Upcoming Events

Historical Park Events & Programs Information 

Date Night in the Park


  • Fall - September 23
  • Gates open at 5:30 pm
  • Childcare is available for children 3-12 years of age at the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center.
  • Enjoy live music, dinner, and a movie under the stars.
  • More information

Lawn Games at the Historical Park

  • September 24
  • 12:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Come and spend time with us as we set out the Museum’s collection of lawn games for guests to borrow and enjoy. Bring the family, a date or a group of friends and see who is the cruelest croquet player or the best at bocce! Games will be available to borrow from the gazebo at the heart of the Historical Park. Simply come and collect a set as supplies last and then enjoy the game on one of the museum’s many grassy lawns. When you’re done why not go for a stroll among the many historic buildings and gardens the museum has to offer?
  • Historical Park ~ Gazebo
  • Free

General Store Demo

 
  • ​September 24
  • Come and go between 1 - 4 pm
  • The Historical Park's 1927 General Store is the bee's knees and the cat's meow!  Come explore our seasonal displays and collection of items from Farmers Branch during the roaring 20's.   A docent will be on hand to help your children with a special scavenger hunt while adults can listen to 1920s music and peruse all that a store at that time had to offer.  Sorry, nothing is for sale.  This event is family friendly.  Guests are encouraged to ask questions and interact with their guide as much as they wish.
  • Free

Queen Anne Victorian Cottage Demo


  • September 24
  • Come and go between 1 - 4 pm 
  • You are cordially invited to come into the Queen Anne Victorian Cottage and explore with a costumed docent.  From chamber pots to tea sets, and everything in between; this is a fantastic opportunity to explore what life was like for Texans in the 1880s. This event is family friendly.  Guests are encourage to ask questions and interact with their guide as much as they wish.
  • Free

Star Party

  • October 10 (alternate weather date, October 12)
  • Sunset to 9 pm
  • Viewings are free and open to the public. Members from the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas will provide a variety of                 telescopes available for viewing the night sky.
  • High powered telescopes will be focused on Neptune, Saturn, Open Star Clusters, Globular Star Clusters, Double Stars and     Planetary Nebulae.
  • Historical Park ~ meadow
  • Free
  • Flyer

Murder & Mayhem Tours


  • October 13 and 14
  • Come and spend Friday the 13th (or Saturday the 14th) among the ghoulish and insane at the Farmers Branch Historical Park. For two nights only, get in the Halloween spirit by learning about famous and infamous murders, murderers, and mayhem dating back to the Victorian era and beyond. Inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe and real historical events, these tours will highlight some of the more interesting and haunting stories of the past. Learn about the “Midnight Assassin”, a serial killer who stalked Texas in the mid-1880s. Meet the most infamous and deadly chef of the Victorian age. Watch out for sharp blades and poisonous concoctions near the Doctor. The themes of this tour may not be appropriate for younger audiences and no children younger than 16 years of age will be admitted. Concessions will be sold by the Knights of Columbus.
  • Tours will take place every half hour from 5 to 7:30 PM
  • Tickets/$5
  • Tickets are available for preorder at 8 AM on October 2 by contacting the Historical Park at 972.406.0184 or historicalpark@farmersbranchtx.gov
  • Flyer

Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off


  • October 20 & 21
  • Friday, October 20 ~ 4:30 to 10 pm / Saturday, October 21 ~ 11:30 am - 10 pm
  • Enjoy live entertainment, Arts & Crafts Marketplace, FREE KidZone, Concessions, Jamming, Chili Cook-Off (on Saturday only) and more!
  • More info at bloominbluegrass.com

Haunts & Houses:  Trick or Treating at the Historical Park (for the little ones)


  • October 24
  • Come and go between 1 - 4 pm
  • Free
  • Flyer

Halloween in the Park


  • October 28
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - 2540 Farmers Branch Lane
  • 5 - 10 pm
  • More details

Vintage Base Ball Triple Header


  • Saturday, November 4
  • Time to be announced
  • The Farmers Branch Mustangs, the Topeka Westerners and a North Texas Vintage Base Ball Team will play tow 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 bass and a lot of enthusiastic huzzahs!

General Store Demo


  • Saturday, November 4
  • Come and go between 1 - 4 pm
  • Our 1927 General Store is the bee's knees and the cat's meow!   Come explore our seasonal displays and collection of items from Farmers Branch during the roaring 20's.  A docent will be on hand to help your children with a special scavenger hunt while adults can listen to 1920s music and peruse all that a store at that time had to offer.   Sorry, nothing is for sale.  This event is family friendly. Guests are encouraged to ask questions and interact with their guide as much as they wish.
  • Free

Service Station Demo


  • Sunday, November 5
  • Come and go between 1 - 4 pm
  • The Texaco Service Station will be open for business.   Come with your whole family and lend the mechanic a hand as help to care for our Glad Acres Truck.  The truck served its working life on the Glad Acres Farm here in Farmer Branch, and still runs at the Park today!
  • Free

Owl Prowl


  • Tuesday, November 7
  • 7 - 8:30 pm
  • Bring the family to learn about the birds of the night.   The Blackland Prairie Raptor Center will be on hand with live owls for a show and tell.   The event will conclude with a prowl for owls, weather depending.
  • RSVP required - call 972.406.014 or email historicalpark@farmersbranchtx.gov

A Grand Assault of Arms:  Victorian Fencing Tournament


  • Saturday, November 11
  • Come and go between 1 - 4 pm
  • The Victorian Fencing Society will be offering free demonstrations on the lawn of the Queen Anne Victorian Cottage. Come and watch, learn and practice in the late 19th century are of swordplay with foils and sabers.   Gentlemen and ladies of all ages, especially children, are encouraged to come and enjoy.   No experience is necessary and safety equipment is provided.
  • Free

Gilbert House Demo


  • Sunday, November 12
  • Come and go between 1 - 4 pm
  • Dr. Samuel Gilbert lived in Farmers Branch for 30 years, and served as the primary doctor for this area.  But what kind of medicine did he practice?   Come explore his tools and tricks.   Everything form leeches and bloodletting, to amputations and home-made medicines. The doctor's wife, Julia Gilbert, will be on hand to show visitors what life was like in the 1800s and how her husband treated some of the most gruesome diseases and injuries of the day!   This event is family friendly.   Guests are encouraged to ask questions and interact with their guide as much as they like.
  • Free

Queen Anne Victorian Cottage Demo


  • Sunday, November 12
  • Come and go between 1 - 4 pm
  • You are cordially invited to come into the Queen Anne Victorian Cottage and explore with a costumed docent.  From chamber pots to teas sets, and everything in between; this is a fantastic opportunity to explore what life was like for Texans in the 1800s. The event is family friendly.  Guests are encouraged to ask questions and interact wit their guide as much as they wish.
  • Free

Celebrating 150 years of Laura Ingalls Wilder 


  • Tuesday, November 21
  • 10 am - 12 pm
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving in the spirit of the pioneers.  Families are invited to tour the Log House, hear the tales of Laura Ingalls Wilder, help with laundry and garden chores and make butter.  Bring your own pioneer picnic.
  • Free

Christmas Tours


  • December 2-15, 22 & 23 at 2:15 pm
  • Group tours available on weekdays or other weekend days, please contact the Historical Park at 972.406.0184 to schedule
  • Experience Christmas in the Old Church, School House, Queen Anne Cottage and the General Store. The tour will showcase holiday decorations and traditions of the past
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - 2540 Farmers Branch Lane
  • Free

Christmas Tour of Lights


  • November 24 thru December 30 (excluding December 2 & 25)
  • Tour begins at the intersection of IH-35 & Valley View Lane
  • 6:30 - 9:30 pm, nightly (excluding December 2 & 25)
  • $5 suggested donation per vehicle
  • Visit for more info

Christmas Tree Lighting


  • December 2
  • Time: Gates open at 4 p.m.
  • Free Admission
  • Lot of family friendly activities
  • More info


FARMERS BRANCH HISTORICAL PARK
2540 Farmers Branch Lane 972.406.0184

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