Living in Viridian is fun — and that’s why, when summer rolls around, it may be a bit of a challenge to pack up and head out of town.
Why leave when you have a sailing center, five community pools, a Fossil Park where the kids can dig for dinosaur “bones” and 850 acres of open space to explore? With all the amenities available and special events planned in the neighborhood, a staycation may quickly become more appealing than traveling to some overcrowded vacation spot.
In your own backyard, you can enjoy canoeing on Lake Viridian, taking your canine companions to Arrowhead Park and jogging and cycling along miles of trails. Guests are able to access a number of the community’s activities as well, making Viridian a destination for those who live nearby.
In addition to the usual line-up of ways to pass the time in Viridian, the community has a full calendar of fun events scheduled for the summer.
Here are a few ideas for ways to spend your summer at the Viridian — whether you live here or not.
Viridian is sponsoring Food Truck Friday, a dinner series featuring kitchens on wheels, through June 16. The fun begins at 6 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. at River Legacy Parks, 701 NW Green Oaks Rd. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets — and try a culinary creation for a spin. Admission is free; vendors accept cash or credit.
From 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at Lake Viridian, 1001 Viridian Park Lane, Viridian will host live music by Infinite Journey and the Shane Bell Band. Guests will enjoy bites by Blue Mesa Grill of Arlington. The evening will end with a spectacular fireworks display over Lake Viridian. This event is free and open to the public. Bring your picnic blankets and prepare for the star-spangled salute.
The Viridian Sailing Center is hosting a number of exciting events this summer. On Saturday, Aug. 12, there will be a ladies-only paddleboard and brunch. The Center is also hosting its first regatta at its new state of the art Sailing Center. The one-day Firecracker Regatta will be held Saturday, July 1. Stop by for your annual pass and learn about all of the workshops and camps planned for the summer as well.
There’s not a lot that can compete with live music on the lawn at Tribute Park — especially when the concerts are free and open to the public from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for three Fridays in August. The Sizzling Summer Music Series kicks off with a performance by Zuiel Merek and his captivating electric violin on Friday, Aug. 4. For the second night of Sizzling Summer Music Series, on Friday, Aug. 11, Josh Irwin will be performing his soulful tunes, and on the third night, on Friday, Aug. 18, David Froburg will be performing classics from all of our favorite eras.
Why should exercise be boring or relegated to a machine at the gym? Enjoy your workouts – especially when you sign up for Dance Fitness, taught by Viridian resident and certified Zumba instructor Keely. Her dance-filled sessions are slated for 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Saturdays at the Viridian Lake Club. Or try yoga at the Lake Club if that’s more your speed. The class is free — and all you have to do is show up with your mat and water bottle at 8 a.m. Saturdays. Keep cool while you work up a sweat at the water aerobics classes at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Viridian Lap Pool. Or try tai chi, a more relaxing workout involving series of movements and deep breathing popular for relieving stress. Classes are Sunday mornings at 9. If you prefer a stricter coach, sign up for boot camp with trainer Sasha Jones on Wednesdays. This session will run for 12 weeks just in time to prepare for Tough Mudder!
Viridian’s Summer Storytime will delight children with readings and snacks at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. They might also want to join Viridian’s Explorer Club, register for Camp Viridian or sign up for swim lessons at the Viridian Lake Club Pool. Kids will definitely want to swim at the Dive in Movie at 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, spend time with the family at Donuts for Dad from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 17, and attend Touch A Truck at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. This family-fun event is where children get the unique opportunity to see, touch and safely explore different kinds of trucks.
Sign up for Mixology 101, slated for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, June 30, to learn how to create classic cocktails and pair them with meals.
All of you home chefs and dedicated foodies will enjoy preparing amazing meals this summer with the help of Johnson's Backyard Garden. On Thursdays, the organic farm drops off weekly deliveries of seasonal produce to those who sign up as members. Or shop at the Artisan Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. – and see what local vendors have to offer.
Join the ladies of Viridian for a monthly game of Bunco or for Bridge Club. The games are usually scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month. An Adult Game Night is slated for 7 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Lake Club Pavilion. It’s BYO drinks. To make new friends, try joining the resident Book Club or Pinterest parties. There’s even a Singles Club for Viridian members.
Join the Dirt Side Sisters Bike Riding for a mountain bike ride around town. There’s a first-time rider group, as well as beginner and intermediate groups led by certified instructors. You do not have to be a paid member to join — just arrive early enough to fill out your waiver and pick up your nameplate. Wheels hit the dirt at 6 p.m. Wednesdays, June 21 and Aug. 16.
Viridian is only about 4 miles away from AT&T Stadium, where the Dallas Cowboys hold court, 5 miles away from Globe Life Park for Rangers’ fans and 6 miles away from College Park Center if you want to cheer for the WNBA Dallas Wings.
There are two Six Flag theme parks less than 5 miles away from Viridian. Hop in the car and head to Hurricane Harbor for wild rides in the water — or take your thrill-seekers to Six Flags Over Texas, 212-acres of fun.
The Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts in Arlington offers more than 50 free outdoor concerts a year — with a wide range of options, from Texas country to the hottest Indie artists. And best of all, free music under the stars is only 10-minute drive from Viridian.
There are two breweries in the area — Legal Draft and Division. Why have one pint when you can sample a couple flavors in the taproom and support local brewers?
There are two nearby options for golf lovers — Riverside and Rolling Hills. Set your tee time and spend the day improving your game.
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