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Author: Carol Stoddard

Writer, organizer, support staffer, baby boomer. Lover of the DFW Metroplex and its history. When I’m not working, I’m writing or chasing my cat off the counter. I love to explore new places and try new area restaurants. The best keep popping up in Irving. Peace out. 

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)

The Live Behind Irving's Music Scene

Wednesday, June 26, 2019 5:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

It costs only about six bucks to ride the DART train into Irving from the airport or from Dallas. Or, depending on your car and tolls, it might set you back about a Hamilton if you drive. But an evening out in Irving listening to free live music while you hang with friends is priceless. No matter where your journey in life takes you, rich blessings come from interacting with these people you hold so dear. You call them mates, buds, peeps or "the girls," and they're the ones you'd rather be with than almost anyone. Well, most of the time.

Experience Asia in Irving, Texas

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 5:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


Just about every part of Asia can be found right here in Irving, especially when it comes to the Dragon Boat Festival this weekend. Experience this ancient Chinese tradition of dragon boats skimming across the water. Watch ornate kites glide through the air, or make a hand-crafted kite yourself in one of the many classes throughout the day. And at night, capture the beauty of hanging lanterns glowing in vibrant colors. Combine all this with our many restaurants serving Asian cuisine, and you've just booked a ride on the Orient Express. Next stop - Irving, Texas.

Top Five Places to Celebrate Father's Day

Thursday, June 13, 2019 3:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


He was your first Super Hero. As soon as he scooped you up, you forgot all about your scraped knee.  He had that "look" that was your last warning. And his sweet forehead kisses at night contained sprinkles of pixie dust that put you right to sleep. 

Your Dad has done some amazing things in your life.  Why not treat him to something special this weekend?  Take Dad to one of these restaurants listed below and let him know that he's still your #1 Super Hero.

Canal Fest is here!

Thursday, June 6, 2019 1:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


Irving, Texas is known for many things, including our friendly people, loads of great restaurants, and the beautiful Las Colinas area with its scenic canals. So let's celebrate them all at Canal Fest 2019! Rejoice in the diversity of Irving's population and taste some authentic home cooking from around the world. Turn the corner and watch a Burundi drum circle.  Venture farther and learn how to belly dance.  With more performers, vendors, live bands, artisans, and activities this year, it's sure to be a hit with any family. Also, treat yourself to any one of these fun events here in Irving. Just get out there and have some fun!


Do you remember the last day of school when you felt like you could fly all the way home and land in your shady backyard with a tall, cold glass of Kool-Aid®?  The smell of freshly cut grass and sounds of an ice cream truck filled the air, and you got to stay up until the street lights turned on.  This weekend, although the calendar doesn't say summer just yet, is the beginning of summer vacation season.  Listed below are five great ways to celebrate the freedom of summer right here in Irving, Texas!


Memorial Day weekend is a great time to gather with family and friends for cookouts and pre-summer activities. It's also a great time to teach your children about our true heroes, the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. As you bite into your celebratory hot dog, consider visiting these area Memorial Day weekend activities.

Your Mother's Day Weekend Guide in Irving

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 4:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


She packed your lunch, she drove you to practice, and her voice lulled you to sleep by reading a bedtime story. When you think about all the things your mom did while raising you, you realize that all those services are totally unaffordable now.  This is why Mother's Day was invented, to say thank you and help pay back a small portion of what she's done. Whether your mom loves great food, live music or just loves to hear you laugh, we have a list of events here in Irving that are sure to please her.