What a wonderful weekend we have on tap. With things like this to do, no wonder we're one of the top two places in the nation to live. Thanks to our friends at the McKinney Convention and Visitors Bureau here is a list of ways to enjoy the next several days to come:
Soli Drum Festival (Sept. 14-16)
Experience a weekend of drum and dance workshops and performances featuring nationally famous teachers and performers. Emphasis is on West African Drum and Dance with world-renowned teachers and performers traveling to McKinney to share their talents. Plenty of opportunities for the whole family to drum and dance. Visit the website for registration and schedule details. At Old Settlers Park, 1201 E Louisiana St.; 214-641-0782.
Piccadilly Circus (Sept. 14-16)
Families will marvel at the Elephant Extravaganza, motorcycle daredevils somersaulting and spinning in a big Globe of Doom, a hilariously wild pack of sheep dogs; ponies on parade, White Tiger Spectacular, crazy comedy with circus clowns, daring acrobats, cirque artists and more! Showtimes vary; check HERE. (Organizers recommend arriving an hour early; general admission seating unless VIP ticket is purchased.) At Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 CR 166.
Flea Market Weekend! (Sept 14-16)
Third Monday Trade Days: Browse with antique and shabby chic dealers and meet the artists and craftsmen who create one-of-a kind items. Treat yourself to fantastic carnival-type food and your kids to the train or pony ride. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Free admission; $5 to park on Saturday and Sunday. 4550 W. University, 972-562-5466.
Old Red Lumberyard: Visit this collection of vendors offering unique vintage items and treasures and wonderful finds. Free admission. Friday-Saturday, 8 .m.-2 p.m. 600 E. Louisiana; 972-838-7934
Treasure Spotters: This eclectic gathering of treasures by Merchants of McKinney reflects the merchants' passion for finding, collecting, and selling treasures. Each merchant has their own business and sells at our event or by appointment. Friday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 401 E. Virginia; 972-542-7722.
In case you missed it, watch the video below to check out the "Picking and Pinning" episode of TSB's web series The Good Life. See highlights and learn the ins and outs of McKinney's flea market scene.
Art on Display
McKinney's downtown galleries are showcasing the following art this month.
The Garret Gallery: Barry Mullins; 111 E. Virginia; 972-548-9361.
Imaging on the Square: Various local artists. 109 S. Tennessee, 972-548-7575.
Laura Moore Fine Art: William & Carol Patterson (The Still Life: His & Hers) 107 S Tennessee. 214-914-3630.
Orisons Art & Framing: 'Mother Nature: Fire & Glass" - Glasswork and photography by L.C. Tobey. 110 E. Louisiana, 972-529-1441.
Entertainment This Weekend
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic Night (Thur.); Jimmy Wallace & the Stratoblasters (Fri.); Chris McCandless Band (Sat.)
Churchill's: Psychic Night (Thur.)
Hank's: Tyler Rogers (Thur); Bart Crow Band (Fri.); Elevenhundred Strings(Sat.)
Grand/Rick's: Live music Thur.-Sat.
Grotto: Jam Session (Thur.); The Revolvers (Fri.); Maylee Thomas (pictured, Sat.)
Landon Winery: Aaron Burton (Fri.); Steve Duncan (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Keith Reynolds (Fri.); Steve Rose (Sat.)
Spoons Cafe: Open Mic (Thur.); Live Music (Fri.-Sat.)
Butterfly Garden/House at Heard Museum, 972-562-5566.
THURSDAY, Sept. 13
Adriatica Farmers Market: 3-7 p.m. 6851 Virginia. 972-562-8790.
SATURDAY, Sept. 15
Weekly Group Bike Ride: Leaves Cadence Cyclery in downtown McKinney at 7:20 a.m. Saturdays.
Farmers Market at Chestnut Square: 8 a.m.-noon. Voted #2 best market in the State of Texas and #3 best market in the country! 315 S. Chestnut. 972-562-8790.
Franconia Brewery Tour: Guests and residents agree - the $5 brewery tour with beer tastings is the best deal in town! Brewmeister Dennis Wehrmann conducts the tour. 11 a.m. at 495 McKinney Parkway. Franconia beer glasses are available for an additional $5, but not required. 972-542-0705.
Still looking for more fun to be had? Be sure to check out the TownSquareBuzz.com Calendar of Events to see what else is happening around town. While you're there, feel free to add your own events to the mix.
To contact the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau, call 214-544-1407 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. They would love to hear from you. They also invite you to stop by their offices at 1575 Heritage Drive, Suite 100, Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or visit online: VisitMcKinney.com.