Summer's here and your clipboard o' fun is blank . . . but so is your wallet.  What do you do?  Have no fear young day trippers, the answer lies in Irving, Texas.  This weekend is full of activities that are easy on the wallet.  Here's our list, and perhaps you can add to it too.  You can also find other area events on our website at www.irvingtexas.com/events

FREE FAMILY FUN!

Family Fishing Day

What:  Family Fishing Day
Where:  Northwest Park Recreation Center, 2800 Cheyenne Street 75062
When:  Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost:  Free, just bring money for concessions

When was the last time you and your family went fishing?  Well now you can enjoy a morning of fishing, family and fun at the Northwest pond.  This event is free and open to all ages.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  Please note: Patrons aged 17 and older must have possess a valid fishing license.  Learn More

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What:  Community Summer Fest
Where:  Senter Park Recreation Center, 901 S. Senter Street 75060
When:  Saturday, June 3 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cost:  Free, just bring money for the food trucks, vendors and snow cones

What's more fun than a bounce house and snow cones?  A Community Summer Fest with summer games and vendors and your neighbors having fun!  Bring the whole family.  This Summer Fest is for all ages. Learn More

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  • Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale at the Public Library Warehouse, 3000 Rock Island Road 75060.  Fri & Sat. 10 - 5 and Sun. 1 - 5.  

  • Summertime Family Movies presents Wonder Woman at the East Library, 440 S. Nursery Road 75060.  Saturday, June 3 from 2:30 - 4 p.m.

  • Adopt a furry feline friend for free throughout the month of June at the Irving Animal Shelter, 4140 Valley View Lane 75038.  Adoption fees for cats 1 year and older are waived and kittens are available for a $50 adoption fee.  Vaccinations, spay/neuter, leukemia test and microchip included with all cat adoptions.  Open Tuesday - Friday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

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MUSIC

The Silvertones
What:  The Silvertones
Where:  Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
When:  Friday, June 2 @ 8 p.m.
Cost:  Free, donations are accepted at the door for the band

Party boy, Brian Wicker, began his musical career playing the guitar in his early teens in California.  After moving to Texas, he met the serious Kyle Copeland, who didn't take an immediate liking to him.  With both having music in common, they decided to jam for fun, and the rest is history.  That was 20 years ago.  Their newest release, Silvertone Avenue, is filled with solid rhythm, blues, and plenty of groove. Learn More

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What:  Chris Boss Band
Where:  Cool River Cafe, 1045 Hidden Ridge 75039
When:  Friday, June 2 @ 9:30 p.m.
Cost:  Free Admission, but you know you want to sample their awesome menu, including the drinks

Chris Boss has earned many accolades including winning the "Guitar Wars Competition" three times, a nomination for "Musician of the Year" - SA News, as well as being named "Best Acoustic Guitarist" and "Best Electric Guitarist" - SA Current Magazine, to name a few.  Chris has also gained more popularity for his "hair raising" rendition of the National Anthem as well as half times shows he regularly performs on court before NBA home games at the AT&T Center, including multiple playoff appearances and TNT coverage.  Come watch Chris and his band for a "cool" time.  Learn More

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  • Special Edition is performing at Cool River Cafe, 1045 Hidden Ridge Drive 75038.  Friday @ 9:30 p.m.  

  • Isaac Jacob is performing at the newly renovated Ranch at Las Colinas, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway 75039.  Friday @ 8 p.m.

  • Faron Lee Gilbert is back at The Ranch at Las Colinas, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway 75039.  Saturday @ 8 p.m.

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THE ARTS & MUSEUMS

Flower Exhibit

What:  "In the Garden" Exhibit
Where:  West Irving Library, 4444 W. Rochelle Road 75062
When:  May 28 - June 25
Cost:  Free Admission

This is such a beautiful collection of floral art by local artists!  Come preview the exhibit at the library in between browsing for your summer reading assemblage.  Paintings may be purchased by contacting the IAA Exhibits team at (972) 721-8063 or iaaexhibits@gmail.com. Learn More

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What:  Heritage House Tours and Wedding Gowns of Yesterday Exhibit
Where:  Heritage House, 303 S. O'Connor Road 75060 
When:  Sunday, June 4, from 3 - 5 p.m.
Cost:  Free Admission

In a bedroom called “The Bride’s Room,” many wedding gowns spanning several decades are displayed in the Irving Heritage House this month including a 1903 wedding gown, coat and slippers worn by Mrs. J.O. (Agnes Sueppel) Schulze. It was custom designed and made by Marshall Field of Chicago. With wallpaper similar to the original pattern used when the house was built in 1912, this bedroom contains furniture, bed, dresser and washstand originally the property of the Paschal P. Tuckers of Dallas, Mrs. Virginia Schulze’s parents. It is Victorian walnut with burl walnut inlay. The bedspread was crocheted by Mrs. Tucker to fit the bed. Learn More

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  • Returning for another weekend, Talking Pictures is playing at the Dupree Theater, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75062.  This play takes you to a local boarding house where the residents deal with numerous dilemmas.  In fact, the town is turned upside down with the coming of the ‘talkies’ to the local movie theatre. Friday & Saturday, June 2 & 3 @ 7:30 p.m. Some seats are as low as $19.

  • Catch the final display of the 75 finalists in this year's Texas & Neighbors Competition at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75062.  The exhibit ends on Saturday, June 3.  Gallery Hours are Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.  Free Admission.

  • What better way to shake off the week's stress than at a Coloring Book Party?  The Irving Arts Association, 1975 Puritan Drive 75060, will provide the basic art supplies, but feel free to bring your own coloring book and favorite supplies.   Friday, June 2 from 6:30 - 9 p.m.  Free.

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GET BACK TO NATURE

Campion Trail

What:  Bike ride through Campion Trails
Where:  Riverside Drive and Spur 348
When:  Anytime
Cost:  Free Admission

Have you ever just wanted to get away and take a drive out in the country?  Campion Trails is like that - it's a master-planned, 22-mile greenbelt along the Elm Fork and West Fork of the Trinity River.  On this scenic trail, you'll find a mixture of natural and urban views as you ride through Irving.  Also, you can stop at several great places along the trail to have a picnic.  Learn More

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What:  Picnic at Centennial Park
Where: 444 W. Second Street 75060
When:  Anytime
Cost:  Free Admission

With a wide jogging, walking or biking path surrounding a peaceful pond, Centennial Park is the perfect place for a picnic.  The picnic tables are sheltered and although you can rent the pavilions for $20/hr., it's not necessary.  Be sure to take along some corn, peas or duck pellets to feed the ducks. You can order duck pellets from Amazon or purchase them at the Shady Grove Feed Store, 1125 Balleywood Road 75060.  Learn More

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  • Visit Fritz Park Petting Farm at 312 E. Vilbig 75060.  Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from 2 - 6 p.m.  In fact, children 12 years of age or older may become petting farm volunteers for the summer. The opportunity builds a strong sense of responsibility and a love for animals. Free admission.

  • Adopt a spot in Irving through the Keep Irving Beautiful Adopt-A-Spot initiative.  It costs nothing but your time and energy.  You can adopt individually or as a group, such as a business, faith group or neighborhood association.  If you think about it, you could either spend money working out in a gym, or spend nothing and work outdoors among beautiful scenery.  You only need to commit for one year, and cleaning the area can be as little as once a month.  You can be proud of your accomplishments and your city will be proud of you.

  • Visit a Spray Park.  Irving has two of them - Northwest Spray Park at 2800 Cheyenne Street and Southwest Spray Park at 2800 Shady Grove Road. Spray parks are free and open to the general public. The kids will love it!  

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For additional area events, please visit our website at www.irvingtexas.com/events.