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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. 

Rock the City! with Live Music in Irving

Thursday, May 6, 2021 6:00 AM by Carol Stoddard


The beat goes on in Irving where you're invited to experience our vibrant live music scene this weekend! While you're out jamming to the sounds of our city, just know that your health is a top priority. As such, each venue has set up safety guidelines so you can still enjoy a worry-free and socially-distanced environment. The Restaurant Grid in Visit Irving’s blog section - Eat Locally While Distancing Socially in Irving, Texas - holds the most up-to-date information on which restaurants require masks, offer curbside delivery, have an outdoor patio area, etc. Or simply click on the images below to learn more information about the musicians and venues or to reserve your space. The beat goes on with live music and live streaming awaiting you this weekend in Irving, Texas

Enjoy the Merry Month of May in Irving

Monday, April 26, 2021 11:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

If April showers bring May flowers, then what do May flowers bring? We all know this witty quip but there's something else that May brings besides Mother's Day and springtime flowers. May brings a whole new collection of activities here in Irving. Whether you like the outdoors, a small indoor gathering with friends or a fulfilling night on the town, come to Irving and experience it all. Take in the night life complete with live music, enjoy some weekend funget outdoors, visit the arts, or see what's going on at the Irving Convention Center, it's all waiting for you to explore. 

Make Memories in Irving this March

Saturday, February 27, 2021 10:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

It's been quite a memorable year thus far, so as March brings us warmer days, windy afternoons, and fun-filled nights, let's create some better memories! Here in Irving, there are quite a few activities to enjoy all throughout the month, so whether you want to take in the night life complete with live music, enjoy some weekend funget outdoors, visit the arts, or see what's going on at the Irving Convention Center, we've got the events for you. 

February Activities in Irving

Thursday, January 28, 2021 10:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

February is peeking around the corner. Will it see its shadow? Will it offer up love and romance? One thing we know for sure is that February will be full of fun and diverse activities here in Irving to enjoy both in-person and online. Whether you're celebrating Black History Month, President's Day, National Margarita Day, or just life itself, we have a long list of ways to enjoy this shortest month of the year. 

The Irving Convention Center Turns 10

Thursday, January 28, 2021 8:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

We’re dedicating this #ThrowbackThursday to one of Irving’s biggest game-changers - the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, which opened 10 years ago this week. Hosting a wide variety of events from large public shows, to small meetings, to sporting events and more, the building is as flexible as it is beautiful and served as the catalyst that spurred the development of Irving’s Entertainment District.

But the road to developing a convention center in Irving took many twists and turns along the way. Join us as we travel back in time and learn the history of this architecturally stunning structure. As always, for the young and young-at-heart, we’ve included a familiar puzzle. Click on the image below to load the online puzzle. Now, let's get started.


We’re dedicating this #ThrowbackThursday to some of the famous people who once called Irving home. Several of these superstars you know hailed from the Big I, but a few just might surprise you. As always, for the young and young-at-heart, we’ve included a Hidden Music activity and coloring page in honor of former Irvingites who – like the city itself – keep the beat going on. Click on the image at the bottom of the page to print the color page. Now, let's get started … 

Throwback Thursday - The Story of Irving

Friday, January 1, 2021 10:00 AM by Carol Stoddard

Irving holds a rich history of people and places that helped build this area into such a vibrant and diverse place to live, work and visit. You may not know the story behind many of our attractions and historic areas, so we've created "Throwback Thursday - The Story of Irving," a weekly blog to tell you about the town we love. Also included each week is a printable activity and coloring page for your kiddos. Simply click on the image to print it out, then have fun coloring and working the activity. The answers to each activity page will

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas in Irving

Monday, December 21, 2020 1:00 PM by Carol Stoddard

Just when you settle your brain for a long winter's nap, you're awakened, not by a clatter on the lawn but by knowing that Christmas is just a few days away. How many gifts do you have left to buy? Will they be delivered in time? And what are the chances they're still in stock? Well, don't chase those sugarplum visions away with worries about last minute gifts, because we have the answer for you. We've added below a jolly list of goodies to throw under the tree, found right here in Irving, and just in the time of Nick.