Topping the list Saturday is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration in downtown Augusta and the Aiken Trials, the first leg of the Aiken Triple Crown races.
“It’s going to be a lot bigger parade this year. There are a lot more entries,” said parade chairman Jimbo Thrash.
There will be plenty of candy and beads tossed out, but Thrash cautions parents to keep children out of the street for their safety and to keep the parade running smoothly.
“If kids are in the street it makes it harder to turn the floats,” he said. Volunteers will walk along the route to make sure everyone stands back.
Thrash recommends getting there early to get a good spot. He said 9th and 11th streets are popular viewing areas.
Festivities will continue after the parade on the Augusta Common with vendors and live music.
In Aiken, the 71st running of the Aiken Trials is set to begin at 2 p.m., with gates opening at 10 a.m.
There will be vendors and concessions and a tent party will kick off at 11 a.m. The carriage parade will begin at 1 p.m.
A mariachi band will stroll the grounds performing and there will be a variety of activities for the whole family, including a hat contest.
“Come early and bring your families,” said event spokesman Cecil Atchley. “We look forward to everyone coming out and having a really great time.”
Athletic types or even casual walkers can start Saturday at one of five charitable 5K runs or walks, which are being held at outdoor venues from Evans to North Augusta.
Events include walks to benefit the American Heart Association and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Another popular event competing for attendees is the 30th annual Augusta Invitational Regatta. About 14 rowing teams are expected to compete in races on Langley Pond beginning at 8:10 a.m.