Remembrance Day is Saturday and there are many services and parades happening in and around Waterloo region (click here for our full list).
The snow will melt and Saturday is set to be a sunny one – Sunday not so much with a chance of rain or flurries, but that could just get you in the spirit to do some holiday shopping.
Frederick Art Walk
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11
Central Frederick Neighbourhood, Kitchener
Spend the day in one of the city's oldest neighbourhoods and taking in artwork by the talented residents there. The tour includes a 4 km walking tour through the century-old homes and beautiful maple trees. Check out artwork that includes fabrics, paintings, chocolate, stained glass and photography. The walk is held on the same weekend each year and as it's Remembrance Day, donations will be accepted for the K-W Poppy Fund.
The Clarion String Quartet
8 p.m. start, Sunday, Nov. 12
Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society Music Room, 57 Young St. W., Waterloo
The Clarion String Quartet is performing a special In Memoriam concert for three composers whose lives were disrupted or ended by the Nazis. That includes works by Erwin Schulhoff, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Viktor Ullmann.
Guelph Handmade Market
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12
Cutten Fields, 190 College Ave. E., Guelph
Holiday craft season is officially in full swing. This event features more than 50 local shop owners and artisans with a variety of handmade items that might just be the perfect item for that hard-to-buy-for person on your shopping list. Meet the people behind the art. Admission is by donation to the Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis.
Soft CD Release Party for The LoFi Mind
3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12
Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener
Local band The LoFi Mind is hosting a "soft" CD release party which will give fans a chance to chat with members of the band, learn about how they went about making this album, get a sneak peek of the upcoming album and purchase tickets to the official CD release show. Doors open at 3 p.m., show starts at 5 p.m.
Jolly Holly Festive Tour
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12
18 Harvey St., Cambridge
If you want to get into the holiday spirit but aren't quite there yet, consider going on a tour of homes where the halls are already decked out. The Preston Chapter of I.O.D.E. (Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire) is holding its annual home tour this weekend. Five homes will be on the route this year. Money raised go towards the group's efforts to support individuals in various social programs including education, community service and citizenship. Start the tour and get your tickets at the first home at 18 Harvey St. in Cambridge.
Bonus event: Kitchener Christmas Market
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12
RIM Park, 2001 University Ave., Waterloo
Remember above where I said holiday craft shows are in full swing? Here's another market you may want to hit up. Lots of artists, craftspeople and businesses will have their wares on display, making it easy for you to check some people off your shopping list.