Festivals and Events in Montreal November 2019

Aqua Dogs. Salon National de Animal Compagnie de Montreal. SNAC. Photo Rachel Levine Aqua Dogs. Salon National de Animal Compagnie de Montreal. SNAC. Photo Rachel Levine

Alimenterre Festival de Films

October 23 – November 13, 2019
Ausgang Plaza (6524 St Hubert)

Can Montreal get any more food focused? Now a film festival around food and agriculture. It’s all about social justice at heart. For information, click HERE.

FFASMontréal — South East Asian Film Festival

October 25 – 27 and November 1- 3, 2019
J.A. De Sève Cinema at Concordia University 1400 De Maisonneuve W.

Over two weekends, the festival showcases films from South Asia and those connected with the region. Panels and workshops are part of this thought-provoking and entertaining event. Details HERE.

Montreal Arab World Festival

October 25 – November 17, 2019
Place des Arts

Celebrating Arab culture and art through performing arts and cinema, the Arab World Festival delights the city with dance, theatre, film, debate, conference, lectures, and more. More info HERE.

La Grande Dégustation de Montreal

October 31 – November 2, 2019
Place Bonaventure

Wine, beer, spirits, and really all kinds of interesting global providers of alcohol will be on hand. Pick up some cases for the holiday season. Information HERE.

MTL À Table

November 1 – 13, 2019
Various restaurants

Trying new restaurants (and old favorites) is a breeze with this food festival. Select restaurants price their menus with plates and complete meals at set price points ($23, $33, $43). It’s a bargain and an adventure. The favourites sell out quickly, so make reservations early. There are over 150 to choose from. Some good ones to try: Joséphine, Les Street Monkeys, Restaurant Su, and more. More info HERE.

ICANN 66 Annual General Meeting

November 2- 7, 2019
Palais de Congres

ICANN is a not-for-profit, public-benefit organization that has as its goal keeping the Internet secure, stable, and interoperable. Basically it creates those addresses so one computer can find another. Well, someone’s gotta do it. Everyone is invited to attend their meetings and contribute. Pretty cool. Information HERE.

Chinese Crested. Salon National de Animal Compagnie de Montreal. SNAC. Photo Rachel Levine
Chinese Crested. Salon National de Animal Compagnie de Montreal. SNAC. Photo Rachel Levine

Salon National des Animaux de Compagnie

November 2 – 3, 2019
Stade Olympique

A public event for the animal lover, pet fanatic. Breeders, vets, and anyone associated with pets will be around to talk about their expertise. And this isn’t just cats and dogs — it’s also reptiles, rodents, ponies, and exotic birds. Not quite Crufts, but this is Montreal’s cat show and dog agility competition. $15 adults/ $13 seniors and students/ $ 11 for children / free for children under 5. More info HERE.

Montreal ToyCon

November 3, 2019 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott (7000 Place Robert Joncas, Montreal, Quebec H4M 2Z5)

Who doesn’t love new toys? Adults espeically Get ready to see what’s hot and what geeky adults everywhere will be asking for this year. Funko pop, action figures, high end collectibles, comics, etc. The cosplayers, fanboys, and fangirls all show up too, so it’s kind of awesome fun. Free admission. Details HERE.


November 3, 2019 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Theatre Desjardins

So you love to ski? Check out this expo of vendors and places that will keep you ready for the upcoming snowy season. Info HERE.

Festival Sefarad de Montréal / Montreal Sephardic Festival

November 3 – 17, 2019
Various Venues

Sephardic culture is explored through comedy, song, and dance. Check out this cultural festival HERE.

First International Innovation 4.0 Forum

November 6, 2019
Palais de Congres de Montreal

Well, if you missed Innovation 3.0, 2.0, or 1.0, no worries. Now’s your chance to attend this one. Universities, industry leaders, developers and businesses come together to talk about developing… um profits. Or um… tech. Those are not mutually exclusive. For information, click HERE.

Montreal Improv Festival

November 6 – 10, 2019
Montreal Improv Theatre

The Montreal Improv festival gets bigger and more diverse each year. Three days of French programming are followed by a line up of groups you don’t want to miss.Tickets range from $6 per show to $25 for the night (3 groups perform per night). Click HERE for details.

Short Works Festival

November 6 – 10, 2019
Concordia University

With two or three plays per night, student theatre gets a chance to find its audience. Check out what’s available HERE.

Cinemania French Film Festival

November 7 – 17, 2019
Various theatres

French film gets its day(s) on the screen at Cinemania and as long as you can read English, you can follow along. The films are subtitled en anglais (in English). Amateurs de film can check out all the latest offerings from around the French speaking world. For more info on what’s showing and when, click HERE. 

Coup de Coeur Francophone

November 7 – 17. 2019

Get ready for eleven nights of your favourite francophone artists performing all over the city. Artists performing include Thomas Hellman, Les Breastfeeders, and Bleu Jeans Bleu. Venues vary. More info HERE. 

Festival Zero Déchet / Zero Waste Festival

November 8 – 10, 2019
Marche Bonsecours

A festival that wastes not. Composting, minimalism, ecology, and more are the features of this unusual new event in the city. Attend workshops, conferences, and check out the exhibitors. For information, click HERE

RIDM / Montreal International Documentary Festival

November 14 – 24, 2019

Lovers of documentary film can catch RIDM’s offerings all year round at their doc circuit. Their festival happens in November. The best documentaries from around the world screen in Montreal in this festival. Find out what issues you need to know about yesterday. More info HERE.

Montreal Wizard Inspired Adult Only Festival

November 15, 2019 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Rialto Theatre (5723 du Parc)

Leviosa this. With drinks, instagram worthy photo ops, costumes, and more drinks, this promises to get the Millenials who grew up with Harry Potter and other over 18s having a good time. Information HERE.

2019 International WFTDA Championships Montreal (Women’s Flat Track Derby)

November 15 – 17, 2019
Complexe sportif Claude Robillard (1000 Ave Emile Journault)

If watching women skate around at top speeds and risk life and limb in skimpy outfits is your thing, check out the best of the best of the best. The year’s best 10 teams in the world compete. Roller derby is a serious sport, despite the goofy names and skimpy skirts. Info HERE.

Salon National Quad Motoneige

November 15 – 17, 2019
Palais de Congres

If zipping around in the woods or on trails on an snowmobile makes your heart pound, you might want to check this salon out. Info HERE.

Salon Métaphysique et Spirituel de Montréal / Montreal Metaphysical and Spiritual Festival

November 16 – 17, 2019
Palais des Congres (201 ave Viger O)

There’s no better time than the present to get your chakras and aura lined up, or find out what your tarot cards say. All sorts of good smelling essential oils and slightly woo woo people will be around at this rather cool and free event. Info HERE.

Tibetan Cultural Fair / Bazar Tibétain

November 16, 2019 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Eglise Santa Cruz (60 Rachel W)

Tibetans have migrated around the world. Those in Montreal, and those connected to Montreal gather this weekend to perform Tibetan dances and music, as well as vend wares from the Himalayas. Get what you need most this winter, a kidney/butt warmers. These handy things are used by sherpas to stay warm. $5/$3, under 12 free. More info HERE.


November 16 – 19, 2019
Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay

The Montreal International Game Summit is the largest technical conference on the East Coast. It brings together developers and industry professionals, with exhibitors including indie gaming studios and the big guns like EA, Ubisoft, . More info HERE. 

Expozine. Photo Rachel Levine
Expozine. Photo Rachel Levine


November 16 – 17, 2019

Every year Montreal Rampage relishes in this celebration of the zine, small press, pinback button, poster, and other indie creations. It’s a total madhouse, but a good one. Artists draw, knitters knit, and everyone who loves the written word gathers. All you need to know HERE. 

Mundial Montreal / North America World Music Summit

November 19 – 22, 2019

This festival celebrates the diversity of Montreal through its many residents. Cultural events, but especially concerts are on offer. For information about shows and venues, click HERE. 

BBNG. Photo Emma Elbourne. M for Montreal
BadBadNotGood. Photo Emma Elbourne. M for Montreal

M for Montreal

November 20 – 23, 2019

Over 100 bands play at this festival, designed to spotlight Montreal’s music community. These are bands about to break through to “selling out” or just widespread acclaim. Music industry types come in to see what’s hot right now. Among those playing are Busty and the Bass, Caveboy, OGB, and more. Info HERE. 

Salon du Livre de Montreal / Montreal Book Fair

November 20 – 25, 2019
Place Bonaventure

The not independent book gets its moment at this festival that focuses on French publications. Quebec literature in particular gets plenty of visibility. Author talks, discussions, debates, and public readings make this an exciting event. $9.  More info HERE.

Image + Nation: Montreal International LGBT Film Festival / Festival Film LGBTQUEER Montréal

November 21 – December 1, 2019

This is the oldest festival of its kind in Canada and often is the place to catch both innovative and new films that relate to the LGBTQ community. Watch here for more details.

Bach Festival

November 22 – December 7, 2019

As the church composer and hired musician extraordinaire, enjoy works by Bach in a variety of venues performed by musicians who range from classical to avant-garde. More info HERE.

Santa Claus Parade / Le Défilé du Père Noel

November 23, 2019, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
St. Catherine St. West
, from Du Fort to St. Urbain

Every year, 20 floating stages with shows, music, singing, and more travel along St. Catherine as part of the annual parade. Oh, and SANTA. Information HERE

CP Holiday Train

November 26, 2019

Stops at Montreal West (6:45 p.m.) and Beaconsfield EXO commuter station(8:20 p.m.)

With lights and music, the annual train raises money for local food banks. Scott Helman, Madeline Merlo and Vishten perform at each stop.  Info HERE.

SAT Souk

November 27 – December 1, 2019
SAT, 1201 St Laurent

The annual Christmas market at the SOUK is a not to be missed event where you can get one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans who produce high quality stuff. It has a real designer flair. Keep an eye HERE for more info.

Nutcracker Market / Marché Casse Noisette

November 28 – December 8, 2019
Mall of Palais de Congrès de Montréal, 1001 place Jean Paul Riopelle

Enjoy shopping for all kinds of goods in this Austrian style Christmas market. The market raises money to allow disadvantaged children to attend a free performance of the Nutcracker as well as participate in educational workshops.  Info HERE.

Annual Gem and Mineral Show / Salon Annuel de Gemmes et Minéraux

November 29 – December 1, 2019
Place Bonaventure (800 Gauchetiere St W)

If rocks are your thing, this show is a good place to pick up a few of your favourite things! Gems, jewelry, sculptures, pearls, beads, fossils, tools, and minerals are all available here. The stones come from around the world too. Professional jewellers are on site to turn your purchases into jewellery. Also, representatives from the école de gemmologie de Montréal will provide you with information about your gems. $8/$7/$6. Info HERE. 

Christmas in the Park / Noel dans le Parc

November 30 – December 25, 2019
Parc des Compangons de St Laurent (4365-4375 Rue Cartier), Parc Lahaie, and Place Emilie Gamelin (Quartier des Spectacles)

This outdoor festival will get you feeling like Christmas is something homey and fun. There are multiple locations where you can enjoy the activities, music, and good vibe. Information HERE.

Le Grand Marché de Noël de Montréal

November 30 – December 23, 2018

Quartier des Spectacles

Shopping. But also some other fun stuff like karaoke, a kiddie play area, workshops on cookie making. It’s festive. For more info, click HERE. 


Mini Comiccon

December 7 – 8, 2019
Palais de Congrès de Montréal, 1001 place Jean Paul Riopelle

Get your geekiest fix in plastic toys, superheroes, cosplay, card games, and the occasional guest. It’s not as big as Comiccon, but it’s perfect for getting some gifts together. Info HERE

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