Top Things to Do in Grapevine This August

From back-to-school to back in time, Grapevine in August features the perfect back-to-school shopping vacation, classic cars, a historic model train exhibit, a prohibition-era / speakeasy blackjack party, a tribute to Elvis, and more. Check out these experiences and events happening in Grapevine this August for an Insta-worthy end to summer!

Take a Back-to-School Shopping Vacation at Grapevine Mills

Who says back-to-school shopping has to be a chore? At Grapevine Mills you can make it a vacation

As a mall, Grapevine Mills is a mecca for value. Get the most for your dollar with off-price department stores such as Nieman Marcus Last Call, Saks OFF 5th and Macy’s Backstage, and outlet/factory stores for brands such as Adidas, Banana Republic, Coach, Hollister Co., Kate Spade New York, Michael Kors, Nike, Under Armour, Vans and more.


But Grapevine Mills is so much more than a mall – it’s an entertainment paradise! Attractions such as SEA LIFE Grapevine Aquarium, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, Peppa Pig World of Play and Rainforest Café provide hours of delight for younger shoppers. Tweens, teens and parents will find entertainment galore at such venues as AMC Dine-In Grapevine Mills 30, Belong Gaming, Corky's Gaming Bistro, Lunar Mini Golf, Round1 Bowling and Entertainment and The Escape Game.

With just a five-minute walk or one-minute drive from three family-friendly hotels – and just minutes more from several others – Grapevine Mills is the perfect place to turn back-to-school shopping into an end-of-summer vacation. And don’t forget, August 5-7 is a Sales Tax Holiday in Texas!

Celebrate You at House of Shine

Discover new things about yourself and unearth your SHINE at one of the most unique places in Grapevine – House of Shine. Part museum and part experiential lab, House of Shine is packed with interactive exhibits, self-discovery workshops, energizing spaces and conversations with inspiring people – including YOU. By learning what makes you shine, you will discover at least one idea for brightening your corner of the world.

House of Shine

View Classic Cars at Grapevine Cruise Night
Fridays, 6 p.m.

Every Friday evening, you can see classic cars along Grapevine's Main Street. Perfect for car enthusiasts of all ages! Come see some of the greatest car restorations and speak with other car-minded people alike. 

Classic Car Main St Fridays

Discover Local Artists at the Grapevine Artists Show
Now through September 8
Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Immerse yourself into a world of mixed media art at the Grapevine Artists Show in Tower Gallery. Local artists have their works on display and for sale.

2022 Artists Gallery Show

Train-Lovers, Be Mesmerized at the Lone Star Hi-Railers Model Train Exhibit
Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m

In the neighboring Grand Gallery, visitors can view the fabulous Lone Star Hi-Railers Model Train Exhibit featuring a highly detailed diorama with scale models of many of the iconic and historic structures located in Grapevine.

Model Train RRX

Dress Up and Win at a Prohibition-Era Speakeasy Blackjack Party
August 4, 6 – 9 p.m.

Step back in time as Grape Vine Springs Winery recreates the Roaring 20s with a Prohibition/Speakeasy Blackjack Party. Come donned in your favorite flapper fashion or 1920s gangster suit and play blackjack for prizes. Appetizers and drinks are included in this “nefarious” night to remember.

Enjoy Bluegrass at the Settlement
August 6, noon – 1 p.m.; 1 – 4 p.m.

Experience bluegrass music as only Grapevine offers. Presented by the Southwest Bluegrass Club, Bluegrass at the Settlement consists of a performance by local bluegrass artists followed by a participatory open jam session. The event is held at the Settlement to City Museum complex – a collection of 19th-century structures representing Grapevine’s unique history. Guests are invited to explore the museums throughout the event.

Be Reminded That The King Lives – A Salute to Elvis Starring Kraig Parker
August 19, 7:30 p.m.

The world lost the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, 45 years ago – but thanks to Elvis tribute artist entertainers like Kraig Parker, Presley's music will never die. Kraig and his Royal Tribute Band will have you rockin' in the aisles and cheering for more.  With his looks, voice, moves and stage presence, Kraig will sweep you back to Vegas with hits from the 70s. Join us for a tribute to the king that's not to be missed. Elvis has not left the building!

PAC live - kraig parker the king lives




Karen Burhans
Karen Burhans

Karen is the Marketing Research Manager for Visit Grapevine. A California native who now calls Grapevine home, Karen has a passion for family and community, and loves all things Grapevine, especially its people, lake and hiking trails.  Her favorite things to do are laugh and explore life with her two daughters, rescue dog, and Sun Conure.