October is a month of frights and foliage as well as a time of harvest with Montreal's farmer's markets exploding with technicolor produce. The city celebrates before the colder months with a non-stop roster of festivals, events, and fall-themed fun.
October Festivals & Attractions
If Halloween prep isn't enough to keep you occupied all month, then consider a zombie walk or a ghost walk.
There are many free things to do in fall, including jazz performances, open museum nights, LGBTQ events, and more. Save your money and live a little this October in Montreal.
Catch the month's best live music, from big-ticket concerts to spin sessions to intimate indie gigs.
October's main highlight is its gorgeous weather. Explore some of Montreal's popular fall foliage spots, including Mount Royal Park, the Botanical Garden, and the Morgan Arboretum.
Tips for Visiting Montreal in October
Old Montreal is gorgeous in the fall. Consider staying at one of the historic district's top-rated hotels if you like the idea of walking around and exploring the area, which really comes alive with autumn color.
Montreal's top boutique hotels are also well-situated for city exploration.
Unless the city is blessed with a rare Indian summer extending beyond September, Montreal is in full fall mode come October. The weather is crisp, cool but fairly comfortable, though it's not uncommon to experience a snowfall at this time. If one happens at all, it tends to be on the light side, with flakes either melting on impact or away by day's end.
Canadian Thanksgiving is held on the second Monday of October. In 2019, that's October 14. And with it comes a long weekend of harvest activities, festivals, and attractions.
Montreal during the Halloween season features a slew of recurring events. Halloween's best-attended event is arguably the Montreal Zombie Walk. Roughly 10,000 participants dressed as the undead attempt to outdo each other with gruesome makeup and varying acting ability as they roam the streets of downtown Montreal in character.
Meanwhile, Rocky Horror fans get their annual fix with the Rocky Horror Montreal Halloween Ball. Usually, a series of annual screenings are held with a live cast.
And every year, La Ronde proposes Fright Fest, a season-themed PG-13 affair during the day, but come sundown things get a little creepy at the Six Flag property with about 100 ghouls unleashed on the grounds.