Saturday, September 25, 2021

Halloween Tips and Tricks

Get out the face paint and pumpkins! Halloween is right around the corner! 

This year’s activities may look a little different. The CDC has issued recommendations for traditional Halloween activities and categorized them as low, moderate and high-risk activities to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 


Looking for something to do? Try one of these fun activities! 

Apex Arts League partners with FWSO to bring the music of Harry Potter films to Southlake

There’ll be wand-waving of a different sort during the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween-themed concert on Sunday, October 22, 2017, when Associate Conductor Alejandro Gómez Guillén leads the orchestra in musical selections from the Harry Potter films. This family-friendly concert will take place at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake and include an instrument petting zoo provided by Music & Arts for children to try out different orchestral instruments.

Magic wand in hand

Halloween with Harry Potter—presented in partnership with the Apex Arts League—will include orchestral music from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, featuring music by Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams.

Concert-goers are invited to attend in their Hogwarts-regalia or their muggle clothes. This concert begins at 6:00 PM in White’s Chapel UMC, Southlake on Sunday, October 22, 2017. The instrument petting zoo will begin one hour earlier at 5:00 PM. Prices are $10 for children and $20 for adults, with discounts available for Apex members. Tickets can be purchased by calling the FWSO Ticket Office at 817-665-6000, by visiting

Free Masterworks Concerts Coming to Southlake in May

Join the City of Southlake and Arts Council Northeast as we present the Southlake Community Band for a Disney inspired concert as well as a Memorial Day Weekend country concert featuring Derek Anthony.

The Southlake Community Band will perform Saturday, May 13 from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at The Marq Southlake’s outdoor amphitheater – Aria, featuring Disney musical selections fit for the entire family.  Bring your family and friends out for a night of iconic songs from the Lion King, Frozen, Fantasia, Star Wars, Beauty and the Beast and other melodies from Disney favorites. Be sure to pack a blanket or lawn chair and bug spray. Coolers and snacks welcome, alcohol is not permitted.

The Southlake Community Band, directed by Mr. David Stone, is a concert band of more than seventy talented adult amateur musicians who enjoy playing music just for fun. The band performs regularly in the North Texas cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Colleyville and surrounding communities. Their concert programs range from classic band music to Broadway, rousing Sousa marches to familiar children’s music.  Visit for more information on the band!

Staying in town Memorial Day weekend?  What better way to enjoy the weekend than with a country concert featuring local icon Derek Anthony on Saturday, May 27 from 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Rustin Pavilion in Southlake Town Square.  Be sure to pack a blanket or lawn chair and bug spray. Coolers and snacks welcome, alcohol is not permitted.

Derek can best be described as a contemporary country style with some traditional taste of country music embedded into his sound and feel. Derek’s live performances are high energy with extensive crowd interaction. His band “The D-Train Band” is one of the strongest bands in the country genre – a must see. Derek is eager to broaden his musical career into the mass market appeal and produce memorable music that embraces emotion, fun, and touches the hearts of millions of fans. Derek’s style ranges from country rock to a strong traditional ballad with a full range of vocals. He is a regular at the world famous Billy Bob’s and has opened up for Pat Green, Josh Turner, Kansas, Sara Evans, Aaron Watson, Tracy Lawrence, Clint Black, Jo Dee Messina, The Cadillac Three, Colt Ford, and many others. Visit for more info on Derek Anthony!


For more info on FREE upcoming concerts visit or contact 817-748-8019 for more information.

Join us for the Southlake Superhero 5K and Fun Run!

Suit up in your favorite superhero outfit and join the City of Southlake for the “Southlake Superhero 5K and Fun Run.”

The event will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Bicentennial Park in Southlake, Texas. Following the race, there will be an awards ceremony, concert, and activities in the Aria Amphitheater.

Race Day Schedule (tentative)

7:30 am – Race Day Registration Opens
8:30 am – Race Day Registration Closes
8:30 am – Fun Run start
9:00 am – 5K start
10:00 am – Awards ceremony
10:30 am – Concert

Runners and walkers of all ages are encouraged to participate in this exciting event. Strollers are permitted, however for the safety of all participants, inline skates, bikes, and scooters are not permitted.

Early packet pickup will be on Friday, March 31, 2017, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Marq Southlake, 285 Shady Oaks. Late packet pickup is available at the race site on race day. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the race to make sure there is enough time to pick up your packet.

To register for this event click here

Southlake Community Band Brings Disney to Southlake

Come to Whites Chapel Methodist Church and listen to the magic of Disney on Tuesday, March 7 at 7:00 PM!

Southlake Community Band will be playing tunes from Disney movies at Whites Chapel United Methodist Church located at 185 S. White Chapel Blvd, Southlake, TX 76092.

Here’s what will be there at this free, family-friendly concert:

  • Find Mickies in the lobby
  • Frozen sing-along
  • An opportunity to come on stage to see and hear various musical instruments following the conclusion of the performance
  • A photo opportunity and autograph with Elsa after the show
  • All guests are encouraged to wear their favorite Mickey or Minnie ears

Southlake Community Band is a band of more than 70 talented musicians. To learn more about them, please visit their website.

Party Machine to play MasterWorks

The Arts Council Northeast and the City of Southlake are pleased to present Party Machine as part of the 2016 MasterWorks Summer Concert Series.

Party Machine, created by Deno Taglioli, band leader of Emerald City, provides a high energy, interactive performance covering a variety of tunes ranging from the 1950’s all the way through today’s chart toppers. Party Machine takes the stage July 23rd at The Aria Amphitheater located at The Marq here in Southlake.

Make sure to bring a chair or blanket and come ready for some great music and good times.
There will also be food trucks at all outdoor performances.

Six Things To Know About The Southlake Superhero 5k & Fun Run

The Southlake Superhero 5K & Fun Run is fast approaching, so we thought we would share our list of things you need to know.  The festivities kick off on Saturday, April 2, at Bicentennial Park. The race begins at 8:00 AM, and a celebration concert begins at 11:00 AM. Visit the Southlake Superhero 5k & Fun Run website for more information at:

Southlake Community Band Presents Its Annual Symphonic Concert On Tuesday, March 8th

The Southlake Community Band will be in concert on Tuesday, March 8th at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake. The concert time is 7:00 PM.

This is the band’s annual “symphonic” concert and this year will present some of the famous orchestral compositions that were created especially for concert bands. These will include works by J.S. Bach, Gustav Holtz, Percy Grainger and even John Phillip Sousa. This entertaining and educational program will feature a variety of musical styles and will have something to please everyone in the family.

This special once-a-year event will begin at 7:00PM and admission is free. White’s Chapel United Methodist Church is located at 185 White Chapel Blvd. in Southlake. For more information, visit the band’s web site at

Apex Arts League to Present UNT One O’Clock Lab Band in Southlake Concert

The APEX Arts League will present to the Northeast Tarrant County community  The One O’Clock Lab Band in concert on Saturday, February 27th  at 7:00 p.m., at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 185 South White’s Chapel Boulevard, Southlake.

Three incredible high school jazz bands will open the program, performing commissioned pieces written by composition students at UNT. The High School bands include:

  • Carroll Jazz Orchestra from Carroll Senior High School, Southlake, Texas
  • Paschal Jazz Ensemble from R.L. Paschal High School, Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Southwest High School Jazz Band from Southwest High School, Ft. Worth, Texas

The One O’Clock, under the direction of Jay Saunders, is the premier performing jazz ensemble from the  internationally acclaimed University of North Texas’ Jazz Studies Program.   The One O’Clock is a seven time Grammy- nominated ensemble and has produced a multitude of great composers, performers and educators over the years, recording more than 60 albums in its tenure.

Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $5 for students, seniors and Apex members.

Southlake-based Apex Arts League sponsors a variety of performing and visual arts programs in the local area. For more information, visit