November is a time of transition in Montreal when our internal clock starts to slow down and hibernation mode kicks in. There are still tons of fun activities, outings and events to attend in and around this beautiful city - and yes, they are all free. Obviously.
Have a look at this list below for inspiration as to how to spend your time this November. Whether you're solo, with a special someone, or with the family, there are countless ways to pass the time in Montreal for very little to no money.
Make the most of your pre-holiday, and enjoy the crisp and cozy month of November with some of the many events and activities to choose from. Read on!
Free Things To Do November 1st - 8th
Free Things To Do November 9th - 16th
Free Things To Do November 17th - 24th
Free Things To Do November 25th - 30th
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Free Things To Do November 1st - 8th
Don't miss out on the free festival which is the highlight of the beginning of the month of November, The Vegan Food Festival Of Montreal. This event is being held at the beautiful Marche Beauscours in the Old Port so you can spend your afternoon exploring the cobblestone streets as well.
Is yoga your thing? Or at least something that you've been meaning to try, then check out a public (and free) yoga event hosted by LOLE and Biotherm which will be held at Hudsons Bay on November 2nd. Yoga mats are provided!
The 20th edition of the documentary film festival RIDM kicks off this month. And yes, the film screening which does cost a couple bucks to get into, but there is a host of other events, vernissages and musical performances associated with the festival. Check out the official site for more info!
If you love shopping for the fresh and local product, now is the last time to enjoy it. Hit up the Jean Talon Market in Little Italy before the fruit and veg vendors wrap up for the season.
Enjoy the month of November by getting those snow-free outdoor activities done before December hits. This is a perfect time to squeeze in one last romantic bike ride along the Lachine Canal. This historical site is such a beautiful place to cruise for an afternoon. The further East you ride, the closer you get to some gorgeous views of the Saint-Larence River.
A great way to spend the month of November is to explore some regions surrounding the city and can be totally free - other than gas - of course. Only 45 short minutes outside Montreal, Saint-Sauveur Village and the surrounding Laurentian region is perfect to spend an afternoon.
Spend an afternoon window shopping at all the independent boutiques in the Mile-End area. It's free if you don't buy anything! Start by Walking up along upper St-Laurent and wind around on St- Viateur, Fairmount, and Bernard. Finish by walking back south on Parc Avenue. You are sure to find some holiday gift ideas.
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Free Things To Do November 9th-16th
Montreal Art Gallery Le Livart is hosting a 1-year anniversary which is totally free and open to the public! Galleries around the city often host free vernissages, these are a great option to have an inexpensive of cultural enhancement and meeting new people.
Continuing riding the art and cultural enhancement wave and visit the Montreal Contemporary Art Museum which is half-priced on Wednesdays. In other words, almost-free. Starting November the museum is launching a new exhibit featuring works by Montreal's very own late Leonard Cohen.
One of the best free activities to do in Montreal is to simply explore the city. With so many options of places to go and sites to see, a great place to start is by picking a random metro station - preferably one you've never been to - and explore the surrounding streets of that neighborhood. This is a fun first date idea, too. Going to explore a new place is sure to spark random interesting topics of conversations.
Enjoy the month of November by taking a nice fall drive to the edge of the Island. Yes, we live on an island, I know it's easy to forget sometimes. But when you drive to the outskirts, you are suddenly reminded of the beautiful fast-moving body of water that surrounds it. A great place to check out is the Municipality of Hudson and Finnegans Market, which is open every weekend until the end of October.
Love cool and unique vintage finds? Check out this local Vintage Bizare held at Eglise Saint- Jean Berchmans on November 11th. Great way to support a local community while coping some rare vintage finds for almost nothing.
The Montreal Redpath Museum is a classic free activity of Montreal. There is no admission charge and there are several great exhibits to choose from. Visit just one or all, whatever you find the time for.
Due to its geographic location and proximity to Western Europe Montreal was one of the first places our European ancestors settled, making Montreal one of the culturally rich and historic city in Canada. It's always nice to spend an afternoon reminding yourself of this by visiting some of the beautiful churches and cathedrals around the city, almost makes you feel like you're in Europe for a second. Why not visit the famous Saint-Joseph Oratory, going there every few years is a great reminder of historical significance and importance of the city.
This city is growing rapidly; the GMA is now at 4 million. A natural product of a growing city is the development of several mini "downtown" cores. A great - and free, way to spend a November afternoon is to explore some budding neighborhoods. Wellington Avenue is considered the "downtown" of Verdun and is worth the short trip down the green line to Metro De L'eglise, where tons of bars, cafes, and boutiques are waiting to be discovered.
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Free Things To Do November 17th - 24th
Join the good people of the Saint-Henri community for the bi-annual Fleek Market event being held in the gym of a school just right around the corner from Lionel Groulx Metro. Tons of vintage finds, hand-made beauty products, illustrations and prints from local artists, and much much more to shop. The best part, entrance is totally free!
My personal favorite free event of November, Montreal's very own Santa Clause Parade in downtown Montreal. Clearly, this parade is free and low commitment. Stop by for a quick look or stay all day watching the floats go by. Fun for all ages.
Get your holiday shopping done early because the end of November is definitely market season around the city. Most of these markets are free of cover charge and all open to the public. Check out the annual "Marche De Novembre" hosted at the Artgang space in Little Italy. Another great way to find some unique and original gift ideas, or just spend the afternoon window shopping.
Artisans Westmount is hosting an event which is totally free and open to the public. They will be featuring the works of local artisans, from pottery to jewelry, illustrations, accessories and so much more. Check out the event page for more info.
This one is for all you cat people out there. Les Aristochats is hosting a free event for cat lovers Le Salon Des Aristochats which will be held at Centre Pierre Charboneau. Featuring all kinds of feline-inspired artisanal works.
Speaking of window shopping, a fun and entertaining way to pass a cold November afternoon is to drive down to Ikea. I know it might sound silly, but hear me out. In the company of the right person, an afternoon window shopping at Ikea can incredibly fun - and totally free. If you're feeling like a big spender, though, you can fork out some change and buy your date a 50 cent hot dog to top off you're the adventure.
Yet another free Christmas market! This one is hosted by Maison Pepin, a boutique located in the old port. The Christmas market will be running for the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of November and is a great option for unique gift finds.
Are you an animal lover? Who isn't! Another great way to pass an afternoon with a friend is to visit the Montreal SPCA. You can go see the dogs and cats for no cost and maybe you'll even end up adopting one. Or you can just make a small (optional) donation to the service. Maybe you'll end up walking out with a new friend though, you never know!
Hey ladies, are you into cosmetics and makeup? Well, Jean Coutu on Laurier East is hosting an evening of makeup tutorials and info session which is totally free and open to the public. Check out the event page for more details.
Take a walk down the "downtown" of Westmount - Green Avenue and Sherbrooke Street West - which are full of boutique, bars, cafes, and restaurants just waiting to discover. Westmount is actually considered a historical district and one of the oldest in Montreal. Sherbrooke is a long street, though. So start small. Make it to Vendome metro or hop the 24 bus and ride all the way down.
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Free Things To Do November 25th - 30th
The end of November means starting to shop for those holiday gifts, why not attend a holiday book fair, it's totally free! This one is hosted by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec and will be selling old and new titles, fiction and non-fiction, for all ages.
November is truly artisanal market season, not kidding around. Here is another free entry holiday market that is sure to be full of gifting options. "Le Petit Marche De Noel" in the Plateau will be running from the 25th - 26th. Don't miss out!
Another free Christmas market! This one is the 5th edition of the African Christmas Market hosted by Center Afrika, and it is a great way to support a local artisan community. You will be sure to find some interesting gift ideas. Or just spend the afternoon browsing without dropping a dime.
Support some local communities by attending a church fair - Exposine, which will be held at Eglise Saint-Denis throughout the weekend of the 25th and 26th. All kinds of great and affordable gift ideas waiting to be found.
There are a couple ways to gain free access to Montreal's most famous art museum - The Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts. The best way is to wait until the last Sunday of every month, where admission is totally free for all. Get there early!
A great way to pass an afternoon in November is to take in the final days of the beautiful fall foliage and walk up to the cross. Yes, all the way up there. It really doesn't take that long, especially if you start from Beaver Lake. And it's free and totally worth the small sweat you will break.
Sometimes we think there is only one "Mont" in the middle of the city, the famous Mont-Royal, of course. But there is actually a few points of higher elevation in the city, which are all great little secret getaways, all boasting beautiful views. It's totally free to visit, check out the Westmount lookout on Summit Circle.
Another free and fun activity to do in Montreal is hunting for treasures at some of the many estate sales happening in and around the city. These are going on every weekend, you can find some incredible furniture and designer clothes at crazy low prices. Best to hit them up early before the early birds come in and swoop away with all the good finds. Discover the most recent listings through craigslist list or Kijiji.