September 2009, Events in Grapevine, Texas


As summer comes to an end, and as kids start back to school, it reminds us that Fall is right around the corner. And in Grapevine, the arrival of Fall brings the largest wine festival in the Southwest. GrapeFest™ will be held September 17, 18, 19 and 20 in Historic Downtown Grapevine. It is four full days of family-friendly festival fun! The arrival of Fall in Grapevine also brings many other events, all which demonstrate why Grapevine is the premier destination in North Texas.


Grapevine’s 23rd annual GrapeFest™ — Lone Star Grown, Internationally Known™ — will once again celebrate the best of Texas wine September 17, 18, 19 and 20. Come enjoy award-winning wine and culinary treats perfectly paired with the fun and excitement of Historic Downtown Grapevine at the largest wine festival in the Southwest. Voted one of the Top 100 Events in the USA and Canada for 2009 by the American Bus Association, this year’s GrapeFest™ will entice wine and culinary enthusiasts from around the world to gather for an event-filled weekend rich in character and tradition.

TWT(3)Texas Wine Tribute
September 19
Hilton DFW Lakes
6:30 p.m
Tickets are still available!
A gourmet gala is the ultimate salute to award-winning Texas wines and wineries. This black-tie gala includes dazzling presentations of gourmet food paired with award-winning Texas wines.  Dan Henry, weatherman on KDFW Fox 4 News, will be the evening’s emcee.  Join us for the Texas Wine Tribute dinner at the Hilton DFW Lakes from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.  Tickets are $125 per person.  Advance ticket purchase is required.


GolfcourseGrapeFest Golf Classic
September 11
Grapevine Municipal Golf Course
7 a.m. check-in; 8 a.m. shotgun start
This fun-for-everyone 2-Man Shamble is only $85 per player. Registration fee includes golf cart, continental breakfast and lunch.  Join in on this new tradition.


September 12
Nash Farm – 626 Ball St.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
ItalianCarFest returns to Grapevine, Texas! The Italian Car Club of the Southwest is proud to once again present ItalianCarFest, the finest show of all-Italian vehicles in the Southwest. There will be 100 classic automobiles and two-wheelers on display.


Vintners-Auction(2)Vintners’ Auction Classic
September 12
Grapevine Convention Center
6:30 p.m.
The Vintners’ Auction Classic is a premier live and silent auction that draws a large crowd of supporters each year. This year’s Vintners’ Auction will feature a BarBQues Galore Grand Turbo 52 Gas Grill.  Tickets are only $25 per person and include wine and food.


MissGrapevineMiss Grapevine and Miss Teen Grapevine Pageant
September 13
Palace Theatre
5:30 p.m.
Whether you want to become a doctor, an accountant, or an architect, the Miss America Organization provides the opportunity to help many young women achieve their long-term goals. You may find many of these fine women vying for the title of 2010 Miss Grapevine and Miss Teen Grapevine. Tara Watson, Miss America 2000, will host the Grapevine pageant.  Among the panel of judges for the pageant sits eligible bachelor Jake Pavelka, a contestant from the most recent season of The Bachelorette.  Pavelka, 31, is a commercial pilot from Dallas, Texas and is known for being “too perfect”.  The Miss Grapevine and Miss Teen Grapevine Pageant are local preliminaries of the Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Pageants.


September 17, 18, 19 & 20
GrapeFest™ Lone Star Grown Internationally Known™
Historic Downtown Grapevine

Exciting GrapeFest features include:
Grapevine Winery Tasting Room Tours
Buick® People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic
Grapevine Golf Classic
Vintners’ Auction
International Wine Garden
Texas Wine Tribute Dinner
Culinary Pavilion
Live Music on Six Stages
Great Food
Arts & Crafts Booths
Carnival & Midway Games
Train Mini Excursions
Much, much more!

Thursday:  10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday:  10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Sunday:  11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Adults: $8
Weekend Pass: $18
Seniors 62+ & Children 6 – 12: $5
Souvenir Weekend Pass:  $23
Children 5 & under:  Free

Free Admission:
All day Thursday and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday

Unlimited Carnival Ride Pass
Thursday:  5 p.m. – close – $25 advance purchase online, $30 at the carnival.  Restrictions apply.  See the Web site for full details.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad

Grapevine Vitnage RailroadFridays, Saturdays and Sundays
1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Grapevine Vintage Railroad travels along the historic Cotton Belt Route between Grapevine and the Fort Worth Stockyards. The railroad is serviced by two vintage locomotives which include “Puffy” the 1896 steam locomotive and oldest continuously operating steam engine in the South, and a 1953 GP-7 diesel locomotive.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children, and $18 for seniors.

September 7
Labor Day Train
You work hard all year long. Enjoy your day off from laboring and hop aboard the train for a relaxing trip down the rails. This special Monday train operates on September 7 on the same schedule as the regular weekend train runs.

September 13
Grandparents’ Day
Treat Grandma and Grandpa for some great fun on the train. Create some great memories with all of the generations of your family. All grandparents ride for free on September 13 when accompanied by a grandchild.

September 26
Murder Mystery Train

6:15 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
$80 per person
A vintage train ride, a delicious buffet dinner, and a side-splitting, Old West “whodunnit” – a great way to spend an evening! Fallen Angel is the title for this particular event. Tickets for the Murder Mystery train can be purchased online. For group reservations please call 817.410.3123.

Grapevine Vintage Railroad annual passes are now available for purchase online or at the Visitor Information Center.

Our recently-restored Caboose is the perfect addition to a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad. This air-conditioned car is great for parties of 12 or fewer people. Whether it’s for a child’s birthday party or girls getaway weekend, this private coach is a great way to travel the rails.

First Friday Film Series at the Palace Theatre

ANApocalypse Now (1979)
September 4
7:30 p.m.

Two Academy Awards — Six Nominations including Best Picture.   Starring Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen & Robert Duvall Apocalypse Now is an American war epic. It tells the tale of Army Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) who is sent into the jungle to assassinate Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has gone AWOL and is believed to be insane. This film shows the absurdity and futility of war and what it takes to win a war.

For the First Friday Film Series at the Palace, we are offering $2.50 off each ticket with the show of a same-day receipt from a Grapevine merchant or restaurant.

LIVE! At the Palace

DelCastillo(1)Del Castillo
September 11
7:30 p.m.

Opening the 2009 Fall Season is a symbol of the cross-cultural power of music with their blend of Flamenco, Rock, Latin, Blues and World music.  Billboard Magazine said “…Del Castillo rocks righteously.  They pull together Latin music’s romance and rock’s grit.”  A hit at the 2009 South by Southwest music festival.  Dont’ miss the Live! At the Palace Concert Series official kick-off concert!  Reserved seating tickets are $20 and $15.

9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Ceremonies

911Memorial2Lowering of the Flag
September 11
7:30 a.m.

Candlelight Vigil
September 11
8 p.m.

Join members of 9/11 Flight Crew Memorial Foundation, as they honor the firefighters, police officers and flight crew members who lost their lives on that tragic day. There will be two separate remembrances. The first will be a “Lowering of the Flag” ceremony at 7:30 a.m. where the flags at the memorial will be lowered to half staff. The other will be a Candlelight Vigil at 8 p.m. where images of those lost will be shown, as participants raise candles in remembrance. The memorial is located at 1000 Texan Trail.

The Master of the Mind

David Magee
September 24, October 1, 8, 16
7:30 p.m.
Palace Theatre

Continuously acclaimed as one of America’s Top Sleight of Hand Artists and manipulators of the human mind, David Magee’s talents have taken him around the world. His many national television appearances have left audiences and talk show hosts asking the question he hears the most, “How is this possible?” Las Vegas’ own Johnny Thompson produces the show. The consultant and show designer has written, developed and provided material for magicians and illusionists like Siegfried and Roy, Penn and Teller, Doug Henning and Lance Burton.

Tickets on sale soon…

Grapevine Opry – In the Palace Theatre

Larry-Nance(1)One of the premier live country music shows in the nation, the Grapevine Opry has established a tradition of excellence seldom equaled for this type of show in the country music industry. With one of the most acclaimed house bands in the Southwest, the high energy, spontaneous format of every show perfectly compliments the truly great music for which the venue is known.
The Grapevine Opry, Texas’ Premier Country Music Variety Showcase performs at 7:30 p.m. every Saturday night – special theme shows every month. The Gospel Showcase is every fourth Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.

Grapevine Convention Center

Grapevine Convention Center

Texas Coin Show
Friday, September 18 – 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, September 19 – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, September 20 – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Admission: $2, free parking.  Sign up to win three gold door prizes.  Browse numismatic supplies and we always have 24-hour police security.
For more information call 214-535-3465 or email:

Metroplex Camera Show
Saturday, September 26 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 27 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
A weekend camera show that is open to the public! Adults $5, children under 12 enter free with adult.

The Grapevine Convention Center is located at 1209 S. Main St. Prices for shows vary, visit for the most up-to-date information.

Free Fireworks Friday
September 4 at 9:30 p.m.
Thursdays & Saturdays
Grapevine Market
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Thursdays & Saturdays
Farmers Market
8:00 a.m. – sell-out
September 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19 & 20, 2009
October 10
Nash Farm Fall Round-Up
October 17
Butterfly Flutterby
November and December
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