GrapeFest 2015

GrapeFest 2015

What: 29th Annual GrapeFest

When:  September 17, 18, 19, and 20, 2015

Where:  Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas

How Much:  Free Thursday and until 5 pm on Friday. After 5 pm on Friday, admission prices are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12). Weekend passes are available for $18 and souvenir weekend passes are $23. Admission is free for children five and under.

The 29th Annual GrapeFest is called The Wine Experience. Festival goers will be able to taste premium wines from Texas, Oregon, and Argentina.

Grapevine’s GrapeFest has something for everyone. Adults will love the food, drinks, and entertainment. Kids will enjoy the Carnival and Midway. Everyone will like the live music and entertainment on three stages.

GrapeFest takes place in historic downtown Grapevine, Texas. This is a great time to visit Main Street and enjoy Grapevine’s best festival of the year.

Festival Hours:

Thursday, September 17, 10 am – 10:30 pm
Friday, September 18, 10 am – 5 pm
Friday, September 18, 5 pm – 11:30 pm
Saturday, September 19, 10 am – 11:30 pm
Sunday, September 20, 11 am – 6 pm

Lake Grapevine Remains Swollen And Flooded

Lake Grapevine Remains Swollen And Flooded

Lake Grapevine remains flooded after Tropical Depression Bill dumped another two and a half inches of rain on the area earlier this week. Water continues to dump over the spillway and into the areas south of the lake. Both the Grapevine Golf Course and Cowboys Golf Club are flooded.

All parks and boat ramps around the lake remain closed and most roadways around the lake are closed off keeping visitors a safe distance from the lake. FM 2499 remains closed this morning as water covers part of the roadway just south of Lake Grapevine near Grapevine Mills Mall.

Lake Grapevine is nearing a record lake level as the lake currently stands 27.99 feet above normal. The only way on the lake is at Silver Lake Marina. Several boaters were out on the swollen lake this morning (photo below).

Below you will also see a shot of the submerged Katie’s Woods Park where the only thing remaining visible is the restroom at the top of the park. There is a shot of a portion of the golf course at Cowboys Golf Club south of the Lake Grapevine dam. The road over the dam connecting Grapevine to Flower Mound remains closed as water from the spillway pours over the roadway.

There are a couple of videos below from the City of Grapevine, but the water is higher now than when these were filmed.


Lake Grapevine

Lake Grapevine

Lake Grapevine flood 4

April Rain Helps Area Lakes

April Rain Helps Area Lakes

April (and most of 2015) has been good for local lakes. Many of the area lakes have needed this kind of rain for a couple of years now. Some of the area lakes could still use a bit more rain.

Dallas-Fort Worth has already had 11.71 inches of rain in 2015.  The total rainfall for all of 2014 was just 21 inches.

For us located in Grapevine, Texas, our local lake is Lake Grapevine which is still six and a half feet low. If you compare that to one year ago, Lake Grapevine was ten feet low. And just six months ago the lake was over twelve feet low. Much of the improvement in lake level has come over the last month.

Currently on Lake Grapevine, Twin Points, Lakeview North, the low water ramp at Meadowmere Park, Trawick, and McPherson Slough boat ramps are all open. With the lake improving like it is, more boat ramps are sure to open soon.

If we take a look at other area lakes, Eagle Mountain Lake is down about seven and a half feet. This is up from over ten feet low six months ago. Possum Kingdom Lake still needs quite a bit of rain as it is still down almost 14 feet from normal levels. Lake Texoma was down over 8 feet one year ago and now is almost full at 1 foot low. Lake Lewisville is about one foot low. Both Joe Pool Lake and Lake O’ The Pines are above normal pool levels.

Lake Lavon has made the most improvement by rising over ten feet in the last few months.  Three months ago the lake was down over 12 feet and now stands at just one foot and a half low.

With another good month of rain, we could have all of the area lakes in good shape.

We visited Possum Kingdom Lake recently and there was a huge sign as you enter the main lake area that said, “Welcome to Possum Kingdom Lake. Please, please, please, pray for rain.” We agree.

Boat dock out of water

Octonauts Return To Sea Life Grapevine This May

Octonauts Return To Sea Life Grapevine This May

From the press release:

Grapevine, Texas (April 8, 2015) – Dive into action with the Octonauts, the team of undersea adventure heroes from the hit animated TV show. Young fans will embark on an exciting mission with special activities and fun-filled events, plus get the chance to meet Captain Barnacles and Peso. The Octonauts adventure starts at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, Monday, May 18 – Sunday, May 31.

This is a free event included in the price of admission to SEA LIFE Grapevine. Book early to secure your tickets.

Tickets: Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for kids 2 and under. To purchase special discounted tickets visit

Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – attraction remains open 90 minutes after last admission.

SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium
Grapevine Mills Mall
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
Grapevine, Texas 76051
Phone: 877-819-7677

About SEA LIFE Grapevine:

SEA LIFE Grapevine transports you into the amazing underwater world. Prepare for astonishingly close views of everything from humble starfish and seahorses to graceful rays and powerful sharks. With an amazing 360° ocean tunnel, 30 display tanks and more than 5,000 sea creatures the aquarium is the perfect stop for family fun. To get any closer you would have to get wet! Admission is $20 for adults, $16 for children ages 3 to 12. For more information visit Follow us on Facebook: @sealifegrapevine Twitter: @sealifegrpevine and Instagram: @sealifegrpevine.

About Merlin Entertainments:

MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS plc is the leading name in location-based, family entertainment. Europe’s Number 1 and the world’s second-largest visitor attraction operator, Merlin now operates 106 attractions, 11 hotels/3 holiday villages in 23 countries and across 4 continents. The company aims to deliver memorable and rewarding experiences to its almost 63 million visitors worldwide, through its iconic global and local brands, and the commitment and passion of its managers and c26,000 employees (peak season).

Merlin has twenty four attractions and one hotel in North America – including two stunning LEGOLAND Resorts – LEGOLAND Florida with its theme park, water park, (new hotel to open in 2015); and LEGOLAND California theme park with water park, SEA LIFE aquarium and themed hotel; Madame Tussauds celebrity wax attractions in New York, Washington DC, Las Vegas; Hollywood; and San Francisco; LEGOLAND Discovery Centers in Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Kansas City Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; Boston; Westchester, New York; Toronto, Canada; a Dungeon in San Francisco; and SEA LIFE aquariums in Phoenix, Arizona; Kansas City, Missouri; Michigan; Dallas/Fort Worth; the Mall of America in Minneapolis and Charlotte – Concord – underlining the company’s position as the world’s biggest global aquarium operator. Visit for more information.

About the Octonauts:
The Octonauts are a dynamic eight-member team of quirky and courageous adventure heroes who dive into action whenever there is trouble under the sea. Equipped with a fleet of aquatic vehicles, they rescue amazing sea creatures, explore incredible new underwater worlds, and often save the day before returning safely to their home base, the octopod. Based on the original books by Meomi, Octonauts is animated by Brown Bag Films and continues to go from strength to strength as a unique and exciting global pre-school brand.

Dave & Buster’s Is Hiring Near Grapevine

From the press release:


More Games, Food, Sports and Jobs Coming to Newest Dave & Buster’s Mid-Cities Location

EULESS, TX (April 8, 2015)– Dave & Buster’s, the official headquarters to eat, drink, play and watch sports, has started the search for over 240 enthusiastic and upbeat employees who are looking to have fun on the job at the brand’s 74th restaurant located in the Glade Parks development. Available positions include servers, host staff, bartenders, cooks, game technicians and more. Slated to open on May 3rd, the 40,600 square foot Dave & Buster’s Euless restaurant will join nearby locations in Arlington, Frisco and Dallas to become a key component of the local dining and night life scenes.

Dave & Buster’s is not your average bar, and is far more exciting than working in an ordinary restaurant, as every location has four areas – Eat, Drink, Play and Watch. If you want to have the most fun at work, while ensuring guests have a perfect atmosphere to do the same, look no further! Dave & Buster’s offers the following:

• Benefits: Dave & Buster’s offers a very attractive benefits package for a number of positions including medical, dental, vision and 401k

• Internal Promotions: Dave & Buster’s offers a High Potential program which enables high performing employees to move quickly into new positions. Additionally, more than 30% of the brand’s current management was promoted from within the company.

• FUN: Dave & Buster’s employees love coming to work in an entertaining atmosphere with the biggest sporting events on huge televisions, upscale dining and 170 of the latest arcade games

Interested candidates should complete an online application at

“The grand opening in Euless marks Dave & Buster’s second location in the Mid-Cities area, and we are very excited to debut a brand new location right here in our home state,” said Jeff Cleary, General Manager of the Dave & Buster’s Euless store. “We are eager to meet energetic applicants looking to join Dave & Buster’s fun and dynamic work culture, where they are valued for truly being themselves.”

Dave & Buster’s will offer Euless the very best in food, drink and entertainment in a new, modern interior. The restaurant’s mouth-watering, chef-crafted gourmet menu combines fun and flavor in American fare with items that include the Mountain O’ Nachos, Pretzel Dogs, Bacon-Wrapped Sirloin Medallions & Grilled Shrimp, and the Legendary Burger lineup. The menu also features innovative cocktails including the Miami Ice Snow Cone, Original CoronaRita and Strawberry Watermelon Margarita made with strawberry flavored ice cubes.

Dave & Buster’s patrons can also play 170 of the most popular new games in the Million Dollar Midway, including Transformers Human Alliance, Mach Storm, and Kung Fu Panda Dojo Mojo. Tickets can be taken to the Winner’s Circle to be redeemed for a wide variety of prizes including Apple products, Xbox games, sports memorabilia, T-shirts, stuffed animals, electric guitars and more!


About Dave & Buster’s Dave & Buster’s, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, operates 72 large-venue, high-volume restaurant/entertainment complexes throughout North America, and will open the 73rd in the Village of Pelham Manor, New York in April. The exciting environment of Dave & Buster’s also provides the perfect setting for corporate and group events. Each Dave & Buster’s offers an impressive selection of high-quality food and beverage items, combined with the latest games and attractions. Guests can watch sporting events in D&B Sports and play state-of-the-art simulators and games of skill they can’t play anywhere else. For more information, visit

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