Chris Duarte in Concert
Friday | 8 p.m. | The Sanctuary, 6633 Virginia | $10-125
The Guitar Sanctuary presents Chris Duarte at 8 p.m. with special guests The Maylee Thomas Band. Doors open at 7 p.m. VIP Tables for four, $125 per table; downstairs seating, $20; and general admission balcony seating, $10. Bar and food service available.

New Year's Eve at the Sanctuary
Monday | 9 p.m. | $39-$200
Live music by the Maylee Thomas Band and special guest opener Aaron Hendra starts at 9 p.m. (Doors open at 8). Tickets include party favors, a champagne toast at midnight, and midnight breakfast buffet. Cash bar available. VIP Tables for four, $200, and individual seats, $39 per person.

At TUPPS BREWERY | 721 Anderson in the Cotton Mill District

Comedy Night
Friday  | 7:30 p.m. | FREE
Get ready to see some of the best comics in Texas take the stage. No prepared material, just talking to the audience and bringing the jokes and funny off the cuff. If you’ve ever wondered how a comedian writes their jokes or what it might be like to be part of their hilarious unedited conversation, then this is the show for you. FREE show, which includes R-rated material.

4th Annual Worst Christmas Present Swap
Saturday | 2-3 p.m.| Free
Tis the season, but we all know crappy gifts happen. Bring the worst gift you received and swap it for better crap! 2-3 p.m. Live music, 1-4 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Pit Pals BBQ Food Truck. No cover charge.


Also at TUPPS: Tap room open Sunday, 1-5 p.m. 

Closed Monday (NYE) for private event.

New Year's Eve with Martyn Lucas
Monday | 8 p.m.-12:30 a.m. | $100 per person | Gather, 207 E. Virginia
Enjoy a three-course meal, unlimited beer and wine, NYE party favors, and dance in the New Year, all while being entertained by Martyn Lucas. Champagne toast at midnight. NYE attire is encouraged! Only 130 tickets available for purchase online.

Ring in 2019 with Comedy

Monday | 305 E. Virginia | 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.| $35-45
The Comedy Arena welcomes 2019 with two shows. The early show ($35, (for all ages) starts at 8 p.m.and includes an interactive improv comedy show, audience-participation voting sticks, and mock count-down with apple cider toast. The 21-and-over late show ($45, 10:30 p.m.) includes original stand-up comedy, interactive show with crew players, champagne toast and dance party. Both shows feature a sandwich bar with hand-carved meats and locally-baked bread from The Butcher Board. Tickets available online.


Winter Mini Camps

Thursday-Friday| 9:30 a.m.-noon | $18-22
Looking for something fun for your kids to do during the winter break? Each mini-camp explores a different topic and includes indoor and outdoor activities. Some even have a take-home project! Take part in one (or more) of the mini camps during the winter break. Spaces are limited and pre-registration is required. Ages 5-18.  Members, $18 per camp; non-members, $22 per camp.

Dinosaurs Live
Thru Feb. 18 | Included with general admission
Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails. The exhibit gives families a fun, educational activity to enjoy together, and makes for great photos. See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar! Play area dinosaurs will be available as well as an outdoor fossil dig. Trailer is jogger stroller friendly. (Photo by Plano Profile)

Also included with museum admission: Nature Story Time, Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Other Events This Weekend

  • Free Tour - Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut, 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chestnut Square Visitors Center.
  • Brewery Tour - Franconia Brewing, 495 McKinney Pkwy. $5 admission, Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
  • McKinney FAA Livestock Show - Myers Park show barn, Saturday, 7117 CR 166.
  • Bake French Macarons - Savor Patisserie, 119 W. Virginia. Call 469-617-7414 to reserve spot in class.
  • Tis the Season for Poetry - (Thru Dec. 31) Mockingbird Poetry Society Display, Hall Library, 101 E. Hunt

Live Music This Weekend

Thursday-Sunday | Times vary | Multiple locations in McKinney

  • Cadillac Pizza Pub: Danni and Kris (Thur.); Buzz Andrews (Fri.); Maylee Thomas Band (Sat.)
  • The Celt Irish Pub: Shane Frame & Beth Mason (Thur.); Fritz Schultz (Fri.); Bodarks (Sat.); Harps Accord, 11 a.m., Irish Music ,3 p.m (Sun.)
  • Éclair Bistro: Sky Trio (Fri.); David Dominquez (Sat.)
  • E.J. Wills Gastropub: Duane Bates (Fri.)
  • Hank's Texas Grill: Kody West (Thur.); Curtis Grimes (Fri.); Dalton Domino (Sat.)
  • Harvest Seasonal Kitchen: Shane Frame (Fri.); Eric Erickson (Sat.)
  • Landon Winery: Beth Mason (Fri.); Shane Frame (Sat.)
  • Lone Star Wine Cellars: Tommy Ray Williams (Thur.); Michael and Ashley (Fri.); Mike “S” (Sat.); Andrew Hedges (Sun.)
  • McKinney Coffee Company: Avery Gehm (Sat.)
  • Rick's Chophouse: Lynne Cadena (Thur.); Missing 3 Band (Fri.); Buzz Andrews (Sat.)
  • Zin Zen Wine Bistro: Tyla Taylor (Thur.); Acoustically Speaking ft Alex Kennedy & James Gabriano (Fri); Chant Duplantier (Sat.)  

Buzz Andrews


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