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Halloween in the Park Farmers Branch

HALLOWEEN IN THE PARK & DAY OF THE DEAD

Ghosts, goblins, and spirits are invited to share another spooky season as Farmers Branch transforms into Booville for Halloween In The Park; and honors the deceased the following week for a festive Day of the Dead Celebration.

Halloween In The Park is Saturday, October 26 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. at the Farmers Branch Historical Park.  This family event is free for Farmers Branch residents with the Boo Pass and $5 for non-residents ages 4 years and up. Boo Passes are mailed out in advance to Farmers Branch residents in the October edition of the Branch Review. Please clip the voucher and present it at the gates. Boo Passes are available beginning at the following locations during normal business hours.

Farmers Branch Aquatics Center – 14032 Heartside Place
Farmers Branch Historical Park – 2540 Farmers Branch Lane
Farmers Branch Recreation Center – 14050 Heartside Place
The Branch Connection – 14055 Dennis Lane
Information Desk at Farmers Branch City Hall – 13000 William Dodson Parkway

Farmers Branch residents must present a current photo ID or utility bill that shows a Farmers Branch address. Limit one pass per household.  Farmers Branch residents who arrive at the Historical Park gates without a Boo Pass can still enjoy free entry – at the gate please present a photo ID that shows a Farmers Branch address.

B4 Realty and Goosehead Insurance will be hosting a canned food drive to benefit Metrocrest Services. A special trick or treat bags given to the first 1,000 kids who bring two or more canned goods.

Halloween In The Park 2018 Farmers Branch
2018 Halloween In The Park Farmers Branch

Activities for Halloween In The Park include a Haunted Hedge that open as sunset ($5 per person). This is recommended for ages 9 and up and includes loud noises, strobe lights, graphic imagery – enter at your own risk!  Boo-ville is an area designed for children ages 5 and under. The will also be a petting zoo, bounce houses, stage entertainment, and a Family Costume Contest. Cash Midway Carnival Games range from 25¢- $1 cash. Proceeds raised benefits non-profit and community organizations.

Concessions and Novelty Food Vendors include:

    • Nuevo Leon (Mexican)
    • Donovan’s (Fries, Corn Dogs, Funnel Cakes, Tenders)
    • Bartley’s (BBQ and Turkey legs)
    • Knights of Columbus (Burgers, Hot Dogs, Frito Pie, Tamales)
    • Texas Corn (Corn on the cob)
    • Jackie Bob’s (Kettle Corn)
    • Rustica (Homemade, prepackaged baked goods)

Halloween In The Park is sponsored by Dallas Medical Center, TopGolf, Advance Dental, Dallas Chiropractic Metrics, and Care Now. Free parking is provided at Ford Road and Villa Creek. Disabled parking is located at the corner of Ford Road and Christian Parkway. Call 972-247-4607 with additional questions and follow the event on Facebook!

Day of the Dead Celebration Farmers Branch

The Farmers Branch Historical Park is hosting the Day of the Dead Celebration, also known as Dia de los Muertos, on Thursday, November 1 at the Dodson House. The two-hour celebration is from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  and festivities include food, a signature drink, aguas frescas and cinnamon hot chocolate, traditional decor, music, education about the holiday and honoring the deceased.

Guests will also “encounter” historic spirits at the Farmers Branch (Keenan) Cemetery. The cost is $25 per person; $20 per Friend of the Farmers Branch Historical Park member, and pre-registraiton is required due to limited space.  The recommended age is 4 years and up.  Call 972-406-0184 or register online.

“Americans tend to lump together Halloween and the Day of the Dead,” says Bonnie Neumann, historical cultural specialist for Farmers Branch. “But that’s not really the case. The two holidays are different and separate.”

Despite the name, this is not a spooky or somber event, but is a festive occasion honoring the lives and memories of family and friends who have died. The living honor the dead during this celebration by building altars, or ofrendas, in memory of the departed. These altars are decorated with orange Mexican marigolds, photographs, favorite foods, drinks and items, such as lace, clothing or jewelry, of the dead.

The timing of the holiday occurs at the same time as the migration of the monarch butterflies to Mexico. Some believe that the butterflies are the returning spirits of the departed.

The historical roots of the Day of the Dead, which is observed over three days, can be traced to ancient indigenous peoples of southern Mexico. After the Spanish and Catholicism arrived, the tradition evolved to coincide with the Christian observance of Allhallowtide: All Saints’ Eve, All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day on October 31, November 1 and November 2. In the 1960’s, Mexico made November 2 a national holiday in observance of the Day of the Dead, known there as Día de Muertos. It was then that the custom spread throughout Mexico.

Day of the Dead Celebration Farmers Branch

Craft Fair Farmers Branch

FARMERS BRANCH CRAFT FAIR

The 2019 Craft Fair is presented by The Branch Connection Active Adult Center and features more than 100 artists and crafters. Admission is free and guests will discover beautiful handmade holiday décor, clothing, art, and a broad assortment of unique items. The fair is open one day only on Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Concessions will also be available within the building during regular fair hours.

Vendor registration for the Craft Fair is full. To be placed on the waiting list, fill out the application and send to linda.klark@farmersbranchtx.gov. 

The Branch Connection facility encompasses 22,400 square feet and is closed on Friday, October 19, 2018 to allow the vendors and staff to set-up the craft fair. The Branch Connection is located at 14055 Dennis Lane at the corner of Valwood Parkway. Currently, Dennis Lane is one-way flowing from Josey Lane to Valwood Parkway.

Incoming traffic should approach the building from eastbound on Valwood Parkway and turn into the parking lot onto Dennis from Josey Lane and proceed to the building.  Click here for maps and directions to the building address.


Craft Fair Farmers Branch

The Branch Connection began in 2000 and residents of Farmers Branch, age 50 and better may obtain membership for $25 per year. Carrollton residents may also join for the same fee and non-residents are $50 per year.

For volunteer information at The Branch Connection please  call 972-919-8744. More details are available at www.thebranchconnection.com or call the main office at 972-919-8740.

Farmers Branch Craft Fair

Celebration of Roses Farmers Branch

CELEBRATION OF ROSES PUTS THE BLOOM IN BLOOMIN’ BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

Farmers Branch annual Celebration of Roses is Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Gussie Field Watterworth Park Pavilion.  This event puts the “Bloom” in the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival that starts on Friday, October 18 in the Farmers Branch Historical Park.

Volunteers, including some Master Gardeners, will be in the gardens from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to answer questions as visitors take a self-guided tour of six gardens. Shuttles provide easy access between the Farmers Branch Historical Park and the gardens so that festival guests can easily enjoy all that there is to experience throughout the weekend.

Celebration of Roses Schedule Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival Farmers Branch

The event begins at Gussie Pavilion with free registration starting at 8:30 a.m. Pickin’ in the Garden is from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and The Purple Hulls will perform in the main rose garden.  Hands on Flower Arranging begins at 10:30 a.m. and the Brookhaven Garden Club will help you create a Pint Size Bouquet that you can display in the Rose Show and take home at the end of the event.

Farmers Branch Pint Size Bouquet


“The most amazing thing about the Celebration of Roses is that it’s the one time of the year you will be able to pick roses and make arrangements,” says Pam Smith, park landscape manager.


At 11:30 a.m., enjoy a complimentary hot dog lunch near Rawhide Creek in the Gussie Pavilion.  Tom and Loyd, the Original Shady Grove Ramblers will give a toe tapping performance until 1:00 p.m.

Visitors to the Celebration of Roses are invited to the Dallas Rose Society Fall Rose Show, which will be at City Hall from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Talk and get tips from rosarians and learn about new roses, admire the blooms, and browse the lovely floral designs.

Celebration of Roses Farmers Branch

Artists and anyone interested can create a trading card or two in the Historical Park Rose Garden with the Visual Art League of Lewisville.

The gardens of Farmers Branch have developed over the past 10 years into a fragrant urban oasis. Established in 2008 as a trial garden in partnership with Texas A&M Agrilife Extension, it has expanded to include trials for sustainability and is the only public garden in the country with sanctioned trials for David Austin roses. A hybridizer from England, David Austin has brought the fragrance back into modern roses.

Celebration of Roses in Farmers Branch
Celebration of Roses in Farmers Branch

“It’s intoxicating when you’re in the garden with the David Austin roses,” says Smith. “It’s one thing to say it’s easy to grow roses in England, but it’s different in Texas.”

Smith says the interactive experience has something for everyone.

“You can come with your girlfriends, or on a date,” she says. “The grandparent in me appreciates the playground for the kids. It’s a great family experience.

Admission to the Celebration of Roses is free and parking is available at the park or at City Hall. Located near the Lyndon B Johnson Freeway and I-35E, Gussie Field Watterworth Park is only 30 miles from downtown Ft. Worth and is accessible by the DART Green Line. Discover everything going on in Farmers Branch on Facebook.

Gussie Field Watterworth Park marks the entrance to Celebration of Roses at Farmers Branch.

BLOOMIN’ BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL CELEBRATING 10TH ANNIVERSARY IN FARMERS BRANCH

The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival is celebrating 10 years of Bluegrass under the Texas sky   on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 2019.  Presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and Farmers Branch Special Events, this local favorite has been nominated for the 2014, 2017 and 2019 Bluegrass Event of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

In 2018 there were 12 musical acts but this year more than 20 bands are slated to take the stage at Farmers Branch Historical Park over the weekend, including Sam Bush Band, Kruger Brothers, Sierra Hull, and Del McCoury Band.

To accommodate the additional entertainment you’ll have to choose between the Main Stage and first year of the new Grassroots Stage.  The line-up for both stages is as follows:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019

4:30 p.m.  Justin Collins
5:00 p.m.  The Purple Hulls
5:30 p.m.  Billy Law
6:00 p.m.  Sierra Hull & Justin Moses
6:30 p.m.  The Bodarks
7:15 p.m.   Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers
8:45 p.m.  Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2019

11:45  a.m. Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner
12:00 p.m. The Purple Hulls
12:45 p.m. Texas & Tennessee
12:45 p.m. Mo Roboson
1:45 p.m. Chatham County Line
1:45 p.m. Ginny Mac
2:45 p.m. Frankie Leonie
3:00 p.m. Sierra Hull & Friends
3:45 p.m. Mike Randall
4:15 p.m. Kruger Brothers
4:45 p.m. Justin Pickard
5:30 p.m. Del McCoury Band
5:45 p.m. Simon Flory
6:45 p.m. Erik Swanson
7:00 p.m. Sam Bush Band

Festival attendees are invited to make their own music in an impromptu jam session in the shade near one of the historical buildings in the park. Specialty arts and craft vendors will set up shop in the marketplace, offering unique items including art, jewelry and more. Food concessions will be available. No outside food, drinks or coolers are permitted at the festival, except for one factory sealed bottled water per person.

Bring a blanket for premium grass seating near the stage. To provide better visibility for all, lawn chairs are permitted in marked areas. Bring your own or rent them for $2 at the festival.

TICKETS & EVENT UPDATES

Friday – $10
Saturday – $10
Advance Purchase Weekend Pass – $15
Please note that Weekend Passes must be purchased online in advance before 3:30 pm on October 18.
Kids 12 and under – Free with Paid Adult
Advance tickets only available online. * No early entry available *
Text BANJO to 888-777 for event alerts & updates.
Your information will be deleted following the event.  Standard messaging rates apply.

The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival is open from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is FREE and located at 12300 Ford Road, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 and handicap parking is available at Metro Business Square at 12300 Ford Road.  Check out the FAQ for answers and specific details.

The Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West is the official festival host hotel, with a discounted room block with rates starting at $99/night.  The Omni festival package also includes shuttle service to the festival, free parking, and free breakfast!

The Doubletree by Hilton Dallas-Farmers Branch is also a festival hotel and conveniently located next door to the Omni.  The Doubletree has a discounted room block available with shuttle service, free parking, and free breakfast.

Celebration of Roses Farmers Branch

Free dry RV camping is permitted in the parking lot at 11800 Ford Road, Farmers Branch, and full RV camping is available at nearby Sandy Lake RV Park.

The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival is one of many ways the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation preserves and promotes bluegrass music in Texas. The foundation is a non-profit organization and works to provide access to bluegrass instruments, music literacy and performance skill to young people through it’s Play it Forward® program.

The heart of Farmers Branch is centrally located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Near I-635 and I-35E, it is also easily accessible via George Bush Turnpike or DART Green Line. Follow the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival on Facebook or find out more information: www.bloominbluegrass.com

Farmers Branch Parks and Trails for Running Walking Jogging Training and Nature

TREK THE TRAILS IN FARMERS BRANCH

Runners eagerly seeking to train for a 5K, half marathon, or other distances should trek the trails at the John F. Burke Nature Preserve.  Texas is host to more than 1,000 races each year that bring thousands and thousands of runners to the starting line.

Farmers Branch continues to host a variety of races each year including Dash for Dignity 5K, The Dream Mile 5K and 10K, and the Kids! Summer Splash & Dash Aquathlon. We are also known as The City in a Park because we have more than 30 award-winning parks.

The John F. Burke Nature Preserve has a distinctive system of upland forest and wetlands taking over 104 acres of Texas land. At times it’s hard to believe this retreat is only 10 miles from the Dallas-Fort Worth airport! It’s an urban oasis waiting to be explored.

John F. Burke Nature Preserve in Farmers Branch

When temperatures begin to cool down the John F. Burke Nature Preserve sets up for a challenging but gorgeous view for runners to experience. Natural plant life and wildlife specific to the area will keep your eyes wide-open to seeing new things. Grab a backpack and your walking shoes and take a hike through the trails of Farmers Branch.

The River Trail Loop is .66-mile, Pond Trail Loop is .68-mile and Thicket Trail Loop is the longest at .74-mile. All terrain trails totaling 2.08 miles, make sure to check out the trail maps located throughout the path to learn more about the track you are exploring.

Choose one trail at the John F. Burke Nature Preserve to take on or wind your way through them all. Either way they will have you easily enjoying a walk, jog or bike ride through nature. While you may venture here to discover the outdoors with your family, take beautiful pictures or just enjoy this haven, remember to leave only footprints.

The John F. Burke Nature Preserve is located at 1111 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75039 and you may contact their office for more information by calling 972-919-2620.

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Looking for more trails in Farmers Branch? There are many to discover within the City.

Rawhide Park

Rawhide Park is a linear park with a walking trail divided into three loops:
Loop I – Between Tom Field and Josey Lane 0.86 mile
Loop II – Between Josey Lane and Longmeade 0.73 mile
Loop III – Between Longmeade and Webb Chapel 0.83 mile
Loops I & II: 1.52 miles
Loops II & III: 1.48 miles
Loops I, II, & III: 2.27 miles

Gussie Field Watterworth Park

Starting at Valley View Lane, round trip through main trial of park: 0.75 mile

Farmers Branch Park

One lap: 0.56 mile

Temple Trails Park

One lap: 0.30 mile

Don Showman Park

One lap: 0.38 mile

View the City of Farmers Branch trails on an interactive map.