Memorial Day weekend is a great time to gather with family and friends for cookouts and pre-summer activities. It's also a great time to teach your children about our true heroes, the servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. As you bite into your celebratory hot dog, consider visiting these area Memorial Day weekend activities.

 

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK

 

Irving Veterans Memorial

 
WHERE:  IRVING CENTRAL LIBRARY, 801 W. IRVING BLVD. 75060 
WHEN: SUNDAY, MAY 27 @ 2:30 PM 
COST:  FREE 

 

Each year the Veterans Memorial Park Committee hosts a Memorial Day Service to honor the Irving veterans who fought through many decades representing several wars. Beginning with a reflection on the origin of the Veterans Memorial Park by former Irving councilman Bob Romano, following there will be a solemn and reverent ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park at the Wall of Commemoration, 644 Rock Island Road. LEARN MORE 


 

TAKE THE KIDS FOR A SWIM 

 

 Cimarron Aquatic Center 

 

WHERE: Cimarron Family Aquatic Center, 825 W. Irving Blvd. 75060 
WHEN: May 26-28, 12 - 7 pm 
COST: $2 - $10

 

The City of Irving recently completed renovations on this family fun water park, which is scheduled to reopen on Memorial Day. It features a five-lane lap pool, splash pool and zero-depth entry pools; water wheelchairs, playground and slides; spray park; and special needs accessibility.  Cost is Free - $8.  LEARN MORE


 

RESCUE A BEST FRIEND

 

Soldier with Dog

 

WHERE: Irving Animal Care Campus, 4140 Valley View Lane 75038 
WHEN: May 21 - 25, Tue-Fri: 11 am - 6 pm, Sat: 10 am - 5 pm
COST: Free adoptions for pets 1 year or older

 

In the spirit of Memorial Day, honor the memory and sacrifice of our servicemen and women by rescuing a pet that's one year or older at the Irving Animal Care Campus. Animals being adopted will be up-to-date on vaccinations, including rabies if the animal is more than 4 months of age. Of course they'll be spayed or neutered, as well as given a general dewormer and treated for fleas and ticks. They also microchip and register them with 24PetWatch. Adult dogs will be tested for heartworm and adult cats will be tested for FeLV/FIV. If that's not enough, pets will be given 30 days of 24PetWatch pet insurance and a sample bag of Science Diet food. Click to see all adoptable and urgent pets.


 

LIVE MUSIC!

 

 

There's nothing quite like celebrating through live music and great performances. The venues listed below have no admission fee or cover charge, unless otherwise indicated. Check these out!

 

The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Saturday, May 25 @ 7 pm: Blackbear with Elohim - Tickets are $30 - $59.50+ 

Sunday, May 26 @ 4 pm:  Kirk Franklin presents his Second Annual Exodus Music & Arts Festival - tickets are $39 - $149+

 

Bar Louie at Toyota Music Factory

Friday, May 24 @ 9 pm - 1 am: TJ

 

Nosh & Bottle Market  

Friday, May 24 @ 7:30 - 10 pm:  Live at Nosh with Dan Rocha

 

The Green Gator at Toyota Music Factory 

Friday, May 24 @ 9 pm - 12 am: Mix Tape 

Saturday, May 25 @ 9:30 pm - 12:30 am: Griffin Tucker Band

 

Two Mules Cantina at Texican Court

Friday, May 24 @ 9 pm: London Lawhon

Saturday, May 25 @ 9 pm: Heather Victorino

 

Texas Lottery Plaza at Toyota Music Factory

Friday, May 24 @ 8 pm: Party on the Plaza featuring DJ Mr. Black 

Saturday, May 25 @ 10 pm: Texas Lottery Live featuring David Michael George

 

Gipsy Lime Taco Lounge

Friday, May 24 @ 6 - 8 pm: Matt Brooks

 

Peak Restaurant & Bar

Friday, May 24 @ 8:30 pm - 2 am: Musical May featuring F1 Band 

Saturday, Mat 25 @ 8:30 pm - 2 am: Musical May featuring Near Mirror 

 

Irving Arts Center

Friday, May 24 @ 7:30 pm: Xanadu, the musical - Tickets are $24 - $31 

Saturday, May 25 @ 7:30 pm: Xanadu, the musical - Tickets are $24 - $31 

Saturday, May 25 @ 7 - 9 pm: Esto Es Mexico - Tickets are $12 - $20

 

The Ranch at Las Colinas

Friday, May 24 @ 8 - 11 pm: Aubrie Lynn

Saturday, May 25 @ 8 - 11 pm: Faron Lee Gilbert


 

While you're out celebrating this three-day weekend, be sure to tag us in your posts and stories with #VisitIrving and/or #IrvingRocks.  Also follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to stay in the know.  For additional area events not listed in this blog, visit our website at www.irvingtexas.com/events/.  Love you Josh, Zach and all of the men and women of the armed services for your dedication and sacrifice.