The weekend kicks off with big-ticket entertainment options, including a variety of family-friendly events around Augusta, Evans and Fort Gordon. For everything going on, see our events database. Here's a sampling:
GEORGIA-CAROLINA STATE FAIR: Fair opens 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday; Friday through Oct. 25, Augusta-Richmond County Fairgrounds, Hale St.; enjoy art exhibits, live entertainment, livestock, needlework and homecrafts and more; $6 regular admission, $16 unlimited rides, $5 secured parking; (706) 722-0202, georgiacarolinastatefair.com
BOSHEARS SKYFEST: Gates open 9 a.m., opening ceremonies 1:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Daniel Field, Highland Avenue; $12 advance, $15 at gate; 12 and younger admitted free when accompanied by adult; $10 military, police, firefighters and reserves with picture ID; boshears.com
MIRACLE MILE WALK: 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. walk Saturday, Augusta Common, 800 block between Broad and Reynolds streets; three-mile walk to raise money to benefit breast cancer care through University Hospital's Breast Health Center and its Mobile Mammography Unit; (706) 729-5656
OKTOBERFEST AT FORT GORDON: 4 p.m. to close today, 10 a.m. to close Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, Fort Gordons Barton Field; $20 for wristbands on Friday and Saturday or $10 for ages 8 and under, $10 on Sunday; flea market is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; fortgordon.com or (706) 791-6779.
CSRA WINEFEST: 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Savannah Rapids Pavilion, 3300 Evans to Locks Road, Evans; Sample more than 200 wines, plus cheeses and food prepared by local chefs. Cost is $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Tickets available at the Vineyard Wine Market and Ninth Street Wine Market. This is the largest indoor judging and tasting in Georgia.
ROCKTOBERFEST: 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Columbia County Amphitheater, 3300 Evans to Locks Road. The free Christian concert with Driven Ministries and race car driver Free Pennington includes the bands Covenant, The Tom Miller Project, Impulse Ride, Christian Harmony and The Sanctuary Praise Team; (706) 825-5114 or see driven-ministries.com.
COLONIAL TIMES: A DAY TO REMEMBER: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta; featuring pottery, tomahawk throw, quilting, candle making, silversmithing, gunsmithing, blacksmithing; free; (803) 279-7560, colonialtimes.us