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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. 

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. 

Lovely as a Tree

Thursday, April 25, 2019 4:00 PM by Carol Stoddard


Joyce Kilmer said it best, I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree. Since 1872, Americans have observed Arbor Day not only to celebrate our lovely trees but also to plant and nurture them.  This Saturday, everyone is invited to an Arbor Day celebration at Heritage Park downtown where there'll be live music, tons of children's activities, a snake humorist show and so much more. Of course this weekend also offers a wide variety of events for everyone, so branch out with the kiddos or bring your lovely date (person or tree) and experience all that Irving has to offer. 

A Candid Interview with Taste of Irving

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 2:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Wandering through the streets of Irving, I am always amazed at the variety and quality of restaurants at my disposal. I thought to myself as I bit into a Biryani Kabab, followed by a dessert Empañada, how delightful it would be to gather a whole bunch of different restaurants together in one convenient place so visitors could get a 'taste' of what Irving is all about. That's when I ran into Taste of Irving who agreed to sit down with me for a brief interview on my idea of a gastronomic gathering. I pulled up a chair and began to ask

Add Color to Your Weekend in Irving

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 10:00 AM by Carol Stoddard


With wildflowers in bloom and warmer weather inching closer, it is time to splash some color into your Spring.  This weekend the DFW Fiber Fest comes to Irving where you can learn about and shop for everything to do with yarn. There's also live music, rock painting, an Easter egg hunt, the Heritage House museum, and much more.  So grab your needles, a paint brush or your tie dye shirt, it's going to be a wonderful weekend of color!

Spring Into Fun This Weekend!

Thursday, March 28, 2019 10:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

Shake off the winter and Loco-motion into Spring this weekend with some great Motown hits and more! The line up of live music listed below is sure to get you outdoors and enjoying this beautiful weather here in Irving.  Dine out on the patio listening to a variety of tunes or move to the groovy music of Spectrum, the Motown Men.  It's a great weekend to explore Irving's music scene.

What happens when you put 14,000 exuberant teen readers together with some of their favorite authors under one roof? You get the North Texas Teen Book Festival!  Held at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas on Saturday, March 23, readers get to meet with over 70 Young Adult and Middle Grade authors - well known for writing books and movies that teens love. There'll be book signings, panel discussions, author talks and other high-energy activities. In fact, with all that's going on we suggest you plan your day in advance. The North Texas Teen Book Festival is just one of the events you can find here in Irving this weekend.  Come and join us as we travel on a journey through the wonderful world of Literature and beyond.

Two Mules, Green Gators, Iguanas, Oh My!

Thursday, March 14, 2019 5:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

We always say there is a little something for everyone here in Irving, Texas and this weekend is no different. For your enjoyment we offer up live music, theatrical productions, comedians, symphonic music from across the pond, and parties on the plaza. It's a real circus! No, really, there's a real, live circus being held at the Irving Convention Center this weekend. So grab your friends and family, get outside and have some fun! 

Fun and Romantic Events in Irving this Weekend

Thursday, February 7, 2019 8:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

C'est la saison de l'amour . . . this is the season for love.  It's a time of year when the weather's all crazy, Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and people are falling in love.  What better way to show your affections than with a little romance? Or a lot! We've created this list of events this weekend to help you get a jump on Valentine's Day. Whether your passion is great food, live music or even a few laughs, Irving offers the ideal activities for you and your Valentine.

Irving is First for Fun!

Thursday, January 31, 2019 4:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

As this week and month come to an end, we welcome the first weekend of February. In fact, we welcome a lot of firsts here in Irving, where everywhere you turn there's something new and exciting going on. For example, did you know that our newest hotel - the Texican Court - offers LIVE MUSIC on the weekends? You can be the first in your group to check it out!

Listed below are more fun activities, but there's a lot more where that came from on our website at Follow along and join us in celebrating all the firsts going on this weekend!