This month is PACKED with events in April! With Big Beat Dallas getting through its Grand Opening weekend, and Toyota Music Factory having theirs next weekend, there will be no shortage of things to do in Irving! Here’s a list of our favorite events happening around the city! Let us know which ones you’re excited for!

4/5

INTXS

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

The tribute band is coming out to put on one heck of a show! Come before 9pm for free entry!

DFW Fiber Fest

Irving Convention Center, 500 W Las Colinas Blvd

Go to this to see all things knitting, crochet, and spinning and spinning! There will be demos, vendors, and a whole lot of yarn!

 

4/6

Shinyribs

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

ShinyRibs

Come out and see Shinyribs perform in the Texas Lottery Plaza at Big Beat Dallas! Entry is free before 9PM

 

Coloring Book Party

Jaycee Park Center for the Arts, 1975 Puritan Drive

IAA will provide art supplies and pages to color! Join them for a fun coloring book party where they will be drinks and snacks!

Beats, Beers, and Brats (4/6 – 4/9)

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

Beats, Beers, & Brats!

Kick off the weekend with the annual Irving Marathon Saturday morning, shop the Albertsons’ Ranchers Market from 6am-2pm, and stay for a beer garden & bratwurst tastings in the Texas Lottery Plaza.

Music starts at sunrise and plays all day until 2am!

Headliner acts include Shinyribs, Zac Harmon, and the Graceland Ninjas on the Texas Lottery Plaza Main Stage!

Blues with Zac Harmon

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

Zac Harmon is an award-winning guitarist, organist, singer, and songwriter whose distinctive style combines the best of old-school soul-blues artists with modern lyrics and themes that bring the blues into a new century. He’ll be performing on the Texas Lottery Plaza! Cover is free until 9PM.

 

4/7

2018 Irving Pet Pawlooza

Irving Animal Care Campus, 4140 Valley View Lane

A fun-filled day for families and their pets! Join the Irving Animal Care Campus for this free event! They will have free rabies vaccinations and microchipping for pets of Irving residents! There will also be vendors, fun, and games!

Hike and Brunch

Lake Carolyn, 777 Lake Carolyn Parkway

The Ghanian Professionals Network will host a Hike and Brunch this Saturday at Lake Carolyn! Afterwards, guests will bring brunch items to eat in the park!

 

4/8

Graceland Ninjaz

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

The Ninjaz Take Care of Business like no other. Their explosive music and dynamic stage personas draw audiences in and keep them moving all night long. John Kenny, David McMahon, Jason Gonzalez, Bobby Hoke, Adrian Jarvis, and Rob Hines will transform your evening into an unforgettable, Earth-shaking event.

 

4/9

Jonathon Tyler & The Northern Lights

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

In 2010, JTNL most notably toured alongside ZZ Top, JJ Grey & MOFRO, American Bang, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and others. They played Bonnaroo Music Festival, Voodoo Fest, Summerfest, BamaJam, and SXSW.

4/13

Toyota Music Factory Grand Opening (4/13-4/15)

Toyota Music Factory, 316 W Las Colinas Blvd

Don’t miss a beat! Keep your finger on the pulse of DFW’s newest epicenter of entertainment and mark your calendars – our official grand opening weekend is coming up!

From late-night bites and blinding stage lights to happy hours and date nights, Toyota Music Factory’s lineup includes everything from national and local favorites to new classics – all in one place!

Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

Their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight early on, and by their third release, Trace of Time, had garnered them a Grammy nomination in the worldwide field of traditional folk music, another in 2004 for Bon Reve, in 2009 for Live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and again in 2011 for their latest release, Grand Isle.

4/14

C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

C.J,‘s 1995 appearances on the Jon Stewart Show and CNN brought C.J.’s music to his widest audiences yet. But all this attention didn’t change his philosophy toward his music. “You go to a gig by a jazz band,” he says, “and everybody’s sitting down, sipping drinks. You play zydeco and you see shoes flying off. You can’t come to my show and stay unhappy all night long. You’re going to break a smile and stomp your foot before too long. This is happy music, and it makes you dance.”

Cirque De La Symphony

Irving Arts Center, 3333 N MacArthur Blvd

What happens when you mix the world’s greatest acrobats, contortionists, dancers, and aerialists with music of Vivaldi, Debussy, and many more? The Cirque de la Symphonie!

4/15

Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

Undeniably “The World’s Premier Zydeco Showman.” Born on July 1, 1967 in Churchpoint, Louisiana, Chubby is the third generation of zydeco artists with such famous relatives as Roy Carrier (father), Warren Carrier (grandfather), and cousins Bebe and Calvin Carrier who are presently considered legends in zydeco history.

4/16

Tab Benoit

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

“You’ve tried the rest, now try the best! Tab Benoit’s amazing new Medicine, 100% pure musical snake-oil. A melodic potion that provides immediate and satisfying relief for all aches and pain. Benoit’s Medicine is a guaranteed cure for heartache. It’s the genuine article this Medicine is for whatever ails you.”

4/19

Free Guided Gallery Tour

Irving Art Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd

Enjoy a tour of the most recent exhibitions!

4/20

Help Us Recycle: Drink More Beer (4/20-4/22)

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

Help Us Recycle, Drink More Beer

Help us save the Earth (day) by recycling those beer bottles! The more we pour, the more we can save as we go “green” this weekend.

Listen to headliner artists Chali 2na & Naughty Professor, Neon Indian, and more Roots-genre music throughout the weekend!

Sunday features our Gospel Brunch at 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm with Texas’ Largest Bloody Mary Bar!

Nikki Lane

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

Highlighted by Vice’s music site Noisey prior to the album’s release in an in-depth feature exclaiming, “[Highway Queen] is her best yet,” “Send The Sun” emerged as a standout track that MTV News praises as “a waltzing love song that could be Lane’s best shot at a mainstream country crossover hit, if that’s even what she wants.” Lane performed an acoustic rendition of the song earlier this year for CBS This Morning Saturday from country legend Loretta Lynn’s historic home in Hurricane Mills.

Night Hike on Campion Trail

TBD

Explore the nighttime world of animals of Campion Trail with native species experts and learn more about the sights, smells and sounds of nature at night. Night hikers are invited to challenge their skills in spotting signs of animal life and sharpening other senses. Learn more about the kinds of animals that call Irving home.

4/21

Chali 2na & Naughty Professor

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

Naughty Professor is an iconoclastic New Orleans-based jazz-funk sextet whose adventurous recordings and horn-charged, high-energy live performances have earned them an enthusiastic fan base, critical acclaim, and widespread attention from their musical peers.

Butterflies and Bubbles

Canyon Crest Park, 6 Santa Fe Trail

Learn how to create a landscape that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

4/22

Neon Indian

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

Neon Indian is an American electronic music band from Denton, Texas. The music is composed by Mexican-born Alan Palomo (born July 24, 1988), who is also known for his work with the band Ghosthustler, and as the solo artist VEGA. The project has been characterized as defining the 2000s music genre known as chillwave.

Extreme Midget Wrestling

Southern Junction, 101 N Rogers Rd

Prepare to see some body slamming action as competitors compete for the title!

4/23

Tim Reynolds and TR3

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

With a musical career spanning more than thirty-five years, guitarist, sonic innovator, and two time Grammy nominee Tim Reynolds is known for his masterful command of melody and timing and for his uncanny ability to improvise on any instrument he touches. Having explored most musical styles, from rock, jazz and blues to classical and reggae, Reynolds’ wide-ranging musical versatility is evident each time he picks up his electric or acoustic guitar. Technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest, Reynolds’ music is inspired and authentic.

4/27

Throwback to the Good ‘ol Days (4/27-4/29)

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

Remember when the Super Bowl was last won by the local team?

We do & are bringing back those days for a throwback weekend featuring autograph sessions with former gridiron greats, a dominoes tournament for $1,000 cash, & more all weekend long!

Shop the Albertson’s Ranchers Market Friday-Saturday 6am-2pm, listen to 94.5 MAJIC live remote featuring R&B and throwback sounds of the 80s and 90s, or listen to blues artists on the Texas Lottery Plaza Main Stage!

This is one trip to the past you don’t want to miss!

Joe Lewis Walker

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

Joe Louis Walker, a Blues Hall of Fame inductee and four-time Blues Music Award winner celebrates a career that exceeds a half a century. His new album Everybody Wants A Piece cements his legacy as a prolific torchbearer for the blues.

4/28

Otis Taylor Band

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

Blues singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Otis Taylor is capable of exploring any musical mood at any given time, and it’s an important reason why he is considered one of the most talented artists to emerge in recent years.

4/29

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

Karl Denson is fresh off The Rolling Stones’ No Filter tour of Europe where he performed across the continent in his ongoing role as tenor saxophonist with the legendary rock band. He wastes no time, however, getting back on the road with his own band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, for a string of tour dates around the U.S.

4/30

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers

Big Beat Dallas, 340 W Las Colinas Blvd

“Phenomenal and funky…soulful vocals and inspired blues-rock guitar” –The Washington Post “An inspired blend of high-energy blues, R&B and roadhouse rock…soulful, celebratory vocals and exquisite, stellar guitar” —Blues Revue

 

Well folks, those are the events we’re excited for in April! Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below! 

Make sure to check out our Nightly Events! We have Happy Hour every day of the week from 5-8 and chances for you to win big throughout the week!

 

 

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