1. Grand River Film Festival
Snow has fallen in the region, and Oktoberfest is over. Time to get inside, curl up with a bucket of popcorn and take advantage of the films screening for the Grand River Film Festival this weekend. Highlights of the fest include Finding Vivian Maier, about a New York nanny/secret street photographer whose massive and brilliant output was only discovered after her death; and When I Walk, an autobiographical film spanning seven years of filmmaker Jason DaSilva’s struggle with multiple sclerosis.
2. Forgotten Foods Symposium
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Waterloo Region Museum
Food trends change and evolve, and sometimes that means foods of the past fall by the wayside. However, not everything lost deserves to be, and the Waterloo Region Museum has organized the Forgotten Foods symposium to teach you about skills and delicious foods of the past, including heritage plants (Hello purple carrots and red-green tomatoes!) and bread making. Plus, the restaurant Borealis is providing the lunch. Reserve your space ahead of time.
3. Pumpkinfest at the Kitchener Market
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
In case you needed an excuse to go to the Kitchener Market this weekend, Saturday is Pumpkinfest. That means lots of pumpkins of course, but also crafts, music and even a car show. I’m hungry already!
4. Halloween Dog Parade
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Never mind your own Halloween costume, what about Fido’s? There’s a prize for best costume at the Halloween Dog Parade on Sunday, if you’re the competitive type. But even if you aren’t, or you don’t have a dog, there’s sure to be plenty of cute pups to admire! I should mention that this is an on-leash event.
5. UWaterloo Science Open House and Gem & Mineral Show
Open House: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Gem show: Friday 12-6, Saturday 12-5
For anyone out there who has (or had) a rock tumbler in the garage, this weekend event is for you. At the open house, kids can pan for gold, walk the Cobalt Discovery Mine tunnel and even make elephant toothpaste. At the Gem & Mineral show, vendors will be selling gems, fossils and minerals, and there will be a regional water display too.