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

Thomas The Train 2015 in Grapevine Texas

Thomas The Train 2015 in Grapevine Texas

It is that time of year when Thomas the Tank Engine makes his annual visit to Grapevine, Texas.  For two weekends in April you and your family can enjoy a ride on Thomas the Train.

When:  April 10, 11, 12 and April 17, 18, 19, 2015

Where:  Grapevine Vintage Railroad

705 S. Main Street, Grapevine Texas

What:  A Day Out With Thomas the Train

The rides on the train are roughly 25 minutes.  Advanced ticket purchase is suggested as these rides typically sell out.  There are plenty of other fun activities around the train depot including arts and crafts, temporary tattoos, live music, and other Thomas the Train themed activities.

You can reserve your tickets here.

This is another wonderful family friendly event in Grapevine, Texas.  Come out and enjoy all this city has to offer!

SeaLife Grapevine Announces Rain Forest Adventure Addition

SeaLife Grapevine Announces Rain Forest Adventure Addition

From the press release:

Newly Transformed Galleries Offer Close Encounters With Crocodiles, Piranha and Anaconda

Grapevine, Texas (March 10, 2015) – Construction has started on the new 3,500-square-foot Rainforest Adventure scheduled to open this summer at SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium. The new permanent exhibit takes guests to the lush environment of the world’s rainforests where they will encounter brand new species to SEA LIFE, including crocodiles, piranha, anaconda and more.

The five-gallery display replaces the freshwater lakes exhibit and spotlights a variety of animals native to exotic locations from around the world. Unique features include a piranha walk-through tunnel, a domed pop-up tank in the middle of the anaconda cave, and touch tanks with fish and invertebrates.

Guests begin their journey through the rainforest where rays of light shine through mist and the forest canopy. In the Amazonian rivers gallery, freshwater fish swim amongst twisted roots, tree stumps and lush planting. The caiman exhibit takes visitors to an abandoned ancient temple reclaimed by the forest and crocodiles. Next, visitors of all ages get an up-close view of piranha as they swim overhead in the 40-foot walk through tunnel. In the anaconda cave is a domed pop-up tank where kids can observe the intriguing lifestyle of the world’s largest species of snake. Upon exiting the rainforest, guests will discover the newly re-imagined rock pools where they can touch and learn about coldwater fish and invertebrates native to the Pacific Northwest.

“This is the biggest investment we’ve made since our opening in 2011,” says Iain Scouller, Regional General Manager SEA LIFE Grapevine. “The new Rainforest Adventure exhibit will recreate extraordinary natural environments with exciting architectural elements, creating a highly immersive experience for visitors.”

 

SEA LIFE Grapevine is located at 3000 Grapevine Mills Parkway, Grapevine, Texas 76051. For more information visit www.visitsealife.com/grapevine or call 817-819-7677.

 

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 www.visitsealife.com/grapevine.  Follow us on Facebook: @sealifegrapevine Twitter: @sealifegrpevine and Instagram: @sealifegrpevine.

2015 Festivals and Events in Grapevine

2015 Festivals and Events in Grapevine

One of the things Grapevine is famous for is all the wonderful festivals and events each year.  There are plenty more festivals than Main Street Days and Grapefest.  We list them all below.  Mark your calendars now!  (Or just bookmark this page and come back throughout the year!)

Jazz Wine Trains
Cotton Belt Depot
March 20 & 21, Boarding begins at 6:40 pm

Day Out With Thomas
Grapevine Vintage Railroad
April 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, & 19

Blessing of the Vines and New Vintage Wine & Gallery Trail
Throughout Grapevine
April 11, 11 am – 5 pm

Silly String Junior’s Regatta
Lake Grapevine
April 11 & 12

Spring into Nash Farm
Nash Farm
April 18, 10 am – 2 pm

ChocolateFest
Austin Ranch
April 24, 7 pm – 10 pm & April 25, 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Grapevine’s Main Street Fest

Historic Downtown Grapevine
May 15, 16, & 17SummerBlast
Throughout Grapevine
May 22 – September 7

Friday Night Fireworks
over Lake Grapevine
May 22 & 29
June 5, 12, 19 & 26
July 10, 17, 24 & 31
August 7, 14, 21 & 28
September 4

July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza
over Lake Grapevine
July 4, 9:30 pm

Grapevine Farmers Market
Town Square Gazebo
April 9 – October 17
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays
8 am -4 pm

Grapevine Market
Liberty Park
April 9 – October 17
Thursdays & Saturdays
9 am – 2 pm

Grapefest

Historic Downtown Grapevine
September 17, 18, 19 & 20

Lakefest
Silver Lake Marina Park
October 3

Sunset Concert Series
Grapevine Botanical Gardens
October 3, 10 & 17

Butterfly Flutterby
Grapevine Botanical Gardens
October 17, 10 am – 2 pm

Nash Farm Fall Round-Up
Nash Farm
October 17, 10 am – 2 pm

Grapeyard & Aftermath
Meadowmere Park
October 23 & 24

Hallo-Wine Trail
Historic Downtown Grapevine
October 24, 11 am – 5 pm

Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in Grapevine, Texas

Mi Dia - Grapevine TexasGrapevine, Texas is called the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” We are still not sure why since living in and visiting Grapevine really has nothing to with Christmas. Be that as it may, we think a more appropriate name would be to call Grapevine the “Mexican Food Capital of Texas.” With only 50,000 residents and an abundance of Mexican Restaurants to choose from, Grapevine is absolutely engorged in Mexican food.

Welcome to Grapevine, the “Mexican Food Capital of Texas.” Now that has a nice ring to it!

We give you our list of the Top 10 Mexican Restaurants in Grapevine right here. Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up.

10. So-Cal Tacos

So Cal Tacos is a new entrant to the Mexican food scene in Grapevine. While the menu may be small, the tacos are delicious. We love the Gamechanger.

9. Burritos Locos

If you are looking for classic Mexican dishes in a very casual atmosphere, Burritos Locos is an excellent choice. For the food alone, they make our top 10.

8. Pappasito’s Cantina

Yes, there is a Pappasito’s in Grapevine. It is in the airport in Terminal A. This is within the city of Grapevine and it counts for our list. The food is excellent as you would expect even in an airport.

7. El Fenix

El Fenix has great Tex-Mex here along with very good margaritas. Enjoy, because you cannot go wrong here.

6. Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo has good fajita’s and great queso. They are in the top 10 Mexican restaurants for certain.

5. Uncle Julio’s

Uncle Julio’s margaritas are worthy of the top 5 by themselves. They used to be higher on the list, but seem to be getting more and more “corporate.” Some of the new menu items have been a bit of a letdown.

4. El Taco H

If you love hole in the wall places, El Taco H is for you. Excellent tacos and burritos and atmosphere. Enjoy!

3. Baja Mexican Grill

Grapevine, TexasNext door to El Taco H, Baja Mex Grill is a delightfully fun Mexican restaurant. For our money, these are the best margaritas around.

2. Mi Dia from Scratch

Mi Dia is quickly making a name for itself on Main Street in Grapevine. The food is on par with the best Mexican food you will find anywhere. The patio in the spring or fall is the best in Grapevine.

1. Esparza’s Restaurante Mexicano

Esparza’s is a Grapevine favorite. With great happy hour specials, a wonderful atmosphere near downtown Grapevine, and some of the best Mexican food around, Esparza’s cannot be topped in Grapevine.

Did we get any of them wrong or leave any out? Let us know below.

By the way, we hear there is a new restaurant coming in to the old home of Macaroni Grill off of Hwy 114.  Maybe it will be a Mexican Restaurant since Grapevine needs some more of those.  😉

Grapefest 2014


Grapefest, Grapevine Texas

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.