Things to do Aug. 31-Sept. 3: WestFest, Brew at the Zoo, Dino Fest and Free Day of Yoga

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Head West

Happy Labor Day weekend! Hope you have Monday off work or school, because you may need a day to recover from all the fun things to do.

Let's start with a road trip. The town of West, about an hour south of Dallas, is hosting its annual WestFest, which celebrates its Czech heritage. Expect polka music and dancing, Czech food (including delectable kolaches), a carnival, costumes and more. The festival kicks off Friday night with a concert by William Clark Green, and continues through Sunday. You won't be the only North Texan there, either -- Denton-based band Brave Combo performs during the festival.

Tickets to WestFest costs $10 per adult and $5 per child (ages 6-12) on Saturday and Sunday. And the kick-off concert on Friday is more expensive, at $20 for adults, but kids 12 and under get in free.

Raise a glass

If you're looking for a party closer to home, consider Brew at the Zoo. On Friday night, the Dallas Zoo invites adults 21-and-up to experience the animals after hours with a beer in hand. A $55 ticket buys entry to the zoo, a beer sampling card, and entertainment from country band the Texas Gentleman and funk group the Suffers. Plus, when was the last time you visited the zoo without having to share the exhibits with kids? The party runs 6 to 10 p.m.

Step back in time

Dallas has dinosaur fever this weekend with two events that will inspire your inner paleontologist. The first is Jurassic Park - Movie in Concert at the Meyerson Symphony Center. The venue is showing the classic action movie in HD while the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs the score live in front of the audience. There are three show this weekend: Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at $28.

The other ferocious option is Labor Day Weekend Dino Fest at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. This weekend, the museum is debuting a new permanent exhibit called Paleo Lab, which offers museumgoers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to prepare fossils from an actual dig site. Dino Fest coincides with the Perot's special exhibit called Ultimate Dinosaurs, and also includes family-friendly activities such as trivia, face painting and more. Tickets to Dino Fest, which runs Saturday and Sunday, are included in the price of general admission to the museum ($20 for adults, $13 for kids ages 2-12); however, if you want to check out Ultimate Dinosaurs, it'll cost you extra.

Stretch it out

Lastly, I'll offer a couple of freebies. The D-FW Free Day of Yoga is on Monday, Sept. 3, but there are two kick-off events this weekend to get you in the spirit. The kick-off at the Dallas Farmers Market this Saturday starts with a 9 a.m. class and offers other mini classes throughout the afternoon, including meditation. You can also shop local artisans there and find out information about participating Free Day of Yoga studios.

In Fort Worth, yogis will gather on the lawn outside the Kimbell Art Museum on Sunday at 5:30 p.m. for a free class, followed by live music. Both events are kid-friendly.

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

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Brew at the Zoo


Jurassic Park - Movie in Concert


Labor Day Weekend Dino Fest


D-FW Free Day of Yoga Dallas Kick-Off Festival


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