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Denton Drive Live! Band Line-up Farmers Branch Historical Park

DENTON DRIVE LIVE! BANDS ANNOUNCED FOR FREE CONCERTS

Denton Drive Live! bands are officially announced for the 2021 free concerts to be held monthly at the Farmers Branch Historical Park between April and September. The stage is double booked the second Saturday of the month with two wildly popular bands that bring music that rocks and show worthy performances.

The adults are going to sing along to every song while the kids stay busy with cool activities like soccer darts, face paintings, a balloon artist, and more! Nuevo Leon Mex Mex Restaurant is a Farmers Branch favorite and their concession stand offers a grilled fresh menu plus beer and wine. Updates for additional food vendors and activities are posted regularly to Denton Drive Live! 

Scan the season for all six concerts and make plans to bring a friend, make it a date, or enjoy with the whole family! The stage is booked for April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, and September 11, 2021. 

Follow @DentonDriveLive on Instagram and Facebook to see video clips from the bands and concert photos throughout the series. Tag #DentonDriveLive while attending so we can see and share your posts! Visit www.dentondrivelive.com for the full schedule and additional details.

Denton Drive Live! 2021 Bands:

Coolers are welcome, but absolutely no outside alcohol is allowed. Beer and wine may be purchased at the park. 

We love your four-legged friends, but due to the event being moved from The Grove to the Historical Park, dogs are not allowed at the Denton Drive Live! concerts.   Persons with disabilities and their service animals that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for those persons with disabilities are welcome at City of Farmers Branch events.

​​Denton Drive Live! parking is free, but limited on a first come, first served basis and located adjacent to the park at Metro Square, 12300 Ford Road, Farmers Branch.

Things To Know Before You Go:

  • No ATM available on site, but all vendors take credit cards.
  • Standard lawn/camp chairs are welcome and encouraged, along with blankets for ground seating.
  • Please help us keep the park beautiful and use the available trash receptacles.
  • Posting on social media? Tag us! #dentondrivelive
  • Please note that restrooms are available, but they are of the portable variety.
  • Absolutely no outside alcohol is permitted.
  • Smoking or vaping is only allowed in designated areas.
  • Prohibited items: Illegal drugs, hazardous material, contraband, canopies or pop-up tents, skateboards, roller blades, in-line skates, bicycles, or other motorized wheeled items not medically necessary, unauthorized sales, solicitations, and distributions.
Denton Drive Live! at the Farmers Branch Historical Park with Nuevo Leon Mex Mex Restaurant concessions.

FARMERS BRANCH AQUATICS CENTER AWARDED AGENCY OF THE YEAR

The Farmers Branch Aquatics Center has been awarded Agency of the Year:  Class II from the North Texas Aquatics Association (population of 40,000 – 74,999) in 2020 and previously won in 2019. Running the Frog Pond Water Park in a pandemic was nothing the staff could have imagined doing. Without the diligence and dedication of each Lifeguard and Instructors, the 2020 summer would not have been possible.

Farmers Branch Aquatics Center Staff

“In Farmers Branch, we pride ourselves on growing our own by investing the time and education and reaping the benefits of their dedication. The staff came up with the term “Frog Squad” as our version of family (based off our Frog Logo, and name of our Frog Pond Waterpark). We are not just co- workers or team members, we are a Frog Squad. We are family- oriented and relate all of our trainings back to our City’s Core values R.E.A.C.T., which stands for Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Care, and Trust. This has created a culture that breeds excellence, communication, and a fun environment for patrons and staff alike!” Paul Macias, Aquatics Manager  

The recruiting theme this year was Friends, “I’ll be there for you.” The staff recreated
a Friends opening video, which played at high school recruiting trips. The song
says, “When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month or even your year. I’ll be
there for you.” 2020 does not feel like our year. This year’s summer quote was, “We
are in this together just six feet apart.” The staff came together as one team to
achieve the goal of keeping everyone safe and the facility clean.

NTAA provides a tight-knit community of Aquatic Professionals and Vendors.  The mission of the North Texas Aquatics Association is to maintain a knowledgeable, productive and cohesive organization. This organization strives to promote, maintain and be creative in educating the public as well as other aquatic professionals in programming, service and management. In addition, the North Texas Aquatics Association works to develop and maintain the health and safety of all types of aquatics facilities with the area and around the state.

“Staff are friendly and helpful, COVID guidelines being followed, the whole facility is very clean and I feel comfortable and safe visiting during this challenging time. Thank you for all you’re doing to make the pool available and safe for us to visit. It’s a true blessing during these days of turmoil – a wonderful place for a physical and mental break to refresh and keep healthy.”

Member Review

Follow on Facebook or sign-up to receive updates and notifications about upcoming activities. Visit www.fbh2o.com for detailed information about memberships, swim lessons, birthday parties, and more! The Farmers Branch Aquatics Center – Margaret Young Natatorium is located at 14032 Heartside Place, Farmers Branch, TX, 75234. Call 972-919-8720 for more information.

The Frog Pond Water Park opens on Memorial Day Weekend for the start of the summer swim season. The Frog Pond features an activity pool with a kid-friendly play structure with 29 water features, a 350-gallon dump bucket, sprayers, slides and an array of interactive play! Those seeking relaxation can tube the day away in the 500-foot-long lazy river or lounge on the tanning ledge and soak up the rays at the 4-foot-deep lagoon pool. In addition, there are two 30-foot-tall water slides for the thrill seekers in your group.

Farmers Branch Aquatics Center Awarded Agency of the Year Class II in 2019

HOLIDAY PIÑATA GIVEAWAY!

The City of Farmers Branch is giving away a giant six-foot holiday themed piñata, complete with 20 pounds of candy, and you could be the lucky winner! We had planned to give away the piñata during the December 19th Holiday Market at The Grove when we featured the tastes, tunes and traditions of the Latino culture; and even though the event is now cancelled you can still win this holiday themed piñata!

And this is not just any holiday piñata we’re talking about, it is custom made by ABC Party HQ!   For over 40 years, Carlos de la Fuentes and his team at ABC have been making piñatas for north Texas, and he’s crafted a unique piñata just for the City of Farmers Branch!

Check out this story on Carlos by WFAA. 

All you have to do to enter is:

  1. Download and color the picture here http://localhost:10202/…/Coloring-Sheet-with…
  2. Direct Message your picture to Christmas in the Branch by midnight on Wednesday, December 16th. Be sure to include your phone number and email so that we can instantly contact you if you’ve won!
  3. We will do a random drawing on Facebook from all of the entries – be sure to tune it at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 17, on the Christmas In the Branch Facebook page.   
  4. Winner picks up the piñata by close of business December 18 – City of Farmers Branch Historical Park located at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane.
  5. Winner agrees to allow the City of Farmers Branch to use their name and image for promotional purposes. 
Pinata Giveaway Farmers Branch Christmas In The Branch
Click to download the coloring page!
ABC Party HQ

Please contact Farmers Branch Parks & Recreation at 972-919-2620 or www.fbparksandrec.com for more details about any of the programs and special events throughout the year.

SANTA & FRIENDS ON THE MOVE!

Santa and friends are loading up in a fire truck and city vehicles and coming to you this Saturday, December 12, between 1-5 p.m. Farmers Branch City staff will be transporting Santa and friends on a special sleigh around neighborhoods in Farmers Branch. When you hear the sound of Christmas cheer, know that Santa’s “sleigh” is near! Residents are welcome to wave to Santa and his friends and click a quick photo from a social distance.  

The procession begins at west side and ends at City Hall and drive-thru different apartment complexes and neighborhood. Some of the stops include Mercer Crossing apartment complex, Lakeside Lofts Apartments, Mercer Crossing subdivision, Ashington subdivision, Brighton subdivision, Brickyard Apartments and Townhomes, Branch Crossing subdivision, along Rawhide Creek, Ventana at Valwood apartment complex, Valley View Park Estates, and several other location.

If you choose to come out of your home to greet Santa and his friends, please wear a mask and maintain a six-foot distance from others. The fire truck and other city vehicles in the procession are maintaining a safe speed and will not be stopping, so remember to have your camera ready to go.

Click here to download the route map!

ROUTE MAP:

12:45 depart Farmers Branch City Hall
Left on Luna Road
Left on Knightsbridge Rd (Aspen Crossing/Mercer Crossing apartment complex)
Right on Crown Drive
Right on Luna Rd
Left on Mira Lago Blvd – take the Lago Vista loop around past Lakeside Lofts
Apartments and head back to Mira Lago Blvd
Take right on Mira Lago Blvd and proceed back out to Luna Road
Left on Luna Road
Left on Mercer Parkway into Mercer Crossing Subdivision
Right on Wittington Place
Right on Vernwood Circle
Left on William Way
Left on Perrin Lane
Right on Wittington Place
Cross back over Luna Road
Right on Thornhill Road into the Ashington Subdivision
Right on Coventry Court
Left on Ashington Trail
Left on Thornhill Rd
Right on Wittington Place
Right on Chartwell Crest into the Brighton Subdivision
Right on Prescott Place
Left on Bramshaw Trail
Left on Chartwell Crest
Right on Wittington Place
Right on Senlac Drive
Left on Delancey Street into the Brickyard Apartments & Townhomes
Right on Rivington Street
Right on Senlac Drive
Right on Valley View Lane
Right on Denton Drive
Left on Farmers Branch Lane
Left on Bee Street into Branch Crossing subdivision
Right on Danny Lane
Left on Tom Field Road
(Cross over Valley View Lane)
Right on Golfing Green and proceed along Rawhide Creek
Right on Ermine Way
Left on Onyx Lane
Left on Longmeade Drive
Right on Dennis Lane
Left on Valwood Pkwy
Left on Josey Lane
Right on Dennis Lane
Right on Wicker Avenue
Right on Bee Street
Right on Valwood Pkwy
Left on Josey Lane
Right on Heritage Circle – Ventana At Valwood Apartment Complex
Left on Cookscreek Place
Right on Josey Lane
Right on Hollandale Lane
Right on Joanna Drive
Left on Old North Road
Right on Webb Chapel Road
Left on Golfing Green
Right on Longmeade Drive
Left on Shahan Drive
Right on Cherrydale Drive
Left on Mt. Castle Drive
Right on Valley View Lane
Left on Webb Chapel Road
Right on Eric Lane into Valley View Estates
Left on Veronica Road
Left on Lavita Lane
Right on Webb Chapel Road
Left on Myra Lane
Left on Eunice Street
Right on Brincrest Dr
Right on Brisbane Ave
Left on Myra Lane
Left on Amsterdam Rd
Right on Ridgeoak Way
Right on Keyport Drive
Left on Morningstar Lane
Left on Sunglow Lane
Right on Ridgeoak Way
Left on Marsh Lane
Left on Janlyn Lane
Right on Mitchwin Road
Right on Valley View Lane
Right on Marsh
Left on Ridgeoak Way
Left on Rosser Road
Left on Clubway Lane
Right on Pennystone Drive
Right on Blue Trace Lane
Right on Pennystone Drive
Left on Crestpark Drive
Right on Valley View Lane
Right on Kerr Trail – take all the way around back to Valley View Lane
Right on Valley View Lane
Left on Alpha Link Road
Left on Alpha Road
Right on Marsh Lane
Right on Wooded Creek Drive – loop around/back out to Marsh Lane
Right on Marsh Lane
Left on Pebble Beach Drive
Left on Southern Pines Drive
Left on Brookhaven Club Drive
Right on Braemar Drive
Left on Tanglewood Drive
Right on Brookhaven Club Drive
Right on Marsh Lane
Right on Valley View Lane
Right on Glad Acres Drive into Valley View Park Estates
Right on Cedar Lane
Left on Glad Acres Drive
Right on Valley View Lane – head back to City Hall

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN FARMERS BRANCH

SKATING UNDER THE STARS

Skating Under The Stars is a flurry of fun during Christmas In The Branch with the opening of the outdoor ice rink at the Children’s Health StarCenter in Farmers Branch. Opening day is November 27 and skating continues through January 3, 2021.  The hours vary throughout the holiday season and the facility is open with the exception of Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. 

Due to COVID restrictions and to ensure the safest experience possible while maintaining a holiday tradition, ice occupancy will be limited to 60 skaters at a time during each session with each session being limited to 2 hours and 15 minutes.  Online registration is required for all skaters. 

Should anyone walk up for a session, they will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis contingent upon capacity limitations. If you are planning to walk-up, it is recommended that you call ahead to check ice availability for your desired time slot.   The Star Center can be reached at 214-432-3131.

Facial masks will be required on all skaters (ages 10 and up) while on the ice.

Skating Pricing & Hours

Admission (ages 4+): $10 per session
Youth admission (3 & under): FREE
Skate rental: $5

ONLINE REGISTRATION 

Group rates and private ice time is available. Perfect for company outings and parties. Please click here or contact the StarCenter at 214.432.3131 for more information if you need assistance. 

OPENING DAY November 27 – Noon – 9:45 p.m.
November 28 – December 20

Monday through Friday:
5:00 pm – 7:15 pm
7:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Saturday through Sunday:
12:00 pm – 2:15 pm
2:30 pm – 4:45 pm
5:00 pm – 7:15 pm
7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

December 21   – January 3

Monday through Sunday:
12:00 pm – 2:15 pm
2:30 pm – 4:45 pm
5:00 pm – 7:15 pm
7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve
12:00 pm – 2:15 pm
2:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Closed Christmas & New Year’s Day

In the case of inclement weather, please contact the StarCenter front desk to verify the outdoor ice rink is open at 214.432.3131

Farmers Branch residents receive FREE ice rink admission!

Farmers Branch residents who show proof of residency will be able to enjoy “Free Skate Sundays” during the Skating Under The Stars season. Dates listed below. Residents only have to pay the skate rental fee if needed. Limit 4 per household.

Due to COVID restrictions and to ensure the safest experience possible while maintaining a holiday tradition, ice occupancy will be limited to 40 skaters at a time during each session with each session being limited to 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Please note that online registration will be required for all “Free Skate Sundays” sessions.

Using your Farmers Branch address, please register here .  When reserving your session online, please note that each member of a household will be required to register. 

Should a resident walk-up for a session, they will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis contingent upon capacity limitations. Proof of residency required for all walk-ups; valid ID with current Farmers Branch address. Limit four per household.

If you are planning to walk-up, it is recommended that residents call ahead on that Sunday to check ice availability for their desired time slot. The Star Center can be reached at 214-432-3131.

Facial masks will be required on all skaters (ages 10 and up) while on the ice. The select dates for free ice rink admission are as follows:

Sunday, November 29
Sunday, December 6
Sunday, December 13
Sunday, December 20
Sunday, December 27
Sunday, January 3

Children’s Health StarCenter is located at 12700 N Stemmons Freeway in Farmers Branch.  In the case of inclement weather, please contact the StarCenter front desk to verify the outdoor ice rink is open at 214-432-3131.

Skating Under The Stars StarCenter Farmers Branch Christmas In The Branch

Follow Christmas In The Branch on Facebook & use the official hashtag  #ChristmasInTheBranch when sharing photos and videos on social media.

We offer several nights of discounted ice skating, each night featuring a different theme. Please note that the discounted rate is available only for walk-up skaters on a first come, first served basis. (No online advance registration/discount option.) When renting skates, notify the cashier that you’d like to redeem your discount. 

November 30 Happy Hour/Cheap Skate | Are you a cheap skate? Then tonight’s your night to prove it! All skate rentals are free from 5 to 7 pm.

December 1 First Responders Night: Thanks for your service! Present your employee ID and receive free skate rental.

December 2 Teacher Appreciation Night: Thanks for all you do! Present your school ID and receive free skate rental.

December 3 Local Business Night: Present a business card with a Farmers Branch address for free skate rental.

December 7 Happy Hour/Cheap Skate | Are you a cheap skate? Then tonight’s your night to prove it! All skate rentals are free from 5 to 7 pm.

December 8 Stars season ticket holder | All current Stars season ticket holders receive free skate rental.

December 9 Veteran’s Appreciation Night: Thank you for your service! Present your active or retired military ID card and receive free skate rental

December 10 Brookhaven College Night-Schools out! Present your school ID and receive free skate rental.

December 14 Happy Hour/Cheap Skate | Are you a cheap skate? Then tonight’s your night to prove it! All skate rentals are free from 5 to 7 pm.

December 15 Jersey Night: Gotta support your team, right? Show up in your team’s colors and receive free skate rental.

December 16 Ugly Christmas sweater night | Who are we to judge? Show up in your ugliest Christmas sweater and receive free skate rental.

December 17 Farmers Branch/Carrollton ISD night | Time to show off your school colors; present your school ID and receive free skate rental.

December 21 Happy Hour/Cheap Skate | Are you a cheap skate? Then tonight’s your night to prove it! All skate rentals are free from 5 to 7 pm.

December 22 Date Night: Mention the word “date” when renting and your skates are on us!

December 23 Boy & Girl Scout Night | Wear or bring something that identifies you with your troop and receive free skate rental.

December 28 Happy Hour/Cheap Skate | Are you a cheap skate? Then tonight’s your night to prove it! All skate rentals are free from 5 to 7 pm.

December 29 Ladies Night : Are you a lady? Mention the word “ladies’ night” when renting your skates are on us.

December 30 College Represent Night | Gotta support your college, right? Show up in your college apparel and receive free skate rental.