Irving offers a variety of entertainment options ranging from outdoor shows, live music, arts and culture, award-winning museums and water sports.
The Toyota Music Factory includes 300,000-square-feet of entertainment, retail, and restaurant space, including a movie theater, comedy club and 20+ dining options. At night, the city comes alive as The Pavillion at the Toyota Music Factory, a 250,000-square-foot world-class entertainment venue operated by LiveNation offers a unique, convertible 8,000-seat indoor or outdoor amphitheater, and Texas Lottery Plaza, an outdoor 50,000-square-foot event venue that hosts live music.
During the spring and summer months, Whistlespot Plaza in the Heritage District offers the perfect venue to bring a lawn chair and pack a cooler for a variety of city-sponsored outdoor concerts.
The City of Irving’s annual comedy show, Laughs by the Lake, which features budding comedians on the rise, is held on the shores of Lake Carolyn each fall.
Parks and Outdoor Events
Whether you prefer a romantic gondola ride on Lake Carolyn, a long and leisurely run along the Campión Trails, a master-planned, 22-mile greenbelt that follows the Elm and West Forks of the Trinity River, or a round of golf at the Irving Golf Club, a reinvented golf course masterpiece just off the West fork of the Trinity River.
Additionally, a number of city-sponsored events are considered annual traditions in Irving, including Canal Fest, an all-day outdoor event along the canal in the Las Colinas Urban Center; the Annual DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Lantern Festival; and the July 4th Concert and Fireworks. The Irving Marathon Series also hosts as well as numerous races including the annual Boston-Marathon-qualifier Irving Marathon, the St. Patrick’s 5K, the holiday Frost half marathon, the Paws Colinas 5K-9, an annual Turkey Trot and the Oktoberfest 5K.
In Irving-Las Colinas, residents and visitors have can select from some of the best shopping options in the country. Countless independent shops and boutiques showcase the diversity found throughout our city, while our region’s mix of 18 malls, including Irving Mall, are all easily accessible within 30 minutes or less.
Irving’s rich history and its role in the history of America are depicted in three local museums:
Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum tells the story of the history and construction of the magnificent and iconic structure – the world’s largest equestrian sculpture – located in the heart of the Las Colinas Urban Center, which depict nine oversized horses crossing a stream.
Ruth Paine was an Irving resident in 1963 and a friend of Marina and Lee Oswald, President John Kennedy’s alleged assassin. In fact, Lee Oswald stored the gun he used in the Paine’s garage and slept in the house the night before the shooting. Half a century later, the historic home is restored to its 1963 look and feel and now open as the Ruth Paine House Museum with original furniture and featuring multimedia that shares the home’s rich history.
In 1949 at the age of 13, Jackie Mae Townsell moved to Bear Creek, Dallas County’s oldest African-American settlement located in what is now Irving. Following their emancipation, former slaves moved into the area, which developed into a rural African-American enclave during the era of racial segregation. In the 1960s, Townsell became involved in efforts to improve living conditions in the community. She was elected to the Irving City Council in 1977 and served for 18 years. The Jackie Townsell Bear Creek Heritage Center tells the history of the Bear Creek community and of the African-American experience from the time of the slaves’ emancipation through the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s-60s.
Irving hosts a variety of spectator sport events and competitions annually, including the ClubCorp Classic, featuring PGA TOUR Champions professionals alongside sports and entertainment stars, and the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) U.S. Open.
Drive Nation, located near the entrance of DFW International Airport, is a sports facility designed to serve consumers of sports leagues, training, skill-building clinics/camps, and competition as well as personal fitness, sports performance training, pay-to-play recreation experiences, team building and corporate events, adventure programming, youth development activities, special events, and youth summer camps.
Sports aficionados can also easily attend a professional football, baseball, basketball, soccer or hockey at arenas and stadiums all located within 30 minutes or less from Irving.