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Obviously, when talking about Memorial Day, we want to remember the real reason for it (check back here on Monday for more of that), but it’s also fair to talk about the fun that can be had, as we all enjoy the freedom that so many brave men and women have sacrficed for over the decades and even centuries our country has been in existence. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, give the below options a look and hit one up…

Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie: On Monday, the beautiful racing park will be turned into an all-purpose fun-time center. Not only will the horses be running, but Harleys will be given away, a chili cook-off will take place and the stakes will be as high as they will be all year for those who are lucky enough.

Fiesta Texas – San Antonio: All kinds of new shows are getting started, including a laser light show. Not to mention the usual family-fun and thrill seeking that’s typically available.

The National Polka Festival – Ennis, TX: For 45 years, this has been the preemminent Polka festival in Texas, if not the entire US. There isnt any way a family could make their way to this party and not find something for everyone.

99.5′s Wolfdance 2011 – Ft. Worth Stockyards: Each year, this Sunday-before Memorial Day party is one of the better showcases for Texas Country music. While we’re scratching our heads on how acts like Casey Donahew and Josh Abbott have somehow earned top-billing over the likes of Wade Bowen, it’s still an all-day affair that gives many of the up-and-coming names (that deserve such a title) a fantastic showcase. In fact, take our advice and get there around 1pm for John David Kent and then catch Rob Baird, John D Hale and Brison Bursey, the leave before you have to hear Johnny Cooper make another lame attempt at working his lame beat-boxing into his set.

lonestarparkI’ll admit that I have had very limited exposure to horse racing. The extent of my knowledge comes from a reading of Seabiscuit in 2004, followed shortly thereafter by a viewing of the movie. I plan to change that.

Live thoroughbred racing has returned to Lone Star Park . The season runs through July 26 and includes the Lone Star Music Series, which kicked off with a performance by the Randy Rogers Band. Tonight you can Party at the Park from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Courtyard of Champions with live music provided by Hearsay and on Saturday there’s, of all things, a Crawfish Boil from noon to 4 p.m. replete with cajun music. Parking at Lone Star Park is free, and coolers, sans booze, are allowed. The party continues Thursday through Sunday throughout the season, and don’t miss the Lone Stars & Stripes fireworks celebration come Fourth of July. I plan to make it out to Grand Prairie at some point this summer. Not to deplete my kid’s college account, mind you, but to fund it. Though I think I’ll leave Junior at home for the occasion.