September when all the students are busy back at their desks, texting away, trying to figure out what festivals they’re going to hit on the weekend. Fall’s the time to find a new love so you have someone to keep you warm all winter. So get out and socialize.
The Montreal World Film Festival
August 23 – September 3, 2018
Diversity is the buzz word of this international high-quality film festival. Over 750 films, both long and short, are screened and come from every country. Most films will never open commercially (though some surely do), so this is a chance to see some hard-to-find films that won’t make it to the theatres or Netflix. China and documentaries get a special nod too. More info: HERE.
World Press Photo
August 29 – September 30, 2018, Marché Bonsecours (325 rue de la commune East)
Challenge yourself with the gorgeous photojournalism on display at the World Press Photo exhibit. This prestigious exhibition features 150 prizewinning photographs on display. Some capture world news events, others make small events into world news. It never disappoints. $13/10. More info HERE.
Montreal Fetish Weekend
August 29 – September 4, 2018
In the kink and fetish friendly city that is Montreal, Canada’s largest international gathering of sex positivity takes place. There is a Fetish pride parade, play parties, workshops, marketplaces, and more. Details can be found HERE.
Surfaces L’Expo d’Art Urbain
Aug 30 – Oct. 28, 2018, Quartier des Spectacles.
16 artists and collectives put up 14 artworks in and arund Quartier des Spectacles. Look for projections on building sides, in windows, and on sidewalks by 123Klan, Cedar Eve, Ashop, Labrona, and more. For more information, click HERE.
Montreal Erotic Art Festival
August 30 -Sept 2, 2018; Circus — 917 St. Catherine E
Many years running, the Erotic Art festival celebrates sex and erotica. Among other things are a pop-up erotic art museum and displays of vintage erotica. For info, click HERE.
Montreal Electric Groove (MEG)
August 30 to Sept 2, 2018
Get your dance shoes and glowsticks on at the MEG festival. With a line up of bands that focus on digital production, this festival keeps it going all night long at small and large venues. Check out top performers like Kris Tin, Quantic, and Arnaud Rebotin. For more information click HERE.
September 1, 2, 3, 9, 16, 23, 30; at Plaines des Jeux
A Sunday wouldn’t be a Sunday without the weekly dance parties. Check out the best of the local DJs along with those from abroad. September 1 has Quantic, Was Bibi, and the Tupi Collective. September 2 brings back Mistress Barbara, features Mistress Barbara and Poirier. Go Local! On September 3, come see Charlotte de Witte and Da’Gil b2b with Phil Fiction. September 9 has Danny Daze headlining. September 16 brings Guit Boratto and Planet Giza. September 23, offers up Omar S and Akufen. Last one September 30 is Henrik Schwarz. Details can be found HERE.
Le Burger Week
Sept 1-7 2018
The mighty burger gets its moment in the spotlight among Montreal’s many food weeks during Le Burger Week. This festival takes place across Canada, though, so even if you slip out to Hudson or Halifax, burger week is happening. Multiple restaurants create special burger week burgers, but really it’s just an excuse to put meat in your mouth (or mushrooms and tofu, if you’re vegetarian). Info HERE.
La Semaine du Bacon
September 1 – 9, Quartier Dix30
18 different restaurants have plates featuring bacon. Maybe not for vegetarians? Info HERE.
Mile Ex End Musique Montréal
Sept 1-3, 2018, Marmier and Henri-Julien Sts., under the Van Horne overpass
Perhaps Osheaga was a little too pricey. Not too worry. For a more affordable, check out some of Montreal’s most beloved musicians and groups performing in the arty neighbourhood. The Barr Brothers, Broken Social Scene, Loud, and Hubert Lenoir are headlining. To find out more, click HERE
September 3-9, 2018
Theatre St. Catherine and other venues will be packed when the ladies take to the stage to showcase comedy with a little more XX-chromosome attitude. Standup, improv and storytelling shows have a lady or queer focus. For information and tickets, click HERE.
Sept. 5-8, 2018
An outdoor arts festival in the Quartier des Spectacles up to Rue Saint Denis with visual art, cinema, literature, music, and knowledge, the OUMF is one of those cheery festivals that are always worth checking out. This year, the Dead Obies, VNCE Carter with Mike Shabb, and Ghostface Killa are on the lineup. More info: HERE.
Sept. 5-15, 2018
Dance isn’t just for snobby folks and it doesn’t come in one form. Quartiers Danses wants to democratize contemporary dance and make it available for everyone. With a diversity of artists at different skill levels, dance is made accessible to all. This year expect to see ballet, urban, contemporary dance, and all the rest of the movement arts. More info on locations and tickets, click HERE.
September 6 – Dec 15, 2018
Emerging artists in dance and choreography have a chance to show off their talents. Details on the performances are HERE.
Sept. 7-9, 2018, Parc Beaubien (Beaubien E and 9e)
Okay, if you don’t like EDM and prefer your music more traditional, as well as a bowl of borscht, come to the Uke Festival instead. And by Uke, we mean Ukrainian. Crafts, folk dancing, music, singing, exhibitions, and of course food are all there for the taking. Free. More info HERE.
Montreal In Water Boat Show
September 7 – 9, 2018; Old Port
Get out of town on your own yacht. Well, even if you can’t, you can check a bunch out at this major gathering of boats in the old port. For info, click HERE.
September 7 – 9, 2018; rue Wellignton
Music, music, music. Verdun is pumpking. Headliners include Colectivo, Anonymus, and Pépé et sa guitare. Verdun is pretty awesome these days. Details HERE.
Art Tattoo Show
Sept. 7-9, 2018 Gare Windsor (1160 Ave des Canadiens de Montreal)
Thinking about inking. Well, a great place to see what you can do as well as what you might not want to do will be on display at the Art Tattoo show. Gifted tattoo artists from around the world will showcase their talents and offer their services. Some even compete. There are also seminars and lectures on the art of tattooing and its history. Tickets are $20 for one day, $50 for all three. More info HERE.
Fair of America
Sept. 7-9, 2018; Vieux Port
The old port celebrates all things America — South, Central, and North. Walk along the Old Port and take in over 140 artisans and folklore from 17 different countries. Details are HERE.
Gardens of Light
Sept. 7- October 31 2018, Botanical Garden (4101 Sherbrooke E)
The Botanic Gardens light up with hundreds of intricate lanterns shaped to look like animals, flowers, and objects. The lanterns come from Shanghai and take three months to mount in the Botanic Gardens. Every year there are about 200 new lanterns added to the group. This is one of the most beloved fall seasonal activities in Montreal and anyone can enjoy it. More info HERE.
Journées des Ruelles Vertes
September 8-9, 2018
Celebrate those green alleyways this weekend in Montreal. Every green alleyway that participates will have its own way of celebrating. Yay!
Mercado del Taco de Montréal
September 9, 2018, L’Espace Canal (4020, rue Saint-Ambroise, porte #140)
Fans of tacos may have noticed the plethora of taco joints in the city these last few years. Well, St. Henri steps up with a culinary competition as well as plenty of tacos on offer. Who will have the best taco of all? Find out… Details HERE.
Portes Ouvertes for the Fermes Du Québec (Open Door Days for Quebec Farms)
Sept 9, 2018, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This free event invites the public to visit Quebec’s agricultural powerhouses. There are little farms, organic farms, even big farms that have open doors. Find out where the food comes from and meet the farmers who make it happen. Info HERE.
Sept. 10-16, 2018
The Old Port offers up brunches, dinners, classes, as well as workshops on things like urban beekeeping to the art of making cocktails. Check out the Parcours Gourmand where 30 unique stations of chefs and artisans will feed you. Info HERE.
Les Escales Improbables Montréal – Construsions Monumental
Sept. 10-16, 2018
Escales Improbables focuses on performing arts. The festival has spread into a sprawling event with many small subsections, but one entails building constructions from around the world on a small scale out of cartons. Another has people crying in public spaces. Info HERE.
Montreal Clown Festival
September 12 – 16, 2018
Who are you calling a clown? Get ready to laugh and laugh and laugh as performers of all sorts show you the variety that clowning can be. Details HERE.
Great Montreal Rib Fest
September 13 – 16, 2018
Ribs are beloved in the US. So let’s face it. We in Montreal love ribs too. Eat your saucy and dry rubbed meat at this festival. Info HERE.
September 14, 2018 Old Port
A 10 k race in the dark set to music. Get out and run in this fun event. Details HERE.
48 Hour Bike Ride by the Make A Wish Foundation
September 14-16, 2018; Circuit ICAR Mirabel
Teams of up to six riders spend the weekend biking their hearts out to raise money for the Make A Wish foundation. It’s still possible to register or support those participating. Each teach donates a minimum of $3600 for the cause. more details are HERE.
Sept. 14-15, 2018 Rue Crescent
Who doesn’t like EDM? This free festival gets Crescent Street moving. Headliners are SBass Jackers and Hook N Sling on September 14 and Vinai and Juicy M on Sept 15. Music begins around 11 a.m. and continues until 11 p.m. More info: HERE
Festival du Film Libanais au Canada
September 16-21, 2018; Cinema Guzzo
Lebanese films, both those enjoying wide release and some not are on offer. Opening is L’Insulte by Ziad Doueri. Tickets HERE.
The Montreal Stop Motion Film Festival
Sept. 14-16, 2018 Concordia University
Montreal’s annual festival dedicated to this special form of animation includes master classes, guest speakers, and film screenings. There are plenty of opportunities to schmooze and meet the filmmakers too. More info HERE.
Hip Hop You Don’t Stop
Sept. 19-23, 2018, NDG-CDN
Urban arts festival includes concerts, films, workshops, and lectures. There are free activities all related to hip hop culture. For more information, click HERE.
FIL (Festival International de la Litérature)
Sept. 21-30 2018
Montreal celebrates the world of French writers, writing, and literature at the FIL. Readings and a pop up bookstore make this a delight for those into all things literary. More info HERE.
Go Global Expo
September 23, 2018; Palais de Congres
If traveling the world is your thing and you want to volunteer, work, study, or travel around the globe, check this expo out. Here are representatives from over 100 countries with something to tell you. Info HERE.
Oasis Rock n’ Roll Montréal Marathon
Sept. 22-23, 2018
One of the biggest running events in the city, this is a race worth participating in or watching. Try anything from the 1K to the full marathon. Training usually helps. Finish in La Fontaine Park for all races on Sunday. More info HERE.
Sept. 26-30, 2018
The folks at POP Montreal deliver on the musical culture and culture more generally year round in the city, but their big moment is the diverse and challenging music festival, POP Montreal. The festival brings together both no-names and big-names for a mash-up of concerts, symposiums, art, film, and of course, parties. It’s the Eton Mess of music festivals — spontaneous or chaotic, depending on your sense of random. More info HERE.
A Varning from MTL Fest
Sept. 27-29, 2018, Katacombes (1635 St Laurent)
With punk and experimental music at its heart, the A Varning festival attracts those who really like it loud and wild. This three day festival might require a few earplugs. Just saying. Tickets HERE.
Montreal International Black Film Festival
Sept. 26-30, 2018
This festival celebrates black participation in the film industry as well as films that look at international black realities. Awards are given to documentaries, shorts, and feature films. Ground-breaking cinema, some of which will never have commercial release on the big screen, is shown. More info HERE.
100 Thousand Poets for Change Festival
September 28, 2018; 6:30-9:30 p.m., Mariposa Cafe (5434 Chemin de la Cote Saint Luc)
This global event brings together poets with the intent of demonstrating and celebrating as a way to promote peace, sustainability, and to promote social, environmental, and political change. Global website can be found HERE.
Festival International de Poésie de Hochelaga-Maisonneuve
September 28-30, 2018; Bistro Le Ste Cath (4264 Ste Catherine)
Poetry on parade. Brunch with poets. Launches of chapbooks. Get ready to enjoy this full on weekend of poetry. Info HERE.
Les Journées de la Culture
Sept. 28-30 2018
Province-wide Québec’s culture gets its spotlight with the Journées de la Culture. The people of Montreal will be out in full force showing their talents in public spaces. This is a voluntary activity and artists and performers register their activities. Expect everything from performance to workshop to conference. More info HERE.
The Montreal Rampage daily events calendar can be found HERE.