Fall is undeniably one of the best times of the year. There are honestly so many things to do in Montreal during this season — it's more than just stepping on crunchy leaves and taking in the fall foliage views. The possibilities are endless! And the best part is, you don't even have to break the bank to enjoy it.

Being in such a passionate city, we get a little extra festive when it comes to fall.

Festivals, cafés, you name it, Montreal really is a special place when the leaves start to change.

But the fun doesn't stop on the island. Just outside the island, you'll find some other fantastic ways to enjoy this time of year.

And like I said, you definitely don't have to whip out a chunk of cash. In fact, some things on this list are totally free.

That's right — free!

So if you went a little crazy this summer, or if you're saving up for something come winter, don't worry. We've got you.


Apple Picking At Quinn Farms

Address: 2495, blvd Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot, QC

Price: $8 per person for admission. Choice of $11 for a 7-pound bag or $22 for a 16-pound bag

We definitely can't have a fall activity list without everyone's favourite item on their to-do list. And why not head to one of Montrealers' favourite spots to do it?

Just be sure to book online beforehand. You need a reservation to get in.

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Visit The Go Play Outside! Photography Exhibition

Address: ave. McGill (outside the McCord Museum), Montreal, QC

Price: Free

Back for its 15th year, this outdoor exhibit stands proudly on rue McGill and wants to remind you about the good old days when you went outside to play. Now, it makes for a great free activity and just the art and culture that you need.

It's open until November 8.

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POP Montreal International Music Festival 

Address: Online and throughout the city 

Price: Free, but some events require a ticket

POP is one of the most anticipated events of the year and we're happy to say that it's still happening this year from September 23 to 27... albeit a little different than normal.

But some of the events are totally free! Those that you do have to pay for aren't too expensive either.

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Go Pumpkin Picking At La Magie de la Pomme

Address: 925, chemin Fresnière, Saint-Eustache, QC

Price: $13 per person for admission, Comes with a 10-pound bag

Another quintessential fall activity is pumpkin picking. Head out to the Laurentians for a splendid fall day at La Magie de la Pomme.

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Festival International Nuits d'Afrique 

Address: Online, Quartier des spectacles, Montreal, QC

Price: Free, Some events require a ticket

Celebrating the rich and diverse cultures from Africa and its diaspora, the festival highlights artists from all over the world, including Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.

You'll be captivated by the beauty and passion of the artistry and won't be able to help but tap your feet to the music.

This year's festival runs from September 27 to October 31.

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Sip Some High Tea At Bar à Beurre

Address: 348, rue Notre-Dame E., Montreal, QC

Price: Starting at $21

Fall can make you want to stay inside and watch the people pass you by and nature becomes its most beautiful self. And if you're going to people watch, may be your classiest self.

Bar à Beurre offers a variety of high tea services to make Sunday tea an extravagant affair.

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Illumi

Address: 2805, blvd. du Souvenir, Laval, QC

Price: $19.50 in the week for adults, $19.50 on the weekend for adults

Nothing says fall quite like Halloween. Head over to this super spooky, but incredible light show at the Laval Illumi Light Village to be shocked and amazed.

The show runs until the beginning of November.

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Les Journées de la culture

Address: Various venues

Price: Free

This year's festival has been extended for an entire month. From September 25 to October 25, you can enjoy free events, including over 2,000 activities.

Here in Montreal, you can enjoy many galleries, museums and tours at no cost.

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Jardins Gamelin

Address: Quartier des spectacles, Montreal, QC

Price: Free

If you've wandered through Quartier des spectacles over the last few months, you've probably seen the garden-like space created to add some colour to the already colourful area. Well, the good news is it's here until September 27.

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Enjoy Some Fall Treats

Address: Throughout the city

Price: Varies based on item and location

Fall has some of the yummiest flavours of the whole year. From pumpkin, to apple, to nutmeg, you can explore the taste of the season as much as you can see and smell it.

Montreal is full of spots that make just the thing you need to satisfy your fall sweet tooth.

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Try The Corn Maze at Verger Labonté

Address: 2291, blvd. Perrot, Notre-Dame-de-l'Île-Perrot, QC

Price: $16.95 for adults

If you like a challenge, then you need to head to this super elaborate corn maze labyrinth, complete with twists, turns and a riddle or two along the way.

Just 40 minutes from the city, it's a great activity with friends and makes for a super fun date.

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Go Gallery Hopping

Address: Throughout the city

Price: Free

Art can be quite pricey. But going gallery hopping is totally free of charge. Montreal is home to some of the most talented artists and stunning collections.

You can head to areas, like Old Montreal or Mile-End, to visit some incredible galleries.

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Wine Tasting At Domaine du Ridge

Address: 205, Chemin Ridge, Saint-Armand, QC

Price: $15 for a tasting, $4 for the glass

Wine tasting is probably one of the most popular activities in the fall, especially during the harvest. Domaine du Ridge offers a gorgeous setting and a beautiful collection of wines.

Currently, you have to buy the glass, but it's definitely worth bringing a piece of the winery home.

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Happy fall and happy saving!

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