Above: Old Red Lumberyard Market
Stroll the streets of Third Monday Trade Days in McKinney and shop for bargains, savor the carnival-type food, ooh and aah over the cute puppies, and delight in the joyous expressions as your kids ride the train or the pony ride. Free admission; $5 parking before 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. all three days. 4550 W. University.
This once-a-month outdoor event features a wide variety of vintage, shabby chic, antiques and collectibles, in an actual old lumberyard just south of The Flour Mill. 600 E. Louisiana. Free admission, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Collin McKinney - An Early Texas Exhibit (Now Open- Ongoing)
In conjunction with the official Collin McKinney 250th birthday celebration in April, the Collin County Historical Society & Museum is exhibiting artifacts of Collin McKinney's home and life.Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through May 2016. General Admission: $7.50; Senior/Vets: $5; Children: $3. 300 E. Virginia (at Chestnut). Call 972-542-9457 for more information.
Collin County Student Art Show (Friday-Sunday)
View an exhibit of some of the best high school-produced artwork in Collin County. The Art Club of McKinney endeavors to provide an opportunity for high school students who live in or go to school in Collin County to pursue the arts, exhibit their original art, and compete for excellence awards.  Cash awards and ribbons will be given.  Admission is free to the public and there will also be a Silent Auction. Reception and awards presentations are Friday, 7-9 p.m. Hours of the exhibit are listed at the link. First United Methodist Church Auditorium, 306 N. Church. Free and open to the public. 
MRT's A Reunion of Sorts 
Ted and Nick, two old Army buddies, get a phone call from a woman they both dated 30 years earlier when stationed in France. One of them is the father of her daughter, but which one? Mother and daughter have come to Chicago to meet them and find out. General admission, $17 per person; discounts for seniors 55+, students and 13+. Winner of the 2015-16 New Play Competition, playwright Jerry Lacy and his wife, Julia Duffy (Newhart, Designing Women) will attend opening night. Friday, 8-10 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Focus on Fancy Fashion Show and Luncheon (Saturday)
Celebrate a bygone era in women's finery at our Annual Fashion Show and Luncheon. Partners Cynthia Elliott Boutique and LeAnn's Bridal will present their finest Spring party and formal wear and Chestnut Square's collection will feature authentic and reproduction pieces spanning 1860-1930, including representations of the Victorian and Titanic eras and of course, Downton Abbey! At the Grand Ballroom in the Grand Hotel, downtown McKinney square. $30 for adults; $15 for children 12 and under. Reserve tickets online. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
This annual event takes place at Myers Park & Event Center, featuring the best of Collin County for yard maintenance, decor and gardening. This indoor event is packed with exciting and informative educational events with hands on activities and demos from local experts. Speakers will present timely information on outdoor living in North Texas. Bring your wagons and carts to fill with your purchases. Take tours of the trial gardens in the park during the two days. Children's activities, too.  Admission is a $2 donation per person to support the Assistance League of Greater Collin County.  Check the event website for speaker schedule. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. both days. At 7117 CR 166. Concessions available at snack bar.
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic Night (Thur.); Tha Blue Hat Band (Fri.); The Rumble Kings (Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: Sluggers Rule (Thur.); Jed Marum & Michael William Harrison (Fri.); Skelton McKee (Sat.); Innisfall, 10 a.m., Times Irish Music Session, 3 p.m. (Sun.)
Hank's Texas GrillKyle James Dunlap plus St. Patrick's Day Party (Thur.); Jon Wolfe (Fri.); Tyler Rogers Band (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars:  Tommy Williams (Thur.); Steve Rose (Fri.); Nelson Miller (Sat.); Suburban Jazztet (Sunday)
Louisiana St. Grill: Go Solo (Thur.); Josh Osgood (Fri.); Tyler Hammon (Sat.)
Mitas Hill Vineyard & Winery: Faith & Rye (Fri.); Lou Harlas & Kelly Durbin in The Reserve, Tony Bakly in The Wine Bar (Sat.)
Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen: Pat Peterson (Thur.); Jazz (Sun.)
The Lounge at Rick's: John Griffin (Thur.); Joey Love Band (Fri.); Jon Christoper Davis (shown, Sat.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro:  Earshot Trio (Thur.); Nickel & Dime (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.​ 
It's really incredible to see how much the downtown square has changed over the years, yet still stayed the same in many ways. Compare the differences yourself as you explore the city's recently-released online tool for research. You'll find a link to that website in our most recent blog entry. (The above photo shows the 1985 businesses on Tennessee where Swanky, Patina Green and Goodies Texas are today.)

Tupps Brewery Tour: 721 Anderson St. at the Cotton Mill. Brewery open 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tastings and live music. Food by Lander's BBQ and Hamburgers. Live music from Jenna Clark (1-4 p.m .)

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

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