Weekend Guide - October 15 - 17

{Photos by Tom Palumbo, via Rifle Design.}

The weekend has arrived, thankfully! It's been whirlwind of a week - just back from Vegas, and now sick with the post-Vegas sniffles. This weekend, I hope to squeeze in an extra long run, brunch with a good friend and do some baking for a United Way fundraiser at work next week. Happy weekend - enjoy the brilliant fall weather.

A Novel Concept
Lit Fest

What: A nonfiction festival with a series of events, chic gatherings and gourmet experiences.
Why: The line-up of events reads better than a great novel – eat some Irish pub grub while Will Ferguson mixes readings and stories from ‘Beyond Belfast’, hang out with Andrew Potter to learn what it takes to make your blog matter or attend a ‘Brunch of Writers’ to dine with a food columnist, illustrator and geopolitical expert on the environment.
When: October 14-24 – view full schedule and buy tickets.
Where: All over Edmonton and surrounding area.

It’s beginning to a look a lot like…
Christmas Unwrapped
What: Greenland Garden Centre unveils a dazzling display of Christmas.
Why: View new festive décor for 2010 and vote for your favourite themed trees.
When: Friday, October 15 at 5pm.
Where: Greenland Garden Centre (map)

The Good Olde Times
Olde Time Fair on the Square

What: Experience a traditional fair with carnival games, tasty treats, wagon rides, and a petting zoo!
Why: There’s pumpkin carving, square dancing, and live music! Plus, you can visit some of the City Market vendors one last time.
When: Saturday, October 16 from 1-5pm.
Where: Sir Winston Churchill Square (map)

Art Worth the Purchase
Timeraiser
What:
A really great party where you can bid volunteer hours to bid on artwork.
Why:
Make a difference in your community by volunteering your talents at the right local organization.
When: Saturday, October 16 at 7pm. Register online at www.timeraiser.ca or buy your $20 tickets at the doors, which open at 7pm.
Where:
TransAlta Arts Barns

Haunted Happenings
Scarecrow Festival
What: This Halloween event is full of spooky activities including ghastly games, life-sized scarecrows, a haunted house, a pumpkin house and ofcourse – C-A-N-D-Y.
Why: Where else can you turn yourself into a mad scientist, zoo keeper, scarecrow or mummy. Best of all – costumes are encouraged.
When: Friday, October 15 – Sunday, October 17
Where: Edmonton Expo Centre

State of the Art
M.A.D.E: Edmonton Design Exposed

What
: Media, Art and Design, Exposed (M.A.D.E) is celebrating 10 years of lectures, film screenings, exhibitions and competitions with Edmonton Design Exposed.
Why:
Enjoy all things M.A.D.E including street furniture competitions, film screenings, lectures, expositions, brilliant architects, spectacular venues, and Edmonton’s newest creative culinary chefs.
When:
October 14 – 23, full schedule. Ticket prices vary.
Where:
Located at swanky locales like Dwell Modern Furnishings, Alberta Art Gallery, The Untitled Bookshop, and others.

Risky Business
Taboo – Naughty, but Nice Show

What: It’s a show for grown-ups.
Why: There’s pole dancing, seminars, and lots of other unmentionables.
Where: Northlands Agricom, Hall A
When: Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door.