Submitted By McKinney Convention And Visitors Bureau
Experience an evening on McKinney’s downtown square as you explore local art galleries, listen to great local and regional talent, and enjoy dinner at one of the area’s best eateries. Many establishments in Downtown McKinney will keep their doors open from 7-10 p.m.. Activities include art exhibit openings, live music and more. Read on to learn about the featured artists, musicians and entertainment options for this special weekend of fun.
Second Saturday Fun
Second Saturday Jam Session: McKinney Guitar Studio hosts a free evening of music with local singers, songwriters and acoustic musicians. 7-11 p.m..; 109-1/2 W. Virginia.
Magic Show: Main Street Magic & Fun Company hosts an evening of magic. Both shows are family friendly. Tickets are $10 each; reservations required to 214-274-7802.
Special Market Dinner: Patina Green Home & Market closes its doors on Second Saturday night to host these special dinners on their front patio. the five-course dinners are by reservation only to 972-548-9141. Please note that this event is sold out, but we wanted to let you know about it so you can mark your calendars for April 1st. Why? Because that is the day you need to call to get a shot at a seat at the table in May! Yes. May!
Leaping Leprechauns Race (Saturday)
Participants will be “wearing o’ the green” so come decked out in your St. Patrick’s finery! All 1Kers and kids under 9 will receive a medal. Prizes, music, food and lots of FUN! Trophies for the Overall and Masters Winners of the 5K and 15K. Access race details and registration links by clicking the image. At Stonebridge Ranch Beach Club.
Workshops And Classes (Thursday & Saturday)
Folks in the McKinney arts community are always sharing their talents through classes and workshops. Here are a couple coming up this week:
Crocheted Jewelry Class (Thursday, 7 p.m.) at Diggin’ It (507 N. Tennessee): Jewelry artist, Shawn Payne, will show you how to create an original crocheted lariat necklace. You’ll use hemp and natural stones in this earthy, organic project. Come join the fun and leave with a new piece of jewelry. Thursday, 7p.m. Space is limited; call to reserve a spot. 469-952-3446.
Guitar Workshop (Saturday, 10 a.m.): During the Working Persons Guide to Playing Guitar, learn about notation styles, chords, and other things that make music fun.This workshop is perfect for the person that wants to learn the most basic things about playing the guitar but does not have the time for a series of formal lessons. $30 per person. At McKinney Guitar Studio, 109-1/2 E. Virginia. 972-832-1646.
Bird Walk (Saturday)
These seasonal monthly bird walks (held the second Saturday each month Sept.-May) help beginning and intermediate birders with bird spotting and identification techniques. Prairie, woodland, and wetland habitats are included. Walks included in admission at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 972-562-5566.
Entertainment This Weekend
Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic (Thurs.); SoundHouse (Fri.); Tommy Katona (Sat.)
Hank’s: Lauren Kent Band (Thurs.); Brandon Jenkins (Fri.); Ty Herndon (pictured, Sat.)
Grand/Rick’s: Nickel & Dime (Thurs.); Nick & the Nighthawks (Fri.); Buzz Andrews (Sat.)
Grotto: Travis Muscatell & The Black Hand Rivalry (Fri.); Maylee Thomas (Sat.)
Landon Winery: Tu-Tones (Sat.)
Lone Star Wine Cellars: Lenno Summers & Big Bob (Thurs.); Aaron Burton (Fri.); Mike Allyn (Sat.)
Spoons Cafe: Open Mic (Thur.); Live Music (Fri.-Sat.)
The downtown art galleries host meet-the-artist receptions from 7-10 p.m. Saturday.
Garret Gallery: Katie Rifkin. 111 E. Virginia; 972-548-9361.
Imaging on the Square: Local artists.109 S. Tennessee; 972-548-7575.
Laura Moore Fine Art: Jeffrey Cortland Jones’ minimalist abstract exhibit, “After, Closer.” 107 S Tennessee; 214-914-3630.
Orisons Art: Dallas artists Melissa Ellis and Julia Pappas (sample of work shown above). 110 E. Louisiana; 972-529-1441.
Bass Clinic: Join us for a special night with bassist Bryan Beller (Steve Vai, The Aristocrats, Dethklok) his wife Kira Small and our friends from Mike Lull Basses, D’Addario Strings, and Planet Waves Cables. 7-9:30 p.m. at Zin Zen Wine Bar, Adriatica, 6841 Virginia.
Franconia Brewery Tour & Tasting: 11 a.m. at 495 McKinney Pkwy. $5.
Historic District Trolley Tour: Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about McKinney’s history! Call 972-467-9823 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tour leaves 315 S. Chestnut at 11 a.m. $10,adults, $7, seniors/kids 12 and under.
Dog Agility Show: The Dallas Agility Working Group (DAWG) hosts a dog agility competition at Myers Park arena. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free; please leave your own dogs at home.
Hotel de Fools: World premiere of the winning play in the McKinney Repertory Theatre’s Annual New Play Competition at McKinney Performing Arts Center. Tickets at MPAC site.