Texas is full of treasures and the Toyota Music Factory in Irving is a gem! Come for the music and stay for the amazing amenities -- you won’t be short on entertainment options here.

With a music venue made for 8,000 attendees, a movie theater and more than 20 restaurants and bars, the Toyota Music Factory is a premier destination for all things fun.

Blue Fire Catering is located near the music center.
Irving, Texas is the perfect spot for your next family vacation, night out, or meeting.

 

Stay

With four accommodation options all in the Visitors District, you have your pick of places to stay that are very near the action -- none are more than a 5-minute walk to the Toyota Music Factory or a 10-minute walk to the convention center! Staying within the Visitors District means you won’t need to spend money on transportation. 

The Westin Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas

We enjoyed two nights at the Westin Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, a contemporary hotel with an “art is music” theme. Well suited for business or pleasure, the Westin boasts easy access to both the Irving Convention Center and Toyota Music Factory. Take advantage of the nearby Mandalay Canal Walk where you will find a waterfront trail running alongside restaurants and more. When you’ve finished your walk, opt for a dip in the indoor pool or wash off in your in-room rainfall shower. 

Texican Court 

This boutique hotel is full of personality! Guests can anticipate more than 150 relaxed, yet luxe, guest rooms, a circular swimming pool, wood-burning fire pits, wraparound porches and even live music on weekends. Pop by the tequila bar for a tasting or grab a bite at Two Mules Cantina. Also near to the Toyota Music Factory, you are never far from the main attraction. For more information, visit texicancourt.com.

Nosh and Bottle is an airy, casual market doubling as a deli for sandwiches & soups alongside beer, wine & coffee.
The Reservoir Bar at the Toyota Music Factory offers a modern, industrial, patio-driven gastropub. The menu is an integration of bar and spirits meshed with southern comfort favorites. 

Eat

Nosh & Bottle

Looking for a great happy hour spot before a show? Or perhaps just hoping to grab something and go? Nosh & Bottle is your answer. Stop by for charcuterie and wine or browse their gourmet market. For more information, visit noshandbottle.com.

Hugos Invitados 

Hugo Miranda welcomes you to dine at Hugos Invitados, with a Mexican-influenced menu featuring dishes made from scratch. Think vibrant decor, colorful cocktails, fresh food and flavors that pack a punch. Expect superior service and a warm, inviting atmosphere. For more information, visit hugosinvitados.com.

Mesa Mescal

What could be better than an order of huevos rancheros the morning after a late night out? At Mesa Mescal you will find that and more. With menu items like chilaquiles, steel cut oatmeal, blue corn pancakes and rompope french toast, there really is something for everyone. For a full list of menu items, visit mesamezcal.com.

Olivella’s

At Olivella’s you will find authentic Italian style cuisine made from recipes dating back more than 100 years. What was started by one of the oldest pizza-making families in Naples has evolved into a pizzeria unlike any other. Other menu items include salad, pasta, paninis and dessert. For more information, visit olivellas.com.

Reservoir 

Toyota Music Factory really has thought of it all. With everything in one place, you never have to go far to find what you’re looking for. Try Reservoir, their onsite gastropub, for your favorite southern foods or a quick cocktail.

Watching the band inside the Toyota Music Factory.
 
The Mandalay Canals are a charming part of the Las Colinas Urban Center. Inspired by the canals of Venice, the Mandalay Canals wind through restaurants, shops and office buildings.  Offering visitors scenic views of waterfalls, vine-covered bridges, and “Old World” charm, the canals are charming. Follow the tree-lined, cobblestone walkway stretching 3-miles around Lake Carolyn and the canals.  It’s both peaceful and stirring--the perfect gathering spot for those wanting to take a break from workday stress or get in a morning run. 

Do

Texas Lottery Plaza

Featuring a variety of music series throughout the year, the Texas Lottery Plaza is an outdoor music venue where you will find all sorts of artists and where local bands play every weekend. During our trip to the Toyota Music Factory, we caught a performance by country artist Joe Diffie. Sway to the music as the sun sets or dance the night away -- the choice is yours!

The Pavilion 

Situated within the Las Colinas community, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory has room for close to 15,000 -- it is three venues in one! Choose a seat in the open-air section of the venue or grab one indoors -- you can anticipate a hot lineup throughout the year. We had the pleasure of experiencing a Wisin and Yandel concert during our time there. This Latin music duo has been performing together for more than a decade and have won a Grammy, two Latin Grammys and multiple Billboard Latin Airplay #1s. These two know how to put on a show! 

Take these steps from the VIP entrance into the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, a state-of-the-art, 8,000-capacity convertible boutique amphitheater is the centerpiece of Toyota Music Factory. Managed and booked by global leader in concert promotion, Live Nation, The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory’s diverse programming brings some of the biggest names in entertainment to Irving!
Toyota Music Factory is a world-class entertainment destination as diverse as the world of music itself. With its central location in Irving, TX, Toyota Music Factory is the soul of the entire DFW Metroplex, bringing an energy that will satisfy any taste in food, music, and movies. Day and night the Toyota Music Factory invites you to come for the thrills and leave with the chills.

 

Alamo Drafthouse 

Reserve a seat at Alamo Drafthouse where they are playing the latest new releases as well as family and independent films. Plush seating, servers ready to offer you a beverage or bite to eat and superior digital projection -- they’ve made it easy for you to grab your popcorn, relax, sit back and enjoy the show. For reservations, visit drafthouse.com.

Gondola Adventures 

Yes, you heard that right -- gondolas! Gondola Adventures offers a variety of cruise options. Choose from their classic cruise, dinner cruise, breakfast cruise, lunch cruise or dessert cruise! They are open 365 days a year. For more information or to book your cruise, visit irving.gondola.com.

Makora Spa, situated right on the water, is a beautiful oasis where your worries will be washed away. The excellent staff will cater to your every need as you find respite from the busy world outside. The massages here are top-notch. For a full list of services, visit omnihotels.com/hotels/dallas-mandalay/spa.

What are you waiting for? Start planning your action-packed, music-themed adventure today. For more information about the Toyota Music Factory, visit toyotamusicfactory.com.

Cynthia Calvert
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