March into a new month with a rich passion for exploring new places. Find another favorite restaurant, listen to a different genre of live music, or just get out and hang with your friends. Irving is ready with everything you need to make memories in March. We'll guide you along the way with our top 10 picks listed below.
1. Jazz It Up at Michael's of Las ColinasMichael's of Las Colinas, 925 W John Carpenter Fwy
Michael Caldwell fashioned Michael's of Las Colinas into an upscale dining experience with great jazz sounds and live entertainment. Perfect for date night or just to kick back with your friends, there's always something cool going on behind their doors.
On Thursday, March 19, R&B Soul legend Lenny Williams, lead singer of the 70's soul/funk group Tower of Power, will perform at Michael's. The ultimate soul crooner, he possesses one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary music. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $65 - $2,500.
Dress up for a night on the town, then drop by and soak in this soul food experience called Michael's of Las Colinas. Click here for additional upcoming shows.
2. Marvel at Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The ExhibitionIrving Mall, 183 N Belt Line Rd | Thu-Sun, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This must-see exhibit is awe inspiring. With larger-than-life canvases, the panels of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel have been photographed in exquisite detail and placed on canvas for an up close look at Michelangelo's masterpieces. You can see brush strokes, cracks in the plaster and even where Michelangelo sketched out the composition before painting. If you've visited the Sistine Chapel in Italy, you couldn't possibly see the paintings up close like you can at this exhibit.
Each panel is accompanied with a story that's just as informing and delightful as the paintings. You won't want to skip the commentaries because they help you learn about Italian paintings of that era, the Catholic Church, Michelangelo himself, stories from the Bible (from which Michelangelo captured his subjects) and much more.
3. Run Your Luck at the St. Patrick's 5k MarathonToyota Music Factory, 316 W Las Colinas Blvd | Sunday, Mar. 12 at 8:30 a.m.
So, you say you've never run a marathon in your life. What better reason to get started training today? The race is coming up quickly, on March 12. Besides running in the St. Patrick's 5K Fun Run, you can also walk this scenic route through Las Colinas by way of the Toyota Music Factory. A portion of the entry fee goes toward a local charity, and you get cool stuff to take home. Not only do you get a performance T-shirt, finisher medal, race photos of you in action, a swag bag, two drink tickets for beer, (only after the race, you don't want the beer sloshing about), but you also get bragging rights. Yes, you get to casually drop it into a conversation that you've completed the latest Irving Marathon series race. How cool is that?
Sign up today and get busy training, registration ends March 11. Cost is $44.99 for the 5K and $29.99 for the 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk.
4. Hop Aboard the "On Stage at Heritage" SeriesHeritage Park, 217 S Main St | Friday, Mar. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
With free parking and free admission, you just can't pass up this family-friendly outdoor event at Heritage Park. The "On Stage at Heritage Series" presents Chaz Marie and her fusion of country, blues, R&B and rock vibes. Delivering a powerhouse vocal performance, she will have you grooving and moving. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, and be sure to grab dinner at any of the downtown restaurants in the Heritage District.
There are picnic tables and play areas near the music pavilion. Concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
5. Live It Up at Texas Lottery Live!Texas Lottery Plaza at Toyota Music Factory, 316 W Las Colinas Blvd
On March 12 at 7 p.m., catch Reputation: A Taylor Swift Experience at the Texas Lottery Plaza. The band is comprised of five hardcore Swifties that bring two hours of Taylor Swift hits. General admission is free, but this concert also offers a VIP section for $30.80.
Click here for additional upcoming shows and events at the Texas Lottery Plaza.
6. Book It to the North Texas Teen Book FestivalIrving Convention Center, 500 W Las Colinas Blvd | March 4 - 5
The North Texas Teen Book Festival on March 5 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Irving Convention Center features over 40 authors, including Melissa Albert (Away For Now), Max Brallier (The Last Kids on Earth) and Kimberly L. Jones (You Broke the Contract). There's also author panels and signings, a full book store and swag shop, and more. Admission is free.
If you can't attend in person, there's a Virtual School Day on March 4, where you can attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival via their YouTube channel, starting at 7:30 a.m. Select virtual publisher booths and activities, attend a virtual panel and more.
Click here for additional upcoming shows at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.
7. Swashbuckle with Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin HoodIrving Arts Center, 3333 N MacArthur Blvd | Friday - Sunday, Mar. 11 - 26
Trying to restore justice in an unfair world, Robin Hood (Carlos Brumfield) faces many hijinks and sword battles along the way. This hilarious comedy from award-winning MainStage Irving-Las Colinas is packed with thrills, romance, laughs and all the Sherwood Forest characters. Settle in for some swashbuckling fun at the Irving Arts Center. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. On sale now, tickets are priced at $20 - $26.
Also produced by MainStage Irving-Las Colinas is The Glamorous Life performed at MainStage 222, 222 E. Irving Blvd. Local actress and singer Sarah Powell, and music director Rebecca Lowrey, present songs that will capture a snapshot of parenthood during the pandemic. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be glad you're out of the house without the kids. Limited showtime is March 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20.
Click here for additional upcoming shows at the Irving Arts Center.
8. Kid Around With Goat YogaTexas Lottery Plaza, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd | Sunday, Mar. 6 at 10 a.m.
Always a sell out, this popular event is a bla-a-a-a-st! (Sorry, had to go there.) Goat Yoga is just like yoga class but you're accompanied by a tribe of goats who graze and jump around you ... or on you. The one-hour class begins at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Mar. 6. Cost is $24.74 for kids (the human kind) ages 5-12 and $38.52 for adults. Trot on down to the Toyota Music Factory for a hairy good time.
9. Jam with Judas PriestThe Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, 300 W Las Colinas Blvd | Friday, Mar. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
One of the most influential groups of all time, Judas Priest emerged from British heavy metal to release their own sound, which was revered all over the world. Since the 70's, other bands have adopted their leather-clad image and hard, driving sound, but only one band can be the true Judas Priest. Their last album soared to number five in the U.K. proving they're still on top of the metal wave. Experience Judas Priest with Queensryche as the opening act at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26 - $129+.
Click here for additional upcoming shows at The Pavilion at Las Colinas.
10. Wine Down With Reddy VineyardsLamberti's Ristorante & Wine Bar, 7701 N MacArthur Blvd | Tuesday, Mar. 29, 6:30 p.m.
Lamberti's March wine dinner showcases nationally acclaimed Texas wine producer Reddy Vineyards. A pioneer in the Texas wine industry, Reddy Vineyards has been a leading source of premium grapes for producers throughout the state for over twenty years. Visit Lamberti's Ristorante and Wine Bar on Tuesday, Mar. 29 at 6:30 - 9 p.m. for a perfectly paired 5-course dinner and discover the best that Texas wine has to offer! Seating is limited, and reservations are required.
Pricing is $79.99 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 972.506.3000 to book your table.