To-do list: Attend these annual events in Coppell, Irving

Frost Fest includes a snow tubing hill and play area. (Courtesy city of Irving)
Frost Fest includes a snow tubing hill and play area. (Courtesy city of Irving)

Frost Fest includes a snow tubing hill and play area. (Courtesy city of Irving)

Coppell, Irving events in January and February


Jan. 24-26

Taste spicy foods at Zestfest


This spicy food festival will include live music, contests, celebrity chef demonstrations and thousands of food samples. Some of the highest-profile chefs include Jon Bonnell and Eddie Deen.

1-6 p.m. (Fri.), 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m-5 p.m. (Sun.). $15-$16, other ticket packages are available. Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. www.zestfest.net

Jan. 25


Celebrate Chinese New Year


In the Chinese tradition, 2020 marks the year of the rat. Coppell will celebrate the turn of the new year with games, storytelling, face painting and more. All ages are welcome. Noon-3 p.m. Free. Cozby Library and Community Commons, 177 N. Heartz Road, Coppell. 972-462-0667. www.coppelltx.gov

Feb. 1

Frost Fest


This Valley Ranch-based event includes a snow tubing hill, a snowy play area, a photo station and train rides around the park. The event will also include crafts making, storytelling and puppet shows. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Cimarron Park, 201 Red River Trail, Irving. 972-721-2600. www.cityofirving.org

Feb. 1

Zero waste living


Garland-based environmental expert Tiana Lightfoot Svendsen will provide a lesson on sustainable living at the Cozby Library and Community Commons. Some of the lessons will cover lowering waste and plastic use and living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. 2-3 p.m. Free. Cozby Library and Community Commons, 177 N. Heartz Road, Coppell. 972-462-0667. www.coppelltx.gov

Feb. 8

Caregiving Heroes


This event is geared toward caregivers assisting their aging loved ones. The one-day seminar will include talks from professionals on topics such as legal considerations, finances, home alternatives and different types of care services. Lunch will be provided. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $10. Ministry Center of First United Methodist Church Coppell, 425 S. Heartz Road, Coppell. 972-462-0471. www.fumccoppell.org

Live Music at Toyota Music Factory


Feb. 14: La Arrolladora

Feb. 15: William Shatner and “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”

316 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving

972-810-1499

www.toyotamusicfactory.com

Annual events in Coppell


July 3

Celebrate Coppell: Party in the park


The Independence Day-themed event includes music food and fireworks. Time TBA. Free. Andrew Brown Park East, 260 E. Parkway Blvd., Coppell.

972-462-0667. www.coppelltx.gov

July 4

Celebrate Coppell Parade


Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue for the patriotic-themed parade. Time TBA. Free. Route along Parkway Boulevard TBA. 972-462-0667. www.coppelltx.gov

Oct. 3

Kaleidoscope: A celebration of cultures


The festival celebrates the diversity of the Coppell community with lights, sound and color, and will include food, performances and activities. Time TBA. Free. Andrew Brown Park East, 260 E. Parkway Blvd., Coppell. 972-462-0667. www.coppelltx.gov

Annual events in Irving


May 12

Dragonboat Racing


Teams compete to row dragon boats through a course. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Urban Center, 890 Lake Carolyn Parkway, Irving. 214-850-9986. www.dfwdragonboatfestival.com

June 6

Taste of Irving


This event will include food and drink offerings from area restaurants and food trucks, live music and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Levy Event Plaza, 501 E. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving. 972-721-2600. www.cityofirving.org

Sept. 26

Irving Main Street


Located in Irving’s Heritage District, this event will celebrate the city’s hometown feel with live music, a car show, and food and shopping vendors. The city will soon begin accepting vendor applications. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Irving Heritage District, 217 S. Main St., Irving. 972-721-2501. www.cityofirving.org
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By Gavin Pugh

After reporting for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano paper for over two years, Gavin launched the Coppell, Valley Ranch and Las Colinas edition in October 2019. As editor, Gavin's beat includes transportation, municipal government, education and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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