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 fun, get outdoors, visit the arts, or see what's going on at the Irving Convention Center, it's all waiting for you to explore. By the way, May flowers bring pilgrims.
Set aside your Tuesday nights to try your luck at Texas Holdem. Each week at 7 p.m., Spirit Grille invites you to sharpen your bluff face and test your card game skills. There's no cover charge and the food and drinks are awesome! Aunt Cissy's Kitchen holds a family-friendly Trivia Night from 7-9 p.m. Prizes are awarded to the top three teams. At The Ranch it's Toe Tappin' Tuesday where they give free line dancing lessons by Blake Elder Dance at 7 p.m.
Join the Green Gator gang from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesdays for fun and prizes with Melodies and Memories Trivia. Test your knowledge with your friends, or against your friends. It's free to play and drink specials will be flowing from the bar!
No need to bring your money to this High Stax Poker table, The Green Gator at Toyota Music Factory offers free Texas Hold 'em games every Thursday. Play for prizes, meet friends or cheer on your favorite champion. Spirit Grille invites you to test your brainiac skills at Trivia Night each week at 7 p.m. Find out what knowledge is rolling around in the recesses of your mind, and have loads of fun with your friends. And over at Aunt Cissy's Kitchen, you're invited to Superstar Karaoke Night from 7-11 p.m. with DJ David Allen.
Every Friday night, Toyota Music Factory offers some DJ vibes to go with your dinner. DJ KJ scratches down at Green Gator from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Or reserve your seat at Reservoir for music with DJ Nana, starting at 10 p.m. For more beats and eats, visit Blaze Brazilian Steakhouse with DJ Tommy Blaze on the patio on Fridays from 6 p.m. to close or Saturdays from 7 p.m. to close. Or from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., you can wet your whistle and deploy your pipes at Karaoke Night down the road at Spirit Grille. Good friends, great food and a fun time can be found around town in Irving.
On Saturdays from 8 - 11 p.m. Nosh & Bottle offers both Texas Hold 'Em poker games and Karaoke. For double the fun, great hand-crafted drinks, and a delicious menu, come to everyone's living room for a good time on Saturday nights.
First Friday Takeout in downtown Irving offers diners the choice to dine in or order dinner online from one of these participating restaurants on Main Street: Big State Fountain Grill, Di Rosani's, Villa's Grill, Sapp Sapp, and Glory House Catering and Bistro (breakfast/lunch). Make it an intimate home date or bring your family and friends. Be sure to ask for their First Friday of the Month special.
There's a new live music concert series at the Texas Lottery® Plaza at Toyota Music Factory beginning in May. Highlighting your Saturday evenings from 7-10 p.m., these free concerts are open to the public. Drop by early and grab some dinner from any of the Toyota Music Factory restaurants and bring your lawn chair or blanket to enjoy some live music while you dine al fresco.
Other venues across town offer live music on the weekends, including Mama Tried and Nosh & Bottle. Check their listing page often for an updated list of upcoming performers. Just click on the restaurant's link and scroll down to "Events."
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 4:45 a.m. or 6:00 a.m., you can join Camp Gladiator who offers a challenging and personalized, as well as socially-distanced outdoor workout at the Texas Lottery® Plaza at Toyota Music Factory. Afterwards you can stop by Freshii for some refreshingly healthy Energy Bites.
Commit to HIIT (High-intensity interval training) involves bursts of high-intensity cardio and strength exercises interspersed with brief periods of recovery. It's a 45-50 minute high energy workout with a live DJ. This class is held every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. on the Texas Lottery® Plaza at Toyota Music Factory. Refuel afterwards with a refreshing blueberry Super Fro Yo from TCBY.
Barks and Brews is a great way to spend time with man's best friend at Two Mules Cantina in the Texican Court hotel. From 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., enjoy special drinks and be sure to bring your furry friends to enjoy dog treats and fun in the courtyard. Complimentary admission, open to the public. The Irving Parks and Recreation invites you to join their Cornhole League at the Texas Lottery® Plaza at Toyota Music Factory at 6 p.m. weekly. It's a free, fun and socially-distanced game for players ages 18 and older. You can sign up as a team of three or individually where you'll be paired with someone else on the free agent list.
Relive the joys of recess as you relieve the stress of the work week! City of Irving Parks and Recreation will be at the Texas Lottery® Plaza at Toyota Music Factory providing FREE game equipment rentals. Adult Recess will begin before Texas Lottery® LIVE! on Friday nights!
Yoga-na need to get to the Texas Lottery® Plaza at Toyota Music Factory for this free energetic Vinyasa Flow yoga class. Combining synchronized breathing with purposeful movements, Poses on the Plaza meets every Saturday from 9-10 a.m. with Instructor Sashi Wilson. Free and open to all ages. For a healthy snack afterwards, stop by Yard House for a Spicy Tuna Stack.
There are so many fun and imaginative ways to get or stay in shape. This is one of them. Pound Fit Class provides you with drum sticks to sweat, sculpt and rock out at the same time. It's not just a workout, it's a fun way to spend Sunday mornings. Begins at 10 a.m. at the Texas Lottery® Plaza at Toyota Music Factory.
As a part of the Cinco de Mayo festivities, Irving Marathon is holding a free Fiesta de Mayo Social Run beginning at 6:30 a.m. You'll get a course preview of the Fiesta de Mayo Half Marathon held on May 22. After the race, you can throw back a couple of beers courtesy of the race sponsors. Then, beginning at 1 p.m., you are invited to celebrate Toyota Music Factory's Cinco De Mayo at Texas Lottery® Plaza and 17 other venues. Compete in a Taco Eating Contest* and Shop at the Latin Market. Listen to Mariachi Corona and Fusion Latina on Texas Lottery® Plaza. Pacheco Taco Bar will host Ballet Folklorico Mayahuel and Tenderemos Mariachi! Admission to the event is free, but reservations are requested. *Participation in the Taco Eating Contest is $15, reservations are required.
The Irving Marathon Running Series presents the second annual Fiesta de Mayo Half Marathon at Toyota Music Factory. Spend the morning with other runners in-person or virtually who like you, practice wellness and a healthy lifestyle. Also, all Irving Marathon Running Series events benefit Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation for the fight against childhood obesity. This race will wind through the scenic streets of Las Colinas and Lake Carolyn and end at Toyota Music Factory. Race day perks include a performance shirt, event bib - chip timed race, custom finisher medal, age group awards, team challenge trophies, an Irving Marathon clear clinch bag, silicone wrist bracelet, event sticker, RaceJoy App access, two free beers at Reservoir, free pancakes catered by Nosh & Bottle, free professional photo and an on-site expo. The race begins at 6:30 a.m. and costs are $29.99 - $109.99 depending on your distance choice.
Celebrate Memorial Day with the Irving Veterans Memorial Park Committee. Beginning with The Silvertones singing The Star-Spangled Banner, this program pays tribute to the brave heroes we remember who gave their lives for our country. Ending with a ceremony in Irving Veterans Memorial Park at the Wall of Commemoration, this will truly be a somber and memorial occasion.
The Irving Mall is celebrating Cinco de Mayo on Sunday from 3-6 p.m. The event is free and there's no need to RSVP, simply show up and have a fiesta! In partnership with Representa Foundation, they'll celebrate the Mexican culture with live music, folkloric dances, arts, crafts y mas.
May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
Stop by the Las Colinas Farmers Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Lamberti's parking lot for some fresh produce, local honey, grass-fed beef, eggs, prepared cuisines, desserts, seasonings, woodcrafters and more. You can even pre-order items and pick them up at the market. CDC recommendations are followed.
May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
Is your dog looking to make new friends? Then head on down to Homegrown Hounds each Sunday from 2-4 p.m. for their free Sunday Funday Doggie Playdate. There are always some pawesome dogs who are looking to have some tail-wagging fun. While you're there, check out their home-cooked dog food and treats.
Every third Sunday of the month, Reservoir treats you to their Fly Queens Brunch from 1-4 p.m. Hosted by Liquor Mini & Kandy Aisle, there's local talent and a Queen from around the country who will delight you with a drag show and fun experiences! Brunch specials are available too.
Did you know that the month of May is also Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month? The Irving Mall, in partnership with Asia Times Square, is celebrating from 12-2 p.m. with K-Pop performers, hula dancers and more! The event is free but registration is required.
From 7 - 10 p.m., longtime Irvingite "Mama" Amy Stevenson hosts Mama's Party featuring local, regional, and occasionally national talent. Normally held live at MainStage 222, due to the health concerns of their patrons, Mama's Party is currently featured online only. Viewing is free and tips are encouraged through Venmo, so tune in to watch this one-of-a-kind show. See the lineup.
Tuesdays - Saturdays
The Irving Arts Center, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is a 10-acre complex featuring two fully-equipped theaters, four galleries, and a beautiful sculpture garden. The Irving Arts Center alone hosts approximately 1,400 events annually, including 200+ performances and 25+ exhibitions, welcoming more than 100,000 visitors. The galleries rotate varied art exhibits throughout the year. Current exhibits include:
Lonesome Dove: Photographs by Bill Wittliff —Larry McMurtry’s epic novel of two aging Texas Rangers who drive a herd of stolen cattle 2,500 miles from the Rio Grande to Montana to found the first ranch there—truly captured public imagination. The Lonesome Dove miniseries, which first aired on CBS in 1989, lassoed an even wider audience. | March 6 through July 11, 2021
Signal from Noise - Signal from Noise presents selections from contemporary artist Sol Hill’s signature digital alternative process camera based artwork. Hill utilizes the artifacts that occur in the digital image making process produced from the influence of energies a sensor sees that the human eye does not. Hill’s interest is in exploring and expanding the visual repertoire of the medium of digital imaging and in exploring the intersection of art, science and spirit. Ever interested in juxtaposed contradictions, Hill’s finished works are presented in ways that blur the boundaries between photography and painting. | March 20 through June 26.
Braveart/Ex - Artwork from Cistercian Preparatory Upper School students will be featured in the Courtyard Gallery. | May 8 through May 29
Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition - Main Gallery - The Texas & Neighbors Exhibition is an annual collaboration between the Irving Art Association and Irving Arts Center. For 36 years artists from Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Arkansas and Oklahoma have participated in this prestigious, juried exhibition. To learn more, visit TexasandNeighbors.com. | May 15 - June 21
Amy Werntz: Portraits - Focus Gallery - Amy Werntz is an artist obsessed with time, of the fear of its passing and the feeling of not living in the correct moment. This passion plays out in her art which seeks to capture the seemingly insignificant moments of everyday life. | May 15 - July 10
Join the Lunch & Learn Zoom group each week on Tuesday from 12-1:30 p.m. for an informal adult education program discussing art topics that tie into current exhibitions at Irving Arts Center galleries. Videos, lectures, peer presentations and guest speakers are some of the activities offered.
Wednesdays - Saturdays
The Irving Archives and Museum will be hosting a temporary exhibit through May 25 called "WWI America." These images invite audiences into an understanding of World War I as a pivotal time in American history. It was supposed to be the "war to end all wars," and the exhibit spotlights why it was a time of social, economic, and political change. Groups can tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wed-Fri and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $25 for groups up to 10. Reservations are required.
The Irving Arts Center and Entertainment Series of Irving never disappoint and The Quebe Sisters are no exception. In fact, they're quite exceptional! Audiences are blown away by their archtop guitar, upright bass, fiddles and perfect pitch harmony only siblings can reach! Their classic sounds once found only in Texas dance halls and honky-tonks is combined with new feelings and new sounds for a very entertaining evening. Tickets are $21.50 - $31.50. 7:30 p.m.
The Lone Star Youth Orchestra presents "Three B's: Bach, Brahms & Burns" at the Irving Arts Center. First Place winner of the LSYO Concerto Competition Mohini Bhave will perform the first movement of Bach's Violin Concerto in E Major. Second Place winner Iris Song will play the third movement. Come listen to these highly talented youth play their young hearts out. The performance begins at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $6.50 for students and $13.50 for adults.
APEX Dance and Performing Arts is proud to hold this year's APEX Dance Recital at 7 p.m. at the Irving Arts Center. APEX offers dance classes from ages 3 up to adults, specializing in Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, combo classes (Tap/Ballet) and more. Tickets will go on sale May 4.
The innovative and highly flexible Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas hosts a multitude of varied events throughout the year. Check the events calendar often, there's sure to be a show or conference to suit your fancy. The following are events taking place in May.
USA Wrestling provides opportunities for wrestlers of all styles to compete against the best competition, at the regional, national, and international levels. This event will feature girls freestyle competition for the 8U-14U divisions as well as the UWW U15, Cadet, Junior and U23 World Team Trials for Women's Freestyle. Learn More
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