Folks, do you ever just sit back and think how richly blessed we are here in Irving?  We get to enjoy a myriad of great restaurants, literature, the arts, music and a wide variety of events, while still enjoying that small town feeling.   And this weekend they’re all rolled together for one special event - Irving Main Street. Come on down to the Irving Heritage District at 217 S. Main Street 75060 and enjoy the heart of Americana, where you can listen to live music, look at classic cars, watch the kids play in the Fun Zone, eat great food, and did I mention there’s shopping?    But wait, there’s more.  Click here to see what bands are playing on the Main Stage, what’s going on in the Children’s Fun Zone, who’s performing on the Children’s Stage and what you can expect at the Car Show.  Admission and parking are FREE.  It’s open on Friday, September 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 17 from noon until 6:00 p.m. 

If that's not enough, there are tons more to choose from listed below and on our area-wide events calendar


So you want to hit the hot spots of activity here in Irving?  We got you covered. 


Texas Musicians Museum

Location: 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
Price: No Cover Charge
Friday, September 16

8:00 p.m. Those Guys From Texas.  You know, the ones that sing old blues and vintage rock with a mix of original tunes.  For a unique, yet traditional blues sound, come hear these guys perform.  Learn More  

Saturday, September 17

8:00 p.m.  Leo Hull & The Texas Blues Machine.  This band is Texas roadhouse country rockin’ blues.  Listen to the band play while you enjoy Smokin’ Joe’s great food, cold beer and wine during the show.  Learn More 

Sunday, September 18

3:00 p.m.  Sundaes on Sunday.  Join us for a free sundae and listen to the "scoop" on our fall concert series lineup.  Door prizes will be awarded.  Tours to the Museum will be $5 during this time.  Learn More


Cool River Cafe

Location: 1045 Hidden Ridge Drive 75038
Price: No Cover Charge
Friday, September 16

4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  It’s Finally Friday! Sit back and enjoy the start of your weekend with a $5 Skinny Martini or Vodka-of-the-Month Martini.  Learn More

9:30 p.m. Listen to Big City Outlaws.  They are one of the hottest new country rock bands in Texas, playing tunes from Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash to the classics of rock like Lynyrd Skynrd and Journey.  Learn More 

Saturday, September 17

9:30 p.m.  Memory Trip is a rock/blues band covering songs from the 60’s through the 90’s.  They’re dedicated to the idea of bringing back lost classics as well as performing more well-known hits.  Basically, there’s something here for everyone.  Learn More   


Irving Arts Center

Location: 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75062
Cost:  Prices vary
Friday & Saturday, September 16 & 17

7:30 p.m. Relive the time-honored legend of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot and the Knights of the Roundtable!  A four-time Tony Award-winning musical, Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot is an enchanting fable of chivalry, majesty and brotherhood.  Based on T.H. White’s novel The Once and Future King.  Music by Frederick Loewe and Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner.   $26.50 - $54.50  Learn More  

Or catch the Sunday matinee on September 18 at 2:30 p.m. 

Saturday, September 17

7:00 p.m.  The 5th Annual Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Islamic Art – Opening Reception with Louise Mackie, Curator for Islamic Textiles and Art, Cleveland Museum of Art – “Islamic Textiles Through the Ages.” She will be speaking about and will introduce the visiting collection. 

This prestigious international exhibition of artwork is inspired by Islamic culture, art, literature and architecture and features works in a variety of styles and media from artists around the world.  Coming from diverse backgrounds, with varying faiths, ages and levels of expertise, the exhibition aims to present Islamic art as a universal language, a translator and connector of generations and cultures.  Learn More

Other new exhibits include: Rarely Seen:  Photographs of the Extraordinary (daily through January 29); Robert Batson: Weaving Paint (daily through November 20); and The Fantastic World of Dan Yaccarino (daily through January 8).


The Ranch at Las Colinas

Location: 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway
Price: No Cover
When: Friday & Saturday, September 16 & 17. 

8:00 p.m.  Faron is back with more of your favorite songs for not one, but two shows this weekend, both Friday and Saturday.  Come dine at The Ranch and listen to some great music with southern style food.  A great combination.  Learn More 


Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas

Location: 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. 75039
Price: $25.00
When: Sunday, September 18

6:30 p.m.  Shri Atul Purohit Garba 2016.  Atul Purohit is a world renowned Garba singer who redefined the lines of classical Indy music.  He has evolved from a kid who identified his own talent in music and moved to Baroda to sweep fans off their feet.  Learn More


Even more . . .

September 16, 2016

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Join your neighbors and police officers for Coffee with a Cop at Starbucks, 7979 N. MacArthur, Suite 100.  To help break down the barriers between police officers and you, the citizens they serve, Coffee with a Cop allows you the opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhoodLearn More

9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Pollo Tropical, 6911 N. MacArthur Blvd. invites you to their Grand Opening!  The family-friendly festivities will include a special appearance by Texas Rangers mascot Captain, a live DJ, Robo-Surfer, balloon artist, face painting, photo booth, caricature artist and giveaways.  Learn More 

2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  University of Dallas, 1845 E. Northgate Drive 75062, invites you to explore the philosophical foundations of governance “from the middle,” as well as the difficulties that the middle class is facing both in Mexico and in the US, together with the Braniff Graduate School and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).  Free.  Learn More 

2:00 p.m.  Family Movie Matinee at the Irving Public Library – Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063, is featuring Kung Fu Panda 3, rated PGContinuing his “legendary adventures of awesomeness,” Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.  Free. Learn More  

2:30 p.m.  Chapter Books and Cozy Nooks Reading Club meets at the Irving Public Library – South, 601 Schulze Drive 75060.  Grades 1-3 discuss a travel-themed book and participate in a craft and game.  Free chapter books are handed out monthly, but they’re limited to the first 10 children.  This month’s selection is Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures: The Japanese Ninja Surprise by Jeff Brown.  Free.  Learn More 

4:00 p.m.  Watch a celebration of love and creative inspiration with Cinema 13’s showing of Moulin Rouge at the Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063.  This movie takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century.  Ages 13 to adult are invited to watch a popular movie each Saturday. Learn More 

6:30 p.m.  Visit Supreme Coffee, 4070 N. Belt Line Road 75038, for Gypsy Friday Open Mic and sip on a pumpkin spice latte while enjoying the sounds of local musicians.  No Cover.  Learn More

September 17, 2016

2:00 p.m.  The High Voltage Teen Book Club (Grades 9 & up) meets at the Irving Public Library-South, 601 Schulze Drive 75060, to discuss Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.  Free  Learn More  

2:30 p.m.  Kids Only Book Club (grades 3-6) meets at the Irving Library-South, 601 Schulze Drive 75060, to discuss The Lemon Tree Caper by Rene Saldana, Jr.  Books will be given to the first 10 participants.  Learn More

2:30 p.m.  Saturday Science will be held at the Irving Public Library – West, 4444 W. Rochelle Road 75062.  Kids of all ages are invited to join in for fun, hands-on science activities.  What will you discover this month?  Come and find out.  Free.  Learn More

September 18, 2016

1:30 p.m.  PAWS for Reading is a program for children of any age to read to a therapy dog in a warm and non-judgmental environment.  This may help increase a child's reading level and confidence.  Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Learn More

2:00 p.m.  The Big Read Kick Off Party will be at the Irving Public Library - South, 601 Schulze Drive 75060.  Visit six regions of Mexico to discover the variety of food, crafts and unique features.  Families will also enjoy a story walk, puppet show and other entertainment.  Learn More