Help to welcome Santa: Akron’s Welcome Santa parade steps off at 10 a.m. with more than 75 units including floats, costumed characters, marching bands, dance groups and area organizations. This year’s route will travel along West Bowery Street from West Exchange to Main due to construction.

 

Visit small businesses: It’s Small Business Saturday, so be sure to shop local for the holidays. Northside Marketplace in Akron's Northside district is one good place to go, since it collects a number of artists, food producers and other makers under one roof. Or check out your favorite neighborhood shopping district.

 

Hear Irish singer at Musica: Irish singer-songwriter Keith Harkin, who first rose to fame with Celtic Thunder and now tours as a solo act, plays at 9 p.m. at Musica. Tickets are $35-$75 at www.celebrityetc.com/musica/.

 

Take in Neo-soul master: Neo-soul master Maxwell’s “50 Intimate Nights” tour comes to the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park at 8 p.m. Tickets are $93.50-$153.50 at ticketmaster.com.