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Stars and Stripes Southlake Returns with a Boom on July 3

Complete with family fun and patriotic festivities, the 18th annual Stars and Stripes Southlake celebration is scheduled for Monday, July 3, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Hosted by the City of Southlake, the free community event offers live entertainment, activities for kids, food and drink options, free shuttle service and a sparkling display of fireworks.

The freedom fun will feature musical entertainment on two stages in Southlake Town Square: Family Park and Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park. Event guests will experience live performances by the Southlake Community Band, Empty Pockets Country Band, Limelight Band and various patriotic ceremonies throughout the event.

Fun for everyone, family activities and entertainment will be available throughout Southlake Town Square during the event. Kids of all ages will be able to create patriotic crafts in the Creation Station, and the KidZone will offer exciting outdoor activities such as dual inflatable slides, inflatable obstacles, and inflatable midway games. An area for toddlers will also be available. There will be other festive fun throughout the event, including candy art, balloon artists, strolling characters, temporary tattoos, live entertainment and trampoline jumps.

From burgers to barbeque, ice pops and more, guests will find delicious eats at the 20 food stands and food trucks at the event. In addition to local flavors from area restaurants, there will also be festival favorites, such as cotton candy, fried Oreos and lemonade booths on site.

Launched from the rooftop of the West Parking Garage and synchronized to patriotic favorites, fireworks will illuminate the sky at 9:30 p.m. Seen from in and around Southlake Town Square, the best viewing spots include Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park, McPherson Park, DPS Headquarters, Lot 1, Park Village and Shops of Southlake. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

Enjoy the ultimate spectator experience during The Star Experience. This VIP treatment includes a reserved table with close seating to the patriotic action.

Although parking for the event is free, internal Southlake Town Square parking lots will close at 7:00 a.m. on the day of the event. All surface lots and the East Garage will close once full or by 7:30 p.m. Free shuttle services will be available at White’s Chapel Methodist Church and Gateway Church, with round-trip rides to and from McPherson Park from 3:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.

For additional event information, including an event map and a list of FAQ’s, visit the event website.

Get the Star Experience at Stars and Stripes!

The Star Experience at the City of Southlake’s annual Stars & Stripes event is perfect for families and small groups! You and your family and/or friends can enjoy reserved seating in front of the Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park stage for prime fireworks viewing at 9:30 PM.

The Star Experience will provide the closest seats to the live entertainment, featuring Empty Pockets and Limelight band. Empty Pockets will perform from 6:00-7:45 PM and Limelight band 8:15-9:30 PM. Both Star Experience zones are gated so that the tables inside enjoy the best seats around without feeling overcrowded.

The Red Star Experience tickets are $100.00, with each ticket including a table with an umbrella, four chairs, appetizers from Brio Tuscan Grille and water. This location is nearest to the stage in the Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park.

The Blue Star Experience tickets are $75.00, with each ticket including a table with an umbrella, 4 chairs, appetizers from Brio Tuscan Grille and water. This location is slightly further away from the stage in the Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park, behind the water fountain.

Tickets can be purchased at the Community Services office in Town Hall, Suite 210 or online. Please call (817) 748-8019 with any questions.

Please note that refunds will not be available in the event of inclement weather.

Stars and Stripes Southlake: 7 Reasons to Mark Your Calendars!

Southlake’s perfect fireworks extravaganza is almost here! Save the date, July 3, 2017 for Stars and Stripes Southlake. Get ready for food, fun and more!

  1. Plenty of photo opportunities!
    Family photo at Stars and Stripes

    With all of the strolling characters, live entertainment and fireworks, there will be lots of chances to capture the perfect pictures.














  1. Free activities for the kids!

    Little girl making craft

    From inflatables to arts and crafts, there’s fun for kids of all ages!













  1. VIP seating offered!

    Star Experience view of fireworks

    The Star Experience has two different packages that give access to the perfect viewing of the fireworks show with food.














  1. Free live concerts!

    Southlake Community Band at Stars and Stripes

    Whether you’re at Rustin Pavilion or Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park there will be live music for you to enjoy!













  1. Great food!

    Photo of the back of a food truck at Stars and Stripes

    We have a wide variety of food trucks that will be available at Family Park and Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park.














  1. The perfect firework show!
    Fireworks at Town Hall

    Our firework show will begin at 9:30 PM. Fireworks can be viewed at Frank Edgar Cornish, IV Park, McPherson, Rustin Pavilion and other locations.














  1. Oh and did we mention that it’s free?

    Man on Stilts

    Stars and Stripes Southlake is a free, family fun event!













So, mark your calendars and join us on July 3!

Dance with the Southlake Stars at the Sweetheart Dance

On Saturday, February 4, 2017 the City of Southlake will be hosting the Annual Sweetheart Dance in the Traditions Ballroom at The Marq Southlake.

Presented by chick-fil-A Southlake.

The whole family is invited to this night of fun and dancing as you create memories that will last forever.

This year the Southlake Stars will be in attendance! Kids will get to dance with people they admire and look up to from the community, especially their biggest star/hero – their parents! As always, the event features crafts, light refreshments, great photo moments, and of course a live DJ.

Join us for some dancing fun from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Pre-registration is required online or you may register in person at The Marq Southlake. Cost to attend is $15 per person (parents must register as well), and children 2 years old and younger are free.

Be sure to register early, this event sells out faster than a salsa dance! For more information, please call 817-748-8900.

Southlake Summer Reading – Every Hero Has a Story

Southlake Summer Reading

Southlake Summer Reading

It’s here! Southlake Summer Reading is the highlight of the summer when kids, teens, and adults win prizes for reading and using their library. Kids and teens win prizes for every 5 hours they read up to 25 hours. They also earn a large prize drawing slip for each 5 hours, with no limit on the number earned. They will use the drawing slips to enter large prize drawings for fun rewards like electronics, bicycles, games, pool toys, and more. Adults can get into the fun by earning a drawing slip each time they check out from the library or bring a child to a library program. Limit 1 per day. Prizes are donated by area businesses and will be on display in the library throughout the program.

Kids can enjoy over 60 special programs and performances, including Story Times with special guests and shows with magicians, comedians, puppeteers, and live animals. There are also hands-on workshops for cartooning, juggling, and becoming an animal ambassador.  Teens can work directly with author Jenny Martin to find their own unique writing voice in a 3-part teen writing workshop. Kroger will lead kids in cookie decorating and Yogee’s Yoga will offer yoga and yogurt. The Library will also offer crafts and a weekly movie matinee for kids. The Southlake Historical Society will host a special kids event at the Southlake Log Cabin.

Southlake Summer Reading is a free program that encourages families to make reading and the library part of their summer fun. Children who participate in programs such as summer reading, maintain and improve their literacy skills over the summer and are better prepared for the next school year. Families who read together, create an enjoyable reading experience that encourages lifelong learning. The Library’s goal is to support Southlake as a creative and educated community. We look forward to building relationships with our families this summer.

Southlake Summer Reading with Southlake Public Library is supported by our presenting sponsors, Friends of Southlake Library and Brigg’s Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. Its theme and artwork are copyright of the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) organization.

Join us for a Relaxing Night of Midsummer Stargazing

On Friday, July 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm the Bob Jones Nature Center welcomes the Fort Worth Astronomical Society to guide us on a exploration of the midsummer night sky.
We strongly suggest wearing long pants and close-toed shoes.  Please bring lawn chairs or blankets, insect repellant, and water bottles.  Most importantly bring your star charts and binoculars if you have them.

Bugs, Bugs, Bugs at Bob Jones Nature Center

Southlake Women’s Club Announces Art in the Square Beneficiaries

The Southlake Women’s Club Foundation, together with the Southlake Arts Council and Apex Arts League, hosted “The Strokes of Art in the Square” to officially kick off a season of fabulous art in Southlake. The event was open to the public, and a special invitation was extended to the 2013 Art in the Square Beneficiaries. The Southlake Women’s Club Foundation Chairman, Sherri Whitt, announced this year’s 28 beneficiaries:

. Advent Urban Youth Development
. Alliance for Children
. Apex Art League
. Arts Council Northeast
. Battered Women’s Foundation
. Call A Ride
. Cancer Care
. Carroll Education Foundation
. CASA of Tarrant County
. Christ Haven for Children
. Christmas Providers
. Community Enrichment Center
. Community Storehouse
. Families for Effective Autism Treatment
. H20PE Program – Texas Health Harris
Methodist Hospital HEB
. I Can Still Shine
. Metroport Meals on Wheels
. Mission Central Metroplex
. North East Emergency Distribution
. Parenting Center
. SafeHaven of Tarrant County
. SNAP (North Texas)
. Special Olympics Texas Southlake Carroll
. Summer Santa
. Tarrant Area Community Churches
. Tarrant County Food Bank
. Warm Place

The grants given to the beneficiaries are solely funded by the proceeds from the Art in the Square event, which will be held at Southlake Town Square, April 26–28, 2013. Additional information can be found at

Apex Arts League “Shout for Joy, Sound the Trumpet”

apex arts leagueThe Apex Arts League announces “Shout for Joy, Sound the Trumpet,” an evening of baroque music for trumpet, soprano and organ. This unique program will take place on Monday, March 4th at 7:30 p.m., in the sanctuary of White’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Southlake.

It will feature Adam Gordon, assistant principal trumpet of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and baroque trumpet instructor at University of North Texas. Gordon will be joined by Camille King, soprano, and Phil Bordelon, organ.

Highlights of the program include a performance of J.S. Bach’s Cantata 51 “Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen,” as well as works by Purcell and Melani.

Tickets at the door are $10 for adults, $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