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The 10 (+5): Buffalo Zombie Mud Run, Life in Color, Bubblefest

1) Buffalo Zombie Mud Run, 9 a.m. Sept. 17 at the Great Pumpkin Farm (11199 Main St., Clarence). Registration for runners is $75 before 6 p.m. Sept. 16, while it only costs $25 to be a zombie. We always knew that being a zombie was a bargain. Price rises to $80 for day-of registration.

Commentary: For some, the best times to exercise are when the activity least feels like working out. Like if you're chased by zombies, for example.

This mud run presents 13 obstacles as well as Roamer Zombies and Chaser Zombies - basically costumed participants moving at varying speeds - and the living are given three lifelines with the goal of completing the 3.1-mile course with at least one remaining. Here's a peek at the obstacles, which look either wet or dirty.

You'll want to try to outrun this guy. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

You'll want to try to outrun this guy. (Don Nieman/Special to The News)

[Photos: Smiles at the 2015 Buffalo Zombie Mud Run]

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2) Life in Color, 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 16 at Buffalo's Outer Harbor (225 Fuhrmann Blvd.). Tickets range from $45 to $59 for different packages.

Commentary: A wide range of DJs and musicians will converge upon the Outer Harbor in a paint-fueled evening along the water. The national concert tour is a remarkably visual display with remarkably little clothing, judging by the intensely seductive promo video below. It's fairly close to NSFW, so be warned (and get off my lawn!).

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3) Bubblefest, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Buffalo Science Museum (1020 Humboldt Pkwy.). Admission for adults is $16, children 2-17 get in for $13, while senior citizens (62+) get in for $14. Pre-sale tickets for Bubblefest and Doug Rougeux's Bubblemania performances are close to sold out, but more tickets will open up day-of.

Commentary: You don't have to be a child to be fascinated by bubbles. They're there one second and then - poof! - they're gone. It's not weird to poke them, and it's weird to poke almost everything else.

The Science Museum morphs into bubble heaven, featuring a bubble dance room, the chance to give a fire truck a bubble bath, a roaming bubble bot (awesome) as well as the science behind frozen bubbles. Judging from ticket sales and the Facebook event page, expect to see a lot of people there.

Doug Rougeux can do crazy things with a bubble. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Doug Rougeux can do crazy things with a bubble. (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

[Photos: See action shots from last year's Bubblefest]

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4) Buffalo Comicon, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (153 Franklin St.). Tickets are $8.50 for a single day or $13 for the full weekend.

Commentary: Two things to be particularly excited about - it's National Batman Day, so a free Batman comic book will be handed out to the first 3,000 attendees. Secondly, The News' Toni Ruberto interviewed veteran actor Steve Guttenberg, who turns out to be strongly pro-Buffalo. Who knew?

Get the full preview at this Buffalo.com post that elaborates on special guests.

Actor Steve Guttenberg, center, will appear at Buffalo Comicon, Sept. 17-18. He's pictured with Michael Winslow, left, and Jimmy Bellinger in "2 Lava 2 Lantula."

Actor Steve Guttenberg, center, will appear at Buffalo Comicon, Sept. 17-18. He's pictured with
Michael Winslow, left, and Jimmy Bellinger in "2 Lava 2 Lantula."

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5) World's Largest Yard Sale, 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 16 and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Hamburg Fairgrounds Event Center (Expo Hall, 42nd St., Hamburg). The cost is $3 at the door.

Commentary: Bargain hunters (or cheerful scavengers) should rejoice at this news, as the local branch of national conglomerate Townsquare Media hosts a massive two-day sale in Hamburg.

There's bound to be a few hidden gems to unearth - whether they're tools, furniture, stuffed animals, sports equipment or orangutans.

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6) Curtain Up!, 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 16 in Buffalo's Theatre District. Costs vary for the individual plays, while a cash bar and black-tie gala dinner tickets are also available.

Commentary: Happy theater season, Buffalo! The Theatre District pulls out all the stops, with a cocktail hour and fancy dinner, a litany of new shows in the vicinity, and celebrity appearances. Read Colin Dabkowski's very funny "5 things to know."

Dabkowski went hard in previewing the season, and there's an abundance of reviews on Buffalo.com now and coming this weekend. Also worth noting is the Curtain Up! after party at EXPO Market (10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.), which looks rather enticing.

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7) Dixie Chicks, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at First Niagara Center. Tickets range from $26.50 to $121.50.

Commentary: While bands with strong political messages usually leave me a little uncomfortable, Jeff Miers lays out the recent history of the Dixie Chicks - one that's sans major media push or new music. Judging by attendance at their recent shows, though, the female trio is still popular!

Maybe the band was socio-politically prescient. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but it's the first time (and the last time) I've ever used socio-politically in The 10. And how can you not get emotional after listening to "Travelin' Soldier"?

The Dixie Chicks will perform in Buffalo on Sept. 17, 2016.

The Dixie Chicks will perform in Buffalo on Sept. 17, 2016.

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8) Buffalo Porchfest, 1 to 6 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Elmwood Village. All of the shows are free to attend.

Commentary: Few things better reflect the flavor of the Elmwood Village than the biannual Porchfest, which features local musicians performing for free on their porches.

Music of all genres wafts through the air - and it might be the most fun you've ever had while walking your dog (or cat, which seems to be oddly popular in the neighborhood). You can find the schedule and map for Porchfest here.

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9) Night of Worship, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Canalside (44 Prime St.). Free to attend.

Commentary: Epic Church, based out of Regal Cinemas in Williamsville, brings Christian worship to the Canalside lawn on Friday night.

Live music, spoken word, prayer and baptisms are on the docket, and all are welcome, the Facebook event page notes.

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10) Niagara Blues Festival, 5 p.m. to midnight Sept. 16, 12:30 p.m. to midnight Sept. 17, and noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 on Old Falls Street in Niagara Falls, NY. It's free to attend.

Commentary: Twenty-eight performers are slated for the three-day festival on Old Falls Street - lineup here - and you don't have to pay a cent to listen.

Beer and wine will be available for purchase at the festival, and pets are welcomed during the day time (and at night, although it gets crowded).

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11) Resurgence Oktoberfest, noon to 11:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at Resurgence Brewing Co. (1250 Niagara St.). Free to attend, although a purchase of a $10 stein gets you one free fill and $.50 off each fill the rest of the day.

Commentary: From competitions in bag toss (cornhole), yodeling and lederhosen-wearing (there was no natural way to write this), Resurgence presents a full day of activities - find the schedule here.

Wayno's BBQ will be for sale early in the afternoon, and the event concludes with a stein-hoisting competition, separated by men's and women's divisions.

The patio of Niagara Street brewery Resurgence is one of the great outdoor summer hangout spots. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

The patio of Niagara Street brewery Resurgence is one of the great outdoor summer hangout spots. (Chuck Alaimo/Special to The News)

[Photos: See smiles at a previous Wayno's BBQ pop-up at Resurgence]

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12) GObike Buffalo's Tour de Farms, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 - starting location varies depending on level of participation. Cost ranges from $35 for the post-ride party only to $60 for the whole she-bang. Online ticket sales have ended, but there's plenty of space for day-of registration. $5 off for GObike members, and the first 400 participants get an event t-shirt.

Commentary: GObike Buffalo's annual ride is now split into three sections - the $60 crew gets a tour of urban and rural farms during the approximately 32-mile ride, while shorter routes allow riders to either check out one or the other.

If you're not into biking but want to support bike culture, local farms and sustainability, the after-party at Oles Family Farm has a separate price ($35) for a meal, drinks and live music.

Smiles at the Tour de Farms post-race party at Oles Family Farm in 2015. (Nancy Parisi/Special to The News)

Smiles at the Tour de Farms post-race party at Oles Family Farm in 2015. (Nancy Parisi/Special to The News)

[Photos: Smiles at last year's rainy Tour de Farms]

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13) Closing weekend for Mickey Rats, all day Sept. 17 at 8934 Lakeshore Road, Angola. Free to attend.

Commentary: The future of Mickey Rats is very much up in the air - or in murky water? - as the longtime owner is reluctantly looking for a buyer. Saturday is the final day the beach club is open for the season, so get a visit in while you still can.

The weather should be warm if you can dodge the probable thunderstorms.

Mickey Rats at 8934 Lakeshore Road in Angola has a large patio and beach area including two volleyball courts which make it an ideal summer hangout. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Mickey Rats at 8934 Lakeshore Road in Angola has a large patio and beach area including two volleyball courts which make it an ideal summer hangout. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

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14) Mac Attack, noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. - two sessions - on Sept. 18 at the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts. Cost is $20 - available for purchase here - for all the mac and cheese you can stomach.

Commentary: A Murderers Row of macaroni and cheese vendors will gather at UB on Sunday - there's no Bills game to interfere and make you sad/angry - as Lloyd Taco Trucks, Mooney's, Stack Burger and Fat Bob's are among the headliners.

Early indications are that Kraft will not have a booth at the event. The award for best macaroni and cheese is called "The Golden Noodle," and attendees help decide this victor.

Mooney's macaroni and cheese will be available at the Mac Attack. (Emeri Krawczyk/Special to The News)

Mooney's macaroni and cheese will be available at the Mac Attack. (Emeri Krawczyk/Special to The News)

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15) Williamsville Oktoberfest, 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 16; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 17; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18 on Main Street in Williamsville. Free to attend.

Commentary: It's an all-weekend party in Williamsville, as Friday starts with the mayor tapping a ceremonial keg and, later, a hoist-off competition for people with powerful forearms.

The beer tent gets rolling at noon on Saturday, and then a plethora of live-music, a keg rolling contest and an abundance of local food vendors keep the event moving until late at night. The Lederhosen 5K should be quite the affair on Sunday. See the event schedule here.

Also, props to the event organizers for an amusing promo photo.

The event flier lead image for Williamsville Oktoberfest.

The event flier lead image for Williamsville Oktoberfest.

Email Ben Tsujimoto, who just wants the world to make a decision between theater and theatre, at btsujimoto@buffnews.com

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