Montreal Festivals: October 2017 Must-Sees

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    Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This October 2017

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include the Big Fashion Sale, the Montreal Zombie Walk and more.
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    With temperatures cooling and locals changing sartorial pace as summer humidity dissipates, Montreal festivals come October 2017 take on a different air of their own. From Halloween prep to zombie walking to seasonal leaf peeping, find out which Montreal fests and events represent the best of the month, the cream of harvest's proverbial crop.

    Also: On the Topic of Harvests
    And: Montreal Weather in October: What to Expect, What to Wear

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: The Concerts

    Montreal October events in 2017 include these must-see concerts.
    ••• Above: deadmau5 performs during his 'lots of shows in a row' tour at the Fox Theater on April 24, 2017 in Oakland, California. The Toronto native spins at the Montreal Bell Centre October 13, 2017. Tim Mosenfelder / Getty Images

    October's best concerts? From indie stage to big tickets in bigger stadiums, it's a busy month for live gigs. These October 2017 concerts happening in Montreal made my hit list.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Free Things to Do

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include these free things to do.
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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Museum Exhibits

    Montreal's top 15 museums include Pointe-à-Callière.
    ••• Above: Old Montreal museum Pointe-à-Callière. Rederick Chen / Getty Images

    Until October 9, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts hosts Revolution, a pop culture exhibit featuring film clips, interviews and 250 objects --clothes, posters, clothes, albums-- depicting the '60s' most memorable musical performances and their link to the activism and ideals that shaped that decade.

    And on October 14, the museum debuts Once upon a time... The Western - A new frontier in Art and Film, "the first exhibition to consider the Western and its attendant myths in the context of painting, photography, literature and film from the mid-1800s to the present, in the United States and in Canada. It establishes a dialogue between film and the fine arts through 450 paintings, sculptures, installations photos and numerous film excerpts."

    Also check out Love Is Love while you're there, a micro exhibit of Jean Paul Gaultier wedding gowns and assorted bridal-themed accoutrements on view until October 22.

    See Also: Montreal's Top 15 Museums

    The McCord Museum continues...MORE presenting Illusions: The Art of Magic featuring posters promoting magic shows "mostly dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries."

    Pointe-à-Callière's Amazonia - The Shaman and The Mind of the Forest exhibition persists until October 22, 2017, an "immersive and multi-sensory experience that will showcase the shamanism and mythology of traditional Amazonian societies."

    Opening October 12 is the Montreal Science Centre's  Indigenous Ingenuity exhibit: "through an interactive quest, discover how indigenous science is timeless. With a bear and a trickster as your guides, take part in a virtual canoe race, build an igloo, test a kayak’s centre of gravity, and discover interactive frescoes."

    And the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal features State of the World: "This year, the topical themes it delves into include the end of communism, globalization and the digital revolution. In a fast-changing international landscape, continually shaped by economic power relationships and geopolitical issues that entail new challenges, the question of power seems more opaque than ever. Who is governing now? That is a complex question addressed in 2017 in the report cited, and one which is regularly tackled by artists producing works that are receptive to the world in which they operate."

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Halloween

    Montreal festivals in October 2016 include everything to do with celebrating Halloween.
    ••• Photo © Clint Lewis

    Whether you're looking for something to do with the whole family, want an 18+ experience, or just want to buy or rent a costume, I've got your Montreal Halloween needs covered.

    See Also: Samhain in the City: What Does Halloween Look Like in Montreal

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Montreal International Black Film Festival

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include the Montreal International Black Film Festival.
    ••• Above: esteemed Canadian jazzman Oliver Jones is the Montreal International Black Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award recipient in 2017. Previous recipients include Danny Glover and Spike Lee. Photo courtesy of the Montreal International Black Film Festival

    The Montreal International Black Film Festival's 13th edition runs until October 1, 2017

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.
    ••• Above: Sanne Wevers of The Netherlands performing her routine that won the gold medal in the Women's Balance Beam Final during the Artistic Gymnastics competition at the Rio Olympic Arena on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Wevers competes for gold at the 2017 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. Tim Clayton / Corbis via Getty Images

    Watch the best gymnasts in the world compete for gold at Montreal's Olympic Stadium October 2, through October 8, 2017. Admission to the 2017 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ranges from $10.50 to $83.50 plus taxes and/or service charge. Buy tickets.

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    Montreal Festivals 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

    Montreal's jazz scene is alive and well courtesy of events like the Off Jazz Festival. Discover local and international talent at various price points from October 5 to October 14, 2017.

    See Also: Montreal's Best Jazz Clubs

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: First Fridays

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include First Friday, the last food truck event of its kind in 2017.
    ••• Craving Montreal food truck fare? You've come to the right place. Charles Knox / Getty Images

    Montreal's last food truck Friday installment of 2017, barring any last-minute change to the monthly May-to-October formula, is on Friday, October 6, 2017. Just head down to the Olympic Park Esplanade with a healthy appetite anytime from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. where Montreal food trucks are primed to serve their best fare. First Fridays is hands down the fastest and most convenient way to discover the bulk of the city's food truck offerings in one go. Free admission. Food costs extra (obviously). 

    Pro tip: heading down the First Fridays? Consider pairing your foodie outing with a visit to the Botanical Garden's Gardens of Light. It's a short walk from the food trucks. P.S., you're even closer to the Montreal Biodome and Planetarium.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Thanksgiving

    Montreal festivals this October 2017 include celebrating Thanksgiving... sort of.
    ••• Does Montreal celebrate Thanksgiving? Well.... H. Armstrong Roberts / ClassicStock / Getty Images

    Canadian Thanksgiving, the nation's annual excuse to extend the second weekend of October. It's not that Canada (or Montreal for that matter) disrespects the holiday. Many do celebrate Thanksgiving. It's just not as big of an event compared to south of the border. Curious what's happening in the city? Here are just a few of the things you could do in Montreal this Thanksgiving Weekend running October 6 to October 9, 2017.

    Related: Does Montreal Even Celebrate Thanksgiving?
    See Also: What's Open and Closed in Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Leaf Peaping

    Montreal festivals in October 2016 include a must for the season: leaf peeping.
    ••• Above: fall foliage in full color at the Old Port, one of the best locations in Montreal to gawk at fall colors. Vision of Our Land / Getty Images

    While leaf peeping isn't an organized festival per se, it's a seasonal celebration in these parts, an unofficial rite that charges zero admission and refuses no one at the door. Just grab your favorite rain boots, throw on some layers, pick a destination and GO.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Gardens of Light

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include the Botanical Garden's Gardens of Light.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Jonathan Tellier

    One of Montreal's most popular fall events, the Montreal Botanical Garden's annual Gardens of Light proposes a display of close to 1,000 Chinese lanterns handcrafted in Montreal's sister city, Shanghai in addition to other special activities and illuminated spaces including the Japanese Garden. Runs until October 31, 2017 at the Montreal Botanical GardenAdmission details available here.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017 - Phénomena

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include Phénoména.
    ••• Image courtesy of Phénomena

    Catch irreverent performance arts festival Phénomena October 7 to October 20, 2017. Highlights include a parade at the Van Horne Viaduc on October 7, 2017. 

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Apple Picking

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include apple picking at one of Quebec's various apple orchards.
    ••• Shot taken in one of Quebec's many orchards. A surprising amount of apple orchards are within one hour's drive from Montreal. Eric Michaud / Getty Images

    Can't say apple-picking is a festival per se, but it might as well be given its popularity in these parts come fall. With that in mind, know that there's a right way to carry out an apple picking session near Montreal and there's a wrong way. I present to you my own personal apple-picking strategy which removes the most likely frustration of all. CROWDS.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: The Harvest

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include anything to do with harvest season.
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    Any excuse to support local farmers is a great one in my humblest of opinions. Environmental and regional food autonomy issues aside, produce taste alone is all the convincing I need to haul myself to Montreal's public markets, ESPECIALLY during harvest season. The prices are unreal if you buy in bulk. Of particular interest to visitors? This market. And this one.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Black and Blue

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include Black and Blue.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Fondation BBCM

    Running October 5 to October 9, 2017, Montreal's annual Black and Blue event consistently coincides with Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, proposing a series of LGBTA nightlife events as well Black and Blue's customary 5-à-7s, its annual brunch (at Le Saloon no less, my favorite Gay Village haunt) and its recovery parties.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Festival du Nouveau Cinéma

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include Le Festival du Nouveau Cinema.
    ••• Above: still from Montreal director Denis Villeneuve's new feature, Blade Runner 2049. The Ridley Scott produced film opens the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma on October 4, 2017. Image courtesy of Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment

    Montreal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma has been around for over 40 years, promoting forward-thinking auteur-driven cinema in its extensive annual film lineup. The 2017 edition runs October 4 to October 15, 2017 at various venues, including at Cinéma du Parc.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Compost Time

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include free compost.
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    Of lesser interest to visitors but a potential priority among green-thumbed locals is... free compost. Twice a year, the city doles out the black gold to residents for no charge. The next free compost event is October 7 and October 8, 2017 at the St. Michel Environmental Complex as well as select drop-off points across Montreal. Details here.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Pick a Pumpkin!

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include a quintessential fall activity: pumpkin picking.
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    'Tis the season to fetch pumpkins, which leaves you and yours with two options. Either head to one of these pumpkin patches near Montreal or, if a car is lacking in your life, no worries. Montreal's public markets, easily accessible via public transit,  feature an abundance of pumpkins and assorted squash come fall.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Burlesque Festival

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include the Montreal Burlesque Festival
    ••• Photo courtesy of the Montreal Burlesque Festival © Ramonsss

    Running October 19 through October 21, 2017, the Montreal Burlesque Festival proposes three nights of glitz and glitter starring a slew of local, national and international Burlesque performers at Club Soda.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Braderie de Mode

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include the Braderie de Mode, a biannual sale featuring apparel, accessories and jewelry by local designers.
    ••• Above: Montreal fashion label Rudsak as seen March 26, 2015 on Toronto Fashion Week's David Pecaut Square catwalk. Rudsak is one of the Barderie de Mode's most popular labels. Edward James / Getty Images

    It's that time of the year. Sales. Lots of them. One my favorites? The Braderie de Mode and its deep discounts on apparel, accessories, and jewelry made by local designers. The Braderie happens only twice a year with its next edition running October 19 to October 22, 2017 at Marché Bonsecours.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Spasm

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include Spasm.
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    Spasm is hilarious, an annual French language genre film fest of sorts that celebrates the inane and the ridiculous, the campiest of the camp in sci-fi, horror, and more. Held every Halloween season in Montreal, Spasm runs from October 19 to October 28, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Ghost Hunts

    Montreal festivals in October 2017? Try Old Montreal's ghost walks and ghost hunts.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Les Fantômes du Vieux-Montréal

    Ever go on an Old Montreal ghost walk? Or ghost hunt? You've still got time before the season wraps up.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Brazilian Film Festival

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include the Brazilian Film Festival.
    ••• Film still courtesy of the Brazilian Film Festival

    Catch the Brazilian Film Festival at Cinéma du Parc October 20 through 26, 2017. Screenings are in Portuguese with French or English subtitles depending on the film.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: La Grande marche de Montréal

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include La Grande Marche de Montréal.
    ••• Photo courtesy of La Société des célébrations du 375e anniversaire de Montréal

    Join hundreds of pedestrians meeting at Place des Festivals at 10 a.m. on October 22, 2017 for a leisurely 5-kilometre walk starting at 11 a.m. through the downtown streets of Montreal closed off to the traffic for the event. Details.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Festival du Monde Arabe

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include Le Festival du Monde Arabe.
    ••• Above: Moroccan Arabo-Andalusian-jazz singer Nabyla Maan peforms at Le Festival du Monde Arabe on October 29, 2017 at Le National. Photo courtesy of Nabyla Maan

    Running October 27 to November 12, 2017, Festival du Monde Arabe is one of the largest fests of its kind in North America featuring films, theatre, dance, music and much more, a two-week celebration of the Arab world's cultural contributions.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Pizza Week

    Montreal festivals in October 2015 include Montreal Pizza Week.
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    From October 24 to October 31, 2017, La Pizza Week features close to 50 local restaurants compete for the title of best pizza in Montreal.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: Montreal Zombie Walk

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include the Montreal Zombie Walk.
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    Join the Montreal Zombie Walk's thousands of undeads roaming the downtown core October 28, 2017.

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: IF3 Freeski Festival

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include IF3 Freeski Festival.
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    A celebration of all things freeski, catch IF3's film screenings, parties, live music, exhibitors and more in Old Montreal October 26 through October 29, 2017. 

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    Montreal Festivals October 2017: South Asian Film Festival

    Montreal festivals in October 2017 include the South Asian Film Festival.
    ••• Above: still from Hotel Salvation, an acclaimed Indian art house film set in Varanasi. Photo courtesy of the Montreal South Asian Film Festival

    Held two weekends October 27 through November 5, 2017, the South Asian Film Festival screens 19 award-winning films from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, USA and Canada at Concordia University's J.A. DeSève Cinema.