Things to Do in Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend: 2017 Edition

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    Things to Do Thanksgiving Weekend in Montreal: 2017 Edition

    Things to do in Montreal Thanksgiving weekend 2016.
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    Things to do in Montreal this Canadian Thanksgiving weekend running October 6 to October 9, 2017? Go straight to my piece on Montreal's best and brightest October 2017 festivals and events for the full scoop.

    See Also: What's Open and Closed in Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend?
    And: Does Montreal Even Celebrate Thanksgiving?
    Plan For: A Great Weekend in Montreal

    And if you want a quick and easy way to kickstart a glorious long weekend, behold your beeline. These 14 things to do Montreal Thanksgiving weekend are fun, stimulating, invigorating and depending on how you play them, you might even learn something new. The best of all worlds, I say.

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    Things to Do Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2017: Free Compost

    Things to do Montreal Thanksgiving weekend include grabbing your bucket load of free compost,
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    From out of town and visiting for the weekend? Skip to this page unless you really love compost. As for locals...

    Some call it black gold. The other black gold, the one that doesn't stick to seagulls. And if you're a Montreal resident who wants to improve the quality of your garden soil with, say, a layer of fresh compost dumped on top before the ground freezes, allowing nutrients to seep into the soil by the time spring planting rolls around, then city hall's free compost giveaway this October 7 and October 8, 2017 is just for you.

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    Things to Do Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2017: Leaf Peep

    Things to do in Montreal Thanksgiving weekend 2016 include leaf peeping those fall colors.
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    The time to leaf peep is NOW. Don't blink. Don't wait until the end of the month. Do it NOW, on Canadian Thanksgiving weekend. Check out my favorite Montreal leaf-peeing destinations and be inspired as you take in the array of colors and shapes while they're in their prime.

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    Things to Do Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2017: Ghost Walk

    Things to do in Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2016? You could always go on a ghost walk.
    ••• Photo courtesy of Les Fantômes du Vieux-Montréal

    In the mood to get spooked? Try an Old Montreal ghost walk. But you need to reserve in advance.

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    Things to Do Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2017: Gardens of Light

    Things to do in Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2016 include catching the Montreal Botanical Garden's Gardens of Light.
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Charles Hoffman (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    The Montreal Botanical Garden's main draw this time of year is Gardens of Light. And it's open to the public all through Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, including Monday, October 9, 2017.

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    Things to Do Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 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

    Catch the OFF Jazz Festival running October 5 through October 14, 2017, which includes free performances happening at Résonance Café. It's one of my favorite Montreal jazz venues, and it doubles as a vegan café. Beer prices are reasonable too.

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    Things to Do Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2017: Plan Halloween

    Things to do in Montreal Thanksgiving weekend 2017? Get ready for Halloween.
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    Have you figured out what you want to do for Halloween yet? I cover Montreal Halloween events for kids and the whole family, Montreal Halloween events for big kids and if you already have plans but need a costume? Right this way...

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    Things to Do in Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2017: Black and Blue

    Things to do in Montreal Thanksgiving weekend 2016 include attending Black and Blue.
    ••• Photo courtesy of BBCM

    Running every day through Canadian Thanksgiving weekend is Montreal's annual LGBT-friendly Black and Blue from October 5 to October 9, 2017, a nightlife-centric series of events and social activities including the main event on Sunday, October 8, 2017 with its customary dress code: wear black and blue.

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    Things to Do in Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2017: To Pick a Peck

    Things to do in Montreal Thanksgiving weekend 2016? How about some pumpkin patch picking?
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    Granted, it's a little early to carve out that jack o'lantern -unless you want him to look like a decomposing corpse by Halloween- but that shouldn't stop you from visiting a pumpkin patch near Montreal. It's got family day written all over it.

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    Things to Do in Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2017: The Forbidden Fruit

    Things to do in Montreal Thanksgiving weekend 2016 include apple picking just outside the city.
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    The season is getting a little long in the tooth so don't sit around this long Thanksgiving weekend if you have your heart set on apple picking near Montreal.

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    Things to Do in Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2017: What About Monday?

    Things to do Montreal thanksgiving weekend 2016? You'd be surprised how many things are open on Thanksgiving Monday, even though it's a statutory holiday.
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    Think there's nothing to do on Canadian Thanksgiving Day itself? HA.

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    Things to Do Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2017: Indulge in a Freebie

    Things to do Montreal Thanksgiving weekend 2016 include these activities.
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    Who doesn't love freebies? Just off the top of my head is McGill University's Redpath Museum, which is one of the last freestanding museums in Canada though if you can manage it, please give a donation.

    There's also this free downtown Montreal walking tour. Just remember to book your spot and you're good to go.

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    Things to Do Montreal Thanksgiving Weekend 2017: Fright Fest

    Things to do in Montreal Thanksgiving weekend 2016 include going to La Ronde.
    ••• Festival de la Frayeur (Groupe CNW/La Ronde)

    So La Ronde gets weird this time of year for Fright Fest, an annual Halloween prelude when ghouls, zombies and demons take over the grounds at sunset, adding to the thrilling ambiance which naturally includes haunted houses. The one rule these creepers follow? No touching. Otherwise, the weak of heart and young children are advised to sit this one out.