It's the last weekend before school begins, there's a solar eclipse coming, and cats and dogs will be flying out of the shelters. What a weekend! As you're running around getting your last minute items for school or looking for solar eclipse sunglasses, why not relax and enjoy one of these events below. There's always something to do here in Irving on the weekends, and this weekend is no exception. Don't forget to slow down and enjoy this season in your life, and especially don't forget to stop by our website for more area events. #VisitIrving
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2017
What: Texas Musicians Museum's 2nd Anniversary in Irving featuring September Moon and other Special Guests
Where: 222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
When: 8:00 p.m.
Cost: Donations for the bands will be accepted at the door
Come on down to the Texas Musicians Museum and help them celebrate their 2nd year (in Irving) anniversary with September Moon. A special opening act will open the show and there will be some food and drinks specials, plus door prizes and raffles for some great TMM prizes. September Moon will astonish you with their incredible lyrics and their beautifully textured vocal harmonies. This is going to be a real treat and a great celebration! Call 972-259-4444 to reserve your table now before they are gone. LEARN MORE
What: La Cima's Charity Classic: Under the Big Top
Where: 5215 N. O'Connor Road, Suite 2600 (26th floor of the center Williams Square building) 75039
When: 6 - 10 p.m.
Welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth! Join your friends for a fabulous night of fun and giving! Mix and mingle with your fellow Members and guests as you enjoy exciting sampler dishes from around the globe, heavy hors d’oeuvres and delicious cocktails. Help us support the wonderful causes of Irving Schools Foundation, ALS/Augie’s Quest and the Employee Partners Care Foundation. LEARN MORE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017
What: Clear the Shelters
Where: Irving Animal Shelter & DFW Humane Society, 4140 Valley View Lane 75038
When: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
There is nothing better than the unconditional love of a shelter animal. As I write this blog, there are over 45 beautiful dogs and over 70 gorgeous cats and kittens to choose from. Some of them are labeled as URGENT. You can view your new addition to the family online prior to adoption or just visit the shelter and see which one "speaks" to you. These purr-fect pets just need a fur-ever home. LEARN MORE
What: Fuller's Training & Performance presents a Back to School Event
Where: Fritz Park, 312 E. Vilbig Street 75060
When: Starts at 8 a.m.
Fuller's loves to give back to their community. That's why they're hosting this event for Irving families and friends to come on out and get a workout with giveaways. At 8 a.m. take part in the Free Fun Run and Workout. Then at 9:30 a.m. join in the games and give aways. They'll have drinks and food available too, plus the first 80 people can sign up for a future fun run and win a free T-shirt. LEARN MORE
What: Irving Farmers Market at the Art's Center
Where: 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75062 (across the street and just south of MacArthur High School)
When: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
These farmers markets are really cool. Yes, there are some farms that sell their produce here, but as a bonus there are several artisans who offer up their hand-crafted or home-made items too. I would rather buy honey from a local farmer than from a chain grocery store, which I did get some here a couple of weeks ago and I'm ready to return for more. There's Carter Mill hand-made soap, freshly baked items from Hazel's Kitchen, hand-crafted jewelry, and much more. Just drop on by, you'll be glad you did. LEARN MORE
What: Benihana presents Candy Sushi Rolling
Where: Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063
When: 4 - 5 p.m.
What a tasty way to learn all about the history of sushi rolling! And you get to make your very own candy sushi rolls. Parents are invited to stay and taste the complimentary samples. Ages 8-17; no children under the minimum age. Registration is required. LEARN MORE
What: A.J. LeGrand
Where: The OUTLAW Tap Room at the Four Seasons Resort and Club, 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75038
When: 6 - 9 p.m.
The OUTLAW Taproom, which features Texas beers, wine and craft cocktails on tap, offers a cozy covered outdoor patio with a synthetic bocce ball court and live music. Speaking of live music, A.J. LeGrand plays the acoustic guitar like a cool Texas breeze in the summer. His style of southern country music tells a soothing story with his lyrics and melody, just like cowboys telling stories sitting around a campfire. You know you'll get the best food and customer service here at The Four Seasons. LEARN MORE
What: Darrell Goldman
Where: The Ranch, 857 W. John Carpenter Fwy. 75039
When: 8 p.m.
I got to hear Darrell play the other night and he is simply AWESOME! His debut album entitled "The Bed I've Made" peeks into his love of music he's had for many years. You can catch Darrell live while enjoying the many great menu items, like The Ranch's Texas Whiskey BBQ Baby Back Ribs. Mmmm, mmmm, those things are better than sleepin' in on Monday mornin'! LEARN MORE
What: Junior Clark and the Journeymen
Where: Texas Musicians Museum, 222 E. Irving Blvd.
When: 8 p.m.
Cost: Donations for the bands are accepted at the door
Junior is about as genuine as it gets. His music come from the heart and his electric guitar follows suit with twangs that'll speak to your soul. It's a great night for some music and food from Smokin' Joes. Why not grab your friends and reserve a table? Just give them a call at (972) 259-4444. LEARN MORE
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017
What: Irving Farmers Market in the historic Heritage Crossing
Where: 200 block of Main Street at Rock Island, near the Clock Tower 75060
When: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Now I have to be honest and say I haven't been to this market . . . YET. I plan to go this weekend to see if it's just as cool as the one at the Arts Center (which I'm sure it is). The markets are designed to replicate a small town country marketplace. And while I'm downtown, I think I'll stop by On The Boulevard Gifts, Antiques & Collectibles. It's like browsing through my Grandma's attic, but better. LEARN MORE
A bit of information about the solar eclipse on Monday: Although we won't get a total eclipse here in Irving, we'll still get to see a partial eclipse; about 75% of the sun will be blocked out. Once you've donned your protective eyewear, look to the skies starting about 10:40 a.m. Monday morning and you'll see the moon begin to cover up the sun. The moon will move out of the sun's path by 2:40 p.m., according to NASA. The next eclipse will happen in 2024, about the time your kindergartener will be going into middle school. Just thought I'd throw that in.