No matter your taste in tunes, you’ll have fun seeking out these vibrant musical experiences.
From Country to Salsa, Pop to Classical, or even Texas-born rock ‘n roll, this itinerary is flexible and can easily be changed to suit your tastes.
Start your afternoon with a walk through the outdoor sculpture garden at the Irving Arts Center. Home to several permanent and temporary installations, you’ll find something new at every turn. With its winding walkway, luscious gardens and calming water features, the sculpture will awaken the senses. Then hop inside and view the art gallery. Exhibits vary widely and rotate throughout the year, so you’ll be sure to see something that catches your eye. Also home to two fully-equipped theaters that feature more than 200 performances annually, the Irving Arts Center works with eleven Founding Organizations representing symphonies, cultural groups, choruses, theater and ballet, offering guests a wide variety of performances. Visit the website to catch the next performance.
Texas is known for its cowboys, horses, and everything big, so you wouldn’t want to miss having your photo taken in front of the Mustangs of Las Colinas sculpture, one of the world’s largest equestrian sculptures, plus a great backdrop for souvenir group pictures. While you’re there you can stop in the Mustang Museum to see and hear how the statues were made. Then it’s off to Southern Junction Nightclub & Steakhouse - Part dance hall, part steakhouse, Southern Junction has some of the best steaks in North Texas! You can even season and cook them yourself on the long, hickory-fired communal grill. With live country music bands performing Wednesday through Saturday nights, you can make use of the 2,000-square-foot dance floor or ride the mechanical Bull. If you’re a little rusty with your dance steps, they offer free dance lessons every Thursday night.
The history-rich Heritage Crossing is where we’ll spend the day, beginning with breakfast and a cup of coffee at Joe’s Coffee Shop. Then it’s off to visit the Texas Musicians Museum where you can marvel at their fascinating artifacts and music memorabilia from Texas musicians of all genres. Afterward, walk on down to Big State Fountain and Grill. They offer some of the best hand-made burgers and onion rings, not to mention their silky smooth shakes. Complete with a juke box, historic photos of Irving and an old candy store, it’s like stepping back into a 1950’s soda shop. Next, be sure to browse around one of the antique stores on your way back to the Texas Musicians Museum. Adjacent to the museum is the Music Garden where you can catch some live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Most of the performances are free, but check the website to be sure. There’s also food and drinks offered up at Smokin’ Joe’s Café.
Irving’s newest dining and entertainment center, the Toyota Music Factory, invites you to experience The Pavilion, an 8,000 capacity concert venue, offering both indoor and outdoor seating. Catch some great performances like Dave Chappelle, Ringo Starr, and Jewel, to name a few. Be sure to visit the website for the latest performance schedule. Now, before the concert, you need to grab a bite to eat . . . but you can do that at over 20 themed restaurants and pubs there in the Music Factory. New restaurants are opening monthly with the final construction completion scheduled for Spring of 2018. With everything it has to offer, the Toyota Music Factory is big part of your entertainment destination.