You can now read 10 articles a month for free. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Your Week Ahead

5 things to do in and around Boston

Festivals for geeks and comedy lovers, a gingerbread house competition, mayoral election, and more.

SHALL WE PLAY A GAME?

  • Sunday > November 3

  • Pandemonium Books & Games transforms Cambridge’s Central Square into Geek Central today, starting at noon. Sword fighting, fencing, and craft demos by the Society for Creative Anachronism; tabletop gaming sessions; a costume brunch; anime screenings and karaoke; Dorks in Dungeons improv show; and a big book sale by the MIT Science Fiction Society are just a few of the day’s amusements, most of them free. geekcentral.org


David Kamerman/Globe file

WHO WILL LEAD BOSTON?

  • Tuesday > November 5

  • Twelve candidates became just two in September, and now it’s time for Bostonians to decide whether John Connolly or Marty Walsh will become the city’s next mayor. The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Find your polling place at cityofboston.gov/elections/voter/.

The Napoleon Complex Project

STEPPING IT UP

  • Thursday-Saturday > November 7-9

  • Washington, D.C.-based percussive dance troupe Step Afrika! stomps into the Cutler Majestic Theatre for three high-energy shows this week. Tickets start at $25. artsemerson.org

THEY’RE ALL GOING TO LAUGH AT YOU

  • Starting Friday > November 8

  • It kicks off with a performance by Steve Sweeney at the Davis Square Theatre on Friday and culminates on November 16 in a showdown among eight finalist comics at the Somerville Theatre. It’s the Boston Comedy Festival, encompassing shows by headliners like Lenny Clarke, Tony V, and Judah Friedlander as well as seven rounds of stand-up contests drawing nearly 100 competitors. Tickets start at $6. bostoncomedyfest.com

George Panagakos

EARLY BIRD CHRISTMAS

  • Friday-Sunday > November 8-10

  • You’ll have to wait a few more weeks to pry open the first door on your Advent calendar, but you can preview the holly jolly season at the 27th Annual Boston Christmas Festival at the Seaport World Trade Center. Browse handmade crafts galore, and feast your eyes on the gingerbread house competition. Tickets cost $12. bostonchristmasfestival.com

  • SHARE YOUR EVENT NEWS. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least three weeks in advance to week@globe.com.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week