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Posts from July 2019

Irving on a Budget

Monday, July 29, 2019 8:00 AM by Visit Irving

Conveniently located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country, Irving, Texas is home to dozens of fun and affordable attractions perfect for business travelers and families alike. With so many free and low-cost things to do in Irving, the hardest thing will be choosing which one to tackle first.

Hot Fun in the City!

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


Welcome to summer in Irving, Texas where the weather is hot, but the fun is hotter! We've got cool vibes to keep you moving and refreshing cocktails to slow the heat. Come dance the evening away or just grab a cold brew with your friends, it's time to get funky and heat up the night. Check these out for some sizzling live music:

Toyota Music Factory (TMF) is open for business and somewhere you need to check out, stat! Food, fun, entertainment will meet you in this walk-able entertainment district. If the music is calling you, you'll find tunes that will make you boot scootin’ boogie all the way to soulful R&B. Check back often as chart-topping performers are added weekly to The Pavilion's lineup. So if you haven’t been here before, read along as we reveal the 3 things you need to know when planning your visit to TMF! 

Sweet, crispy, and filled with indefinite prophecy, fortune cookies have served as fun farewell treats at Chinese restaurants for more than a century. However, contrary to the popular assumption, this iconic delicacy was actually invented in the U.S.! In celebration of National Fortune Cookie Day on July 20, we are rounding up some of the best places to get them and to savor delicious Chinese-American cuisine in Irving.

What’s New at Water Street

Friday, July 19, 2019 8:00 AM by Visit Irving

Water Street is the source of a lot of new development in Irving, TX, and the district has been expanding its selection of amenities at a breakneck pace. That’s fine by us—Water Street Las Colinas is one of our favorite places to spend free time. So, let’s check in on some of the new developments in Irving along Water Street.

Irving, Texas: Forever Changing

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 1:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


There is no denying that Irving is a town full of history. From before the railroad steamed its way through the early 20th century, settlers have been building and rebuilding our little community. In just this past decade, we've added a new convention center, new hotels, restaurants, shops, entertainment areas and various modes of transportation. And then this week we learned that MainStage Irving - the city's premier theater group - is adopting a new location at 222 East Irving Boulevard in historic Downtown Irving, aptly named "MainStage 222."  Our forever-changing city remains alive with all kinds of activities, reverberating across a vibrant and diverse landscape. We've listed for you here just a sampling of the many events taking place this weekend. Whether you live, work or visit here in Irving, we're the hometown city with something for everyone.

Stop! In the Name of Law Memorabilia

Thursday, July 11, 2019 11:00 AM by Carol Stoddard


From the depression-era Bonnie and Clyde curiosities to sci-fi Dr. Who trinkets, law enforcement memorabilia collectors are in hot pursuit of these extremely collectible pop culture artifacts. Not many people can fit the TARDIS into their collection room, but so many other authentic and rare items are available for viewing and purchase at the 2019 National Police Collectibles Show at the Irving Convention Center this weekend. Visit with fellow enthusiasts and browse the 50,000 sq. ft. showroom of all things law enforcement, meet and greet Pearl Harbor survivor, James Leavelle, who was the police detective handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald in 1963, and much more. Don't be a prisoner of regret, visit the 2019 National Police Collectibles show and other opportunities for fun in Irving, Texas this weekend. 

Four Day Roundup for the 4th

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 1:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


Strike up the band and slap on the sunscreen, this weekend begins on Thursday!  The party starts with a hometown parade, then some great live music, kids games, juicy watermelon, more live music, and it all ends with a bang - several colorful bangs, in fact.  Get ready for a four-day all-American fun-filled weekend right here in Irving, Texas. It's where your summer begins and your boredom ends. (All activities have free admission, unless otherwise noted)