5 Things To Do in Montreal in October

September 30, 2015,

Visiting Montreal in October? As most travelers to Montreal and locals in the city know, there is always something going on in Montreal – especially during the summertime. Montreal is known for its summer festivals (the International Jazz festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists, the Just for Laughs comedy festival even Formula 1 at Parc-Jean-Drapeau). But what happens when the weather cools down and the leaves change colour? What happens to Montreal in autumn? The good news is there is still a TON to do in Montreal in October. Let’s get into it!

Gardens of Light / Image by Claude Lafond for Espace pour la vie / Montreal in October                                                                                                     Image by Claude Lafond for Espace pour la vie

Gardens of Light at the Botanical Gardens
Spend an evening at the Botanical Gardens during the Gardens of Light event (Jardins de Lumière in French). This unique event runs from the beginning of September until the 1st of November, from 9 am to 9 pm. I recommend visiting once the sun has set (around 7 pm in October) when you can really appreciate the beauty of the illuminated paths throughout the gardens, the enchanting light show and multi-coloured lanterns. You can even take a tour of the lanterns with a guide to learn more about the stories and legends of the Chinese New Year.

Oktoberfest in Montreal / Image by Montreal's Public Markets / Montreal in October

Oktoberfest at Atwater Market
This weekend in Montreal, from Friday October 2 to Sunday October 4, Atwater Market will be hosting their annual Oktoberfest. This fall event features artisanal, Quebec-made beer from more than 40 microbreweries. For a complete list of breweries and more event details, visit their website.

Bottega Pizzeria / Image by BP / Montreal in October                                                                                                                    Image by Bottega Pizzeria

Pizza Week in Little Italy
From October 5 to October 10, Little Italy and the Jean Talon market have organized Pizza Week in Little Italy. This will be the fourth edition of the pizza festival. What can you expect during Pizza Week? Free pizza workshops and tastings (must be booked in advance), exclusive pizza toppings and promotions on meals/pizza at certain restaurants. See the full details here.

Fete des Citrouilles poster / Montreal in October

Pumpkin Festival
If you’re visiting during the second weekend of October, visit the Jean Talon market and Atwater market to take part in the Pumpkin Festival. On Saturday October 10 and Sunday October 11, you can partake in a Jack O’Lantern workshop, a pumpkin mini-putt, pumpkin ring toss game and more. 

Image by Kim Meier via Thrive / Montreal in October                                                                                                                Image by Kim Meier via Thrive

Apple picking
Apple picking is somewhat of a tradition in Quebec and Montreal. Most children have gone apple picking at least once while growing up and it is a very popular school field trip. Quebecers are very proud of their apples (seriously – o
ur apples are delicious!). If you’re spending a little more time in Montreal and are seeking refuge from the city, take a drive to any one of the numerous apple orchards just outside the city. I like the Maniadakis Organic Orchard in Franklin, Quebec. Maniadakis is an organic orchard and very affordable. You can even treat yourself to some of their organic apple cider. The orchard is about an hour outside of Montreal.

Image by Kit from Seek New Travel / Montreal in October                                                                                                             Image by Kit via Seek New Travel

Bonus: See the changing colours of the trees at Mount Royal Park.
Montreal is beautiful in autumn – the weather gets cool and crisp, and the trees are brilliant shades of reds, oranges and yellows (and even some stubborn greens stay well into October). What better spot to appreciate the changing colours of the trees in Montreal than Mount Royal. Talk a walk (or run) through the park and finish off by taking in the panoramic views of the city (and the changing leaves) at the lookout point. Fun fact: Mount Royal park was designed by the same landscape architect, Frank Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York City.

For places to eat while you’re in Montreal, you can consult my latest post on where to eat vegan in the city.

Over to you! Have you experienced October in Montreal? What are your favourite things to do during the autumn months?Montreal in OctoberPage break

Because this post is time sensitive, if you are revisiting this post in October 2016, please visit the relevant websites to be sure that these annual events are still in action and take note of the event dates. Thank you! Enjoy autumn in Montreal.

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  • Reply Celia September 30, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    So excited for the pizza festival! I love good and tasty pizza:p And Apple picking is simply the best, it’s my family tradition to go each year. This obviously results to me baking haha

  • Reply Ilena C. September 30, 2015 at 1:40 pm

    I am a Montrealer and for the first time I will go to the Garden of Lights Festival at the Botanical Gardens. I’m so excited. It’ll be magical! ✨

  • Reply Antonietta di ioia October 2, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    Ciao erica penso a te spesso, molto spesso veramente perche questo lungo viaggio si avvicina, meno male che laura per un po sta con te! Tu ,naturalmente , sei contenta e noi aspettiamo gia il tuo giorno del ritorno per sapere a viva voce da te tutto quello che hai vissuto beata te! Penso che ti seguiremo nel tuo blog, ho scritto bene? Ciao e buona giornata nonna antonietta

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