With the possibility of record-breaking warm weather, this weekend is a good time to put the chores on hold, head outside and have fun. Here are a few possibilities for Saturday:
-- By MIKE DUNHAM
The Color Run
8 a.m.-noon: Fifteen thousand people signed up to take part in a crazy 5-K loop from the Sullivan Arena to the Delaney Park Strip and back, getting doused with bright colors en route. It's too late to sign up, but you can watch the merriment. Expect an exultant "Color Festival" at the end.
11 a.m.-5 p.m.: More than 200 groups and individuals have signed up for the "Dancing in the Streets" march that kicks off the celebration, starting at Fourth Avenue and L Street and proceeding to the Park Strip, where a festival with food and entertainment will ensue. More at alaskapride.org.
Spenard Farmers Market Kids Day
9 a.m.-2 p.m.: The crops are coming in to all the area farmers markets, including Spenard, 15th and Cordova, and Old Seward at O'Malley. The one at Spenard Road and 26th Avenue is focusing on younger vendors and has games, prizes and a sidewalk chalk drawing area. The Alex Cruver Trio will be jamming as part of the Spenard Jazz Festival, now underway; more about that at spenardjazzfest.org.
Summer City Fair
Noon-10 p.m. (and daily through the end of the month): Carnival rides and games are up and running, and your favorite fair food is available at the Cuddy Family Midtown Park near Loussac Library.
10:30 a.m.: Wanna shoot like Katniss? Free archery instruction for adults and children (accompanied by a parent or guardian) is available at the Kincaid Park Annex Bunker and Archery Range on most Saturdays through Aug. 3. All equipment is provided at no charge.
And a short drive out of town...
Alaska 4x4 Meet and Greet
Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday: The Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry, just past Wasilla on the Parks Highway, will host off-road enthusiasts in an event that includes an obstacle course, rollover seminar, kids games, camping, auction, food and prizes.
Trail of Blue Ice Walk
10 a.m. today: The Anchorage Volkssports Club will lead a 10-K walk from the Portage Begich-Boggs Visitor Center, winding through glacial valleys with spectacular views. You can start as late as 1 p.m., but expect to be done by 4 p.m. There's a $3 charge for the International Volkssports Federation stamp.