This weekend’s events in Grayson County range in category, but are all free. Two festivals, three graduation ceremonies, a horse show and a lacrosse benefit can make for a whirlwind of a weekend. These events will fill your Friday and Saturday and leave you with time to spend with mom on Sunday.

1. Who let the dogs out?

The Denison Animal Welfare Group wants the people of Grayson County to let their dogs out and bring them on leashes to downtown Denison. The annual Bark & Paws Kick ‘n Asphalt 5K and Fun Run will be held Saturday. A festival will follow and include the annual wiener dog races, retriever contests and other dog talent contests. There will also be vendors booths and bounce houses on site. Other animals are welcome at the festival as well. Organizers with DAWG will also offer microchipping and identification services for $10 at the event.

2. Congratulations on your commencement

The commencement ceremonies for Grayson College in Denison will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Cruce Stark Auditorium on the college’s campus Friday. Austin College in Sherman will hold its commencement ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at Clyde Hall Graduation Court. The speaker will be Paul Quinn College President Michael Sorrell. Indoor video viewing is available for guests with special needs.

3. Calling all equestrians

A gathering of horse riders and horse lovers will be held in Anna Saturday. The Grace Lake Horse Show and Open House will celebrate its riders and showcase their skills from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 9611 FM 1827 in Anna. Guests will be able to meet the horses, see the facility and learn more about therapeutic riding. Admission is free. For more information, visit

4. For the love of lacrosse

In support of One Love, the Prosper boys lacrosse team and the Frisco Fury Girls will hold a benefit for One Love, an organization working to end relationship violence. The 380 Lacrosse Shootout for One Love — Prosper vs. Frisco will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Rucker Elementary in Prosper. The game will be played using girls rules and equipment. During the game, organizers are asking the crowd to pledge $1 for every goal scored during the game. All ages are welcome. To learn more visit:

5. Cajun Oklahoma

If crawfish and beer sounds like a good Saturday night, the short trip to Durant, Oklahoma, may be worth it to go to the crawfest at Bubba’s Brewhouse. The crawfest begins at 5 p.m. and will end at 2 a.m. Sunday at the bar located at 9125 U.S. Highway 70 in Durant. Admission is free with a crawplatter.