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29 Free Things To Do In Montreal This October

There is so much closing but still so much to do in the city!
29 Free Things To Do In Montreal This October 2019

It's time to shake things up. Many of the activities, festivals and outdoor events are closing up for the season this October. So it's time to do all of those free things to do in Montreal that maybe you've been putting off during the summer months.

October is also usually the ideal month to get outside for some of those last strolls around the city or hikes up the mountain without worrying too much about the chill factor. Because once November is here, a lot of us Montrealers begin to practice our hibernation methods for the winter to come.  

This also happens to be one of the most beautiful months for the city; it's a little emptier with most of the summer tourists long gone; leaves have changed to yellows and reds, stores are starting to prepare for Halloween, yet you're not quite hit with the barrage that is Christmas.

With all that in mind, and knowing some of us wouldn't mind a little extra padding in our wallet over the next few months, we took a look at 30 free things you can still do in Montreal for October. 

Dust off your summer bucket list, October may be the last time you can experience some of these.

Sunset Yoga with Zach Ross + Erica Leonard

When: October 1; 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Where: 3744 Rue Saint-Ambroise SW; Parc des Corroyeurs

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Take A Guided Tour Through Old Montreal's Landmarks

When: Starting October 1; Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at 3:30 p.m.

Where: 275 Rue Notre-Dame Est; Place Vauquelin at the fountain

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Attend Sunday Concerts At St. Joseph's Oratory

When: Every Sunday until October 27; 3:30 p.m.

Where: 3800 Queen Mary; St. Joseph's Oratory

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Celebrate OktoberFest aux Jardineries

When: October 3 - 5; 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Where: 2705 Boulevard Pie-IX; Les Jardineries

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Annual Scott Kelby's Worldwide Photo Walk

When: October 5; 1:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: 512 Place d'Armes, Monument À La Mémoire De Paul De Chomedey, Sieur De Maisonneuve

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Take Part In The Phenomenal Parade In The Mile-End

Festival Phenomena

When: October 5; 2 p.m.

Where: Saint-Laurent boulevard (between Laurier and the Van Horne viaduct)

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The Very Last "First Friday" Food Truck Festival at the Olympic Park

When: Friday, October 5th; 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.

Where: 4141 Pierre-de Coubertin Ave; Olympic Stadium

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Check Out the Fall Market At Marché Des Éclusiers 

When: Every Saturday from October 5 - 26; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Where: 400 rue de la Commune O.; Marché des Éclusiers

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Watch Live Shows During Carnaval Des Coleurs

When: October 7 - 14

Where: 2259 Rue Old Orchard

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Visit The McCord Museum For Their Free First Sundays Of The Month

When: October 8

Where: 690 Sherbrooke O.

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Watch the Draconid Meteor Showers 

When: October 8

Where: Anywhere in Montreal with little light pollution

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Spend 30 Hours In The La Ronde Coffin Challenge

When: October 12 at 11 a.m. until October 13 at 5 p.m

Where: 22 Chemin Macdonald; La Ronde

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Learn How To Meditate

When: October 12; 3;30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: 1455 Rue St-Hubert; Hôtels Gouverneur Montréal

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Visit The Urban Forest Before It Closes 

When: Before October 13

Where: Victoria Street (between Sherbrooke Street West and President-Kennedy)

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Take A Guided Deer Watching Hike At Parc-nature de la Pointe-aux-Prairies

When: October 13, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: 14905, rue Sherbrooke Est

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Visit The Massive 2019 McGill Book Fair


October 29; 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
October 30; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
October 31; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: Redpath Hall (east side of McTavish Street, one block north of Sherbrooke)

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The Last Night For Instrument À Vent


: October 14

Where: 10 Blvd de Maisonneuve Est

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Take a Walk Up Mount-Royal For The Fall Foliage

When: Anytime

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Volunteer Your Time At Moisson Montreal

When: Anyday they are open & for special events

Monday to Thursday; 8 a.m. - 3:30 pm,

Friday; 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Where: 6880, Ch. de la Côte-de-Liesse

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Take A Scenic Drive For Fall Photos At An Apple Orchard (like Verger Tremblay)

When: Anyday; 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Where: 375 rang de la Montagne, Mont Saint-Grégoire

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Look For A New Career At The National Job Fair

National Job Fair Montreal

When: October 17-18

Where: 800 Rue de la Gauchetière O.; Place Bonaventure

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Celebrate 25 Years Of Quebec Designers

When: October 17-20

Where: 350 Saint Paul East or 325 East Commune; Marché Bonsecours

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Take A Stroll Through Some Of Montreal's Most Haunted Locations

When: Anytime, but choose night for a creepier feel

Where: Locations around Montreal

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Catch A Free Show At Montreal's Intercultural Story Telling Festival

When: October 19 - 27

Where: See website for locations & shows around Montreal

Find out more!

Watch the Orionid Meteor Showers 

When: October 21

Where: Anywhere in Montreal with little light pollution

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Experience The Heartbreaking Black Hell Photography Exhibit 

When: October 22 - November 8

Where: 50 St Catherine O.; House of Sustainable Development

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Rent A Free Bixi The Last Free Sunday Of The Season

When: October 27

Where: Locations around Montreal

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Prepare Your Garden For Winter At The Free Compost Giveaway

When: October 12 - October 13; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Where: 2235, rue Michel-Jurdant; Saint-Michel Environmental Complex

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Go Trick or Treating (Hopefully With Someone Age Appropriate)

When: October 31

Where: Everywhere!

Of course, most of us are a little (or a lot) too old to be trick or treating, but how can a list of free things to do in October be complete without it? This is when younger family members come in handy.

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