Time to make a splash and head to Irving’s Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn for fun times and activities on the beautiful Lake Carolyn:
Yeah, the fourth of July isn't this weekend, but this weekend pretty much blends into it. So enjoy our top picks for things to do though the fourth! Side note, let us all take a moment to really remember why we are free, and all those who have and are defending this great country we get to call home! #merica
Monday, June 26, 2017 3:00 PM by Visit Irving
Walk the wed carpet to poolside receptions, luminous ballrooms and ceremonies under the Texas sky.
Summer is officially here! And, we’re here to help infuse some play in your Irving vacation/staycation plans. So, unpack your things and hang out with the locals for these fun June events.
This landmark event celebrates the day all African American slaves living in Texas were set free in 1865, when Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery with the Emancipation Proclamation. Toast to freedom and diversity with a free community picnic hosted by In-N-Out Burger, outdoor games, a food and craft
Friday, April 28, 2017 3:00 PM by Kayla Mansour
Korean eats are on our mind 'cause the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout is in town...let us tell you why and where to indulge after the Shootout.
Friday, April 7, 2017 5:00 PM by Visit Irving
Awesome spring adventures and sun-drenched fun? Done and done.
This spring, take it outside and join the locals to bask in some of Irving’s best April events.
Check out this list of must-do’s this month, a perfect passport to springtime fun.
There's a cold front blowing in this weekend! Yep, we'll be rocking it in the mid 70's, brrrrrrrr! Enjoy the "Fall" weather and get out and enjoy the fun stuff around town. If it makes you feel more in the mood wrap up in a scarf and grab a pumpkin spice latte to get you moving.
Phil came home on Friday, exhausted from a week of selling fabrics to his apparel clients. But as tired as he was, he still had the energy to fire up the grill. Phil was a master griller. In fact, his neighbors, family and friends became very familiar with Phil's grilling. The delicious smell would travel for blocks. Phil wore a cowboy hat to keep the sun off his head and he'd tie a red bandana around his neck because sitting next to a grill all night sure works up a sweat. That's how he earned the nickname "Cowboy Phil." Tonight it was three whole chickens on a skewer that would roast slowly until perfection. Of course his wife, Jeanette, gave the chickens a good rub with her special blend of spices. Once the charcoals were at just the right color, Phil sprinkled on some mesquite chips that had soaked all day. He had just set the chickens to grill when the phone calls began. By dinner time, he had eight guests and happily prepared more chickens. After a lengthy discussion, and against the advice of their friends, Cowboy Phil and Jeanette decided to open their first restaurant in Dallas.
For two weeks before opening their doors to the public, curious shoppers stopped by to see what they were up to. Cowboy Phil gave them free samples from his menu, so by the night of the grand opening, a group of new customers, neighbors, family and friends created a line that stretched around the corner. Phil was delighted! Word got out about his hand-rubbed, slow roasted chicken, as well as his homemade side dishes. And don't forget dessert. Jeanette makes a great apple cobbler, too. Once everyone was seated, he spent some time ringing up orders, greeting everyone, explaining his process, answering questions, until suddenly he realized that no one was in the back cooking
So into the kitchen he went, only to discover there was no fire in the grill! Somehow, while everyone was visiting, the wood just began to smoulder. Cowboy Phil apologized to the crowd, who was very forgiving.
"Don't worry, we'll wait," they all said. So back in the kitchen he went. He placed the chickens on a skewer and set them to roasting. Phil was so excited that he would finally be able to serve dinner and watch as his customers cleaned their plates. Only when he went to check on the chickens, they had all slid off the rod and into the fire. There was no food to serve on opening night. It was the disaster of all disasters.
Phil and Jeanette were devastated. With a broken heart he began to tell his customers one by one there would be no food that night. He started giving everyone's money back, but some people refused to take it. They said they would just come back the next night. Although the crowd was forgiving, Phil and Jeanette began to question their decision to risk everything and open a restaurant. But because of their tenacity, they became even more determined to make a go of it, and they opened the next night to another large crowd. That night they served everyone. And their customers came back. And they kept coming. Phil ran his restaurant that first year in the evenings after he worked all day selling fabrics. And the customers kept coming. He was doing something right!
That was 1981 and twenty some odd restaurants ago. Today, Cowboy Phil is accompanied by a full staff who make sure all of his restaurants have that down home feel. And most importantly, he makes sure that what he serves is still good, honest food that keeps customers coming back time and again. You can visit Cowboy Phil and try out the newly opened Cowboy Chicken, located at 3351 Regent Blvd. #100, here in Irving. You can also visit them online at www.CowboyChicken.com. Look in their website for next week's calendar. It's full of grand opening activities and specials.
It’s the weekend y’all! You’re now free to use your smart phone and go find stuff. Really. It’s fun. You don’t even have to download an app to play. There are several characters around town and they’re waiting for you to go find them. To give you a hint where they are, we’re showing you what they look like and what time they’ll pop up. How easy is that? So join us in finding fun stuff to do this weekend in Irving. Who knows, this game may catch on and you’ll be sharing with your friends all about what you found.