Weekend Itinerary

This Weekend in Irving

We’ve got another exciting weekend coming up in Irving, TX. Whether you are looking for concerts, happy hours, culinary or cultural events, look no further

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Distinctly Irving

Conveniently nestled between Dallas and Ft. Worth and adjacent to DFW International Airport, Irving is part of a larger area known as the DFW Metroplex.  But this doesn’t mean we blend into our surroundings. Irving has a unique vibe, with entertainment, fine dining, music galore, and a history all our own.  


Want to spend time outside? Gondola Adventures, Inc.Stand Up Paddle North Texas, and Aqua Cycle Water Trikes offer visitors excursions on the Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn. 


Did someone say music? The Toyota Music Factory, Irving’s newest planned entertainment development, is anchored by The Pavilion, a venue that easily converts from a 4,000-seat indoor concert hall to an 8,000-seat outdoor amphitheater.  Managed by Live Nation, The Pavilion attracts musicians and performers from across the globe.  With 25 restaurant options and a movie theater, the Toyota Music Factory is all-in-one dining and entertainment.


Las Colinas, Irving's master-planned community, welcomes visitors with a magnificent Flower Clock, a working timepiece adorned year-round with fresh blooms and greenery. Measuring 27 feet across, the clock is covered with over 650 shrubs. To accommodate the colossal 12-foot-long minute hand, flowers planted beneath it must be of a miniature variety, as must the greenery that comprises the inner star, since there are only 14 inches of clearance between the face and hands. 

Irving’s Heritage Crossing District offers a myriad of museums covering a host of eras.  Beginning with Heritage House where Irving's co-founder, J.O. Schulz's brother built his home in 1912, visitors can learn about Irving's pioneer days.  The Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center tells the history of free blacks and emancipated slaves who settled the west Irving community of Bear Creek.  The Ruth Paine House Museum offers an account of events related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination that occurred in this home. Your visit to Heritage Crossing isn't complete without stopping by one of the five unique eateries here: Big State Fountain and Grill, Villa's Grill Brazilian Steakhouse, DiRosani's Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar, Glory House Home Cooking, and Sapp Sapp Thai Restaurant.

One of the oldest African-American communities in Dallas County, the Bear Creek township in west Irving, began to develop in the late 1850s when a mix of free blacks and whites and their slaves began settling along the upper reaches of Bear Creek. After emancipation, freed slaves began moving into the area, which developed into a rural African-American enclave during the era of racial segregation.

Three museums comprise the Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center which tells the history of this community, especially of African Americans and their experience from emancipation through the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s-60s.




The Ruth Paine House Museum offers a very human account of the events related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination that occurred in this small, suburban home. The house, and now a fully interactive museum, is where alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald spent the night before shots rang out at Dallas’ Dealey Plaza ― claiming the life of President Kennedy. The story of the events surrounding the assassination has engrossed historians, scholars, and everyday Americans for decades.


The scenic Campion Trails are comprised of north and south sections of wide, flat, and paved pathways, which when connected make up a 22-mile greenbelt along tributaries of the Trinity River. Hosting scenic views, drinking fountains, restrooms, picnic shelters, grills, and athletic fields, these trails are part of a larger regional effort to join trail systems across Irving, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, Arlington, and Dallas. 


Jaycee Park Center for the Arts is the gallery home for the Irving Arts Association.  The building houses two art exhibits - The East and West Galleries - and offers a variety of shows throughout the year.  Here you can enjoy an art gallery indoors and relax among the lovely flower gardens and a duck pond outdoors.

Water Street is a mixed-use development, strategically located on the shores of the 126-acre Lake Carolyn, just across from the Mustangs of Las Colinas sculpture and museum.  Featuring almost 60,000 square feet of dining and retail opportunities, the development also includes 300 luxury apartments, all located convenient to DART's Orange Line light rail. For some urban greenery, Water Street features a park for special events, such as a farmers market or festival, and pathways for the public to enjoy access and views of Lake Carolyn. Shops and restaurants include: Big Little Market, Ciel Nail Lounge, Cork & Pig Tavern, Creamistry, Flirty Girl Lash Studio, Go Fish Poke, GQ Tailor, Homegrown Hounds, Hugo's Invitados, Pacific Table, Pax & Beneficia, The Gents Place, The Ginger Man, Waxing The City, We Yogis and WellHealth.


The Irving Arts Center is comprised of four galleries, two theaters, an outdoor sculpture garden, and a variety of meeting spaces, all on a 10-acre site. The two fully-equipped theaters feature more than 200 performances annually. As a member of the Smithsonian Affiliations program, its galleries often showcase traveling exhibitions from the Smithsonian Institution as well as a mix of contemporary and traditional exhibitions from established and emerging artists. The outdoor sculpture garden is home to several permanent and temporary installations, including Star Flower by world-renowned sculptor James Surls. Twelve Founding Organizations representing symphonies, cultural groups, choruses, theater, and ballet call the Irving Arts Center home.



Perhaps the most recognizable attraction in Irving, the Mustangs of Las Colinas is a breathtakingly realistic sculpture of nine bronze mustangs galloping across a granite stream. At the nearby Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum, visitors can learn about the story of African wildlife artist Robert Glen and his creation of the Mustangs.  As shown in the museum's guest book, people travel from around the world to marvel at the sculpture and visit its museum.