Catch A Flick At The Canada China International Film Festival
When: Starting October 2
Address: Various locations throughout the city and online, including Cinéma Banque Scotia
Why You Need To Go: The festival, which aims to "foster relations between China and Canada," kicks off in Montreal with Saving Chinatown, a short documentary about the threat of gentrification and anti-Asian racism Montreal's Chinatown and Asian community have experienced as a result of COVID-19.
Address: Barranco MTL - 4552, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Love weekend brunch, but want to add a little cultural flair? You'll definitely want to check out this Peruvian brunch spot in the Plateau. Bottomless mimosas are available for $30.
Address: Belle Gueule - 5579, ave. Christophe-Colomb, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Ring in October with Oktoberfest at one of Montreal's go-to microbreweries for European-inspired beer. To mark the occasion, they've also added German snacks to their menu: sauerkraut, Bratwurst, traditional pretzels and more.
Lighting up the streets of Old Longueuil with the theme "New Wave," the festival will showcase light installations and digital visual spectacles.
These sensory experiences will be set against the area's historic buildings thanks to a team of local artists, including La Boîte interactive, HUB Studio, and Society of Technological Arts.
You can dance the night away or tap your toes as you walk around, listening to '80s and '90s-style synth beats from an impressive lineup of DJs and VJs.
Of course, you can't have a Montreal festival without delicious bites. The festival will offer a different menu each night to go correspond with the evening's party. Don't be surprised if you see some familiar names. For instance, William J. Walter will be serving up his famous sausages for the Deutsch Party on September 30.
The next night, students from École Hôtelière de la Montérégie will give a nod to Montreal's iconic smoked meat.
La Buvette will help celebrate the last night of the festival on October 2 with fish and chips.
With snacks that'll make your tastebuds sing, a partnership with Brasseurs du Monde for beer and drinks and a stacked festival lineup, Lumifest has the recipe for a good time — and it's a great way to usher in the fall season.
But sometimes the best things to do are the most spontaneous ones. These six spots are incredible this time of year and are within a two-hour drive of Montreal, making for amazing last-minute fall getaways.
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Address: 399, Route 323 Nord, Montebello, QC
Why You Need To Go: Parc Omega is a crowd favourite. Getting to see wild animals and enjoy nature is always awesome, but it's especially magical this time of the year, making it feel like a real-life fairytale.
Address: 285, chemin de Brome, Ville de Lac-Brome, QC
Why You Need To Go: This winery is super close to the city, offering wine tastings, guided tours and a terrasse with a picnic area. They even hold an event where you can try your hand at harvesting the vineyard. A great way to cheers the new season!