Canal Fest

Enjoy this video slideshow of the 2016 festivities!

A Celebration of Art and Culture

Canal Fest returns for another year of fun, food, music, and culture! Set along the beautiful Mandalay Canal, this festival includes a local art exhibit, cultural dance displays, a variety of activities and attractions, live music, a food court, and much more. 
Admission to this festival is free!  Click on the tabs below for more details about the entertainment and exhibits.   

Important Information:
  • Limited seating is provided at each stage, however most of the viewing area is standing room only.
  • Wheelchair access to the canal is available via parking garage elevator at 220 E. Las Colinas Blvd. or via ramp located next to the bridge on Las Colinas Blvd.
  • An ATM is available at street level near the Information Tent.
  • Alcohol will be sold only to guests ages 21 and older with valid ID.  
  • Alcohol may not be brought into or removed from the event site.
  • Leashed, well-behaved dogs are permitted. The handler is required to control and clean after dogs at all times.
  • Please refrain from smoking within the event grounds.
  1. Main Stage
  2. Irving Arts Center Cultural Stage
  3. Frontier Communications Family Arts Stage
  4. Art Exhibit and Canal
  5. Attractions and Food
Located on E. Las Colinas Blvd. near the intersection of O'Connor Blvd., the Main Stage features a variety of top music performances. Don't miss these fun and energetic shows!  Limited seating is provided; most of the stage viewing area is standing room only.
Jenna McDaniel  Jenna McDaniel
 2 to 2:45 p.m.

Native Texan Jenna McDaniel was born with an undeniable love for music and performing that’s as big as the Texas sky. Inspired by an at the time up-and-comer named Taylor Swift, Jenna grabbed a guitar and began penning her own songs inspired by Swift’s honesty and sheer relatability. Traveling back and forth to Nashville to hone her writing skills, she has opened for artists such as Cory Morrow and Jason Boland.
Jonathan Fox  Jonathan Fox Band
3 to 4 p.m.

Growing up in Dallas, musician Jonathan Fox moved to the state’s capital of Austin, where he plays music that brings together a myriad of musical influences. Leading the Jonathan Fox Band, he’s been traveling across the southern region of the United States and performing since the age of 15. Their music tests the boundaries of pop-rock and Americana, with self-aware lyrics and a carefree sound.
David Whiteman Band 2  King David Band
4:30 to 6 p.m.

The King David Band is one of the most versatile and entertaining dance/party bands in America. Led by vocalist/guitarist David Whiteman, this 14-piece band covers the widest range of songs around, featuring Top 40, R&B, funk, rock and dance variety music. The passion behind the performance is what sets them apart, delivering a top-notch show every time.
Love and Happiness Band  Love & Happiness
6:30 to 8 p.m.

Love & Happiness is a dynamic, high-energy 10-piece variety band featuring three unique lead vocalists and a three-piece horn section.  This talented group of veteran Austin musicians covers everything from jazz to R&B classics, hip-hop to modern Top 40 hits. This powerhouse group keeps audiences on their feet, no matter the venue.

2017 Event 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.