Taste of Irving
The Taste of Irving is an outdoor festival featuring family-friendly activities, live music and food. This year’s event will give visitors an opportunity to sample a variety of music genres on multiple small stages. The entertainment schedule features jazz, blues, Latin and more.
As the festival takes on a new format, additions include youth dance performances, children's performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and multiple music tents. Returning to the festival is a free children's fun zone and more than 20 food vendors who will showcase their delicious cuisine.
Admission and parking are free; see below for more information.
- Alcohol may not be brought into or removed from the event grounds, and may only be consumed in designated areas.
- Outside food is permitted.
- An ATM is available near the food court.
- Leashed, well-behaved dogs are permitted on event grounds, but may not enter the building. The handler is required to control and clean after dogs at all times.
- Please refrain from smoking within the event grounds.
Free event parking is provided at Ranchview High School (8401 E. Valley Ranch Parkway). A complimentary shuttle provides continuous transportation to and from the event from noon to 6:30 p.m. While service animals are welcome, no pets may ride the event shuttle.
More than 20 food vendors will be in attendance. All food samples are sold for $5 or less. An ATM will be available.
Restrooms and First Aid
Both standard and ADA accessible portable restrooms are located throughout the event grounds. Please visit the red Information Station for assistance with first aid, lost and found, and general event information.
Art Institute of Dallas Culinary Stage
Enjoy cooking demonstrations and interactive presentations throughout the day, led by chefs and culinary students from the Art Institute of Dallas International Culinary School. Free recipes and samples provided while supplies last!
Children's Fun Zone
Free outdoor activities for children include inflatable rides, face painting and balloon art.
Children's Performance Zone
Step into the Cimarron Park Recreation Center Gymnasium for a variety of fun, free performances geared towards families.
|1:00 p.m.||Peter & the Wolf|
Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Encore!
Watch and enjoy as animals come to life through this music and dance interpretation of the symphonic fairy tale, composed by Sergei Prokofiev. Classical ballet, modern dance and jazz techniques are used to animate the animals and human characters in this fun presentation.
Gymnasium doors open at 12:30 p.m. for seating, which is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
|2:30 p.m.||Dancing to the Downbeats of Decades|
Dana's Dance Academy
Operating in Irving for 33 years, Dana's Dance Academy offers classes in jazz, hip hop, modern, ballet and tap. Area dance students perform routines to 1950's, 60's, 70's and 80's music classics.
Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis.
CBS 11 Main Stage
Feast on Latin Vibrations
Featuring The Marcelo Berestovoy Latin Music and Dance Revue
Marcelo Berestovoy has worked with some of the biggest names in Latin music, including Paulina Rubio, Leon Gieco and Selena. He has been featured on Hollywood movie soundtracks. This performance features Rumba Flamenco, Tango, and Brazilian and Latin classics.
|12:00 p.m.||Marcelo Berestovoy & Joel Pipkin|
|1:00 p.m.||Jeni, La Lobilla|
Flamenco performance and audience participation
|1:45 p.m.||The Marcelo Berestovoy Band|
|2:30 p.m.||Grand Finale|
Featuring all performers
The Main Course
|3:30 p.m.||Zac Harmond|
Zac Harmond 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.
Blues Revue called Harmon “a masterful musician and performer of the blues.” Blues journalist Don Wilcock referred to his “Bobby Blue Bland uptown sophistication with a touch of Freddie King guitar.” Jazz Review said, “With his big blues sound from Mississippi, Harmon can go toe to toe with some of the best blues men in the business."
|5:00 p.m.||Hannah Kirby|
Classic Rock & Blues
Hannah Kirby has been entertaining audiences in north Texas long before her amazing run on NBC's top-rated The Voice. She loves to bring her powerhouse vocals and dynamic performance to family friendly venues.
Presented by CBS 11.
Baylor Scott & White Blues Tent
|Bite down on some blues rhythms|
|12:00 p.m.||Leo Hull & The Texas Blues Machine|
A respected band on the Texas Blues scene. Their high energy blues, infectious melodies and roadhouse repertoire definitely satisfies the thirst for a good blues performance.
|2:00 p.m.||Andrew "Jr. Boy" Jones Band, featuring Kerrie Lepai|
Andrew Jones, Texas blues guitarist, singer and songwriter has played with legendary blues artists Freddie King and Bobby Patterson. Featured lead singer Kerrie Lepai is known for her sensational and soulful vocal ability.
Presented by Baylor Scott & White Irving.
Irving Symphony Orchestra Patio
|Taste a cup of classical music|
|1:00 p.m.||Marek "Eneti" Leszczynski|
Violinist Marek "Eneti" Leszczynski's outstanding performance style offers a repertoire from popular, movie and classical music. Marek records in the studio and performs with symphony orchestras.
Presented by the Irving Symphony Orchestra.
|Savor the taste of jazz sensations|
|12:00 p.m.||Peter Weise|
|1:00 p.m.||Clate Bowen|
|2:00 p.m.||Roland Elbert|
|3:00 p.m.||2 Tone|
Cindy Hortsman (harpist) and Michael Medina (guitarist)
Become a Sponsor
Thousands of people from Irving and neighboring areas attend our annual festivities. Support this community event and increase the visibility of your organization by becoming a sponsor. For more information on becoming a sponsor, view our Sponsorship Packages (PDF) and contact The Sponsor Bureau at (214) 702-6411.
*Please check back regularly for event updates. Information is subject to change.