Coltyn Williams, 5, sits on a longhorn during the National Day of the American Cowboy celebration on July 27, 2013 at the Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth. The festival included watermelon eating, seed-spitting, best mustache, and hay stacking contests. (Sarah Hoffman/The Dallas Morning News) 07252014xBRIEFING

Coltyn Williams, 5, sits on a longhorn during the National Day of the American Cowboy celebration on July 27, 2013 at the Fort Worth Stockyards in Fort Worth. The festival included watermelon eating, seed-spitting, best mustache, and hay stacking contests. (Sarah Hoffman/The Dallas Morning News) 07252014xBRIEFING

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Need weekend plans? We have you covered!

Pick a festival, any festival

This weekend offers locals a chance to get cultured, with several festivals celebrating Latin and Middle Eastern heritage, and paying homage to the American Cowboy. 

Yaa Halla Y'all: A Gathering of the Stars in Texas

First, is the Yaa Halla Y'all festival, which runs Thursday through Sunday at the Grapevine Convention Center. Middle Eastern music and dance are the stars of this event -- and, yes, you should partake. The event offers seminars in belly dance and tribal dance, as well as music classes by internationally acclaimed instructors and performers. If you'd rather sit back and enjoy the entertainment, each night of Yaa Halla Y'all is rife with performances. The festival is open to all ages. Tickets cost $15-$30; workshops are an additional fee.

If comic books are more your thing, head to the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas on Saturday for Latino Comic Con. Now in it's second year, this daylong festival spotlights Latino artists, writers and creatives in the comic book industry with meet-and-greets and special guests. Just like any other comic con, costumes and cosplay are encouraged. And best of all, the event is free to attend, so feel free to bring the whole family.

12th Annual Rib Eating Contest

The Fort Worth Stockyards will be celebrating the National Day of the American Cowboy  on Saturday with a festival dripping in that country-Western vibe. Family-friendly activities here include a rodeo, gunfight shows, a cow-milking contest, chuck wagon poetry, a parade and more. One of the most popular attractions is the rib-eating contest hosted by historic Riscky's Barbecue joint. You can enter the competition for $5 in advance or $10 at the door; otherwise the rest of the celebration is free to attend.

While you're in Fort Worth...

If you're in the mood for some shopping, there's a fun vintage flea market happening at Lola's Trailer Park in Fort Worth called Lola's Rock 'n' Roll Rummage Sale. Vendors will be selling vinyl, art, handmade goods and more at this outdoor venue. As the "trailer park" name suggests, there will be food trucks selling eats and drinks, as well as live music.

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

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