Eastertime reminds me of that wonderful aroma of rolls baking in the oven; the feel of cool, soft grass underneath bare feet; planting spring flowers and of course, family gatherings.  Whatever this time of year means to you, we've highlighted several events here in Irving where you can make your own family memories.  Or venture out and look through our events calendar for more fun things to do.

Enjoy this beautiful weather and visit an outdoor concert

Nawlins Gumbo King

Irving Concert Series

When:  Friday, April 14 from 7 - 8:45 p.m.
Where:  Whistlestop Plaza, 123 W. Irving Blvd. 75060
Cost:  The outdoor concert is free, but bring money for food trucks

Featuring the sounds of The N'awlins Gumbo Kings, this concert features six fine musicians carrying on the legacy of New Orleans jazz at its finest.  Be sure to bring a blanket and/or lawn chair.  You can bring a picnic basket, cooler or take advantage of one of the food trucks on site.  Learn More

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Pop Poppins with Broose Dickinson

When:  Friday, April 14 at 8 p.m.
Where:  Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
Cost:  $10 per person

Pop Poppins is a Seminal DFW band who grew along with the Deep Ellum scene.  Here they developed into a regional success. Their sound combines standard rock and roll with melodic vocals, harmonies reminiscent of 60's pop and adventurous percussion. As a special bonus, Broose will have his artwork available for auction.  Click here to place a bid prior to the concert.  Learn More

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Rachel Stacy

Rachel Stacy

When:  Friday, April 14 at 8:00 p.m.
Where:  The Ranch, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway 75039
Cost:  No cover charge

Based right around the corner in Arlington, Rachel Stacy is a songwriter & entertainer with a “never give up attitude” & drive so infectious, she is hard to deny. Stacy's music airs all over the world through her multiple album releases.

Rachel’s strong, soulful, raspy voice, gives her the freedom to deliver crowd roaring performances. Her live show is full of energy, passion, attitude & a serious devotion to her fans. She is a true entertainer. Learn More

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MadDogs70 Joe Cocker Tribute Band

When:  Saturday, April 15 from 6 - 11 p.m.
Where:  Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
Cost:  $10 general admission; $15 reserved seat; $60 reserved table for 4

They are back for another incredible performance at the TMM. You will be delighted with the sounds of Joe Cockers Maddogs and Englishmen music that will take you back to the 70's. This was almost a sold out show last time and they anticipate it to be a sellout.  Be sure to purchase your tickets today!  Learn More

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Laura Ospina

The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra presents Laura Ospina, cello

When:  Friday, April 14 from 8 - 10:30 p.m.
Where:  Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75038
Cost:  $16.50 - $46.50

Well, it's not outdoors, but you won't want to miss the LCSO’s very own principal cellist, Laura Ospina performing Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme! The LCSO will wow the audience with performances of Ravel’s Ma mère l’Oye, Bartók’s Hungarian Sketches and more!  Learn More

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Matt Wiegand

When:  Saturday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m.
Where:  The Ranch, 857 W. John Carpenter Freeway 75039
Cost:  No cover charge

Born and raised in Southeast Texas, Matt worked as a pipe fitter when he heard the calling to be a musician. Music always came to him naturally. In fact, he taught himself to play guitar at just 15 years old. In  2015, Matt released a self-produced album, Road Less Traveled, on iTunes, Amazon, etc. This past year he has been carrying his unique sound all over Texas, and recently relocated to Fort Worth to further his music career.  Moving lyrics combined with a simple unique sound are what make Matt Wiegand's music captivating.  Learn More

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Mistah MoBetta and Sound Check

When:  Saturday, April 15 from 9 p.m. to midnight
Where:  Avocado Restaurant & Lounge, 220 E. Las Colinas Blvd. 75039
Cost:  No cover charge

Come out and jam with Mistah MoBetta on the 1's & 2's, and the band Sound Check, then sign up to sing karaoke over 4000 songs to choose from! The Avocado Restaurant & Lounge is a nice cool environment with great Mexican and Japanese food, with sushi and drink specials.  Learn More

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BAR None

When:  Saturday, April 15 from 8 - 10 p.m.
Where:  Tio Carlos, 2742 N. O'Connor Rd. #104 75062
Cost:  No cover charge

"Just like a bad penny, we keep showing up!" the band says. Join them on Tax Day to either celebrate or drown your sorrows, depending on the status of your tax return! Either way, a nice, cold, adult beverage and some great live music will be just the thing!  Learn More

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And on Easter Sunday . . .

Easter Basket

Easter Country Brunch featuring Pure Country w/ Danny Sanches

When:  11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Where:  Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
Cost:  $20 per person

Brunch also includes a museum walk-through and live show.  Menu includes breakfast tacos, cowboy beans, breakfast potatoes, fruit and pancakes.  Mimosa's are available for $2 more.  Learn More

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Four Seasons is offering an Easter Buffet with live entertainment and a child-friendly menu.  Cost:  $89 per adult, $45 for children under 12. 

Omni Mandalay is offering an Easter Champagne Brunch at Trevi's with live entertainment and Easter egg hunt.  Cost:  $60 per adult, $50 seniors, $20 for children ages 6 - 12.

The Ranch is offering an Easter Brunch featuring over 40 Texas brunch favorites, plus live entertainment.  Cost:  $46.95 Adults, $18.95 kids 9-13, $10.95 kids 5-8, kids under 4 eat free with paying adult meal.

Irving Bazar, 2800 W. Irving Blvd. 75061, is hosting an Easter egg hunt from 1 - 4 p.m.  Free admission.  Children will be able to go to different booths to collect Easter eggs and win a chance to get an Easter basket filled with goodies.

Christ Church is celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Worship: 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Nursery-5th classes: 9:30 and 11 a.m.  Nursery-2 yrs. classes: 12:30 p.m.

The Link Church will discuss "A Place Where You Belong" at 10:30 a.m.  After service is an Easter egg hunt and bounce house.

Oak View Baptist Church invites you to start a family tradition and join them at 9:30 a.m. or 10:50 a.m., with an Easter egg hunt at noon.  Service in Spanish is at 12:30 p.m.

Irving North Christian Church is holding an Easter egg hunt with face painting and bounce houses after services staggered between ages from 2:20 - 3:35 p.m.

Nueva Vida Familias trae a toda tu familia y Celebrémos la Vida de JESUS en nosotros. Domingo de Resurrección. 11 a.m.

First Irving Kids is holding an Easter Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Easter egg hunt, games, bounce house, caricature artist, music, face painting food, and more!!

St. Mark's Episcopal Church welcomes you to join them in celebration of the Resurrection of the Risen Lord.  Holy Eucharist is at 10 a.m. with a reception and Easter egg hunt following.

Valley Ranch Islamic Center is offering a Potluck Breakfast from 9 - 11 a.m.  Sign up with what you will bring.