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GRAPEVINE’S 34th ANNUAL GRAPEFEST® FESTIVAL CANCELED

107998385_10157129025206968_5506700586486693291_oGRAPEVINE, TEXAS – (July 13, 2020) – In support of State of Texas and the City of Grapevine’s guidelines and procedures to stem the spread of COVID-19, the 34th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience has been canceled. “We made the difficult decision to cancel the festival,” said Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director, Paul W. McCallum. “Citing concerns for the safety of attendees, volunteers, staff, sponsors and vendors.”

The greatly anticipated annual festival is the largest wine festival in the Southwest and was to be held on Grapevine’s Historic Main Street District September 17, 18, 19 and 20, 2020. This annual four day festival attracts more than 260,000 visitors.

“GrapeFest is one of Grapevine’s marquee festivals that we take great pride in showcasing not only for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, but to visitors from around the world,” said Steve and Maggie Haley, 34th Annual GrapeFest Co-Chairpersons. They further added “We want to thank our volunteers, 38 civic and service charitable organizations, sponsors and vendors. We now must look forward to GrapeFest 2021.”

This year would have marked the 34th Annual GrapeFest-A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West. Each year the city bands together to plan four days of family-friendly festival fun where residents and visitors sip and sample premium Texas wines and champagne while enjoying live entertainment, festival food and so much more. Throughout the event, guests would participate in the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic the largest, consumer-judged wine competition in the United States that showcased 45 Texas wineries pouring 162 wines. In addition, 240 wines are featured from around the country and world.

For more information on Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau and for business and event updates relating to COVID-19, please visit grapevinetexasusa.com or call the Convention and visitors Bureau at  (800) 457-6338.

Short-term rentals prompt cities to action

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Airbnb listings for an entire home in Grapevine have increased from 5 to 58 from October 2014 to August 2018. (Sources: AirDna, cities of Colleyville, Grapevine, Southlake/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Grapevine in mid-September issued approximately 77 residents a cease-and-desist letter concerning their Airbnbs and other short-term vacation rental properties after the city revisited an ordinance aimed at preserving local homeowners’ quality of life.

This letter informed property owners that short-term rentals, or STRs, are illegal in the city of Grapevine and have been since 1982, with more specific language added to this ordinance in 2000. A Sept. 4 Grapevine City Council meeting affirmed this prohibition with a unanimous council vote. The letter said STR property owners have until Oct. 22 to terminate rentals or be faced with a $2,000 fine for each day of operation.

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Grapevine Chamber is looking for Grapefest Volunteers

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Volunteering at GrapeFest is a blast! 

What a great way to build teamwork and leadership skills, make new contacts and see old friends! The whole community pitches in to make GrapeFest such a success. Invite friends and family to join your crew. 

When: September 14 – 16, 2018

Where: Downtown Grapevine

For more information: Email Mary Jo at maryjo@grapevinechamber.org or call 817-481-1522. 

Available Opportunities:

Concessions Trailer:

  • Thursday, 9/13, 1 PM – 4:45 PM – 4 volunteers
  • Friday, 9/14, 8 PM – 11:45 PM – 6 volunteers
  • Saturday, 9/15, 8 PM – 11:45 PM – 8 volunteers
  • Sunday, 9/16, 2 PM – 6 PM – 6 volunteers

Beer Booths:

  • Sunday, 9/16, 11:45 AM – 3 PM – 4 volunteers
  • Sunday, 9/16, 2:45 – 6 PM – 16 volunteers

Benefits:

  • Free admission to the festival
  • Food from Chamber’s concessions
  • Marketing for your company. Wear company shirts and caps
  • Signage with your company name (must fill all volunteer slots per a shift)
  • Main stage location with great music and crowds

 

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