I hope you’ve cleared your calendar for this weekend because there is so much to see and do!  A celebration of the senses awaits you in Irving with some fun and exciting events to enjoy.  Bring the family, bring your friends, but don’t miss out on these local delights.

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


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Taste of Irving

Location: Cimarron Park
Price: Free
When: May 14

Taste of Irving 
Get your taste buds ready because the Taste of Irving is back in town.  The area’s most popular restaurants will bring tasty delights from their kitchens – and all food and beverages will be offered for $5 or less.  In addition to the food, a jazz and swing band will perform live throughout the day.  There’s also a fun zone for the kids and a craft marketplace.  If that isn’t enough, the CBS 11 Culinary Stage will present multiple chef-led cooking demonstrations, nutrition lectures and a hot wing eating contest.  Shuttle service is available from Ranchview High School, 8401 E. Valley Ranch Pkwy.


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Location: Irving Arts Center
Price: $25-$45 per person
When: May 14, 8;00 p.m.

Daniel del Pino – Piano, Las Colinas Symphony 

You’re in for a real treat with this concert, featuring pianist Daniel del Pino performing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb Minor.  Daniel is one of the leading Spanish concert pianists in the international scene and has performed in all five continents.  Having won numerous First Prizes at National and International piano competitions, we are truly blessed that he fit Irving into his tour.


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Location: Texas Musicians Museum
Price: Free, donations accepted 
When: May 13, 8 p.m.

Leo Hull & The Texas Blues Machine
Leo Hull is one of the most respected figures on the Texas Blues scene.  Besides their raucous, high energy blues and infectious melodies, they have image, charisma, a fire driven performance, and a strong unique voice backed by a burning blues guitar.  How can you say no to this free concert?  While you’re there, taste some of the great food and cold beer and wine at the NEON Armadillo.


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Location: Irving Convention Center
Price: $10
When: May 13, Noon-6 p.m. and May 14, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Self-Reliance Expo
Self-reliance is important for everyone.  Being self-reliant simply means you can depend on your own skills to support yourself and help others in your family and community.  You’ll save thousands on all of the self-reliance tools offered here at this expo.  Workshops vary from gardening and canning to wound care to emergency communications, and more.  Guest speakers include Alan Kay from History Channel’s “Alone”; Jeff Anderson, military survivalist; Russell Sage from Discovery Channel’s “Naked and Afraid,” plus more.  You know you’re curious, you know you want to – so just come one down and check it out.


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Great Gatsby

Location: Irving Arts Center
Price: $21-28
When: May 13 and 14, 7:30 p.m.

The Great Gatsby, MainStage ILC
This romantic story is about Jay Gatsby, a self-made millionaire, who passionately pursues the elusive Daisy Buchanan.  Breathtaking glamour and the decadent excess of America’s Jazz Age come to life on the stage for you to enjoy.  Even if you’ve seen the movie, watching it live is altogether different.  You’ll love the spectacular sets!


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Dragon Boat

Location: Lake Carolyn
Price: Free
When: May 15, 8:30-6:30 p.m.

Dragon Boat Festival
Even if you decide not to race, just watching the dragon boats is loads of fun.  There will be classic rock music, oriental music, a martial arts demonstration, dance groups, and more.  Have you ever seen those beautiful oriental kites with their long tails gliding through the air, or lanterns that float through the night like a slow moving star?  If the answer is no, you’re in for a treat.  Come on down and check it out.


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