A stroll down a haunted trail and 6 more things to do in October and November in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake

The city of Colleyville hosts its Haunted Trail Fest, which will feature a costume contest, games and prizes.

The city of Colleyville hosts its Haunted Trail Fest, which will feature a costume contest, games and prizes.

Fall weather is finally here. Here are seven ways to get outside and take part in local festivities.


1. Oct. 19—Float like a butterfly


The Butterfly Flutterby tradition features a butterfly costume parade and a butterfly release. Participants are also invited to enjoy games, activities and refreshments after the parade. Registration for the parade begins at 8:45 a.m. Parade begins at 10 a.m. at intersection of Hudgins and Main streets in Grapevine. Festivities will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball St., Grapevine. Free (admission); activities may have fees. 817-410-3185. www.grapevinetexasusa.com/events/butterfly-flutterby





2. Oct. 19—Embrace the Fall weather


Nash Farm hosts its 19th annual Fall Round-Up, which features an agriculture expo, campfire cooking demos, pumpkin patch, pie-making, pony rides, carnival games and seasonal activities. Some activities may require coupons.10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (admission). Nash Farm, 626 Ball St., Grapevine. 817-410-3185. www.grapevinetexasusa.com/nash-farm/events/fall-roundup






3. Oct. 19—Get excited for Halloween


The city of Colleyville hosts its Haunted Trail Fest, which will feature a costume contest, games and prizes. Staff will be handing out free pumpkins for every child until supplies run out. There will be refreshments for sale. 6-9 p.m. Free (admission). Colleyville Nature Center, 100 Mill Wood Drive, Colleyville. 817-503-1000. www.colleyville.com





4. Oct. 26—Take in the autumn air and natural beauty


Families can visit the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve to enjoy the fall weather, foods, music and storytelling on the nature trail. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake. 817-748-8955. www.experiencesouthlaketexas.com





5. Oct. 26—Enjoy a night out while supporting a good cause


The Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange, or GRACE, hosts a gala, featuring silent and live auctions and dinner. There will also be a raffle to win a trip to Hawaii. Proceeds will be used to provide necessities and medical care for individuals and families in need. 5:30 p.m.-midnight. $375 (per person), $50 (per raffle ticket). Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. 817-488-7009. www.gracegala.com





6. Oct. 30—Find new career path options at a job fair


Hosted by the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce, the NTX Regional Job Fair is a great resource for job seekers. In the past, the job fair has featured more than 1,000 job openings from various companies in the area and out of state. Interested attendees can register through Eventbrite. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (admission). Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St., Grapevine. 817-481-1522. www.grapevinechamber.org





7. Nov. 9—Honor our heroes


The Grapevine Veterans Day Parade honors the men and women who have served in the armed forces. The parade will end at the Veterans Fair area where various veterans assistance organizations will be present in booths. There will also be live music and complimentary food. 10 a.m.-noon. Free (admission). Intersection of Hudgins and Main streets in Grapevine (parade begins). www.grapevineveteransparade.org


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