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Football fever

Back to Football Festival

Are you ready for some football? The Dallas Cowboys are gearing up for a new season and inviting locals to be a part of the action. On Friday at 11 a.m, fans can watch during the team's open-to-the-public practice at The Star in Frisco. Then Saturday, the venue hosts a Back to Football Festival with activities such as a rock climbing wall, football drills and live music, plus performances from the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue hip-hop troupe. That night, there will also be a screening of Remember the Titans in the outdoor plaza. All these events are free.

And if that isn't enough football to quell your fandom, the Dallas Cowboys take on the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington in one of their final preseason games. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. Sunday and standing room only tickets are still available for $30. Or you can find resale tickets for as little as $5 on Ticketmaster.

Tune in, drop out

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular

Fans of psychedelic rock group Pink Floyd have two ways to enjoy its music this weekend. First, the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular comes to Strauss Square in the Dallas Arts District, bringing with it a trippy light show to enhance the tunes. I've been to one of these before and highly suggest bringing or buying 3-D glasses for extra-special visual effects. That show starts at 8 p.m on Saturday and tickets start at $24.

The Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff is also honoring the legendary band Saturday night with an event called Dark Side of Oz. The theater will be screening The Wizard of Oz set to the tune of Pink Floyd's iconic album, Dark Side of the Moon. This has been a popular thing to do for years because of how the album and movie sync up -- it's uncanny! Tickets for that 9 p.m. show start at $10.75.

Kick flip

There's a fun event happening at the Frisco Skate Park. The Burning Boards Skateboard Competition invites locals out for an evening of skateboarding and live music. Whether you're into the sport or just care to watch, the event is sure to be a blast. Registration opens at 5 p.m. Saturday before the competition kicks off at 6 p.m. Spectators can watch for free.

Chow down

Eat these: State Fair of Texas announces 10 gut-busting, award-winning foods

We're about a month away from opening day at the State Fair of Texas, which means it's time to start planning what to eat there. Locals will be the first to sample the buzziest fried foods on Sunday when the Big Tex Choice Awards come to Fair Park. A panel of celebrity judges will be on hand to determine the best sweet and savory dishes, but attendees just get to sit back and munch on 10 crazy concoctions such as cotton candy taco and deep-fried skillet potato melt

Tickets to this event are sold out, but we'll have a reporter there to bring you news about the winners as they're announced. Check for the details.

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

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