The goat of Ashlynn Reed, of Tomball, Texas, who dressed as a firefighter, waits with Reed during the goat costume contest at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas Saturday January 13, 2018. The Stock Show and Rodeo runs from January 12th to February 3rd. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

The goat of Ashlynn Reed, of Tomball, Texas, who dressed as a firefighter, waits with Reed during the goat costume contest at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas Saturday January 13, 2018. The Stock Show and Rodeo runs from January 12th to February 3rd. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News)

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Need weekend plans? We have you covered!

Kick up some dust

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

Break out your cowboy best because the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo kicks off this weekend. Starting Friday, the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum will become a one-stop shop for the rodeo, which includes bull-riding, horse shows, animal auctions, cooking demonstrations, carnival rides and more. The popular All Western Parade is also this weekend, stepping off at 11 a.m. Saturday morning in downtown Fort Worth. General admission tickets start at $10 for adults, and $5 for kids ages 6-16; everyone younger than that gets in free. Rodeo events are ticketed separately. And if you can't make it opening weekend, know the rodeo runs through Feb. 9. 

Celebrate MLK Day

37th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Weekend March / Parade

Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Jan. 21, and cities around North Texas will be celebrating with community events. One of the biggest is ML Celebration Week in Dallas, which includes the MLK March and Parade. On Monday at 10 a.m., bands, dance teams, car clubs, civil groups and others will make the annual pilgrimage down MLK Blvd. from Holmes Street to Fair Park. After the parade, which is free to attend, folks are invited to the Realizing the Dream Expo at the African American Museum, which offers health screenings, workshops, live entertainment and more.

Another popular event is the MLK Jr. Oratory Competition. The 27th annual event encourages 4th and 5th grade student to deliver three- to five-minute speeches that honor King's legacy. This year's prompt is, "What would Dr. Martin Luther King say to children of today?" The top eight student finalists give their speeches live at the W.H. Adamson High School on Friday morning, and spectators are invited to join for free.

Unleash your inner polar brrrr

Polar Plunge

You have a wild hair this weekend, consider taking the Polar Plunge. On Saturday, participants will convene at the NRH20 Water Park in North Richland Hills to take a chilly dip for charity. All you need to do is donate or raise at least $60, which will go to Special Olympics Texas. That buys you the opportunity to jump in a freezing cold pool and unleash your inner polar bear. Registration starts at 8 a.m. before the plunge starts at 10 a.m.

Drink beer

Lastly, Dallas' Community Beer Co. is celebrating its sixth anniversary this weekend. Stop by the brewery on Saturday to raise a glass and try some of the nearly 80 specialty recipes. The beers are paired with tunes from local bands the Roomsounds and Chadwick Cook. Tickets start at $30 to attend.

Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday at 8:40 a.m. on KLIF-AM (570).

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