The Ultimate List of Montreal Events and Festivals for Fall 2016

The Ultimate List of Montreal Events and Festivals for Fall 2016

Montrealers never stop! Rain or shine, snow or sleet, we always go out to explore and enjoy our city. Just because it’s back to school and summer has slipped away, doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things going on.  Looking for things to do in Montreal, here’s the best list of events for September, October, and November. From art exhibitions to film festivals, this list is full of Fall fun!


Montreal World Film Festival
August 25-September 5
This annual film festival features established and first-time international filmmakers. The festival invites the public to vote for their favourite films in different categories.

Last Call to see Pompei Exhibit at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts 

ends September 5
This is the biggest exhibition on Pompeii that has ever been held in our province. The exhibition consists of over 220 archaeological artworks and artifacts  from 79 A.D, that have been frozen in time by the volcanic eruption.

Gardens of Light 
September 2 – October 31
Experience the art instillation of illuminated lanterns that recounts the life of the Chinese Emperor, referred to as the Son of Heaven, at the Botanical Gardens.

Chambly’s Beer & Flavor Festival 2016
September 2-5
This festival is technically not in Montreal, it is in Chambly, but it is an awesome festival for wine, cheese, and artisanal beer lovers!

Final Month of Picnic Electronic 
Every Sunday, ends October 2
Make the most of your weekends and party at Picnic Electronic on the few Sundays we have left before it gets cold! Check out the dj line up here!

YUL Eat Festival
September 3-5
This years gastronomy festival is sponsored by Delta Airlines and has an international travel theme, highlighting the melting-pot cultures of our city. Choose from a variety of free activities, different brunch and dinner tasting menus, and culinary classes! Buy your tickets here! 

Quartiers Danses 
September 6-17
This dance festival celebrates the art form as a universal language. It features both emerging talents as well as renowned dancers and choreographers. Click here for the list of free shows and to buy tickets. 

OUMF Quartier Latin culture fest
September 7-10
Check out their website to get the whole lowdown on the extensive schedule! From raves, street art exhibitions, and comedy shows, to outdoor rock climbing, and new age mixology,  there will be lots of festivities to partake in!

Oktoberfest de Repentigny
September 9-11
This beer festival is going to be a blast for those who love microbreweries, beer tastings and family fun activities. From traditional German dances in the Old Munic tent to carnival delights, this is Quebec’s largest beer festival. For tickets and more information click here. 

Art Tattoo Montreal 
September 9-11
Whether you are into tattoos or are an art lover, this tattoo artist competition is one to watch! Over 250 world-renowned tattoo artists will be showing their work, sketches and live tattooing in downtown Montreal’s Place Bonaventure. To buy your tickets click here.

Montreal In-Water Boat Show
September 9-11
This free boat show will feature over a hundred boats of different kinds. This event is sponsored by the Discover Boating Hands-On Skills Training program, to educate Canadians to be safer boaters, so visitors will be invited on board to learn the ropes!

Ancient Future – Electronic Music Festival 
September 9-11
This innovative electronic music fest in Old Montreal combines music and visual arts. To see the lineup and get your tickets click here. 

Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal 
Septemeber 11
This race will definitely be exciting to watch because it is part of the UCI World Tour. The Montreal trail will be filled with the world’s top riders who are competing in the Tour de France! For more information click here.

September 11
This years annual Oysterfest will feature some of Montreal’s favourite restaurants like Park, Notkins, Flyjin, Grinder, Taverne Monkland and more. Some of our favourite bars like Rosewood, Flyjin, Burgundy Lion and Philemon will be serving perfecting paired drinks for this seafood fest as well!  Get your tickets here. 

The Omnivore Food Festival 
September 16-19
This foodie festival is four days of pure heaven for those interested in cooking, culinary culture and delicious eats. From cooking demonstrations, parties and tastings the Omnivore World Tour is not to be missed! Get more information here. 

Pure Protein Night Race
September 16th
The Pure Protein Night Race, is a celebration of the city, lights, and coming together! While running through the Old Port every participant will receive light up gear and there will be a big party afterwards! For more information about participating in the race click here.

POP MTL International Music Festival 
September 21-25
This music festival is so much more than a lineup of performances! It’s really an arts & culture festival, showcasing pop-up exhibitions from local artists and fashion brands, meet and greets, private parties, concerts and more! Check out the exciting schedule here. 

Oasis Marathon and Half Marathon 
September 25
This is a free activity to do with your friends, family or running partners. What a great way to excise, challenge yourself and explore the beautiful city.

Montreal International Black Film Festival 
Septmeber 28
MIBFF shares the black cinematic talents from around the world. It is the largest black film festival in the country. From screenings, to galas, after parties and more, every film buff will love this festival. Buy your tickets here.

Adele Concerts
Septemeber 30-October 1
Get your tickets before they are sold out.

Culture Days
September 30-October 2
This annual three-day multi-cultural celebration will have over 2,000 events and over 500 free activities to choose from! See the activity schedule and location here. 


The OFF Festival de Jazz
October 1-10
Jazz lovers don’t sleep when the summer is over, this Fall Jazz festival showcases local and international jazz artists! For more information and tickets click here. 

Black & Blue Festival
October 5-11
The Black & Blue Festival is put on by the Bad Boy Club of Montreal. All of the BBCM events celebrate one love for the LGBTQ community. It’s a celebration of non-discrimination so everyone is welcome! For more information about the DJ’s and performances click here.

Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibit at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
ends October 30
See this incredible fine arts exhibition before its over! Buy your tickets the day of at the museum. For more information about the exhibit click here.

Festival of New Cinema 
October 5-16
Yet another film festival in Montreal. Except this one is all about the Quebec New Wave genre. For those of you who don’t know about this unique genre that is native to our province, check out the festival! For more information click here. 

First Fridays
October 7th
First Fridays is a monthly gathering of food trucks on the first Friday of the month throughout the summer. Enjoy the final food truck festivity before it gets cold in the Parc Olympique of Montreal.

Montreal Burlesque Festival
October 13-16
Scarlett James & Montreal Burlesque Productions are running this sultry, sexy and entertaining three night festival! Each night is a different performance of the city’s best of Burlesque and Cabaret at Club Soda. Check some amazing photos from past events or watch this burlesque festival video from last year to see what it’s all about. For tickets click here.

Festival Phénomena 
October 14-21
This interdisciplinary, unclassifiable art festival is an incredibly unique experience and very reflective of Montreal’s underground and arts culture. The schedule will be up at the end of the month on their website! 

Montreal Biennale
October 19-January 15
Montreal Biennale, in partnership with the Contemporary Art Museum of Montreal (MAC) put on this nearly month long annual event to inspire and celebrate contemporary art. The nearly month long event consists of screenings, performances, talks and exhibitions about the latest visual arts trends, techniques and topics. For more information click here.

Zombie Walk
Running either October 22, 2016 or October 29, 2016 (exact date to be announced as we close in on the Halloween season).

Festival du monde arabe
October 28-November 13
The Arab World Festival of Montreal is dedicated to celebrating Arabic and Western cultures. Through theatrical performances, dances, musical sets and concerts, lectures, conferences, screenings and more. Check out the schedule here!

Montreal Mansions: Charles Gurd
ends November 6
This exhibition at the McCord Museum ends at the beginning of November. It consists of Charles Gurd’s photographs of the interior and exteriors of Montreal Mansions.


Cinemania French Film Festival
November 3-13
The title says it all! Get more info.

Montreal Restaurant Week 
November 3-13
Let’s face it, Montreal has a lot of great food and seemingly countless food festivals. So why not have one that promotes some of the best restaurants in the city?! Get more info.

Coup de cœur francophone 
November 3-13
Since 1987, the Coup de coeur francophone festival has been dedicated to the discovery and promotion of music in its many expressions. Get more info.

The Grand Wine Tasting
November 4-5
Wine aficionados will want to flock to this event. Get more info.

Montreal Improv Festival 
November 5-15
Aside from the Just for Laughs festival, Montreal has many comedic events throughout the year, not the least of which is this improv festival. Get more info.

Montreal International Documentary Festival
November 10-20
See documentary films from around the world. Get more info.

M for MTL – Montreal Talent
November 16-19
This is one of the last big music festivals of the year. Get more info.

Image+Nation LGBT film fest
November 26-December 6
This is an extensive and popular film festival. Get more info.

Missing an event?

If there’s another event that you think should be added to this events calendar or an error above, let me know!




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