Montreal Festivals: September 2017

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    Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This September 2017

    Mntreal festivals in September 2017 include Gardens of Light, the Montreal In-Water Boat Show, Pop Montreal and more.
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    As summer wanes, fall colors wax idyllic, bringing forth one of the most climatologically pleasant months in Montreal. September, in turn, features an array of festivals and annual events buffering back-to-school blues if complementing back-to-school cheers -what can I say... different strokes, varying folks- with outdoor dance, the world's finest photojournalism, boating demos, cultural discoveries, the hottest indie bands and a whole lot more. So without further deliberation, find out which Montreal festivals made my September 2017 hit list. 

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: The Freebies

    Montreal festival in September 2017 include these free events and things to do.
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    With the beginning of the school year and all of its associated expenses thrust upon the everyday masses, budgets have been known to be a little tight. Solution? FREEBIES. Glorious free-of-charge activities, events and festivals that stimulate, invigorate and maybe even educate are within everyone's reach in this city. And I personally sifted through them all to handpick only the best in show, narrowing things down to 45 free things to do in Montreal this September.

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    Montreal Labour Day Weekend: September 1 to September 4, 2017

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include these must-see Labour Day weekend events.
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    Labour Day weekend. A statutory holiday held the first Monday of the month to be slurped up and savored for all its summer finale potential. Not that summer's over when the clock strikes Tuesday. So what is one to do in Montreal on such a weekend? I sat down and compiled 20 reasons you are going to love Montreal Labour Day Weekend

    As for what's open on the holiday itself? And what's closed in Montreal Labour Day? I answer these poignant questions beyond the standard call of duty. And if you get through my 20 reasons just above, you'll notice I slipped in a rain check just in case the weather decides to be a prick.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Concerts

    Montreal September 2017 events, festivals, attractions, and concerts include an appearance by Depeche Mode.
    ••• Above: Depeche Mode attend a photocall to launch the Global Spirit Tour on October 11, 2016 in Milan, Italy. The iconic new wave band perform at the Montreal Bell Centre on September 5, 2017. Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images
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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Montreal Fetish Weekend

    Montreal festivals this September 2016 include Montreal Fetish Weekend.
    ••• Always wanted to check out the fetish scene but too shy to take the leap? Get your feet wet with this freebie Fetish Weekend event on September 2, 2016. Photo by Flickr user Thomas Pavlick (CC BY ND 2.0)

    Fetish-themed fashion shows, naughty parties in naughtier places, workshops designed to introduce enthusiasts to Shibari rope techniques, feminization, and the ins and outs of fetish photography, Montreal Fetish Weekend runs August 30 to September 4, 2017 with crowds ranging from fetish pinup fans to latex lightweights to fetishists and S&Mers deeply entrenched in their respective subculture(s). Admission varies by event and activity. At several locations.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: First Fridays

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include First Fridays, a food truck tradition.
    ••• Montreal festivals in September 2017 include First Fridays, a monthly food truck tradition. Charles Knox / Getty IMages

    Every first Friday of the month come spring, summer and fall, Montreal food trucks gather at the Olympic Park and sell their fare in foodie unison. In September, First Fridays runs September 1, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission. Food costs extra. At the Olympic Park Esplanade (map).

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Le Burger Week

    Montreal festivals this September 2017 include Le Burger Week.
    ••• You can never be too sure what's going to end up in a Le Burger Week creation. EyesWideOpen / Getty Images

    From September 1 to September 7, 2017, dine on Le Burger Week, an annual food fest featuring a chunk of Montreal restaurants competing for the coveted title of "The People’s Best Burger." Basically you go to whichever restaurant(s) you want, eat the competition burger of said restaurant(s), and then vote. Participating burgers are new creations specifically concocted for the competition. Expect somewhere in the vicinity of 40 different stylized burgers competing for first place.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Electro Parade

    Montreal festivals in 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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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Let's Get Married

    Montreal festivals in September 2016 includes the Let's Get Married wedding show,
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    Dubbed Quebec's largest wedding show, Let's Get Married runs September 3 and September 4, 2017. Admission $19. At ​Place Bonaventure.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Les Escales Improbables de Montréal

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include Les Escales Improbables de Montréal.
    ••• Above: perhaps one of Les Escales Improbables de Montréal`s most popular event is its annual Siestes Musicales. Photo courtesy of Les Escales Improbables de Montréal

    Les Escales improbables de Montréal explores the "unexpected" side of visual arts, music, et. al., proposing paid performances as well as free installations and performances throughout the first half of the month until September 16, 2017. Admission varies by event. At various venues.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: World Press Photo

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include World Press Photo.
    ••• Above: a loggerhead turtle is stuck swimming in entangled fish nets off the coast of Tenerife by the Canary Islands. The loggerhead turtle is classified as a vulnerable species, though subpopulations found in the northeast Atlantic ocean, like off the coast of the Canary Islands are listed as endangered. The photo won first prize in the Nature singles category at World Press Photo in 2017. Photo © Francis Pérez courtesy of World Press Photo

    Featuring some of the world's best photojournalism of the year under one roof, the annual World Press Photo exhibit stays put in Montreal until October 1, 2017 at Marché Bonsecours.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Gardens of Light

    Montreal festivals this September 2016 include the Botanical Garden's Gardens of Light.
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    One of my favorite fall events in Montreal, the Montreal Botanical Garden's annual Gardens of Light event features close to 1,000 Chinese lanterns handcrafted in Montreal's sister city, Shanghai. Running September 8 to October 31, 2017 at the Montreal Botanical Garden.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Friday Nocturnes

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include Friday Nocturnes.
    ••• Above: inside the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal. Guylain Doyle / Getty Images

    Not a festival per se, Friday Nocturnes is however a recurring event that happens roughly four times a year at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the more elegant alternatives to late-night clubbing available in the city. Pairing high art with a nightlife vibe, the September 15, 2017 edition of Friday Nocturnes runs from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., complete with cash bar, art workshops, DJ sessions and guided visits of the art museum's current exhibitions. Cost? The price of admission.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Gay Village Summer Events

    Montreal festival September 2017 must-sees include the Gay Village's summer events.
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    An annual tradition since 2008, the Montreal Gay Village turns itself into a car-free, pedestrian zone filled with terraces and special events. But it's your last chance to experience the festive ambiance -one I personally adore- until next year. The neighborhood's main artery reopens to cars after September 27, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Quartiers Danses

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include Quartier Danses.
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    Quartiers Danses brands itself a democratizing force of contemporary dance, proposing an annual assortment of performances that reach every budget this September 7 through September 17, 2017. Several free performances and events are sprinkled throughout the dance fest, including outdoor shows at ​Place des FestivalsJardins Gamelin, and other locations.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: OUMF

    Montreal festivals September 2017 must-sees include OUMF.
    ••• Photo courtesy of SDC Quartier Latin

    Free concerts, free street arts and other cultural delights signed OUMF have become somewhat of a back-to-school tradition five years in the running in the Quartier Latin district on St. Denis Street between Ste. Catherine Street and Sherbrooke. IN 2017, OUMF runs September 6 to September 9, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Momenta

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include Momenta 2017 Biennale de la Photo.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Momenta Jarusha Brown © Terrance Houle

    ​​Momenta, formerly known as Mois de la Photo (aka Montreal Photo Month) is a biennial exploration of photographic works taken by professionals spanning the globe happening once every two years, with the next edition running September 7 to October 15, 2017. Count on access to dozens of exhibits which in nearly all cases are completely free of charge.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Villa Paradiso

    Montreal festivals this September 2016 include two-day EDM fest Villa Paradizo.
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    A completely free of charge EDM street festival held in the heart of downtown Montreal September 8 and September 9, 2017 dubbed Villa Paradizo features a total of 24 hours of DJ sets –Roger Sanchez, Borgeous, Timmy Trumpet, and more– over the course of two days, scheduled to spin. from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. Free admission. On Crescent, above Ste. Catherine Street (map).

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Ancient Future

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include Omar Souleyman.
    ••• Above: Omar Souleyman performs at the 40 Watt Club on March 27, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. Chris McKay / Getty Images

    Montreal EDM festival Ancient Future presents sets by The Underachievers, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Kevin Saunderson, Hudson Mohawke, a performance by Omar Souleyman, and more.

    See Also: 45 Free Things to Do in Montreal this September

    Held outdoors by the Clock Tower in Montreal's Old Port, Ancient Future runs September 8 to September 9, 2017. Admission $15 to $85 plus taxes and service charge.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Montreal Art Tattoo Show

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include the Montreal Art Tattoo Show.
    ••• Photos courtesy of Lea Nahon

    The Montreal Art Tattoo Show features live tattooing, live body painting, live Burlesque performances, how-to seminars, an art expo and live music September 8 through September 10, 2017. Over 250 tattoo artists from around the world are expected to attend. Admission $20 to $50. At ​Place Bonaventure.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Montreal Ukrainian Festival

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include the Montreal Ukrainian Festival.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Montreal Ukrainian Festival © Sophia Khmil

    A celebration of Ukranian culture schedule every September in Montreal, count on the Montreal Ukrainian Festival serving up live music, dance, authentic Ukranian dishes, a beer garden and more September 8 to September 10, 2017. Free admission. At Parc Beaubien.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Montreal In-Water Boat Show

    Montreal festivals in September 2016 include the Montreal In-Water Boat Show.
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Montreal In-Water Boat Show

    "The only show in the Province of Quebec which allows visitors to examine, visit and have free demo rides in the water," the Montreal In-Water Boat Show features yachts and boats, big and small ripe for the visiting September 8 through September 10, 2017. Free admission. At the Quays of the Old Port.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Oysterfest

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include Oysterfest.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Oysterfest

    Annual Old Montreal event Oysterfest runs September 10, 2017, selling oysters as well as a variety of dishes and drinks at Gare Viger. Tickets range from $25 to $1,000. Most admission prices come with tasting tickets. Extra tickets may be required and can be purchased on site.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: POP Montreal

    POP Montreal 2017 festival lineup highlights include a performance by Wu-Tang Clan's RZA.
    ••• Above: RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan performs live on stage during the 2017 Governors Ball Music Festival - Day 2 at Randall's Island on June 3, 2017 in New York City. RZA headlines the 2017 edition of POP Montreal, performing a live score of The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, a 1978 Shaw Brothers kung fu film. Matthew Eisman / WireImage / Getty Images

    POP Montreal. It's a music fest. A craft fair. A film appreciation society. A visual arts exhibit. It's even got special workshops just for kids, with all of the above running September 13 through September 17, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Martinique Gourmande

    Montreal festivals in September 2016 include Martinique Gourmande.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Martinique Gourmande

    Sample flavors from Martinique September 14 through September 24, 2017 courtesy of Martinique Gourmande. Nearly 30 Montreal restaurants, cafés and bars are participating, including Le 4e mur, Ma Grosse Truie Chérie, and Aux îles à sucre.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Village Au-Pied-du-Courant

    Montreal festivals this September 2015 include the festivities of Village Au-Pied-du-Courant.
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    An urban design experiment using an abandoned city lot that was so popular in its first year of operation in 2014 that the concept stuck. And so it became Village Au-Pied-du-Courant. The public space and its activities stay open until September 16, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Omnivore

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include Omnivore World Tour.
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    Masterclasses and evening bashes, young chefs from Quebec, Europe and the United States join forces to feed a rabid foodie public as part of Omnivore's 2017 programming running September 23 through September 24, 2017. Note that information is in French only.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Oasis Rock'n'Roll Marathon

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include the annual Montreal-hosted marathon.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Derek Hatfield (CC BY 2.0)

    Every year, Montreal hosts the Oasis Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, the biggest racing event across the province of Quebec with race distances varying from a full-on 42-kilometre marathon to a 1-kilometre circuit perfect for kids. Race admission $30.99 to $129.99 plus taxes and/or service charge. Registration required. In 2017, the Montreal Marathon weekend is held September 23 and 24, 2017.

    September 20, 2017 UPDATE: for the first time in 27 years, the Oasis Marathon is cancelled over unseasonably hot weather. Shorter runs scheduled that day, including the 10-kilometre race, will go on as planned.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Piknic Electronik

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include Piknic Electronik.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Le 3° Oeil (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

    Montreal's Sunday dance party in the park, Piknic Electronik, wraps up its 2017 season September 24, 2017 with Josh Wink on decks. Catch it while you can. Admission $13 before 3 p.m., $17 after 3 p.m. At Parc Jean-Drapeau.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Montreal International Black Film Festival

    Montreal festivals in September 2017 include the Montreal International Black Film Festival.
    ••• With every edition, the Montreal International Black Film Festival honors a household name for their social impact, be it humanitarian efforts and/or community outreach contributions. Past honorees include Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, and Spike Lee. David Banks / Getty Images

    The Montreal International Black Film Festival features films both indie and big ticket, productions spanning the globe, from documentary to feature-length fiction. Not that films are the only highlight. Industry talks and associated events round out the Black Film Fest's annual programming crowned with an annual tradition: the honoring of a special guest, a household name paid tribute to for their social outreach and humanitarian efforts. The 11th edition runs September 27 to October 1, 2017. Admission varies by event. At various venues.

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    Montreal Festivals September 2017: Culture Days

    Montreal festivals in September 2017? Culture Days is one of the best.
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    The democratization of arts over the course of three days September 29 to October 1, 2017, Les Journées de la Culture -aka Culture Days- proposes hundreds of FREE shows, activities, demos and workshops for all ages. Learn to paint, discover how to make sounds effects for film, find out how to write a screenplay, join a drum workshop, build your own instrument, attempt Chinese calligraphy... the possibilities are practically endless.