Above: Myers Park Farm Museum and Research Gardens
2nd Saturday on the Downtown Square
Art is alive and flourishing in McKinney, and guests to the downtown square on Saturday evening can meet the artists at the following exhibit openings.

Downtown McKinney Art Exhibit: Acclaimed Texas artist Jon Flaming has created a new series of paintings that focuses on the historic town of McKinney (shown above). Meet the artists at a reception from 6-8 p.m. Art will be on display at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee, through Aug. 23.

The LAST Art Gallery: The gallery welcomes 10 new artists that who joined the gallery in the past month. Several of the artists will be in attendance and Lynda Kingsley and Wayne Brinkman will be demonstrating and displaying in front of the gallery. 7-9 p.m. at 105 W. Louisiana.

​Orisons Art & Framing: Voting is taking place this week for Orisons 4th Annual Photography Contest. The winner will be announced during the reception, 7-10 p.m. 110 E. Louisiana.

Also on Second Saturday:
​​fILTER(ed) Live proudly presents 2nd Saturday Jazz! Live Jazz styles performed by local collegiate, professional and enthusiastic musicians in a comfortable and intimate setting. 7-10 p.m. at 218 E. Louisiana. (Discretional gratuity.)
(Saturday): Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery hosts their annual harvest with a hands-on learning experience followed by food and celebration. Starts at 8 a.m. Reservations (for planning purposes) are requested to 972-316-7991 or by email. Visitors are encouraged to bring water, sunscreen, a hat, and bug spray.
It promises to be the hottest weekend we've had so far this summer, but the butterflies at the Heard Museum don't care. Visit the butterfly house and garden, the head inside to see the variety of animal and Earth science exhibits. 1 Nature Place.
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic (Thur.); After 5 Band (Fri.); Zydeco Stingrays (Sat.)
Cafe Malaga: Live Music (Fri./Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: Nathan & Jesse (Thur.); The Tyler Rogers Band (Fri.); Bodarks (Sat.); Innisfall, 10 a.m.; TIMES Irish Music, 3 p.m. (Sun.)
Hank's Texas Grill: Shane Smith & The Saints (Thur.); Midnight River Choir (shown, Fri.); Earl Thomas Conley (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Aaron Burton (Thur.); Crystal & Will Yates (Fri.); Mike Allyn (Sat.)
Louisiana St. Grill: Live Music (Thur.-Sun.)
Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery: Tony Bakly (Fri.); Lou Harlas and Kelly Durbin in Gregory's Bistro, Brian Bertrand in wine bar (Sat.)
The Lounge at Rick's: Live Music (Fri./Sat.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro:  Guitar Sanctuary Showcase (Thur.); Shane Frame (Fri.); Eric Erickson (Sat.)
For more city events information, check the online calendar at VisitMcKinney.com or call 888-649-8499.
Downtown Explorers Club (Through Aug. 8) There are just a couple days left for kids to complete activities for the McKinney Main Street & City of McKinney free Downtown Explorers Club, but that's plenty of time to have fun with it. Participants will receive invitations to the final party on Friday!

Vietnam Syndrome Exhibit: (shown above) Collin County Historical Society Museum, 300 E. Virginia. 11a.m.-4p.m. Also open Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m.

Franconia Brewery Tour:
11 a.m.-1 p.m. $5. Tour the brewery & sample the brew. 495 McKinney Pkwy.

Farmers Market: From 8 a.m.-noon, Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut.

Trolley Tour of McKinney's Historic District: 10-11 a.m. Chestnut Square, 314 S. Chestnut, during Farmers Market at Chestnut Square. Order tickets online.

Tupps Brewery Tour: 721 Anderson St. at the Cotton Mill. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tastings and live music.

Wine Tastings & Tour: Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery, 2300 Vineyard Hill Lane. 3 p.m.
celebrate 25 years on the square with downtown business Cynthia Elliott Boutique. And coming later this month, blogs about other August birthdays for Spoons Cafe and Munzee Marketplace!
A detailed list of tax exempt items is accessible online.

 Shop in the MCVB Visitors Center, 200 W. Virginia, for cool McKinney-themed items for back-to-school!