Spring Has Sprung in Irving

If the harsh Texas heat tends to keep you indoors near an air conditioner in summer, spring is the best time to make the most of the outdoors in DFW. When the last winter chill is gone, Irving celebrates the arrival of spring with a few events and festivals to get you out and about.

Dallas Blooms

Spring in Dallas

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The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens hosts the Dallas Blooms festival, which has become the largest floral festival in the Southwest. The 2017 festival starts on February 25 and runs through April 9. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for kids 3-12. This year’s theme is “Peace, Love and Flower Power” with each weekend highlighting a different 1960s theme with music, TV, and fashion. Then there are the flowers — a spectacular display of 500,000 tulips, daffodils, Dutch Irises, hyacinths, pansies, violas, and poppies.

Citywide Egg Hunt

When spring comes bouncing along, so does the Easter Bunny; and Mr. Bunny, together with the City of Irving, plans the Citywide Egg Hunt. Taking place on April 8 at Heritage Park, this is a great family fun day with food stalls, bounce houses, craft activities, a petting zoo, and a chance to grab a photo with the Easter Bunny. Egg hunts are open to children 3-10 years old, and there are more than 20,000 candy- and toy-filled eggs to be found. There’s also a special egg stroll for the youngest kids ages 1-2. This is a free event with four different age categories and staggered start times between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Arrive a few minutes prior to your child’s age group, as all hunts will start on time.

Canal Fest

Celebrating Irving’s diversity is the Canal Fest. So named because it is set along the Mandalay Canal, this vibrant festival showcases local art exhibits, live music, and cultural dances that include belly dancing, Indian dancing, hula dancing, African dancing, and Mexican folk dancing. Kids up to age 12 can head to the Frontier Communications Family Arts Stage where they can learn all about the various aspects of the arts, including vocal and instrumental music, improvisation, and comedy. The Canal Fest takes place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April 22. Admission is free, but nearby parking garages may charge around $10. Alternatively, the DART Rail Service operates along this route.

Taste of Irving

Irving is bringing some great food from local restaurants to the public for one fabulous day. The 2017 Taste of Irving is serving it all up on May 20 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cimarron Park Recreation Center. Food trucks, cooking demonstrations, live music, a kids fun zone, and a large craft marketplace all make for a day well spent. And it won’t break your budget either — all vendors offer small portions for only $5, making this one of the most affordable culinary events in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. For local Dallasites and visitors traveling through, make sure you stop by Irving to enjoy the diverse lineup of spring events this cosmopolitan city has to offer.