From the press release:
Registration is underway and we are thrilled this year’s Grapevine Veterans Day Parade will be held on Main Street after outgrowing our previous location at a lakeside park.
This year’s parade is Saturday, November 8th at 9:00 a.m., and will run southbound on Main Street from Wall Street to the train depot just past Hudgins Street.
Come thank Grapevine’s active duty and retired service members this Veterans Day Weekend!
Say thank you by waving from the sidewalks or sign up your children’s group, service group or business to walk or ride in the parade by registering on the parade’s website: http://www.grapevineveteransparade.org
Registration closes Wednesday, October 15. Our parade is limited by time and space, so register early!
“One of our Vietnam veterans was thrilled, he said he never had a return parade back in 1970 due to public opinion. He called Saturday his overdue homecoming.”
– Major Brian Michel, VFW Post 10454 Junior Vice Commander
What: 28th Annual Grapefest
When: September 11, 12, 13, 14
Where: Historic Downtown Grapevine, Texas
How Much: Free Thursday and until 5 pm on Friday, after that $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (62+) and children (6-12)
From the press release:
Largest Wine Festival in the Southwest U.S. – September 11, 12, 13 and 14, 2014 –Highlights Wines from Texas, Washington State and Italy
GRAPEVINE, TEXAS – Take a vintage journey with unique wines, fantastic finds, live entertainment and family-friendly fun at the 28th Annual GrapeFest® – A Wine Experience in Historic Downtown Grapevine September 11, 12, 13 and 14. The four-day festival will feature premium wines from Texas, the state of Washington and high-end premium wines from five of Italy’s wine regions. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a trip to the west coast or Europe to sample wines not normally available in Texas, come to GrapeFest to embark on your wine journey for just a few dollars. For up to the minute schedule and event information, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.
GrapeFest, held along Grapevine’s Historic Main Street, is the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Some of the favorite festival events include the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation; GrapeStomp; the Champagne Terrace; KidsWorld; Palette Pleasers at the Palace; GrapeFest Golf Classic; GrapeFest Tennis Classic; ItalianCarFest; five stages offering live entertainment, the Texas Wine Tribute and much more!
Sample more than 140 Texas varietals from 44 Texas wineries at the People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic, the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the United States. This must-do GrapeFest event is one of the most popular festival activities so get your tickets early. Guests can meet winery representatives and find new favorites among the available varietals. Eleven sessions are held throughout the four-day festival. The winners of the competition will be announced on Sunday, September 14 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $23 and advance purchase is recommended. Guests must be 21 and up.
Why celebrate Texas wine? Texas is the fifth-largest wine producing state in the United States. Named for the wild Mustang grapes that blanketed the land when settlers first arrived to the area in 1844, Grapevine is the headquarters of the Texas Wine Industry. Texas is the site of the first vineyard established in North America circa 1662. As European settlers followed the development of mission outposts, they brought more grapevine cuttings, further developing the industry through the 1800s. Today, Texas is home to nearly 300 wineries and has approximately 4,400 acres of producing vineyard farmland, producing nearly 3 million gallons each year.
Stop by the Washington Wine Pavilion! Known for producing premium wines, the state of Washington is home to thirteen American Viticultural Areas and produces more than 40 varietals. At GrapeFest, sample wines from wineries such as Daven Lore, Windy Point Vineyards and Elevation Cellars, that are not normally distributed in Texas. Or check out wines from Trevari Cellars, one of the wines that Texans routinely enjoy. Washington wineries produce more than 12.5 million cases of wine annually from more than 50,000 acres. Today, Washington’s wine industry grosses more than $8.6 billion annually and the state of Washington is now considered to be the second largest producer of premium wine in the United States. Additional participating Washington wineries will be announced in the coming weeks.
Festival guests will also want to stop by the International Wine Pavilion, featuring a variety of wines from Italy as well as Grapevine’s Sister Cities. Italy is home to 20 wine regions and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has documented more than 350 kinds of grapes grown in Italy. Depending on the vintage, modern Italy is either the largest or second-largest producer of wine in the world. Its contribution is about 45-50 million hectoliters (one hectoliter is equal to 100 liters) per year, and represents about 1/3 of global production. Participating Italian wineries include Aglianico del Vulture, Marchesi Antinori, Beni di Batasiolo and more.
Celebrate the Texas Wine Tribute on Saturday, September 6 at 7 p.m. Each year, this black-tie gala celebrates specially selected Texas wines paired with a four-course dinner. The Texas Wine Tribute will recognize the winner of the annual “Tall in Texas” Award. The “Tall in Texas” Award is presented to an individual winery that has been instrumental in promoting Texas wines and the Texas wine industry. The 2014 “Tall in Texas” Award winner is Becker Vineyards from Stonewall, TX. The Texas Wine Tribute benefits the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Foundation and Metroport Meals On Wheels. Tickets are $125 per person and advance purchase is required.
Get the juices flowing at the annual GrapeStomp competition! Teams of two take turns to stomp approximately 18 pounds of grapes for two minutes. If your team stomps the most juice, you just might qualify to stomp some more at the Grand Champion StompOff on Sunday, with the winners being awarded the coveted “Purple Foot” award, a beautiful glass foot from Grapevine’s Vetro Glassblowing Studio. Entry fee is $5 per person. Special GrapeStomp events include the Senior GrapeStomp at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, September 12 and the Mayoral GrapeStomp on Saturday, September 13 at 11 a.m. A free special stomping area is also available for kids 13 and under.
Dance the night away at the 28th Annual GrapeFest! Five stages are located throughout the festival grounds and will feature more than 90 opportunities for guests to see live music during the four-day festival. Headliners include Johnny Lee, Thursday, September 11; David Cook, Friday, September 12; Dale Watson, Friday, September 12; and Bowling for Soup, Saturday, September 13.
Attend pre- and post-festival fun events including:
– ItalianCarFest, September 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Nash Farm, 626 Ball St.;
– Texas Wine Tribute, Saturday, September 6, Reception at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7 p.m.;
– GrapeFest Wine and Food Pairings and
– GrapeFest Golf Classic, Friday, September 5.
Make plans now to enjoy all of these fun activities during GrapeFest:
– Artisan Vendors;
– Carnival Rides and Midway Games;
– Champagne Cork Shoot-Off, Saturday, September 14, 12:30 p.m.;
– Champagne Terrace;
– Draft & Craft Beers;
– Festival Foods;
– GrapeFest Tennis Classic, presented by Adolphson & Peterson, Friday, September 12, Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14;
– Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower’s Would-Be Train Robbers Nat Barrett and Willy Majors appearing at Noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily;
– The Grapevine Opry Show, Saturday, September 13 at 7:30 p.m.;
– Grapevine Vintage Railroad stationary exhibits featuring “Puffy,” the 1896 steam locomotive and a preview of the 2014 North Pole Express®;
– Grapevine Winery Tours, Saturday, September 13 and Sunday, September 14;
– KidsWorld, featuring LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium and interactive games;
– Palate Pleasers at the Palace culinary events;
– Shopping at the stores in Historic Downtown Grapevine throughout the festival;
– Unlimited Carnival Ride Pass, September 11, 5 p.m. – close. $25 in advance; $30 at the festival;
– Variety of stages featuring more than 90 opportunities to see live entertainment throughout the festival and much, much more!
Discover Grapevine’s hotels during GrapeFest! For information on hotels, packages and where to stay, visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.
The 28th Annual GrapeFest – A Wine Experience will open on Thursday, September 11 at 10 a.m. Admission is free to everyone all day Thursday and until 5 p.m. on Friday. Hours are Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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. For more information, call the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com/GrapeFest.
Meet Captain Barnacles and Kwazii This July
Grapevine, Texas (June, 2014) – 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 Kwazii. The Octonauts adventure starts at SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine, Saturday, July 5 – Sunday, July 20.
The underwater explorers of the Octopod entertain fans with their missions to save sea creatures in trouble and now young adventurers can meet two of their heroes in person. Guests will also have the chance to become an honorary Octonaut for a day, roaming the ocean environments inside SEA LIFE Aquarium to learn about marine life and the importance of conservation.
Daily Octonauts activities include:
· Meet and Greet: Captain Barnacles and Kwazii will be available for photo opportunities with guests in the Cinema. Plus, get an Octonauts sticker! (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
· Scavenger Hunt: take a special undersea mission with an Octonauts fact-finding trail, available at admissions.
· Story Time: discover the latest Octonauts adventures as team members read one of the Octonauts books with fun Octonauts toys, available for purchase in the retail shop. (11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
· Videos: watch select Octonauts episodes in the Cinema.
· Octonauts-themed coloring activities.
This is a free event included in the price of admission to SEA LIFE Aquarium. Book early to secure your tickets. On Wednesday, July 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. annual pass holders are invited for an exclusive breakfast and pajama party with the Octonauts.
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 www.visitsealife.com/grapevine.
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 Aquarium
Grapevine Mills Mall
3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway
Grapevine, Texas 76051
About SEA LIFE Aquarium Grapevine:
SEA LIFE Aquarium 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 www.visitsealife.com/grapevine. Follow us on Facebook: @sealifegrapevine and Twitter: @sealifegrpevine and Instagram: @sealifegrapevine.
The summer fireworks show kicks off this Friday night, May 23rd, at Lake Grapevine. The fireworks show runs every year on Fridays from Memorial Day weekend in May through Labor Day weekend at the end of the summer. The fireworks show starts at 9:30 pm and runs for about 15 minutes.
We recommend the following parks for best viewing:
Rockledge Park – entrance fee required, but has the best view.
Lakeview Park – no fee.
Oak Grove Park – no fee.
The fireworks show is always fun and a great way to enjoy a Friday night on the lake.
This article was brought to you by Lake O’ The Pines – The Best Lake in East Texas.
Main Street Days 2014 – The Craft Brew Experience
When: May 16th through May 18th
The 30th Annual Main Street Days opens Friday, May 16 at 10 am and admission is free until 5 pm.
Festival hours are Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17, 10am-11:30pm and Sunday, May 18, 11am-6pm.
After 5 pm on Friday, adults are $7; children 6-12 and seniors are only $5.
Weekend passes are $15. Souvenir weekend passes are $20.
Free shuttles run continuously from designated parking lots. We will be celebrating “Milestones” and enhancing the craft brew experience. Guests will enjoy three full days of family-friendly festival fun. Visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com for more information on all the activities and the awesome schedule of entertainment.
There are many activities for the family such as watching your kids explore the KidCave, cheering on the masters of the grill at the Grillin’ Competition at the Town Square Gazebo, and enjoying a variety of different stages featuring kids stage shows, museum exhibits and live entertainment on six stages. Make sure to visit the Carnival Midway and enjoy all of the Historic Downtown Grapevine shopping along Main Street.
Enjoy the EPIC Earth Day Experience this Saturday, April 5th, 2014 in downtown Grapevine, Texas. From the press release:
In celebration of national Earth Day April 22 and in conjunction with the annual Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off April 5, Keep Grapevine Beautiful is hosting the EPIC Earth Day Experience on Saturday, April 5, 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the gazebo in historic downtown Grapevine. It will be a day filled with “eco-ordinary” activities, a featured speaker, demonstrations, food and beverages, and live entertainment featuring Michael Clay from Lone Star Attitude.
The keynote speaker for this year’s EPIC Earth Day event is Chad Pregracke, recently named the 2013 CNN Hero of the Year. “Chad is an expert in protecting our resources and wants to share his story with local communities,” said Mary Jo Tellin, executive director of Keep Grapevine Beautiful. Chad will speak at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at Grapevine’s City Hall during the day’s festivities. Reservations are required due to limited seating, so please reserve your seat now.
The day’s eco-friendly festivities begin with a community cleanup of downtown Grapevine as part of the Don’t mess with Texas Trash-Off. This is the signature event for the Great American Cleanup, the nation’s largest community improvement program held annually. The event wraps up in time for participants to hear Pregracke’s first keynote address. The first 100 in attendance will get free grabbers. Sign up for the DMWT event here.
This multi-faceted EPIC event will offer attendees the opportunity to recycle, shop, play, relax, and network with local businesses and community organizations:
•Recycle Alley: Sponsored by Verizon, bring your e-waste from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for recycling: computers, mobile phones, laptops, etc. Free water bottles and totes will go to the first 200 recyclers.
•Vendor Expo: Sponsored by Republic Services, come learn how local businesses are adopting EPIC practices 365 days a year! Also meet your local city and community groups that help preserve the beauty of Grapevine.
•Kid Eco-Play Area: Sponsored by Preservation Tree, this area is a fun way for kids of all ages to learn about creating and living in an EPIC community. First 200 visitors receive free trees.
•KGVB Pavilion Plaza: Learn more about how we keep Grapevine beautiful. Spin the trivia wheel for prizes! A bucket auction will be filled with pricey merchandise. EPIC wear will be for sale, too.
•Hydration Station: Sponsored by James Landscaping and Greenling where fresh bottled water will be handed out all day by Greenling or grab a souvenir cup and fill up.
One of the most unique attractions of the event is the EPIC Eco House, sponsored by Marshall Grain and Factory Builder Stores, which is an interactive home and garden workshop that highlights simple ways to create your own sustainable and economical living space. Attendees will walk through the mock home — that includes a living room, bathroom, kitchen and garage — and learn how they can save money by increasing their energy efficiency and lowering water usage. An outdoor demonstration on rain barrels, mulching, xeriscaping and composting will follow. Free shower timers will go to the first 200 in attendance.
According to Tellin, the purpose of the event is to promote environmental awareness and educational resources that:
•Engage our community to reduce water and energy usage
•Preserve and reclaim natural space
•Influence purchasing choices based on environmental impact
•Cultivate a sustainable earth and air quality
“Grapevine is a vibrant community for many reasons and because of many people. In 2013, volunteer participation was outstanding with thousands volunteering more than 16,000 hours – our community cares,” Tellin states. “From local city groups to small and big businesses, major environmental initiatives and beautification projects have been accomplished. This year’s Earth Day event will showcase this community and all those who are committed to making Grapevine an environmental leader.”
Sponsorships and exhibitor spaces are available. For more information, go to www.kgvb.org or call 817-410-3490.