Mingle with the boldest and bravest of foodies and the hottest celebrity chefs.  Sample fiery sauce, salsas, even chocolates and learn how to use them in recipes and remedies.  Watch an Atomic Wing Eating Contest, Puckerbutt's Jalapeno Eating Contest or attend a bonafide Pig Roast.  You can do all of this and more this weekend here in Irving.  For additional area events, log onto our website at www.irvingtexas.com.

ZestFest 2017

Where:  Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Boulevard 75039
When:  Friday: 1 - 6 p.m.    Saturday:  10 a.m. - 6 p.m.     Sunday:  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cost:  Friday - $11.00; Saturday - $14; Sunday - $14; Weekend Pass - $33; Roasted Pig & Rib Dinner - $15

Anyone who appreciates the hotter things in life is invited to indulge in a fiery food experience known as ZESTFEST.  It brings together the spiciest exhibitors and products from around the country for one sizzling weekend.  Watch cooking demos by celebrity chefs, enjoy live music, and taste tons of bold food samples.  Learn More


Texas Musicians Museum

Where:  222 E. Irving Blvd. 75060
Cost:  No Cover Charge - donations for the bands accepted at the door

Friday, January 27

7:30 p.m.  Sunset Drive Jazz Quartet is a brand spanking new band debuting tonight at the Texas Musicians Museum.  Get there early and stay late.  You can even reserve a table for you and your friends.  Learn More

8:15 p.m. Building their vocal repertoire from neglected blues songs, the B'nois King band offers unusual blending of subtle jazz-inflected playing and attacking, no-holds-barred power.  Their intriguing approach to the blues is deliciously memorable.  Learn More

Saturday, January 28

8:00 p.m.  Holland K. Smith returns to the Texas Music Garden at the TMM.  A guitarist, songwriter and singer, Holland truly sings the blues (with some country influences thrown in).  Learn More


Irving Arts Center

Where: 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 75062
When:  Friday & Saturday, January 27 & 28 @ 7:30 p.m.       Sunday, January 29 @ 2:30 p.m.
Cost:  $19 - $28

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress - So you're a bridesmaid at a friend's wedding.  You're with a bunch of other girls you don't know and you're all wearing the same dress.  What on earth do you have in common?  Nothing, or so it seems.  Hiding out in an upstairs bedroom, determined to avoid the festivities below, these five unique ladies joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny and touching celebration of female friendship.  Learn More

When:  Friday, January 27 @ 7:30 p.m.      Saturday, January 28 @ 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.       Sunday, January 29 @ 2:30 p.m.
Cost:  $26.50 - $54.50

Concert version of Mame The Musical - Set in NYC during the Great Depression and World War II, the story focuses on eccentric Mame Dennis, whose fabulous life with her wealthy friends is interrupted when the young son of her late brother arrives to live with her. Based on the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee. Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.  Learn More


Cool River Cafe

Where: 1045 Hidden Ridge Drive 75038
Cost:  No Cover Charge

Friday, January 27

Memory Trip

9:30 p.m. Memory Trip is a rock/blues band covering songs from the 60's through the 90's.  They're dedicated to the idea of bringing back lost classics as well as performing more well-known hits.  Basically, there's something here for everyone.  Learn More

Saturday, January 28

9:30 p.m. The party never stops when Time Machine takes the stage.  This energetic, charismatic, and very talented band has been captivating audiences all over the states with music that will take you through the decades.  Get down with the 70' through 90's music and listen for your favorite song.  Learn More


The Ranch at Las Colinas

Where: 857 W. John Carpenter Fwy. 75039
Cost:  No Cover Charge

Friday, January 27

Justin Mason grew up listening to a wide variety of musical genres spanning multiple generations. And he sang along with all of them.  Showcasing his talent on the guitar, come listen to Justin Mason as you enjoy some noms or kick back some drinks.  Learn More 

Saturday, January 28

Faron Lee Gilbert is a loop technology genius.  Creating a multi-layered accompaniment, he puts a personal spin on all of your favorite songs.  Learn More


Other fun activities include . . . 

Friday, January 27
  • Family Fun Night at Senter Park Rec Center, 901 S. Senter St. 75060.  7 - 9 p.m.  $5 per family.  Enjoy an evening of family fun playing classic games such as Connect Four, Jenga, Monopoly, Scrabble, video games and more.  Learn More
Saturday, January 28


  • Frost Fest is a delightful way for the whole family to spend the day.  Go tubing down the snow hill and play in real snow.  Slide on ice skates and take a turn around the festival rink.  Visit with a real reindeer and other animals.  Plus there's much more.  Food will be available for purchase. Cimarron Park Recreation Center, 100 Cimarron Trail 75063.  10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Free Parking and Admission.  Learn More
  •  Family Movie offers popular movies for all ages at the Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063.  This Saturday is The Jungle Book (animated).  2 - 4 p.m.  Free.  Learn More
  • Cinema 13 offers popular movies for ages 13 to adult at the Irving Public Library - Valley Ranch, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063.  This Saturday is Suicide Squad.  4 - 6 p.m.  Free.  Learn More
  • Teen Jam is a fun time for teens and tweens.  Strike a pose in the photo booth or join in other activities including music, open gym, and complimentary food and beverages.  For middle and high school students.  7 - 11 p.m.  Free admission with a valid IPAR or school ID card.  Learn More