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Canal Fest

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2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Listen to African drums in the distance, discuss the work of a local artist, watch the blooming dresses of folklorico dancers or sample exotic cuisine.

There is only one place in North Texas to do this: Canal Fest. The event is returning for another year to the Mandalay Canal in Las Colinas from 2 to 8 p.m. April 22, and there is plenty to do this year.

Music is a big part of Canal Fest, and this year’s lineup includes Jenna McDaniel, Jonathan Fox Band, King David Band and Love & Happiness, performing a variety of music including Top 40, country, jazz and R&B. But the beats do not end there. The Musicians’ Corner, along the south side of the canal, will feature Zach Coffey, Joel Cross and Molly Ray Rockwell.

The festival also will feature the work of local artists showing photography, paintings and other media. Many of the pieces will be for sale, and visitors will get the chance to meet some of the artists.

Irving thrives on diversity, and the city’s multicultural landscape is showcased in the menu Canal Fest offers. With falafels, tacos, barbecue and even popsicles, it is always a party for the palate.

There also will be interactive entertainment booths offering henna tattoos, caricature portraits and other activities. Several area businesses will be giving away complimentary gifts and other prizes.

The south side of the canal is where the kids will definitely want to be. Face painters, balloon twisters and magicians will be there, along with craft vendors and other artisans selling handmade goods. In addition, visitors can take in the sights and sounds of Canal Fest from the water. Rides on a gondola and the Lady Carolyn cruise boat will be available at a cost, along with stand-up paddle boards.

 So save the date for Canal Fest, one of Irving’s largest events. For more information and a full list of events and concert times, visit