Category Archives: Family-Friendly Activities

Rock Legends Berlin & Asia Set to Headline Grapefest Sept. 16 – 19

Get ready to rock out at the 35th Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West! On September 16, 17, 18 and 19, festival attendees will experience non-stop live music on four stages during the four days of family-friendly festival fun. 

Friday, September 17 musical headliners include AshenMoon featuring Garry Beers of INXS starting at 7:30 p.m. and BERLIN featuring Terri Nunn starting at 9:30 p.m. 

Saturday, September 18 musical headliners include Stray Cats’ Slim Jim Phantom starting at 7:30 p.m. and Asia featuring John Payne starting at 9:30 p.m. 

Additional live music performances and entertainment will occur all day each day throughout the festival. Visitors will also enjoy a carnival midway and a shopper’s paradise at local Main Street boutiques, galleries and select vendors. 

The 35th Annual GrapeFest 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. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 817-410-3185 or visit GrapeFest.com

ABOUT GRAPEFEST – TEXAS WINE. COME AND TASTE IT! 

GrapeFest is a celebration of Texas wines. This year’s theme, Texas Wine. Come and Taste It! invites you to sip your way through delicious wines from Texas. This year’s festival guest wineries from California’s Napa Valley and South Australia’s Barossa Valley will also be serving wines to suit every palate. Home to more than 400 wineries and 4,400 acres of vineyards producing nearly three million gallons of Texas wine each year, Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States. Grapevine is home to the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association and Texas’ premier Urban Wine Trail, featuring a variety of award-winning winery tasting rooms. 

ABOUT BANK OF THE WEST 

Bank of the West is proud to be an Independent Community Bank, headquartered in Grapevine and serving North Texas for more than three decades, helping to create flourishing communities by putting your dollars to work LOCALLY…with decisions made LOCALLY. Bank of the West, Member FDIC, is the Presenting Sponsor of the 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience. 

ABOUT GRAPEVINE, TEXAS 

Historic Grapevine, Texas, centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, is the premier go-to destination when planning a getaway or vacation in North Texas! Step back in time on Historic Downtown Main Street with a collection of charming boutiques, art galleries and bistros and cafes. Enjoy fantastic hotels and resorts, great attractions for the entire family, a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, exquisite winery tasting rooms, world-class shopping and much more. For more information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com

Classic Movies Entertain Guests in Late July and August at Grapevine’s Historic Plaza Theatre

Classic movies entertain guests in July and August at Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre, located at 300 S. Main St. Bring in a same day receipt from any Grapevine restaurant and get a free popcorn at the concession stand! Tickets are $6 per person. Below is the list of screenings for late July and August:

  • Friday, July 30 – “Top Gun” (Rated PG – 1986), 7:30 p.m. Students at the U.S. Navy’s elite
    fighter weapons school compete to be best in class. One daring pilot learns a few things from a
    civilian instructor not taught in the classroom.
  • Saturday, July 31 – Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday with a
    movie marathon! Tickets are $6 each or 4/ $20. Come in costume and receive a free popcorn! – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:” (Rated PG – 2001), 11 a.m. An orphaned boy
    enrolls in a school of wizardry where he learns the truth about himself, his family and
    the terrible evil that haunts the magical world.
    – “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (Rated PG – 2004), 2 p.m. Ron and
    Hermoine return to Hogwarts for their third year of study, where they delve into the
    mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who poses a dangerous threat to the young
    wizard.
    – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (Rated PG – 2007), 5 p.m. With their
    warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted
    by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at
    Hogwarts.
    – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” (Rated PG-13 – 2011), 8 p.m. Harry,
    Ron and Hermoine search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to
    destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.
  • Friday, August 6 – “The Searchers” (Rated PG – 1956), 7:30 p.m. An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.
  • Saturday, August 14 – It’s Elvis night! Enjoy an Elvis double feature. Come in costume and get a free popcorn.
  • “Loving You” (Rated PG – 1957), 4 p.m. A musician and a publicist help a delivery man achieve stardom.
  • “Viva Las Vegas” (Rated PG – 1964), 7:30 p.m. Racecar driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.
  • Friday, August 20 – “Roman Holiday” (Rated PG – 1953), 7:30 p.m. A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
  • Saturday, August 21 – Sing-Along Saturday! Bring your friends and sing along as you watch movies at the Palace Theatre.
  • “Mamma Mia” (Rated PG-13 – 2008), 4 p.m. The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father is told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.
  • “Grease” (Rated PG – 1978), 7:30 p.m. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they are now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
  • Saturday, August 28 – Join us for Treasure Hunt Saturday!
  • “Aladdin” (Rated G – 1992), 4 p.m. A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. Come in character and receive a free popcorn.
  • “The Goonies” (Rated PG – 1985), 7:30 p.m. A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate’s long-lost treasure.

For more information about Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre or to purchase tickets, call 817.410.3100 or visit Palace-Theatre.com.

Celebrate Bastille Day in Grapevine!

Raise a Glass in Grapevine and Honor French Influences

WHAT: Don your best beret and your favorite red, white and blue as we celebrate French food and culture at Grapevine’s Bastille Day Celebration! For this fête, the Town Square Gazebo transforms into a Parisian pocket park, complete with French pop music, street food, mimes and artisans.

DJ Wild in the Streets will be spinning ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s soul, funk, R&B, lounge, vintage international pop and more. Chez Fabien will be offering a variety of French inspired street foods, breads, beverages and sweet treats at their pop-up location. The Ramazinis perform as French-style mimes, and local artists will be showing off their talents as they paint in the streets. This event is free.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
WHERE: Town Square Gazebo, 325 S. Main St.

Parking is available along Main Street and in various lots around town.

ABOUT BASTILLE DAY:

The French National Day is the anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a major event of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération that celebrated the unity of the French people on July 14, 1790. Celebrations are held throughout France. One that has been reported as “the oldest and largest military parade in Europe” is held on July 14 on the Champs-Élysées in Paris in front of the President of the Republic, along with other French officials and foreign guests.

ABOUT GRAPEVINE, TEXAS:

Historic Grapevine, Texas, centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, is the premier go-to destination when planning a getaway or vacation in North Texas! Step back in time on Historic Downtown Main Street with a collection of charming boutiques, art galleries and bistros and cafes. Enjoy fantastic hotels and resorts, great attractions for the entire family, a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, exquisite winery tasting rooms, world-class shopping and much more. For more information, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com.

Is Your Child Interested in Becoming a DJ?

If so, then save the date! On Saturday, September 25, 2021, professional radio personalities from RP Entertainment Radio are holding a class for young people who are interested in pursuing a career (or even a hobby) of becoming a Disc Jockey (DJ).

One of the family of RP Entertainment Radio in Dallas, T’Bella, who hosts a talk show at 12pm, is just one of the personalities that youngsters age 12-17 can learn from. The classes will provide professional equipment and instructors with many years’ experience, so the budding DJs can learn from those who have “been around the block.”

Students will learn how to scratch, fade, cue, how to work an equalizer (EQ) and more!

If you’d like to register now or need more information, visit the RPEntertainment website or call 972-532-1744 to secure a place for your youngster!

CEO RP (Right) and Cassie Noel

Grapevine 39th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza Information

SHUTTLE SERVICE ALERT

In observance of the July 4th holiday, the Grapevine Visitor Shuttles will not operate on Sunday, July 4. Service will resume on Monday, July 5.

Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4th

Celebrate America’s birthday at the 39th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza complete with spectacular fireworks set to patriotic music. Viewing locations listed below include some of Grapevine’s lakeside parks and are subject to change, Parking or entry fees may apply.

Lake Parks Viewing Areas

— SUGGESTED VIEWING AREAS —

(Click on each location name for more information)

Boater/Trailer Parking at Boat Ramps is $10 per.

Due to capacity limitations, cars will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the park without paying an additional fee.

VIEWING AREAS WITH RESTRICTED ACCESS:

  • The Vineyards Campground & Cabins (Accessible to guests only with pre-scheduled reservations for that Sunday night. Gates are closed to general public. Click here to make your reservation)

We’ve got music to match the show! 

We have made it easy by giving you the option to stream the show here!

Follow the steps below to enjoy the show to the fullest! (Note: please check your data availability before beginning a stream or download. The Grapevine CVB is not responsible for cell phone charges for extra data use outside of your standard cellular plan.)

PLAY VIA SOUNDCLOUD

  • OPTION 1: If you don’t have the Soundcloud app installed, click on the black “Listen In Browser” button. Please allow up to 15 seconds for the song to buffer.
  • OPTION 2: If you have the Soundcloud app, click on the orange “Play on Soundcloud” button. The app should automatically open. Please allow up to 15 seconds for the song to buffer.
  • The Soundcloud app is free to download for in the Apple and Android stores. It is free to register for an account but is not required to activate the app.
  • If you have the app but have not registered an account, the song should still play. You may see a screen that says “create an account” while the song is playing. Click on the button, and then on the next screen click on “cancel” in the corner. This should display the standard playback controls.

Please note that some viewing areas have less cell phone signal than others. It is suggested you check how many bars of service you have and even practice starting the music to see how long it takes to begin playing in the case that buffer times are 30 seconds or longer due to lower cell service signal. We suggest hitting “play” at 9:29 p.m. and then pausing the track to be prepared to hit play once the first shell goes into the air so that the song has appropriate time to buffer.

When you see the first firework go into the air, hit play!

MUSIC FOR JULY 4, 2021 AT 9:30 P.M.

LINK TO MUSIC

For more information, click HERE.

Save the date for local artist Sontonya Necheal’s exhibition at Msanii Hous

Sontonya Necheal, who was one of the featured artists at the Irving Black Arts Council’s (IBAC) annual Black History Month exhibition back in February, is having a solo show entitled, “UNAPOLOGETIC” at the Msanii HOUS Fine Art Gallery, located at 1017 Broadway Street in Carrollton from July 2 at 6:00 pm to July 31 at 6:00 pm

The opening reception will be on July 10 from 2-6pm. Everyone is invited for this free event.

For more information, contact the Msanii Hous Fine Art Gallery at (972) 695-6063, email info@msaniihous.com or visit their website.

Create a Butterfly-Friendly Garden and Save the Date for Butterfly Flutterby on Oct 16

Fluttering monarchs will fill the air on Saturday, October 16 during the 24th Annual Butterfly Flutterby, sponsored by Cook Children’s Healthcare System, Marshall Grain Company, Camp Bow Wow, HomeLight and TrueSpot. The event is presented by the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Grapevine Garden Club and the City of Grapevine Parks & Recreation Department.

Butterfly Flutterby celebrates the migration of the monarch butterfly from Canada to Mexico by way of Grapevine.

To help ensure that hungry monarchs and other butterflies have enough fat stored for their fall journey south to the mountains of Mexico, consider adding some milkweed and nectar flowers to your garden.

Did you know that the monarch is also known as the “milkweed butterfly?” Milkweeds are critical to the survival of monarch butterflies because monarchs lay their eggs on milkweeds in the spring and fall, and Monarch caterpillars only eat milkweed. Many Texas milkweeds, vital to butterflies, have been wiped out across the state by several factors, such as the increased use of pesticides, expanding land development and Winter Storm Uri. If you see milkweed in your garden, don’t pull it! Save it for hungry caterpillars and butterflies.

Butterfly Gardens

In addition to plants that may grow naturally around your home, several milkweeds, nectar flowers and beneficial bushes can be added to your garden. The native Texas Green milkweed with its white-green flowers and large leaves is a feast for caterpillars and butterflies alike. Antelope Horn milkweed also is native to Texas and is characterized by its fuzzy leaves and greenish-white bloom. It is a hearty perennial that may grow up to two feet tall.

Fully grown monarchs enjoy nectar from a wider variety of plants, and just a few added nectar-producing plants can make a big difference. Some varieties are easy to find at local chain nurseries, while others may be found at independent nurseries or ordered online. The Grapevine Garden Club has worked with Carol Clark, a North Texas Master Naturalist, member of the Native Plant Society of Texas and a Conservation Specialist with Monarch Watch to provide a list of recommended butterfly-friendly plants that grow well in the DFW area.

Easy to Find in Chain Nurseries: Candytuft, Celosia, Coneflowers, Cosmos, Lantana, Penta, Pincushion Flower, Salvia, Mealy Blue Sage, Verbena, Zinnia and Glossy Abelia Shrub.

Found at Independent Nurseries: Aster, Butterfly Weed, Black-Eyed Susan, Blackfoot Daisy, Butterfly Bush, Buttonbush, Gregg’s Mistflower, Four Nerve Daisy, Fragrant White Mistflower, Frostweed, Mexican Sunflower, Mexican Mint Marigold, Pipevine, Phlox, Turk’s Cap, Frog Fruit (ground cover) and Yarrow.

The Grapevine Garden Club recommends that people begin slowly with plants that are easy to grow and find at local garden centers. To learn more about gardening and helping butterflies in your area, visit GrapevineGardenClub.com.

To experience the beauty of hundreds of monarchs fluttering overhead, make plans to attend the 24th Annual Butterfly Flutterby on Saturday, October 16 at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens (411 Ball St.). The event will include a Gossamer Parade, a costume contest, a student art show/contest and live butterfly releases at the Botanical Gardens.

If you can’t make it out to the Gardens, a live stream will be available on the GrapevineTX Facebook page at 11:00am on October 16. It will feature the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, educational videos about Monarch conservation, the announcement of art and costume winners, and the final release of butterflies.

Photo Courtesy of Grapevine CVB

To learn more about this event, visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com.

Ice Cream Social at Nash Farm on July 10

Enjoy the beauty and history of Nash Farm, located at 626 Ball St., and a tasty treat on Saturday, July 10, at Nash Farm’s 1920s Ice Cream Social from 7 p.m. until dark. This family-friendly event features old-fashioned, hand-cranked ice cream, ‘20s music, antique cars, lawn games and more!

Relax in the great outdoors and soak up summer with sundaes, root beer floats, lemonade and watermelon as the Lone Star String Band entertains with their traditional old-time and Texas-style prairie music. Additionally, Jessie Jean will spin 1920s records on an antique phonograph under the shade.

Take a stroll by ‘20s-era antique cars or vintage bicycles from the period while kids of all ages can play old-fashioned lawn games such as croquet, horseshoe pitching and more!

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the event. Admission is $5 per person, which includes homemade ice cream, refreshments and all activities.

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Nash Farm, circa 1859, is the oldest operating farmstead in Tarrant County. Through interpretive programs, events and exhibits, Nash Farm educates the community about the heritage and importance of the Grape Vine Prairie and Grapevine’s pivotal role in the development of North Texas.

A variety of programs and special events held throughout the year offer guests a unique learning experience in a historic setting. Remaining events include First Fridays at the Farm, Heritage Workshops, Barn Dance and Fall Round-Up. Volunteer opportunities at Nash Farm are available through the Nash Farmhand Program.

To purchase tickets or for more information about Nash Farm’s 1920s Ice Cream Social, please call 817.410.3185 or visit NashFarm.org.

Grapevine’s 39th Annual July 4th Extravaganza Details

Photo: Grapevine CVB

Celebrate America’s birthday at Grapevine’s 39th Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, a free and festive 20-minute fireworks spectacular over Lake Grapevine.

Set to patriotic music, the show is the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day. The show begins at 9:30 p.m.

Suggested viewing locations listed below include some of Grapevine’s lakeside parks and are subject to change. Parking or entry fees may apply.

  • Oak Grove Park
    o    Oak Grove Baseball Field ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    Minnow Loop (Drop-off Only) 
    o    Trawick Pavilion ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    Oak Grove Soccer Complex ($10 per car entry fee)
    o    McPherson Slough (No fee)
    o    Oak Grove Softball Complex (Boat traffic only)
  • Rockledge Park ($20 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)
  • Scott’s Landing Marina  (Private parking & cash only)
  • Silver Lake Park by Silver Lake Marina (Private parking & cash only)

VIEWING AREAS WITH RESTRICTED ACCESS:

  • The Vineyards Campground & Cabins (Accessible to guests only with pre-scheduled reservations for that Friday night. Gates are closed to general public. Click here to make your reservation)

LAKE PARKS WITH LIMITED VIEWING:

  • Lakeview Park ($10 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)
  • Meadowmere Park ($10 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)

OTHER LOCATIONS:

  • Hotel Vin / Grapevine Main Parking Garage – 255 E. Dallas Rd. (Self Parking, 0-90 minutes is complimentary; 90+ minutes is $1 per hour; $24 per car, per day)

Visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com/Summertime for a list of official viewing locations and the accompanying music track. Due to capacity limitations, cars will not be allowed to leave and re-enter the park without paying an additional fee.

Grapevine Rotary Rubber Duck Race scheduled for Sept. 10

Screen Shot 2020-08-02 at 8.35.58 AMJoin us this September 10th as the Grapevine Rotary Club hosts the 3rd Annual Rubber Duck Race in the Lazy River at The REC of Grapevine.

Thousands of free-spirited yellow rubber ducks will be dropped into The REC Lazy River where they will race to see who is the fastest.

The event will take place from 5-7pm at The REC of Grapevine in fair or Fowl weather!

The winning Duck will earn $1,000, second place wins $500 and third place wins $250.

100% of all proceeds support the Grapevine Rotary Club community programs, such as scholarships for high school seniors, Computers for Kids, Special Olympics, RYLA, Feed Our Kid and American Flags on Main Street.

Every year, Grapevine Rotary Club awards as many scholarships as possible to qualified graduating senior applicants. The impact of these awards for the students in our areas is amazing. In April, we awarded 16 of these scholarships in the amount of $1500 each from the proceeds of our 2019 Duck Race.  

ChuckAll of the ducks are churning up the water to get back in their best racing form after eating too much during quarantine (except for Chuck, who is lounging around the pool. He’s “supervising”).

For more information or to adopt a duck, visit https://grapevinerotaryduckrace.com/ or email grapevinerubberduckrace@gmail.com.

Here’s hoping your duck wins!

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Download the flyer HERE (.pdf)