Every year, Grapevine hosts some of the best events and festivals in Texas. The lineup includes wine festivals, craft brew events, Grapevine Vintage Railroad excursions, Christmas takeovers in Historic Downtown Grapevine and more. Mark your calendars now for some of Grapevine's most anticipated events and festivals in 2018.
Sweetheart Wine Trail
February 10 & 11
Romance the day away with someone special along the Sweetheart Wine Trail in Grapevine. Featuring three tastings and food samplings at seven participating Grapevine winery tasting rooms and a souvenir wine glass, this is a unique and festive way to celebrate Cupid’s arrow.
Jazz Wine Trains
March 23 & 24
For two nights every spring, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad hosts Jazz Wine Trains. During the three-hour train excursions, riders get to try different wine varieties from wineries and tasting rooms along Grapevine's Urban Wine Trail. They're also treated to live jazz entertainment, food and desserts, all aboard the 1920s-era train coaches.
Day Out With ThomasTM
April 13 -15, 20 - 22
Each spring, the famed storybook railroad engine, Thomas the Tank EngineTM, rolls into Grapevine and hooks up to the Grapevine Vintage Railroad for Day Out With ThomasTM, an annual family-friendly event that takes place over the course of two weekends. Parents with children who love Thomas & Friends® can purchase tickets to ride with the beloved blue engine. The event features a 25-minute train ride, as well as storytelling, live music, and arts and crafts. The railway controller Sir Topham Hatt is also on hand to greet tiny engineers.
26th Annual Blessing of the Vines and New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail
For centuries, Old World grape growers marked the beginning of the growing season with the ceremonial Blessing of the Vines and this tradition continues in Grapevine. After the Blessing of the Vines, enjoy the New Vintage Wine and Gallery Trail, featuring tastings, food samplings and beautiful works of art.
17th Annual Spring Into Nash
Celebrate life on the farm like Grapevine’s earliest settlers. Held at Grapevine’s historic Nash Farm, the event features heritage toys, kitchen gardening, cotton planting, authentic heritage animal breeds, tractor-drawn wagon rides, field cultivation, wood carving demonstrations, jump rope making, cooking demonstrations on a wood burning stove and blacksmith demonstrations.
34th Annual Main Street Fest
May 18, 19 and 20
Enjoy three days of craft brew tastings, food, live entertainment, wine and family-friendly fun. The event coincides with American Craft Beer Week and features Texas brews and regional craft beers. Other event highlights include cask tappings, pairing dinners, and wine tastings in the Texas Wine Terrace. Entertainment areas include the Carnival with rides for kids and adults, the Midway featuring competitive games, and KidCave, a children's entertainment zone with a LEGO-building competition, sea creature touch pool and much more.
10th Annual SummerBlast
May 25 - September 3
Some events don't last a single day or weekend; they go on all summer long. Grapevine's SummerBlast is a series of events that take place from Memorial Day through Labor Day, with family adventure as the focus. The Grapevine Vintage Railroad has a series of fun summer events, including day-trip excursions to the Fort Worth Stockyards. If you're looking for water activities for you and your kids, Gaylord Texan Resort and Great Wolf Lodge both have pools, slides and lazy rivers-both indoors and outdoors. "The perfect end to a SummerBlast adventure is the fireworks over Lake Grapevine," writes Texas Highways. Fireworks go off every Friday night at 9:30 p.m. over the 8,000-acre lake with viewing locations peppered throughout local lakeside parks, as well as the top of the parking garage deck at Gaylord Texan Resort.
32nd Annual GrapeFest®
September 13, 14, 15 and 16
The Southwest's largest wine festival takes place every September in Historic Downtown Grapevine. GrapeFest includes fan favorites like the People's Choice Wine Tasting Classic, GrapeStomp, GrapeFest Golf Classic, GrapeFest Tennis Classic, and gourmet food and wine pairings. The event also includes chef demonstrations, festival foods, live entertainment throughout the festival, the Carnival and Midway, and more. "This is your chance to play sommelier and stick your snout into glass after glass of the good stuff," writes Texas Monthly. "An entirely different skill set is necessary, however, to win the Champagne Cork Shoot-Off or the GrapeStomp, in which teams of two have 120 seconds to squish eighteen pounds of grapes."
18th Annual Fall Round-Up
Celebrate fall on the farm. 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, corn shuck doll making and the last butterfly release following Butterfly Flutterby.
21st Annual Butterfly Flutterby
Flap your wings with the southern migration of the Monarch butterfly at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens. Guests help release more than 700 tagged butterflies during three scheduled releases throughout the event. Children and pets are invited to participate in the colorful Butterfly Parade and in the costume contest.
Christmas Capital of Texas®
November 2018 - January 2019
Grapevine turns into winter wonderland every year at Christmastime with a series of events (1,400 events, to be exact) that take place in the 40 days of the Christmas Capital of Texas experience. "Grapevine may just be the most wholesome place to celebrate Christmas," writes USA Today. Want indoor tubing and ice slides? You can find that at Gaylord Texan Resort. Christmas wine trains that feature wines from along the Grapevine Urban Wine Trail? The Grapevine Vintage Railroad can accommodate. The Christmas season also has nightly light shows, a lighted boat parade, waterpark Santa visits, Christmas dinner theater and the North Pole Express® train ride for kids. And during Christmas season in Grapevine, snow is guaranteed. A full list of all the Grapevine Christmas events can be found here.
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