What does your Dad mean to you? It’s a fair enough question. And it’s a simple question really.  How do you feel when you think about your Dad? We asked this question to our male co-workers and received a myriad of answers.  But do you know that when we asked these same men, all of whom are fathers themselves, what they would want most as their Father’s Day gift from their own children, we received the same answer - time spent together with their family. Time spent before the kids grow up and leave.  Time spent while you can still shape their minds and enrich their souls. Time spent with those you love and who love you.  Time is finite; it cannot be replaced.

Now, if your family is like my family, we love to spend time together EATING.  And how fortunate we are that there are so many great restaurants in town from which to choose. To find a restaurant to treat your Dad on Father’s Day, click here. Then to extend your time together, you can also take in a concert or play, or attend any of these events our fine city has to offer.  

Just know that a year, even five years from now, he may not remember the wrapped gift you gave him, but he’ll certainly remember the memories you made together.

For more events in Irving and around the area, check the events calendar.


Irving Arts Center

Irving Arts Center Carpenter Hall

Location: Irving Arts Center
Price: $26.50 - $54.50
When: June 17-19

Cole Porter’s Anything Goes – June 17, 18 & 19 at 8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday
Celebrate with Dad by catching Cole Porter’s musical “Anything Goes.” There are three shows scheduled over the weekend. Set in a time gone by, the S.S. American sets sail from New York to London, but all etiquette and convention get tossed out along the way! Billy Crocker is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt, who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Nightclub singer Reno Sweeney and Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin come to Billy’s aid in his quest to win Hope. The musical introduced such songs as “Anything Goes”, “You’re the Top”, and “I Get a Kick Out of You.”


Irving Concert Series Final Show

Irving Heritage District

Location: Whistlestop Plaza
Price: Free
When: June 17

Guns 4 Roses – June 17 at 7:00 p.m.

For a total Guns N Roses rock and roll experience . . . we’re talking long hair, leather pants, sunglasses, bandanas, and top hats, come see Guns 4 Roses, a tribute band.

They will rock all your favorite Guns N' Roses songs from Welcome to the Jungle to November Rain and everything in between.  A full stage production brings you back to the classic Appetite for Destruction GnR lineup. More than just a Guns N' Roses tribute band, Guns 4 Roses has been selected as the World's Greatest Guns N' Roses Tribute Band by AXS TV!



More Music Around Town


Location: Irving
Price: Free
When: June 17 & 18

Jason Elmore – June 17 at 8:00 p.m. | Texas Musicians Museum

Jason was voted ‘Best Blues’ in 2012 by the Dallas Observer Music Awards.  He fronts for his high-energy touring band ‘Hoodoo Witch’ as well as performs solo with his soul-moving acoustics.  Bringing together elements of American music with blues and rock, he appeals to fans of all genres.  Check out Jason, and then check out the museum.  There’s some really cool stuff in there.

Josh Ingram – June 17 at 7:00 p.m. | The Ranch
Like many area musicians, Josh was born and raised right here in Texas where he’s been making music for more than 20 years.  He’s trained in voice, piano, and percussion which allowed him to invent his own style of writing and guitar playing.  Influenced by rock, blues, jazz and country, Josh has always had a love affair with the acoustic guitar.  Come hear his fierce and soulful sounds.  Learn More

Faron – June 18 at 8:00 p.m. | The Ranch
Faron plays classic/modern/alternative rock, country, pop and a little rap.  That’s a big, mysterious package for a five-letter name.  But small doesn’t describe his sound.  A regular at The Ranch, Faron has been entertaining The Porch goers for a long time, longer than it takes to finish off one of their 33 oz.Texas ribeyes.   Learn More 

Brice Daniels Band – June 17 at 9:30 p.m. | Cool River

Brice Daniels is like a blast of searing heat from the West Texas sun.  His new record “ Reckless Street” is full of Texas Country, but with an edge. There are songs of love, heartbreak and partying times, all that you could hope for from a country band. If you like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Tom Petty or Six Market Blvd. you will enjoy the sounds of Brice Daniels.

Chris Boss – June 18 @ 7:00 p.m. | Cool River

Chris has earned many accolades including winning the "Guitar Wars Competition" three times, a nomination for "Musician of the Year" - SA News, as well as being named "Best Acoustic Guitarist" and "Best Electric Guitarist" - SA Current Magazine, to name a few. Chris has also gained more popularity for his "hair raising" rendition of the National Anthem as well as half times shows he regularly performs on court before NBA home games at the AT&T Center, including multiple playoff appearances and TNT coverage.


Father's Day in Irving

Cool River Cafe

Location: Cool River and The Ranch
Price: Varies
When: June 18 & 19

Texas Smoke Out – June 18 at 7:00 p.m. | Cool River

Price: $40 prepay or $50 at the door. Bring your Dad to Cool River for a night of cigar sampling, drinks, food, live music, prizes and liquor tasting.  With pool tables and some of the best steaks in town, you can fill your man card to the brink!

Father’s Day Brunch Buffet – June 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | The Ranch
Normally The Ranch is closed on Sunday, but they’re opening their doors this Sunday so you can show your Dad just how special he is.  We’re talking Texas Waffles, Wood Stone Oven Flatbreads, great selections of BBQ, Desserts and more.  Prices are $38.95 each for adults, kids 9-13 are $14.95 each and kids 5-8 are $6.95 each.  Kids 4 and under are free.


And more...

Irving Speakers Bureau

  • Fritz Park Petting Zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tues-Sat and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays through July 31, 2016 |  312 E. Vilbig.  Free.  Learn More
  • Friday Night Library: Sherlock Holmes Midsummer Tea at 221B –7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17 | Irving Public Library – South, 601 Schulze Drive 75060.  Free.
  • #ExploreIrving City-wide Scavenger Hunt.  Starts at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18.  Profiting several Irving-based non-profits, participants will be given clues to visit various places within Irving city limits, earning points in a competition for prizes. |  3333 N. MacArthur Blvd 75062.  $5 participation fee.
  • Family Movie Matinee.  All movies are rated G or PG.  From 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the Irving Public Library – Valley Ranch |  401 Cimarron Trail 75063.  Free.  Learn More
  • Cinema 13: The Martian.  From 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the Irving Public Library – Valley Ranch | 401 Cimarron Trail 75063.  Free. 
  • Global Reads Book Club discusses A Thousand Splendid Suns.  If you liked ‘The Kite Runner’ you’ll love A Thousand Splendid Suns.  From 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the Irving Public Library – West | 4444 W. Rochelle Road 75062.  Free.


For more events in Irving and around the area, check the events calendar.