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Pumpkin parties, a vegetarian food festival and comedy top D-FW's best weekend events

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Free family fun can be found at several events in Dallas this weekend.

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Pumpkins on the Plaza and Glow Party

Those looking to celebrate the season should grab the kids and head to Dallas City Hall Saturday for Pumpkins on the Plaza and Glow Party. This Halloween carnival has hayrides, pumpkin decorating, and face painting, among other fun activities. There are also costume contests for kids and pets, so make sure they are dressed for the occasion. This free event runs 4 to 8 p.m., and when the sun goes down, organizers will bring to the glow sticks for the glow party portion of the event.

Hungry? Stop by the Texas Veggie Fair at Reverchon Park in Oak Lawn. This annual event celebrates vegetarian cuisine with chef demonstrations and food for sale by local restaurants. Even if you eat meat, this is a great place to get inspiration for new and inventive ways to add veggies to your diet. And if you're on the fence about it, know there will also be beer. After all, that's vegetarian too. This event runs 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and is free to attend.

A different kind of pumpkin decorating

Lyza Hernandez looks at the Yayoi Kusama's installation: All the Eternal Love I Have for the...
Lyza Hernandez looks at the Yayoi Kusama's installation: All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins, at the Dallas Museum of Art.(Nathan Hunsinger / Staff Photographer)

While you're in Big D, you'll want to make time to stop at a buzzy new art exhibit at the Dallas Museum of Art. You've probably seen pictures of polka-dot pumpkins on your social media feeds recently. Those are from Yayoi Kusama's installation All the Eternal Love I have for the Pumpkins, which is situated in a mirrored room that makes the pumpkin patch look like it goes on forever. Tickets to check it out cost $16 and the experience takes about 45 seconds. And if you can't get in this weekend, the exhibit is at the DMA through February 2018, so it's something to put on your radar.

Now that's funny

For those looking for a laugh, there are two big-name comedians performing in the area this weekend. On Friday, George Lopez stops by the Toyota Music Factory in Irving. Tickets for that start at $31. Then Saturday, Nick Offerman of Parks and Rec fame comes to the WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma. Tickets for that one start at $35.

Celebrity sightings

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Dallas Fan Days 2017

$20 – $60

Several other celebrities will also be in town this weekend for Dallas Fan Days. The annual comic book festival welcomes actors from Game of Thrones, Doctor Who and Stranger Things to the Irving Convention Center for panels, events and, of course, some cosplay. There'll also be a new kids' lounge at the event. The convention runs Friday through Sunday and single-day tickets range $20 to $60 depending on when you want to go. Weekend passes are also available.

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

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