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Farmers Branch will host the Celebration of Roses on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Gussie Field Watterworth Park Pavilion. 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 gardens all day.

The event begins at Gussie Pavilion with free registration. Get a bucket and clippers and enjoy listening to live bluegrass music while collecting blooms. At 10:30 a.m., the Brookhaven Garden Club will lead a floral arranging workshop at the pavilion. At this hand-on class, attendees will use their clippings to create a souvenir 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.

Fall roses in bloom at the park.

From 9:00 a.m. to noon, guests ages six and up can learn from Girls Scouts about the Power of the Pollinator and make arrangements with pollinator plants in the West Rose Garden. Pollinator plants include salvia, lantana and Gregg’s Mist Flower. These plants attract monarch butterflies on the fall migration to Mexico.

“We’ve done a great job of incorporating pollinator plants in various parts of the garden. In the fall not only do you have the roses in bloom, but the salvias are also in bloom and it’s not uncommon for them to be covered in monarchs,” says Smith. “It’s magical.”

Yellow lantana and blue salvia attract pollinators to the gardens.

At 11:30 a.m., enjoy a complimentary hot dog lunch near Rawhide Creek and live music overflowing from the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival in Farmers Branch Historical Park.

Visitors to the Celebration of Roses are invited to The American Rose Society South Central District 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 and insects in repeating workshops at 1:30 and 2:30.

Wrap up the afternoon in the Historical Park Rose Garden with the Lewisville Visual Art League and make an art trading card. Entrance to the Historical Park requires a ticket to the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival.

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.


The story of Texas hockey is a long one and one that has never really had a place to call home, until now. The Texas Hockey History Center is now open in the Children’s Health StarCenter. Take the stairs to the second floor for an immersive experience into the legacy of the game. The archive of memorabilia represents teams across the state and from long before the Dallas Stars, including the Fort Worth Fire and the Houston Aeros. Trophies, sticks, pennants, ticket stubs, skates, jerseys and more are on display.

All these collectibles come together to tell the greater story of Texas hockey. It’s a story that goes further back than you might expect – one piece shows that the Dallas Morning News was writing about hockey as early as 1895. Hockey is the second-longest tenured professional sport in Texas. Only baseball has been active longer in the Lone Star State.

Visitors are greeted with a timeline of hockey history marked by dated hockey sticks. The highlighting note-worthy dates include the first official game played on November 27, 1926 in San Antonio and extend through the USA Men’s Sled Hockey Team winning a gold medal on March 15, 2014.

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame who played or worked in Texas are recognized on The Texas Trail with custom plaques. Among them you’ll find Eric Lindros and Dave Strader of the Dallas Stars, Gordie Howe of the Houston Aeros and Mark Messier of the Houston Apollos.

There is an 8-track recording of Eric Nadel calling the Adams Cup championship for the Fort Worth Texans. Now, Nadel is better known for broadcasting Texas Ranger baseball games.

Hockey Hall of Fame member Coach Roger Neilson was also known as “Captain Video” because he revolutionized the way teams analyzed games by watching action videos. Neilson’s bright red Dallas Black Hawks 1976-77 team jacket was donated to the center by long-time friend, Nancy Nichols.

Dallas Stars chief operating officer Jason Farris and Alumni Association director Bob Bassen had a hand in establishing the Alumni Center, which includes a locker room for former Stars players. The locker room helps continue the brotherhood of Stars alumni. On its walls hangs a picture of every player who played 40 or more games. The Alumni Center is located downstairs near the main entrance and while it is not open to the public, there is a chance you’ll recognize members in the lobby.

The Children’s Health StarCenter in Farmers Branch has open skate hours and adult hockey leagues. After a game, unwind with the team at CrossBar, offering offers beer, wine, and bites. The second-floor bar opens at 5:00 p.m. daily during normal business hours. If open skate works up your appetite, head to Chef D Café and order for lunch or dinner.

The Texas Hockey History Center is open to the public during Children’s Health StarCenter operating hours. The center is self-guided and there is no admission fee. Farmers Branch DART station is steps away from the Children’s Health StarCenter, and there is plenty of free parking.  Located in the lobby is a Dallas Stars kiosk for easy access to the book tickets to an upcoming game or check out highlights during the season.

The Children’s Health StarCenter is located just east of Stemmons Freeway (I-35) and north of 635 in the heart of Farmers Branch, near Liberty Plaza and Farmers Branch Historical Park, which is home to the Farmers Branch Market and other fun special events.

The Children’s Health StarCenter in Farmers Branch is located at:
12700 N. Stemmons Freeway-I35, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234


Vintage truck and car enthusiasts be cruising into Farmers Branch on Saturday, September 8 for the 19th Annual Classic Pickups-N-Panels Truck Club Shootout. Special guests this year include the North Star District Scouts and Pinewood Derby Races. The Shootout auto show is open to the public with free admission from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Farmers Branch Historical Park.

Photo caption: Pickups-N-Panels members and friends at the 2017 Car-Truck Shootout auto show.

As the name implies, Farmers Branch Historical Park emphasizes regional history with several buildings from the 19th century on site, which makes it an ideal location for an event showcasing slightly more recent history. Pickups-N-Panels Classic GM Truck Club is a non-profit organization of North Texas folks who own, have owned or wish they owned a Chevrolet or GM truck more than 25 years old. They invite anyone with a classic car or truck to bring it out and show it off. The entry fee for each vehicle is $20, but on-lookers get in for free.

More than 90% of sponsorship funds from this event will be donated to VeteranHelp and the American Cancer Society. VeteranHelp distributes funds to vets across the state through various veteran service organizations. In 2017, the funds raised by the club were used to sponsor the Allen Race for the Cure, which went on the raise $95,000 for the fight against cancer.

Pickups-N-Panels would like to encourage other area car and truck clubs join them for the Shootout. Members designed and built custom trophies, including an award to be given to the club who brings the most participants.

Honors will also go out to the vehicle with the Best Paint, Best Interior, and Best Engine. And there are the highly coveted awards for Top Truck, Top Car and Best in Show.

Make plans to bring the family and stay all day. Food, including hamburgers, hot dogs, tamales, snow cones and ice cream, will be available, and there will be a bounce house for the kids.

Gates open at 9:30 a.m., registration is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and awards will be handed out at 2:30 p.m. Save time on Saturday and register your vintage show car in advance online.

After you’ve seen the cars, walk through the park to see examples of early Texas architecture at the depot, school, church, cottage and house. These buildings offer visitors an insight to what life was like in Farmers Branch in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and are worth a visit on their own. Farmers Branch Historical Park hosts a variety of events including Family Star Night on Tuesday, September 11 and Date Night in the Park on Saturday, September 15. See more details about these and upcoming Farmers Branch events here.

Farmers Branch Historical Park is centrally located in the DFW metroplex at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane in Farmers Branch and easily accessible from Dallas and surrounding communities via I-35E, 635, and the Bush Turnpike. Visitors should enter at the Farmers Branch Lane entrance and show vehicles must enter via Josey Lane.  Follow the 19th Annual Classic Car-Truck Show on Facebook!

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Couples across the metroplex will be lounging on the lawn at Date Night In The Park on September 15, 2018 to watch a movie under the stars plus listen to live music by Buffalo Ruckus!  The summer film Top Gun was a throwback to the 80’s so this Fall we’re showing Ocean’s 8 that released in June of this year. The A-list cast includes eight female thieves planning a heist worth $150 million dollars in New York.

Admission is free admission for ages 17 and up or $15 for ages 16 and under but attendees can upgrade their experience with the promotional Sips & Dips package! This refreshing pre-party allows guests to enter the Farmers Branch Historical Park early at 4:30 p.m. and receive five (5) tastings of craft beer from 3 Nations Brewing Co. in a souvenir flight glass.  Early attendees will also enjoy live music by Jett Platt plus a chips and queso bar!

Sips & Dips is $20 per person and must be purchased in advance by visiting Date Night In The Park to purchase a package. The VIP Experience is $125 and includes a themed personal tent/umbrella that is decorated and provides two Adirondack chairs, plus VIP parking pass, bottled water, snacks, four drink tickets and $30 in Branch Bucks to spend at the event.

Stay & Play Packages are offered by Wyndham Garden Dallas North for $99 plus tax that includes a deluxe guestroom, complimentary self parking, champagne welcome, and breakfast buffet included for two (2) in Dover’s. Doubletree Luna is offering a room rate of $94 plus tax and this Stay & Play package includes an upgrade to Lakeview Balcony King, an order of chocolate covered strawberries, breakfast buffet included for up to two (2) guests, 1:00 p.m. late checkout, and complimentary parking.

Add the event to your calendar by following Date Night In The Park on Facebook. Date Night In The Park is generously sponsored by Dallas Medical Center, Jefferson Landmark, Diesel Design Build and Eagle Gun Range. The Farmers Branch Historical Park is located at 2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75234.  Click here for a map and directions.  #DiscoverFBTX #FBTX


Farmers Branch Market is a weekly farmer’s market open Saturdays from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. during the summer season through September 29, 2018, rain or shine. Only 14 miles north of Dallas you’ll discover a delicious selection of produce from local growers, but also want to stay for an evening of music, games and food. Over 25 vendors pop-up their booths to sell artisan foods and handmade items.

“Farmers Branch Market made a bold leap this year to an evening market,” says Dallas News contributor Kim Pierce.

Live entertainment creates a casual ambiance for a stroll and a relaxing setting for the whole family to enjoy. Harold Huertas takes the stage on August 25, bringing love and happiness through Latin and American music.  A local Beatles cover band Hard Night’s Day will play on September 1.  Visitors can recline in an Adirondack chair and enjoy food from Nuevo Leon, Berkshire Farms, or a rotation of food trucks and snack carts. Picnic tables provide ample seating and some folks prefer to simply spread out your own blanket under a tree.

The Farmers Branch Market welcomes pets on a leash and September 8 is the always popular “Yappy Hour.”  This special market includes the favorite food booths, plus pet vendors offering treats, collars, services and apparel.  The Farmers Branch Animal Shelter will be on-site with pet adoption specials and free microchip with animal services.

After shopping, play a friendly game of corn hole, ladder golf, or tether ball, and let the kids enjoy the playhouse and mulch pile. Check the full calendar for updated details and connect on Facebook to help plan your visit to the market.

Be sure to snap a selfie with our signature Ampersand sculpture that is nearly 10 feet tall! Tag us with #FBTX or #DiscoverFBTX and we’ll discover your fun photos on social media.

The Farmers Branch Market is located at The Grove @ Mustang Crossing, 12700 Denton Drive, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 and is across the street from the Farmers Branch DART Station.  Admission to the market is open to the public and free parking available on-site. Additional parking is easily accessible at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter.

Discover more reviews about the Farmers Branch Market:

“Farmers Branch now open on Saturday nights with live music, frozen wine pops, and lots of food.”  By Dallas News

“Kid-friendly Farmers Branch Market is booming local food and family fun.” By Dallas News

“A Trip to Farmers Branch Market” by Stephanie Drenka