Category Archives: Family-Friendly Activities

Flutter Into Fall at Grapevine’s 24th Annual Butterfly Flutter

Flutter into fall on Saturday, October 16 for the 24th Annual Butterfly Flutterby, presented by Cook Children’s Healthcare System. This event celebrates the migration of the iconic North American monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine.

Monarch butterflies have often been considered messengers of inspiration, beauty and the power to transform. Participate in a gossamer parade and enjoy live butterfly releases, crafts and more! The event is also presented by the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Grapevine Garden Club and the City of Grapevine Parks & Recreation Department.

Dress your favorite pet, yourself and your family in butterfly-themed costumes and participate in the Butterfly Flutterby gossamer costume contest and strolling parade in Grapevine’s Historic District, sponsored by BrightView Landscape Services. Contest and parade registration are free and begin at 8:45 a.m. in the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau parking lot, located at 636 S. Main St. You must be registered to participate in the contest and parade. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park (411 Ball St.). Strollers are welcome and encouraged for younger participants. Prizes will be awarded for the best pet costume, costume by age group (children only), and best costumes for adults and/or children in a group.

Photo Courtesy of the Grapevine CVB

After the parade, join in the fun at the Grapevine Botanical Garden with butterfly arts and crafts, sponsored by Camp Bow Wow, where you can make your own pet bandana, beaded butterfly, pom pom caterpillars and more. Enjoy the Migration Station, brought to you by Marshall Grain Co., and learn all about which plants attract butterflies, what butterflies eat and more! See more than 300 butterflies from around the world. There will be Monarch T-shirt making, compliments of the T-Shirt Guys. Hear butterfly stories and learn more fun facts at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Visit the Pewitt Educational Pavilion where artwork by Grapevine/Colleyville ISD kindergarteners through fifth graders will be on display. This year’s theme is “Diary of a Monarch.” Contest winners will be announced at noon from the main stage.

LIVE butterfly releases, sponsored by Brightview Landscape Services, will occur at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Botanical Gardens. There will be a final release at 1:30 p.m. at Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) during the Annual Fall Round Up. Line up near the main stage for a chance to get your own Monarch to release. The Monarchs are tagged with a special device to help us track their migration to Mexico.

The Mayor’s Monarch Pledge will be read proclaiming Grapevine as a city that will do its part to protect and preserve the monarch butterfly environment. Admission and all activities are free. Concessions and refreshments including snow cones and popsicles from Hip Pop and popcorn from the Sister Cities program will be available for purchase.

Butterfly photo ops abound and there will also be Butterfly Flutterby swag available for purchase.

Have a Fang-Tastic Good Time at Grapevine’s Halloween-Themed Events

Have a fiendishly fabulous time during Halloween in Grapevine this October. From train rides and wine trails to scary stories and more, there’s something for Halloween trick-or-treaters of all ages.

Photo Courtesy of Grapevine CVB

Spirited revelers are invited to don their best costumes for a ride aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Witches Brew Train. During this spook-tacular ride, enjoy two Texas craft brews served in a commemorative mug, deliciously freaky fare of savory bites and spirited entertainment. The Witches Brew Train is $39 per ticket and is open to those 21+ only. This train departs from the Cotton Belt Depot (705 S. Main St.) on Friday, October 29 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.GVRR.com for details.

Start trick-or-treat early aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Trick ‘R Treat trains on October 30. Enjoy a Halloween storybook reading, interactive games and a pre-packaged bag of treats. Be sure to wear your favorite costume! These excursions are one-hour long. Trains depart at 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $16 per person. Visit www.GVRR.com for details.

Ghouls and goblins of all ages will enjoy Bewitched by the Barn at Grapevine’s Historic Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) on Friday, October 22 from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. This family-friendly event features stories that become spookier as the night progresses. Guests may also enjoy popcorn and hot cider. Make sure to bring flashlights, chairs and blankets. Admission is $3 per person.

Participate in an All Hallows’ Masquerade at Settlement to City Museums (206 W. Hudgins St.) on Saturday, October 23. Learn Victorian Halloween traditions, make masks and enjoy tricks and treats from 10 a.m. to Noon. Visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com for more information.

Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre hosts classic Halloween-themed movies all month long. Enjoy dinner at a Grapevine restaurant before the show and receive a free small popcorn with a same-day receipt. Tickets are $6. The Palace Theatre is located in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine at 300 S. Main St. The upcoming movie schedule includes:

  • “Bride of Frankenstein,” Friday, October 1, 7:30 p.m. NR (1935)
  • “Beetlejuice,” Friday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. Rated PG (1988)
  • “Dracula,” Saturday, October 9, 4 p.m. NR (1931)
  • “Young Frankenstein,” Saturday, October 9 7:30 p.m. Rated PG (1974)
  • “Hocus Pocus,” Saturday, October 16, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rated PG (1993)

On Saturday, October 30, join Sound Bachs at the Palace Theatre as they play some of the best spooky classic rock songs by artists such as The Doors, The Who, The Rolling Stones and more. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $23 per person.

Little boos and ghouls will enjoy Halloween-themed cartoons and crafts each Tuesday in October at the Lancaster Theatre (300 S. Main St.). Watch Halloween classics such as “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “Scooby Doo: Mummy Scares Best” and “Garfield’s Halloween Adventure.” Then craft your own ghost door hangers, Halloween picture magnets, pumpkin glasses and more. Cost is $6 per child.

Vetro Glassblowing Studio is firing up the furnace this fall for their Hand-Blown Help Create Pumpkin Workshops, Fridays and Saturdays, October 1 through October 30. Glass artisans will help you create a pumpkin from molten glass. Twist your color to create your own personalized design. Advance reservations are required, ages 12+. Visit www.vetroartglass.com for dates, times and details. 701 S. Main St.

Get into the Halloween spirit on Saturday, October 30 along the “Witch Way to the Wine” Hallo -Wine Trail, presented by Grape Vine Springs Winery (409 S. Main St.). Three wine tastings and food pairings will be offered at each participating winery. This event takes place rain or shine. The trail runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is $50 per person; day of event tickets are $55 per person. Visit https://grapevinewinerytrail.com/ to learn more.

Each Friday and Saturday during October, learn about Grapevine’s paranormal past on the Grapevine Night Watchman Tour, presented by Grape Vine Springs Winery (409 S. Main St.). A blend of hauntings and history, the tour features tales about Main Street, such as the infamous bank robbery of 1932 and a haunted winery tasting room. Beginning at Grape Vine Springs Winery, the walking tour lasts 90 minutes through Grapevine and concludes with a complimentary glass of wine upon returning to the winery. Group tours available. Visit https://www.grapevinespringswinery.com/ or call 817.329.1011 for days and times.

Meet a cast of wily characters and try to figure out whodunnit as the Texas Star Dinner Theater (816 S. Main St.) performs “Dead, Dead on the Range” on Saturday, October 30. The town is bustling with elections, cattle drives, promises of a railroad, and murder! Horace Grimsby, the wealthiest Cattle Baron in Texas, has been found dead and it’s up to Marshal Jim Courtright to bring the killer to justice. Did the Mayoral nominee Roger “Rooster” Montebank get involved in an election scandal? Could the lead reporter for the International Inquisitor, Barbara Wawas, have made her own headlines? Perhaps Buster Beggs, the gentle sheep herder, was bullied by the bull king one too many times. Or was his wife, Emma Grimsby, tired of marriage and looking to get rich quick? Tickets are $59.95 + tax per person. Visit https://www.texasstardinnertheater.com/ for tickets.

Have a BOO-tiful time all October long at LEGOLAND ® Discovery Center. Their Brick-or-Treat event invites you to build your own haunted house, create your own DOTS bracelet or take a photo with a 6-foot-tall Jack-O-Lantern. Venture through MINILAND to spot skeletons, monsters, trick-or-treaters and more! On weekends help Master Model Builder, Thad, build a Dracula Big Build ® . For more information, visit LegolandDiscoveryCenter.com/DallasFW. Grapevine Mills (3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy).

For a frightfully good time, see divers carve pumpkins underwater at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium every Sunday and Wednesday in October, starting Sunday, October 10. Learn spooky fish facts at the aquarium’s several underwater Halloween adventures. VisitSeaLife.com/Grapevine for details. Grapevine Mills (3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy).

Gather your favorite ghouls and goblins and enjoy festive Halloween fun all weekend long at Grapevine’s many cafés, bistros and restaurants. Live music at various venues along Main Street will get you in the mood to shake, rattle and roll!

Stay at the Gaylord Texan Resort and enjoy family-friendly fun at their second annual Goblins & Giggles event that runs through October 31. Join in for Ghost Stories LIVE! where you become part of a spooky, interactive Texas ghost story. Participate in other events such as the Trick or Treat Expedition where you will experience a world of Halloween fun, Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunts with Spookley the Square Pumpkin, the Goblin & Giggles Art Studio and more. For details on events and reservations, visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/offer/goblins-and-giggles-package/654/.

Great Wolf Lodge invites guests to a month of Halloween-themed fun with a variety of fab-BOO-lous events and treats to celebrate the spooky season. Enjoy a game like Howl-o-Ween Trivia or Boo Bingo. Create spooky creations with craft kits or flex and stretch during a Halloween-themed yoga class. Put on your costume for trick-or-treat adventures and the Monster Bash Dance Party. Visit https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/listing/great-wolf-lodge/8/ for more details.

Fall Into Family-Friendly Fun in Grapevine

Get outside to enjoy cooler temperatures and fall fun throughout October at these family-friendly events in Grapevine.

Celebrate the splendor of the setting sun this fall from 12 stories high! Visit the Grapevine Observation Tower from October 1-31 to experience the Fall Sunset Series. The Observation Tower (815 S. Main St.) offers spectacular 360-degree sunset views over historic Grapevine and across the Fort Worth and Dallas skylines on Thursday and Friday evenings from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., $3 per person. On Thursdays, enjoy free music on Peace Plaza after your tour. Private bookings are also available with seven days’ notice. Contact the Visitor Information Center at 817.410.3189 or email GVMVC@GrapevineTexasUSA.com for more information.

Welcome fall’s cool breezes and changing leaves aboard the Grapevine Vintage Railroad (GVRR). Step back in time on the GVRR Cotton Belt Route to the Historic Stockyards Station in Fort Worth, keep an eye out for greedy outlaws who may attempt a train heist! Check in for adventure in Downtown Grapevine at the Historic Cotton Belt Depot (705 S. Main St.). The Cotton Belt Route runs every Saturday and Sunday through November 21, excluding October 30. Check in between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.; trains depart at 12:50 p.m. and return to Grapevine at approximately 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18- $26 per person.

Enjoy a one-hour train ride aboard the GVRR Tahwahkarro Creek Excursion. Train robbers may also strike as passengers ride along the historic Cotton Belt Route before returning to Historic Grapevine’s Cotton Belt Depot (705 S. Main St.). Check in begins at 10:30 a.m. Trains depart at 11 a.m. and return to Grapevine at Noon. The Tahwahkarro Creek Excursion runs every Saturday through November 20, excluding October 30. Tickets are $10 – $12 per person. Visit GVRR.com for more information.

Enjoy a round-trip ride on the GVRR Trinity River Train Excursion which originates at the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards and travels along the Cotton Belt Route for a 22-minute train ride. The Trinity River Excursion runs every Saturday and Sunday through November 21, excluding October 30. Trains depart at approximately 3 p.m. and return to the Stockyards at approximately 3:45 p.m. This excursion does not travel to Grapevine. Tickets are $10 – $12 per person. Schedules are subject to change. Please check GVRR.com for the most up-to-date information.

Experience farm-fresh flavors of fall from a 19th century-inspired menu at the Nash Farm Harvest Moon Supper on Thursday, October 7 at 6:30 p.m. This event kicks off Texas Wine month and will feature wines from Bull Lion Ranch and Winery. The Lone Star String Band will serenade guests as they dine at tables across the Farm’s meadow. The Harvest Moon menu will include flavors of fall with many selections having been grown or produced on Nash Farm. Living history culinary vignettes throughout the farmstead allow attendees to experience 19th century dishes. Culinary historians will be on hand to discuss historic food preparations. Nash Farm’s Harvest Moon Supper is presented by MGS Sunset Holdings, LLC, and supported by Nash Farm Mission Partners – National Bank of Texas and Wright Construction Company. Tickets are $75 per person. For more information, visit NashFarm.org.

Put on your lederhosen and get ready to dance at Oktoberfest on Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station (815 S. Main St.) on Friday, October 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. The wonderful Oom-Pah Daddies will fill the air with a variety of polka music and traditional Oktoberfest tunes. Enjoy games and German style brews from Hop & Sting Brewing Co. sold by our partners at Harvest Hall and served by members of the Craft Brew Guild of Grapevine, one of Grapevine’s newest civic and service organizations. This event is FREE; purchase brews sold by Harvest Hall. PROST Y’all!

Photo Courtesy of the Grapevine CVB

Adopt a duck and join the Grapevine Rotary Club on Wednesday, October 13 for the 4th Annual
Rubber Duck Race
in the Lazy River at the REC of Grapevine (1175 Municipal Way) from 5 – 7 p.m. Thousands of free-spirited yellow rubber ducks will be dropped in the REC Lazy River to race to the finish line. 100 percent of all proceeds support the Grapevine Rotary Club community programs such as scholarships for high school seniors, Computers for Kids, Special Olympics, Feed Our Kids, American Flags on Main Street and more. Visit grapevinerotaryduckrace.com/ for duck adoptions and more information.

Celebrate fall and the flavors of Grapevine at the 25th Annual Great Taste of Grapevine on Thursday, October 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Hilton DFW Lakes (1800 Hwy 26 E.). This fundraising foodie event will have more than 20 local restaurants, live music, raffle and more. Proceeds benefit the Women’s Division of the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce School Supplies Program and the Christmas Seniors. Adult Early Bird admission is $30, $40 at the door; children 12 and under are $10. Visit grapevinetexasusa.com for more details.

Grab your dance partner and boot scoot to your way to Nash Farm’s Barn Dance and Pie Auction on Friday, October 15 starting at 6:30 p.m. at Nash Farm (626 Ball St.). Dine on a fried chicken box supper, then dance the night away as the live band leads called dances from atop a farm truck by the big red barn. Take a dance intermission and play a game of horseshoes or other family-friendly games. Place your bid on delectable pies during the pie auction. Bring a date or your family for this fun fall event. Tickets are $20 per person. Visit NashFarm.org or call 817.410.3558 for tickets and more details.

Experience life on the farm at the 21st Annual Fall Round-Up at Grapevine’s Historic Nash Farm (626 Ball St.) on Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.. This family-friendly event includes activities such as the Agricultural Expo where guests learn about grain processing, campfire cooking demos and other historic demonstrations. Enjoy a beans and cornbread lunch then see farm animals, play games, learn about rope making and take a pony and wagon ride. The Farmers Institute, located just outside Nash Farmhouse, will demonstrate farm skills such as maintaining livestock, carpentry, sewing and food preservation. This event is FREE. Concessions will be available for purchase. Visit NashFarm.org or call 817.410.3558 for tickets and more details.

Photo Courtesy of the Grapevine CVB

Flutter into fall at the 24th Annual Butterfly Flutterby on Saturday, October 16, presented by Cook Children’s Health Care System! People and pets dressed in butterfly finery will parade through Grapevine’s Historic District during the Gossamer Costume Parade, sponsored by BrightView Landscape Services. The parade will be followed by LIVE butterfly releases, sponsored by Brightview Landscape, held at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park (411 Ball St.) at 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., with a final release at Nash Farm (626 Ball Street) at 1:30 p.m. Enjoy an Arts & Crafts Station, sponsored by Camp Bow Wow, a Migration Station and Monarch T-Shirt Making, compliments of The T-Shirt Guys. Hear butterfly stories and learn more fun facts about butterflies at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. This event is FREE. Parade registration is required and begins at 8:45 a.m. in the parking lot behind the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau (636 S. Main St.). Visit grapevinetexasusa.com/events/butterfly-flutterby/ for more information.

Wings Over Dallas Airshow Oct. 29-31

EXCITING NEWS!! HERE COME THE WARBIRDS! 

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. 

GET $5 OFF WITH PROMO CODE: FLASH5 

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

To learn more or to purchase tickets, click HERE!

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 GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas 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 GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Christmas. Extend your visit to the Christmas Capital of Texas at one of Grapevine’s hotels. For Grapevine hotel information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Hotels.

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 DART.org/StateFair 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 TrinityRailwayExpress.org/StateFair
  • Customers using the Denton County Transportation Authority should check DCTA.net 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 DART.org/StateFair 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 DART.org/rideralerts.

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.

Grapevine’s Rock Art Trail Achieves Guinness World Records® Title

The City of Grapevine Parks and Recreation department and pioneers behind the Grapevine Rock Art Trail have officially broken the Guinness World Records® title for the Largest Display of Painted Pebbles with a total of 24,459 rocks.

The Rock Art Trail first began in March 2020, as a way to inspire and uplift the community during the harsh reality of the COVID pandemic. The display is filled with talented and skilled artwork and is sure to inspire all who meander through the trails to explore.

The trail lies between Wall-Farrar Nature Trail and the trail connection from Parr Park along Big Bear Creek. This community-driven project has been led by Ron Olsen and Chris Penny, both Grapevine residents, who joined forces to transform the trail into an artsy attraction for anyone in Grapevine and beyond who wanted to escape the stress of the pandemic.

“The Rock Art Trail is a beautiful symbol of our community’s resilience and resolve in the face of such a devastating and disruptive pandemic,” said Ron, who placed the first cluster of rocks that started the collection. These rocks consisted of a simple happy face, an Oklahoma University logo, blue-bonnets, a mountain and stream scene, a galloping horse to represent the Grapevine Mustangs, and rock zero was the Iceland national flag.

After Chris Penny and his daughters discovered the rock art trail near their home, they painted a few rocks and picked the perfect spot to place them. While most of the world was shut down due to the pandemic, Chris connected with artists around the world who would later donate rocks to the trail.

“What started as a random act of kindness to spread joy and positivity during the pandemic has grown into something extraordinary,” said Chris. “It amazes me that people from all over the world have sent rocks to be placed on a trail that they might not ever visit. These works of art have led to the trail being filled with laughter, new friendships being developed, people spending more time outdoors, couples holding hands, and childhood memories being relived. In essence, the rock trail ended up being exactly what the community needed during these unique times.”

This Grapevine trail filled with thousands of rocks is now “a wonderland of tiny paintings” as described by the Washington Post. Community members along with artists from all over the world are now a part of this meaningful world record due to coming together during trying times.

“Grapevine is a community of togetherness,” said Kevin Mitchell, Grapevine Parks and Recreation Director. “It is amazing what has been accomplished on the Rock Art Trail and the positive impact it has had on so many.”

The trail can be accessed by parking in the Church at the Cross’ southwest corner parking lot, located at 3000 William D. Tate Ave., Grapevine, Texas. To learn more about the story behind the Rock Art Trail, visit GoGrapevine.com/Blog.

Rev Your Engines for ItalianCarFest™

Fiats, Ferraris and Lamborghinis, oh my! Take in the sleek craftsmanship and quality of Italian automotive ingenuity at ItalianCarFestTM, presented by Boardwalk Auto Group on September 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 90 modern and classic Italian vehicles will be on display at this free event, hosted by the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Italian Car Club of North Texas.

This event kicks off the 35th Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, running September 16, 17, 18 and 19. Alfa Romeos, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Siatas, Lancias and more will be on display.

Come experience the largest show of premier Italian automobiles in the southwest. Free tours of Nash Farm will also take place. Refreshments, including beer, wine, soft drinks, and Italian food provided by Chez Fabien and Main Street Bistro will be available for purchase.

WHEN:           Saturday, September 11, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE:         Nash Farm, located at 626 Ball St.  Grapevine, TX 76051

For more information, visit the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau or the Italian Car Club of North Texas.

Coppell to Host Parade to Honor Gold Medal Olympian Chiaka Ogbogu

Photo courtesy of UT Athletics

Join the City of Coppell and Coppell High School for a parade to celebrate Coppell’s own Gold Medal Olympian, Chiaka Ogbogu, on Saturday, August 14 at 9 a.m. Bring signs, banners and flags to show support and cheer on Ogbogu as she brings home the gold!

The parade will take place in the eastbound lanes of Parkway Blvd. from Buttonwood Ct. to Cowboy Dr. in Coppell. After the parade passes, attendees are encouraged to walk to the Coppell High School Arena for a presentation by the Coppell City Council, naming Saturday, August 14, 2021, as “Chiaka Ogbogu Day!” Coppell ISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt and CHS Principal Laura Springer will also recognize Ogbogu as a Coppell Cowgirl Gold Medalist during the presentation in the CHS Arena.

Intersections along the route will close temporarily beginning at approximately 8:50 a.m. and will remain closed until the parade has passed. Westbound Parkway traffic will remain open. Intersections along westbound Parkway Blvd. will be open for right turn only during the parade.

Ogbogu, a 6-2 middle blocker, was raised in Coppell and attended Coppell High School, where she helped lead the Coppell Cowgirls volleyball team to state titles in 2011 and 2012. Ogbogu was named the Gatorade Texas Volleyball Player of the Year in 2012 and has played professionally in Italy, Poland and Turkey. Ogbogu joined the U.S. national team in 2018. She competed in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, where she helped the team win gold.

Day Out with Thomas™ Pulls into Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Photo courtesy of Grapevine CVB

All aboard for fun and games and smiles for miles with “Day Out With ThomasTM .” The Party Train Tour, presented by Mattel, rolls into Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Cotton Belt Depot (705 S. Main St.) on September 24, 25, 26 and October 1, 2 and 3. Tickets are now on sale!

Train fans of all ages will enjoy a day of family-friendly fun with a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine™, star of the popular Thomas & Friends™ series on Netflix. Little engineers and their families are invited to take an approximately 25-minute ride on their favorite engine and meet Sir Topham Hatt®, Controller of the Railway. Stop by the Tryke Corral and enjoy storytelling, lawn games, stage entertainment and more Thomas-themed activities. Then check out the pop-up gift shop for exclusive Thomas swag.

For more than 70 years, Thomas the Tank Engine has been chugging his way into the hearts of children and grownups worldwide, with his Island of Sodor friends by his side. Based on The Railway Series of classic stories, Thomas & Friends inspires the imagination while teaching the life lessons of friendship, exploration and cooperation. The “Day Out with Thomas: The Party Train Tour,” is hosted by the Museum of the American Railroad and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad.

Details for Day Out With Thomas:

What: Day Out With Thomas The Party Train Tour

When: September 24, 25, 26 and October 1, 2 and 3, 2021

Time: Each train ride is 25 minutes. Trains depart at various times between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. See ticket section below.

Where: Grapevine Vintage Railroad, 705 S. Main St., Grapevine

Tickets: Tickets are on sale now for $24 per person; tickets for groups of 20+ are $20 per person (taxes and service fees not included). Tickets are required for everyone ages 24 months and up. Passengers under 24 months are not required to have a ticket but must ride on an adult’s lap. Advanced purchase is highly recommended due to the popularity of this event. Tickets can be purchased from TicketWeb.com/DOWT or by calling 866.468.7630. 

ABOUT DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

Day Out with Thomas is a collaboration between the Museum of the American Railroad and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad in Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas. Proceeds from the event go toward historic rail preservation. The event introduces the next generation of train enthusiasts to rail travel and the importance of rail preservation. For more information, visit HistoricTrains.org.

About Thomas & Friends

Thomas the Tank Engine was created over 70 years ago, by a British clergyman, the Rev. W. Awdry, as a storybook for his son. That story quickly grew to become the award-winning global brand franchise it is today, enjoyed by families in more than 160 territories and over 55 languages. Thomas & Friends has earned numerous prestigious accolades including, a Parent’s Choice Award, a Webby and a Licensing Award for Best Classic Licensed Property.  It is available in multiple formats including: 500+ original TV shows; 12 feature-length films; 27 websites in 13 languages; apps; toys; consumer products; publishing; live attractions and much more. Thomas & Friends is viewable on more than 30 world-class broadcasters including Netflix in the US, Super RTL in Germany, and on Five’s Milkshake! in the UK. Thomas & Friends can also be viewed across digital platforms including Hulu, iTunes, YouTube and more. On YouTube, the Thomas & Friends channel has had over 1.16 billion lifetime views, over 909k subscribers and 2.6MM engagements. For more information about the world of Thomas & Friends, please visit thomasandfriends.com and facebook.com/thomasandfriends.

For more information about experiencing Day Out With Thomas, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817.410.3185 or visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com.