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This is it, folks! The weekend is finally upon us. The Saturday, that is, of the Lake Highlands Oktoberfest featuring The Old 97’s at the Lake Highlands Town Center amphitheater. Downbeat is at 7 p.m., and follows a day of beer, food, contests, kids’ activities and wide-ranging entertainment. It all begins at 11 a.m. and ends whenever the band winds down. Parking is free. Proceeds from the $5 entrance fee benefit the Lake Highlands Exchange Club and its scholarship and neighborhood improvement efforts. Location: Skillman and Walnut Hill, $5-$10 (price increase after 5 p.m.)

DRC Half Marathon & 5k

DRC race at White Rock Lake

The Dallas Running Club’s 15k The Loop is Saturday at 8 a.m. The race is free for members and $10 for non members. (P.S. $25 gets you a year membership, which equals $25 for 11 races). The Loop, as name implies, is the 9.2-mile (15 kilometer) circumference of White Rock Lake. There also is a 5k option and a free 1k race for kids under 12. Register race morning at Winfrey Point at 6:30-7:30 a.m.

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Featured Cottonwood Art Festival art by Ron Ronald: ronrolandart.com

Ever so slightly north of Lake Highlands, but well worth the 3-8 minute commute, the Cottonwood Art Festival takes place this weekend at Cottonwood Park, near Richardson High School. The event boasts more than 240 of the nation’s top visual artists selected by  jury from more than 1,400 submissions.

The festival is held Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking and admission are free, so if you can’t take in all of the artwork in one sitting, come back for more the next day.

There also will be plenty of live music, family-friendly activities, and foodie-friendly eats too. Click here for all of the details.