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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend: September 1 to September 4, 2017
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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Brunch
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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: 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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Swim
Need a good swim? Head to Montreal's beaches. Half are still open Labour Day weekend.Continue to 5 of 21 below.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Apple Picking
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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: The World Film Festival
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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend: Enjoy the Gay Village
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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: 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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: 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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Terrace Time
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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Grab a Bike
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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Sidewalk Sales!
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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Visit a Farmer's Market
Only have time to visit one of Montreal's major public markets? Do Jean-Talon Market.Continue to 15 of 21 below.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Have a Piknic... Electronik
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.Continue to 16 of 21 below.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Do the Tam Tam
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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: Catch a Live Show
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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: La Ronde
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.
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Things to Do Montreal Labour Day Weekend 2017: September's Best Events
Still want more choice? Here are the best festivals and events happening in Montreal this September. And here are 46 amazingly free things to do in Montreal this September.