Above: Farmers Market Saturday mornings at Chestnut Square (8 a.m.-noon)
Empty Bowls (Thursday)
Sample soups from 15 local vendors, buy a handmade bowl and bid on artisan bowls, with proceeds going to fill the food pantry at Community Lifeline Center. Tickets are available for $15-$75. Soups available for tasting are once again prepared by some of McKinney's best chefs and most popular restaurants and businesses. Event also features a silent auction and raffle. Buy 
tickets online. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee. 
Collin McKinney 250th BBQ Birthday Bash (Saturday)
Celebrate the 250th birthday of our founding father, Collin McKinney. The day gets underway at 10 a.m. with a dedication at the Collin County Historical Society Museum, 300 E. Virginia. Birthday cake, local elementary choirs and unveiling of a model of Collin McKinney's homestead. At 4 p.m., the action moves to Chestnut Square, 315 Chestnut) for a barbeque cook-off with $2 tastings and voting. (Check Chestnut Square's website that day if raining.)
Whether looking for trendy apparel, gifts for Mom or the graduate, or something to beautify your home or yard, you’ll discover an huge variety of unique items at incomparable prices. Let your kids enjoy the train ride, face painting and the pony ride. Friday-Sunday, rain or shine, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission; parking is $5 prior to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, but free all day Friday. 4550 W. University/380.
Beer, Bugs, and Hugs (Saturday)
TUPPS Brewery and Local Yocal join forces to present a Crawfish Boil and Beer Release benefiting McKinney's own Hugs Cafe. For just one $30 ticket, enjoy all you can eat crawfish, corn, potatoes, sausage and a TUPPS beer. Live music. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Kids and dogs welcome. (Hot dogs available for $2.)
Tickets available online.
Shop from a huge selection of native plants and herbs. Proceeds benefit the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday; 1-5 p.m. on Sunday. (Members only pre-sale on Friday; memberships available that day.) Admission to the sale is free; in the parking lot south of the museum.
Sierra Hull Live at the Sanctuary (Friday)
Seasoned touring musician Sierra Hull will present a concert at The Sanctuary in Adriatica. VIP Tables (20 available) with seating for four directly in front of the stage are $150 per table. Reserved seats downstairs are $25. General admission (standing room only) tickets are $15. Concert 8-11 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m .) Tickets
available online. 6633 Virginia. 972-540-6420.
Friday Night Flicks: The Pink Panther (Friday)
Confidently bumbling his way from Paris to Switzerland on a lead, France's Inspector Clouseau is obsessed with capturing The Phantom, a renowned jewel thief. (PG) The cast of this comedy classic includes Peter Sellers and David Niven. Hijinks and hilarity ensue as more than one thief tries to steal Princess Dahla's Pink Panther diamond. General admission, $8. Car bar available courtesy of Square Burger. 8-10 p.m. at McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee.
At Myers Park & Event Center,
7117 CR 166. Concessions available at snack bar. Free to the public. 

Lone Star 4H Horse Clinic: Saturday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in the show barn. 972-658-5201.
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic (Thur.); Sylvanshine (Fri.); Marc Sena & Friends (Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: Innisfall upstairs, Psychic Night, downstairs (Thur.); String Theory (Fri.); Jigsaw (Sat.); Innisfall, 10 a.m., Times Irish Music Session, 3 p.m. (Sun.)
Hank's Texas Grill: Whiskey Prophets (Thur.); Shinyribs (Fri.); Dalton Domino with opener Michael Carubelli (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars:  Eric Erickson (Thur.); Steve Rose (Fri.); Nelson Miller (Sat.); Suburban Jazztet (Sun.)
Louisiana St. Grill: Live Music (Thur.-Sat.)
Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery: Wyatt Diamant (Fri.); Thiago Nascimento in The Reserve, Faith & Rye in Wine Bar (Sat.)
Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen: Pat Peterson (Thur.); Jazz (Sun.)
The Lounge at Rick's: Buzz Andrews (Thur.); The 3 Amigos (Fri.); John Griffin (Sat.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro: Guitar Sanctuary Showcase (Thur.); Shane Frame (shown, Fri.); Chant Duplantier (Sat.)
Also check our calendar at VisitMcKinney.com or call the MCVB at 214-544-1407 or toll-free at 888-649-8499.​ 
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Laura Moore Exhibit at the Martin Place Gallery, 1799 N. Graves. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through April 30. Free admission.

An Early Texas Exhibit: The Collin County Historical Society Museum, 300 E. Virginia, is exhibiting artifacts of Collin McKinney's home and life. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through May 2016. $7.50; Senior/Vets: $5; Children: $3.

Heard-Craig House: Tours on Saturdays. $5, ages 4-under free. 205 W. Hunt. 1 p.m. 

Psychic Night: At The Celt. $20 per reading. Doors open at 4:45 p.m. for sign-ups. Readings from 5-10 p.m. Readings are 15-20 minutes in length each. 

Chestnut Square: Guided tours of the village's 10 historic buildings. Adults $7; Military, Children and Seniors $5. 305 S. McDonald. 972-562-8790.

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

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

Franconia Brewery Tour & Tastings: $5. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at 495 McKinney Pkwy.

Running of the Bulldogs: 5K and 1-mile fun run at McKinney North High School, 2550 Wilmeth. Benefits MNHS's cross country/track & field teams.

St. Gabriel McKinney Bingo Benefit: Celebrate 20 years as a parish and support a beloved ministry! Prizes too. 6:30-10:30 p.m. 110 St. Gabriel. $30 admission includes game cards, snacks, coffee/tea/water. 

Wine Tastings & Tour: Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery, 2300 Vineyard Hill Lane. 3 p.m.

Need help finding parking in Downtown McKinney? The city has created a very helpful resource map, illustrating where complimentary parking is available, either in the three-hour areas on the immediate square, or in other designated lots.
Need overnight accommodations for yourself or out-of-town guests? McKinney offers a wide range of options, from modern hotels to quaint B&Bs.
Find lodging links at VisitMcKinney.com
Or call the McKinney CVB at 888-649-8499 for assistance.
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