It's what makes Irving, Texas a great town - a marriage of the old and new, where diversity is mainstream and food is a common language. That's what you get this weekend with the top events listed below. Whether it's a day spent at the Mandalay Canal Festival, catching a play about freedom, or celebrating 150 years of history, there's something here for everyone. And there's even more listed on our website, so go ahead, check it out. Just be sure to tag us in those photos @visitirvingtx.

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What is 150 years old and contains memories of Irving's first settlers? Just about everyone has driven past Sowers Cemetery, whether you realized it or not. With the upkeep of its grounds, you'd never know this cemetery dates all the way back to the Civil War era. This Saturday you'll have a chance to hear from representatives of Irving's historical families and other dignitaries paying homage to the pioneers of Irving. 

Sowers Cemetery

SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION

WHERE:  Sowers Cemetery

WHEN: Sat, Jun 9 @ 10 am

COST: Free

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The new Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory comes alive at night with the sounds of Ray LaMontagne and special guest Neko Case on Friday, Leon Bridges' Good Thing Tour with Jon Batiste and Stay Human on Saturday, and Styx with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts with special guest Tesla on Sunday. For a great bargain, try the "3 for $30 Lawn Bundle" where you can see 3 shows for $30: Ray LaMontagne, Counting Crows (Jul 24) and Dispatch (Aug 10).

Styx/Joan Jett

LIVE MUSIC!

WHERE:  The Pavilion at TMF

RAY MONTAGNE: Fri, Jun 8 @ 7:30 pm - $30

LEON BRIDGES: Sat, Jun 9 @ 7:30 pm - $42+

STYX: Sun, Jun 10 @ 7 pm - $25+

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What's a weekend without a festival, right? Canal Fest on Saturday is a MUST-ATTEND event where you can travel the world in a day. Did you know that Irving is home to the most diverse zip code in the nation, with a magnitude of multicultural restaurants and over 50 spoken languages in our schools? Diversity is what we all celebrate here in Irving and at the festival.

With dance, music, art and food representing our different cultures, activities for the kids, cultural displays and vendors, photo stations, and so much more, plan to attend with the whole family, including your well-behaved and leashed pets who will even have their own watering station. P.S. It's not too early to buy a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift from one of the vendors.

Canal Fest

CANAL FEST 2018

WHERE:  Lake Carolyn and the Mandalay Canals, 501 E. Las Colinas Blvd. 75039

WHEN: Sat, Jun 9 @ 2 - 10 pm

COST: Free 

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What do you think of when I say Greg Ellis?  The Dallas Cowboys, right? Well now he and playwright T.K. Henderson have teamed up to write and direct several successful plays, including Juneteenth which is playing only on Saturday at The Irving Arts Center. Through dialogue and music, with modern day scenes and flashbacks to 1865, Juneteenth, presented by the Irving Black Arts Council, recreates the pivotal story of slavery in the state of Texas, and how freedom found its way here. If there are any VIP tickets left, for just $10 over the regular ticket price, you get back stage access, preferred seating and photos with Greg Ellis after the show. Hurry and purchase your tickets before they're gone.

Juneteenth The  Play

JUNETEENTH THE PLAY

WHERE: Irving Arts Center

WHEN: Sat, Jun 9 @ 7 pm

COST: $30 - $40 

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Here's some other events you might like:

Friday, June 8

10 am - 5 pm - Shop for gently used books, music, DVDs, magazines and audiobooks at the Friends of the Irving Public Library annual Book Sale. Open to the general public.

10 am - 6 pm - The Fritz Park Petting Zoo is open with a variety of animals to pet and feed. Free.

7 pm - Hackberry Creek Church, 200 Kinwest Pkwy 75063 invites you to spend time with them in their living room for a "Come as You Are" night of worship.

8:30 pm - Singer and Guitarist Genevieve Allen performs at The Ranch. No cover.

8:30 pm - Country singer Matthew Middleton performs at Southern Junction Nightclub and Steakhouse. $8 - $20.

Saturday, June 9

9 am - 2 pm - Irving Farmer's Market offers fresh fruits and veggies with local artisans and vendors.

9 am - 3 pm - Holy Trinity Lutheran Church will hold their Second Saturday Market with vendors, crafts for sale, and all manner of other items.

10 am - 6 pm - The Fritz Park Petting Zoo is open with a variety of animals to pet and feed. Free.

2:30 - 4:30 pm - The East Library offers a Summer Movie with Snacks, showing The Incredibles. Free. 

8:30 pm - Singer and Guitarist Genevieve Allen performs at The Ranch. No cover.

8:30 pm - Country singer Matthew Middleton performs at Southern Junction Nightclub and Steakhouse. $8 - $20.

Sunday, June 10

2 - 6 pm - The Fritz Park Petting Zoo is open with a variety of animals to pet and feed. Free.

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Check out all of the fun things to do this weekend or throughout the year with the Visit Irving Events Calendar.