Irving Events and Festivals

(Irving, Texas - TX, USA)

Irving's calendar of events, festivals and seasonal things to do is by all accounts a fairly sedate affair, with quite a few months free of any significant happenings. However, what is on offer is certainly worth looking out for, with the lively St. Patrick's Day procession each March being especially significant, along with the Memorial Day Celebrations in May.

Nearby Dallas has a lot more going on, and visitors to Irving can travel the short distance between the two cities to appreciate a wider selection of events.

Also close by is the hugely popular Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo (FWSSR), which often goes by the name of the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show and takes place each January, being staged every single year since 1896 and held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center since 1944. Almost one million people now attend these cowboy themed events, which are managed by a non-profit organization and comprise carnivals, rodeo performances, bull riding, cattle shows and campfire stories.

National Public Holidays

  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • Third Monday in January - Martin Luther King Day
  • 12th February - Lincoln's Birthday
  • Third Monday in February - Washington's Birthday
  • Last Monday in May - Memorial Day
  • 4th July - Independence Day
  • First Monday in September - Labor Day
  • Second Monday in October - Columbus Day
  • 11th November - Veterans Day
  • 4th Thursday in November - Thanksgiving
  • 25th December - Christmas Day

Calendar of Festivals and Events 2014 / 2015


  • Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo - mid-January to early February, this is the nation's oldest stock show, attracting thousands of visitors each year to this family-orientated event featuring rodeo competitions and cowboy performances. The events last just over three weeks and include some exceptional livestock shows


  • No significant festivals during the month of February in Irving


  • St. Patrick's Day Celebrations - March 17th, Irving's Irish community and others pay tribute to the Emerald Isle's greatest hero


  • No significant festivals during the month of February in Irving


  • Memorial Day Celebrations - late May, Irving pays tribute to the country's war heroes


  • CityArts Celebration - mid-June, held in nearby Dallas, with food, drink, dancing and music, together with activities for children


  • Independence Day celebrations - July 4th, Irving celebrates the country's independence with festivities across the city


  • Dallas Museum of Natural History Event - early August, this annual event invites families to the Dallas Museum of Natural History to get intimate with its lizards, snakes and extensive reptile collection


  • Dallas Cowboys - September sees the start of the NFL season and fans of the game can catch the Dallas Cowboys at the Cowboys Stadium in nearby Arlington


  • The Texas Pinball Festival - late October, this annual event sees pinball diehards from all over Texas and out-of-state gather together to celebrate one of the arcade's longest surviving features


  • Thanksgiving Celebrations - Irving celebrates this national holiday with traditional family-orientated festivities


  • New Years Eve in Las Colinas - Irving's downtown area sees in the new year with typical festivities at its favorite social venues