Irving and the Dallas-Fort Worth area are one of Texas’s top travel destinations, home to dozens of popular festivals every year. No matter when you find yourself in Irving, there will surely be something exciting happening, from food to music and more. Explore some of the exciting Irving festivals we’ve highlighted below.
Irving is a foodie’s dream. You’ll find everything from innovative restaurant concepts to tried-and-true Texas BBQ. Irving’s food-related festivals are no different. Check out Taste of Irving, a fun and free outdoor festival featuring family-friendly activities and food from a variety of Irving restaurants. Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the culinary delights of the town as you absorb the smells and tastes of tantalizing food from Irving’s best chefs. Live music and plenty of festivities for kids round out this fun festival experience. The festival is also home to a large craft marketplace where visitors can explore goods from local artisans.
For more food-sampling festivities, visitors can also explore Taste of Addison in nearby Addison, Texas. Here you will also find food, music, and family fun. This three-day festival features over 60 Addison restaurants serving generous samplings of their menus at reduced prices, exciting music performances, celebrity chef demonstrations, wine tasting seminars, carnival rides, games, award-winning children’s entertainment, and more. There’s something for everyone at this action-packed festival.
For those looking to add a little more spice to their travel, don’t miss the ZestFest Spicy Foods Festival. As its name suggests, ZestFest brings the heat. Celebrity chefs share their favorite spice-laden recipes, and spicy food exhibitors from around the world share spicy food samples. Live music and interactive contests make this festival a fun and exciting environment, perfect for the whole family. At the end of the festival, the spiciest dish will win the coveted Golden Chile Award. If you or someone in your party can’t get enough spice, don’t miss ZestFest!
Even though Irving is in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, it retains its small-town charm. Come experience this special feeling at Irving Main Street, as the streets of historic downtown Irving come alive during a two-day hometown celebration. You can marvel at antique cars while the kids take part in a wide range of fun activities. Browse crafts and goods, listen to live music, and munch on delicious food.
Irving Vintage Trail Market Day offers one-of-a-kind products such as original art, vintage and antiques treasures, handmade crafts, and edibles from locally owned businesses. Vintage cars, music, special sales and giveaways, food, and lots of shopping round out this wonderful event. Visitors can also explore any of the Irving Vintage Trail shops and many downtown Irving Heritage District destinations and restaurants.
For those looking for a little old-world entertainment, let yourself be whisked across the pond for the annual Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games. Delight in the enchanting sound of bagpipes as you enjoy Scottish heavy athletics, highland dancing, food, clan tents, children’s activities, and more. Scottish delicacies such as meat pies, haggis, sausage rolls, and authentic fish and chips represent just a sampling of the culinary delights you’ll discover. The festival is perfect for the whole family. Nessie’s Nook Children’s area has live music, and there are highland games for children, crafts, face painting, bounce house, tea parties, treasure hunts and more. Don’t miss it!
If you’ve never seen a dragon boat race, you’re missing out. This 2000-year-old tradition is quickly becoming one of the most popular water sports in America. Come see why at the DFW Dragon Boat, Kite, and Lantern Festival. Dragon Boating consists of a team captain, 20 paddlers and a very interesting boat built in the shape of a dragon. If you’re feeling inspired, you can put together a team and participate yourself, or you can simply settle on being a spectator. Whatever you decide, you’ll have a blast. The festival also offers colorful kite displays, cultural performances, a lantern festival, traditional Asian food, arts and crafts, and educational activities.
For classic car aficionados, Chevy lovers, and for those who just love old-timey Americana, the Lone Star Classic Chevy Convention is not to be missed. A jam-packed weekend complete with food, music, and, of course, classic cars, brings people from all over the United States to Irving. Take a step back in time and marvel at the restored vintage Chevys from the ‘50s and ‘60s.
Irving is a city that adores its live music. Bring a blanket or chair, and prepare to sit back, relax, and enjoy the best music from Texas and beyond at the annual Irving Concert Series. This fun concert series showcases live music performances by bands from across the state, usually following a theme like “Vintage Vibes” or “Latin Rhythms.” Gourmet food trucks provide delicious meal options for guests.
For the young music fans, don’t miss Irving Concert Series 4 Kids. This popular Friday morning music series for toddlers and preschoolers features fun performances by top children's music groups, encouraging children to sing, dance, and play along. Children ages five and younger are invited to participate and learn at these interactive shows. Prior to showtime, families can enjoy a covered playground, free balloons, craft activities, noisemakers, and the chance to meet and take photos with characters from popular children's television shows.
Music Under the Stars in nearby Addison, Texas, is an annual spring concert series that features performances from musicians across the state. Relax 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.
With its expansive list of bars, restaurants, and events, every concert at Toyota Music Factory and The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory feels like a festival. With events all year-round in three incredible venues, you can’t go wrong spending some time exploring all that Toyota Music Factory has to offer. Check out the calendar listings for all that’s happening in this exciting multi-venue entertainment complex.
In January, Irving hosts an annual winter festival, Frost Fest, complete with a snow tubing hill, snow play area, skating rink, ice sculpture demonstrations, and much more. Kids can pet animals at the petting zoo, ride trains, and imagine themselves lost in a special winter wonderland, or, better yet, at the North Pole.
Travel around the world in a single day at Canal Fest. A summer festival held along the Mandalay Canal near Lake Carolyn, guests can enjoy an in-depth tour across multiple continents with both water and land-based activities. Canal Fest is a celebration of world cultures, featuring dance, music, art, and food representative of cultures from around the world. Interactive performances on multiple stages allow the audience to explore cultures from across continents, while the areas near each stage offer food, activities, children’s crafts, cultural displays, and more.
Lighten the mood with some laughter on your next trip to Irving. Lake Carolyn is the backdrop for Laughs by the Lake, a live outdoor comedy show held in August. Perfect for adults looking for a fun night out, thousands flock to hear local comedians, enjoy local food truck cuisine, and take in a scenic sunset on the lake and canals. So if you love a good stand-up routine, plan to enjoy this great event.
Each January, the City of Irving holds a special event in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance, 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. And each Arbor Day, the City of Irving puts on a special Arbor Day Celebration. The fun-filled party includes activities and interactive displays about trees, nature, and the outdoors.
Irving is also the proud home to an Independence Day Celebration that rivals any 4th of July fest in the country. 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. The fireworks display over Lake Carolyn is a sight to behold as Irving gathers to celebrate American independence.
In Irving, the holiday season doesn’t officially begin until Holiday Extravaganza. This community celebration holds a special holiday parade through the Heritage District as spectators line the streets to watch. Following the parade is a tree-lighting ceremony, complete with music, food vendors, hot chocolate, and more holiday fun.
No matter what time of year you’re in town, chances are good there’s an Irving festival taking place. Explore the many events above to get started!