Memorial Day weekend in America is a red-white-and-blue explosion of family picnics, sales, activities and remembering. This weekend, while you're reflecting on those who have given their lives to support this country and our freedom, in between bites of your grilled hot dog, or while scouring the papers for sales, you might want to consider attending any of these activities.  Be sure to stay hydrated and weather-aware. Or if you fancy other events in the area, visit our website at visitirving.com.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE

Memorial Day Flags
Location: Central Library Auditorium, 801 W. Irving Blvd. 75060
Price: Free
When: Sunday, May 28 @ 2:30 p.m.

Honor the true meaning of Memorial Day with Irving. On Sunday, May 28 we'll take a moment to salute our nation’s fallen heroes at a free Memorial Day service at 2:30 p.m. The event will include special speeches, a moment of reflection, presentation of colors, and a special performance of  “The Star-Spangled Banner."

Following the service, a reception will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, 644 Rock Island Road (located next to Central Library). The reception will conclude with a prayer, the playing of “Taps” and the laying of the wreath. Bring the family and enjoy a ceremony to honor our fallen servicemen and women. Learn More

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STEVEN FROMHOLZ, THE ONE AND ONLY

Steven Fromholz

Photography by George Brainard, Austin, TX

Location: Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
Price: Free, donations are accepted for the band
When: Saturday, May 27 @ 5 p.m.

In the 1980’s Steve Fromholz began entertaining on rafting trips in the Big Bend area of Texas, subsequently becoming a river guide, white water expert, First Responder and EMT. You can say that Texas runs through his veins like the Brazos after a good rain.  Beyond starring in several movies and performing with top artists throughout his career, Fromholz was inducted into the Music Hall of Fame in March 2003. Today he is "semi-retired" - meaning he does what he wants, where he wants and when he wants!  We're honored to host him here in Irving this weekend. Learn More 

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BIG $ BRASS BAND

Big $ Brass Band
Location: Whistlestop Plaza, 123 W. Irving Blvd. 75060
Price: Free
When: Friday, May 26 @ 7 p.m.

In the summer of 2015, a group of local Dallas musicians were kidnapped and forced together by the mysterious King in Yellow to help bring the Carcosa sound to the Dallas area. Seeing a lack of musical diversity in brass music they decided to create their own sound.  Taking traditional jazz, Afro-beat, rock and funk, they mix it together for an explosion of sound.  Get your funk on, grab a lawn chair or blanket and be prepared to groove to this one-of-a-kind energetic show at this weekend's Irving Concert Series.  Learn More

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SELF RELIANCE EXPO

Self Reliance Expo

Location: Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. 75039
Price: $10 for one day, $15 for both days, Children 12 and under are free
When: Friday, May 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tons of vendors, loads of classes to choose from, whether you're just a weekender or a full-blown survivalist, this expo is for you. Visit the vendors and attend the classes - learn about food and water storage, emergency power, supplies, gear. It's all at one place!  Learn More

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TALKING PICTURES

Talking Pictures

Photography by Mike Morgan

Location: Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75062
Price: $19 - $28
When: Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27 @ 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 28 @ 2:30 p.m.

Imagine that it’s 1929, on the eve of the Great Depression, and America doesn't know its on the precipice of big change with a looming financial crisis. In the small town of Harrison, Texas, the residents of a local boarding house deal with numerous dilemmas, both large and small. Quarrels arise between estranged husbands and wives, the future of a railroad engineer hangs in the balance, and the town is turned upside down with the coming of the ‘talkies’ to the local movie theatre. It’s the end of an era, and a job, for the woman who plays live music for the films. When the silver screen is no longer silent, who will speak up? Learn More

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For more events in Irving and around the area, check the events calendar.