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You don’t have to travel far to experience this little-known slice of paradise in North Texas. With a scenic urban lake and Venetian-style canals, plus resort hotels and a walkable entertainment district, Irving is the idyllic setting for rockin’ into fall—easily accessed just between Dallas and Fort Worth.

The temperatures may cool down during the fall season (fingers crossed), but the fun in Irving is heating up. Picture yourself lounging fireside with a cozy glass of wine in hand or off to the lake for an outdoorsy adventure. Bogey or birdie? Sip and spa? Next-level nightlife? Romantic gondola cruise? Blues, jazz, hip-hop, or rock & roll?  We’ve got an extensive “play-” list and rockin’ hotel deals in Irving, Texas.


Play that Funky Music

Here’s a little secret. There’s more than one music city in the Lone Star State. That’s right, y’all. Irving is stealing the spotlight with superstars, world-renown headliners, local bands, and talented regional artists on stages across the city. In Irving’s red-hot entertainment district, the Live Nation Pavilion tops the charts. The Pavilion draws some of the biggest acts around with a fall line-up including Sting, Janelle Monae, H.E.R., and The National among many others.


The Toyota Music Factory has everything you need for an epic night out including dozens of bars featuring local live music, restaurants, and the open-air Texas Lottery Plaza with a full fall festival line-up.

Want even more? Sipping is fun. Sipping and strolling in Irving is more fun. Sipping specialty drinks created just for you and winning cool swag—like concert tickets—along the way is inarguably the most fun. Be one of the first to explore “Irving on the Rocks,” a new walking tour showcasing the coolest cocktails and mocktails in the Toyota Music Factory and nearby.

Water Play

For an outdoor experience, head to Lake Carolyn. Whether you’re with a group or the kiddos, Lake Carolyn offers classes and excursions that will have you on the water in no time. Enjoy paddle boarding, kayaking, or cruising on a Venetian gondola.

Food Play

Irving eateries run the gamut from gas station stops with the best momos in North Texas to unsurpassed fine dining.  With more ethnicities represented in its 75038 ZIP code than almost any other city in the United States, it’s no wonder that Irving’s restaurants, too, speak many languages. Local eateries offer an authentic taste of far-flung culinary destinations including Japan, Italy, India, and beyond.  And no matter the flavor, let’s embrace fall as the time to actually enjoy patio dining. You’ll find first-rate waterfront dining at the hip and happening Water Street along Lake Carolyn.

Playing Around

While Irving has more than enough to keep you and your friends, lovers, and kids entertained with a mix of urban charm and small-town hospitality, it’s also a stellar starting point to experience all that the Dallas-Fort Worth Area has to offer. Stay here and you’ll be just minutes away from top attractions like the famous Fort Worth Stockyards. There’s a lot to see and do in the area, and Irving puts you right in the middle of it all.


Any good getaway starts with an amazing stay, and Irving has plenty of options ranging from affordable to upscale. Each Irving retreat has a unique vibe, pool scene, foodie fun, and delightful amenities. You can bring Fido, too!

Retro Stay

Escape from your everyday life to the retro-inspired Texican Court. Nestled on acres of landscaped courtyards with kitschy comfy furniture and twinkling lights, Texican Court offers outdoor play including giant Jenga and cornhole, complimentary pastel-colored bicycles, fire pits with s’mores kits, and LIVE MUSIC every weekend.

Lakeside Stay

Sunshiny views of the pristine lake from the pool deck, delicious eats, and spa services make for the staycation trifecta at Irving’s Omni Las Colinas. With lawn games, crackling flames to roast s’mores at your personal fire pit, and delicious on-site dining, there’s no need to leave the property once you’ve settled in—unless you prefer the hotel’s Mokara Salon & Spa for a chill afternoon.

Resort Stay

A great way to start off your morning at The Las Colinas Resort (a Ritz property): play like a pro across 36 holes of champion-style golf. Or if you’re looking for deeper relaxation, you can pamper yourself with a soothing deep-tissue massage or facial.

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