The 50-1296 MHz sessions of the ARRL EME contest are held on two separate weekends: October 28th/29th and November 25/26th. The contest starts on Friday night, the 27th at 8pm (local time) and ends Sunday night at 8pm. The final weekend of the contest occurs November 25th/26th.
Operator training will be given on Monday, October 23rd at 7PM and at the beginning of the contest on Friday the 27th. If you have operated on FT8, or any of the WSJT modes, there is a minimal learning curve.