Hello Dallas Mamas! I'm so proud to be writing for Today's Mama and hope my blogs are helpful and fun. After reading a few of my blogs, you'll learn a little about me and my family. We love spending our time together and finding cool local events. Born and raised in California, I'm a little celebrity obsessed :-). However, I'm also an avid reader and enjoy art and music. I am a firm believer of seizing every moment, working hard, and becoming the best.

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27th Annual GrapeFest Is Back (Thurs – Sun only)!

We liked Farina's Winery because it was similar to our last name!

We liked Farina’s Winery because it was similar to our last name!

I love this time of year! The weather starts to cool,  the days start to shorten, and it signifies the beginning of another school year for kids. Another reason to love this time of year is GrapeFest.

By no means does Texas have wineries similar to those found in California’s Napa Valley, but it does have a wine festival aptly named GrapeFest. It’s a celebration hosted by the city of Grapevine (a suburb of Dallas and not too far from DFW airport). With a small fee, it grants you access to Main Street. The city  shuts access due to the festivities held there. There’s live music, carnival-type food (funnel cakes, corn dogs, kettle corn) along the street, a midway with rides for the kids, wine for purchase, and GrapeStomping.

Last year, my husband and I were among the hundreds who walked around with a glass of wine in our hands while watching our kids enjoy the various rides in the midway.

Though we didn’t enter the GrapeStomping competition, we took off our shoes and mushed grapes in a barrel (a la “I Love Lucy”). It was a great experience which the kids and I still talk about and look forward to doing once again.


Stomping Grapes at GrapeFest 2012

Stomping Grapes at GrapeFest 2012

If you’re not a fan of big crowds similar to that at The Texas State Fair, this is a great event to attend.

General Information

  • FREE ADMISSION – All day Thursday (10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.) and Friday until 5 p.m.
  • Admission – After 5 p.m. on Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday:
  • Adults – $8
  • Seniors 62+ and Children 6 to 12 – $5
  • Weekend Pass – $18
  • Souvenir Pin – $23

– Ausa Faria



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