Animatronic dinosaurs and armadillo races: 9 things to do in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake in March and April

Guests can travel back to prehistoric times and come face to face with life-size, animatronic dinosaurs at Jurassic Gardens and Dinos After Dark. (Courtesy Grapevine Department of Parks and Recreation)
Guests can travel back to prehistoric times and come face to face with life-size, animatronic dinosaurs at Jurassic Gardens and Dinos After Dark. (Courtesy Grapevine Department of Parks and Recreation)

Guests can travel back to prehistoric times and come face to face with life-size, animatronic dinosaurs at Jurassic Gardens and Dinos After Dark. (Courtesy Grapevine Department of Parks and Recreation)

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The Great Taste of Grapevine features more than 25 local food vendors. (Courtesy Grapevine Chamber of Commerce)
Updated 10:45 a.m. March 12:

Celebrate Southlake, originally scheduled for March 20-22, has been postponed due to concerns surrounding the novel coronavirus, the city announced in an email. The event will be rescheduled for later this year, if possible.

Published March 10:

There are several major events taking place in the coming weeks in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake. Stay busy with this roundup of things to do.

March 20: City Slickers Casino Night


The Colleyville Chamber of Commerce’s City Slickers event features a live band, a Texas barbecue buffet, a silent auction, casino games and armadillo races. 6:30 p.m. (doors open). $75 (includes two beverage tickets and $2,000 in casino chips). Austin Ranch, 2009 Anderson Gibson Road, Grapevine. 817-488-7148. www.colleyvillechamber.org/events-calendar/city-slickers-casino-night

March 20-22: Celebrate Southlake

This weekend event promotes diversity with a community dinner and free live entertainment as well as family activities. Performances from different cultures will be showcased. 5-8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 1-3 p.m. (Sun.) Free. The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive, Southlake. 817-748-8019. www.experiencesouthlaketexas.com/396/celebrate-southlake

March 21-April 5: Jurassic Gardens. Dinos After Dark

The Jurassic Gardens interactive walk-through exhibit hands-on activities and fossils. Dinos After Dark offers night-time hours for the exhibit on Fridays and Saturdays and dinosaur films. Jurassic Gardens: Noon-6 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.), 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) Dinos After Dark: 7-10 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.) $10. Free to children ages 2 and younger. Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park, 411 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-410-3450. www.gograpevine.com/event/jurassicgardens

March 22: 23rd Annual Fashion Show and Benefit

The National Charity League’s Southlake Chapter presents this annual event that includes refreshments and a silent auction leading up to a fashion show and entertainment. Proceeds will benefit 14 local charities. 2:30-6 p.m. $78. Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst. https://southlake.nationalcharityleague.org/fashionshow/

March 22: Colleyville/Grapevine Eats Shoot & Sample

The event from social media groups Colleyville Eats and Grapevine Eats combines food and firearms with live chef demos and 13 area restaurants serving samples of signature dishes. 1-4 p.m. $10 (food only), $30 (food and shooting experience). Texas Gun Experience, 1901 S. Main St., Grapevine. www.facebook.com/events/s/colleyvillegrapevine-eats-shoot/724746557933633

March 22: Barber Shop Brahms

The Texas Chamber Music project will feature Charlie Chaplin’s classic film, “The Great Dictator,” accompanied by the orchestra and Brahms Hungarian Rhapsody. Thomas Connely will conduct other works by Grieg, Mendelssohn, and Vaughn Williams. Chris Mattaliano will be featured on violin. 3-5 p.m. $10 (students), $15 (seniors and Apex members), $20 (adults). White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 S. White Chapel Blvd., Southlake. 682-651-5026. www.apexartsleague.com

March 22: First Grapevine Community Pet Blessing

Tween Ministries of First Grapevine Methodist Church presents this event led by local reverends. Ribbons will be awarded for the best-dressed pet, best-behaved pet, most unusual pet and best trick by a pet. 1:30-3 p.m. Free. First Grapevine, 455 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-481-2559. www.firstgrapevine.org/petblessing

April 3: Lunch with the Girlz

The Colleyville Woman’s Club presents its 35th annual fashion show and luncheon benefit, which serves as the club’s largest fundraiser. The event features couture and ready-to-wear styles. 10:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. $125. Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive, Hurst. 817-358-1805. www.c-w-c.org

April 9: The Great Taste of Grapevine

A smorgasbord of food from various restaurants will be offered at this Grapevine Chamber of Commerce event. Guests can enjoy a complimentary drink as they taste food from at least 20 local restaurants. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10 (age 12 or younger), $30 (early bird/online), $40 (door). Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, 1800 SH 26, Grapevine. 817-481-1522. www.grapevinechamber.org

Find more or submit Grapevine, Colleyville, and Southlake events at communityimpact.com/event-calendar. Event organizers can submit local events online to be considered for the print edition. Submitting details for consideration does not guarantee publication.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.