When the crowds of summer tourists disappear and the weather begins to cool, the southern Quebec city of Montreal comes to life with plenty of fun activities, festivals, and traditions. Here are a few ideas to inspire you as you plan your trip this fall.

F as in Festival

With an international program of over 300 films, multimedia installations, performances, conferences and events, The Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal presents the latest practices in cinema and new technology. To learn more about the festival, which takes place from October 9th to 20th, visit their website.

Cafe Love

As it’s getting colder outside, it’s the perfect time to warm you up inside with a comforting cup of coffee and some quality reading. Click here to discover 20 of the best coffee shops Montreal has to offer, uptown to downtown.

Peep the Pumpkins

Carving pumpkin is one of those great fall activities for all ages. At the Botanical Garden, from October 4th to 31st, the good witch Esmeralda invites you to tour approximately 800 squashes and pumpkins decorated by students and visitors. Enjoy the unique creativity each artist puts into their pumpkin, in the hopes of winning the contest. To purchase tickets, click here.

Rainbow Leaves on Mont-Royal

Fall foliage is one of the most magical natural attractions in Montreal, and an excursion in the woods is a must-do. As the leaves change color, rambling in the trails of Mont-Royal Park becomes a highly photographic adventure. Don’t hesitate to bring your dog along with you; all are welcome.

Spooky Time at La Ronde

Every weekend, from October 5th to 27th, surround yourself with zombies and ghouls taking all over La Ronde renowned amusement park. Enjoy thrills and activities for the whole family throughout the day and come back at 6 PM for the start of a totally frightening evening after the sun goes down with haunted houses and scare zones located throughout the park. To buy your tickets, click here.

Fresh and Local

Delight in the seasonal fruits, vegetables and ready-to-eat dishes at Jean Talon Market. This Montreal landmark has been supplying locals with fresh produce, meats and cheeses, desserts and dry goods since 1934. This is also the place to sample one of the quintessential flavors of the season — pumpkin pie.

Keep Track of Trends

Montreal is one of the most stylish cities in Canada, so no visit is complete without at least one shopping excursion. Montreal’s Underground City makes it easy for you to tour the best shopping malls in pursuit of a new fall wardrobe — no matter how pleasant the weather may be. Take a look at this article by Sherel Purcell, Montreal local expert, for her top 10 shopping options.