Make plans now to visit Grapevine to enjoy all the fun and festivities throughout 2012

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE GRAPEVINE ANNOUNCES 2012 FESTIVAL AND EVENT DATES
Make plans now to visit Grapevine to enjoy all the fun and festivities throughout 2012
GRAPEVINE, TX (March 6, 2012) - Known for an incredible variety of festivals and events celebrating special occasions and the city's heritage, Grapevine offers something for all types of travelers and locals alike in 2012. From chocolate lovers to history buffs to wine aficionados and more, Grapevine visitors will enjoy a multitude of activities and events and discover the wonderful charm and sophistication of Grapevine. Below is a listing of Grapevine's 2012 festivals and events.

? 8th Annual ChocolateFest, March 9 - 10: This annual fundraising event benefits Travelers Aid D/FW, an organization committed to assisting individuals and families who are in transition, in crisis or who are separated from their normal support systems and are facing a travel related crisis. On Friday, March 9, experience An Evening of Chocolate and Wine featuring chocolates, wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at La Buena Vida Vineyards. Tickets are $50 per person. Advance purchase is required. On Saturday, March 10, don't miss A Day of Chocolate & Art featuring chocolates, cooking demonstrations, art exhibits and sales at the Palace Art Center in Historic Downtown Grapevine from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. $15 per person; under 7, $5. ? Grapevine Market, April 12 - October 20 and Grapevine Farmers Market, March 22 - October 20: The open-air Grapevine Market makes its seasonal return on Thursday, April 12, and opens every Thursday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. until October 20. Find an eclectic array of items including the finest handmade jewelry, distinctive home décor, quality antiques, and more. The Grapevine Farmers Market features produce from locally owned vendors and opens Thursdays - Saturdays, March 22 - October 20, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

? Jazz Wine Trains, March 30 - 31, presented by Park Place Motorcars, Grapevine: There's nothing like good jazz, fine wine and a trip back in time on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. The one-of-a-kind wine tasting experience features live Jazz entertainment, dinner and samplings of Grapevine wines. Tickets $55 per person.

? 20th Annual Blessing of the Vines and New Vintage Wine & Gallery Trail, April 14, presented by Park Place Motorcars, Grapevine: Enjoy an abundance of fun-filled activities the ceremonial Blessing of the Vines and new vintage wines, an art show and the captivating wine trail. On Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m., head to Delaney Vineyards for Blessing of the Vines, a 400-year old custom to ensure robust vines and savory grapes. Admission is free. And throughout Grapevine from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., visit each of Grapevine's wineries and sample the new vintage releases. Enjoy live entertainment and food at each winery. Tickets $49 per person.

? Day Out with ThomasTM, April 13, 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22: Day Out With Thomas is a family event that offers aspiring engineers and their families the unique opportunity to take a ride with the classic storybook engine, Thomas the Tank EngineTM on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. Activities include a train ride, storytelling and video viewing, temporary tattoos of Island of Sodor friends, and an Imagination Station with arts, crafts and more. Guests will also have the opportunity to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Controller of the Railway on the Island of Sodor. Tickets $18.

? 11th Annual Spring Into Nash Farm, April 21: Spring into Nash Farm and experience heritage toys, kitchen gardening, cotton planting, Grapevine-Colleyville Future Farmers of America animals, tractor-drawn wagon rides, field cultivation, wood carving demonstrations, jump rope making, cooking demonstrations on a wood burning stove and blacksmith demonstrations. This event is open to the public and handicap accessible. For more information, call (800) 457-6338.

? 28th Annual Main Street Days, May 18, 19 and 20: Grab a slice of summer in the heart of Historic Downtown Grapevine! Taste wines and premium craft beers from around the world. Savor the Pizza Piazza, indulge in other tantalizing festival foods and enjoy non-stop entertainment at this fun-filled festival perfect for the entire family. Admission is $7 (free before 5 p.m. on Friday).

? 4th Annual SummerBlast, May 25 - September 3: Who says summer days are lazy? Grapevine's summer is jam-packed with events while you take advantage of hot hotel deals. From fantastic fireworks to spectacular shopping, wonderful wine trails and poolside relaxation, you'll find the perfect ways to spend your summer days in Grapevine. Fireworks happen every Friday night at 9:30 p.m. over Lake Grapevine. And don't miss the special 30th anniversary fireworks show on July 4th.

? 26th Annual GrapeFest®, September 13, 14, 15 and 16: Join wine novices and connoisseurs at the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Sample award-winning Texas wines, take the kids on carnival rides, enjoy sensational live music, attend the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic (the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation), the Tennis Classic, the Vintner's Auction, the Texas Wine Tribute Dinner, enjoy delicious festival food and more. Don't forget to GrapeStomp! Admission is $8 per person (free Thursday through Friday at 5 p.m.).
? 12th Annual Nash Farm Fall Round-Up, October 20: Fall is the season for harvesting the fruits of your labor. Activities include jump rope making, leather working, wood carving, blacksmith demonstrations, wood stove cooking demonstration, cotton picking, corn shelling and grinding, farm chores, heritage toys, kitchen gardening and corn shuck doll making. This event is open to the public and handicap accessible

? 15th Annual Butterfly Flutterby, October 20: Come celebrate the southern migration of the Monarch butterflies. Guests can help release more than 600 butterflies three times throughout the event. Children and pets are invited to participate in the colorful Butterfly Parade down Main Street and ending at the Train Depot and all parade participants, children and pets, can also participate in the costume contest. Free admission.

? Christmas Capital of Texas®, November 2012 - January 2013: There's no better place to spend Christmas than in the Christmas Capital of Texas! Grapevine is the essence of Christmas décor, as the city is blanketed with millions of lights, enormous decorations, animated characters and more than 1,400 events in 40-plus days. Events include North Pole Express®, Christmas on Main, ICE! and Lone Star Christmas at the Gaylord Texan Resort, Light Show Spectacular, Carol of Lights, Parade of Lights, Santa's Wonderland, Snowland at the Great Wolf Lodge, Grapevine Opry's Christmas Shows, Christmas musicals at the Historic Palace Theatre, Christmas Wine Trains and after Christmas Train Rides.

For tickets or more information regarding Grapevine's festivals and events, please contact the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-457-6338 or 817-410-3185 or visit www.GrapevineTexasUSA.com.
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