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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. 

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 . . . 

Top 5 Ways to Beat the End-of-Summer Blues

Wednesday, August 14, 2019 3:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


Okay, okay, I know what you all are thinking. With this hundred-degree weather, how can the summer be over? Technically, there's one last weekend before summer vacation ends here in Irving, so we've put together a list of things to do before everyone begins the new school year. In all of the hustle and bustle of trying to get ready for next Monday, don't forget Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend is the most important part of the week! And what would you have to talk about at lunch on Monday if you didn't do something really cool on the weekend? So below is our list of the top five ways to beat the end-of-the-summer blues.

It's Summer! Let's Party, Play & Pavilion

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 1:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


There are just a few weekends of summer left so why not fill your calendar with something fun? This weekend brings back Let's Play Gaming Expo at the Irving Convention Center, an interactive cacophony of board, card, arcade and console games, vendor tables, tournaments, panels, special guests, cosplay, concessions, and much more. There's also live music all over town, including a Let's Play Gaming Expo After Party & Concert at the Texas Lottery Plaza. Check it out!

Top 5 Summery Fun Ideas for the Weekend

Thursday, August 1, 2019 5:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


Here it is, the beginning of August and you haven't a thing to post in social media about the fun you've had this summer.  Well, that's about to change. Grab your cell phone and warm up those posting thumbs because we've gathered a list of the top 5 fun summer events happening this weekend in Irving.  Check these out . . . 

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:

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)