What to do on Labour Day Weekend 2018

Laure Juilliard

Featuring a variety of exhibits, auteur films opening doors to the world, several outdoor music festivals, family activities and evenings under the stars, the long Labour Day weekend is filled with fun!

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Outdoor activities

To go green in the city, see our guide to Montréal’s seasonal outdoor markets and spaces: you will discover a host of gardens, markets and urban beaches where you can take it easy, find local treasures, and party. Or go to Mount Royal, where several guided and themed walking tours await you. View all the amis de la montagne programming here. If you go there on a Sunday, don’t miss Les Tam-tams du mont Royal, at the foot of the George-Étienne Cartier monument. The party usually begins in early afternoon. Get a bird's eye view from the Grande Roue de Montréal (Old Port), the top of the Montréal Olympic Stadium Tower or the Place Ville Marie 360° Observation Deck.

Take advantage of the last moments of summer to discover Montréal's urban beaches. See our preferred locations to sip a cocktail, spread a towel on the sand and feel like you're at the beach. You can even venture into the water if you're so inclined. Then admire Montréal's urban art through guided tours offered by Spade & Palacio on Saturdays and Sundays: spectacular and highly creative murals on the menu! End your day in Old Montréal with the Montréal en Histoires - Cité Mémoire tour, or contemplate the ever changing illumination of the Jacques-Cartier Bridge at nightfall.

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With children

There are plenty of activities at Space for Life. Visit the Botanical Garden, the Insectarium or the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium to spend great moments sharing science and dreams with your children. Make a trip to Maison Saint-Gabriel, Museum and Historic Site, where time seems to have stopped in the days of Marguerite Bourgeoys. The La Ronde amusement park is also open for the great delight of young and old: thrills are guaranteed with about forty rides and numerous shows. Finally, enjoy recognizing your favorite stars at the Grévin MONTREAL wax museum.

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Gourmet

Save your appetite for the sixth edition of Le Burger Week: from September 1 to 7, participating restaurants will offer original and exclusive burgers. Relax on the city's green terrasses and hidden terrasses. Also enjoy the authentic Montréal atmosphere of the independent coffee shops and tea houses. Sip a cocktail in one of these hidden bars for happy hour. For dinner, discover these new Montréal tables. Choose a "bring your own wine" restaurant or try the traditional Québécois cuisine. And of course, don't miss Montréal classics like poutine, smoked meat, bagels and brunch!

For more culinary discoveries, see our food heading.

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Exhibitions

Montréal's museums and art galleries present many fascinating exhibitions: award winning photos of the prestigious World Press Photo contest at Marché Bonsecours starting August 29; From Africa to the Americas: Face-to-Face Picasso, Past and Present, Here We Are Here - Black Canadian Contemporary Art, and Motion - Emotion, Jean-Michel Othoniel at the Museum of Fine Arts; Rafael Lozano Hemmer: Unstable Presence at the Musée d’art contemporain; Balenciaga - Master of couture and Shalom Montreal: Stories and Contributions of Jewish Communities, at the McCord Museum; DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition at the Montréal Science Centre; Queens of Egypt at the Pointe-à-Callière Museum; and Lab Cult: An unorthodox history of interchanges between science and architecture, at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Also visit art galleries like the Phi Centre, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Arsenal, the Never Apart centre, the Darling Foundry, the Station 16 gallery, the Galerie de l’UQAM, 1700 LA POSTE, Le Livart, or The Belgo, which includes many contemporary art galleries. 

For more ideas for outings, visit the La Vitrine, cultural hub or Place des Arts websites, obtain a Passeport MTL and let the adventure begin!

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Live entertainment, film and sports

Under a big white tent, near the Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the Québec equestrian troupe Cavalia is offering the Cavalia Odysseo extravaganza, featuring 70 mounts and 50 artists (up to September 3). For the seventh art, discover the Montréal World Film Festival program and take a trip around the world (August 23 to September 3). Enthusiasts for sexy costumes can live six days of madness at the Montreal Fetish Weekend in the Gay Village (August 29 to September 4). Sports fans, don't miss the Montreal Alouettes football team play the Ottawa Redblacks at Percival Molson Stadium on Friday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m. Also don't forget the confrontation between the Montreal Impact soccer team and the New York Red Bulls at Saputo Stadium on Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m.

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Concerts and outings

Dance outdoors in the early afternoon? Oh yes! The Piknic Électronik event invites you to dance in a magical outdoor setting with rhythms created by DJs from around the world (September 2 and 3). Or go to the second edition of the Mile Ex End Montréal, a series of concerts and comedy shows under the Rosemont-Van Horne overpass that will feature The Barr Brothers, Hubert Lenoir, Eddy de Pretto, Adib Alkhalidey and Mehdi Bousaidan (September 1 and 2). There is also the MEG Montréal Festival, hosting players from the rock, indie, hip hop and electronic scenes (August 30 to September 2). Finish with OSM Classical Spree, THE Montreal classical music festival, which returns from August 29 to September 2, with many free activities and over 30 concerts lasting 45 to 60 minutes.

Montréal has everything to make your dreams come alive!

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard, blogger

Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.

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