You're going to want to get out of the house this weekend. And there are several reasons why.
With highs in the mid 80s and lows in the high 50s to low 60s and zero chance of rain, it looks to be a beautiful weekend for parades, tailgating and football.
And, of course, if the weather isn't enough to get you out, maybe some of these events can do the trick.
Tuskegee-Morehouse Classic: The Golden Tigers of Tuskegee University and the Maroon Tigers of Morehouse College face off in this event that's more than just a football game. Saturday's action starts with a parade at 9 a.m. The route travels from Phenix City to downtown Columbus. Tailgating activities will be held at the Columbus Civic Center throughout the day. The football game is at 2 p.m. at A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium. Tickets cost $12.50-$25. Visit tuskegee-morehouse.com for more information.
The Burrito Run: MyChurch of Columbus is hosting and proceeds will benefit a local family who's moving to Mexico to start a church. Race day registration starts at 7:45 a.m. Saturday, 1-mile fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. and 5K race starts at 9 a.m. Race will begin at MyChurch, 7201 Flat Rock Road in Midland, Ga. Expect food, music and a pinata. Registration is $30 for the 5K and $25 for the 1-mile fun run. 706-332-9237.
Columbus Kennel Club event: The Columbus Kennel Club invites all dogs, purebred or not, to an American Kennel Club-sanctioned match Saturday at Lakebottom Park. Expect a family-friendly event with activities, vendors and food. Event day registration begins 9 a.m. at the Lakebottom band shell. Events start with the Pet Pal Match at noon. Visit columbuskennelclub.com to pre-register. Pre-registration for the events is $5 and event day registration is $6. Canine Good Citizen and Community Canine are $10. Dogs don’t have to participate in the competitions and can attend the event for free. 706-577-2524.
"Mogadishu Mile" Memorial 5K Run: This event honors the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Mogadishu. Proceeds benefit the Ranger Assistance Foundation. Registration is 2-4 p.m. and the race starts at 5 p.m. Saturday. It starts outside Big Dog Running Company, 1104 Broadway in downtown Columbus. Race day registration is $30.
Columbus Zombie Walk: Dress as a zombie and attend this free event at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Meet near Columbus Convention & Trade Center parking lot No. 2. Organizers request non-perishable food donations for local food banks.
Talbot County Fall Line Festival: It’s 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Talbotton, Ga. Expect a car show, food, crafts, music and more. Admission is free. 706-665-8079 or 706-570-1966.
Uptown Drum Circle: The event is 6 p.m. Saturday at the island on the RiverWalk near the Eagle & Phenix area. Guests are invited to bring drums and chairs. In addition to the drum circle, you can expect art and performances by a tribal fusion dancer. Free to attend. Present a receipt from dinner at an Uptown restaurant or from an Uptown shop and get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a piece of local handcrafted art by one of the vendors, or a UDC T-shirt, or other neat stuff. You can also get raffle tickets for buying an item from a vendor, volunteering at the event or donating to the UDC fund for future drum circles.
Buddy Walk at CSU: This event is designed "to celebrate the potential of individuals with Down syndrome and promote awareness and inclusion." It's a family-friendly fundraising event with games, food and music. It begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. At 11:20 a.m., participants will walk through the Columbus State University campus and circle back to the pavilion for a sack lunch. Registration is $10 per person and includes admission, lunch and a T-shirt. Visit firstgiving.com/cvdsa/2013-buddy-walk-CVDSA for registration information.
Georgia BikeFest: Cyclists have been in downtown Columbus since Thursday night. A campground is set up in Woodruff Park. Bike rides will take place Saturday and Sunday. Visit brag.org/georgia-bikefest.html for additional details.
Uptown's Market Days: 9 a.m.-noon every Saturday through Nov. 30, 1000 and 1100 blocks of Broadway. Purchase produce, crafts, baked goods and artwork by local vendors. 706-596-0111.
Cataula Volunteer Fire Rescue Fundraiser: Smoked Boston butts will be available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday for $30, at Cataula's Station 2, located a 7120 Ga. Highway 315. 706-573-8511.
Lynn Haven Wildlife Garden Club: Meets 10 a.m. Saturday, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. The club allows visitors an opportunity to connect, engage and learn about the environment. The club meets the second Saturday of each month at the center. Free. 706-507-8549.
Oxbow Meadows' Reading Club: 11 a.m. Saturday, Environmental Learning Center, 3535 South Lumpkin Road. Story time is held each Saturday, and parents are asked to donate $1 per child for admission to a show filled with pictures, puppets or skits. 706-507-8549.
Radical Reptiles: 2 p.m. Saturday, Oxbow Meadows, 3535 South Lumpkin Road, for ages 6 and older. Get up close and personal with resident reptiles. Learn what a reptile is and the kinds of reptiles you may find in your backyard. $5 at door. Register at 706-507-8550.
Phenix City Arts Council: A fall celebration, "A Taste for Art," will be 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday. There will be a buffet of homemade desserts, an original art sale priced from $5 to $50, and a silent auction for renowned art work. Also, pieces hanging throughout the gallery will be available for purchase. Located on Airport Road off Summerville Road. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from members or by calling Johnny Watson, 706-569-9759 or Dale Raines, 334-298-8420.