Montreal Labour Day 2017 (Labor Day)

  • 01 of 21

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

    Montreal Labour Day 2015 weekend events and activities,
    ••• Joanne Levesque / Getty Images

    Montreal Labour Day: Things to Do September 2 to September 4, 2017

    Montrealers LOVE Labour Day Weekend, a holiday often considered the final summer weekend of the year, even though the city is commonly blessed with warm spells well into September. So how does one make the most of the holiday?

    Note that for the purposes of this guide, any event or activity listed as open during "Montreal Labour Day Weekend" means the public is welcome Friday, September 1, 2017 through Labour Day (or Labor Day, as it's spelled in the United States), which is Monday, September 4, 2017, unless otherwise noted.

    Continue to 2 of 21 below.
  • 02 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Brunch

    Café Régine
    ••• Café Régine. Courtesy of Café Régine

    It's the long weekend and you finally have a moment to breathe. No cramming in every errand and chore in the span of two days. Nope, valued readers. This is your weekend. Fellow locals? Esteemed visitors? It's time to CHILL.

    Make that bonus Monday count. Treat yourself to brunch. It's been way too long for far too many of you. On topic, here are just a few of my favorite Montreal brunch spots.

    Continue to 3 of 21 below.
  • 03 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Electro Parade

    montreal electro parade
    ••• Courtesy of Electro Parade

    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 and it 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.

    Continue to 4 of 21 below.
  • 04 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Swim

    Parc Jean-Drapeau
    ••• Parc Jean-Drapeau pool. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

    Need a good swim? Head to Montreal's beaches. Half are still open Labour Day weekend. 

    Continue to 5 of 21 below.
  • 05 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Apple Picking

    Montreal Labour Day weekend things to do? Apple picking.
    ••• See that sign? It says "à cueillir" which is French for "to pick." Below it? "Pommes à chevreuils." That means "apples for deer," apples that have already fallen from orchard trees which are subsequently sold at a discount to hunters. Bruce Yuanyue Bi / Getty Images

    I LOVE apple picking. Love love love love love it. What I don't love, however, are the traffic jams that inevitably occur near the end of apple picking season -or on statutory holidays like say, Labour Day- when the whole goddamn city decides to head out to the same orchard. 

    Bottlenecks. In the countryside. 

    I refuse to let this happen to you. And it's just so ridiculous. There are several dozen perfectly lovely orchards scattered in every direction outside of Montreal. Why cram everyone into two or three well-marketed orchards?

    Apple growers who can't afford a PR team deserve just as much love, don't you think? And you deserve a relaxing, calming, rejuvenating experience in the country, no? So here's my win-win Montreal apple picking solution.

    Continue to 6 of 21 below.
  • 06 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: The Raincheck

    Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2016 things to do: raincheck.
    ••• Sometimes, you just want a roof over your head. Mark Thompson / Getty Images

    Rainy and gray outside?  Catch a movie. Spend the day shopping in Montreal's underground city. Or go wild at the Casino.

    Continue to 7 of 21 below.
  • 07 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: The World Film Festival

    Montreal Imperial Cinema
    ••• Jeangagnon / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0

    Bad press aside, Montreal's World Film Festival is possibly the most prestige-laden festival in the city. At least it used to be. Whether it goes on as scheduled throughout Labour day weekend is ​the question mark of this entire list given ​last year's fiasco.

    Continue to 8 of 21 below.
  • 08 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend: Enjoy the Gay Village

    Things to do Montreal Labour Day weekend include visiting the Gay Village before it shuts down its pedestrian zone.
    ••• Things to do Montreal Labour Day weekend include visiting the Gay Village before it shuts down its pedestrian zone. George Rose / Getty Images

    The Montreal Gay Village's pedestrian zone and summer events and activities are in full swing on Labour Day Monday, September 4, 2017. Enjoy the festive, jovial atmosphere that comes with it.

    Continue to 9 of 21 below.
  • 09 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: YUL EAT

    YUL EAT
    ••• Courtesy of YUL EAT

    From September 2 to September 4, 2017, Montreal's Old Port hosts YUL EAT, a food festival featuring dozens of local chefs converging in one outdoor space. A cook-off, waiter race, culinary workshops, live music, a kid's corner and loads of food round out the program. Free admission to the grounds. Food and select activities cost extra.

    Pro tip: consider tacking on a visit to the Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal's archaeology museum, the Montreal Science Centre and Bonsecours Market while you're in the neighborhood, which not-so-coincidentally brings me to my next Labour weekend recommendation...

    Continue to 10 of 21 below.
  • 10 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: World Press Photo

    Things to do in Montreal Labour Day weekend 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. © Francis Pérez / Courtesy of World Press Photo

    Gawk at some of the most impressive, gut-wrenching, visceral photos you'll see all year at the World Press Photo exhibit happening at Bonsecours Market which, incidentally, is running through Labour Day weekend in Montreal

    Continue to 11 of 21 below.
  • 11 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Terrace Time

    Montreal's best terrasses? Jardins Gamelin's patio made the cut.
    ••• hm.pix / Flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0

    Who doesn't want to linger on terrace all day? Live it a little. Squeeze every bit of R&R out of that long weekend. Here are some of the best Montreal terraces I could think of for you and yours if you're drawing a blank on where to go.

    Continue to 12 of 21 below.
  • 12 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Grab a Bike

    Things to do Montreal Labour Day weekend 2016? Grab a bike and GO.
    ••• Things to do Montreal Labour Day weekend 2016? Grab a bike and GO. But not just any bike. Seriously. Bike theft is a plague in this city. Rent one of these beauties instead. Felix Rioux / Getty Images

    Long weekends in the summer were made for cycling. And I've got JUST the Montreal cycling hot spots for you to discover (or rediscover).

    Continue to 13 of 21 below.
  • 13 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Sidewalk Sales!

    Montreal sidewalk sale
    ••• Chris Mellor / Getty Images

    The season for summer sidewalk sales winds down come September.

    Lucky for all the final two big ones of the season coincide with Labour Day Weekend. So either head to the Gay Village or pair your next visit to the Biodome, Montreal Botanical Garden, Insectarium and Planetarium with Hochelaga-Maisonneuve's summer street fair finale.

    Continue to 14 of 21 below.
  • 14 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Visit a Farmer's Market

    Montreal Labour Day weekend's top things to do include a visit to Jean-Talon Market.
    ••• Montreal Labour Day weekend's top things to do include a visit to Jean-Talon Market. Or if you live in my world, ANY weekend is an excuse to visit Jean-Talon Market. David Madison / Getty Images

    Only have time to visit one of Montreal's major public markets? Do Jean-Talon Market.

    Continue to 15 of 21 below.
  • 15 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Have a Piknic... Electronik

    Montreal Labour Day weekend activities in 2017 include Piknic Electronik's three back-to-back long weekend editions.
    ••• Montreal Labour Day weekend activities include Piknic Electronik's three back-to-back long weekend editions. Bruce Yuanyue Bi / Getty Images

    Piknic Electronik, Montreal's favorite Sunday rave in the park, usually proposes not just one, but three back-to-back Piknic editions every Labour Day weekend, thus from Saturday, September 2 to Labour Day Monday, September 4, 2017. Just head to Parc Jean-Drapeau and follow the beat. You can't miss it. 

    See Also: What's Open and Closed on Labour Day in Montreal?

    Pro tip: attractions are legion at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Drop by the Biosphere and the Stewart Museum or even start the day with a thrill ride or quick gamble.

    Continue to 16 of 21 below.
  • 16 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Do the Tam Tam

    Montreal Labour Day weekend's top things to do in 2016? The Tam Tams!
    ••• Guylain Doyle / Getty Images

    Tam Tams? Bless your rhythmic heart. I remember the first time I went. I figured I'd sit there for 5 to 10 minutes and leave. What more could there be to a few people drumming? But it was like I jumped into some sort of long-forgotten tribal ritual with every age group, from toddlers to seniors, dancing to the ever-morphing beat. Instead of five minutes, I spent the whole afternoon taking it in. Head out to the angel statue at Parc Mont-Royal anytime after noon on Sunday, September 3, 2017. You'll see what I mean.

    And bring your drums if you have any.

    Continue to 17 of 21 below.
  • 17 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend: Art History

    Montreal Labour weekend 2016 events include the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' Pompeii exhibit.
    ••• Above: bodies of Pompeii residents shocked by extreme heat into "cadaveric spasm," an instantaneous muscle stiffening depicting what happened at the moment of death, a condition often mistaken for rigor mortis, on display preserved in plaster casts. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts features bodies like these as well as artifacts and replicas found in the region. Peter Macdiarmid / Getty Images

    Visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for a taste of ancient history and modern art.

    Insider tip: Pair your visit with a touch of high tea right here. It's a less than five-minute walk from the museum.

    Continue to 18 of 21 below.
  • 18 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Catch a Live Show

    Montreal concerts in September 2017.
    ••• Al Pereira / WireImage / Getty Images

    More of a live show goer? Mainstream or underground hip hop, indie fare, EDM and a blast from the past... name your pleasure. Chances are it made my hit list.

    Continue to 19 of 21 below.
  • 19 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: La Ronde

    La Ronde Montreal
    ••• MB-one / Flickr / CC BY-SA 3.0

    Head to La Ronde for a day of thrill rides, including its virtual reality experience on hypercoaster the Goliath, which reaches 4G in g-force.

    Continue to 20 of 21 below.
  • 20 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Lachine Canal

    Things to do in Montreal Labour Day Weeken include spending time by the Lachine Canal.
    ••• Nicolas McComber / Getty Images

    Drop by the Atwater Market, pick up some goodies, and head out for a walk, bike or kayak ride by the Lachine Canal.

    Continue to 21 of 21 below.
  • 21 of 21

    Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: September's Best Events

    Montreal festivals this September 2015 include the Botanical Garden's Gardens of Light.
    ••• Lanterns at Montreal's Botanical Garden. Ellen Rooney / Getty Images