Editor's note: This story has been updated to show that Water Balloon Wars has been moved from Aug. 12 to Aug. 19 due to rain in the forecast.
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Are you ready for some... baseball?
This weekend marks the opening of Texas Live!, the new entertainment complex near the Rangers ballpark in Arlington. This place is huge and home to numerous bars, restaurants, stages for live music and even mechanical bulls. Opening weekend, there will be concerts and opportunities to try the eats. Fort Worth alt-rockers The Toadies christen one of the venues there on Thursday night, with support from country group Eleven Hundred Springs. The music continues Friday night with indie rockers Bleachers and Joywave, and Saturday night with country singer Kip Moore. On Friday and Sunday, the venue hosts game day watch parties when the Texas Rangers take on the New York Yankees.
Need restaurant recommendations? Texas Live! has several famous names attached to it. Troy Aikman has a burger spot there called Troy's, TV personality Guy Fieri has a taco joint, and Pudge Rodriguez has a pizza kitchen. Bonus: The award-winning Balcones Distilling Co. out of Waco is opening a whiskey bar that I can't wait to try.
Saving the world
Dallas will be home base for superheros this weekend when Marvel Universe Live comes to the American Airlines Center. Catch all the classics like Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther and more as they battle villains in this action-packed show featuring tricks, stunts and special effects. The show runs Aug. 9-12 and tickets start at $20.
To drink or not to drink
Now something for the 21-and-up crowd. The Dallas Margarita Festival is shaking up the scene Saturday at Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ restaurant in Dallas. Fifteen bars and restaurant will be out there serving their signature libations, and guests can also indulge in street tacos and live music. There's a also a 50-foot Ferris wheel you can ride if you have some of that liquid courage. Tickets to sample drinks cost $35, and food will be extra.
To drink, or not to drink -- that is the question when the popular Shakespeare in the Bar series returns on Dallas. On Monday, a local troupe performs Shakespeare's Measure for Measure at Wild Detectives, where attendees are encouraged to grab a beverage and be part of the immerse event. Advance tickets are sold out, but 50 will be available at the door at 6:30 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m.
Keep it cool
[Note: This event has been postponed to Aug. 19 due to weather.] Sweating? The Deep Ellum Water Balloon Wars offers a fun way to cool down this Sunday. Stop by music venue Trees for this daylong outdoor event that includes dunk tanks, water slides, a sprinkler section and, of course, water balloon fights. Food and live music will also be available, and ticket sales benefit Foundation 45, which aims to raise awareness about mental health and addiction. Get in on the action for $20.
Tiney Ricciardi offers her weekend event picks every Thursday at 7:40 a.m. on KLIF-AM (570).