Five things to do this weekend in Montreal: Sept. 23 and 24

Five things to do this weekend in Montreal: Sept. 23 and 24
Five things to do this weekend in Montreal: Sept. 23 and 24

Make the most of a beautiful weekend.

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Published on: September 21, 2017 | Last Updated: September 21, 2017 10:00 AM EDT

Pascal Barbot of L'Astrance restaurant in Paris, in Montreal for the 2015 edition of Omnivore Montréal. Photo courtesy Omnivore Montréal.

In purely meteorological terms, summer is showing few signs of abating. While seasons must inevitably end, their associated mindsets can endure.

In that spirit, get in a summer mood and continue to explore the city. Here are five things you can try this weekend: 

OMNIVORE Montréal 2017

For the sixth year, the Omnivore food festival’s world tour is stopping in Montreal for a weekend of demonstrations. The event, which is being held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Société des Arts Technologiques on the Main, will have masterclasses with chefs from Canada, Germany, and . Dessert lovers in attendance will also be treated to demonstrations from a number of Montreal’s leading pastry chefs. 

Montreal (half) Marathon

The full-length Montreal marathon has been called off due to heat concerns. That is a shame for those who were planning to run it, but if you’re making weekend plans based on this column it was always going to be too late to decide to run Sunday’s marathon on a whim. That does not, however, preclude you from watching this weekend’s races or participating in one of the shorter distances. The one- and five-kilometre races are on Saturday; the 10-kilometre race as well as the half marathon are scheduled for Sunday. 

Festival international de la littérature 

Celebrate the written word with a sequence of readings and exhibits. The literature festival’s programming is not limited to traditional readings; Sunday will also see a performance art show at Livart on St-Denis St. between noon and 5 p.m.

Canard en fête

This one’s a little ways outside Montreal, but there are ducks involved so it’s basically a wash. To mark its annual celebration of all things duck-related, Knowlton will have live music, stands representing local producers, and for the first time in the festival’s history a designated section for sweets.

Promenades sur le Plateau

Take in a little history with a Promenades sur le Plateau walking tour. The latest installment in the series, which is part of the programming for Montreal’s 375th anniversary, focuses on The Main. The tour is organized by the Société d’histoire du Plateau-Mont-Royal and Mémoire du Mile End.

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