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Wings Over Dallas Airshow Oct. 29-31


The CAF Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow is ONE MONTH AWAY! Join us October 29, 30, and 31 at Dallas Executive Airport. Get your tickets today, and don’t miss the Nation’s premier World War II themed airshow. 


Promo good for General Admission tickets purchased online until 10/1/2021.

To learn more or to purchase tickets, click HERE!


‘Tis the season for holiday cheer aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Christmas Wine Trains! Escape the hustle and bustle of the season inside the beautifully decorated coaches of the Grapevine Vintage Railroad on Thursday, December 2, Thursday, December 9 and Thursday, December 16.

Get in the Christmas spirit and celebrate the holidays with a Christmas Wine Experience train ride. This festive train ride includes personally packaged savory bites, a delicious dessert, and two complimentary glasses of fine Texas wine from a Grapevine Winery tasting room served in a souvenir glass. Tickets are $45 per person. This train is wheelchair accessible.

Enjoy a limited Premier Class experience and reserve a table for four. Premier Class offers hot plated meals, decadent desserts, three (3) 4-ounce glasses of fine Texas wine from a Grapevine Winery Tasting Room and a souvenir wine glass. Premier Class tickets are $320 per table. This train is not wheelchair accessible. Only offered on December 9 and 16 Grapevine Excursions.

Check-in begins at 6 p.m. Boarding begins at 7 p.m. with a final boarding call at 7:20 p.m.

Additional glasses of wine are available for purchase.

The Christmas Wine Trains are open to adults 21+ only.

Thursday, December 2, the train departs from the Historic Stockyards Station, located at 140 E. Exchange Avenue in Fort Worth, Texas. Advanced parking for the Fort Worth experience may be purchased for $10 per vehicle when purchasing tickets.

Thursday, December 9 and Thursday, December 16 the train departs from Cotton Belt Railroad

Historic District, located at 705 S. Main St. in Grapevine, Texas. Free Parking may be found at 636 S. Main St. and throughout Historic Grapevine. Additional parking is offered at 225 E. Dallas Rd. at Grapevine Main Station; parking at this location is free for the first 90 minutes and is $1 for each additional hour.

Visit or call 817.410.3185 for more information.

Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas® with 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days. Tickets and ticket purchase links for events such as ICE!® and Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan Resort, Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge, Classic Christmas movies and live Christmas performances at the Historic Palace Theatre, Grapevine Christmas Passport – Elf Adventure and more are available at Extend your visit to the Christmas Capital of Texas at one of Grapevine’s hotels. For Grapevine hotel information, visit

All aboard! Tickets for the North Pole Express® go on sale Tuesday, September 28

Experience the magic of Christmas on a train ride hosted by Mrs. Claus on board the beautifully decorated Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s North Pole Express, presented by Great Wolf Lodge and Trinity Metro TEXRail.

Put on your best Christmas pajamas and join Mrs. Claus as she picks up Santa and brings him to the Christmas Capital of Texas®.  Along the journey, join in singing along to Christmas favorites and enjoy Santa’s favorite delicious chocolate chip cookies, lovingly baked by Mrs. Claus.  Mrs. Claus will also give each child a magical “We Believe” silver bell that reminds you of the spirit of Christmas and of all of the goodness and kindness within you.

When you ring the bell at just the right time, Santa will appear and travel with you back to the Christmas Capital of Texas. Santa will magically whip up his Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk for you to enjoy from your Keepsake Memory Mug. stroll through the snowy North Pole Forest before making your way to take a keepsake photo with Santa.

Mrs. Claus and Santa will be on the trains every day starting November 26 through December 23, excluding December 2, 9 and 16.

Mrs. Claus visits with a young rider/Photo: Grapevine CVB

The North Pole Express Experience includes a:

  • Souvenir ticket
  • Christmas train ride hosted by Mrs. Claus
  • Magical “We Believe” silver bell for all children
  • Delicious chocolate chip cookie lovingly baked by Mrs. Claus
  • Santa’s Frosty Chocolate Snow Milk in a Keepsake Memory Mug
  • On board visit from Santa
  • Keepsake photo with Santa
  • Stroll through the snowy Grapevine Christmas Village Forest 

Purchase tickets as soon as possible as excursions sell out quickly.

  • Children who have celebrated their first birthday require a ticket.
  •  Those under one year require a lap child ticket, $5 per ticket.
  • First Class Coaches are heated and offer upholstered bench-style seating. Tickets are $40 per person. 
  • Touring Class Coaches are heated, offer wooden bench-style seating and floor to ceiling windows. Tickets are $35 per person.

For more information about Grapevine, the Christmas Capital of Texas, please visit or contact the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817.410.3185.

Grapevine is the Christmas Capital of Texas® with 1,400 Christmas events in 40 days. Tickets and ticket purchase links for events such as ICE!® and Lone Star Christmas at Gaylord Texan Resort, Snowland at Great Wolf Lodge, Classic Christmas movies and live Christmas performances at the Historic Palace Theatre, Grapevine Christmas Passport – Elf Adventure and more are available at Extend your visit to the Christmas Capital of Texas at one of Grapevine’s hotels. For Grapevine hotel information, visit

Contactless Payment Makes Riding DART Even Easier

To make traveling by public transport easier and more convenient, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) now accepts Contactless Payment on all bus, light rail and Dallas Streetcar vehicles. Contactless Payment allows riders to pay for their DART transit fare with a contactless credit, debit card, or a payment-enabled mobile phone or wearable device.

The Contactless Payment option gives riders a new touch-free option for paying their fare, along with the GoPass® mobile app and GoPass® Tap card. Riders simply tap, ride, and go.

The DART Contactless Payment system is built on Vix Pulse, an innovative multi-modal, multi-operator solution that unifies account-based ticketing and mobile and contactless payments into a secure, easy-to-operate and managed platform.

How it Works

DART riders can hold their contactless payment card or payment-enabled mobile device to any DART GoPass Tap card reader. GoPass Tap readers are located on the platforms at rail stations, onboard DART buses, and on Dallas Streetcar vehicles. When you see a green check mark and hear the chime, you know your payment has been accepted. Riders must tap their card or device every time they board for a valid fare.

There is no need to select a fare. The GoPass Tap system automatically selects the best Adult Local fare for the rider.

Credit and debit cards issued on the Visa®, Mastercard®, American Express®, and Discover® networks are currently accepted. Digital wallets on a smartphone, smart watch, or other wearable device are supported, including Google Pay™, Apple Pay®, Samsung Pay®, and Fitbit Pay™. If a credit/debit card has a chip but is not contactless, it can be linked to a digital wallet and used with a mobile device.

Fare Capping

DART riders can enjoy the benefits of fare capping by registering their contactless payment method at With fare capping on a contactless payment, you never pay more than the total cost of a Local Adult Day Pass in a single day.

As a local rider, after spending a total of $6 on any one day, customers won’t be charged another fare until the following day. With a registered contactless payment method, riders will never spend more than the total cost of a monthly pass ($96) in a calendar month. Each calendar month, after purchasing 16 Day Passes or the equivalent, riders won’t be charged another fare until the end of that month.

Fare capping offers the discount of a monthly pass to riders, even if they don’t have the ability to pay for a monthly pass upfront.

Contactless Payment customers can view the transaction history of their contactless credit or debit card, or the card associated with their mobile payment app on the website. For more information about Contactless Payment, please visit

24th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival 2021 Sept. 23 – Oct. 3

Film lovers in Grapevine will join over 100,000 film enthusiasts around the world during the week of Sept. 23 – Oct. 3 to view and vote on the 10 finalists’ films at Historic Palace Theatre.

Introducing the MANHATTAN SHORT Finalists of 2021

The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from U.K., Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Norway, Italy and Canada, alongside two films each from France and USA. These Final Ten selections represent the best short films from among 970 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2021, which are testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.

MANHATTAN SHORT continues to be a showcase for new voices and perspectives:

  • Death By Handshake director Hudson Flynn, for example, was just 16 years old when he created his wry nod to New York City living during the Covid – 19 pandemic.
  • Humor also pervades films like Rough from Northern Ireland, France’s Archibald’s
  • Syndrome and Monsieur Cashemire of Canada. 
  • Out of Time and the animated Aurora are close studies by a pair of woman directors of life at different stages of our existence from French and American perspectives.
  • Short films tackling big topics include Norway’s The Kicksled Choir, which offers a refreshing look at conflict resolution.
  • Bad Omen examines how a woman copes with stark circumstances in Afghanistan. 
  • Closed To The Light reaches back in time to focus on a riveting moment in World War II Italy
  • Ganef examines that war’s trickle-down effect on subsequent generations. “Trauma is like a virus, resilient and adaptive, capable of living well beyond the moment it’s inflicted,” notes Ganef director Mark Rosenblatt, demonstrating once more how short films can give a subject full treatment.

The MANHATTAN SHORT Final Ten are:

  • Death By Handshake (USA)\
  • Ganef (UK)
  • Bad Omen (Afghanistan)
    Rough (Northern Ireland)
  • Archibald’s Syndrome (France)
  • The Kicksled Choir (Norway)
  • Closed to the Light (Italy)
  • Out of Time (France) 
    Aurora (USA) 
  • Monsieur Cachemire (Canada)

Read interviews with the Finalist of 2021

All Final Ten short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Arena CineLounge in Hollywood in the county of Los Angeles from September 24th – 30th.

You Be the Judge!

Which of these Final Ten short films is the best? That’s up to a worldwide audience to decide. Cinema-goers across the United States and around the globe will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. MANHATTAN SHORT is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Votes will be sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ with the winner announced at on Monday Oct 4.

Dog reunited with owner in Grand Prairie after being stolen along with the car he was in

Courtesy of Grand Prairie Police Department

Mackenzie Koch was in the parking lot of her apartment complex in Grand Prairie on Tuesday evening when she got out of her Chevy Tahoe to make sure that her apartment door was locked. She left the car running with her Golden Retriever, Riggins, inside since her apartment was only steps from her car. In that short amount of time, a man jumped into her car and took off with it, and unknowingly, with Riggins in the back seat.

“I turned around and this random man is getting in my car. I just started screaming and got behind my car,” said Koch. It became clear that the man was not going to stop, but with Koch in the way, he drove through bushes and over sidewalks to escape.

“I chased him on foot but that didn’t last very long,” Koch said. “You’re looking at your dog in the back of the car while this random man drives it away.”

She got in touch with TCU police, and they were able to identify her car on campus surveillance footage with the thief behind the wheel.

“I didn’t care about the car. I just cared about the dog,” Koch said. “Honestly, nobody in my life has slept since that dog was taken.”

Grand Prairie Police Officers R. Gray and A. Monroe found her Tahoe running, with the air conditioner on and Riggins inside, parked at a Grand Prairie gas station the next day.

“I don’t know, maybe he had a bonding moment with my dog,” Koch said of the thief. “My parents actually pulled up to [Riggins]. He was sitting shotgun in the cop’s car. He was smiling, like, ‘Where have you guys been?’”

Riggins enjoys a ride in a GP Tahoe/Photo: M. Koch

Koch’s experience serves as a good reminder to never leave your vehicle running and unlocked, even for a few seconds. Make sure you always lock the doors. Otherwise, you’re just inviting thieves to come take your vehicle!

Grapevine Police Media Manager Earns International Award

Grapevine Police Media Manager Amanda McNew is the 2021 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Leadership in Public Information Management Award Winner. The announcement was made during the General Assembly of the IACP Annual Conference on Monday, September 13, 2021.

The IACP Leadership in Public Information Management Award recognizes the accomplishments of an individual public information officer and his or her ability to effectively disseminate information to the public. It is the highest international honor awarded to a public information officer in the field of law enforcement. 

Upon hiring by the Grapevine Police Department, Amanda McNew quickly identified areas of improvement, including changes to social media posts, a new delivery style for news releases, the development of crisis communications plans, and the creation of a network of neighboring PIOs to aid in the case of a critical incident.

McNew’s accomplishments as a public information officer include messaging with local and national media during critical incidents, community response to civil unrest, various social media campaigns and public safety announcements, a drive-through event for National Night Out, and her continued work helping educate other public information officers in north Texas, where she serves as Vice Chair of the North Texas PIO Group.

“I could not be more proud of the recognition and award Amanda received this year from the IACP.  She does an amazing job, every day, for us and has elevated our ability to communicate and serve our community members.  I’m very thankful she is on our team, as she continues to make a significant impact in our daily operations and the communications we provide,” said Chief Mike Hamlin.

The Grapevine Police Department congratulates Media Manager Amanda McNew on earning this prestigious honor, and thanks the International Association of Chiefs of Police for honoring this emerging issue in public safety.

35th Annual Grapefest® – A Texas Wine Experience Offers Free Admission for Opening Day Only on Thursday, Sept. 16

Raise a glass and celebrate wine at Grapevine’s 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience , presented by Bank of the West, September 16, 17, 18 and 19. This year’s theme, Texas Wine: Come and Taste It! invites you to sip your way through delicious wines from Texas and from guest wineries from South Australia’s Barossa Valley and California’s Napa Valley. For up-to-the-minute schedule and event information, visit

Today (Thursday) ONLY: FREE ADMISSION! 11am – 9pm

Special Event:

Thursday, September 16:

Sister Cities Friendship Hall dedication takes place at 11:30 a.m. at the Settlement to City Museums, located at 206 W. Hudgins St. This new community and event venue features artifacts and photographs of Grapevine’s Sister Cities: Parras de la Fuente, Mexico; Krems, Austria; and West Lothian, Scotland.


People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, features more than 30 Texas wines and is located at the Cotton Belt Railroad District (705 S. Main St.).

  • Thursday, September 16: VIP Session at 5 p.m.; Session 2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17: 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 18: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: 1 p.m., 3 p.m.  Awards Presentation at 5 p.m.

Liberty Park Plaza Wine Experience sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort features wines from South Australia’s Barossa Valley and California’s Napa Valley, located in Liberty Park (215 S. Main St.).

  • Thursday, September 16: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 18: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: Noon to 6 p.m.

Champagne Terrace, sponsored by DFW Hilton Lakes features champagne and sparking wine under the shade of the oak trees and is the ideal setting to enjoy a glass of premium bubbly. Champagne Terrace is located in Weem’s Alley (between Palace Arts Center and City Hall).

  • Thursday, September 16: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 18: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: Noon to 6 p.m.

GrapeStomp invites teams of two tow stomp 18 pounds of grapes for two minutes to see how much grape juice they can produce. Winners earn  the highly- coveted Purple Foot Award. GrapeStomp located at Main Street and Wall Street.

  • Thursday, September 16: every half hour 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., daily Stomp-Off at 8 p.m.
  • Friday, September 17: every half hour 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., daily Stomp-Off at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 18:  every half hour 2 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., daily Stomp-Off at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19:  every half hour 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., daily Stomp-Off 3:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: Grand Champion Stomp-Off at 4 p.m.
  • Mayoral GrapeStomp occurs on Sunday, September 19 at 11 a.m. and will feature teams from across North Texas.

Champagne Cork Shoot-Off, sponsored by Texas Gun Experience, invites participants to test their accuracy shooting a cork from a champagne bottle.

  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 11 – 11:30 a.m.; Noon – 12:30 p.m.; 2:30- 3 p.m.; 5-5:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 19: 11:30 a.m. – Noon; 2 -2:30 p.m.; 4:30- 5 p.m.;
  • Champagne Cork Shoot-Off Championship: Sunday, September 19 5 -5:30 p.m.  


Live Music will play non-stop on four stages during the festival.

For Thursday, September 16:

  • Grapevine Mills Stage: MurLoh 1 – 6 p.m.; Journey Tribute Band Escape – 7:30 p.m.
  • Liberty Park Plaza Stage: K Ellingson Group – 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Town Square Gazebo Stage: Josh Christopher Davis Band – 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m.  and Chaz Marie Band 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station: Rob Holbert Group starting at 6 p.m.

Remembering Our Fallen Photographic Memorial by Patriotic Productionsis in Grapevine to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 will be located at Main Street and College Street.   


Tower Gallery at 636 S. Main Street features the “Festival of Grapes” art show.

Faust Event Center hosts the Grapevine Art Project’s “Artists Uncorked.”


The 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience opens on Thursday, September 16 at 11 a.m. Admission for everyone is free all day on Thursday.  Festival hours are Thursday, September 16 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, September 17 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday, September 18 from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sunday September 19 from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12). Admission is free for children 5 and under. Credit cards and cash will be accepted at booths and various locations throughout the festival. Paper coupons will be used throughout the festival for various purchases and activities. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit

Going to the State Fair of Texas: DART is Still the Best Way to Get There

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) makes getting to the 2021 State Fair of Texas quick and easy. Enjoy your light-rail ride in air-conditioned comfort September 24 through October 17 without having to find parking or battling traffic and get dropped off at one of two gates.

Green Line service

Fair Park Station, located on Parry Avenue at the entrance to the fairgrounds, and MLK, Jr. Station, located south of R.B. Cullum Boulevard and convenient to the Gate 6 entrance and the Cotton Bowl stadium, are your choices on DART’s Green Line. Green Line trains will be available approximately every 10 minutes between downtown Dallas and the Fair Park stations.

Service changes

Fair days are always busy days on DART Rail and buses. DART will make the following changes beginning Monday, Sept. 20:

  • Extra Green Line trains will run on a loop between downtown Dallas and Fair Park approximately every 10 minutes, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
  • Orange Line service will be extended to Parker Road Station on all trips, weekdays and weekends (except for Saturday, October 9)
  • Trinity Railway Express (TRE) will operate on all four Sundays during the fair
  • Visit to view these special DART Rail schedules.

Making the connection

DART Rail and Trinity Railway Express (TRE) passengers can transfer easily to the Green Line. Just look for trains saying, “Fair Park,” “Buckner” or “Lawnview.”

To get to the Green Line:

  • Southbound Red, Blue and Orange Line passengers – transfer to the Green Line at Pearl/Arts District Station.
  • Northbound Red and Blue Line passengers – transfer to the Green Line at Akard Station.
  • Eastbound Orange Line passengers – transfer to the Green Line at Bachman Station. For all days of the State Fair of Texas, except Saturday, October 9, all Orange Line trains will be extended to Parker Road Station. On October 9, Orange Line trains will only operate between DFW Airport and Bachman stations from approximately three hours before the game until three hours after the game.
  • TRE passengers can transfer to the Green Line at Victory Station. Details are at
  • Customers using the Denton County Transportation Authority should check for departure and arrival times to connect at Trinity Mills Station to DART’s Green Line.

Smoothing out your ride with contactless payments

DART offers four great contactless options that make buying your pass fast, safe, and convenient:

  1. Credit or debit card: Now you can buy your DART pass with a contactless credit or debit card. Just tap your contactless card to a reader on a DART Rail platform or bus prior to boarding — and you’re on your way to all the fun of the fair.
  2. Mobile device: Using Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay, tap your payment-enabled mobile device to a reader on a DART Rail platform or bus to buy your pass and start your fair adventure.
  3. GoPass® app: Download the latest version of the app for free from the App Store or Google Play. Just be sure to activate your DART pass before you board.
  4. GoPass® Tap card: Available at 7-Eleven and hundreds of participating retailers, GoPass Tap is the reloadable transit card that automatically gives you the best fare every time you ride. Simply tap your card to a reader on a DART Rail platform or bus prior to boarding, and your fare is deducted automatically. (Note: GoPass Tap cards are valid for local fares only. GoPass Tap cards are not valid for travel on TEXRail, DCTA or Trinity Metro.)

Purchase a Local Day Pass for $6, good for DART Rail, local buses and riding the TRE from CentrePort/DFW Airport Station. Tarrant and Denton County customers need a Regional Day Pass for $12.

Details are available at or by calling DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

DART Alerts

DART makes it easier to keep up with transit information with My DART Updates. Register to receive important updates that make for a better riding experience. Subscribe at

Two football games

Ride DART to the State Fair Classic between the Grambling State Tigers and Prairie View A&M Panthers on September 25. The AT&T Red River Showdown game between the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners is on October 9.

TX Governor to Honor Grapevine Officer with Medal

Hudson at Bike Rodeo Practice Course

Grapevine Police Officer RJ Hudson will receive the Star of Texas Award, presented by Governor Greg Abbott, on Friday, September 10, 2021, in Austin. The award honors first responders killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.

On October 19, 2017, Officer Hudson was traveling south on SH-121 near Hall-Johnson Road when an SUV swerved into his lane and hit his police motorcycle. Officer Hudson suffered dozens of broken bones, lacerations and internal injuries. He was hospitalized for over a month before being released on Thanksgiving. His rigorous recovery routine earned him back to full duty on November 4, 2019.

Hudson’s strength, perseverance and unwavering spirit carried him through nearly two years of surgeries and intense physical therapies in order to return to full duty. The Grapevine Police Department is proud of Officer Hudson’s hard work and dedication, and is in full appreciation of Governor Greg Abbott’s recognition of his service.

Hudson’s ceremony can be watched live at 10:30am through the Governor’s website

Since returning to the Traffic Division as a motorcycle officer, Officer Hudson has spoken to various officers and police recruits about both the dangers of law enforcement and traffic accidents, and the importance of a positive mind to overcome challenges.

You can also see Officer Hudson, along with several other agencies’ motorcycle units this week at the Back the Blue Motorcycle Rodeo benefitting Spokes 4 Hope. It will be held in the parking lot of Grapevine Mills (Lot 1B) Friday and Saturday. The public is invited to watch the competition and practice rides.