Labor Day weekend is finally here, ready to close the book on another fun summer in Irving, Texas. Well, not so fast there Bub because the weather is still in the high 90's, so you can't really say that summer's over. Nevertheless, just what do you do with three days of great Texas weather? Yeah, I can see that honey-do list growing as we speak. Between the trips to the hardware store and washing your car after cleaning out the garage, I have a few alternatives for you. Take a look at these events and be glad I got you out of the house. And for more ideas, you should visit our other blogs to see what's cooking - or our website at irvingtexas.com.

 

LAUGHS BY THE LAKE

 

Laughs By The Lake

WHEN: Fri, Aug 31 @ 7pm
WHERE: Beautiful Lake Carolyn
COST: Free!

 

Headlined by K-Von (image above) from MTV's hit show Disaster Date, Laughs By The Lake returns for another evening of giggles and guffaws. Lake Carolyn is the place to be, and make sure you bring a lawn chair and your appetite. The first 1,000 guests will be served complimentary In-N-Out Burgers and there'll be adult beverages available for purchase. Or you can pack a picnic and bring your own goodies. Parking in nearby garages is $10, cash only. Insider hint: Stop by Nosh & Bottle at the Toyota Music Factory nearby for something to munch and sip

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LIVE MUSIC

 

Friday, August 31

 

By now you may have heard that just inside the Toyota Music Factory, there's a whole lotta music going on at the outdoor Texas Lottery Plaza, and admission is free. From 8 - 11 pm, come hear David Michael George perform a little rock, a little soul and some funk and blues thrown in. You can bring your lawn chair or blanket, and your pooch, then lean back and enjoy this free concert. No outside food and beverage is allowed, but you can dine and drink at any of the great restaurants at the TMF.

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Catch Darrell Goldman at The Ranch Las Colinas starting around 8:30 pm. The Ranch serves up some great food and out on "The Porch" you can eat while listening to some of the best local favorites. There's no cover charge either.  Insider hint: Get the Texas Whiskey BBQ Baby Back Ribs, accompanied by their homemade cadi-mac'n cheese with fresh buttery cornbread. That there's some good eatin's.

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Saturday, September 1

 

Aaron Hendra performs live at the Four Seasons Resort and Club from 6 - 9 pm.  Aaron is an Australian born (hubba hubba) singer-songwriter, guitarist and music producer and is married to TV Host and Personality Tiffany Hendra (BRAVO's Real Housewives of Dallas). Having performed 100 plus live shows in Texas and across the US, we're happy to have him right here in Irving.  No cover charge.

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Come on down to Armstead's Night Out at the Texas Lottery Plaza from 8 - 11 pm. This band was formed in Dallas in 2014 and immediately won 1st place at the Battle of the Bands competition. After picking up some additional musicians along the way, Armstead now plays all over the nation. This up and coming group is a band you've got to hear.  Free admission.

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DSP Live starring Indian rockstar Devi Sri Prasad is a unique show with 30 musicians, 25 dancers, and 6 popular singers. Their loyal fans can't get enough of this show, which will be at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory beginning at 6 pm.  Ticket's range from $39 - $129 and a few seats are still available.

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2001: A Space Odyssey 4K Restoration

 

WHEN: Fri, Sept 1 - Thu, Sept 6
TIME:  Varies by date
WHERE: Alamo Drafthouse
COST:  Just under $10

 

Why am I excited about 2001: A Space Odyssey - a futuristic movie made back in 1968? My sister asked me this question too because I was hyperventilating when I told her about it. First of all, the restoration was painstakingly created from the original analog film and transformed into stunning 4K - twice the resolution of the average digital projection experience.  Secondly, its special effects are timeless. This movie is not only what Stanley Kubrick imagined 50 years ago that it would be like in the year 2001, and it's not just about the awesome opening music, but it's a sensory-rich portrayal of the anxiety humans have imagined since the beginning of the technology age. It's a film you have to see, and you'll never look at your computer the same.

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Okay, now you can start on that honey-do list. Afterward, treat yourself to one of Irving's great restaurants. Be sure to tag us if you post any photos - #VisitIrving @VisitIrvingTx. Have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!