With summer now in full swing, things to do in Irving, TX this July offer the chance for family fun, holiday celebrations, arts and culture appreciation, and tons of free events and activities.
July 1 -7
Monday, July 1
- Start your Independence Day celebrations a bit early with a Patriotic Salute Concert from the 36th Infantry Division Band. The Austin-based National Guard unit will perform on the East Lawn of City Hall. Admission and parking are both free.
Thursday, July 4
- Celebrate the Fourth of July with the city’s annual Independence Day Parade & Reception. Head to the Heritage District at 9 a.m. to watch the parade, themed Music of America, make its way through the area. Afterward, make your way to Heritage Park for a free concert and watermelon reception from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- The city’s official festivities pick back up at 6 p.m. with the Independence Day Fireworks Show at the Levy Event Plaza along Lake Carolyn. A Fun Zone will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. with free, family-friendly activities and bounce houses. Live music plays at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. The fireworks display starts at 9:30 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs, umbrellas, and coolers are encouraged, and over 20 food vendors will be on hand. Bring cash for parking at the garages ($10).
Friday, July 5
- Ease into the weekend with Bourbon & Brew Featuring Lakewood Brewing & Yellow Rose Distillery at Cool River Cafe. Every first Friday of the month, the local steakhouse offers the opportunity to sample Texas-made whiskies and craft beers. For only $35, you get three 4-oz. brews, two 2-oz. whiskey pours, a cigar from a master cigar roller, and three tapas plates.
Saturday, July 6
- Step back in time for an evening at the Classic Car Cruise In happening every first Saturday at Big State Fountain Grill. Order up some comfort food, take your pick of classic candies, and hang out as pristine vehicles from decades past show off their preserved automotive glory.
Sunday, July 7
- Free Heritage House and Mary's Playhouse Tours take place the first Sunday of every month. One of the oldest homes in Irving, the Heritage House is an important part of the city’s history. Don’t miss this special opportunity to participate in docent-led tours beginning at 3 and 4 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9
- A hallmark of summertime in Irving is the Fritz Park Petting Zoo. Open only in June and July each year, this free attraction is a family favorite. Little ones love getting up close and personal with goats, sheep, chickens, rabbits, turkeys, cows, donkeys, and more. The petting zoo is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 13
- Stockpile some books for summer reading at the Valley Ranch Book Sale taking place on the second Saturday of each month. The sale goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and non-library card holders are welcome.
Sunday, July 14
- Some of the best things to do in Irving happen to be regularly occurring monthly events. Such is certainly the case with Second Sunday Family Funday at the Irving Arts Center where free, drop-in art projects are available from 1 to 4 p.m. This month’s theme is Summer Splash and parents and kids are invited to create an art piece inspired by water fun. A guided tour of the center is offered at 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 18
- YouTube fanatics are sure to be familiar with what started as a BuzzFeed series known as The Try Guys. With viral videos featuring four average Joes trying everything from a night out in women’s high heels to earwax extractions, The Try Guys: Legends of the Internet live comedy show coming to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory is sure to surprise and delight with plenty of laughs.
Friday, July 19
- Don’t miss the premier of Boeing Boeing at the Irving Arts Center’s Dupree Theater. The farcical play follows the exploits of a swinging bachelor in 1960s Paris and the trouble that ensues when his friend comes to town and can’t keep straight which lies to tell to each of the bachelor’s three stewardess fiancés who don’t know about each other. Running for two weeks through August 3, showings take place Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 20
- Make it a low and slow Saturday at Nosh and Bottle with a BBQ + Beer Pairing. All day long, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., stop in for a plate of smoked brisket, with a side of cowboy beans or jalapeno mac and cheese, and a beer of your choice for only $12.
Monday, July 22
- Kick off the week on a musical note with Texas Local Live at The Ranch at Las Colinas. Featuring local musicians every Monday night from 6 to 9 p.m., you can enjoy free live music while having a farm-to-fork meal at this Texas-centric restaurant. For even more live music around Irving, read our monthly live music blog.
Saturday, July 27
- Gather your friends for a Cal-Mex Brunch at El Famoso every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The popular, California-inspired Mexican restaurant in the Water Street area of Las Colinas offers $3 breakfast tacos, $7 breakfast burritos, and mimosas for just $2.47. On Saturdays, you can get frozen drinks for $6 all day long.
Sunday, July 28
- This last Sunday in July is extra special at the Irving Arts Center. Not only will it be a Bonus Family Funday with free art projects for families, but the opening reception and awards ceremony for the 19th Annual Art Connection Members Show will also take place along with a closing reception for the Brett Dyer exhibition. Be there from 2 to 4 p.m. to have some fun with the family, get a last look at one exhibit, and see another exhibit debut.