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If you’ve been waiting for a vacation all summer long but can’t afford an international trip, a weekend escape to Montreal can easily satisfy your travel bug- at least on a local level! Whether you’re based in a small Ontario town or a bustling metropolitan area like Toronto, there’s no denying the unique flavour and culture of Canada’s most stylish city. From music to fashion, we’ve curated our guide to Montreal’s most popular events for September 2016.
Gardens of Light, Espace Pour La Vie Montreal, September 2- October 31: This autumn, the Jardin Botanique in Montreal welcomes the Gardens of Light event. The city’s botanical gardens will be illuminated at sundown with breathtaking rainbow-coloured lanterns. Paying tribute to Chinese culture, the beautiful display is meant to tell the tale of Son of Heaven, the Chinese Emperor. Bronze accents, colourful lights and traditional decorations will bring the gardens to life this season.
Focus Perfection at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, September 10-January 22 2017: Culture vultures can visit the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in September, to catch the newly unveiled Canadian premiere of Focus Perfection. This installation explores the work of eccentric American photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who died at age 42 in 1989 from HIV/AIDS complications. Mapplethorpe was known for his jarring and highly sexualized black and white photography. Discover his striking images in this exhibit, which runs until early next year.
The Omnivore Food Festival, September 16-19: For foodies who are craving a tempting meal or some craft beer, Montreal’s Omnivore Food Festival may be worth a visit. The event features a series of demonstrations with talented Canadian chefs, who include local rising culinary star Leigh Roper and well-known pastry chef Patrice Demers.
POP Montreal International Music Festival, September 21-25: The annual music and cultural festival returns for its 15th year, and is set to showcase more than 400 local and international artists to the crowds. This year, POP Montreal will feature acts like U.K. rock band The Kills, with edgy and emerging trio L.A. Witch. Other performers include French musician Wally Badarou and musical project Jerusalem In My Heart.