5 things to do in Edmonton this weekend

As winter weather settles in for the long haul, most Edmontonians will be searching for indoor activities to keep them busy. Here are our best indoor (plus one outdoor!) ideas for your weekend.
The annual Christmas on the Square Holiday Light-up takes place this weekend. (Downtown Business Association )

As winter weather settles in for the long haul, most Edmontonians will be searching for indoor activities to keep them busy. Here are our best indoor (plus one outdoor!) ideas for your weekend.

Grilled cheese and board games

What: Like board games? How about hundreds of board games? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then the Table Top Cafe is the place for you! With an extensive list of games, excellent staff and a mean grilled cheese sandwich, the south side hangout (5716 - 75 Street) is the only board game cafe in the city — which means it can get busy.  Try to arrive on non-peak hours to guarantee a table for as long as you like.

When? Anytime you feel like it! Full hours are available here.

The Table Top Cafe offers more than 100 games for guests to choose from. (CBC)

Light up downtown

What: It may only be mid-November, but the city is gearing up for the holiday season with the Downtown Business Association’s annual Christmas on the Square Holiday Light Up at Churchill Square. Bundle up and head on down to take advantage of street performers, carolers, live music and food trucks. The man in red himself will make an appearance at 6 p.m. to light up the 22-metre tall white spruce  tree, decorate with more than 14,000 lights and ornaments.

When? November 16 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Punch Drunk Cabaret 

What: It’s not every weekend you have a chance to don your best variation on Victorian-era finery (think Robert Downey Jr. in Sherlock Holmes) and dance alongside belly dancers and fire jugglers to a melange of country, rockabilly and steampunk swing at a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-themed ball. Sound like a wild event? You’re probably right! This weekend’s Punch Drunk Cabaret, held at the Ramada Hotel (11834 Kingsway Ave), is being hosted by the Edmonton Steampunk Group as part of the Pure Speculation Festival. Tickets cost $20 but book soon —they’re almost sold out.

When? November 16 from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.

The Edmonton Steampunk Group will be hosting the Punch Drunk Cabaret on Saturday night. (The Official Edmonton Steampunk Group/Facebook)

Have a crafty Christmas 

What: For those hoping to get a head start on Christmas shopping, look no further than St. Albert’s annual Country Craft Fair. The fair, which raises money for the St. Albert Place Visual Arts Council, will feature the work of more than 70 local artists and crafters, offering a wide selection of goodies including bath products, fine art, fibre, floral, glass, jewelry, pottery and quilted items. Admission and parking is free.

When? November 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For adults only

What: For the saucy readers among you, the 13th annual Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show is happening this weekend at the Northlands Park Expo Centre. Self-described as “an upscale adult playground dedicated to enhancing lifestyles, encouraging romance, personal betterment and all things Taboo,” with a variety of scheduled entertainment and educational seminars, the expo is 18+. 

When? November 14 to 17


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