Fall festivals and musical performances: 11 things to do in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake in September and October

The Monarch Butterfly Festival takes place at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve.

The Monarch Butterfly Festival takes place at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve.

It's a busy time of year as the weather starts to cool. Keep track of area events and festivals with this to-do list.


1. Sept. 12-15—Grapefest


GrapeFest is a long-held annual event with carnival rides, food, wine and beer, activities and live entertainment. 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. (Thur.), 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.), 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Sun.). Free admission (all day Thursday and until 5 p.m. Friday), $5-$8 per person (after 5 p.m. Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday). Main Street, Grapevine. 817-410-3185. www.grapevinetexasusa.com





2. Sept. 13—Find important health information for seniors


The city of Colleyville presents its Senior Health Fair and Expo event. Senior residents can find health information about various topics at this event. It also provides opportunities for low-cost immunizations. 9-11:30 a.m. Free admission. Senior Center, 2512 Glade Road, Colleyville. 817-503-1000. www.colleyville.com





3. Sept. 14—Support the band


The Southlake Community Band performs at the Aria Amphitheater at The Marq Southlake. Guests can bring lawn chairs and blankets for the show. The theme for the concert is “flight.” The band features more than 70 adult amateur musicians who enjoy performing for fun. The Southlake Community Band performs regularly in Southlake and the surrounding area. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive, Southlake. 817-748-8919. www.experiencesouthlaketexas.com





4. Sept. 19—Get to know this famous writer from the 1800s


Broadway and film professional Duffy Hudson performs in a historical theater production about the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. Hudson pulls from biographical information and gives dramatic interpretations of some of Poe’s most notable works, such as “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven.” 6 p.m. Free. Southlake Town Hall, 1400 Main St., third floor, Southlake. 817-748-8243. www.experiencesouthlaketexas.com





5. Sept. 20—See the fall fashions


The September Issue Fashion Show & Luncheon takes place at The Marq Southlake. Attendees can view looks curated by Southlake Town Square retailers. The event will also feature swag bags and pop-up shops. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $75 (per person) $750 (per table of 10). The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks Drive, Southlake. 817-632-8100. www.southlaketownsquare.com





6. Sept. 22-23—Snag some great finds in time for the new school year


Divine Consign is a children’s consignment event that will take place in Grapevine this fall. The space will be set up in a department store-style and will offer clothing, toys, strollers, books, furniture and more. Divine Consign also has a system that holds large items that shoppers cannot carry with them. From 6-9 p.m. Sunday, there will be a half-price sale. Additional sales will be available Monday. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. (Sun.), 9 a.m.-noon (Mon.). Free admission. Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St., Grapevine. 214-384-2716. www.divineconsign.net/grapevine





7. Sept. 27-Oct. 20—Worth the trip


The annual State Fair of Texas is a beloved tradition with carnival rides, food and music. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. (Sun.-Thur.), 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.). $12.50-$16.50 per person (general admission). Free for seniors on Thursdays. Fair Park, 3921 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas. 214-565-9931. www.bigtex.com





8. Sept. 28—Monarch Butterfly Festival


The Monarch Butterfly Festival takes place at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. Activities include a photo booth, scavenger hunt and hikes. 9 a.m.-noon. $3-$5 per person. Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake. 817-748-8955. www.experiencesouthlaketexas.com





9. Oct. 3—Enjoy a sunset with music


Grapevine Parks and Recreation hosts Sunset Live! at the Gardens. At this event, guests can listen to live music, enjoy the sunset and treat themselves to drinks and food with family and friends. The lineup of performers includes The Spazmatics on Thursday; Infinite Journey and Poo Live Crew on Friday; and Me & My Monkey and The Motowners on Saturday. 6-9:30 p.m. Free (general admission), $25 (VIP package). Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park, 411 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-410-3450. www.gograpevine.com





10. Oct. 4-6—Oktoberfest


Oktoberfest is a German-themed festival with food, drinks and music. A popular activity is the wiener dog race. 4-11 p.m. (Fri.) 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sat.) Noon-8 p.m. (Sun.) Free admission. Southlake Town Square, 1400 Main St., Southlake. 817-481-8200. www.southlakechamber.com/oktoberfest-home





11. Oct. 5-6—Spend a night in a tent at this spooky camping experience


The city of Southlake presents a haunted campout at the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. There will be traditional activities and a haunted trail for campers to enjoy. Prizes will be awarded for the spookiest camp setup. It is a fun family event with a Halloween twist. 4 p.m.-9 a.m. $10-$13 per person. Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake. 817-748-8955. www.experiencesouthlaketexas.com




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