November in Edmonton Gears up for the Holidays!

Mack launched ShareEdmonton a few weeks ago, a local aggregator and events calendar! So if none of the following events appeal to you (I usually only include ones I find interesting or would attend myself), check his website out. I may be biased, but in my opinion, it is the most comprehensive guide out there. Click here for the November calendar.

  • November is Shop Local Month in Edmonton. Join Councillor Iveson and Keep Edmonton Original business owners at the Walterdale Theatre on November 2 for the City’s proclamation.
  • The Puppetry of the Penis boys from Down Under are back with their world renowned show on November 4. I had the chance to go last year – all I can say is, be prepared.
  • Shaw Conference Centre will host the Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival on November 5-7. I attended the event two years ago, and will try to go again this year.
  • The 28th annual Global Visions Film Festival runs November 5-8. Mack and I just picked up our tickets for the opening gala film, Broke, today. We’re also thinking about seeing Prom Night in Mississippi.
  • The Downtown Business Association is hosting their annual Chili Cook Off on November 6 at Scotia Place. Bowls of chili can be had for just $2, and of course, one of them will be declared the “ultimate chili”.
  • The monthly craft show dubbed the Handmade Mafia will take place on November 7 at Orange Hall and Savoy – check it out for unique goods if you’re in the neighbourhood that day.
  • The Canadian Finals Rodeo rolls into town on November 11-15.
  • Over 50 vendors will gather at the TransAlta Arts Barns from November 13-15 for Pizzazz, yet another holiday handmade craft and gift show.
  • This year will see the third year of Exposure: Edmonton’s Queer Arts and Culture Festival. And as Festival Chair Jennifer Alabiso notes in her welcome message, “We’re no longer an emerging festival, we’ve come into our own.” Check out the festivities November 13-21.
  • Churchill Square will play host to Christmas on the Square, with entertainment, family-friendly activities, and City Market vendors on November 14. At 5pm, Mayor Mandel will be on hand to light up the tree and BrightNights displays. We went last year, and would highly recommend it!
  • I’m looking forward to attending an Evening with Jim Diers (see page 2), from November 17-19. Diers, the former Director of Seattle’s Department of Neighbourhoods for 20 years, shares his insight into community engagement. Pick the location closest to you and RSVP by November 12.
  • The Taboo: Naughty but Nice Sex Show, described as “an upscale consumer trade show dedicated to romance and self-improvement”, takes over one of the halls at the Northlands Agricom from November 20-22.
  • The launch of a new local cookbook called We Eat Together, which has collected stories and recipes from area farmers, takes place on November 25 at the Artery. I hope to attend!
  • A seasonal tradition for many is the Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for the University of Alberta Hospital. This year, it runs November 26-28 at the Shaw Conference Centre.
  • Just Christmas is another opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping, with the criteria for merchants being that all goods sold must promote fair trade. Check it out at the Alberta Ave Community Hall, November 27-28.
  • After Just Christmas, you may as well stop by the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse for their annual Carrot Christmas Arts Bazaar, which also runs November 27-28.
  • The biannual Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair is back on November 28-29. We checked it out earlier this year, and found it to be a great show to pick up unique gifts.

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