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HALLOWEEN IN THE BRANCH IS OCTOBER 10-31

There’s no need to be frightened of a spooky celebration in Farmers Branch because we’re unraveling Halloween In The Branch, an electrifying twist from what was Halloween In The Park. The October 10-31 events include: Splashtacular Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Art in the Park Halloween Tote Bag Workshop, the 80s Monster Mash Jam, and the Tour of Frights.

Farmers Branch Aquatics Center Splashtacular Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

SPLASHTACULAR VIRTUAL PUMPKIN DECORATING CONTEST

Oct 10 – 16 | Pick up a free pumpkin and supplies  at the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center located at 14032 Heartside Place
Oct 17 | Submit a photo via Facebook private message, @farmersbranchaquatics
Oct 18 – 23 | Voting begins on Facebook for your favorite pumpkin

Tired of searching those dusty fields for your perfect pumpkin to carve or decorate? We are too! So this year we put a fun spin on the tradition by creating a patch at the Margaret Young Natatorium just for you!  Stop by the Margaret Young Natatorium to receive a pumpkin and decorating kit during normal operating hours between October 10 through October 16, while supplies last. Decorate your pumpkin, take a photo and submit it to The Splashtacular Pumpkin Decorating Contest by October 17.

Direct message a photo of your decorated pumpkin to the #FBH2O Facebook Page. The contest runs from October 18 – 23 and pictures of the pumpkins entered will be posted on the Aquatics Center’s Facebook page with a number. The public will cast votes in the comment section by leaving a comment with the number of their favorite pumpkin. The most votes wins!

All photos and pumpkin decorations must be kid-friendly. Photos and pumpkin decorations depicting violence, political figures or messages, are religious in nature, or otherwise deemed inappropriate will not be accepted. Staff has the final say on the appropriateness of toys. Learn more about The Splashtacular Virtual Pumpkin Decorating Contest

ART IN THE PARK:  HALLOWEEN TRICK OR TREAT TOTE WORKSHOP

Create your own fabric for your Halloween Trick or Treat tote bag on Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.!  Guests will screen-print fabric during the morning hours and learn how to use the sewing machine to sew their bag after lunch!  This workshop is for ages 7 to 14 and includes a scavenger hunt and various games. The cost is $50 per person and includes all materials and a snack.  Space is limited, pre-registration is required and the workshop will take place in the School House and outdoors at the Farmers Branch Historical Park.  Face masks are required and attendees should bring a sack lunch and water bottle. Register online!

80S MONSTER MASH JAM

Fri | Oct 30 | 7 – 10:30 p.m. | Farmers Branch Historical Park: 2540 Farmers Branch Ln

Break out your hairspray and acid-washed jeans, it’s an “80s Monster Mash Jam” spotlighting some of the biggest acts from that defining decade of music- Prince and Bon Jovi! Two of the hottest tribute bands in all of Texas, Remembering Prince, and Blaze of Glory- The Bon Jovi Tribute, will get your Halloween weekend started off with a rockin’ and funk-filled night to remember!

The gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the Costume Contest winner will be announced at 8:45 p.m. The event is located at the Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2450 Farmers Branch Lane and free parking is available at The Counter Source at 12400 Ford Road.  Learn more about the 80s Monster Mash Jam 

TOUR OF FRIGHTS

Sat | Oct 31 | 6 – 9:00 p.m. | Farmers Branch Historical Park: 2540 Farmers Branch Ln

Keeping social distancing and public safety in mind, the annual Halloween in the Park has been re-imagined into a drive-thru family-friendly Halloween spooktacular Tour of Frights! The Farmers Branch Historical Park transforms into an avenue of thrills and chills on Halloween night. This safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating brings all the treats to you. Families are invited to wear their Halloween costumes, decorate their vehicles and cruise the Historical Park as nightfall begins.

*Note: Take Ford Rd. North from 635 service road. No entrance at Farmers Branch Rd.
*Prepackaged trick or treat bags will be distributed to each child in costume, while supplies last.

A canned food drive benefitting Metrocrest Services will also be taking place. Event attendees may bring canned goods to donate. A donation is not required for a trick or treat bag.

Safety reminders:

*Remain in your vehicle. No walkthroughs.
*Props/toys that may be perceived as weapons are not permitted into the Park.

Farmers Branch Music and a Movie Denton Drive Live

FREE MOVIE & MUSIC IN FARMERS BRANCH THIS WEEKEND

The fun is finally returning this weekend with two free nights of events at the Farmers Branch Historical Park on August 7-8, 2020.  It’s about time for some live music and we aren’t talking about a livestream video you watch from home!  This weekend is about the whole band on stage with speakers that send the songs all the way through the park.  You’re going to want to hold freshly grilled tacos, cheesy nachos, watch a movie after the sun goes down, cool down with sugary snow cones and safely enjoy a beautiful evening with friends and family.  

MUSIC AND A MOVIE – FRIDAY, 8/7:

Friday, August 7 the gates open at 6:30 p.m. for Music And A Movie featuring Straight Tequila Night on stage at 7:00 p.m covering all your favorite 90’s country radio hits . The summer sun will set and then the big screen will light up with the 1980 American favorite, Urban Cowboy, starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. This country romance was filmed inside a rough honky tonk barn-like building called Gilley’s Club located in Pasadena, Texas.

The first 500 guests will be permitted to enter through gates at the Farmers Branch Historical Park to claim one of the painted social circles designated across the mowed meadow. When all the circles are occupied, the gates will be closed for the remainder of the evening. Please park at The Counter Source at 12400 Ford Road and be sure to bring chairs, blankets, coolers, and face masks!

Social Circles have been painted at the Farmers Branch Historical Park and masks must be worn at all times. City Council Member Cristal Retana is shown at the park in a social circle wearing a face mask.

Guests are permitted to bring a cooler into the park with snacks and drinks, but no outside alcohol is allowed. If you want to show up and enjoy dinner and a movie then Nuevo Leon Mex Mex Restaurant has you covered with tacos, nachos, tamales, hot dogs and more. Cold beverages are also available for purchase including sodas, bottled water, beer, and wine.

DENTON DRIVE LIVE! – SATURDAY, 8/8

Denton Drive Live! is a new concert series and the gates will open at 4:30 p.m. but only 500 guests are permitted to enter the Farmers Branch Historical Park. This month showcases Bidi Bidi Banda – an all-star Selena tribute band from Austin whose interpretation of Selena’s greatest hits will leave you belting lyrics and reliving the greatness of the “Queen of Tejano Music.” 

Closing out the evening is Havana NRG!, the hottest Salsa/Merengue band in all of Texas!    Having spent years building a loyal fan base, NRG (New Rhythm Generation) channels their Cuban roots into a sound that continues to prove they are “a new breed of Latin band” and will have the audience moving to Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, Son, Timba and Latin Jazz! 

Guests are welcome to bring a cooler with snacks and non-alcoholic drinks. Concessions will also be provided by Nuevo Leon Mex Mex Restaurant, Easy Sliders Food Truck and Tikiz Snowcones.

Denton Drive Live! has been moved from The Grove to the Farmers Branch Historical Park at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane. Please park at Metro Square, 12300 Ford Road. Follow @DentonDriveLive on Instagram and Facebook or visit www.dentondrivelive.com for the full schedule and additional details.

Things To Know Before You Go:

Social Distancing Safety Rules

  • “Social Circles” have been drawn out in the meadow for your safety and others. Please stay in your designated circle with your group or family. 
  • Attendance for the event is limited to 500 people.
  • Temperature checks will be required at the entrance before access into the park is allowed.
  • Masks will be required while attending the event for ages 10 and up and are to be worn at all times.
  • Masks will be provided at the entrance.
Social Circles for Music And A Movie and Denton Drive Live! at the Farmers Branch Historical Park

Additional COVID-19 Information

We care deeply about the safety of our attendees, participants and staff members, therefore before and while attending this event please be mindful of the following:

  • Masks will be required while attending the event for ages 10 and up and are to be worn at all times.
  • Masks will be provided at the entrance.
  • Be Symptom Aware – If you feel ill, have a fever or cough, please do not attend this event.
  • Maintain Distance – As you enjoy this event please maintain a distance of 6ft from others.
  • Practice Good Hygiene- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 
  • When necessary, use the hand sanitizer stations that have been provided.

Here are steps we are taking to provide a safer environment:  

  • Portable restrooms will be placed 6ft apart.
  • “Social circles” drawn out in the meadow to provide safe seating options.
  • Special “clean team” disinfecting portable restrooms during the event.  
  • Additional hand sanitizer units provided at the portable restroom locations.  
  • Staff will be wearing masks and have their temperatures taken that day.
  • In addition, our concessionaire has taken extra steps and measures with regards to employee training and PPE usage, proper food preparation and serving containers, safe booth operations and layout, employee health screening and encouraging contactless payment.

The City of Farmers Branch has taken enhanced health and safety measures for Event attendees and the Event Staff.  While attending the Event you are expected to follow all posted instructions.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people gather. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and possibly death. According to the CDC, older adults (65 years of age and older) and persons with underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. For more information please visit our city website here

By attending this Event you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

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IBMA Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival

BLOOMIN’ BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL AMONG IBMA EVENT OF THE YEAR NOMINEES

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival was announced to be among the International Bluegrass Music Association Event of the Year nominees for their 2020 Industry and Momentum Awards. This annual event held at the Farmers Branch Historical Park began in 2010 and was first nominated as an Event of the Year in 2014. Unlike the annual IBMA Bluegrass Awards, which are chosen by a ballot of the professional membership of the organization, these nominees are chosen by select committees of industry experts in the various disciplines.

The IBMA Industry Awards are given to honor crucial areas of the business outside of the performing artists, and whose contributions are critical to the furtherance of bluegrass. The IBMA Momentum Awards and the IBMA Industry Awards are set to be virtual events scheduled for September 29-30. Specific times and additional details for both events may be found online at worldofbluegrass.org and ibma.org.

Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival

The 11th Annual Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival is October 16-17, 2020 at the Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas.FRIDAY hours 4:30pm – 10pmSATURDAY hours 11:30am – 10pm#BloominBluegrassFestival #FBTXWEBSITE: www.bloominbluegrass.comHOST HOTELS:Omni Dallas Hotel @ Park West, 1590 Lyndon B Johnson FwyFarmers Branch, TX 75244 Hotel – 972.869.4300DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas – Farmers Branch, 11611 Luna RoadFarmers Branch, TX 75234 Hotel – 972.506.0055 BECOME A BLOOMIN' BLUEGRASS SPONSOR: If your company is interested in sponsorship opportunities for Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival, contact ​Geoff Fairchild – geoff.fairchild@farmersbranchtx.gov or call 972-919-2631.

Posted by Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival on Monday, December 30, 2019

IBMA INDUSTRY AWARDS
The Industry Awards recognize outstanding work in categories including Broadcaster of the Year, Event of the Year, Graphic Designer of the Year, Liner Notes of the Year, Writer of the Year, Sound Engineer of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year.

Nominees in each category are selected by specially appointed committees made up of bluegrass music professionals who possess significant knowledge of that field. The recipient of each award is decided on by the Panel of Electors, an anonymous group of over 200 veteran bluegrass music professionals selected by the IBMA Board of Directors.

“Congratulations to this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, Distinguished Achievement Awards recipients, and Music Awards nominees! All of you have been selected by your peers for your excellence this past year – or over a lifetime – in bluegrass music,” said Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of IBMA.  “While we wish we could be in Raleigh to celebrate each of your achievements in person, we are preparing a special awards show to be aired on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction and streamed for those who want to watch the program. We will be announcing more details in the weeks ahead, so please stay tuned!”

And the 2020 Industry Award “Event of the Year” Nominees are:

The 2019-2020 Emelin Theatre Bluegrass Concert Series – Mamaroneck, NY
FreshGrass – North Adams, MA
Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – Farmers Branch, TX
Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week – Elkins, WV
Tell It To Me: The Johnson City Sessions 90th Anniversary Celebration – Johnson City, TN

Give a listen to the Bluegrass Heritage Show that airs every Sunday via KHYI and is hosted by Alan Tompkins. #BluegrassMusic #KHYIhttp://khyi.com/members/alan-tompkins/

Posted by Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Broadcaster of the Year Nominees include Alan Tompkins, the founder of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and bass player with Texas & Tennessee. In 2010, together with the City of Farmers Branch, Texas, Alan created the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival, now known as the largest bluegrass event in north Texas. Other nominees for the Broadcaster of the Year include Barb Heller, Michael Kear, Brad Kolodner, and Peter Thompson.

Discover more Festivals & Events in Farmers Branch!

Come out to the award-winning Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival at the Farmers Branch Historical Park the weekend of October 16-17, 2020. Enjoy all-day bluegrass music, an arts & crafts marketplace and more. Music lineup and ticket information coming soon. Follow on Facebook!

Bennie Wheels Walkin' The Line Trivia and Johnny Cash Trivia Denton Drive Live

WALKIN’ THE LINE – A JOHNNY CASH TRIVIA & TRIBUTE

The May 9th Denton Drive Live! concert featuring Walkin’ The Line – a Johnny Cash Tribute performance has changed to a Facebook LIVE event!  Spark your own ring of fire and enjoy this concert, from the comfort of your own home or mobile device, by tuning in to the live stream at 8:00 p.m. This 75 minute show is sponsored by Nuevo Leon Mex Mex Restaurant and pays tribute to one of the most legendary names in the history of music.  The evening will lead you through “The Man in Black’s” greatest hits.

Thursday, May 7th Denton Drive Live is hosting Thirsty Thursday Trivia Night at 7:30 p.m. Put on your thinking cap, grab your favorite beverage prepare to answer questions about two iconic musical legends, Elvis and Johnny Cash. There will be three winners but only one can be crowned the trivia “King!”

Prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will make all other competitors Forty Shades of Green with envy! 1st place winner will receive a VIP Package to the first Denton Drive Live! concert held at The Grove in Farmers Branch. This includes:
Reserved Picnic Table
Reserved Parking
Two Denton Drive Live T-shirts
Picnic Blanket

2nd and 3rd place winners will receive a cool new Denton Drive Live T-shirt and guitar picks.
Please note if there are multiple ties for the most correct answers, we will put all of the finalists names in a drawing and randomly pick a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.

Mark your calendars for additional Thursday Thursday Trivia dates: June 11, July 9, August 6 and September 10 for a chance to win more prize packages!

So, you think you're the ultimate Johnny Cash and Elvis fan? Then put on your thinking cap, grab your favorite…

Posted by Denton Drive Live on Monday, May 4, 2020

During the month of May mention Denton Drive Live! Walkin’ the Line when you place an order with Nuevo Leon Mex Mex Restaurant or by calling 972-488-1984 and you’ll receive a free queso. 

Denton Drive Live! upcoming concert dates are set for June 13, July 11, August 8, and September 12, 2020.  Follow @DentonDriveLive on Instagram and Facebook. Visit www.dentondrivelive.com for the full schedule and additional details.

Discover more 2020 events in Farmers Branch including the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Christmas in the Branch that celebrates 50 days of holiday magic.

Farmers Branch Easter 2020

CELEBRATE EASTER IN THE BRANCH

Celebrate Easter in the Branch with customized family programs offered by Farmers Branch Parks & Recreation during April 6-12.  The egg is thought to symbolize and represent new life and joy. Easter is an essential tradition for many families around the world.  This weekend we’re offering a Home Hunt or Drive-By Egg Hunt for children to experience.  In addition, The Branch Connection is giving away free curbside boxed meals for Ages 50 and up only. 

did you know

The biggest chocolate Easter egg ever was more than 34 ft high and weighed 15,873 pounds. – Guinness World Records

Home Hunt

The Home Hunt is open to children ages 0 – 12 who live in Farmers Branch. All children who want to receive eggs must bring at least one canned good. Each child will receive 20 eggs per one canned good. Please bring your canned goods to the Farmers Branch Aquatics Center, located at 14032 Heartside Place, at either of the below dates or times.

Delivery Date & Times :
April 9: 2:00 – 4:00 pm
April 10: 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Social distancing will be maintained. All canned goods will be donated to Metrocrest Services.

Drive-By Egg Hunt

We’ll be decorating the Farmers Branch Historical Park, Farmers Branch Aquatics Center, The Branch Connection and Recreation Center windows with colorful Easter Eggs. We encourage you to cut out and decorate your windows with Easter eggs too. Take a drive through your neighborhood and to our facilities, and enjoy hunting down the eggs you can see from your car! Take a photo of your Easter eggs in your window and share it on social media with the hashtag #EasterInTheBranch by April 8 to be featured on our page and enter a drawing for a prize!

Farmers Branch Easter in the Branch

Free Meals for  Ages 50+

Maintaining social distance, The Branch Connection is giving away free curbside boxed meals to the first 100 people, ages 50 and up only. The dates and times for lunch and dinner vary and details are updated as they become available. Follow them on Facebook @farmersbranchseniors or call their information line at 972-919-1444.

Farmers Branch Seniors

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.