Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy interacts with fans as they react during a watch party moments after the Dallas Cowboys pick running back Ezekiel Elliott, of Ohio State, in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Thursday April 28, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News) 122

Dallas Cowboys mascot Rowdy interacts with fans as they react during a watch party moments after the Dallas Cowboys pick running back Ezekiel Elliott, of Ohio State, in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Thursday April 28, 2016. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News) 122

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How 'bout them Cowboys?

Obviously the big talker this weekend is going to be the Dallas Cowboys first appearance in the NFL playoffs, and there are plenty of ways for fans to celebrate around town.

Dallas Cowboys Post-season Kickoff Event

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the team will be hosting a kickoff party at the new practice facility up in Frisco, called The Star. It includes family-friendly activities, raffles and an appearance from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, who will be signing autographs. This event is free to attend, but if you want a closer look at where the football team practices, The Star recently began offering tours, which run every 30 minutes and cost about $30 per person.

If you're over in Tarrant County, AT&T Stadium is hosting rally day for the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday. That will also include fun and games on the field and a self-guided tour of the stadium. At $28, tickets for that one are going fast, but you can still find them on Ticketmaster.com.

Kickoff is at 3:40 p.m. on Sunday and there are many watch parties around town. One of our favorites is at Granada Theater in Dallas. The venue has three projections screens and tiered seating, as well as food and drink specials, so it's a one-stop shop for die-hard football fans.

Ride 'em cowboy

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo: All-Western Parade

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo kicks off this weekend at the Will Rodgers Coliseum, and this is annually one of the most popular events of its kind in the area. You'll find various rodeos, including one that celebrates the sport as it relates to Mexican culture, as well as a carnival, prize-winning livestock and quirky events like a goat milking competition. It's really a great thing for all ages. The price to attend varies depending on what you want to do and see. (Find tickets here.)

While you're at the show, there's one other attraction you'll want to stop by. It's a bus that takes riders on a virtual trip to Mars. It was built by Lockheed Martin and is equipped with the virtual reality experience of driving across the surface of the planet. The bus will be parked at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in the stock show grounds.

Happy MLK Day!

Hopefully all you readers have Monday, Jan. 16 off work since it is a holiday. Cities around North Texas will be celebrating Martin Luther King Day with parades and festivals. One of our favorite events is the MLK Oratory Competition. This is where 4th and 5th grade students from Dallas Independent School District get up on stage and give original speeches around a theme. This year, it's about what the students think Dr. King would say about Muhammad Ali's contribution to society. That takes place at Majestic Theatre on Monday morning; it's free to attend and downright adorable.

Get cultured

If you need some arts and culture in your life, Red Bull is bringing a really cool and unique event to town. It's called Flying Bach and its merges classical music with break dancing. Performances will be at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas on Saturday, and tickets run $40-$80.

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

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