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Experience “Texas Wine: Come and Taste It!” at People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic During Grapevine’s 35th Annual Grapefest®

Celebrate Texas wine and participate in the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic at the 35th Annual GrapeFest, presented by Bank of the West on September 16 – 19. This year’s theme, Texas Wine: Come and Taste It! invites you to sip your way through delicious wines from Texas.

One of the signature and most popular GrapeFest events, The People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, is the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the United States and features more than 30 Texas wineries pouring more than 130 wines. The competition offers eleven 90-minute sessions throughout the weekend, with wines being judged in 10 categories. Winners are announced and awards are presented on Sunday, September 19 at 5 p.m. in the People’s Choice Pavilion at its new location in the Cotton Belt Railroad District (705 S. Main St.). Cheese offered at this event is donated by Southwest Dairy Farmers. This is a separate ticketed event. Tickets are $23 in advance. Starting at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 16 tickets will be $25. Guests must be 21+ to enter.

New this year is a VIP two-hour tasting on Thursday, September 16 at 5 p.m. for $45 per ticket. This event includes light hors d’oeuvres and a souvenir wine glass.

As the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States, the Lone Star State’s sunny, dry climate has is ideal for wine production. The first vineyard established in North America began deep in the heart of Texas. In 1662 Franciscan priests planted the first vines, followed by European settlers who planted grapevine cuttings and further developed the Texas wine industry through the 1800s. Today Texas is home to more than 4,000 acres of producing vineyard farmland across diverse wine-growing regions.

The state boasts eight American Viticultural Areas (AVA): Texas High Plains, Escondido Valley, Texas Hill Country, Bell Mountain, Fredericksburg, Mesilla Valley, Texas Davis Mountains and Texoma. Harvest time in Texas is normally around the end of July, two months earlier than in California and three months earlier than most of the wine regions in France.

Texas has 310 wineries that range from small producers who concentrate on tourism for the majority of their sales to large wineries who have developed state, national and international markets. The Texas wine industry contributes more than $1.83 billion in economic impact.

Texas wineries participating in GrapeFest include: Descarado Winery, Landon Winery, Valle della Pace Vineyards & Winery, Llano Estacado Winery, Rancho Loma Vineyards, Tara Vineyard & Winery, LLC, Red Road Vineyard Winery, 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery, Silver Dollar Winery, Bingham Family Vineyards, Messina Hof Winery, Checkered Past Winery, O’Farrell Country Vineyards, Firelight Vineyards, Lost Oak Winery, Lucky Vines Vineyard & Winery, Bluff Dale Vineyards, Deschain Cellars, Blue OStrich Winery & Vineyard, Haak Vineyards and Winery, Watson Vineyard, Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, White Fox Vineyards, Four I’s Winery, Bull Lion Ranch & Vineyard and Domaine des Hospitalieres LLC/ H-Wines.


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. 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

Experience “A Taste of Two Valleys” at Grapevine’s 35th Annual Grapefest® – A Texas Wine Experience

Celebrate wine at the 35th Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, September 16, 17, 18 and 19. Experience a “Taste of Two Valleys” with unique and exquisite wines from South Australia’s Barossa Valley and California’s Napa Valley. This event will be located inside the Liberty Park Plaza Wine Tasting Experience, sponsored by Gaylord Texan Resort. Enjoy live music during this one-of-a-kind, separate ticketed event. 

Explore the wines of South Australia’s Barossa Valley which is home to more than 500 grape growing families, many with the sixth generation still working the same plot of land as their ancestors. 

These families supply quality grapes to over 170 wine companies. Wine has been a way of life in Barossa since the 1840s, and the region incorporates both Barossa Valley and Eden Valley, making it one of the only areas in Australia to have neighboring warm and cool climate growing conditions. With such a diversity of growing conditions and soil types across both valleys, and vineyards that have been tended by hand for many generations. GrapeFest guests will be certain to find a favorite Barossa Valley wine at this year’s event. Participating wineries from South Australia’s Barossa Valley include Yalumba, Chateau Tanunda, Torbreck Vitners, Langmeil Winery and Heathvale Wines. 

Grapevine is pleased to welcome Australian Consul-General and Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner Mr. Benson Igua Saulo to GrapeFest. Mr. Saulo, based in Houston and the first indigenous person to be appointed as an Australian Consul-General, is a descendant of the Wemba Wemba and Gunditjmara Indigenous nations of Western Victoria, and the New Ireland Province in Papua New Guinea. Saulo has a background in banking, investments and social impact. 

Mr. Saulo became the founding director of the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA), which engages young Indigenous Australians to develop and drive youth-led social action campaigns relating to suicide prevention, climate change, mental health and welcoming refugee and asylum seekers. Mr. Saulo has participated in the U.S. State Department’s International Leaders Program and has been recognized as a finalist for Young Australian of the Year (VI). He has also earned the Australian Human Rights Commission Medal for Youth and the 2012 NAIDOC Youth of the Year Award, recognizing emerging Indigenous leaders. Additionally, he has been an Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations and has represented Australian youth at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. 

Mr. Stuart Nutting, South Australia Department for Trade and Investment (DTI) Regional Director, Americas – New York, and Ms. Regina Johnson, South Australia DTI Deputy Director also will be attending GrapeFest as well as meeting with wine distributors, retailers and other businesses of interest to South Australia. South Australia winemakers and exporters work to add value to food processing supply chains as well as research and development in food and agribusiness. 

Sip your way through the wines of California’s Napa Valley. Known for its hundreds of hillside vineyards, Napa Valley is home to more than 475 wineries and more than 40 different grape varieties. At only 30 miles long and five miles wide at its widest point, the Napa Valley is a unique wine growing region with a complex tapestry of vineyard locations. The valley’s topography and soil diversity changes as you travel through its diverse terrain which ranges from estuarine flats and gentle hills to the sheer walls of the Palisades at the foot of Mount St. Helena to the forested Mayacamas Mountains. Due to its unique geographic position between the cold Pacific Ocean and the warm Central Valley, a wide variety of climatic conditions exist within this small, contiguous area that are perfectly suited to producing a great variety of world-class wine grapes. Its unique attributes mean distinctiveness in every glass. Participating California Napa Valley wineries include Bootleg, Trefethen, The Hess Collection, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Kerr Cellars. 


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 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

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.

Classic Movies and Live Performances at the Palace Theatre in Sept and Oct

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Kick off fall with classic movies and live performances at Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre at 300 S. Main St. Whether you choose to enjoy a night with the legends of Hollywood on the big screen or take in a live, tribute performance, you are sure to find family fun this fall at the Palace Theatre.

Live Performances

Saturday, September 11 – See the dazzling and flamboyant Two Divas & A Piano – Tribute to Elton John & Cher, presented by Tribute Masters. The seasoned Las Vegas team Heidi Thompson and Gene Sironen deliver a highly crafted show garnering laughs, applause and happy audiences wherever they perform. Together, these two sensational tribute artists bring a unique energy to the stage with their own brand of comedy, vocal duets, audience participation and more. 

These tribute acts have been incredibly successful since Cher and Elton John each have six decades of hits and are loved by audiences of all ages. With songs like: “Crocodile Rock,” “Believe,” “Saturday Night’s Alright,” “If I Could Turn Back Time” and duets like “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” “Rescue Me” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me,” this show guarantees an exhilarated audience every time!

Showtimes are 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34 per person for the 3 p.m. matinee and $36 per person for the evening show. All ticket sales are final.

Saturday, October 2 – From Las Vegas to Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre, the Carpenters Tribute Concert, presented by Tribute Masters, is America’s top act celebrating the music and legacy of the famed brother-sister duo. Don’t miss this unparalleled show starring Sally Olson as Karen Carpenter and pianist Ned Mills as Richard Carpenter. The show opens with a zesty tribute to Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, followed by Carpenters hits including “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Close to You,” “Superstar” and many more.

The Carpenters Tribute Concert was honored to be the featured entertainment at the CarpenterS 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2019. Olsen will also be performing with “Legends in Concert,” the pioneer of live tribute shows, during the 2021 holiday season. Sally is truly unsurpassed in her stunning representation of Karen Carpenter and captures the essence of the late singer right down to her authentic hairstyles, vintage and handmade costumes, makeup, gestures and voice.

Showtimes are 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34 per person for the 3 p.m. matinee and $36 per person for the evening show. All ticket sales are final.

Thursday, October 7 Saturday, October 10 “Be Our Guest” and step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, presented by the Upright Theatre Company. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved before time runs out, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. With spectacular costumes, singing and dancing, this “tale as old as time” is the perfect opportunity to bring your entire family for live theatre at its best.

Showtimes are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for students, seniors and first responders; $12 for children 12 and under.

Classic Movie Screenings

Classic movie viewers are invited to bring in a same day receipt from any Grapevine restaurant and get a free popcorn at the Concession Stand! Tickets are $6 per person.

Friday, September 3 – “The Egg and I” (NR 1941), 7:30 p.m. On their wedding night, Bob reveals to Betty that he has purchased an abandoned chicken farm. Betty struggles to adapt to their new lifestyle, especially when a glamorous neighbor seems to set her eyes on Bob.

Saturday, September 4 – “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” (NR 1956), 4 p.m. An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children.

Friday, September 10 – “Back to the Future (Rated PG – 1985), 7:30 p.m. Marty McFly, a 17- year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.

Friday, September 24 – Saturday, September 25 – Manhattan Short Film Festival, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Film lovers will unite in over 500 venues world wide to view and judge the work of next generation filmmakers from around the world when the 24th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival takes place. $10 per ticket.

Friday, October 1 – “The Bride of Frankenstein” (NR – 1935), 7:30 p.m. Dr. Frankenstein falls under the control of his former mentor, who insists he resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him.

Sunday, October 3 – “Mean Girls” (Rated PG-13 – 2004), 4 p.m. Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of Alpha Plastic Regina George.

Saturday, October 16 – “Hocus Pocus” (Rated PG – 1993), 4, 7 and 10 p.m. A curious youngster moves to Salem where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches who were executed in the 17th century.

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

Peace Circle Art Installation Unveiled at Grapefest®

Mayor William D. Tate is pleased to announce the unveiling of the “Peace Circle” public art installation, an interpretation of the meeting of Republic of Texas President Sam Houston and 10 American Indian chiefs/ captains on the Grape Vine Prairie in 1843. Sam Houston and the tribal leaders met in a spirit of friendship, peace, hope and trust in an effort to establish a place – a line that would not be crossed – where the tribes could live in peace.  The Peace Circle meeting later lead to the signing of the Treaty of Bird’s Fort on September 29, 1843.

The installation features 11 bronze statues standing 1.25 times life size, representing Republic of Texas President Sam Houston and American Indian chiefs/ captains from the Delaware, Chickasaw, Waco, Tawakoni, Keechi, Caddo, Anadarko, Ioni, Biloxi and Cherokee Nations.  

The City of Grapevine commissioned Grapevine artist-in-residence, Linda Lewis, to recreate the moment of this historic meeting on the Grape Vine Prairie. Members of the Peace Circle Advisory Committee thoroughly researched Sam Houston and the American Indian representations to ensure their accuracy.

The statue of Sam Houston depicts him as he was dressed in that final meeting – wearing his velvet, fox-embroidered suit, his silver spurs and an Indian blanket thrown over his shoulders. Each chief’s physical attributes and the finest details of their 1843 clothing were developed from consulting tribal members, studying photographs, paintings and/or relatives to ensure that the representations are accurate to each tribe. This information has been approved by the tribal nations they represent. The installation will be placed near the intersection of Main Street and Dallas Road in Historic Downtown Grapevine.

The art installation dedication will consist of representatives from the tribal nations, the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and members of the advisory committee. Though the Comanches were invited but did not attend the original Peace Circle meeting on the Grape Vine Prairie, they will be attending the “Peace Circle” unveiling ceremony.

Some of the dedication events will include Comanche drum music; Sia Eagle display and presentation by co-founder Bill Volker, Comanche Nation; the “Wyandotte Thanksgiving Address,” the words before all else, shared by Sallie Cotter Andrews, Wyandotte Nation; a Smoke Ceremony and Blessing by Eddie Sandoval, Apache Nation and Leslie Thunderhawk, Rosebud Sioux Nation; presentation of the American, Texas and tribal flags with a Comanche flag song and more.  

  • WHEN: Saturday, September 18 Dedication Ceremony from approximately 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. with festivities from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. during the 35th Annual GrapeFest® – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West
  • WHERE: Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station, located at 815 S. Main St.                          


Grapevine artist-in-residence, Linda Lewis, born in Lubbock, Texas, received her art education in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Utilizing detailed research by the Peace Circle Advisory Committee, Lewis has created and overseen the production of “Peace Circle” at the Grapevine Foundry located in the Cotton Belt Railroad Historic District, 701 S. Main St. For more than five years, she has been the owner/operator of the Grapevine Foundry and Fine Arts Program, bringing two decades of experience working with bronze to Main Street. She also is an art instructor, does mold making, wax working, sand blasting, bronze casting, welding and patina finishing.

Honorable Mayor William D. Tate and City of Grapevine to Honor Wally Funk with Parade, Community Celebration

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

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.

Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk emerges from the ‘New Sheperd’ capsule (Photo: Blue Origin)

Celebrate the Anniversary of Women’s Voting Victory with a Ride on Vintage Railroad’s Women’s Suffrage Train

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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 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

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

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

GrapeFest, the largest wine festival in the Southwest U.S., will be held Sept. 16, 17, 18 and 19

Photo Courtesy of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau 

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 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.

Grapevine Main Station Observation Tower Tours Now Open

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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.


  1. Use the Visitor entrance off of Dallas Road
  2. Park on levels 3 – 6
  3. Parking Fee: First 90 minutes are complimentary, $1 every hour after. No overnight public parking is allowed
  4. Take the elevator to the Lobby / Ground Level
  5. 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.


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.

For more information, visit