If you're bored this weekend, you're just not trying

Events this weekend include, clockwise from upper left, the Pride Parade and Festival, the October Artwalk, the Florida Bat Festival and the Micanopy Fall Festival.

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Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 4:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 4:28 p.m.

With the Gators saying “bye” this weekend, everyone else says “hello” — in a packed weekend of events from “A” to “Z,” from Friday night's Artwalk to Zombies at the Hipp and three major festivals between. Performances at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College prime the weekend pump Friday night.

Here's a look at just some of what's going on this weekend.

DOGGIE COSTUME PARTY: The Drool & Ghoul Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest & Pool Party, Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at H. Spurgeon Cherry (Westside) Pool, 1001 NW 31st Drive. Open to well-behaved dogs, the pool and splash pad is open to dogs, and there will be a costume contest, doggie ice cream, photos with your pet(s) and pet-business vendors.

FLORIDA BAT FESTIVAL: Go batty with activities ranging from marsupial-themed crafts and games for kids to seeing live fruit bats with 5-foot wingspans in the Bat Zone, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Lubee Bat Conservancy, 1309 NW 192nd Ave. Free. (485-1250)

GAINESVILLE PRIDE PARADE AND FESTIVAL: Annual event celebrating the LGBTQ community starts with a parade at noon Saturday at West University Avenue and Seventh Street, and continues with a festival featuring dozens of musical acts and vendors from 1-9 p.m. Saturday at Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Free. (377-8915).

BREAST CANCER WALK: Hundreds of local breast cancer survivors, volunteers, businesses and community members will walk together as a unified force to finish the fight against breast cancer at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. Saturday, 9 a.m., downtown Gainesville.

MICANOPY FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL: More than 250 vendors with arts, crafts and food are featured under the moss-draped oak trees of downtown Micanopy, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Cholokka Boulevard, Micanopy. (Micanopyfallfestival.org)

ARTWALK GAINESVILLE: The monthly self-guided tour of downtown galleries and venues features art receptions, refreshments and entertainment, 7-10 p.m. Friday, downtown Gainesville. For a list of venues, see www.artwalkgainesville.com. Free.

TANGO FOR THE CURE: UF Argentine Tango Club hosts the annual fundraiser for Breast Cancer Awareness. All proceeds will go to American Cancer Society. The event will feature classes for all levels, including beginners and also social dancing and shows. No previous experience or special shoes necessary. Saturday, 8 p.m., Reitz Union ballroom, Museum Road.

“FREE FRIDAYS” CONCERT SERIES: The 6th Street Rhythm & Blues Review performs R&B, jazz and pop standards, 8-10 p.m. Friday, Bo Diddley Community Plaza, 111 E. University Ave. Free.

GAINESVILLE ORCHESTRA “GOT BEETHOVEN” CONCERT: Season-opening performance features Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, Gioachino Rossini's “William Tell Overture and others, 7:30 p.m. Friday, University Auditorium, 333 Newell Drive. Tickets: $15-$35. (392-2787, Ticketmaster.com)

“NEW BEGINNINGS”: Dance Theatre of Santa Fe performs fall production with 45 dancers, music and film, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Fine Arts Hall, Santa Fe College, 3000 NW 83rd St. Tickets: $9-$15. (395-4181)

ZOMBIE TOWN — A DOCUMENTARY PLAY”: The walking dead of Harwood, Texas, come to life in this production of comedic horror, 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 5 and 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 3, Hippodrome Theatre, 25 SE Second Place. Tickets: $15-$35. (375-4477, www.thehipp.org)

“FRIGHT NIGHT”: Performances of Edgar Allen Poe's “The Masque of the Red Death” and “The Tell Tale Heart” as well as W.W. Jacobs' “The Monkey's Paw,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, final show 2 p.m. Sunday, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, 619 S. Main St. Tickets: $10. (234-6278, Acrosstown.org)

MNOZIL BRASS: The Vienna-based ensemble dubbed the “Monty Pythons of Music” for mixing music and humor performs 2 p.m. Sunday, University Auditorium, 333 Newell Drive. Tickets: $20-$30, $10 for UF students. (392-2787, Ticketmaster.com)

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