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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. 

Whether we care to admit it, daily interaction with our friends and coworkers lifts our souls and feeds our need for being part of a group. Now, more than ever, these social connections are so very important since social distancing is becoming the new norm. For those feeling disconnected or isolated, we’ve listed below some ideas on how to stay in touch and love others from afar. 

Weekend Roundup of Events in Irving

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 5:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Irving Rocks! this weekend with tons of live music right here in the heart of Las Colinas! Some bands are local, some are here for a visit, but all are ready to give you a rockin' good time. We've highlighted below our top five choices for live entertainment, but as always, there's plenty more.

And as a bonus, the National Business Media (NBM) Show is in town this weekend with a wide variety of products, services and supplies to help showcase your business. From promotional products and apparel to electric signs and the latest electronic

Concerts, Carnivals & Cosplay

Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:00 AM by Carol Stoddard


Oh my! What a line up we have here in Irving this weekend. We will need a weekend to rest up from our weekend. To help complete your itinerary of fun things to do, we've listed below just some of the concerts, carnivals and the biggest cosplay event this Fall. Speaking of Fall, don't you just love this weather? All around, it's going to be a great weekend, so get out there and enjoy! 

The Stars at Night are Big and Bright

Thursday, October 10, 2019 12:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Hang on to your umbrellas this weekend because despite the rainy weather, there will be stars out all over Irving, Texas. We bring you a long list of headliners to enjoy, as well as some of our favorite locals. It'll be hard to choose, but listed below is a wide variety of entertainment events that's sure to light up your evenings.


WHERE: The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
WHEN: Sunday, October 13 at 6 pm, doors open at 5 pm
COST: $34 - $89+

Among her many accolades, Vikki is a philanthropist who supports a wide variety of

Around the World in a Weekend

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 6:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


We are richly blessed with a diverse mixture of cultures, foods and traditions here in Irving, Texas. In one weekend you can experience Asia, Europe, and the Americas with a wide variety of food, music and experiences. Let your senses be your guide to this world tour around town.  You don't need a passport, just grab your keys and head out the door. 

Explore Irving This Weekend

Thursday, September 26, 2019 4:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


With the weather starting to cool off, what better time is there to get out and explore Irving than this weekend? And we can help you plan. With this alphabetized list below, you can pick and choose your weekend agenda.  Here goes . . . 

This Weekend in Irving

Friday, September 20, 2019 11:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

One of our favorite things we love about Irving, Texas is its hometown feel. Sure there are hundreds of great places to eat here, tons of weekend live entertainment, and luxurious get-away and staycation spots, but it's always delightful to keep one foot grounded in the history of Irving's small town roots. This weekend you can experience the 'pursuit of howdyness' at the Irving Main Street Event. You know, it's that friendly steering wheel-anchored wave from a stranger as he passes by, or the excitement of finding a familiar old toy in an

Snapshot of Weekend Events

Thursday, September 12, 2019 6:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

Faster than you can shake a Polaroid picture, the weekend will be upon us. When making plans to capture the most fun, you should focus your sights on one of these events below. The list is long so we've included snapshots of the experiences available here in Irving. Grab your family, grab your friends, and frame your weekend around tons of fun!


Clayton Gardner Gus Samuelson

Two Mules Cantina at the Texican Court by Valencia presents Clayton Gardner from 8 - 11 pm on Friday, September 13. You can enjoy Tex-Mex flavor in both their food and their

What's the Dish?

Thursday, September 5, 2019 6:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


There is only one thing better than gathering with your friends and listening to live music on the weekend, and that's DINING with your friends and listening to live music on the weekend. Boy, do we have a delicious line up for you!  Check out these food and music pairings that'll satisfy your appetite for an evening on the town. Have fun!

Combining Work Travel with Family

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 2:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


Summer vacation may be over, but it is never too late to take a 3-day mini vacay with your family. As a little girl I remember the magical times my Dad would take us on vacation. My older siblings and I played in the pool all day, watched TV in our hotel robes and ordered room service until my Dad took us to nearby museums, landmarks and local shows. It wasn't until I was an adult that I realized some of those vacations were really his business trips. But that didn't matter. It was always special.

It's easy to combine business with pleasure and family travel, especially in places like Irving, Texas where we have the best of all worlds. Our corporate landscape includes seven companies on the Fortune 500 list, over 85 hotels, and we're just minutes away from an international airport - very attractive amenities for planning business meetings. But also, Irving offers fun for the family where they, too, can lounge by the pool and take in some local activity, shows, and great food.  So treat your fam to a special 3-day weekend, just follow me and see what I mean . . .