It's getting darker earlier, the leaves are changing and people are flocking to their local Starbucks. That can only mean one thing: it's pumpkin-spice season.
October 26 is National Pumpkin Day, the nation's unofficial holiday for your favourite harvest fruit (yes, fruit — they're not vegetables!).
From carving your own jack o' lantern to touring a pumpkin patch with a Starbucks PSL in hand, here's how you can celebrate National Pumpkin Day across Montreal.
Treat Yourself To A Classic Pumpkin Spice Latte
Last year, Starbucks made an average of more than 50,000 Pumpkin Spice Lattes every day at locations across Montreal during the fall season — this flavour has become a signal of the season and an iconic tradition for nearly two decades. More than that, it's become a cultural phenomenon.
If there's any day to enjoy a PSL, it's today!
Tour A Pumpkin Patch
Strolling through a pumpkin patch with a PSL in hand (hot or iced, whatever the weather calls for) is arguably the most iconic way to celebrate National Pumpkin Day. Bring your pals along for a photoshoot in your coziest knits.
Check out Ferme Marineau — there's bowling (with gourds as pins), a pumpkin house, "straw lounges" and more. Admission is $4 for ages 4 and up.
If you're in the mood to get creative — or you're nutty for milk alternatives — try customizing your order. Give the Oat Honey Latte a try, top your Chai Tea Latte with Pumpkin Cream or indulge in the flavours of fall by adding some cinnamon dolce syrup to steamed apple juice.
Educate Yourself On The History Of The PSL
Did you know that the PSL — Starbucks' most popular seasonal beverage of all time — was almost named the "Fall Harvest Latte?" Born in 2003 at the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle, Washington, the original PSL was only available in 100 locations. When testing out the initial recipe, the Starbucks research and development team poured signature espresso shots on top of real pumpkin pies.
Alright, so you've picked the ultimate pumpkin — now it's time to decorate. Carve it into a jack-o'-lantern or jazz it up with paint (perhaps with the help of some Pinterest inspiration). Add to the ambiance by playing a scary movie in the background and sipping on a PSL.
Find Out Where You Fall On The Starbucks Pumpkin Love O' Meter
So, how much do you actually love pumpkin? The Starbucks Pumpkin Love O' Meter can judge just how pumped for pumpkins you really are. Take the fun and quirky personality quiz to find out if you're a part-time pumpkin partaker, secret pumpkin admirer, pumpkin spice specialist or head of the pumpkin heads.
It just makes sense to honour today with a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. After all, it is the harbinger of the fall season. Happy National Pumpkin Day! Now go out and get celebrating — your PSL awaits.
Address: At the corner of boulevards Saint-Laurent and René-Lévesque, Chinatown, Montreal
Why You Need To Go: Montreal always has a way of coming to life and night and the new installation "Place des Souhaits" simply adds to it. The wish tree part of the piece twinkles at night! It's also set up next to a patio where you can spend your day chilling.
Why You Need To Go: Seven spaces along avenue Mont-Royal will be recreating colourful urban gardens for the rest of the summer. You'll be able to find a colourful skate park, a light and shadow garden, a rose mural, and other unique spots to check out.
When: Every day until September 6 from 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Address: Place des Commencements; 200, rue de la Commune O., Montréal, QC
Why You Need To Go: You can find Place des Commencements located at the end of the Grand Quai in Old Montreal, which has a lovely beautiful green terrasse where you can sit on chairs and admire Habitat 67 and the Jacques-Cartier Bridge.
Performances will take place "on different stages" with "a limited number of spectators once in the afternoon from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. and once in the evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
Health measures will still be in place and wearing a mask will be mandatory when festival-goers are outside of their designated spots.
There will be more than 20 vibrant events for you to enjoy throughout the summer, with some of the best and up-and-coming local DJs spinning tunes in the sunshine.
Tickets for the first weekend will go on sale on July 1.
Then, "tickets for upcoming events will be on-sale gradually in the next weeks," according to Piknic.
Piknic Electronik officially returns on Saturday, July 3.