The 6th Annual Sun Festival kicks off this weekend with events for the next week all across town celebrating with music and dancing, kids’ activities, animals in costume, good times with friends and an opportunity to win some prizes.

The fun starts tonight at 6:30 p.m. with Friday on the Green at Russell Crossroads featuring two hours of live music from area favorites Kurt McKinney and Chuck Lofton. Guests are invited to bring their friends and family and even their dog (on a leash) to enjoy this night of fun.

“For us, it’s always an adventure and an exciting time,” Alexander City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ed Collari said. “This is our second year kicking off with Friday on the Green, and we have a lot of exciting events planned.

“With a new venue available to host events, it’s also great to have this space at The Mill Two Eighty.”

The Alexander City Chamber of Commerce hosts more than 50 activities for all ages. This year’s festival includes some favorite original events, along with new ones and culminates with the annual two-day Jazz Fest event.

“It made a lot of sense to us to bring Sun Festival and Jazz Fest together,” Collari said. “We have had an overwhelmingly positive response in merging these two events.”

There are plenty of things to do on Saturday as the festival’s first full day kicks off with a motorcycle ride, car show and the Slip-n-Slide 5K.

Check-in for the 5K will begin at 7 a.m. with registration costing $30. The early bird gets the worm — or a discount and prize — as early registration is only $25. Plus, the first 100 registrants will receive an official Sun Festival beach towel. Those who wish to participate can register ahead of time at active.com or at the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce office.

The run through the streets of downtown will begin at 8 a.m. with an after party to follow. And the best part, participants can cool off after their run at the slip-n-slide in Strand Park.

The first male and female to cross the finish line will receive a Sun Festival medal.

The motorcycle ride will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration opening an hour before. It’ll cost $20 for a single rider and $5 for an additional rider. Each rider will receive a lunch voucher to be used at select local restaurants. Proceeds will benefit the Gateway to Education Scholarship Program.

The 90-mile ride will begin at the Lake Martin Innovation Center and conclude at Strand Park. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

Those who wish to show off their collector cars or just like to be spectators will enjoy attending the car and Jeep shows from 8 to 11 a.m. in the Lake Martin Area United Way parking lot by Strand Park.

Registration for each car and Jeep is $20 with all proceeds benefiting the Bill Nichols Chapter of Disabled American Veterans. A 50/50 raffle will take place plus prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places in the car show.

And when the weekend ends, that doesn’t mean the fun of Sun Festival has to. It will continue throughout the week with KidsFest activities starting each day around 9 a.m. with everything from a magic show to a ice cream sundae building party.

The week’s events aren’t just for kids as adults can enjoy a cornhole tournament, pie baking contest, bingo game, dog costume contest, live music, dancing, faith night and more.

The 28th Annual Jazz Fest will kick off Friday, June 8 in Strand Park with the New Devils at 6 p.m., Jon Cleary at 7 and Hollis Brown at 9. Saturday, June 9 will bring more live music and kick off with Yonrico Scott at 6 p.m., Roman Street at 7:30 and former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks at 9 at the AMP on Lake Martin. Admission is free for both nights of Jazz Fest.

SCHEDULE OF SUN FESTIVAL EVENTS

FRIDAY, JUNE 1

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday on the Green

Russell Crossroads

SATURDAY, JUNE 2

7:30 a.m.

Motorcycle Ride and Show

Starts at the Lake Martin Innovation Center and finishes at Strand Park

8 a.m.

Slip-n-Slide 5K

Strand Park

Car Show

Strand Park

Jeep Show

Strand Park

MONDAY, JUNE 4

Pie in the Sky Treasure Hunt

Morning riddle will be read at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on the Front Porch at FM 97.5. When solved the riddle will lead you to a Sun Festival medallion worth $200.

9 a.m.

KidsFest College Bound

Central Alabama Community College

Hanging Out at the Home

Area Nursing Homes

2 p.m.

KidsFest Magic Show

Mamie’s Place Children’s Library

5:30 p.m.

Dawg-Gawn Good Parade

Strand Park

7 p.m.

Dancing in the Park

Strand Park

TUESDAY, JUNE 5

Pie in the Sky Treasure Hunt

Morning riddle will be read at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on the Front Porch at FM 97.5. When solved the riddle will lead you to a Sun Festival medallion worth $200.

10 a.m. to noon

KidsFest Healthy Living

Lake Martin Innovation Center

3 p.m.

Show Me the Movie

Playhouse Cinema

5:30 p.m.

Glow in the Dark Golf Tournament

Lake Winds Golf Course

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6

Pie in the Sky Treasure Hunt

Morning riddle will be read at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on the Front Porch at FM 97.5. When solved the riddle will lead you to a Sun Festival medallion worth $200.

9 a.m.

Lake Martin United Way IREAD

Stephens Elementary School

1 p.m.

Bingo

The Mill Two Eighty

6 p.m.

Faith Night

The Mill Two Eighty

THURSDAY, JUNE 7

Pie in the Sky Treasure Hunt

Morning riddle will be read at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on the Front Porch at FM 97.5. When solved the riddle will lead you to a Sun Festival medallion worth $200.

9 a.m.

KidsFest in the Sun

Airport Pavilion

1 p.m.

KidsFest Luck of the Draw

6 Broad Street

2:30 p.m.

KidsFest Build Your Own Sundae

Carlisle’s

5:30 p.m.

Cornhole Tournament

Coffee Corner Alley

6 p.m.

Strand Sessions

Strand Park

FRIDAY, JUNE 8

Pie in the Sky Treasure Hunt

Morning riddle will be read at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on the Front Porch at FM 97.5. When solved the riddle will lead you to a Sun Festival medallion worth $200.

9 a.m.

KidsFest Wet ‘n Wild

Alexander City Pool

10 a.m.

Pie Baking Contest

Lake Martin Innovation Center

10:30 a.m.

Celebrate America’s Heroes

Bill Nichols State Veterans Home

6 p.m.

Alexander City Jazz Festival

Strand Park

New Devils, Jon Cleary and Hollis Brown

SATURDAY, JUNE 9

Pie in the Sky Treasure Hunt

Morning riddle will be read at 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. on the Front Porch at FM 97.5. When solved the riddle will lead you to a Sun Festival medallion worth $200.

6 p.m.

Alexander City Jazz Festival

The Amp

Yonrico Scott, Roman Street and Taylor Hicks