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!
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.