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World Cup showdown 

Where to watch the 2018 World Cup in Dallas-Fort Worth

Are you ready for some futbol? The FIFA World Cup 2018 comes to close this weekend when France and Croatia take the field in hopes of earning the championship title. Our local soccer club, FC Dallas, is hosting two watch parties that are sure to be a blast -- one is indoor at the Bomb Factory in Dallas and the other is outdoor at Legacy Hall in Plano. Both are free to attend on Sunday and kickoff is at 10 a.m. local time, but you'll want to get to the venues early to make sure you get a good seat. 

Not close to either? We have a list of more great bars and restaurants that will be showing the game here

Football of the American variety

National Fantasy Football Convention

If that's not enough sports action for one weekend, the National Fantasy Football Convention comes to Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. Friday through Sunday, fans can check out exhibits, parties, games, signings, photo ops, panels, tailgates and more. More than 200 current and former professional players will be there, including Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Irvin and Johnny Manziel. And new this year is a Taste of Texas food area much like the one that popped up at the recent NFL Draft, so you can get some tacos, barbecue and other delicious bites. Tickets are $119 for adults, and $24 for kids ages 5 to 12. (Kids 4 and under get in free.)

Fun festivals

Bastille on Bishop

July 14 marks Bastille Day, a French holiday commemorating the start storming of Bastille prison in 1789, a key event in the French Revolution. Dallas' Bishop Arts district celebrates every year with a street festival called Bastille on Bishop featuring entertainers, games, shopping and wine. The festival itself is free to attend, but food and drinks will cost you. And the good news is if you buy a wine glass there ($25) you can walk around the street with your beverage, as well as into many of the shops.

It's also peach season in Texas, which means it's time for the Parker County Peach Festival. This annual event is celebrating 34 years with peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach pie, peach juleps, peach tea, peach smoothies -- pretty much any delectable item you can make using the fuzzy fruit. If you're more a purist, rest assured there will be plenty of plain old peaches, too. More than 40,000 people usually come out for the festival, which takes place in downtown Weatherford on Saturday. Join the fun for $5 per adult. Kids 12 and younger get in free.

A musical weekend


If you love a good musical, head to the Winspear Opera House this weekend where the Dallas Theater Center's production of Hairspray is onstage as part of the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Broadway Series. The story follows a Baltimore teen with ambitions of performing on the Corny Collins Show, who gets a makeover and meets a fun cast of characters along the way. Hairspray runs through July 15, and tickets range about $16-$42 for the topmost tier.

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

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