Get Out This Weekend and Get Ready for Some Football

Though temps were still soaring this week, autumn is on the way. And you know what means -- pumpkin-themed dishes, hoodies, and most of all, football.

Celebrate the kick-off of the cold-weather sports season with the city's annual Southern Heritage Classic. Festivities begin tonight with a concert by San Francisco soulsters Maze and Frankie Beverly at the Orpheum. The show begins at 8 p.m.

Don't party too late because the Classic Tailgate, complete with food, music, and fun, kicks off at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at the Liberty Bowl Stadium.

If early-morning parties aren't really your thing, head to Harrah's Casino in Tunica for the annual Ed "Too Tall" Jones Golf Classic at the Links at Cottonwoods. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Sleep in and then head to Orange Mound for the 10 a.m. Southern Heritage Classic Parade featuring high school marching bands. The parade will run along Park Avenue from Haynes to Airways.

At 11 a.m. on Saturday, there'll be more high school music action as the best show bands compete in the Tyson Classic Battle of the Bands at Whitehaven High School.

Alternatively, check out hot fall fashions at the Peabody Hotel during the Southern Heritage Classic Fashions & Brunch. The event is hosted by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and begins at 11 a.m.

Hopefully you can get a nap in before the actual football game between Jackson State University and Tennessee State University. It begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Liberty Bowl Stadium.

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