Annual Events in Irving

Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance - Each January, the City of Irving holds a special event, including a variety of music, dance and theatrical performances, at the Irving Arts Center to recognize and appreciate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

Frost Fest – Also in January, the city hosts an annual winter festival complete with a snow tubing hill, snow play area, skating rink, ice sculpture demonstrations, and much more.  Not known for its snowfall levels, Irving delights young and old alike with this wintery, snowy festival.

Taste of Irving – Delight in Irving’s culinary diversity with this outdoor festival held in June.  Taste samples from area restaurants, watch food demonstrations or eat from the food trucks. Listen to live music, play in the kid’s zone, or purchase goods from local artisans.  There’s something here for every age group.    

Music Under the Stars – #IrvingRocks is not just a tagline, it describes the city’s love for live music.  This annual spring concert series features performances from musicians across the state.  Casually sit on a blanket or lawn chair, purchase dinner from one of the local food trucks or bring your own picnic, then sit back and listen to a variety of music genres.  These evening outdoor concerts are a hometown favorite.

Canal Fest – Enjoy an in-depth tour of multiple continents at this June festival held along the Mandalay Canal. With both water and land-based activities, a globally cultural experience delights guests with music, food, art and dance.  You can virtually travel the world in one day, without ever leaving Irving.

Independence Day Celebration – Slice off a piece of Americana with this all-day celebration of our nation’s independence.  Beginning with an award-winning parade, guests enjoy juicy watermelon wedges, fun and activities, while they relax and listen to live music at a city-wide reception.  Heading out to Lake Carolyn, dusk explodes with a spectacular fireworks show with more live music.

Laughs by the Lake – There’s no better way to end the week than with a laugh.  Lake Carolyn is the backdrop for this live outdoor comedy show held in August.  Thousands of adults flock to hear these local comedians, enjoy local food truck cuisine, and take in a scenic sunset on the lake and canals.

Irving Main Street – The streets of historic downtown Irving come alive during this 2-day hometown celebration.  Car shows, free rides and children’s activities, food, craft vendors, shopping, and of course, live music, draw townsfolk and visitors alike to Main Street.  Irving may be a large metropolitan city, but it has a hometown heart.

Holiday Extravaganza – The holiday season doesn’t officially begin until this community celebration holds its parade through the Heritage District.  Spectators line the streets to watch, and with hopes that they can catch some candy or small toys.  Following the parade is a tree lighting ceremony, complete with music, food vendors, hot chocolate and much more.

Dragon Boat Festival – Immerse yourself in the Asian culture with a 2000-year old tradition that’s become one of the hottest growing water sports in America.  Dragon Boating consists of a team captain, 20 paddlers and, of course, a 40 ft. boat built in the shape of a dragon, which is provided at this festival.  Additionally, you can experience colorful kite displays, cultural performances, a lantern festival and traditional Asian food, arts and crafts, and educational activities.  It’s a multi-cultural activity that includes both participant and spectator sports.

ZestFest Spicy Foods Festival - An experience for anyone who enjoys indulging in fiery foods. ZestFest brings together spicy food exhibitors from around the world for one weekend in January. Enjoy cooking demos by celebrity chefs, food samples, and spicy food samples, live music, and interactive contests. The Fiery Food Challenge consists of three days of judging the hottest food for the coveted Golden Chile Award.