What’s On Oshawa Weekend Nov 16-18 2018

The City of Oshawa is hosting the newly named Bright and Merry Market! This block-party style event is proudly sponsored by Oshawa PUC Networks and will be held on Centre Street between Bagot and John, including programming in Memorial Park. Come for face painting, vendors, entertainment, and the tree lighting at 7 pm, plus visit event partners the Oshawa Museum, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery, Oshawa Public Libraries, Oshawa Art Association, Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres and The Livingroom Art Studio.  November 16, 2018. 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Downtown Oshawa. FREE. Non-perishable food donations to Feed the Need Durham gratefully accepted. 

The Whitby Courthouse Theatre presents Next to Normal, a play that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical family. And yet their lives are anything but normal. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy, and heart. Addressing such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. November 15-17. 8 pm. 416 Centre Street South, Whitby. $27. 

The Canadian Automotive Museum is hosting the Exhibition Opening for Junk in Your Trunk! Automobiles are more than just people-movers. From suitcases, to shopping bags, to hockey skates and golf clubs, the car has evolved to hold the stuff of our busy lives. Junk in your Trunk explores how the automobile has become a tool and product of our modern-day consumer culture. Visitors will discover the unique history of the trunk, explore vehicle storage designs overflowing with innovation, and explore consumer culture through automotive advertisements, photographs, and historic vehicles. November 16 2018. 1 pm to 3 pm. 99 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa. FREE. All welcome! 

The annual Oshawa Santa’s Parade of Lights returns! Don’t miss this brightly lit parade that finishes with Santa in his sleigh. The parade travels down King Street West, turning at Simcoe Street, then up Bond Street to Stevenson Road. November 17 2018. 6 pm. FREE. 

Oshawa Tequila Expo Show is a chance to explore the world of agave-based spirits Tequila and Mezcal all in one place! Visit for displays of the finest tequilas, plus live mariachi music, cocktails, beer, tacos, and many more surprises. November 17 2018. Tribute Communities Centre, 99 Athol Street, Oshawa. 3 pm to 11 pm. Advance $20, Door $25. 19+. Bring ID. 

Dream Day Cookies is offering a Family & Me Cookie Decorating Class for one adult and one child (additional children may be added for a nominal fee)! Decorate Christmas themed cookies in regular and mini size. Everything needed is included in the cost. November 17 2018. 12 pm to 1:15 pm. 1200 Philip Murray Ave, Unit 5, Oshawa. $80 for parent and child. 

The Oshawa Philharmonic presents the Don Ross Anthology part of their World Music Series, Guitar Greats Chapter. Don Ross is ‘Canadian Guitar Royalty’. His vast catalogue and his exemplary finger-style mastery has won him audience, peer and industry praise over his 30-year career. The only two-time winner of the Finger-Style Guitar award in U.S.A., Ontario Philharmonic is pleased to be presenting this immense Canadian talent for their Benefit concert. November 17 2018. 8 pm. UOIT Regent Theatre, 50 King Street East, Oshawa. $45/$56.