Second Saturday on the Square
Historic Downtown McKinney comes alive with on-the-street entertainment, late-night shopping, dining, and something for everyone to enjoy. This month, enjoy Adult Trick-or-Treating while exploring the square and sampling Halloween themed snacks and adult beverages. While here, take advantage of the free DASH trolley. 5-8 p.m.
Thrills at the Theater Free Concert
The McKinney Community Band presents a free family concert full of thrilling, spooky favorites from movies and stage. Costumes are encouraged, and Music & Arts will be hosting an instrument petting zoo. Due to limited seating, free tickets are available on the band's website. 4-5:30 at McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee.
Consistently ranked a top Texas Market, McKinney's Farmers Market features 50-plus vendors offering farm fresh produce, meats, eggs, dairy, 
and artisanal specialty foods. The market has moved to the corner of Hunt and Tennessee streets behind the McKinney Library downtown for the rest of the season. 8 a.m. until noon. (Photo by @cjrehrig)
Bad Boys and Desperados of Old McKinney Trolley Tour (Saturday)
The notorious bandit Belle Starr hosts this one-hour tour of famous outlaw sites and hangouts around old McKinney, discussing the likes of Frank and Jesse James, Sam Bass, the Barrow Gang (Bonnie and Clyde) and others. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to departure. For details and reservations, call 972-562-8790 or visit the Chestnut Square website. Seats are limited, so reserve early; $10 per person. 10 a.m.
Drawing Near to the Creator
This collaborative show features Gina Benson and Zeta Falkenberg, two members of Uncommon Artists, the worship art team at Summit Church. In their work, Benson and Falkenberg, embrace the call of the Creator to "draw near to Me and I will draw near to you." Recognizing that all of creation points to Him, it is the desire of these artists that their creations will also point to Him. Friday, 6-10 p.m., and Saturday, 4-9 p.m.
An Evening with David Gaschen
A world renown singer and actor, David Gaschen  has played the role of the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera over 1300 times worldwide. A recording artist, too, David will be performing favorites from many different genres including Broadway, pop, standards, and Christian selections. Seating is limited and tickets ($20) are available online.
The following events are presented by the city. 
* Neighborhood Night at the Movies - CoCo (Friday) Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a family-friendly FREE movie under the stars! At Tom Allen Jr. Park, 3301 Bahnman Drive. (PG)
* Halloween Boo Bash (Friday)
This event is designed for special needs individuals 18 years old and up along with their families and caregivers. $5 per person. Register online. At the McKinney Community Center, 2001 N.Central Expwy. 6-8 p.m.
* Writer’s Exchange (Sunday) A monthly forum for writers to discuss issues of interest, offer mutual support and exchange ideas. Independent and published authors and those wanting to become writers are all welcome. John & Judy Gay Library, 6861 W. Eldorado. Free. 2-3:30 p.m.
Ratrodtober Car & Bike Show (Saturday)
Ratrodtober is a celebration of historical vehicles and those who build them. While the star of the show is the rat rod, we celebrate every vehicle that is pieced together by its owner. Whether restored back to original, a Frankenstein or somewhere in-between, each vehicle tells a great story. Visit the vendor village, check out the vehicles, grab a beer, try something new at one of the food trucks, rock out to live music and catch all the action of the mini bike races!  Free and open to the all ages. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Waggin' the Night Away (Sunday)
Join the Collin County Animal Services for Waggin' the Night Away from 6-9 p.m. Live music by Sherrill Douglas. Guava Tree Food Truck and an auction, too.
At the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place
972-562-5566; Check museum website for hours/rates.  (Photo at right by @terracwagner)

Dinosaurs Live (Shown, thru Feb. 18, 2019)  
Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the nature trails at the 13th Annual Dinosaurs Live, which gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. This year, the exhibit also features an outdoor fossil dig. The trail is jogging stroller friendly, but not suitable for wheelchairs or strollers with small wheels.

Second Saturday Bird Walks (Saturday)
During these walks, learn bird spotting, identification techniques and more. This is a great opportunity for new birders to get introduced to this interesting area of study. Reservations are not required; however, make sure to arrive on time. 8-9 a.m.

Nature Storytime (Friday)
This weekly storytime focuses on nature-related stories to engage children in learning and the appreciation and care of nature. Included with general admission to the museum. 10:30-11 a.m.

Cadillac Pizza: Trey Allen Band (Thur.); Quinten Hope Band (Fri.); Manny & The Gringoderos (Sat.)
The Celt: Slugger's Rule (Fri.); Irish Rogues (Sat.); Cierra Brannies, and Times Irish Music Session (Sun.)
Eclair Bistro: Nick Knirk (Fri.); Marina and Anthony (Sat.)
E.J. Wills Gastro Pub: Justin Tipton & Tin Man (Fri.)
Hank's Texas Grill: Giovannie & The Hired Guns (Thur.); Jason Boland & The Stragglers (Fri.); Deryl Dodd (Sat.)
Harvest Seasonal Kitchen: Mick Tinsley (Fri.); Eric Erickson (Sat.)
Landon Winery: Tony Rey (Fri.); The Tu-Tones (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Eric Erickson (Thur.); Tommy Ray Williams (Fri.); Steve Douthit (Sat.); Davis & Rose (Sun.)
The Pub: Catherine Elizabeth (Thur.); Sam or I (Fri.); James Lann (Sat.)
The Lounge at Rick's Chophouse: Tim Georgeff (Thur.); Highway 31  (Fri.); Jon Christopher Davis (Sat.)
The Sanctuary Music & Events: Rik Emmett - SOLD OUT (Sat.)
Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen: Jon Christopher Davis (Sat.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro: The Guitar Sanctuary Customer Artist Showcase (Thur.); Shane Frame ft Beth Mason & Dennis Richards (Fri.); Missing 3 Band (Sat.)
For more information on city events, check the calendar
online at or call 888-649-8499.
UPDATED: Top 10 Halloween events for all ages (plus some extra fall festivals)! 

War Hero Bobby Younger Exhibit:
 Visit a replica of the bedroom of Bobby Younger, a 1942 McKinney High graduate, and a gunner on a B-17 during WWII, Bobby Younger, was finally laid to rest 74 years after he was gunned down. Tours at 11 a.m. Thursdays/Saturdays. Private tours, call. 972-562-8790. 315 S. Chestnut.

World War I Exhibit:
This exhibit honors Collin County men who served 100 years ago. IPads provide an interactive experience. Collin County History Museum, 300 E. Virginia. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Lady Butterbug Pop Up Vintage Market: The Lady Butterbug Shoppe will be open for an upscale vintage and new indoor/outdoor market featuring vintage finds, antiques, gifts, handmade treasures, architectural, industrial, home décor, outdoor furnishings, seasonal treasures and a little more. Free admission/parking. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 1701 N. Waddill. 972-529-8078.

Book Signing: Author A.J. Chilson will be signing his books at Half Price Books, 3190 S. Central Expwy from 1-3 p.m. Chilson will be signing copies of his children's book "Making God Happy: A Baseball Story", as well as copies of his poetry books. To those interested in buying a book, cash is the preferred option.

Franconia Brewing Tour: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 for beer samples on tap and a tour of this green facility. 495 McKinney Pkwy.

TUPPS Brewery Tour: 12:30 p.m. Free. 721 Anderson.

Fall Festival: Bounce houses, games, trunk or treating, kids costume contest, photo ops, petting zoo, face painting, pumpkins for sale, and food trucks. FREE, so bring the whole family! All donations and pumpkin sales benefit The Samaritan Inn. Stonebridge United Methodist Church, 1800 S. Stonebridge Drive. 4-7 p.m.


Highland Park ISD District Cross Country Meet (Thursday) 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m.).

Collin County Master Gardeners Bulb Sale (Saturday) In the Stall Barn. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.