The weather may be getting colder by the second, but that doesn't mean there aren't still tons of free things to do in Montreal this month. From free classes to unique art exhibits and exciting festivals, October is sure to be action-packed.
There are also quite a few cool activities happening just outside of the city, which we've included in case you feel like venturing out of the 514 for a little bit.
Check Out Art Souterrain's "Créer des Ponts"
Where: All across Montreal
When: Until October 15, 2021
Why You Need To Go: As you wander through Montreal, you'll either get to see artists work their magic onto blank canvases or be able to admire their finished works. You can find out where all these canvases are found on Art Souterrain's website.
Where: Centrale Bergham; 1253, boul. Curé-Labelle, Laval
When: October 2, 2021, noon to 8 p.m.
Why You Need To Go: So you may need to make your way to Laval for this one, but you'll get the choice between a sandwich, a box of 12 lokmas (round fried dough pastries soaked in syrup or honey) or four mini donuts with a chocolate milk drink for free. All you need to do is show up!
Why You Need To Go: If you didn't make it to the Jazz Fest this year, no need to worry. L'OFF Festival de Jazz de MTL has some free shows happening in October for you to get your jazz fix. Note that only certain shows are free during the festival.
Where: In the Village, the Latin Quarter and Complexe Desjardins
When: October 8 to 10, 2021
Why You Need To Go: This three-day festival is meant to be a "gathering and celebration of multicultural and LGBTQ+ communities for the fight against racism and the fight against homophobia," featuring all kinds of performances and activities.
Federal government services like Service Canada and federally regulated businesses like post offices and banks will be observing the holiday, which means they will be closed. Revenu Québec notes that it is "is extending deadlines that would normally fall on September 30 to the next business day" as a result.
Provincially regulated government buildings and services will be open and operating, as will Quebec grocery stores, pharmacies, restaurants, retail stores, museums, sporting events, family activities and the like.
However, individual institutions or businesses may choose to observe the holiday. You can check operating hours or call ahead if you're unsure.
In June, Quebec Premier François Legault said he was "not in favour" of instituting a statutory holiday dedicated to Indigenous people, but committed to "[coordinate] with the federal government to do the necessary research into the residential schools that are here in Quebec."
Montreal's Mile End skatepark is set to host a huge nighttime block party this September as part of MAPP_MTL's sixth edition.
The event, billed as "Montreal's projection mapping festival," is a celebration of digital art. The block party will feature monumental digital creations cast on the surrounding buildings, illuminating the skatepark as electronic music plays.
Local restaurant Nakamichi will be serving Japanese fried chicken and pastries over the course of the electric event.
In a press release, MAPP_MTL says there will also be a "small shopping area" showcasing local businesses.
Digital artworks will include work by artist Delphine Dussoubs (Dalkhafine) and minute-long projections by artists from Quebec and around the world, as well as what the festival describes as "works improvised by creators and members of the public [unfolding] in real-time."