Army veteran Hugo Lopez(center) of Arlington carries a US Flag with wife Veronica, also an Army veteran, walking pass flags planted in the grass in the park during Carry the Load fundraising walk on May 29, 2016 held at Reverchon Park in Dallas. (

Army veteran Hugo Lopez(center) of Arlington carries a US Flag with wife Veronica, also an Army veteran, walking pass flags planted in the grass in the park during Carry the Load fundraising walk on May 29, 2016 held at Reverchon Park in Dallas. (

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Commemorate Memorial Day

Monday is Memorial Day and there are plenty of ways to honor our fallen soldiers over the three-day weekend.

Dallas Memorial March / Carry the Load

Perhaps the most unique event is the Dallas Memorial March, also known as Carry the Load. This is a 22-and-a-half-hour walk at Reverchon Park in Dallas that was founded to restore the meaning of Memorial Day. The event kicks off with an opening ceremony Sunday at noon before the walks starts at 4:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to walk up and down the Katy Trail through the night until 3 p.m. on Monday or just for a couple of minutes or hours. There will also kids activities and live music at the park throughout the two days of the event. No registration is necessary and all the attractions are free.

On Saturday, the Farmers Branch Historical Park is hosting a festival called Liberty Fest Presents: Stars and Strings. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will be performing during the day, followed by a fireworks show at night. That event, too, is free to attend.

Lastly, I'll mention the Texas Pool in Plano is throwing a free party on Monday in honor of Memorial Day. There will be a moment of remembrance at 3 p.m., as well as food, music, raffles and more.

Drink up

Dallas Margarita Meltdown

As the weather heats up, events around Dallas serve up drinks to cool the locals down. This Sunday, there are two festivals that cater to drinkers. First is the Dallas Margarita Meltdown, which takes pace at West End Marketplace. Dozens of restaurants will be there serving samples of their unique margaritas in hopes of being voted the best in Big D. Tickets cost $40.

On the other side of downtown, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. is hosting its annual Brew-BQ, which is essentially a day party and cook out. There will be beer, barbecue and live music, with a headlining set from Americana musician Israel Nash. A $35 ticket to this event includes food and three beer coupons.

Dust off your dancing shoes

Music festivals this weekend celebrate the rich Spanish and the Czech cultures. On Saturday, the Festival de Verano brings live flamenco music and dancing to the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas. That happens 7-9 p.m. and costs $15-$18 for adults.

Residents over in Ennis will be celebrating at the National Polka Festival all weekend. Friday through Sunday, you can expect live polka music and dancing, a parade, a run, a kolache-eating contest and tons more fun. Some of the attractions are free, but others require a ticket, so you'll want to check the website to see what interests you most.

Down to the wire

U2's vintage album 'The Joshua Tree' is new again at AT&T Stadium mega-show May 26

Just as quick reminder, this is the last weekend for Scarborough Renaissance Festival, so if you have yet to get yourself a turkey leg out at the fairgrounds in Waxahachie, you don't want to delay.

Otherwise, U2 will be playing a big concert at AT&T Stadium on Friday night. The show originally sold out, but we heard about some last-minute tickets becoming available. They start at $80 before tax and go up from there.

Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on 570AM KLIF.

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