What to do this weekend, September 7-9
For one day only: the 147th Havelock Fair has pony rides, a petting zoo, a farmer's market and agricultural and handicraft exhibits, as well as a magic show, food kiosks and BBQ chicken for lunch. $10, free for kids under 12. You'll want to plug this into your GPS: Route 202, Havelock, QC J0S 2C0). The gates openSaturday at 8am.
The lanterns are back at the Botanical Gardens! Starting today until the end of October, when it gets dark you can wander through several illuminated areas, passing huge, glowing goldfish, majestic dragons and happy fishermen, a forest lit up by discoballs, and the tranquil Japanese Gardens, which has an extra exhibit devoted to the city of Hiroshima. There are daily tours and Chinese moon cakes for noshing. The whole thing takes your breath away! And take note: because the vent is so popular, tickets are now being sold for specific times... get them online in advance to make sure you got your ticket.
And if you're schlepping out to the Big O, you might as well take in the penultimate First Friday of the season: the gathering of food trucks on the Esplanade, complete with music and activities for kids.
Also at the Big O: Do the words LAN, esports and cosplay mean anything to you? All weekend, DreamHack brings the world of esports to the Olympic Stadium... watch people play video games like Overwatch, RainbowSix and Fortnite, and check out the latest tech while you're at it.
Get your perogies, borscht and vodka at the 19th annual Ukrainian Festival. There's an open pub on Friday at 7pm, with a special brew especially made for the festival, and a fashion show and live music on Saturday. Check out the the photo exhibit, Immigrants, and the kids corner. All weekend at Parc Beaubien, on Beaubien between 6th and 9th Avenue.
Ladyfest puts the spotlight on femme and non-binary artists with a raft of storytelling, sketch and standup shows. Check out the Sketch Republic Friday night, and Saturday's Colour Outside the Lines, a series of stories from people from marginalized groups. Most of the shows are at Theatre Ste Catherine.
Back-to-school party OUMF Festival brings the party before you crack open the textbooks, with outdoor music and games in and around the Berri-UQAM area until Saturday. Check out Wu Tang Clan alum Ghostface Killah when he performs Friday at 10pm, and Montreal's 'horniest brass band', the Van Hornies, at 5:45pm.
This is the last weekend to check Unstable Presence, the retrospective of part-time Montreal artist Rafael Lozano Hemmer. His large-scale interactive works have made him one of the most in-demand artists working in Canada today. At the MAC until Sunday. And consider this your two-week notice to check out the Picasso exhibit at MMFA, which examines the colonial gaze through Pablo's major life milestones.
Moving images of heroes fill the walls of Bonsecours Market for the World Press Photo Exhibit. Check out Alexandre Champagne's portraits of the men who survived the Quebec City mosque massacre, and American photographer Anna Boyiazis's images of young girls learning to swim in Zanzibar. Until September 30.
And if you happen to be downtown on Friday, maybe shopping or winding up your work week, head to Phillips Square for a free, 15-minute show that is a cross between acrobatics and modern dance. Cubes carrés is being presented at 4:30 and 5:30pm every Friday this September.
Dave Gahan or Robert Smith? Test your band loyalties at The Cure vs Depeche Mode Dance Party Friday, 10pm at Bar Le Shop in the Plateau.
Get your parrot and gold earrings out... it's pirate night at the Wiggle Room. Rated ARRR! Pirates Burlesque takes over the Wiggle Room, Friday at 9pm. Swashbuckling performers include Caprice Carmine, Vanilla Jolie and Rosy Red.