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This weekend marks the beginning of one of, if not the most anticipated festival that happens in Dallas -- the State Fair of Texas. Most people know what to expect at the fair, such as fried food, carnival rides and selfies with Big Tex. But kick off weekend also includes an opening day parade on Friday, in which local drill teams and marching bands make their ways through downtown Dallas to celebrate the fair season. Country music star Maren Morris, who grew up in Arlington, performs Friday night and she's the first of many impressive acts coming to play the fair. And if you can only splurge on one fried food item this year, you'll want to make it the Funnel Cake Bacon Queso Burger, which won both best tasting in the savory category and most creative at the Big Tex Choice Awards.
Tickets to the fair cost $18 for adults and $14 for kids and seniors, but there are many ways to save money on admission, even on opening day.
One tamale, two tamale
If State Fair opening weekend crowds aren't for you, head to the 'burbs for Lewisville Western Days. Like many local festivals, Western Days has live music and activities for kids, but what it's really known for is the World Tamale Eating Championship, which happens each year. In 2015, the winner ate 61 tamales in 12 minutes. Western Days takes place Friday and Saturday, and admission is free until 7 p.m. each day. After that it's $10.
On Saturday, there are two ways to catch a buzz. The first is the McKinney Brunch Fest at the Tucker Hill residential community. Dozens of restaurants will be set up outdoors serving locals their best brunch bites and cocktails. There will also be cooking demonstrations, shopping, lawn games and live music. Entry is free, but you do need to pay for whatever you eat and drink. That event starts at 10 a.m.
The other event is a nighttime soiree called the Ultimate Cocktail Experience. More than 100 bartenders have teamed up to build six different pop-up bars that will be set up in Klyde Warren Park on Saturday night. Each bar is themed after a different cocktail city, such as Havana and New Orleans, and expected to provide a really immersive experience in terms of ambiance and menu. A $65 ticket buys one cocktail from each bar and a meal ticket redeemable at the onsite food trucks. The best part about this event is that all of the proceeds benefit charity, so it's drinking for a cause.
In the way of music, two indie concerts stick out this weekend. On Saturday, the eccentric Flaming Lips perform at Toyota Music Factory in Irving with Mac DeMarco. Tickets to that show start at $25.
Over in Dallas, Father John Misty is performing at the Bomb Factory. The band has a new album out, entitled Pure Comedy. Tickets costs $36.50 to that concert.
Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on 570AM KLIF.