Courtesy of our friends at the McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau, here is a list of all sorts of fun things to do this weekend:
Third Monday Trade Days (Aug 17 – 19) – More than 450 vendors offer the latest trends in clothing and accessories, school supplies, sporting goods, as well as unique gifts and delightful home décor, all at bargain prices. Beat the heat - arrive early, shop in the market's air conditioned Mall, or enjoy an ice cream, cold fruit drink, or Italian ice. Free, but $5 to park on Saturday/Sunday. 4550 W University Dr. (US 380, 2 miles west of US 75),972-562-5466.
Old Red Lumberyard Junk Market (Aug 17 – 18) – 600 E. Louisiana, 972-838-7934. Open 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free admission.
Foxtales (Aug 17 – 19) – This production by the McKinney Young Actors Guild follows the adventures of Sonny Fox, who wants to find out about the rest of the world. He meets other animals along the way who teach him lessons about friendship and working together. Friday/Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday, 2:30 p.m. On McKinney Performing Arts Center stage, 111 N. Tennessee. 972-542-4630
Alice in Wonderland (Aug 17 – 19) – Alice longs for adventure and finds more than she wishes for as she meets a host of characters - the White Rabbit, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat, and the Red Queen. A production by McKinney Youth Theatre at the Heard-Craig Performance Hall, 306 N. Church. Friday/Saturday, 7:15 p.m.; Saturday/Sunday, 2:15 p.m.
Art on Display
McKinney's downtown galleries are showcasing the following art this month.
• The Garret Gallery: Featuring watercolor artist Sarah Buie; 111 E. Virginia; 972-548-9361.
• Imaging on the Square: Featuring various local artists. 109 S. Tennessee, 972-548-7575.
• Laura Moore Fine Art: Annual open call to artists. This year's theme is "Hideout" - more than 80 works from 45 artists. 107 S Tennessee. 214-914-3630. (Pictured, Lonely Lemon Tree by Chuck Petty)
• Orisons Art & Framing: The work of several photographers is on display. 110 E. Louisiana, 972-529-1441.
Entertainment This Weekend
• Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic Night (Thur.); Michael Lee Band (Fri.); Joey Love & The Love Machine (Sat.)
• Churchill's: Psychic Night (Thur.)
• Hank's: Sammy Fox & The Intervention (Thur); The Damn Quails (Fri.); Billy Joe Shaver (pictured, Sat.)
• Grand/Rick's: Carolyn Jones (Thur.); Jon Griffin (Fri.); Buzz Andrews (Sat.)
• Grotto: Jam Session (Thur.); The Revolvers (Fri.); Leah Marr (Sat.)
• Landon Winery: Steve Duncan (Fri.); Duane Bates (Sat.)
• Lone Star Wine Cellars: Crystal Yates (Fri.); Lenno Summers (Sat.)
• Spoons Cafe: Open Mic (Thur.); Live Music (Fri.-Sat.)
Animal Superheroes & Butterfly Garden/House at Heard Natural Science Museum, 972-562-5566.
Tax-Free Shopping Weekend: Friday through Sunday statewide.
THURSDAY, August 19
TownSquareBuzz.com Dog Dayz of Summer Pub Crawl in downtown McKinney
Starts at 6:30 p.m., but folks can join in the fun at any time. Check in at Churchill's on the square.
Adriatica Farmers Market
3-7 p.m. 6851 Virginia. 972-562-8790.
SATURDAY, August 18
Weekly Group Bike Ride: Leaves Cadence Cyclery in downtown McKinney at 7:20 a.m. Saturdays.
Farmers Market at Chestnut Square: 8 a.m. to noon, 315 S. Chestnut.
Drum Circle: 10 a.m., Old Settlers Rec. Center, 1201 E. Louisiana. 214-641-0782.
Franconia Brewing Tour:
11 a.m.; $5 per person for tour/tastings. 495 McKinney Pkwy.; 972-542-0705.
Garden Tours: Collin County Master Gardener will be at Myers Park Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon to guide tours of the research gardens on the park grounds. For more information call 972-548-4232.
SUNDAY, August 19
Pianist Kathryn Woodard performs a recital "From the Balkans and Beyond" featuring music from Southeastern Europe and Turkey, an area she has researched for the past 15 years. In Noble Hall at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee. 3-4:30 p.m., $15 ($10 students/seniors). 214-544-4630.