall. Check the schedule.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: St. Joseph's Oratory

    Free things to do in Montreal? I'm a huge fan of St. Joseph's Oratory myself.
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    One my favorite places in not just in the city, but the entire province, I try to make to St. Joseph's Oratory at least once a month. The view, the architecture, the gardens and the overall feel of the space make it an ideal Montreal meditation destination. Not that I'm the only one who's taken a liking to its contemplative appeal. Last time I passed through, on a summer Sunday, a Buddhist monk cloaked in red was relaxing on the grass in front of the imposing dome.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Visit McCord

    Free things to do in Montreal in September 2017 include visiting the McCord Museum.
    ••• Above: inside the McCord Museum. Lonely Planet / Getty Images

    Fancy an evening of Canadian history? Consult the McCord Museum's permanent collection from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays completely free of charge.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Oasis Musicale

    Free things to do in Montreal September 2017? Attend a free Oasis Musicale concert at Christchurch Cathedral.
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    Free things to do this September 2017 include catching L’Oasis Musicale. It's the name of Christchurch Cathedral's free Saturday afternoon classical music concerts. Shows start at 4:30 p.m. Sandwiched between downtown Montreal's malls, the cathedral itself is a five-minute walk from Place des Festivals and an even shorter stroll from my favorite pizza joint in Montreal.

    See Also: Montreal's Best Brunch

    And on Sundays, fellow downtown Anglican church St. George's hosts Sunday afternoon Oasis Musicale concerts at 2 p.m. Details.

    Pro tip: consider tacking on a visit to the best pizza joint in Montreal. It's in the neighborhood, just a couple of blocks away in front of Phillips Square.

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    Free Things to Do in Montreal September 2017: Fine Arts

    Free things to do in Montreal this September 2017? Head to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.
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    The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts opens the doors to its permanent collection free of charge to everyone and anyone the last Sunday of every month. In September, that translates into September 24, 2017. However, seniors get freebie access every Thursday. Lucky ducks.