Historical Park Activities


Farmers  Branch Historical Park

Crime Scene

The Historical Park's 20th Century Crime Scene is open for you to solve through October 30th. On October 31st, Halloween Day, we will have three drawings for all of those who solved the scene and reveal the correct answers on our Facebook page. The crime scene will be available for viewing during regular museum hours, Mon-Fri 8AM-6PM, Sat-Sun 12PM-6PM. Good luck and Happy Halloween!

Farmers Branch Historical Park


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Day of the Dead Celebration

Thursday, November 1 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, inside the Dodson House

Ages 4 and up
Fee: $20 per person; $15 per person for Friends of the Farmers Branch Historical park members.
Call the Historical Park at 972.406.0184 for discount; space is limited and pre-registration required.

Join us for an intimate celebration of the Day of the Dead also known as Dia de los Muertos. Festivities include food, aguas frescas and cinnamon hot chocolate, traditional décor, music, education about the holiday and honoring  the deceased. 

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Vintage Base Ball Triple Header

Saturday, November 3 from 11 am - 4 pm, in the Historical Park Meadow

Come & Go

It’s time for a triple header! The Farmers Branch Mustangs, the Topeka Westerns and a special guest team will play two games of 1860s base ball. Bring your chair or quilt, eat a picnic and come in 1860s attire or as you are. These three teams will spend the day playing historic base ball from the Civil War era which means no gloves, a lemon-peel ball and a lot of enthusiastic huzzahs!

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Local Fuel:  Red, White & Brew

Tuesday, November 6 from 7 – 11 am, in the Historical Park Service Station

Fee: $2 per cup

Make a pit stop at the Service Station to fuel up on good vibes for the day. Share a beautiful morning in the Park with your friends and neighbors over a cup of joe, hot chocolate or apple cider. Swing by on the way to work or plan an outdoor meeting. Baked goods, water and soft drinks also available for purchase.

Star Party

Tuesday, November 6 from sunset to 9 pm, weather permitting in the Historical Park Meadow

Come & Go

Enjoy a sunset in the park as the stars slowly emerge for gazing. Join us and the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas for viewing the moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Venus, Star Clusters, Open Star Clusters, Globular Star Clusters, Planetary Nebulae, Double Stars and summer constellations. The Society will provide a variety of telescopes, however participants are encouraged to bring their own telescopes.


Farmers Branch and World War I

November 6 – January 6

100th Anniversary of the end of World War I exhibit on display in the lobby of City Hall. Be sure to check out the exhibit again in December to see newly added elements of the 1914 Christmas Truce on the Western Front. 

Veterans exhibit at the Senior Center on display during October and November.


Candy Making Workshop Saturday

November 10 from 1 to 3 pm

Family Friendly
Fee: $20 per person/$35 for two; space is limited and pre-registration required 

Join Instructor – Chocolatier, Yeli Marshall of Yelibelly Chocolates at the Dodson House. Class begins with a demo and discussion on candy making. Guests are guided through hands on candy pulling, hard candy making, lollipops and more. Each guest leaves with a box of candy they made themselves.

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The Victorian Fencing Society presents a Grand Assault of Arms 

Saturday, November 10 from 1 – 4 pm, at the Historical Park

Come & Go

A family friendly Public Exhibition of Nineteenth Century Fencing Matches, to be contested among the members of the Victorian Fencing Society with various fencing weapons to determine a champion. Visitors are invited to cheer for their champions, ask questions, and take photos of the events.



Birds of Farmers Branch 

Thursday, November 15 from 6 to 7 pm, at the Dodson House

Family Friendly 
Fee: $2 per person; space is limited and pre-registration is required

Instructor – Steve Romaine 
Have you ever wondered what kind of bird that is? Join us for an informative class highlighting the birds found in Farmers Branch.

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Park After Dark – Discover the Historical Park After Dark!

Friday, November 16 from 7 to 9 pm

Ages 21 and up
Fee: $20 per person; space is limited and pre-registration required

Join us for a lesson in vintage cocktails by lantern light. Each vintage cocktail will be taught at a different structure throughout the Park, and you get to take home the recipe.

BBQ Workshop

Saturday, November 17 from 12 – 3 pm, at the Historical Park

Ages 21 and up 
Fee: $75 per person; space is limited and pre-registration is required.  

Whether you’re just starting out or have a smokin’ hot resume, you’ll certainly take your BBQ skills to the next level when you attend this workshop. Taught by an award- winning Texas pitmaster who will provide detailed, interactive  instruction: including choosing the right product, trimming, rubs and prep, wood selection, fire management, timing and slicing of the end product. Workshop includes barbecue lunch and refreshments.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving with Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday, November 20 from 10 am to 12 pm

Family Friendly
Fee: $2 per person/$5 per person for VIP experience (begins at 9:30 am, arrive by 9:15 am)
$12 per Junior Girl Scout (includes badge and program fee) at 10 am with registration opening at 9:45 am
non-refundable event, space is limited and pre-registration required

Celebrate Thanksgiving in pioneer spirit at the Farmers Branch Historical Park! Sit in on a lesson at the School House, make old-fashioned crafts, participate in tasks essential to daily life in early Farmers Branch and discover what you’re thankful for. Junior Girl Scout badge, Playing the Past, is also available for individual scouts and troops. Meet badge requirements while seeing history through the eyes of a pioneer girl and learning how girls of the past lived, worked and played.

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Drop & Shop:  Kids’ Craft Day – Christmas Presents

Saturday, November 24 from 1 to 5 pm

Ages 5 – 12
Fee: $20 per child; space is limited and pre-registration required

Join Samantha at the Dodson House for an afternoon of beautiful handmade gift making and wrapping of Christmas presents for your favorite people. Children will leave with four gifts ready for giving to parents, grandparents, teachers, friends, and more. Snacks and juice will be provided throughout the afternoon, but we encourage each child to bring a water bottle. #practicallyperfectinthepark

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