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 – In the winter, the city hosts an annual frosty festival complete with a snow tubing hill, snow play area, skating rink, ice sculpture demonstrations and much more.  Known for its mild winters, Irving delights young and old alike with this wintery, snowy festival at Levy Event Plaza.

On Stage at Heritage Series – #IrvingRocks is not just a tagline, it describes the city’s love for live music. This monthly spring through fall family-friendly series at Heritage Park features live performances from musicians across the state, trivia games, movie night, comedy or car shows.  Casually sit on a blanket or lawn chair, purchase dinner from one of the on-site food trucks or get takeout from one of the nearby restaurants, then sit back and have fun.  These evening outdoor concerts and events are a hometown favorite.

Taste of Irving – Delight in Irving’s culinary diversity with this outdoor festival in June at the Toyota Music Factory. 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.  

Independence Day Celebration – Slice off a piece of Americana with this two-day celebration of our nation’s independence.  Begin with an award-winning parade on July 3 in Irving's downtown Heritage District.  Beginning at 9 a.m., the parade winds down Irving Boulevard with ample sidewalks for viewing. Later in the day, join the fun at Levy Event Plaza in Las Colinas with a fun evening of concerts, food trucks, a kids play area and fireworks display. 

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.

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 at Lake Carolyn in October 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.

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 at Heritage Park, complete with music, food vendors, hot chocolate and much more.