I. Love. Fall. Cold weather’s coming, school’s starting (or work), I’m getting fat again and all my money is gone. Yay.
This summer, my money went out from my bank account as fast as alcohol did from my stomach. And it probably did the same for you. The sad thing about being broke is you can’t do anything. My friends are planning to go on vacation during Labor Day or even during another week-end. Like, don’t you work ?
All my weekends are booked until next summer with amazing long shifts at my job. I, like most of you, just can’t afford to go on vacation this season. I even tried asking my parents for money. The answer came quickly. A big fat no.
Luckily, Montreal can be fun in Fall. Seriously. It can.
Here are some activities that you can do in Montreal if you’re drowning in debts and have a small budget :
1. Go to the Gardens of Light
From September 2 to October 31, 2016, you can see beautiful lanterns illuminating the Botanical Garden. It is really cheap and you get to walk across some wonderful pieces of art. Basically, you get to visit China. Minus the 1500$ for the plane ticket.
2. Go to a concert at Bell Center
A lot of cool groups are coming to town this fall. Tickets can be pretty expensive, but just be smart. Don’t buy the VIP package that includes sitting in the floor section, lights toys, stickers, and other useless things . The vibe at any concert is really nice no matter where you sit. Even if it’s in the far back.
3. Go trick or treat in Westmount
But I’m 25... So what ? Never miss an opportunity to get free candy. Plus, the big houses in Westmount have a lot of stairs. No 5 years old wants to climb a hundred stairs, so it leaves us with no more choice : these candies are yours to take. Those houses are meant for grown-ups. You could end up with a giant garbage bag full of candies.
4. Add new photos from Plateau-Mont-Royal’s streets to your Instagram
This borough is unique. The architecture will amaze you. It is full of restaurants and colorful houses. It is the perfect spot to snap a photo.
5. Attend the Cinemania Films Festival at the Quartiers des spectacles
If you love movies, you should definitely go to the Cinemania Films Festival (November 3 to November 13). Only the best French-languages films are allowed.
6. Walk on the Mount-Royal
The Mount-Royal in fall is simply breathtaking. All the leaves are full of colors. And you can enjoy a totally different view of Montreal at the Belvédère.
7. Get healthy by going apple picking at Le Verger Labonté
OK, it is not technically in Montreal but really near. The entrance is free and you can get so many apples that you’ll have a reserve for at least the coming year. With all your apples, you could cook an apple pie, an apple popcorn balls, an apple crostini, an applesauce... Just to name a few.
8. Drink coffee at Café Olimpico
If you ever want to feel like an Italian, the Café Olimpico is for you. Situated at the heart of the Mile-End, this café, placed in a warm and authentic setting, offers the same quality that you can find in Italy !
9. Drink hot chocolate at Juliette & Chocolat
Best place in the whole Montreal for a vintage hot chocolate. Their hot chocolate is so delicious that it will make you fall in love with Fall.
10. Study with your friends (or alone) at Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec
Fall means back to school for most of us. The BAnQ is such a pretty library and a good place to study with your friends. You’ll want to spend all your time there. Wich is really good for your GPA.
11. Get wasted on St-Laurent boulevard
A street with so many bars and clubs at the same place. Even if you can’t go on vacation, it doesn’t mean you can’t have the best night of your life.
12. Cheer for your favorite football team at the Molson Stadium
Carabins or Redmen ? Fall is the football season and the Molson Stadium is just like a US campus. You get to experience what is like to be living in the United States. Without the fear of a mass shooting happening. Isn’t that cool ?! Also, tickets are half price is you’re a student. Be there or be square.
13. Piknic Electronik
Been working all summer and couldn’t attend the Piknic Électronik ? No worries, the last Piknic is in October so you still have time to listen to electronic artists while drinking their giant buckets.
14. Wine tasting at Montreal Wine Show La Grande Dégustation
In November you can taste different wines from all around the world. You can also buy (and I know you will) wines that are not even available in Québec yet, so for your next dinner, you could WOW everyone at the table.
15. Go pick the biggest turkey at Marché Jean-Talon for Thanksgiving
Try to impress your family with a delicious Thanksgiving meal. You can get the perfect turkey at the Marché Jean-Talon and make your family thankful that you’re one of them. Oh, you’re vegan ? Just get yourself the biggest pumping or some vegetables and it will be fine.
16. Eat free cake at Café Sfouf
FREE. CAKE ??? Yep, at the Café Sfouf, every drink you order, you’ll receive a piece of cake for FREE. Isn’t amazing ?
17. Be part of the Zombie walk and scare the shit out of people
Do you ever wonder what an apocalypse would look like ? I do. This fall, you can dress as a zombie and walk around Montreal. It is totally free. The only thing you have to do is dress like a zombie. But if you’re already one, blend yourself amongst those fake zombies. No one will notice. The meeting is on Saturday, October 29th, 2016 at Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles.
18. Bike along the Canal Lachine
Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you have to stay inside and cry your balls out. The weather is not too hot, so you won’t end up sweating like a pig.
19. Fall in love at the Old Port
Fall in love this Fall. Bring your date to the Old Port and take her see the ancestral houses. The Old Port is like entering a totally different world. You’ll make her feel like a heroine from a romance novel.