fire-breathing circus

Halloween is still over two months away. But if you're a big fan of all things macabre, you don't have to wait until October 31 to get your horror groove on. This September, beginning on Friday the 13th, part of rue Wellington in Verdun is closing down for the  Festival Verdun'Art, le Cirque de l'Horreur.

This is the fifth edition of the festival. For two nights this fall, you can scare yourself silly with horror movie screenings, street entertainment, freak shows, fire eaters, street creatures, live rock and metal performances, and DJs blasting horror film music. 

And what's a festival without a little food? There will be a BBQ and corn roast, and a host of kiosks filled with the hottest of hot sauces to burn off your taste buds. 

Thanks to micro-brasserie Maltehops, there will also be beer, cider, kombucha, and Quebec wines, should you need to try and put out the fire in your mouth.

You can sip your microbrew in front of cult-themed images that will be projected on walls and screens along the street.

And if all that isn't terrifying enough, there will also be a Limbo contest. Because what's scarier than a Limbo contest? 

If you just can't wait to wear your Michael Myers suit, then this is the perfect place without causing too much alarm. Anyone attending is invited to get out their Halloween costume and give it a test run at the festival, as long as it's scary. 

Oh, and admission is free to everyone! The festival will be held in front of Maltehop on Wellington between Third and Fourth Avenue. 

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The fire performances are really the events to watch with artists juggling and twirling lit batons as well as fire breathing and eating.

Starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday night, the street will be taken over by metal bands B.A.R.F., Ghoulunatics, and Spacemak3r. 

With all of the free activities taking place, this is a great festival that is sure to be as fun as it is spooky.

Verdun'Art, le Cirque de l'Horreur

WHERE: 4817 rue Wellington

WHEN:

September 13 at 5  p.m. 

September 14 at 4 p.m. 

COST: FREE

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