12 things to do in Montreal for the last weekend of August


Pumpkin spiced chai latte season is fast approaching, but we still have a few weeks to go before nature bursts into vibrant color and we all get cozy by the fire.

Summer has not said its last word, as many festivals and other fun activities are taking place in 514 in the days to come. Here’s a list of 12 things to do in Montreal this weekend, from the multicultural AfroMonde Carnival to multiple food and craft markets, dance parties and an outdoor movie.

So what are you going to do for your last weekend in August?

Visit Sudbest Market

Cost: Free access

When: August 26-28

Where: Atwater Market, Sir-George-Etienne-Cartier Park and the North Link site next to the Lachine Canal

Why You Should Go: Sudbest is back with a special edition featuring 30 vendors and a “culinary fair” at three Southwest parks. You can shop while enjoying a variety of music programming and eat tons of food along the way.


Dress to express at the Mode + Design festival

Cost: Free fashion shows and performances

When: August 25-28

Where: Quartier des Spectacles

Why you should go: This weekend, Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles will transform into a giant catwalk showcasing the latest fashion trends from Canadian designers as well as musicians and dancers. You can develop your own wardrobe thanks to a pop-up store featuring more than forty established brands and local artisans.


Watch an outdoor screening of ‘The Parent Trap’ at Molson Stadium

Night at the Stadium

Pediatric Cancer Fundraising Committee

Cost: $20

When: August 27. Doors open at 7 p.m. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Percival Molson Memorial Stadium

Why You Need To Go: On Saturdays, you can watch an outdoor screening of the 1998 version of The parent trapfeaturing the iconic Lindsey Lohan. This is your chance to do a good deed this weekend, as all funds raised will go to the Montreal Children’s Hospital Oncology Department.


Get in the Halloween mood with a haunted pub crawl

Cost: $24.50 on Eventbrite

When: August 28, 3 p.m. (in English) and 4 p.m. (in French)

Where: Mckibbin’s, 1426 Bishop Street

Why you have to go: You can mix booze and ghost stories during this dark happy hour in three different haunted bars.


Celebrate Mckibbins Pub 25th Anniversary With 90s Awards

Cost: $5.75 mixed drinks, $4 shots and $6.50 pints

When: August 27 at 9 p.m.

Where: Mckibbins, 1426 Bishop Street

Why you need to go: Speaking of Mckibbins, the iconic pub is celebrating its birthday this weekend by rolling back the clock on prices. It’s true: drinks will cost the same as in 1997.


Relax at Au Pied-du-Courant Village

Cost: free admission

When: After 4 p.m. Thursday through Sunday until September 18

Where: 2100, rue Notre-Dame E.

Why you have to go: Before closing its doors next month, the Village au Pied-du-Courant invites Montrealers for another boozy weekend with groovy DJ sets by the water, including a Friday after -lunch with jazz influences and a tropical party on Saturday.


Attend “Polish Day”, a celebration of local Polish culture

Participants at the Montreal Polish Day.

Participants at the Montreal Polish Day.

Courtesy of KPK Montreal

Cost: Free entry

When: August 27 from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Where: Parc Médéric-Martin at the corner of rue Hochelaga and avenue Gascon

Why you should go: Organizers say the event is an opportunity for the Polish community to share its traditions, folklore, music and food with all Montrealers. They promise live music, pierogies and sausages.

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AfroMonde Carnival Dance

No cost

When: August 28 from 2 p.m.

Where: Old Port of Montreal

Why go: This Sunday, a multicultural Carnival will take over the Old Port. The main event is a parade featuring traditional dress, music and dance from the countries represented. The festivities will continue until late with concerts.


Go wild at Piknic Électronik

Cost: $20 before Sunday or $25 the day of the event

When: August 14, from 2 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Playground, Parc Jean-Drapeau

Why You Need To Go: The organizers of our favorite Sunday event collaborate with MUTEK to welcome artists Dauwd, Debbie Doe and Personal Demons to the Scène du Boisé. Also expect Omar S, Regularfantasy and Farren Laen on the Videotron stage. Are you ready to party?


Watch an immersive aerial dance show at the Quartier des Spectacles

No cost

When: August 25 to 28, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (“immersive installation”) and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (performances)

Where: Place de la Paix, Quartier des Spectacles

Why You Need To Go: The free “immersive installation” and performance combines contemporary dance and aerial feats for an experience that celebrates human relationships and movement.


Listen to a concert of Japanese drums

Arashi Daiko performing

Arashi Daiko performing

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No cost

When: August 27, from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

Where: Museum Avenue

Why You Need To Go: Following their performance at Matsuri Japan, Montrealers Arashi Daiko will perform a free taiko show featuring, according to the Facebook event description, “traditional Japanese drums and an array of percussion, of movements, voices and elements of certain martial arts.”

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