Above: Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras Dog Parade
Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras Dog Parade (Sunday)
McKinney's 15th Annual Krewe of Barkus will feature a parade, vendors, interactive activities and more with festivities starting at 12:30 p.m. and parade at 2 p.m. Realizing that every good story has a bad guy, this year's theme is "Barkus Gone Bad – A Salute to Our Favorite Villains." Starting at Mitchell Park at the west entrance to downtown McKinney.
At McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee
Red, White, and Blue: A Salute to America (Friday)
The Children's Chorus of Collin County will present a concert of American Folk Tunes and Patriotic Music. Special guests are the Heritage Drum and Fife Corps and the North Texas ROTC Color Guard. Veterans and current members of the Armed Forces will be admitted free to this concert. $10 adults, $5 students/seniors 65+. Tickets available online. 7-8:30 p.m.
North Texas Chapter - American Theater Organ Society Presents: Sunrise (Saturday)
An allegorical tale about a man fighting the good and evil within him - one a sophisticated woman he is attracted to and the other his wife. Accompaniment by Joe Carlyle (shown) on the Mighty Wurlitzer Silent Movie theater organ. 7:30 p.m. Adults $12 advance/$14 at door. Kids $5 advance/$7 at door. Over 65 are free, but tickets are required.
Yesterday & Today Fashion Show and Tea (Saturday)
Step back in time to explore the elegance of yesterday's fashions and the impact of history on today’s looks. Fashions from the Chestnut Square historic clothing collection will be on display, and volunteers will model clothing featuring the Edwardian period, showcasing costumes for all types of activities. Cynthia Elliot Boutique in downtown McKinney will feature this spring's fashions for corresponding activities, so guests will see the impact of vintage fashions on today’s trends. Tea offered at two seatings - 10:30 a.m. (with brunch) and 1 p.m. (with lunch). Fashion show is at 11:45 a.m. in the Chapel. Tickets available online: $30 adults; $15 child
At The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, 972-562-5566. Exhibits & talks included in admission. 

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

3 Hour Wetland Canoe Trail (shown, Saturday)
Experience the amazing diversity in wetland vegetation and wildlife while learning about the history and basics of wetland ecology. After a safety and canoeing introduction, spend about 40 minutes on a guided trail around the Heard wetlands, followed by free paddle time to explore on your own. Pre-registration required. Minimum age: 7. $32 per person for members; $42 per person for non-members.

Nature Photography Contest Submissions (Through Feb. 26)
Have you taken any great nature photos lately? Participate in the Heard Nature Photography Contest, hosted by the Heard Nature Photography Club. Submit their photos electronically. Contest categories will provide opportunities for multiple skill levels! Through Feb. 26.
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic night (Thur.); Wanda King (Fri.); Chaz Marie (Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: Jigsaw (Thur.); Beyond the Pale (Fri.); Jeffrey Phillips, 5-6:30 p.m.; The Gypsy Playboys, 8-11 p.m. (Sat.); Cierra Brannies, 10:30 a.m., TIMES Irish Music, 3-6 p.m.; Bodarks Duo, 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: Justin Pecina (Thur.); Troy Cartwright (Fri.); Curtis Grimes (Sat.)
Landon Winery: 
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Tommy Williams (Thur.);  Josh Osgood (Fri.); Afterlight (Sat.); Suburban Jazztet (Sun.)
Lounge at Rick's: Shane Frame (Thur.); Missing 3 (Fri.); Jon Christopher Davis (Sat.)
TUPPS Brewery: Free yoga 9-10 a.m. (Sat.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro:  Acoustically Speaking (Thur.); Nickel and Dime (Fri.); Darwin Martin (Sat.)
Also check our calendar at VisitMcKinney.com or call the MCVB at 214-544-1407 or toll-free at 888-649-8499.​ ​
This week, we have the pleasure of sharing another guest blog, this one by our friend Sheri A. Bell about her latest experience at Rye.

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

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


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 truck, live music.

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast:
This annual event is one of the biggest fundraisers the Kiwanis Club of McKinney hosts. First Christian Church, 1800 W. Hunt, $5 each at the door. 7-11 a.m.

Youth Art Show: A celebration of creativity of students of The Art House of McKinney, hosted at The Cove, 402 N. Tennessee. Friday, 6-9 p.m .; Saturday, 2-9 p.m.; and Sunday, 2-5 p.m.

Multiple Day Events at
Myers Park, 7117 CR 166:

Earth Kind Landscape School (Saturday-Sunday) The Landing, 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Hosted by the AgriLife Extension Office. Call 972-548-4233 for details. 
Construction has begun on the 9-acre site. This map helps you find parking.
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.