As hot weather hits Irving, Texas, fun spring and summer events start popping up everywhere. Mark these fun family-friendly events on your calendar to help yourself have a stellar season this year in Irving. These local events are all free, and they offer many fun activities, live music, great food, and community spirit.
Taste of Irving
On May 14, from noon until 6 p.m., visit the Cimarron Park Recreation Center at 201 Red River Trail for the Taste of Irving outdoor festival. This family-friendly event features food from many local Irving restaurants, which offer food samples for $5 or less, giving you the opportunity to taste a mouthwatering variety of dishes and cuisine. Admission is free, and while you’re at the festival, you’ll be able to enjoy live music, crafts, and a fun zone that’s perfect for the kids. You can’t smoke, but you can drink if you’re older than 21. You can also bring your well-mannered dog with you.
Visit the Mandalay Canal for Irving’s annual Canal Fest, an event that features music, culture, and food. From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 11, head to Las Colinas Urban Center, at 200 E. Las Colinas Blvd., for this free festival. While you’re there, enjoy local art exhibits, a food court, and cultural dances. You’ll find all things artsy on the festival’s street level, including an art zone and art exhibit. Look to the main stage for great musical performances, and visit the canal level for African dance, hula, and more.
Irving Concert Series — Guns N’ Roses Tribute
The Irving Concert Series happens from April until June on the first and third Friday of each month. The series features tributes to some of Irving residents’ favorite bands, always for free. On June 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., hear Guns 4 Roses, a talented Guns N’ Roses tribute band. Grab food from the Rockin’ Rotisserie Bar-B-Que or from Bombay Street Food. Find the concert series at Whistlestop Plaza, located at 123 W. Irving Blvd.
Independence Day Celebration
On July 4, Irving kicks off a day full of celebration with a parade at 9 a.m. that runs through the Heritage District. Participation in the parade is free. From 10 a.m. until noon, head to Heritage Park at 217 S. Main St. for a free reception. At the reception, enjoy free watermelon while your kids get a free airbrushed tattoo, all while enjoying live music. At 6 p.m., head to Lake Carolyn at 601 E. Las Colinas Blvd. for the free fireworks display. It lasts until 10 p.m., so be sure to bring blankets and lawn chairs.
Your spring and early summer schedule should be just about booked with all these great events coming your way. Spend some time with your friends and family this year as you enjoy the weather and explore these festivals. Taste the best that local restaurants have to offer, listen to some stellar live music, experience new culture, and celebrate our nation’s independence!
Image via Flickr by the Webhamster