Anything under 95 degrees feels like fall to me, so I am very excited about our weather forecast this weekend.  You can cycle, shop, dress up, dress down, and get down with what we have in store for you. It's time to grab the kids and get outside with these fun, fall family-friendly activities.  

Bike along Trinity River Mountain Creek Preserve

Man on bike

With a pathway wide enough for both bicycles and joggers, the Preserve features a four mile hard surface trail which is part of the City of Irving's Campion Trail system.  Located at Nursery and Hunter Ferrill Road, the trail is tucked away from the city, so it's great for all skill levels because it's lightly trafficked.  Dogs are also allowed on the trail, but must be kept on a leash.  Be sure to pack a lunch because in addition to a riding trail, playground and basketball court, there's also a picnic pavilion. Learn More

P.S. Just up MacArthur Blvd. is a great bicycle shop and they just so happen to have a sale going on.


Visit Irving Vintage Trail Market

Irving Vintage Market Days

Where: Downtown Irving, just head down Irving Blvd, you can't miss it.
When:  Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Come out to historic downtown Irving to see all the shops and restaurants, as well as the wonderful vendors set up on Main Street and in the open market area. Find that special antique that you didn't know you needed, but fell in love with anyway. You've driven by them, and now's your chance to see what's inside those quaint little shops.  Why not pick up something to eat while you're downtown? There's plenty to see, taste, and purchase, for everyone in the family.   Learn More


Attend a Country Hoe Down

Country Hoedown
Where:  Irving Public Library -  South Campus, 601 Schulze Drive 75060
When:  Saturday, October 14, from 2 - 3 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

What if I said you didn't need to know how to dance to enjoy this rural tradition of square and line dancing?  Irving Chautaqua presents Circle I Square and Round Dance Club, with their dance caller, Ray Savell, who will be giving demonstrations so all you have to do is sit and watch.  But what fun is that?  You can also get up and swing your partner or boot-scootin-boogie on down the line.  This event is for singles, couples and families.  Light refreshments will be served. Learn More


Frolic at a Farmer's Market & Fall Festival

Nimitz Farmer's Market & Fall Festival

Where:  Nimitz High School, 100 West Oakdale 75060
When:  Saturday, October 14, from 3 - 8 p.m.
Cost: Free admission

Dress up your ghouls and goblins and bring them to the Nimitz High School FFA Farmers Market and Fall Festival. There'll be fun activities everywhere!  Visit the pumpkin patch.  Buy some plants.  See the farm animals.  Go trick-or-treating.  Bring your pet for low cost grooming.  Enter the costume contest.  They'll have food trucks and vendors so be sure to bring your wallet.  Learn More


Did someone say Pumpkin Spice?

Shorty's Waffles

Where:  Shorty's Cookin Country, 603 S. Belt Line Road 75060
When:  Open 7 days a week from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost: We had breakfast for two with tip for less than $20

I keep saying that the best restaurants keep popping up in Irving.  But then again, there's some great ones that have been here forever.  I have to admit that during the 21 years Shorty's has been in Irving, I've never visited . . . that is until several Facebook readers encouraged me to try their Pumpkin Spice Waffle.  Just look at it.  Warm, softly crunchy, buttery goodness.  And the sausage patties are huge! So stop by Shorty's for breakfast on your way to any one of these events.  Great food, hot coffee, and friendly service.  Who could ask for more? Learn More


For more area events, just hop on over to the Visit Irving website.