We love Grapefest. That really is the bottom line. And the weather today was perfect. It was maybe 75 degrees outside when we arrived at Grapefest.
This afternoon around 5:30 pm we were sitting outdoors listening to live music, drinking a cold beverage, and wondering what life would be like if Grapefest were somehow year round. Wouldn’t that be nice?
The first band we saw today was 2 Steps Back. We have to say it. We were impressed. They had some really good music. And maybe that is one of the great things about Grapefest. You can find great new bands like this.
Grapefest has really upgraded some of the food options this year as well. There are booths from P.F. Chang’s, Main Street Bread Baking Co., and Burritos Locos.
The good news is the weekend is only just getting started. The live music at Grapefest only gets better all weekend. Thursday is over, but we will be ready to go back later this weekend. The weather looks like it is going to be wonderful all weekend long.
Here are a few early photos from Grapefest. Enjoy!
As we work our way closer to Grapefest 2011 later this week, we thought we’d highlight some of the upcoming events that are a part of Grapevine 2011. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Grapefest, there will be a champagne brunch held on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday September 18th.
Between City Hall and the Palace Theatre in Weems Alley.
Saturday from 10 am to 1 pm
Sunday from 11 am to 1 pm
Cost is $32.50 per person (note: entry into Grapefest is additional cost). Tickets available in advance at grapevinetexasusa.com or on the day of the event.
The champagne brunch will be catered by Main Street Bistro & Bakery. There will be pastries, fruits, hot and cold breakfast items and brunch specialties. An omelet station will also be available. The buffet is all you can eat buffet plus mimosas, champagne and sparkling wines.
This looks like another great Grapefest event and a way to get out early and beat some of the heat this weekend. It also could be a good way to recover after all of the great live music at Grapefest this weekend.
Grapevine Texas’ Grapefest 2011 upgraded its lineup of live music from prior years. See the full list of shows below. Enjoy!
[table id=14 /]
This year marks the 25th anniversary for Grapefest in Grapevine, Texas. This four day event is highlighted by great wines and good music in a festival atmosphere. Grapevine’s Main Street is lined with vendors, live music stages, wine tents and of course festival goers. Grapefest 2011 is called, “A Wine Experience.”
Dates and Times
September 15th, 16th, 17th, and 18th
Thursday – 10 am to 10:30 pm
Friday – 10 am to 11:30 pm
Saturday – 10 am to 11:30 pm
Sunday – 11 am to 6 pm
Thursday admission is free all day and Friday admission is free from 10 am to 5 pm.
Other times admission is
$5 seniors 62+ and children 6-12
Free for children 5 and under
Weekend Pass – $18
Souvenir Weekend Pass – $23
Events and Attractions
- Texas Wine Tribute Dinner – a black-tie gala on Sept. 17 highlighting wines from Texas
- GrapeStomp presented by the Chrysler Group
- Culinary Pavilion featuring great chefs from across North Texas
- Live music on four stages featuring LeFreak
- Great festival food
- Wines and beers of the world featuring premium wines and craft beers
- Italian Car Fest – a pre-festival event held on Sept. 10 at Nash Farm
- Arts & Crafts
- Carnival & Midway games
- KidZone presented by Baylor Regional Medical Center of Grapevine
- Champagne Cork Shoot-Off
- LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s Junior Builder Contest
- Grapevine winery tasting rooms tour
Click here to see the full list of live music at Grapefest.
The live music at Grapefest is always a highlight of the weekend festival. Live music goes on all weekend across four stages.
This year’s live acts include
- Thursday – Professor D (Gaylord Texan Stage 9 to 10:30 pm)
- Thursday – Tommy Alverson (Bud Light Stage 8:45 to 10 pm)
- Friday – Downtown Fever (Gaylord Texan Stage 10 to 11:30 pm)
- Friday – Railhead (Bud Light Stage 8:30 to 9:45 pm)
- Saturday – Le Freak (Gaylord Texan Stage 10 to 11:30 pm)
- Saturday – Mark McKinney (Bud Light Stage 10:15 to 11:30 pm)
- And many others
Grapefest Golf Classic
If you want to get started early with Grapefest there is also the Grapfest Golf Classic on Monday, September 12th at the Grapevine Golf Course. Tee off will be at 8 a.m., and the format is a 4-person scramble. Cost is $125 per player, which includes breakfast, golf cart, lunch and prizes. The GrapeFest Golf Classic is produced by the Grapevine Golf Association and proceeds benefit the Grapevine Historical Society. In addition to the golf tournament, the 19th Annual GrapeFest Tennis Classic presented by Hilton DFW Lakes will be held on September 16, 17, and 18. Spectators are welcome to cheer on the competitors.
Uncork the fun for the largest wine festival in the Southwest and visit Historic Downtown Grapevine for GrapeFest 2011. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com./GrapeFest.
Have fun! We will see you there.
1. People watching. Just sitting back and watching the crowds move around Grapefest can be enormous amounts of fun.
2. Free parking. What other area events like this offer up free parking?
3. Ice Carving. Reddy Ice will have ice carving demos on Friday and Saturday.
4. Central Market Culinary Pavilion. Learn wine and food pairings along with other cooking lessons from top chefs.
5. Affordability. So much fun at such a low cost. Thursday is free admission all day. Friday is free until 5 pm. After that entrance is $8 for adults and less for kids and seniors.
6. Better than the Texas State Fair.
7. Le Freak. The Greatest Disco Band in the world! Saturday night at 10 pm.
8. Live music. 4 stages provide almost constant live music all weekend.
9. Family Friendly. Midway and carnival plus arts and crafts areas make Grapefest a fun event for kids of all ages.
10. Kids Zone.
11. Wine. Taste, sample, drink wines from Texas and all over the world.
12. Funnel Cake. How often do you get funnel cake? Probably not enough. Jake’s Cakes does it right!
13. Shopping. Shop up and down Main Street at booths and the stores along Main Street.
14. Pizza by the Slice. Served up by Napoli’s Italian Cafe. Pizza is good anytime, but Napoli’s at Grapefest is the perfect time.
15. Enjoy the start of fall weather. Ummm…. hopefully.
16. Main Street. Check out historic downtown Grapevine as Main Street is closed off for the weekend just for the festival.
17. Mini Train Excursions. Take a 30 minute ride on Grapevine’s vintage railroad.
18. Draft beer. Two draft beer pavilions offering regular and premium beers.
19. Super Wine Experience. Like the Super Bowl of wines. 🙂
20. Grapestomp. Simply the best event at Grapefest. You can watch it or you can stomp it. Doesn’t matter, it is fun!
It is almost time for our favorite festival of the year: Grapefest!
Historic downtown Grapevine will host its 24th Annual Grapefest on September 16, 17, 18, and 19. This is the largest wine festival in the Southwest. This festival includes non-stop live music, midway and carnival, good food, great wine, and great people.
One of our favorite things to do is to get there early, enjoy a cold beverage or glass of wine, and take in some of the best live music in the area. Live music will be held on four stages. Headlining acts include:
- The Fixx
- Mark McKinney
- Le Freak
- Back in Black
- Trio Loco
We also recommend checking out the Phil Pritchett Band at 5:oo pm on Thursday. We saw them last year and they were great.
In addition to all the great live music, there are at least three wine pavilions. The new “Super Wine Pavilion” will be dedicated to cities from National Football League teams in honor of the upcoming Super Bowl hosted at Cowboys Stadium.
Other fun includes:
- The Kids Zone
- Grapestomp (always fun)
- Central Market Culinary Pavilion
- Ice Carving
- People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic
Hours and Admission:
- Thursday, Sept 16th – 10 am to 10:30 pm – Free Admission
- Friday, Sept 17th – 10 am to 11:30 pm – Free Admission until 5 pm, then adults are just $8, kids and seniors $5
- Saturday, Sept 18th – 10 am to 11:30 pm – adults are just $8, kids and seniors $5
- Sunday, Sept 19th – 11 am to 6 pm – adults are just $8, kids and seniors $
- *note that kids under 6 years old are always free admission
This is truly a can’t miss event each year. We are looking forward to what will be the best Grapefest yet.
To take a look at any photos or articles from last years Grapefest click here.
For a full list of live music artists, show times, and stages, visit this link to GrapevineTexasUSA.com.
Please check back in before Grapefest as we are certain to post our Grapefest Tips and Tricks article soon.