With food, activities and music, Community GroundWorks is holding its Fall Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Troy Community Garden, 500 Troy Drive. Three food carts will sell a variety of food, including gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, including ice cream or non-dairy frozen treats for dessert. Adults can enjoy Great Dane beer or wine from Tornado Steakhouse. Handmade pottery will be for sale to benefit the garden and Community GroundWorks, visitors can participate in apple cider pressing, and kids can get free face paintings. Entertainers including the Truly Remarkable Loon, Kettle Moraine Blues Band and Mami Wata African Drums will be present. Donations are accepted. For information: communitygroundworks.org.
Dogs’ turn at Goodman Pool
With swimming season at its end, Goodman Pool is going to the dogs. Capital K9s is hosting the 11th annual Dog Paddle from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Goodman Pool, 325 W. Olin Ave. Several dog contests will take place throughout the day as the dogs romp through the water. Registration is $20 per dog — including its family — and $25 at the door. People without dogs can register for $10 to watch the pups play. For an additional $5, dogs can be washed at the bath station. All proceeds go to support the Madison Police Department K9 Unit. For information: capitalk9s.org/dog-paddle.
Taste of Elvehjem
The Elvehjem Neighborhood Association is hosting a potluck lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Elvehjem Park Shelter, 1202 Painted Post Drive. The potluck will include grilled brats and hot dogs, and all guests are invited to bring a dish to pass or their own food to cook on the grill. Yard games will be set up at the park, along with a bubble machine and a bike blender to create your own smoothie by pedaling. The University of Wisconsin football game against Florida Atlantic will be played on the radio for anyone fearing they might miss out. For information: elvehjemneighborhood.org.
Triathletes will swim, bike and run through Madison on Sunday during Ironman Wisconsin. The competitors will start at 6:40 a.m. with a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Monona, which can be seen from Monona Terrace. Once the swimmers change gear and hop on their bikes, they will complete a 112-mile ride, which can be viewed Downtown or in Verona. A free bus will shuttle spectators to Verona continually from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with pickup and drop-off at the corner of East Wilson and South Carroll streets. As the competitors reach the final leg of the race, a marathon, they will loop twice through Downtown. For information: ironman.com.