Ah, September in Texas . . . hints of cooler weather while sipping a warm pumpkin spice latte. It's a time for renewing the school year and bidding farewell to summer vacation. Let's toss those pumpkin seeds in the fall garden, with some marigolds and chrysanthemums, and watch them grow. I must caution you, though. Make sure you're not planting "The Bad Seed," like Christine Penmark in this month's psychological thriller performed at the Irving Arts Center. From a perfect home full of love and family, to a recurring nightmare and tragic events, Christine was unaware of her bad seed until it was too late. You'll want to plant yourself in your seat until the very suspenseful end of the play. In the meantime, check out these top five standout events in September. 

 

#1 EXPERIENCE 'THE BAD SEED' 
 

Since childhood, Christine Penmark has suffered from a terrible, recurring nightmare. Then mysteriously, her daughter's classmate tragically drowns at a picnic. Who knows the truth about this untimely event? Christine? Her daughter? Or perhaps her father? Bad Seed will be performed in the Dupree Theater at the Irving Arts Center from Sept. 10 - 25. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices are $22 - $29. You can purchase tickets here.

Have you visited the Irving Arts Center lately? It is one of Irving's little jewels, bringing live performances to the stage through plays, music, dance and much more. Visit the art exhibits which rotate throughout the year, or stroll through the outdoor sculpture garden with serene water features. There's something here for everyone.

 

 

#2 ROCK OUT TO TEXAS COUNTRY
 
IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Visit the gritty authenticity of East Texas at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory this month with Whiskey Myers. Featured in Kevin Costner's TV series Yellowstone in 2018 and after touring world-wide, they bring their songs to The Pavilion here in Irving, Texas with a cohesive sound rooted in our rich, red dirt. With a Southern Rock rowdiness and renegade genre-crossing vibe, they've built a musical career being themselves - because they are just that good.

Pick up your tickets to see Whiskey Myers at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on Saturday, September 18, at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 - $50+. You can purchase tickets here.

 

 
OTHER PERFORMERS AT THE PAVILION

September's line up for The Pavilion includes

 

OTHER LIVE MUSIC VENUES

While you're out enjoying everything Irving has to offer, check out these other live music venues. Pair the wide variety of live music genres with great local and regional food for a fantastic evening out on the town! #IrvingRocks

 

#3 RUN FOR THE KIDS

 

The Irving Marathon Running Series invites you to join the Oktoberfest 5 Mile/5k Run benefiting the Irving Schools Foundation. Monies raised will help provide healthy lifestyle opportunities to reverse the trend of childhood obesity, from which 35% of Texans suffer.

 

 

This annual fast, flat and scenic 5-Mile, 5k Run/Walk, Fun Run/Walk begins at Toyota Music Factory on Saturday, September 18, starting at 6:30 a.m. Oh yes, there will be perks. Check this out.

  • Gender-Specific Oktoberfest Performance Shirt
  • Custom Oktoberfest Finisher Medal (5-Mile & 5k Events)
  • Oktoberfest-themed awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for male/female in 14 different age groups (5-Mile & 5k Events)
  • Trophies for fastest 5-mile team, fastest 5k team, most participation team, and best dressed team
  • Free Professional Race Photos
  • Post-Race Party
  • Live Entertainment
  • And much, much more

Depending on the race, participation costs range from $29.99 - $69.99. You can sign up here.

 

#4 MAKE A LATE SUMMER SPLASH

 

The Omni Las Colinas Hotel invites you to take one last plunge before the summer ends at Life at the Lakehouse. Admission to this celebration is free with fresh off-the-grill menu items and refreshing cocktails available for purchase. Drop by on Sunday, September 5, from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. where a live DJ will entertain until 5 p.m. and Party Machine takes over from 5 - 8 p.m. 

 

 

Day Passes can be purchased on Resort Pass for access to the pool area. Resort Pass for cabanas is based on availability. Click here for free tickets.

 

#5 VISIT THE IRVING CONVENTION CENTER

 

The 2021 sneaker trade show season is well underway and sneakerheads are running (pun intended) to the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas on Sunday, September 19, to attend The Sneaker Exit, one of the ultimate sneaker trade shows around.  This show highlights sneakers and the streetwear culture and allows you to buy, sell or trade footwear, clothing and accessories. Vendor after vendor, you'll find limited sneakers, designer sneakers, popular sneakers, everyday sneakers, and even more exciting, those hard-to-find sneakers. Event time is 1 - 6 p.m. Admission is $22.94 including tax and fees. You can purchase tickets here