Famous for its eclectic music scene and given its central location in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Irving is home to a thriving arts and music scene. Abundant venues allow visitors to explore the creative side of Irving, taking in concerts that span from indie to opera. Below, we’ve provided a sample of some of the great Irving live music you can explore!
First and foremost, plan a night at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. This incredible concert venue boasts three separate venues in one: an 8,000-person capacity open-air pavilion, which reconfigures into a smaller 4,000-person capacity indoor theater, or an intimate theater of 2,500 seats. Toyota Music Factory hosts acts large and small from all over the world, booked by Live Nation, and provides everything you need for a exciting night out including dozens of bars and restaurants. Big Beat Dallas, located within the Toyota Music Factory, offers multiple dining options and seven live music stages including the open-air, 50,000-square-foot Texas Lottery Plaza featuring live music every day of the year.
And, if you came to Texas hoping to get that true honky-tonk experience, then head down to Southern Junction in south Irving, a live music favorite. Part dancehall, part restaurant and bar, this nightclub and steakhouse always features live country music. The best part? Dance lessons are offered free of charge every Thursday night.
Depending on when you find yourself in town, the Irving Concert Series at the Whistlestop Plaza showcases live music performances from a variety of genres with great musicians from across the state. Bring a blanket or chair, and sit back, relax, and enjoy great music. You can also head over to Gas Monkey Live, an eclectic live music venue featuring hip-hop, Latino music, hard rock, and country acts, and offering hamburgers, chicken fried steak, and barbecue for sale.
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. Music Under the Stars in nearby Addison, Texas, is an annual spring concert series that 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 local favorite.
Music lovers shouldn’t miss the massive AT&T Performing Arts Center, which encompasses 10 acres within the downtown Dallas Arts District. The Center includes four unique venues: the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Annette Strauss Square, and Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park. These spaces house incredible performances.
Make sure to check the listings at the classic and historic Granada Theater to see if your favorite band is playing when you’re in town. A unique venue located in the heart of Dallas, the Granada was built in 1946 during the Golden Age of the Hollywood era, making it a fun place to spend an evening.
This list just scratches the surface of all the incredible Irving live music you can discover. Explore more above to build your Irving live music itinerary!