1. Scarborough Renaissance Festival is opening up for the season this Saturday with its 16th Century style, jousting, birds of prey, Mermaid Lagoon and 23 stages of non-stop Renaissance entertainment plus 200 shops and artisan Demonstrations. There will also be food fit for a king and much more. The festival runs Saturdays, Sundays and Memorial Day from April 8 - May 29. It is located at 2511 Farm-to-Market Road in Waxahachie. For more information go to its website at www.srfestival.com. — Andrew Branca

2. With the soccer playoffs in full gear and only Midlothian High School's Panthers representing Ellis County during the regional semifinal round at 4 p.m. Friday at Tommy Standridge Stadium, soccer may be your best bet to see two of the most skilled teams in the state on display.

If baseball and softball are your proverbial drug of choice, Red Oak and Waxahachie are battling for the baseball District 10-5A crown, Waxahachie's Lady Indians have won back-to-back games and Midlothian's Panthers the No. 2 team in the softball District 10-5A.

Waxahachie Lady Indians' basketball teams will also hold their annual end-of-year banquet. — Marcus S. Marion

3. The Ellis County Art Association is hosting a student art exhibit from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday at its ART on the Square Gallery located at 113 W. Franklin St. in downtown Waxahachie. For more information contact the staff at 972-937-3414. — Andrew Branca

4. Whether you want to run, bike, walk or just cheer (and donate), head down to Getzendaner Park Saturday morning for the 8th annual Bike for Love" and third annual #LizzyStrong run. Both are held in memory of two outstanding women and benefit causes that are more than worth the price of admission. Plus, it would do the body and mind good to grab a little fresh air. — Travis M. Smith

5. While on the topic of supporting a worthy cause and fresh (kind of) air, grab the family and pocketbooks for a day at the Ellis County Expo where hundreds of heads of livestock will be for sale to the highest bidder. Ellis County agriculture students raised all the animals, and the money goes directly to the kid who raised the animal. There are also options to have the animal processed by a company that will be onsite to pick up, which takes a few weeks, but could help fill a freezer with some high-quality, locally raised meat. — Travis M. Smith