Montrealers associate September with 3 things: end of summer, start of fall, and time to get back to school/reality. Thankfully, there are still plenty of festivals going on to keep us busy and ensure that we’re never bored. From the food lovers to the film buffs, you’re sure to find an event that satisfies your palate. Here are just some fall festivities for you to enjoy.
Gardens of Light (September 4th to November 1st)
A great way to add a little light into our lives, the Gardens of Light at the Botanical Gardens leave Montrealers in awe year after year. The Chinese and Japanese gardens are lined with lights and lanterns that are not only beautiful, but eco-friendly as well. A walk through these illuminating paths will make you feel like you’re in another world and a mysterious land. Click here for the full schedule to see this wonder for yourself.
4101 Rue Sherbrooke E, Montréal, QC H1X 2B2
POP Montreal International Music Festival (September 16th to 20th)
Celebrating its 14th year, POP Montreal is an annual music festival that includes 5 days of art, film, crafts, workshops, special events, and of course… music! Each day, over 400 artists will be showcasing their talents to an audience of over 50,000 people. POP Montreal introduces us to the next generation of great talents that will go on to take the world by storm. Click here to see the next big names in the business.
Le Grand Poutinefest Montréal (September 17th to 20th)
No Montreal festival list is complete without one that’s food related. And what better than one that honours the ultimate comfort food…poutine! After the wildly successful festival back in July, the Great Poutinefest is back for September. For those of you who did not attend the summer edition, now’s your time to see what you missed out on. Poutinefest will be serving delicious and decadent poutines as well as live music, games, and food kiosks at the Jacques Cartier Quay. The September edition of Poutinefest promises to be bigger and better so be sure to bring an appetite to match. Click here for more mouthwatering information.
Montreal Through the Eyes of Vittorio (September 25th to April 10th)
Celebrating 50 years of art and graphic design in Montreal, Italian born poster artist Vittorio Fiorucci will be showcasing his art at the Mccord Museum. Fiorucci has called Montreal home since the 1960’s and has created 300 posters. His work includes posters, photographs, catalogues, books, album covers, and comic strips. They take us on a journey through Montreal from the point of view of an immensely talented artist. Seeing is believing, so click here to see the exhibition with your own eyes.
690 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H3A 1E9
Montreal International Black Film Festival (September 29th to October 4th)
The biggest film event dedicated to Black cinema in Canada happens right here in Montreal. The MIBFF will kick off its 11th edition this September. The festival not only brings us some great talents in films, it also promotes the development of the independent film industry. Films from all over the world are shown in both English and French. The MIBFF is known to have some famous faces drop by: last year acclaimed director Spike Lee made an appearance. This year’s special guest is Pras Michel, Grammy award winning rapper from the Fugees, who will be hosting a Q&A session and presenting the festival’s opening film, Sweet Micky For President. Click here to support this great event.