The 28th edition of Montreal's Italian festival runs from August 6 to August 22 and features concerts, comedy, culinary capsules, an opera evening and a drive-in event.
What's on at ItalfestMTL?
Most of the events will take place virtually, but there will be a two-night drive-in theatre event in Kirkland and guided tours of Montreal's Little Italy.
The first day of the virtual events, on August 7, will broadcast a recurring children's event called Storytime in Italian. Read by Sara Ottoboni in Italian and interpreted by Tina Mancini, the first story, Ti Ricordi La Pioggia, is a tale about a girl who's sad that she can't see her friends and family, but uses her imagination to feel better about being socially distant.
On August 14 and 21, the festival will host guided tours of Little Italy, which begin in front of Casa d'Italia on Rue Jean-Talon. The tour, over two hours long, consists of a "historical introduction about the Italian community in Montreal," a tour of Little Italy's attractions, with a stop for Italian pastries.
The tour will also consist of stops on Rue Dante and Boul. Saint-Laurent, La Madonna della Difesa church and Dante Park.
The recurring drive-in theatre event will take place on August 14 and 15 in Kirkland. On August 14, the festival will host a viewing of The Chain,an English-language play by Vitorio Rossi, and August 15's showing will play Ma cosa ci dice il cervello by Riccardo Milani, an Italian-language film with English subtitles.
Reservations are required for many of the events. You can consult the full festival event schedule here.
There's tons of events in the city this weekend to get your blood boiling and your adrenaline pulsing. If you're addicted to all this scary movies, haunted houses and fright fests, you'll be set this weekend!
There's also tons of other low-key events for people that like to save their fear for real-life experiences and don't like to put themselves through that if they can help it!
Who doesn't love filling their mornings with the relaxing practice of yoga? It wakes you up, relaxes and strengthens your muscles and provides you with the energy to tackle the day in front of you. But what's even better about this event is that you can practice yoga with a view of the entire city of Montreal in front of you at the top of the city's tallest building!
If you love getting your coffee as fast as possible, this new Starbucks store is designed just for you! How it works is you order your coffee at the first stop and the order is put into a tablet that directly sends it to the barista, but you don't pay there like you usually would, you continue down to the next stop and your drink will either be finished and or in the process of being made once you reach the payment line!
Where: Gare Centrale
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Friday, October 13th - 2017:
1. Enjoy This Weekend And Watch Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho
Cinmea du Parc puts on a fun event every once in a while where they screen famous movies and midnight. This Friday they're screening Alfred Hitchcock's infamous 'Psycho' in the spirit of Halloween and Friday the 13th!
Festival du Nouveau Cinema is starting this week and they're hosting a special Friday the 13th event including horror movies! If you're looking to get a scare out of life this weekend this is definitely the place.
Les Jardinieries at Parc Olympique has been holding super fun events all summer long but this weekend is their last and final one for the season! They're going out with a bang though and hosting music shows, circus performances, ballet workshops, Oktoberfest beer selections and so much more!
Montreal's giant ferris wheel is hosting a festival of colours this weekend and it's going to be a huge fall celebration! There will be DJs, stilt walkers, jugglers, bouncy castles, face painting and so much more! You can purchase tickets to ride the observation wheel or you can play games for a chance to win a free ride! There's also going to be tons of food on-site as well.
A restaurant right here in Montreal created a crazy new poutine that you're definitely going to want to try. They call it the 'Pot Poutine' and it contains gravy that's infused with hemp protein, seeds and oil. Although hemp isn't the same as weed by a long shot, it still has a lot of similarities and could be a cool thing to try out!
Where: Le Gras Dur
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Saturday, October 14th - 2017:
1. Enjoy This Weekend And Go To The Puppy Adoption Festival
The Doggy Cafe right here in Montreal is dedicated to providing safe and loving homes to dogs that don't have one. They frequently bring in dogs from Animatch shelter and anyone can come by meet with volunteers to learn more about the adoption process or just come by to socialize with the dogs!
The Botanical Gardens are hosting a huge Chinese Lantern festival right now and you definitely have to go if you haven't already! The theme this year is Chinese Dragons so you can imagine the beauty that they have in store for you.
Montreal just opened up a terrifying escape room that's 'Saw' themed. And if you've ever seen Saw you know to be very, very scared. If you love being terrified than this is the place for you to drag your family and friends along to!
The Biodome, Insectarium and Botanical Gardens are all hosting special Halloween events this month that you absolutely need to check out! The Botanical Gardens are hosting the Grand Pumpkin Ball, the Biodome is hosting Animal's Halloween and the Insectarium is hosting Spiders Unmasked!
At the same spot that hosts Thursday morning yoga au sommet you can find a yoga and brunch combo on Sundays! Enjoy the same relaxing yoga practice to wake you up on a Sunday morning and then enjoy an amazing brunch afterwards!
The annual Mental Health March is a yearly 3 km walk that takes place in downtown Montreal to help end the stigma and promote awareness for mental health problems. It also helps raise money for the cause!
La Ronde hosts it's annual Fright Fest during the entire month of October but this event isn't for the faint of heart! There will be tons of haunted houses, creepy crawlies stalking you throughout the park and scary monsters hiding in every corner.
This past winter Montreal opened a mini cheesecake bar and it's seriously amazing! They make all kinds of crazy cheesecakes from key lime cheesecake to Nutella cheesecake to cheesecakes topped with cannolis and donuts! The best part is they're all in mini form so you don't have to feel guilty for eating an entire cheesecake.
The Melfycia Haunted House is not one for the faint of heart. Many have complained in the past about the graphic and terrifying experiences that this haunted house puts it's visitors through but that's also why it's so popular year after year. This year's theme is "creepy care clinic" and their goal is to increase the sensations of horror even more from last year! So, you've been warned..