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Montreal's Best Festivals and Events Happening This October 2017
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.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: The Concerts
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.Continue to 3 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Free Things to Do
Because everyone loves free stuff, am I right??Continue to 4 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Museum Exhibits
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... 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."Continue to 5 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Halloween
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.Continue to 6 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Montreal International Black Film Festival
The Montreal International Black Film Festival's 13th edition runs until October 1, 2017Continue to 7 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships
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.Continue to 8 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Off Jazz Festival
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.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: First Fridays
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.Continue to 10 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Thanksgiving
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.Continue to 11 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Leaf Peaping
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.Continue to 12 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Gardens of Light
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 Garden. Admission details available here.Continue to 13 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017 - 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.Continue to 14 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Apple Picking
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.Continue to 15 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: The Harvest
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.Continue to 16 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Black and Blue
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.Continue to 17 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Festival du Nouveau Cinéma
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.Continue to 18 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Compost Time
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.Continue to 19 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Pick a Pumpkin!
'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.Continue to 20 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Burlesque Festival
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.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Braderie de Mode
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.Continue to 22 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Spasm
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.Continue to 23 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: La Grande marche 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.Continue to 26 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Festival du Monde Arabe
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.Continue to 27 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: Montreal Zombie Walk
Join the Montreal Zombie Walk's thousands of undeads roaming the downtown core October 28, 2017.Continue to 29 of 30 below.
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Montreal Festivals October 2017: 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.