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2nd Annual McKinney St. Patrick's Day Festival & Shamrock Run 

Saturday | 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | TUPPS Brewery, 721 Anderson
The festivities kick off with the Shamrock Run 5K at 9 a.m. The start and finish line will be in front of TUPPS Brewery located at the historic McKinney Cotton Mill. The free St. Patrick's Day Festival begins at 10 a.m. Two Irish Bands will provide music and there will be food and cold beer for purchase, dancing, kid friendly activities and lots of local boutiques and shops. A complimentary shuttle is available leaving from downtown McKinney at the Chestnut Commons parking garage (at Virginia and Chestnut) starting at 10 a.m. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit The Warrior's Keep.

 
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St. Patrick's Music Festival
Friday-Sunday | The Celt & Dempsey's Place | No cover charge
Festivities and a weekend full of music get underway Friday at The Celt (100 N. Tennessee) with a performance by What? from 8-11:30 p.m. Enjoy Irish music all weekend at both The Celt Irish Pub and Dempsey's Place (310 E. Louisiana). See their Facebook pages for the schedule of 18 bands performing throughout the weekend. No cover charge. Plenty of food and drink available from both restaurants' menus as well.

The Classic Comedy of Buster Keaton
Saturday | 7-9:30 p.m.| McKinney Performing Arts Center, ,111 N. Tennessee
"The Balloonatic" is one of Keaton's Classic Short Subjects and "Three Ages" is his first feature film. Both are perfect examples of his classic 'deadpan' comedy. Soundtrack music will be provided by Bill Roland of the N. Texas Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ housed at MPAC. Adults: $12 in advance, $14 at door. Kids 12 & under: $5 in advance, $7 at door. Seniors 65 & up are free but a ticket is required for entrance to the theater. Get tickets online.

 
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Collin County Master Gardeners Lawn & Garden Show
Saturday-Sunday | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | $2 donation
The Garden Show is an indoor event packed with exciting and informative educational events with hands-on activities and demonstrations from local experts. Speakers will present timely information on outdoor living in North Texas; the speaker schedule can be found online. Bring your wagons and carts to fill with your purchases! Please note: No pets are allowed. (Service animals specifically trained to aid persons with disabilities are allowed to enter.) Admission is a $2 donation to benefit Hugs Greenhouse.

Guided Historic Walking Tour
Saturday | 2:30 p.m.| Visitors Center, 200 W.Virginia | Free
Tonya Fallis of the city's mapping department will lead the tour, sharing stories about McKinney's early days and the people and businesses who have built the square into what it is today. These tours are free and leave from the MCVB Visitors Center at 2:30 p.m. Bottled water and snacks will be provided by our friends at Costco McKinney. We suggest that participants wear comfortable walking shoes!

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I Am Woman: A Missy Burton Experience
Friday-Sunday | Free | The Cove, 402 N. Tennessee
“I Am Woman” is a poetic, black & white photographic series that explores the powerful complexity of the female essence. Who is she? She is the vessel for all humankind. She is simultaneously mother, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, grandmother, wife & matriarch. She is a nurturer yet she is neglected. She is fearless yet she is afraid. She is hopeful yet she is hopeless. She is empowered yet she is enslaved. She is the supreme multitasker and at times appears to be super human. Her essence is her super power and she is the only reason your legacy exists. Friday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. with artist reception at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

McKinney, Then and Now Exhibit
Ongoing | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Free | Collin County History Museum
Fasten your seat belts and travel back in time to focus on McKinney, Texas...Then and Now. Various types of audio/visual aids will be available, including introducing augmented reality. History has never been so fascinating! This exhibit continues into 2020. 300 E. Virginia.

At the HEARD NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM & WILDLIFE SANCTUARY | 1 Nature Place

3 Hour Wetland Canoe Trails
Saturday | 1-4 p.m. | $32-42
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 guided minutes around the Heard wetlands, followed by free paddle time to explore on your own. Pre-registration required; call or register online. $32 for members, $42 for non-members.

Third Saturday Nature Talks - The Front Yard
Saturday | 9:30 a.m. | Included with admission
Learn about new native Texas plantings in the front area of the Heard Museum. Jessica Villarreal, the Heard’s horticulturist, will talk about her future plan for a mini-prairie and what she hopes to accomplish in the shady areas. This talk will offer a complete introduction to what all of us can do at our own homes. Please dress appropriately to be outside.

 Also at the museum and included with admission:

  • Feathered Friends: 13 Texas Endangered and Threatened Birds: Thru March 22. Explore an exhibition that features 13 endangered and threatened birds native to Texas as interpreted by 14 local, award-winning artists. Guests will also learn more about what action is being taken to save our avian neighbors.
  • Magic Planet-oids: Saturday-Sunday (Weekly); times vary. The whole family will enjoy this short, kid-friendly presentation called "Magic Planet-oids." These are offered on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Free with admission and for Heard Museum members.
  • Nature Story Time, Friday, 10:30-11 a.m. 
 
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"Resilience: Strength, Healing & Overcoming Adversity" Exhibit 
Thru March 31 | VALA Gallery in the Cotton Mill | Free
One of the best kept secrets around is the progressive new VALA GALLERY, housed within the ever-evolving Cotton Mill of McKinney that is curated by The Visual Arts League of Allen. Stop by in March for the RESILIENCE Art Exhibit featuring art that explores strength, healing and overcoming adversity. The show will run March 7-31. Free.

Other Events This Weekend

  • Free Tour - Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut, 11 a.m. Saturday, Chestnut Square Visitors Center.
  • Brewery Tour - Franconia Brewing, 495 McKinney Pkwy. $5 admission, Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
  • Brewery Tour - TUPPS Brewery, 721 Anderson. 12:30 p.m.
  • Scooter's First Responder Appreciation Day - Saturday, Scooter's Coffee,  2741 Virginia Pkwy, # 100. First responders simply show their ID at Scooter's and receive a free small drink on Saturday, March 16.
  • First Anniversary Celebration - Thursday-Sunday at E.J. Wills Gastropub, 1910 N. Stonebridge. Live music, St. Patrick's Day Festival, beer tastings and daily specials every day this weekend.

Live Music This Weekend

Thursday-Sunday | Times vary | Multiple locations

  • Cadillac Pizza Pub: Danni and Kris (Thur.); The Bodarks (Fri.); Jason Elmore and Hoodoo Witch (Sat.)
  • The Celt Irish Pub: Shane Frame & Beth Mason (Thur.); St. Patrick's Music Festival (Fri.-Sun.)
  • Dempsey's Place: St. Patrick's Music Festival (Fri.-Sun.)
  • E.J. Wills Gastropub: Philip Brumley Live (Sat.)
  • Hank's Texas Grill: Rodney Smith Band (Thur.); Copper Chief (Fri.); Ray Wylie Hubbard (Sat.)
  • Landon Winery: Shane Frame (Fri.); Wyatt Martin (Sat.)
  • Lone Star Wine Cellars: Ken & Cathy (Thur.); Stephen Pride (Fri.); Whiskey Holler (Sat.); Mike S. (Sun.)
  • The Pub McKinney: David Christian (Thur.); Jr Clark (Fri.); Last Stand (Sat.); St. Patrick's Day Party with The Wonderfuls (Sun.)
  • Rick's Chophouse: Jerry Don Branch (Thur.); Razzmatazz Band (Fri.); Buzz Andrews (Sat.) 
  • TUPPS Brewery: Ole G (Fri.); All Day Irish Music (Sat.); Ryan Berg 1 p..m. and TBA Music Duo 7 p.m. (Sun.)
  • Zin Zen Wine Bistro: Eric Erickson (Thur.); Missing 3 Band (Fri.); The Bad #7s (Sat.) 
 
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Ray Wylie Hubbard

 
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Whiskey Holler

 
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