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Movie party, festivals, pub crawls, races and more

It might still be a bit nippy outside [LINK WEATHER STORY] but thankfully spring is just around the corner — and with it comes plenty of things to do in Irving this March.

Lone Star Youth Orchestra: A Voyage Down the Danube: The orchestra performs music by composers from Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania and Serbia including Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel (Felix’s sister), Mozart Bartók and Tchaikovsky. More info here. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

North Texas Teen Book Festival: More than 80 authors, graphic novelists and YouTube celebs are slated to appear at the Irving Convention Center including John Green (Let It Snow, Fault in Our Stars), graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier (Guts), Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine series). The free expo features panel discussions, publisher events, speed dating, workshops and book signings. 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd.

Movie party at Alamo Drafthouse: Twister: Can you possibly think of a better way to get hyped for tornado season than watching that 1996 classic Twister on a big screen? Alamo Drafthouse is giving it the movie party treatment, complete with props and surprises to bring the rollicking action onscreen to vivid life inside the theater. Tickets here. 320 W. Las Colinas Blvd.

St. Patrick’s Day 5K/10K: Irving Marathon is hosting a 10K/5K run and 5K walk at the Toyota Music Factory. Perks of signing up include running swag and a post-race party at the finish line with free beer, food and live entertainment. Register here (prices go up this Sunday). 316 W. Las Colinas Blvd.

The Ginger Man’s St. Patrick’s Day Block Party: The Las Colinas location of this popular bar is joining with Community Beer Company, Jameson Irish Whiskey and the SPCA of Texas for its inaugural St. Paddy’s Day party. Expect beer tappings, whiskey specials and live music all day paired with food and giveaways. Plus, bring your four-legged friends to compete in a canine pageant and win dog food for a year. More info here. 5250 N. O’Connor Blvd.

Pot ’O Gold Pub Crawl: Toyota Music Factory favorites Bar Louie, Thirsty Lion, Yard House, Mama Tried, Green Gator and Reservoir are all participating. Wristbands will get you access to all these, food and drink specials, and entry into contests and drawings. Tickets here. 360 W. Las Colinas Blvd.

Holi and Anand Bazaar Celebration: Celebrate Holi with a blast at the DFW Hindu Temple starting at 1 p.m. This event marking the Festival of Colors will also have a DJ and a variety of booths with Indian foods and snacks. Holi colors will be available for purchase. More info here. 1605 N. Britain Road.

2020 Irving Marathon: Irving’s annual event benefiting the Baylor Scott & White Irving Foundation has a race for every fitness level: 26.2, 13.1, 10K, 5K, 1-mile fun run, walk and corporate challenge. The USATF-certified course can also serve as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon Qualifier. Start and finish lines are located at Toyota Music Factory. Register here (price increases after March 2). 340 W. Las Colinas Blvd.

Future ME Girls Conference: Girls from all over D-FW are invited to this City of Irving-hosted event meant to motivate and empower middle school and high school girls by providing resources to build character, develop life skills and inspire them to know their worth. There will be guest speakers, prizes and giveaways. Register here. Senter Park Recreation Center, 901 Senter Road.

Irving Art Association’s Masquerade Ball: Wear your fanciest mask and enjoy the revelry at the mid-century modern architectural home of Nancy and Tom Bushnell. There will be a silent auction, door prizes and a prize for best costume. More info here. 2717 Conflans Road.

The Texas Tenors 10th Anniversary Tour: This Emmy-winning group is dropping by the Irving Arts Center while on their 10th anniversary tour. Their performance will feature selections from their albums, fan favorites and more. More info here. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

Dallas Empire Home Series: North Texas’ elite Call of Duty team is hosting visiting teams such as the Chicago Huntsmen, Los Angeles Guerrillas, Florida Mutineers and Paris Legion for a home series of matches. Get tickets here. The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd.

Nick Cannon Presents MTV Wild ‘N Out Live: MTV’s groundbreaking Wild ‘N Out is coming to the Toyota Music Factory with Nick Cannon hosting lightning fast comedic improv and head-to-head battling. Rising comedy stars are ready to go for the jugular in a setting that’s more rap battle than comedic stage. More info here. 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd.


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