Mid-Month Action: 16 Awesome Things to Do in Montreal This Weekend

That’s it, Montreal, the last official weekend of the summer.

Somehow we have already reached mid-September as the days continue to roll by.

As October draws ever closer, here are 16 fun things to do in Montreal all weekend long.

Art tattoo show

If you’re looking to add a little more ink to your body, or just enjoy the art, Montreal’s biggest tattoo festival is back in town for its 20th edition this weekend.

The convention promotes tattooing and brings together over 150 artists from around the world to celebrate the art and its surrounding community.

When: September 16 to 18
Time: 6 p.m.
Where: Windsor Station – 1160 Avenue des Canadiens de Montréal
Price: From $25

Tom Segura

The very funny Tom Segura arrives in Montreal this weekend as part of his “I’m Coming Everywhere” world tour. The comedian/actor/podcaster is one of the biggest names in the comedy industry. He recently sold out performances in over 100 cities across North America.

If you’re a fan, you might want to act fast. Tickets are hot.

When: Saturday September 18
Time: 8 p.m.
Where: The St-Denis Theater
Price: Different rates, available online

Candlelight concerts

Iconic music, full-band gigs, twinkling candlelight and historic Montreal churches – what more could you ask for?

Aptly named Candlelight Concerts, the magical musical events take place in over 85 cities around the world in over 1,000 timeless locations, including historic churches here in Montreal.

This month’s concert will feature covers from trending artists like Adele, Coldplay, Queen and ABBA, as well as iconic classics from Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, all debuting this weekend.

When: September 15 to November 5
Time: Different dates
Where: Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours Chapel, Notre-Dame-des-Sept-Douleurs Church, Christ Church Cathedral and St-Jean-Baptiste Church
Price: $30 – $40, available online

“The Ring” by PVM

Downtown Montreal’s controversial ‘The Ring’ installation has reached its final form.

The 100-foot-tall, 50,000-pound giant portal to another dimension the stainless steel ring will now be permanently lit at Place Ville Marie.

And listen, say what you want about it, but it’s definitely a photoshoot, for better or worse.

When: All year
Time: 24/7, lights up after dark
Where: Place Ville-Marie
Price: Free

Negroni Week 2022 — Montreal

Thirsty?

If you find it hard to resist the emblematic Italian cocktail that is the Negroni, the week promises to be boozy for you because the Negroni Week is fast approaching.

The event has been happening in Montreal all week and comes down to Sunday if you want to grab your fancy drink. There are 35 different bars and restaurants across the island participating and you can see them all here.

When: By September 18
Where: Participating locations around Montreal

Pumpkintown

If you want to get into the fall spirit, there’s a giant pumpkin village just outside of Montreal that might need to be on your must-see radar.

Citrouilleville in Saint-Zotique is a village dedicated to all things pumpkin. It has entire houses made out of pumpkins, a corn maze maze, fall-themed photo booths, tractor rides, and pumpkin picking. Plus, the entire site lights up at night, which means prime-time photo ops.

When: Weekends until October 31
Hours: Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 560, avenue 69, Saint-Zotique
Price: $13 to $17, free for children under 2

Treetop Trail

The term “going north” took on a literal meaning.

Canada’s first-ever “Streetop Walk” has taken over the Laurentians, offering visitors a 40-meter wooden spiral staircase that offers breathtaking views of the northern mountain range and nearby landmarks, such as Mont- Trembling.

The highest point of the tower hike — officially called the Treetop Trail — is equivalent to that of a 12-story building.

When: All year
Time
: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: 737 Fish Farm Street, Saint-Faustin-Lac-Carré
Price: $19 to $29

World Press Photo Montreal Exhibition

Some of the most electrifying and thought-provoking photos in the news world will be on display in Old Montreal for over two months.

The 15th edition of the flagship of Montreal’s fall cultural calendar, the World Press Photo Montreal exhibition, returns to Bonsecours Market after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

More than 55,000 people are expected to attend the large-scale international exhibition over the next 60 days. The exhibition has been organized since 1955 by the World Press Photo Foundation, based in the Netherlands.

When: Until October 2
Time: Sunday to Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to midnight
Where: Bonsecours Market — 325, rue de la Commune
Price: $15, available on site (no cash accepted)

Gardens of light

Gardens of Light is back in Montreal, along with the Botanical Garden’s three cultural gardens with light and magic for the ultimate fall show.

The Chinese Garden exhibits its emblematic lanterns, the First Nations Garden offers a multimedia experience highlighting the Sacred Tree and the Japanese Garden offers a breathtaking illuminated path.

If it’s fall in Montreal, it’s a must.

When: Until October 31
Time: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Botanical Garden
Price: $17 to $21

WILL HAVE

The timeless Notre-Dame Basilica will host another wave of its breathtaking immersive light show, AURA, a sight not to be missed.

It is truly breathtaking.

When: Until November
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Notre-Dame Basilica — 110, rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Price: Varies from $21 to $32, available online

Tonga Lumina

Historic Mont-Tremblant has once again turned into a hunting ground for giants.

The famous ski mountain hosts an enchanted and illuminated hiking trail where participants can embark on a quest to find the last sleeping giant on earth.

The adventure is produced by Moment Factory, the company known for its illuminations of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge and the aforementioned AURA.

The Hunt, known as Tonga Lumina, is a 1.5km nighttime walk and sensory experience that takes place on a rock-dusted and illuminated path in the heart of nature.

When: Until October 15
Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: 1000 Voyageurs Road, Mont Tremblant
Price:
$13 to $29, available online and on site

Mosaicultures Quebec 2022

If there’s one excursion to add to this summer’s must-do list, Quebec City’s Animal Kingdom Garden might just be the king of the jungle.

Between now and October, Mosaïcultures Québec 2022 at Parc Bois-de-Coulonge in Québec City presents a dazzling display of more than six million plants and flowers that pay homage to “the life that vibrates on our planet”.

The summer-long exhibition is billed as a “hymn to the Earth” and features works that are “a feast for the eyes but also a reminder of the fragility of life”.

When: Until October 10
Time: 10 a.m. to sunset
Where
: Parc Bois-de-Coulonge – 1215 Grande Allée O
Price: $12.50 to $60, available online

Dancing lights that flew out into the universe

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art presents Dancing Lights That Flew up to the Universe, a new exhibition by renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.

The exhibit will introduce visitors to the “spiritual and philosophical depth of the artist’s work,” says the PHI Museum, including two remarkable “infinity mirrored rooms.”

The two mirrored rooms will be filled with suspended glowing globes that alternate colors before darkening. “The viewer is absorbed in darkness for a moment before the luminous spheres slowly re-ignite, again initiating a similar cycle of life and rebirth,” says PHI.

When: Until January 15
Time: Wednesday to Friday, noon to 7 p.m.; Saturday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: PHI Center
Price: Free, reservation required

Frida Kahlo – The Life of an Icon

Montreal was honored with the life of Frida Kahlo in the form of an immersive and inspiring art exhibition.

The Life of An Icon offers seven different transformational spaces with VR experiences, holographic videos and 360° projections.

The exhibition features an arrangement of archival photos, original films, digital environments, art installations and collectibles set to music that aims to “reproduce the most relevant moments of [the artist’s] life”, explains the site, offering visitors to discover the incredible story of Frida Kahlo.

When: September 10 to 30 (closed September 12, 19, 26)
Time: Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Arsenal Contemporary Art – 2020, rue William
Price: $27.58 to $40.23, available online

Upla

You can take your family adventures to new heights this weekend, thanks to North America’s largest trampoline park that just opened outside of Montreal.

Uplå is a labyrinth of 20-foot-high suspension bridges and trampolines that connect to a network of unique and colorful treehouses, all suspended in the air at the foot of Mont-Saint-Grégoire.

The crazy thing about Uplå is that the park is open all year round, rain, shine or snow. It will take a few months to see what North America’s largest trampoline park is covered in snow.

The park recommends future trampolines book online to guarantee a spot.

When: All year
Time: 8 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.
Where: 45 Chemin du Sous-Bois, Mont-Saint-Grégoire
Price: $20 to $30

VAN GOGH – Distortion

Have you wondered what it would be like to browse a masterpiece?

The wonderfully colorful world of Vincent Van Gogh is brought to life at OASIS, and visitors can wander freely through animated renderings of classic works like almond blossoms, Starry Nightand much more.

When: Every day in September except Mondays and Tuesdays
Time: 9 a.m. to 9:40 p.m.
Where: Immersion OASIS, 301 Saint-Antoine
Price: $24 to $32, available online

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