Above: Arts in Bloom This Weekend
Arts in Bloom (Friday-Sunday)
This three-day festival (expanded from one day in previous years) features artists from 16 states who specialize in a broad range of media. From ceramics to oil painting, from wood
arts to metal, and even performance arts, creativity blossoms at Arts in Bloom! Live entertainment on two stages all day, featuring the likes of Chuck Ligon and Two Tons of Steel.
Fourteen Texas wineries will be doing tastings; also enjoy a variety of local and national beers. Kids station and food vendors, too. Historic downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee. Free admission.
Transfigured Night (Friday)
Composed during the height of romanticism, the Transfigured
Night (Veklarte Nact), set to the poem by Richard Dehmel depicting an unconditional love of a man whose wife had just confessed that the child she carries is not his. The Odysseus
North Texas Chamber Orchestra is joined by Amiti Perry (Choreographer) and the ae:mp dance company. Maestro Jason Lim will present insights on the music before the performance. The first half of the concert will include chamber music and solo works choreographed to dance by Amiti Perry and company. In 2016, the collaboration received rave reviews from critics. At Church Street Auditorium, 306 N. Church. 8-9:15 p.m. 
Empty Bowls: Meet the Artist/Auction Kick-Off (Friday)
Come and meet the artists who have created the Artisan Auction Bowls for the silent Auction, the Showcase Collection Bowls for the raffle and the Limited Edition Bowls that will be on sale at the 6th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraising Event on April 27th. Complimentary food and beverage will be served. At Orisons Art & Framing, 110 E. Louisiana. 7-9 p.m. Free.
Plano artist Steve Uriegas will be showing paintings from his series Music, Movies and Scriptures. In addition to drawing and painting, Steve has freelanced as a graphic designer for over 20 years.
 Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday with reception, 6-10 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. At The Cove, 402 N. Tennessee. 
Mike Keneally and Beer for Dolphins Concert (Friday)
The Guitar Sanctuary presents Mike Keneally & Beer for Dolphins with special guest Franzenstine, 8-11:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) VIP Tables with seating for 4 directly in front of the stage are $150 per table; downstairs seats (first come, first served), $25; and general admission (standing room on the balcony), $10. At The Sanctuary Music & Events Center, 6633 Virginia in Adriatica.

Nature Story Time (Friday)
Story times are designed for young children, introducing a different nature-themed book each week. 30-45 minutes depending on the book. Included in general admission; free for Heard Members. 10:30 a.m.

2nd Saturday Bird Walk (Saturday)
These walks are designed to help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and ID techniques. No reservations are required, but you must arrive on time (8 a.m.). This walk is included in general admission and is free for Heard Museum members. Second Saturday Bird Walks are only offered September through May each year.

Guided Trail (Saturday)
Experience the ecology, geology, flora and fauna of the Heard Sanctuary. Led by our trained guides, your group will spend 45-60 minutes hiking our unique landscape.  Preregistration required.
Music at the Backyard (Saturday)
Local Yocal's Backyard Burgers & BBQ (13391 Custer at Westridge) hosts a free live music and beer sampling event featuring music by Kevin Deal. 3-8 p.m.
Events at TUPPS Brewery  
721 Anderson
Second Saturday Art Show (Saturday)
Artists in the North Dallas area show off their work and sell pieces at the brewery. Free admission. Brewery tour every Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and live music from 1-4 p.m. Food trucks onsite. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing (Sunday) We’ve tested, studied, and discovered the best TUPPS beer to pair with Girl Scout Cookies! Join us at 1 or 3 p.m.; $15 per person for five different types of cookies and five different beers. Purchase your tickets online
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Matt Dunn Unplugged (Thur.); Mark Sena's Funk Machine (Fri.); Beer Garden featuring Singer-Songwriter Trey Allen followed by The Rumble Kings (Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: String Theory (Thur.); Go Solo (Fri.); The Tom Loris Conspiracy 8 p.m. (Sat.); Cierra Brannies, 10:30 a.m.,  TIMES Irish Music Session, 3-6 p.m.; Glenn McLaughlin, 6:30-8 p.m. (Sun.)
Dempsey's Place: Music (Fri.)
Eclair Bistro: Live music in Jazz Lounge upstairs (Fri.-Sat.)
Hank's Texas Grill: Kevin Deal (Thur.); John David Kent featuring Marfa Lights (Fri.); Casey Daniels Band CD Release (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Lenno Summers (Thurs.); Michael Cook, 4-6 p.m.; Tommy Williams, 8-11 p.m. (Fri.); Robin Lore, 2-4 p.m.; Crystal & Will Yates (shown), 8-11 p.m. (Sat.); Suburban Jazztet (Sun.)
Lounge at Rick's: Jim Stewart (Thur.); Jon Griffin (Fri.); 4-Way Street Band (Sat.)
TUPPS Brewery: Jim Stewart (Friday); Devin Leigh, 1-4 p.m. and Andrew Dutton, 7-10 p.m. (Sat.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro:  Earshot Trio (Thur.); Wyatt Martin (Fri.); The 3 Amigos (Sat.)
Also check our calendar at VisitMcKinney.com
 or call the MCVB at 214-544-1407 
or toll-free at 888-649-8499.​ 

(Thursday-Saturday) The Collin County Historical Society honors the role Collin County soldiers and Texans played in the WWI. IPads help access timelines, maps, photos, and videos. 300 E. Virginia. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays.

Heard-Craig House: 205 W. Hunt. Thursdays at 1 p.m. $10.

Wagon Wheels a-Rollin':
This fast-paced spoof of the Old West is filled with a goofy stable of hilarious characters: our trailblazin’ hero, Chuck Wagon; our sweet heroine, Candy Cane; the villainous crooked card dealer, Smiling Slade Clagget; and his evil ally, Sue Flay. At McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee. $7
general admission. 7-9 p.m.

Chestnut Square Historic Village: 315 Chestnut. Tour the buildings, 11 a.m. 

17th Annual Run for Cover 1K-5K-10K: 17th annual Run for Cover benefits Samaritan Inn, Shiloh Place and Family Promise. Race begins and ends at the McKinney Veterans Memorial in Craig Ranch, 7951 Collin McKinney Parkway.
registration still
open online.

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

721 Anderson (at the Cotton Mill); Open at 11 a.m. Food trucks, live music.

Farmers Market: Chestnut Square's weekly Farmers Market starts Saturday. 8 a.m.-noon. Wide variety of locally-grown produce, grass fed beef, free range chicken, specialty items (tamales, pastries, jerky and more) as well as arts and crafts. 315 S. Chestnut Square.

Quilters Alley Sale: Happiness is Quilting hosts its semi-annual Alley Sale! Need to de-stash so you can re-stash? Need to re-energize your projects? 217 N. Kentucky.

Green Events Hosted by
The City of McKinney
Shred Day (Saturday)
McKinney residents can safely dispose of sensitive paperwork with proof of residency; driver's license or McKinney water bill are acceptable. Four-box limit per household. McKinney High School parking lot, 1400 Wilson Creek Pkwy. 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Free.

Texas Trash-Off (Saturday)
Check in: 8-9 a.m. at Bonnie Wenk Park near amphitheater at green and white tent. See website for details.

Weekend Events at Myers Park, 7117 CR 166
Lone Star 4H Horse Show (Saturday) Show Barn. 

Morgan Horse Club (Sunday)
Show Barn.
Click the map to see a larger map ad and an explanation of downtown's current parking situation.
Excited to announce the new Holiday Inn Express is now open in Craig Ranch on Henneman Dr. (shown above).
McKinney hotels and B&Bs offer a wide range of options when staying overnight in town. ​​Find lodging links at VisitMcKinney.com
or call the McKinney CVB at
888-649-8499 for assistance.