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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.


  • 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.

David Kamerman/Globe file


  • 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

The Napoleon Complex Project


  • 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.


  • 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.

George Panagakos


  • 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.

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