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Irving, TX Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 72
Total Sleeping Rooms 10,733
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 506
Committable Meeting Rooms* 32
Convention Center Space 275,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 50,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 48,576 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $142
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $64
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $196
*Maximum for a single hotel

Irving, TX Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Irving, a city guide for meeting professionals. The gateway to Dallas and Fort Worth, Irving offers the very best when it comes to meeting location, amenities, entertainment and service. The city boasts a new 100,000-square-foot convention center, 200,000 square feet of hotel meeting space, including a luxury resort, and is the global headquarters of six Fortune 500 companies. A perfectly situated mid-sized city, Irving offers a central location in the heart of the Metroplex that's between Dallas and Fort Worth and is extremely convenient to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport.

Irving sits adjacent to the sprawling Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, which serves approximately 158,000 daily passengers and 191 worldwide destinations. As an American Airlines hub, the airport ranks third in operations and ninth in passengers worldwide with more than 900 flights per day. Situated about 15 minutes outside of Irving, Dallas Love Field serves as home base to Southwest Airlines. Both Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport offer direct access to Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail service. DART also operates daily commuter rail, bus and light rail service throughout Dallas and 12 surrounding cities, while the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) connects downtown Dallas and Fort Worth with at two Irving stations. The DART Orange Line light rail provides direct service to the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas via its light rail to both DFW Airport and downtown Dallas.

Situated on a 40-acre tract in Las Colinas Urban Center, the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas features nearly 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. The center's three main levels include the Exhibition Hall Level, which houses the 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall for up to 5,000 guests, features a show manager's office overlooking the show floor. The Meeting Rooms Level features 20 breakout rooms, each approximately 1,000 square feet, including eight meeting rooms that can be combined to create an 8,000-square-foot junior ballroom. The Grand Ballroom Level includes a 20,000-square-foot ballroom and prefunction space with expansive views of the Las Colinas Urban Center, Lake Carolyn, and the Dallas skyline.

Aside from its cutting-edge Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, Irving is home to a number of special event venues perfectly designed for group functions and events. The 10-acre Irving Arts Center complex houses two fully equipped theaters, four galleries, meeting, classroom, reception and rehearsal facilities and a scenic sculpture garden. Guests can hold events throughout the center's more than 91,500 square feet of performance and visual arts space, including the 710-seat Carpenter Performance Hall, 257-seat Dupree Theater and 275-peson IAC Rehearsal Hall, among many other spaces. Irving's National Scouting Museum serves as the official museum of the Boy Scouts of America and offers huge collection of Scouting-affiliated artifacts, one of the world's largest Norman Rockwell collections and interactive activities, as well as three meeting rooms for up to 225 guests.

Situated within a short drive of Irving, the Dallas Museum of Art is lauded as one of the country's leading art institutions, as it features more than 22,000 works spanning 5,000 years, innovative exhibitions and educational programs for all ages and experience levels. Also in Dallas, the Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden is home to 66 acres of display gardens, as well as more than 12 garden venues. No trip to Irving is complete with a stop at the nearby Southfork Ranch in Parker. Made famous by the Ewing family of the Dallas television series, this former authentic Texas ranch is now a popular attraction.

About Irving, TX / Additional Info

Irving is much more than a fantastic meeting locale – it's also an easygoing Texas destination bursting with recreational activities, family fun, unique shopping, nightlife and delicious dining. With its central location between Dallas and Fort Worth, it's easy to enjoy the best attractions and entertainment of all three cities. In fact, Irving itself is home to five 18-hole golf courses, as well as dozens more within a 20-minute drive. Irving is also home to museums, symphonies, and green spaces.

Today, Las Colinas serves as Irving's business, retail and dining destination. It's also home to the breathtaking Mustangs of Las Colinas, one of the largest equestrian sculptures in the world. A must-see for visitors and residents alike, the sculpture portrays nine mild mustangs crossing a stream and sits adjacent to The Mustangs of Las Colinas Museum, which tells the story behind the eight-year process invested in creating the sculpture. Other nearby museums include Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum, which houses European, Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, and Roman antiquities, as well as Asian, Mesoamerican and African arts. In fact, the Kimbell Art Museum recently acquired its first painting by Michelangelo, which is the only work by the artist located in North America. Situated in Dallas' Dealey Plaza, the Sixth Floor Museum chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, and showcases a 40,000-item collection on his life, legacy, and assassination, as well as 1960s culture. The museum is housed in the sixth and seventh floors of the early 20th-century warehouse formerly known as the Texas School Book Depository, where significant evidence of a sniper was found on Kennedy's assassination date.

Irving is within easy reach of landmark Texas attractions, including Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District. Once a livestock market, the 98-acre district is home to a variety of shops, restaurants, nightclubs, rodeos, stock shows, historic landmarks and events set amid original bricks and mortar and wood corrals. Popular attractions include Stockyards Station, which features historic walking tours and unique dining and shopping, as well as Stockyards Championship Rodeo, the world's first indoor rodeo, with live rodeo action every Friday and Saturday year-round. The district is also known for Billy Bob's Texas, the world's largest honkytonk, featuring great country music and a family-friendly atmosphere, as well as weekly live bull riding, concerts and dance lessons, in addition to its on-site dining and shopping.

Coming soon, Las Colinas’ newest entertainment destination is the Irving Music Factory, slated to open in 2017, which will be an all-in-one dining and entertainment complex for Dallas-Fort Worth. The Pavillion, which will be operated by Live Nation, will be a music venue that can be collapsed to an indoor setting or opened to serve larger crowds as an amphitheater with 8,000 seats. The project will also feature a 50,000-square-foot plaza, with a stage that will play host to fashion shows, farmer’s markets, gospel brunches, food festivals, and events year-round. The project will offer 250,000 square feet of entertainment, retail, and restaurant space, office space, including a movie theater, comedy club, and 20-plus restaurant options.

The Irving area is well positioned to satisfy a Texas-sized appetite, thanks to its varied dining scene, ranging from elegant cuisine to comfortable Southwestern fare. The Ranch at Las Colinas serves a true taste of Texas with its specialty local beers, locally sourced flavors and farm-to-fork mission. Also in Las Colinas, Via Real brings together Mexican, Spanish, and Native American culinary practices in its Southwestern fare and relaxed Santa Fe atmosphere. Irving's i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar serves authentic Italian fare in an Art Deco setting, while Dallas' Cool River Cafe is a popular steakhouse and southwestern grill with an elaborate bar, billiards tables, and cigar room graced with a handmade humidor.

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