I do think it is getting more and more difficult to make up my mind on what to do for the weekend. I love me some John Denver music, and my BFF's want to see The Full Monty. Plus I really want to experience Asian cultures at the Dragon Boat Festival. It's a good thing I can do all three, and more. Below I've listed just a few of the fantastic events you can visit in Irving, Texas this weekend. Or click on our website for a city-full of fun!
BACK HOME AGAIN: TOM BECKER
(A Tribute to John Denver)
WHERE: Irving Arts Center
WHEN: Fri, May 18 @ 7:30 pm
Are you a child of the 70's? Even if you're not, these songs reach across all generations. I have many fond memories attached to them and you too can make memories with your family when you hear Tom Becker, formerly with The New Christy Minstrels, pay tribute to John Denver by performing "Rocky Mountain High," "Thank God, I'm a Country Boy," and many others. Life ain't nuthin' but a funny, funny riddle, so come and enjoy Tom and remember fondly a talented boy from Ft. Worth. LEARN MORE
THE FULL MONTY
WHERE: Irving Arts Center
WHEN: Fri & Sat @ 7:30 pm; Sun @ 2:30 pm
COST: $24 - $31
I can't believe this movie was released over 20 years ago. And it's still a hit comedy today. What do you do when you're out of work, out of luck, and out of ideas? This group of guys decided to put together a "Chippendale's" type show to raise money, only at the end they must make the ultimate decision, to go big or go home. If you can relate to being unemployed and practically desperate to provide for your family, or just want to laugh out loud, come and root for your favorite character as they unzip their pride and bare a little more than their souls. LEARN MORE
11th ANNUAL DFW DRAGON BOAT
(Kite and Lantern Festival)
WHERE: Lake Carolyn
WHEN: Sun, May 20 - 8:30 am to 6 pm
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, so come down to the shores of Lake Carolyn and celebrate. You will be immersed in colorful kites, exciting dragon boat races, cultural performances, a lantern festival, traditional Asian cuisine, arts and crafts and more. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, dragon boat racing has grown into a popular sporting phenomenon across the country. Hosted by the Marco Polo World Foundation, the festival has something for the whole family, including free admission. LEARN MORE
Hmm, let me see, what else is going on around here this weekend?
FRIDAY, MAY 18
9 am - Irving Soccer Complex, 3585 World Cup Way 75038. The Irving Concert Series presents entertainment just for toddlers and preschoolers. Children ages 5 and under are invited to sing, dance and learn with Joe McDermott, an absolute wizard when it comes to communicating with children through music. Free admission.
Doors open at 6 pm - Southern Junction. Specializing in Texas Country and Top 40 Country, Southern Chrome is a dynamic and versatile band. Stay for Grammy-winner Johnny Lee & The Urban Cowboy Band. Cost is $12 - $60. If you come early for dinner, it's always best to make reservations.
7 pm - Whistlestop Plaza, 123 W. Irving Blvd 75060. Irving Concert Series presents Bidi Bidi Banda, an all-star Selena tribute band. Be sure to bring a blanket and/or lawn chair for seating. There'll be food trucks, or you can eat at any of the restaurants downtown, or just bring your own cooler. Well-behaved, leashed dogs are permitted, just bring your doody bags. Free admission.
8 pm - The Ranch at Las Colinas. For some soul-infused acoustic blues, come hear Kris Collins perform at the best Farm-to-Fork restaurant around. No cover charge.
10:30 pm - Big Beat Dallas. Having been compared to the vocals of Janis and guitar skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland performs the blues in this magical venue. Come hungry for entertainment and food. There's plenty of both around. $10 after 9pm.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
10 am - 3 pm - Irving Arts Center. The Irving Farmer's Market offers much more than farm-fresh fruits and veggies, there's local vendors and artisans, food trucks and more. If you haven't been, check it out.
12 - 6 pm - Cimarron Park Recreation Center. It's here again! The Taste of Irving is a free, outdoor festival featuring family-friendly activities and food from a variety of Irving restaurants. There's live music, a fun zone for the kids, a craft marketplace and last but not least, food samples. Each restaurant sells items from their menu for $5 or less! Oh, and stop by the Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau table and say hi - yours truly will be there helping you spin the prize wheel.
3:30 pm - Irving Arts Center. The New Philharmonic Orchestra closes their 30th season in style with Mahler's Great Symphony No. 1. Don't miss your last chance to hear them perform this season. $10 - $20
Doors open at 6 pm - Southern Junction. Specializing in Texas Country and Top 40 Country, Southern Chrome is a dynamic and versatile band. Cost is $12 - $60. If you come early for dinner, it's always best to make reservations.
8 pm - Big Beat Dallas. Moon Hooch is an explosive horn-and-percussion trio who cut their musical teeth on the New York City subway platforms. They'll be performing in the Texas Lottery Plaza. Come hungry for entertainment and food. There's plenty of both around. $10 after 9pm.
SUNDAY, MAY 20
6 - 9 pm - Big Beat Dallas. Droo's Peace Crush is a 6-man indie folk/power-pop band with a diverse sphere of influence and a truly unique sound. Check out their really cool Partridge Family bus on the link!