Canal Fest

Enjoy this video slideshow of the 2017 festivities!

Travel the World in a Day
Irving is home to the most diverse ZIP code in the nation, a magnitude of multicultural restaurants and over 50 spoken languages in its schools.  Diversity is fundamental to the City of Irving, which is why this year’s fifth annual Canal Fest is set to be the most exciting event to date!

Canal Fest 2018 is a celebration of world cultures, featuring dance, music, art and food representative of cultures from around the world.  Three performance stages provide an immersive and interactive exploration of culture.  Each stage showcases one or more continents, while the area surrounding each stage features food, activities, children’s crafts, cultural displays and vendors.  Photo stations will be placed around the festival, and attendees are encouraged to dress in clothing that represents their own heritage or culture.  Admission and activities are free. 

  1. General Information
  2. Africa
  3. Europe & Asia
  4. North & South America

Important Information:

  • Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs, as limited seating is provided at the performance stages.
  • An ATM is available near the food court.
  • Alcohol may not be brought into or removed from the event grounds.  Outside food is permitted.
  • Leashed, well-behaved dogs are permitted on event grounds, but may be prohibited from certain exhibit areas. The handler is required to control and clean after dogs at all times.
  • Please refrain from smoking within the event grounds.

Traditionally set along the Mandalay Canal in the Las Colinas Urban Center, this popular festival has been temporarily relocated a few blocks south due to road construction.  Now located along the shores of Lake Carolyn, Canal Fest offers a beautiful view of the entertainment district and close proximity to dining, dancing, hotels and more.

Event parking is available in area parking garages for $10 per vehicle.  Garages open to the public one hour before the event.  Download the Parking Map for directions to participating garages.

Attendees also are encouraged to ride the DART Orange Line to the Las Colinas Urban Center Station. A free shuttle service will transport attendees between the station and the event.  The Las Colinas APT trams will also offer complimentary scenic tours of the Lake Carolyn area while transporting attendees between the DART station and the event site.  Both the shuttle buses and APT trams will run from 1:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Food Court
A range of food and alcohol vendors bring attendees multiple options, from frozen desserts to cultural fare:
Doc's Street Grill ~ What's Cook-N Chef ~ Nola Cajun Catering  ~  Social Ice  ~  The Gourmet Bread Pudding Company  ~  Kona Ice  ~  The Halal Guys ~ Frost, A Gelato Shoppe  ~  The Itis Food Truck ~ Chiave's Italian Food ~ Tacos, Bites & Beats ~ J Bob's Concession
Several restaurants are also located within walking distance of the event grounds, including Route 66 Indian Cuisine, Jinbeh Japanese Restaurant, and Italian Cafe

Bar Louie Logo-WebBar Louie Lounge
Step into the lounge tent to cool off with shade, a breeze and an adult beverage.  Offering a wide selection of alcoholic beverages for purchase, the lounge is an excellent location to take a break and enjoy the scenery.

Complimentary Gift
Complete an event survey and receive a complimentary gift (while supplies last). There are two ways to complete a survey:

  • Using a mobile device, visit  and complete the Canal Fest survey online. Once the survey is complete, show your mobile device to staff at the red Information Station to receive your complimentary gift.
  • Complete a paper survey by visiting the Information Station, located in the center of the event grounds. 

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. 

2018 Stage Sponsors

2018 Supporting Sponsors

  1. 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.