October is a beautiful time of year, usually not too hot and not too cold. Plus, we get to witness Mother Nature’s fall show first hand as the leaves turn. So why stay home when there are so many things to do in Montreal in October whatever the budget.
The Gardens of Light
The annual Gardens of Light festival at the Botanical Garden in Montreal means that gardens will be lit up with thousands of lights. The illuminated pathway that leads to the 3 must-see gardens – the Chinese Garden, the Japanese Garden and the First Nations Garden, each one rich with culture.
The Gardens of Light festival goes on from now thru October 31, 2019 at the Botanical Garden, located at 4101 Sherbrooke St.E.
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Hit the local markets for fresh, locally grown produce and artisanal goods.
This quaint Montreal farmer’s market is also the oldest in the city, featuring a pastry shop and a cheese shop. It’s open everyday, from 7 AM (closing varies). You are free to browse at 1875 Notre-Dame in Montreal.
This year-round, popular Montreal farmer’s market offers fresh produce, fish, meat and cheese in any season. It’s open every day from 7 AM at 7070 Henri-Julien Ave.
Marche Fermier, another Montreal farmer’s market (Montrealers really love their farmer’s markets) offers fresh produce, artisanal bread, cheese, pastries and more! It is only open Thursdays and Sundays from now thru November 10, 2019. The Marche Fermier is located just outside Metro Laurier.
Of course, you can’t say Montreal farmer’s market and not mention the famous Atwater Market. Since 1933, it has been a staple of local produce, meat, fish, and flowers in Montreal. It’s open daily from 7 AM (closing varies) at 138 Atwater Ave. in Montreal.
Voiles en Voiles
Located in the Old Port of Montreal, adventurers can climb pirate ships and enjoy various exciting and fun activities like rock climbing and zip lining. There’s also bouncy castles for the younger adventurers. Hurry though, as this ends on Thanksgiving Day on October 14, 2019. Open from 10 AM to 6 PM at Place des Vestiges in the Old Port of Montreal. Click here for online tickets.
La Grande Roue de Montreal
The skywheel in Old Montreal will give you the best panoramic views of the city that will take your breath away. It’s open daily from 10 AM to 11 PM at 362 de la Commune E.
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Head out to the Maisonneuve Market, where admission is free, to browse or shop for pretty flowers, delicious treats and baked goods, and more. It’s open daily from 7 AM (Closing varies) at 4445 Ontario St. E.
La Ronde Fright Fest is taking place in October on select days. Get ready to be spooked all night at Montreal’s amusement park. You can buy tickets online to the event, located at La Ronde, 22 Ch. Macdonald.
Take a Drive
Take a relaxing drive up north or to the Eastern Townships for a beautiful show put on by Mother Nature. See the leaves turning colors from green to yellow, orange and red. Get to the ski hills and ride the chair lifts (at a cost) for better views.
Hiking on Mount Royal
October is probably the best time of the year to go hiking on Mount Royal. When the Tam Tams are put away until the spring, you can hear the leaves of every color crunching beneath your shoes. It’s fun, it’s healthy, and it’s FREE.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
It’s here again, for ONE night only in October in Montreal (also November 1 and 2nd). It is the Halloween event to not be missed, playing in a Quartier des Spectacles theatre.
There are two shows each night at Place des Arts Imperial Cinema – one at 7:30 PM or at 11 PM. Enjoy the cult classic on-screen with a live stage troupe. If you’re going to this event, make sure you dress up and be ready to dance.
These are just a few suggestions of things to do in Montreal in October, so get out there before it gets too cold.