WHO: The City of Grapevine will honor resident and hometown hero, Wally Funk, for her history-making experience aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin ‘New Shepard’ suborbital space tourism rocket.
WHAT:Parade and Community Celebration Parade along Historic Main Street immediately followed by a presentation by aviation leaders, peers, Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate and Grapevine City Council.
WHEN: Saturday, August 7, 2021, Parade Starts at noon
WHERE: Parade will head south on Main Street from Wall Street toward Dallas Road. Parade will culminate on Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station, 815 S. Main St., with remarks by dignitaries and Wally Funk.
All aboard! Travel back to the 1920s on Grapevine Vintage Railroad’s Women’s Suffrage Victory Train excursions to commemorate the anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote. Dress in your finest suffragist style to commemorate this momentous moment in American history. During the journey, hear stories of those who fought to secure this powerful and important right for all women.
Specialty trains run Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29. A specialty one-hour train will travel the Tahwahkarro Creek path on Saturday, August 28, departing at 11 a.m. The Cotton Belt Route to the Historic Stockyard Station in Fort Worth transforms into a Women’s Suffrage Victory Train on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29, departing at 12:50 p.m. each day.
The immersive experience begins on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad platform where passengers encounter living history characters dressed in their best 1920s attire. The entertainment continues once passengers board the Victorian-style coaches where living history characters will share pamphlets derived from historic documents and offer insight into the achievements of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, both in Texas and across the nation. Guests are welcome to get in the spirit of the event and wear their own 1920s clothing.
Purchase tickets online at GVRR.com. Ticket prices vary from $10-$26 depending on excursion destination and preferred coach seating.
While in Grapevine, explore Historic Main Street’s many boutiques, galleries, and historic museums. Enjoy WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE VICTORY TRAIN time with friends and family as you stop for a bite in our many bistros and cafes or sip Texas wines in our wine tasting rooms.
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.
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.
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.
The 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience will be held September 16, 17, 18 and 19 in Historic Downtown Grapevine.
The Grapevine Convention & Visitor’s Bureau welcomes Steve and Maggie Haley as GrapeFest Committee Co-Chairs for the 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience – presented by Bank of the West. This year’s theme, Texas Wine: Come and Taste It! invites you to sip your way through delicious wines from Texas and guest wineries from California’s Napa Valley and South Australia’s Barossa Valley on September 16, 17, 18 and 19.
The largest wine festival in the Southwest U.S., GrapeFest offers four days of family-friendly festival fun with live music and entertainment on four stages, a carnival midway and a shopper’s paradise at local Main Street boutiques, galleries and select vendors. Other festival highlights are the largest consumer-judged wine competition the Southwest, GrapeStomp, ItalianCarFest, and much more!
For up-to-the-minute event and schedule information, visit GrapeFest.com.
ABOUT GRAPEFEST – A TEXAS WINE EXPERIENCE
GrapeFest is a celebration of Texas wines. 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.
The Grapevine Visitor Information Center is now offering guided tours of Grapevine Main Station Thursday through Sunday! A Visitor Center Concierge will escort groups on a 20-minute tour of Grapevine Main Station, which includes Harvest Hall, Peace Plaza and the Observation Tower. The tour also includes an overview of Grapevine’s art community and Historic Main Street. Additionally, while visitors take in the views of Grapevine and the DFW area at the top of the 12-story Observation Tower, a guide will be on hand to describe points of interest.
Each tour is limited to no more than 12 people. Tickets are $3 per person and may be purchased online HERE. Visitors must agree to a security screening and abide by the Observation Tower rules and regulations. Luggage or other large bags may be stored at the Visitor Information Center for $2 per bag.
Tours are available Thursday – Sunday at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon., 1p.m. and 2 p.m. Tours are also available on demand. Additional days and times may be arranged with seven (7) days’ notice.
The Grapevine Visitor Information Center is located inside Grapevine Main Station at 815 S. Main St. Visitors may access the Grapevine Main Parking Garage or use free parking (when available) along Main Street.
DIRECTIONS TO PARKING GARAGE AND INTO THE STATION:
Use the Visitor entrance off of Dallas Road
Park on levels 3 – 6
Parking Fee: First 90 minutes are complimentary, $1 every hour after. No overnight public parking is allowed
Take the elevator to the Lobby / Ground Level
Turn right when exiting the elevator. Walk through the Hotel Vin Lobby to Harvest Hall. The Visitor Information Center is located directly in front of the Main Street entrance doors.
ABOUT GRAPEVINE MAIN STATION
Grapevine Main Station is a $114-million-dollar public/private sector transit-oriented development project. Located at the intersection of Main Street and Dallas Road in Historic Downtown Grapevine, the 42,000-square-foot rail station consists of Harvest Hall, a European-style food hall with seven globally-inspired kitchens; Third Rail, an indoor/outdoor entertainment and event venue; a 38,000-square-foot expansive outdoor Plaza; and a 150-foot-tall Observation Tower with 360-degree views of the city and beyond, all connected to Hotel Vin, a six-story, 120-room Marriott Autograph Collection property and a 552-space parking garage.
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)
Meadowmere Park ($10 per car entry fee, card only, no cash)
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.
TheGrapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is proud to present the first international exposition of Naïf art paintings in the United States. There are 110 artworks on display, representing the work of painters from 11 different countries: Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, Perú and Spain.
Naïf painting, from the French word Naïveté (ingenuity, innocence, naturalness) is generally referred to as Naïf in the Americas. Naïf paintings are created by artists without formal art education and who are often self-taught. Naïf artwork recognized by its childlike simplicity and frankness, typically has a flat rendering style with a rudimentary, simplistic perspective. Attention to detail is essential and subsequently one can ultimately ascertain the country of origin by studying each individual painting. Well-known Naïf painters include Henri Rousseau, who is widely regarded as the first Naïf painter, and American Naïf painter, Grandma Moses.
The paintings are on loan from a local Grapevine collector who wishes to remain anonymous. The artwork is on display inside Grapevine’s Tower Gallery through July 23.
Historic Downtown Grapevine’s Main Street Fest “Reimagined,” presented by Bank of the West, occurs on Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This year’s Main Street Fest harkens back to an earlier time and puts local businesses at the heart of the festival. Bistros, cafes and boutiques will extend their storefronts onto Main Street to provide unique alfresco dining and shopping experiences.
This year’s festival offers two full days of non-stop live entertainment! Main Street Fest attendees will find a variety of musical acts to entertain all members of the family on multiple stages. As you stroll up and down Main Street, you’ll encounter various internationally recognized street performers from across the nation.
The Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to partner with U.S. House Representative Beth Van Duyne to display high school student artwork submitted for the annual Congressional Art Competition for the 24th District of Texas. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 4 at a reception hosted by Rep. Beth Van Duyne from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Grapevine Convention and Visitors Bureau Tower Gallery (636 S. Main St).
The 24th Congressional District Grand Prize winning artwork will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol and will be featured on the House of Representatives’ (House.gov) Congressional Art Competition page.
The exhibit in Washington will also include the winning artwork from all participating districts from around the country.
The People’s Choice competition invites the public to vote for their favorite artwork.
Voting, located at the Tower Gallery, opens on Tuesday, May 4 and closes on Friday, May 7 at 3pm.
About the Congressional Art Competition
The Congressional Art Competition, created in 1982, is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent of high school artists and across the nation. Hundreds of thousands of talented high school students have represented their communities and have served as artistic ambassadors. The competition is open to public, private, and home-schooled high school students. Students could submit up to two pieces of two-dimensional art ranging from the following mediums: paintings, prints, drawings, collages, mixed media, computer-generated art or photographs. All entries had to be original concepts and designs.
About Grapevine, Texas
Historic Grapevine, Texas, centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth, is the premier go-to destination when planning a meeting or vacation in North Texas! Step back in time on Historic Downtown Main Street with a collection of charming boutiques, restaurants, and art galleries. Enjoy fantastic hotels and resorts, great attractions for the entire family, a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, exquisite winery tasting rooms, internationally renowned festivals and events, world-class shopping, delectable dining at more than 200 bistros and cafes and much more.
For more information, visit Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, located at 636 S. Main St., visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com or call 800.457.6338.