Above: Winter Dance Party at MPAC
Winter Dance Party (Friday)
John Mueller's "Winter Dance Party" is an estate-endorsed tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Rock out to more than two hours of unbridled, high voltage entertainment featuring all the hit songs of the classic 50's era. At the McKinney Performing Arts Center in the Courtroom Theater, 111 N. Tennessee. 8-10:15 p.m. $35 general admission; tickets available online.
Browse the trendy attire, home décor, antiques, collectibles, and one-of-a-kind Valentine gifts for your sweetie. Take advantage of the all-weather parking, covered booths, heated mall, two ATMs, and bargain prices. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Closes at 4 p.m. on Friday.) 4550 W. University. Free admission; $5 parking before 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Free parking all day Friday.
Paintings by Jeni Tomlinson (Saturday-Sunday)
Enjoy cake and conversation when local artist Jeni Tomlinson presents an exploration of her process as she develops a painting.  Stages, steps, preliminary moments, all lead to final products. Saturday, 6-9 p.m. and Sunday, 4-6 p.m. At The Cove, 402 N. Tennessee Street. Free admission.
Cajun Fusion Class (Thursday)
Kitchenwares on the Square hosts a Cajun fusion class that'll make you the hit of Mardi Gras. Learn more on Facebook at Kitchenwares on the Square or call 469-301-6659. 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 213 W. Louisiana. $49. Reservations required. 
Bottles & Brushes (Saturday)
Paint a bottle for your loved ones to fill up the TUPPS Brewery Living Memories Tree. 6-9 p.m. $10 per bottle with proceeds going to Relay for Life. At TUPPS Brewery, 721 Anderson at the Cotton Mill. 
At The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 1 Nature Place, 972-562-5566. Exhibits & talks included in admission. 

(shown, thru Feb. 19) Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and his life-size animatronic dinosaur friends along the nature trails. Regular hours. 

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.

2nd Saturday Bird Walk (shown, Saturday)
This monthly event takes place at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary September through May each year. These walks help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and ID techniques. No reservations needed, but please arrive on time (8 a.m.). Included in general admission and is free for Heard Museum members.
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic night (Thur.); Manny & The Gringoderos  (Fri.); Maylee Thomas Band (Sat.)
The Celt Irish Pub: Aaron Burton plays upstairs (shown), Psychic Night downstairs (Thur.); Rory Payne at 7 p.m., Go Solo at 8 p.m. (Fri.); Jeffrey Phillips, 5-7 p.m., The Selkie Girls, 8-11 p.m. (Sat.); Harbor Row, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; TIMES Irish Music Session, 3-6 p.m.; Bodarks, 6:30-9 p.m. (Sun.)
Hank's Texas Grill: Brent Splawn (Thur.); JB & The Moonshine Band (Fri.); Flatland Cavalry (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Shelby Ballanger (Thur.); Tommy WIlliams (Fri.); Double Down - Tommy Williams and Mike Allyn (Sat.); Suburban Jazztet (Sun.)
The Lounge at Rick's: Jim Stewart (Thur.); Missing 3 (Fri.); Jon Christopher Davis (shown, Sat.)
TUPPS Brewery: Live Music (Fri.-Sat.)
Zin Zen Wine Bistro:  Guitar Showcase Showcase (Thur.); Shane Frame (Fri.) Eric Erickson (Sat.)
Also check our calendar at VisitMcKinney.com or call the MCVB at 214-544-1407 or toll-free at 888-649-8499.​ ​
Grab a paint brush and come along for an evening of fun with friends and strangers!

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. Open New Year's Eve for tour.

721 Anderson (at the Cotton Mill); Open at 11 a.m.
Click to access the web map or pick up a pocket map at the McKinney CVB visitors center at 200 W. Virginia.
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.
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