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Lakefest Grapevine Weekend

How 'bout this for a fun weekend - music on the lake with Jack Ingram and Johnny Cooper, camping at one of the best RV parks in Texas, enjoy the cool lake water on a hot summer day, fireworks on the lake, and playing golf on a course widely recognized as a Top Ten Metroplex Golf Course. We had so much fun we had to take Monday off to recuperate!

The Vineyards Campground on Lake Grapevine The Vineyards Campground & Cabins on Lake Grapevine

The fun started on Friday afternoon when we pulled into The Vineyards Campground & Cabins on Lake Grapevine. What a fantastic campground and RV park - excellent, spacious, full hook-up sites, the vast majority of which are lake front or at least have a good lake view, cozy cabins if you don't have an RV or tent, sandy lake swimming area, playground, campground store, kayak rentals, boat ramp, several boat docks, and more plus some of the friendliest staff you could ever imagine. Read our review of The Vineyards Campground & Cabins on Lake Grapevine to learn more about one of Texas Outside's Favorite Texas Parks.

Lake Grapevine

Swimming in a cove at Lake GrapevineShortly after getting the RV comfortably settled into its lake front site, we launched the boat and set off to find a cove to take a dip and cool off in the 100 degree temperature. Thanks to a recent rain Lake Grapevine was refreshingly cool and it's hard to beat floating in the lake with a cold beer on a hot summer day. Lake Grapevine is a small lake but has a lot going for it - day use areas, two marinas, two restaurants, boat rentals, fishing guides, some camping areas, and excellent mountain bike trails. Read our review of Lake Grapevine to learn more and check out our Lake Grapevine map.

After floating in the lake for a hour or so, we cruised by the Gaylord Hotel's lakefront nightclub, the Glass Slipper, which brought back some fond memories from the past. A swing through Silver Creek Marina made us wonder where all the money came from to buy and fuel those huge beautiful powerboats and houseboats - most of the them were in their slips so maybe the price of fuel was keeping them docked. Not the case with all the sailboats - and the wind was blowing like stink which makes sailing a real blast.

Another dip in the lake and we boated off to music and dinner at Little Pete's. It doesn't get much better than sitting on a floating dock, overlooking the lake, watching the boaters come and go, sipping a cold margarita, munching on some tasty food, and listening to a live band - I'm ready to go back! Around 8:30 we were ready to head toward the campground to catch the Friday night fireworks but as we were walking toward the door and past the bar, we heard a young lady with a great voice singing one of our favorite songs - and there just happened to be two open bar stools right in front of the karaoke stage. For the next hour we enjoyed some surprisingly good voices and a couple too many cold beers!

Little Pete's deckA karaoke singer at Little PetesMusic on the deck at Little Petes

fireworks on lake grapevine

On the way back to the campground, we arrived on the opposite shore just in time for a fantastic fireworks display. The lake was covered with a hundred or so boats watching the fireworks which lasted a good 30 minutes or so. It was a pretty impressive display and it wasn't even the 4th of July yet! When the fireworks ended on the way back to the campsite we boated right by Big Daddy's in the middle of the marina next to the campground.

Big Daddy's3 piece band at Big Daddy's

As we got a little closer we could hear laughter and some live music and their floating deck was packed. Without even thinking about it, our boat just pulled itself into an open boat slip and asked us politely to depart - being obedient boaters we obeyed and spent the next hour drinking beer and listening to some good music on the dock at Big Daddy's.

Saturday morning some good friends joined us for the rest of the weekend and shortly after they arrived we were back in the boat in search of a new cove. After some swimming and dominos we headed to the deck of Little Pete's to enjoy a burger and in my case a little hair of dog to try and get rid of the fuzzies! Now we're ready for some music at Lakefest. .

Lakefest Grapevine

Lakefest Grapevine StageLakefest GrapevineLakefest Grapevine Fireworks

We boated over to the peninsula where the music would be playing and found it somewhat challenging anchoring on the steep rocky shoreline and then walked 100 yards to Lakefest Grapevine entrance. Within the grounds were a couple food booths, some vendors selling goods, a huge beer and wine booth, a "beat the hell out of cancer car," a VIP area, and a big music stage with the lake in the background. The music kicked off at 5:00 and included:

Blackwood AvenueLead singer for Blackwood AvenueSouthern Drive lead singerSouthern Drive at Lakefest

Granger SmithLakefest fansJohnny CooperJohnny Cooper's DrummerJohnny Cooper at Lakefest

Jack Ingram and his lady fans at lakefestJack IngramJack Ingram singing to the ladies at LakefestJack Ingram

Granger was very enjoyable, Johnny Cooper is amazing for as young as he is, and Jack is always very entertaining. The highlight was Jack's last song where he was joined on stage by most of his young attractive female fans from in front of the stage. What an enjoyable afternoon and evening of music that concluded with a great fireworks display over the lake. Boating home in the cool evening under the moon and stars was pure pleasure and a perfect end to a fun day!

Lakefest Grapevine is an annual event with 100% of the proceeds going to Legacy Brain Foundation which awards grants to the cancer patients to help with the associated costs of a cancer diagnosis. No coolers or chairs are allowed. The crowd is friendly and ranges in age from teenagers to some seniors. Texas Outside was an advertising sponsor and we were lucky enough to get VIP tickets which were fantastic. The VIP area had tables, free drinks, good food, and was on the right side of the stage with a good view from all of the tables and chairs plus direct access to the left front of the stage. What a great way to enjoy the festival - you should consider getting VIP tickets for next year's festival.

Cowboys Golf Club Cowboys Golf Club

After buttoning up the RV and pulling the boat out of the water, we were off to play Cowboys Golf Club which is right across the street from where the festival was held and on the other side of the Lake Grapevine dam. Cowboys Golf Club is one of our top 25 Favorite Texas Golf Courses - read our review of Cowboys Golf Club to learn why. A round of golf here will test your game with a little bit of everything - dramatic elevation changes, dog legs, treacherous bunkers, rolling contoured fairways, water hazards, and very challenging green complexes. The greens and fairways were in near perfect condition, the clubhouse is spectacular, and the service is excellent with cute friendly cart ladies in Dallas Cowboy t-shirts. A perfect end to a very fun weekend.

Mark your calendars for next years Lakefest Grapevine.

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