November, is it you already? The end of fall is near, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop with the cooler weather. While getting out and around 514 can often be expensive, living your best life doesn’t always mean breaking the bank.
There’s plenty of free things to do in Montreal this month, and we’ve got you covered with some original options that will boost your mood and your wallet well into the holiday season.
Attend an Indigenous art exhibit
When: November 12 and 13, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Georges-Émile-Lapalme Cultural Space, Place des Arts
Why you should go: The “Indigenous Open Mic” will include dance, literature, musical performances, a craft fair and screenings of short films.
Embrace the Holiday Spirit at Montreal’s Christmas Markets
When: Montreal’s three Christmas markets open at the end of November. You can find the timetables here.
- The Grand Montreal Christmas Market will be at the Quartier des Spectacles
- The Montreal Christmas Village will be held at the Atwater Market
- The Christmas Market will be at Jean-Talon Market
Why you should go: This year, you can expect plenty of free surprises at Montreal’s trio of Christmas markets, including movie screenings, shows, and presentations featuring the “Kingdom of the Elves.”
Take a street art tour
When: Whenever you want!
Where: Throughout the city
Why you should go: If you like street art and urban walks, you can create your own itinerary and discover the hidden cultural treasures of our city for free thanks to the interactive maps of Art Public Montréal and MURAL.
Go window shopping at the Vintage Bazaar
- Montreal Vintage Bazaar is November 19-20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Le Bazar Vintage du Plateau is on November 12 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Montreal Vintage Bazaar is at Saint-Jean Berchmans Church, 5945 Cartier Street
- The Bazar Vintage du Plateau is located at the Saint-Denis church, 454, avenue Laurier E.
Why you should go: These gatherings are for antique enthusiasts! Over 30 vintage vendors will display their retro gems at the two free markets. Be careful, you might find it hard to resist a compulsive purchase.
Watch the moon turn red over the city at dawn
When: November 8 at 4 a.m.
Where: Jeanne-Mance Park
Why you should go: A total lunar eclipse is coming this month and you can have a front row seat to this celestial event! At Parc Jeanne-Mance, you will have the chance to use telescopes for free. The organizers will accept donations.
Participate in Expozine
When: November 19 and 20, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Saint-Arsène Church, 1025, rue Bélanger
Why you should go: This free comic book exhibit will be back in town so you can see the work of some great local illustrators. Whether you like novels, zines, magazines, graphic novels or comics, you will also have the opportunity to buy new things to read.
Party under the Van Horne
When: November 18 from 4 p.m.
Where: Van Horne Skatepark, 5855 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Why you should go: M for Montreal and Mundial Montreal are teaming up to organize a big free outdoor party this fall, including shows, a bar and food trucks.
Pay homage to the offspring of Billy Buck
When: November 12. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the concert starts at 9 p.m.
Where: Billy Buck, 3135 Masson Street
Why you should go: Fans of the iconic rock band can catch this live performance by The Igniters, and it’s completely free!
Find a new career path
When: November 30, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Holiday Inn Montreal Downtown, 999 Saint-Urbain Street
Why you should go: If you’re looking for a new job, this free job fair will feature several recruitment companies, as well as employment and career development specialists.
Have a good laugh at a comedy show
- Open mic on November 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 12 p.m.
- Evening of humor is November 7 at 8 p.m.
- Open Mic is at 3rd Floor Comedy Club, 2015 Crescent Street
- Evening of humor is at Café Les Oubliettes, 6201, rue de Saint-Vallier
Why you should go: If you think you’re funny enough to entertain a crowd, you can try your luck as a comedian on one of the open mic nights. Alternatively, you can sit down and enjoy the jokes at Café Les Oubliettes’ comedy night. It’s 100% free but reservations are required.
Master the art of coffee at Hudson’s Bay
- November 17 at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- November 26 at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- November 17: La Baie D’Hudson Anjou Galeries, 7895 boulevard des Galeries d’Anjou
- November 26: Hudson’s Bay Carrefour Laval, 3045, boulevard le Carrefour, Laval, QC
Why you should go: The baristas will teach you how to brew specialty coffee in this free 45-minute class. Plus, you’ll get 50% off coffee beans at thebay.com. One must reserve.