Above: Oktoberfest in Downtown McKinney
 
 
 
 
OKTOBERFEST-RELATED ACTIVITIES

10th Annual Oktoberfest
(Friday-Sunday)
McKinney's Oktoberfest draws close to 50,000 attendees and attracts visitors from all over North Texas and points beyond. Tapping into the colorful tradition that began in Munich, Germany in 1810, McKinney Oktoberfest is a family-friendly event with authentic German music, food and drink, traditional costumes, dancing, a carnival and other children’s activities while honoring the many cultural contributions of German immigrants who settled in Texas.

Check the website for the schedule of entertainment and other activities including the Weenie Dog Races and the Beer Stein Holding competition. Friday, 4-11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Free admission; food, beverage and ride tickets available for purchase at the festival or in advance from the McKinney Performing Arts Center and Market Street (Eldorado/Ridge).

Free Parking & Shuttles:
Parking is free. A designated zone for drop-offs and pick-ups for Lyft & Uber is located on teh west wide of Mitchel Park (Benge St.). Round-trip service will operate from First McKinney Baptist Church, 1615 E. Louisiana. Buses will leave every 15 minutes; schedule available online.

Crape Myrtle Run & Festival
(Saturday)
Kick off McKinney Oktoberfest weekend with a great family-fun event. This 12th annual 5K, 10K and 1-mile fun run race course is along McKinney's trails between Boyd High School (the starting and ending line, 600 N. Lake Forest) and Bonnie Wenk Park. $5 of each race registration fee is returned to participating schools. On-site registration begins at 7 a.m.; races begin at 8 a.m. Take your race bib to the ticket tent at the downtown festival to received free food and drink tickets.

West Louisiana Street Block Party (Saturday)
The shops on Louisiana Street are partnering to host a free concert with The David Casper Band. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. on Louisiana Street immediately following the Stein Holding Competition.
 
 
 
 
 
Heard Natural Science Museum
& Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Place, 972-562-5566

The following events are included in general admission; free for Heard Members.

Dinosaurs Live! (Shown, through Feb. 18) 
Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Museum’s nature trails at the 12th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. Photo op and play area dinosaurs will be available as well. The dinosaur trail is jogging stroller friendly. Exhibit is included in museum general admission. Visit museum website for hours and rates. 1 Nature Drive.

Nature Story Time (Friday)
Story times are designed for young children with a different nature-themed book each week. 30-45 min. 10:30 a.m.

Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden (Now Open)
Walk among free-flying native butterflies and other pollinators in our Native Texas Butterfly House & Garden, which opens for its summer season on Saturday. This exhibit is open during regular operating hours.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seasons Sacred & Other Works on Paper (Thru September 30th.) Local artist Anne Royer creates visual metaphors of sacred narratives using liturgical colors and abstract forms.  At The Martin Place, 177 N, Graves.
 
 
 
 
 
POPPIES: A Symbol of Remembrance
(Through Sept. 30)
The Heard-Craig Center for the Arts is hosting a showcase of poppy paintings, porcelain works, and current McKinney Artists' whimsical works (for sale to the public) featuring poppies. Remember a loved one with a gift of poppy art. Open during the day between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and on Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon. 205 W. Hunt. Tickets are
available online.
 
 
 
 
 
Koch-Marshall Trio Live in Concert
(Friday)
The Guitar Sanctuary presents a special concert with the Koch-Marshall Trio featuring Greg Koch and special guests, The Mark Lettiere Trio. Concert takes place at The Sanctuary Music & Events Center, 6633 Virginia. Doors open at 7 p.m. with music starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $15-$200, from standing room only to VIP tables. Tickets available online.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Cadillac Pizza Pub:  Josh Osgood Unplugged (Thur.); Bodarks (Fri.); Chant Duplantier (Sat.)
The Celt: Michael William Harrison (Thur.); Oktoberfest (Fri.-Sat.) Cierra Brannies,10:30 a.m., TIMES Irish Music Session, 3 p.m. (Sun.)
Dempsey's Place: TBA (Fri.)
Eclair Bistro: Christian Ortiz (Fri.); Nick Knirk (Sat.)
Hank's Texas Grill: Randall King (Thur.); Dirty River Boys (Fri.); Doug Stone (shown, Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Eric Erickson (Thur.); Steve Griggs (Fri.); Whiskey Holler (Sat.); Nelson Miller (Sun.)
Lounge at Rick's: JR Byrd (Thur.); Missing 3 (Fri.); Tyla Taylor (Sat.)
TUPPS Brewery: Austin Layne (Fri.); Sweet Crooner 1-4 p.m. and Kevin Edwards 7:30-10 p.m. with no cover charges (Sat.); School of Rock Music Festival (Sun.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro: Tyla Taylor (Thur.); Reigning Nickels (Fri.); Wyatt Martin (Sat.)
 
 
 
 
 
For more information on city events, check the calendar
online at VisitMcKinney.com or call 888-649-8499.​
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TOURS & MORE

THURSDAY-SATURDAY
World War I Exhibit: Honoring the Collin County residents who served 100 years ago. IPads provide interactive experience. Collin County Historical Society Museum, 300 E. Virginia. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission.

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

THURSDAY
Farmers Market at Adriatica:  3-6 p.m. at Bella Donna Chapel.

Tip Up Foot & Ankle Pain Luncheon Seminar: Baylor Scott & White Medical Center McKinney is hosting a lunch-time seminar at noon in the Independent Bank Auditorium (University/N. Lake Forest). Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Justin Kane will present “Trip Up Foot & Ankle Pain." To register, call 1.800.4BAYLOR.

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

Farmers Market: NO Farmers Market this weekend!

TUPPS Brewery: Free yoga at 9 a.m. Tour at 12:30 p.m. Live music from 1-4 p.m.

Discover McKinney's Museums: Local museum representatives will highlight what their museum offers and what visitors will experience. Admission is free; limited space so advance registration is required limited space. John & Judy Gay Library, 6861 W. Eldorado. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 

Events at Myers Park,
7117 CR 166
Lovejoy High School Cross Country Meet (Saturday) In the Back 40. 214-507-9137
 
 
 
 
 
200 West Virginia
in downtown McKinney 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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