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Historical Park 2016 Events & Programs Information
          
Look inside the Doctor's Bag:  Leeches, Bullet Extractors and More!
  • Saturday, October 1, 2016 
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - Gilbert House
  • 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Free
  • Dr. Samuel Gilbert lived in Farmers Branch for nearly 30 years, and served as the primary doctor for this area. But what kind of medicine did he practice? Come to the Historical Park’s Gilbert House to explore his tools and tricks. Everything from 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 wish.

Day in a One-Room School House
  • Sunday, October 2, 2016 
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - School House
  • 1 pm - 4 pm
  • Free
  • Mary Ann West was the first official teacher in Farmers Branch.  Mrs. West taught the children of our community in a log cabin built by her husband. Come and tour a more recent version of a one-room school house—the original 1900 school built here in Farmers Branch! Sit in the old desks, write with chalk on slate tablets, and say the Pledge of Allegiance to a 45-star flag. A historic school marm will be on hand to teach lessons and, if students behave poorly, demonstrate just how a dunce cap worked.

Star Party
  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (alternate weather date, Thursday, October 6)
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - Meadow
  • sunset - 9 pm
  • Free

Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off
  • October 14 & 15, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Friday: 4:30 pm - 10 pm, Saturday: 11:30 am - 10 pm
  • There is tons to do at the award nominated Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival! A KidZone area for the children, Arts & Crafts marketplace, historical structure tours, and of course a chili cook-off (Saturday only).
  • www.bloominbluegrass.com

Lawn Games 
  • Sunday, October 23, 2016 
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - Gazebo
  • 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Free
  • What do Billy the Kid and George Washington have in common? They both loved lawn games! A recently discovered photo of Billy the Kid shows him and his gang relaxing with a game of croquet in the summer of 1878. And our first President grew up playing lawn bowling at Mount Vernon. Come to the Historical Park this fall to try your hand at both croquet and bocce (similar to lawn bowling). Visit the Gazebo to borrow a set of lawn games, an instructional booklet, and a map recommending some of the best areas of the Park. Play the game, return the set to the Gazebo, and have a great day. Why not make an event of it and pack a picnic too?

Fill'Er Up!:  Texaco Station Open for Business
  • Sunday, October 23, 2016 
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - Texaco Service Station
  • 1pm - 4 pm
  • Free
  • Come to the Farmers Branch Historical Park and visit our 1936 Texaco Station. This family friendly, hands-on event will be led by a costumed guide who knows everything about the service station and its history. Our favorite 1936 Cab Over Engine Ford Truck, Bertha, will also be in attendance. Visitors can climb up into her cab, see what the view is like, and even toot the horn if they wish. You can also learn why there are brick columns on the Northwest corner of Valley View and Marsh. This is a great event for the enthusiastic gearhead or someone just looking to get out of the house. 

Murders & Mayhem Tours
  • Thursday and Friday, October 27 and 28
  • 5 - 7:30 pm
  • Come learn about famous and infamous Victorian murders, murderers, and mayhem. Inspired by the works of Edgar Allen Poe and real historic events, these tours will highlight some of the more interesting and haunting stories of the Victorian era. 
  • Tours may not be suitable for younger audiences and no children will be admitted without a parent or guardian.

Halloween in the Park
  • October 29, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • 5 - 10 pm
  • For more information call 972.247.4607

Star Party
  • Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (alternate weather date, Thursday, November 3)
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - Meadow
  • sunset - 9 pm
  • Free

Meet Mrs, Gilbert!
  • Sunday, November 6, 2016 
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - Gilbert House
  • 1pm - 4 pm
  • Free
  • Come to one of the oldest houses in Dallas County to meet its original resident: Mrs. Julia Gilbert. Guided tours of the home will be provided by a costumed interpreter who can tell you all about Farmers Branch in the 19th century, her husband’s job as the local doctor, and her lovely home!

Kids & Family Owl Prowl with Critterman

Adults Only with Audubon Texas

Vintage Base Ball Triple Header
  • Saturday, November 12, 2016 
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - Meadow
  • Time TBA
  • Free
  • Its time for a triple header! The Farmers Branch Mustangs, the Topeka Westerns and a North Texas Vintage Base Ball 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!

Victorian Fencing:  Grand Assault of Arms
  • Saturday, November 12
  • 1 - 4 pm
  • Free
  • 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 art 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.

Historic Blacksmithing in Forge
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016 
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - Log Culture Area
  • 1pm - 4 pm
  • Free
  • After you explore the Log House and the Service Station, come and see our blacksmith forge built in a historic log barn. One of the best blacksmiths in North Texas will be on hand to explain the timeless art of bending metal using a hammer, anvil, and coal.

Fill'Er Up!:  Texaco Station Open for Business
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016 
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - Texaco Service Station
  • 1pm - 4 pm
  • Free
  • Come to the Farmers Branch Historical Park and visit our 1936 Texaco Station. This family friendly, hands-on event will be led by a costumed guide who knows everything about the service station and its history. Our favorite 1936 Cab Over Engine Ford Truck, Bertha, will also be in attendance. Visitors can climb up into her cab, see what the view is like, and even toot the horn if they wish. You can also learn why there are brick columns on the Northwest corner of Valley View and Marsh. This is a great event for the enthusiastic gearhead or someone just looking to get out of the house. 

A Little Log House on the Texas Frontier!
  • Sunday, November 13, 2016 
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park - Log Culture Area
  • 1pm - 4 pm
  • Free
  • Bring your family and explore the lives of Texas Pioneers.   The Log House will be open for tours and a costumed guide will assist visitors as they explore the 1840s with hands on demonstrations and artifacts from the time when Texas was a Republic.  Visitors will especially be able to explore spinning and weaving techniques.

Christmas Tour of Lights
  • November 25 - December 30, 2016
  • Tour begins at the intersection of IH-35 & Valley View Lane
  • 6:30 - 9:30 pm, nightly (Closed on December 3 & 25)
  • Donations accepted
  • More info

Christmas Tree Lighting

  • December 3, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Gates open 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Join us for a special night as we launch the holiday season with our Christmas Tree Lighting event. A fireworks show starts off the night and then all of the other fun activities follow. A KidZone, tubing down the snow hill, complimentary holiday treats, photos with Santa, choir performances and so much more!
  • More info
Date Night in the Park
  • April 23, 2016
  • Gates open at 5:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Childcare available off-site at the Community Recreation Center, $10/Child. Ages 3-12. Must pre-register by Thursday, April 21.
  • Event includes live music, a variety of food trucks, craft beer & wine, and features a movie on our outdoor inflatable screen to top the night. 
  • ATM on site for concession purchases

Star Party
  • May 10, 2016 (Inclement weather date on May 12)
  • Sunset to 9 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park in the Meadow
  • High powered telescopes will be focused on the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, Globular Cluster and Open Star Clusters, Double Stars and Planetary Nebulae.
  • For more information call 972.406.0184
  • Flyer

Fishin' Fun

  • May 14, 2016
  • Gussie Field Watterworth Park
  • Children 16 & Under will have the opportunity to hook a catch as the City will place one ton of catfish into Rawhide Creek. Come early, make use of our loan equipment, and get ready for a good time! More activities on-site including bounce houses, catch-and-release pool, and mud pies.
  • For more information call 972.919.8740

Tastes & Tunes Series
  • May 19, 2016
  • The Grove @ Mustang Crossing
  • Join us for our summer series featuring live music, local food trucks, and some good outdoor fun.

Liberty Fest Presents Stars & Strings featuring the Dallas Wind Symphony
  • May 28, 2016
  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Celebrate our nations heroes during the Stars & Strings event. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family including historical structure tours, bounce houses for the kids, and a finale fireworks show. Concessions will also be available on-site.

Tastes & Tunes Series
  • June 16, 2016
  • The Grove @ Mustang Crossing
  • Join us for our summer series featuring live music, local food trucks, and some good outdoor fun.

Independence Day Celebration

  • July 3, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Gates open at 6:30 pm, fireworks at approximately 9 pm
  • Our annual Independence Day Celebration returns once again! Join us for an All-American day with kid activities, photo station, and our infamous low-level fireworks show!

Tastes & Tunes Series
  • July 21, 2016
  • The Grove @ Mustang Crossing
  • Join us for our summer series featuring live music, local food trucks, and some good outdoor fun.

Pick-Ups-N-Panels of North Texas Car-Truck Shootout
  • September 10, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • For more information call 972.406.0184.

Encounters from the Past
  • September 16 & 17, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Keenan Cemetery
  • Ticket Information TBA
  • Encounter visitors from the past as they share their story of Farmers Branch and the influence they had in forming this city.
  • For more information call 972.406.0184.

Date Night in the Park
  • September 24, 2016
  • Gates open at 5:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Childcare available off-site at the Community Recreation Center, $10/Child
  • Event includes live music, a variety of food trucks, craft bee & wine, and features a movie on our outdoor inflatable screen to top the night. 
  • ATM on site for concession purchases

Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off

  • October 14 & 15, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Friday: 4:30 pm - 10 pm, Saturday: 11:30 am - 10 pm
  • There is tons to do at the award nominated Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival! A KidZone area for the children, Arts & Crafts marketplace, historical structure tours, and of course a chili cook-off (Saturday only).
  • www.bloominbluegrass.com

Celebration of Roses

  • October 15, 2016
  • 9 am - 4:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Rose Gardens @ Gussie Field Watterworth Park
  • Celebrate the blooming roses with fun activities, live music, and a hot dog lunch. Golf carts will also be making rounds to and from the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival.

Craft Fair
  • October 15, 2016
  • 9 am - 4 pm
  • Farmers Branch Senior Center
  • Over 100 crafters and artists sell their one-of-a-kind pieces. Concession will also be available on site.
  • For more information call 972.919.8740

Victorian Murder & Mayhem Tours
  • October 27 & 28, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • 5 - 7:30 pm
  • Only ages 16+
  • 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 Victorian era.
  • For more information call 972.406.0184

Halloween in the Park

  • October 29, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • 5 - 10 pm
  • For more information call 972.247.4607

Veterans Day Celebration
  • November 11, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Senior Center
  • Celebration begins at 10:30 am

Christmas Tour of Lights

  • November 25 - December 30, 2016
  • Tour begins at the intersection of IH-35 & Valley View Lane
  • 6:30 - 9:30 pm, nightly (Closed on December 3 & 25)
  • Donations accepted

Christmas Tree Lighting

  • December 3, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Gates open 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Join us for a special night as we launch the holiday season with our Christmas Tree Lighting event. A fireworks show starts off the night and then all of the other fun activities follow. A KidZone, tubing down the snow hill, complimentary holiday treats, photos with Santa, choir performances and so much more!
Date Night in the Park
  • April 23, 2016
  • Gates open at 5:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Childcare available off-site at the Community Recreation Center, $10/Child. Ages 3-12. Must pre-register by Thursday, April 21.
  • Event includes live music, a variety of food trucks, craft beer & wine, and features a movie on our outdoor inflatable screen to top the night. 
  • ATM on site for concession purchases

Star Party
  • May 10, 2016 (Inclement weather date on May 12)
  • Sunset to 9 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park in the Meadow
  • High powered telescopes will be focused on the Sun, Jupiter, Saturn, Globular Cluster and Open Star Clusters, Double Stars and Planetary Nebulae.
  • For more information call 972.406.0184
  • Flyer

Fishin' Fun

  • May 14, 2016
  • Gussie Field Watterworth Park
  • Children 16 & Under will have the opportunity to hook a catch as the City will place one ton of catfish into Rawhide Creek. Come early, make use of our loan equipment, and get ready for a good time! More activities on-site including bounce houses, catch-and-release pool, and mud pies.
  • For more information call 972.919.8740

Tastes & Tunes Series
  • May 19, 2016
  • The Grove @ Mustang Crossing
  • Join us for our summer series featuring live music, local food trucks, and some good outdoor fun.

Liberty Fest Presents Stars & Strings featuring the Dallas Wind Symphony
  • May 28, 2016
  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Celebrate our nations heroes during the Stars & Strings event. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family including historical structure tours, bounce houses for the kids, and a finale fireworks show. Concessions will also be available on-site.

Tastes & Tunes Series
  • June 16, 2016
  • The Grove @ Mustang Crossing
  • Join us for our summer series featuring live music, local food trucks, and some good outdoor fun.

Independence Day Celebration

  • July 3, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Gates open at 6:30 pm, fireworks at approximately 9 pm
  • Our annual Independence Day Celebration returns once again! Join us for an All-American day with kid activities, photo station, and our infamous low-level fireworks show!

Tastes & Tunes Series
  • July 21, 2016
  • The Grove @ Mustang Crossing
  • Join us for our summer series featuring live music, local food trucks, and some good outdoor fun.

Pick-Ups-N-Panels of North Texas Car-Truck Shootout
  • September 10, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • For more information call 972.406.0184.

Encounters from the Past
  • September 16 & 17, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Keenan Cemetery
  • Ticket Information TBA
  • Encounter visitors from the past as they share their story of Farmers Branch and the influence they had in forming this city.
  • For more information call 972.406.0184.

Date Night in the Park
  • September 24, 2016
  • Gates open at 5:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Childcare available off-site at the Community Recreation Center, $10/Child
  • Event includes live music, a variety of food trucks, craft bee & wine, and features a movie on our outdoor inflatable screen to top the night. 
  • ATM on site for concession purchases

Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off

  • October 14 & 15, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Friday: 4:30 pm - 10 pm, Saturday: 11:30 am - 10 pm
  • There is tons to do at the award nominated Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival! A KidZone area for the children, Arts & Crafts marketplace, historical structure tours, and of course a chili cook-off (Saturday only).
  • www.bloominbluegrass.com

Celebration of Roses

  • October 15, 2016
  • 9 am - 4:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Rose Gardens @ Gussie Field Watterworth Park
  • Celebrate the blooming roses with fun activities, live music, and a hot dog lunch. Golf carts will also be making rounds to and from the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival.

Craft Fair
  • October 15, 2016
  • 9 am - 4 pm
  • Farmers Branch Senior Center
  • Over 100 crafters and artists sell their one-of-a-kind pieces. Concession will also be available on site.
  • For more information call 972.919.8740

Victorian Murder & Mayhem Tours
  • October 27 & 28, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • 5 - 7:30 pm
  • Only ages 16+
  • 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 Victorian era.
  • For more information call 972.406.0184

Halloween in the Park

  • October 29, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • 5 - 10 pm
  • For more information call 972.247.4607

Veterans Day Celebration
  • November 11, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Senior Center
  • Celebration begins at 10:30 am

Christmas Tour of Lights

  • November 25 - December 30, 2016
  • Tour begins at the intersection of IH-35 & Valley View Lane
  • 6:30 - 9:30 pm, nightly (Closed on December 3 & 25)
  • Donations accepted

Christmas Tree Lighting

  • December 3, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Gates open 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Join us for a special night as we launch the holiday season with our Christmas Tree Lighting event. A fireworks show starts off the night and then all of the other fun activities follow. A KidZone, tubing down the snow hill, complimentary holiday treats, photos with Santa, choir performances and so much more!
Liberty Fest Presents Stars & Strings featuring the Dallas Wind Symphony
  • May 28, 2016
  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Celebrate our nations heroes during the Stars & Strings event. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family including historical structure tours, bounce houses for the kids, and a finale fireworks show. Concessions will also be available on-site.
Liberty Fest Presents Stars & Strings featuring the Dallas Wind Symphony
  • May 28, 2016
  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Celebrate our nations heroes during the Stars & Strings event. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family including historical structure tours, bounce houses for the kids, and a finale fireworks show. Concessions will also be available on-site.
Liberty Fest Presents Stars & Strings featuring the Dallas Wind Symphony
  • May 28, 2016
  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Celebrate our nations heroes during the Stars & Strings event. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family including historical structure tours, bounce houses for the kids, and a finale fireworks show. Concessions will also be available on-site.
Liberty Fest Presents Stars & Strings featuring the Dallas Wind Symphony
  • May 28, 2016
  • 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Celebrate our nations heroes during the Stars & Strings event. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family including historical structure tours, bounce houses for the kids, and a finale fireworks show. Concessions will also be available on-site.
Date Night in the Park
  • September 24, 2016
  • Gates open at 5:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Childcare available off-site at the Community Recreation Center, $10/Child
  • Event includes live music, a variety of food trucks, craft bee & wine, and features a movie on our outdoor inflatable screen to top the night. 
  • ATM on site for concession purchases

Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off

  • October 14 & 15, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Friday: 4:30 pm - 10 pm, Saturday: 11:30 am - 10 pm
  • There is tons to do at the award nominated Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival! A KidZone area for the children, Arts & Crafts marketplace, historical structure tours, and of course a chili cook-off (Saturday only).
  • www.bloominbluegrass.com
Date Night in the Park
  • September 24, 2016
  • Gates open at 5:30 pm
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Childcare available off-site at the Community Recreation Center, $10/Child
  • Event includes live music, a variety of food trucks, craft bee & wine, and features a movie on our outdoor inflatable screen to top the night. 
  • ATM on site for concession purchases

Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off

  • October 14 & 15, 2016
  • Farmers Branch Historical Park
  • Friday: 4:30 pm - 10 pm, Saturday: 11:30 am - 10 pm
  • There is tons to do at the award nominated Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival! A KidZone area for the children, Arts & Crafts marketplace, historical structure tours, and of course a chili cook-off (Saturday only).
  • www.bloominbluegrass.com