first weekend of November
Oh Matt, that's the single worst, most miserable weekend to be in Poland ;(
The 1st of November is All Saint's Day and 95% of Poles spend the day visiting graveyards to remember their dead. So most people aren't really in a party mood I'm afraid,
All shops are closed, most pubs and restaurants too.
I live in Kato and the place is as dead as disco that time of year.......however, look up ul. Mariacka (Mariacka Street) that's where all the best pubs/clubs are.
The large park in Chorzow is cool too, although some things might be closed at that time of year.....
Check out Katowice in your Pocket (inyourpocket.com/poland/Katowice), it's a free tourist guide for Kato.
Plus if ya get bored in Kato, Krakow is a only 45min drive away
Oh and bring warm clothes ;)
Hope you have a nice time.