Calendar of Upcoming Events - October
Intro to Fishing at Oliver Nature Park: Friday, October 6 (9:30am), Monday, October 9 (5:30pm), and Sunday, October 15 (5:00pm)
Ready to cast your bait and reel in the big fish this fall? Sign up for a beginning fishing class at Oliver Nature Park. We supply the equipment and bait! This class is for children ages 3-16, and pre-registration is required. Click HERE for all the info and how to register.
Saturday, October 7 - Invasive Species Class 9:00am
Plants and animals that are not native to an area can spell trouble for the ecosystem. What are some invasive species in the DFW area, and what damage can they cause? Join a naturalist at Oliver Nature Park to learn what you can do to keep Mansfield safe from the species invasion. Designed for ages 8 - Adult, pre-registration is required. Click HEREfor all the info and how to register.
Terrarium Workshops at Oliver Nature Park: Saturday, October 7 (Fall Fun 18Y+ at 12:30pm), and Friday, October 27 (Halloween Fun 5Y+ at 3:00pm)
Step-by-step instruction on how to get creative and put together your very own mini ecosystem using succulents, cactus, and airplants. These workshops are super fun and stress relieving not just for adults, but for the littles too! Classes are held at Oliver Nature Park and all supplies are provided. Pre‐registration required. Click HERE for all the info and how to register.
Painting at the Park at Oliver Nature Park: Saturday, October 7 (Pumpkins at 10:30am), and Monday, October 9 (Skunk at 9:30am)
Join us for a nature-themed painting class at Oliver Nature Park. An artist will guide you step-by-step as you create your masterpiece. Classes are geared toward ages 5 and up, with no prior experience required! All materials will be supplied, and pre-registration required. Click HERE for all the info and how to register.
Kayaking at Britton Park: Saturday, October 7 (2:30pm), and Saturday, October 28 (10:00am)
Take a break from hiking trails and get on the water! We will go out in dual‐seated kayaks along the creek on Joe Pool Lake to observe local wildlife and plants. An instructor will demonstrate kayaking techniques and safety. All kayaking materials will be provided. Appropriate for ages 7 and up. Children ages 7‐17 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required for all participants. Click HERE for all the info and how to register.
Saturday, October 7 - Night on the Town 6:00pm
Celebrate the end of summer with a party in the park - FREE for the whole family at Katherine Rose Park! City Of Mansfield Parks and Recreation Department will host Night on the Town this Saturday, October 7, 6:00pm - 10:00pm, and will include games & activities, prizes & giveaways, and a showing of Disney's Moana. Pack a picnic and bring your blankets and chairs.
Friday, October 13 - Ghost Stories & Spooky Tales 6:00pm
The Mansfield Public Library brings you Twice Upon a Time Storytellers presenting Ghost Stories and Spooky Tales 6:00pm - 7:00pm. All ages are welcome and no registration is required - admission is FREE. This event will take place at the Farr Best Theater.
Saturday, October 14 - Steven's Garden & Grill Concert Series Featuring Ray Wylie Hubbard 7:30pm
Ray Wylie Hubbard will be performing at Mansfield's own Steven's Garden & Grill. When it comes to down 'n' dirty roots 'n' roll, nobody in the wide world of Americana music today does it better than Ray Wylie Hubbard. From his humble beginnings as an Oklahoma folkie in the ’60s to his wild ride through the ’70s progressive country movement, and onward through the honky-tonk fog of the ’80s to his sobriety-empowered comeback as a songwriter’s songwriter in the ’90s, Hubbard was already a bona fide legend by the time he really found his groove right at the turn of the century. That’s when he finally felt confident enough in his guitar playing to dive headlong into his own inimitable take on the blues. Click HERE for information on how to purchase tickets.
Thursday, October 19 - Third Thursdays Mansfield 5:00pm
Every third Thursday, Historic Mansfield comes alive starting at 5:00pm as participating businesses extend their shopping hours until 8:00pm. There will be vendors, food trucks, entertainment, a 5K fun run, and parking is free. This month's theme is "Haunt the Block" with Halloween-themed activities including trick-or-treating, ghost tours presented by the Mansfield Historical Society, and a haunted house from 5-8pm in the Farr Best Theater, followed by opening night of The Addams Family Musical presented by Music Place Mansfield. Check the Third Thursdays Mansfield Facebook page for details each month.
Thursday, October 19 - First Annual Witches Ride 5:30pm
The First Annual Mansfield Witches Ride takes flight October 19 coinciding with the city's Third Thursday festivities! Witches and warlocks (18Y+) are eligible to ride the 1.2 mile route that starts and ends at Steven's Garden & Grill. The only requirement - dressing the part, so let your creativity shine! Brooms up, ya'll! Click HERE to purchase tickets.
Ghost Tours in Historic Downtown: Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20 6:00pm
Come join us for haunted history and ghostly tales from all around Mansfield! This year we will host 2 nights of tours, Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20. Ticket sales begin October 1, 2017. The fun begins at the Mansfield Historical Museum and will continue around the block in Historic Downtown Mansfield lasting about 30-45 minutes. Click HERE For all the info and to buy tickets. All proceeds will benefit the Mansfield Historical Musuem and Heritage Center.
Addams Family the Musical - Presented by Music Place Mansfield
Join us this October for an award-winning family musical full of love, laughter, and spooky kooky fun! The Addams Family performances will be held at the Farr Best Theater for two weeks. Thursday, October 19 (8:00pm), Friday, October 20 & 27 (8:00pm), Saturday, October 21 & 28 (8:00pm), and Sunday, October 22 & 29 (2:00pm). Click HERE for all the info and to purchase tickets.
Saturday, October 21 - Fall Mini Bio Blitz 9:00am
Nature lovers, join us for a Fall mini Bio Blitz where we will document the organisms at Oliver Nature Park. Whether you’re an experienced iNaturalist or just learning, we will be there to help you document and upload your finds! Bring your camera or smartphone to take pictures. This is a FREE program, and no registration required.
Saturday, October 21 - Next Gen Chamber Players 7:30pm
Join Mansfield's newest musical group, the Next Gen Chamber Players - a string chamber orchestra - for their inaugural season premiere, featuring works by our Composer-in-Residence, Kevin Day, Evard Grieg, Mozart and more! Concert will be held at First Methodist Mansifield - Building A, The Loft, and is FREE and open to the public
Saturday, October 21 - Fall Scavenger Hunt 1:00pm
Come see Oliver Nature Park during fall to explore how nature changes with the seasons. Enjoy a naturalist‐led walk to search, examine, learn, and check off the unique fall finds on your scavenger hunt list. Wear weather‐appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes. We encourage this program for the whole family! Pre‐registration required and is suitable for all ages. Click HERE for more info and how to register.
Sunday October 22 - Junior Anglers 4:00pm
Junior Angler classes introduce youth ages 6 – 16 to the life‐long sport of fishing. Classes follow a hands‐on format to teach basic fishing knowledge and skills, to promote ethical behavior regarding fishing and aquatic habitats, and to encourage junior anglers to get outdoors and go fishing! Pre‐registration required. Click HERE for all the info and to how to register.
Saturdays in October - Mansfield Farmer's Market 8:00am
Each Saturday in October, 8:00am - 1:00pm, The Mansfield Farmers Market is open for business - offering local and organic produce, locally raised meats, arts and crafts, farm-fresh eggs, handcrafted cheeses, handmade soaps, jams and jellies, artisan wood and metal works, candles, plants, and more! The last day of the farmers market ends on Saturday, October 28.