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Festival fun is the name of the game this weekend. If you're in Dallas, there are a couple of free options you could hit. 

Deep Ellum Arts Festival

The first is the long-running Deep Ellum Arts Festival, happening Friday through Sunday. Dozen of art vendors will be set up along Main Street in the heart of the neighborhood selling selling paintings, sculptures, prints and other items. You can also expect to hear live music all day long on outdoor stages as well as inside the Sons of Hermann Hall music venue. The party starts at 11 a.m. each day and is free to attend.

On Saturday, the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library in downtown hosts the Dallas Festival of Ideas. This fourth year event that aims to shape the future of the city by inviting speakers to discuss the issues that matter most, such as education, health and inclusivity. This year, the event happens at the same time as the Dallas Book Festival, which is also at the library. So you can hit two festivals in one trip, both of which are free.

Don't be hangry

Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival: Pitmasters Picnic

If you're hungry, the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival is where you want to be this weekend. This affair that includes several different events, each with a different theme. For example, if you are into barbecue, you'll want to hit the Pitmaster's Picnic on Sunday, which is a smoked meats tasting event. There's also a party called Desserts After Dark on Friday for those with a sweet tooth. The festival runs through Sunday and ticket prices vary depending on the event.

Medieval vibes

Saturday marks opening day at the Scarborough Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, meaning you can add a little medieval flair to your weekend. Now in its 38th year, the festival offers city dwellers a chance to get out of the modern era and enjoy a turkey leg while watching a jousting match or a blacksmith making armor. Last year, there was even a guy using glasses of water to perform the Game of Thrones theme song. Tickets cost $26-$28 for adults and $13 for children ages 5-12. (Kids 4 and under get in free.) And if you can't make it opening weekend, the Scarborough Renaissance Festival is here through May 28.

Pooch parade? No problem!

Bark in the Park

Those headed to the ballpark on Saturday may notice some unusual attendees. The Texas Rangers are inviting fans to bring their dogs to the game for a special night known as Bark in the Park. You do need to pre-register your dog online for $10 to be able to attend. Tickets for humans cost an additional $30. And if you dress your pooch in Rangers gear, you're invited to the field for a pre-game puppy parade, which sounds simply adorable. The Rangers play the Toronto Blue Jays that night and the first pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

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

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