Northeast Tarrant

Celebrate family-friendly fun in Grapevine Oct. 18

On Oct. 18, Grapevine will be the center of fall fun in North Texas with a pumpkin full of family-friendly activities.

Start your day at the 17th Annual Butterfly Flutterby. Celebrating the migration of the monarch butterfly, the day begins with a Butterfly Costume Parade. The parade route will start at East Wall and Jenkins streets (across from City Hall) and end at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park.

Children and pets are invited to wear their favorite butterfly costume for the parade. Registration for the Costume Parade begins at 8:45 a.m., with the parade beginning at 10 a.m.

Judging will occur for different age categories, pets and groups, with prizes awarded to category winners. After the parade, see butterfly exhibits and participate in the butterfly arts and crafts, led by the Grapevine Garden Club. Refreshments are available for purchase.

Live butterfly releases will occur throughout the event at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens.

The parade registration begins at 8:45 a.m. Events, which are free, are from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Where: The route begins at East Wall and Jenkins Streets and finishes at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park. Additional activities will take place at the Botanical Gardens after the parade.

Also on Oct. 18, experience life on the farm at the 14th Annual Fall Round-Up at Grapevine’s historic Nash Farm at 626 Ball St.

The event is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and admission is free. Some activities require a participation fee. Activities include kitchen gardening, live music, farm animals, blacksmith and wood carving demonstrations, cotton picking, heritage toys, heritage games, wood-burning stove cooking demonstrations and a petting zoo.

Back again this year is the Somethin’ Pumpkin Baking Contest where guests can enter their best pumpkin-flavored baked goods. The contest is open to all ages and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

For more information, contact Concessions will be available for purchase.

Continue your celebration of the butterfly at the Grapevine Garden Club’s Plant Sale on Oct. 18. The fall plant sale will focus on butterfly nectar and host plants. The sale will feature native and adaptive trees and shrubs along with perennials and butterfly plants.

Proceeds benefit the Grapevine Garden Club’s scholarship program and city of Grapevine beautification projects. The event takes place at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens, 411 Ball St., from 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

And fans of the Grapevine Botanical Gardens will want to make plans to attend the 2014 Sunset Concert Series during October. On Oct. 18 from 7-9 p.m., the Sunset Concert Series at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens will feature the final concert of the season with the Midnight River Choir. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Additional concerts will be on Oct. 4 and Oct. 11.