Even if you don't plan to take in the powerboat races, there is still plenty to do this Riverfront Roar weekend.
From downtown shopping and family movies to car shows and talent shows, there is no shortage of fun events surrounding the annual Superleague Powerboat event that brings thousands of people to the Ohio River levee.
On Friday evening beginning at 6 p.m., ReStore Marietta's Merchants and Artists walk is planned.
"This will be the usual artists walk like always, except the streets will be closed," said ReStore member Karen Briley. "It's a really great weekend for (merchants). Anytime you can get that many people downtown, it's a good thing."
The Roar's Got Talent contest will be held Friday night from 10 p.m. to midnight on the outdoor stage near the beer garden, located in the Lafayette Hotel parking lot closest to the river.
This is the third year for the contest, which has mostly been a karaoke contest up to this point, according to Gary Williams, an organizer of the event.
"We wanted to expand it to include magic, singing, dancing ... all kinds of talent," he said.
Those wishing to share their talents are asked to pre-register at www.mariettariverfrontroar.org, or may sign up the evening of the event beginning at 6 p.m. A total of 20 acts will be accepted and the public is more than welcome to watch. The acts will be judged by three "celebrity" judges and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.
"So far we have all singing acts, but we encourage others to come out," Williams said. "It takes a lot of courage to get up there."
Sunday afternoon as the race activities wind down, a car show will be held on Front St. between the Post Office and the river, and will feature all makes and models. The event is sponsored by the Pioneer Corvette Association.
John Lye, spokesman for the group, said that the weather is supposed to be nice for those who might be hesitant.
"It's going to be perfect, so bring 'em on out," he said.
Registration will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and awards will be presented at 3 p.m. A $10 entry fee is required for all participants. A special award will be presented in memory of Ed Kirkbride and will go to the best corvette.
Of course this is just a sampling of events planned this weekend.