Alumni, students and guests will head to RFK Stadium on Saturday to watch the Howard University Bison face the Morehouse College Maroon Tigers in the third annual Nation's Football Classic. Howard has won the past two meetings, but it's anyone's game this year. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. but here are several pregame events worth highlighting:

The third Nation's Football Classic will take place Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at RFK Stadium. (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)
  • Friday: Kickoff Rally

Get pepped for the game with a free performance by Ciara tonight. Join hosts actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, a Howard University alumna, and Morehouse alumnus Fonzworth Bentley while mingling with representatives from Howard and Morehouse. Cheerleaders and drum lines from both schools will be in attendance. The rally takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the 9:30 Club.

  • Friday Night Lights with Elle Varner

After the rally, guests can head over to Howard Theatre for a performance by the songstress presented by Events DC and 93.9 WKYS. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the concert begins at 9 p.m. Guests can purchase tickets for the concert here or at the door. Tickets for the after-party featuring Lance Gross at 11 p.m. are $15 and can only be purchased at the door.

  • Saturday: Pepsi Fan Festival

Pregame on the RFK grounds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with games, exhibit booths, vendors, food trucks, lots of alumni and performances by Raheem DeVaughn, Experience Unlimited and Mambo Sauce. That should be enough to keep you busy before kickoff.

  • Game Time

The game starts at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are still on sale starting at $33. Purchase here or at the RFK Stadium box office.