Here are highlights of weekend happenings in McKinney, thanks to our friends at the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Third Monday Trade Days (Friday-thru-Sunday): It’s the ultimate shopping experience with something for everyone – trendy clothing, DVDs, housewares, furniture, tools, toys, jewelry, antiques, collectibles, crafts, carnival-type food, and much more. Looking for a unique gift item? This is the place to shop. Train ride and pony ride for the kids. Free admission. Parking $5 on Saturdays and Sundays before 3 p.m.; free on Friday. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 972-562-5466.
Silents On The Square Film Festival (Saturday): The NTC-ATOS presents the “Silents on the Square” tribute to the kings of comedy of the silent film era. The comedies will be accompanied on the Wurlitzer Theatre Organ played by a nationally acclaimed theatre organist, in the style originally presented in the movie palaces of the day. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee, 214-544-4630. 7:30 p.m.
Farmers Market (Saturday): The Historic McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square hosts their last monthly market before the weekly markets start in April. The veggies will be starting to come in soon! Come see your favorite vendors, pick up some locally-grown foods, and tour some of the oldest buildings in Collin County. And don’t forget to stop at Dixie’s Store for some old fashioned goodies and gifts. 8 a.m.-noon. 315 S. Chestnut, 972-562-8790.
Current Art Exhibits in Downtown McKinney:
The Garret Gallery: Featured is Lori Bongiovanni; 111 E. Virginia St.; 972-548-9361.
La Misha: Becca Gatewood Motley’s work is featured. 113 N. Kentucky, 972-540-6050.
McKinney Wine Merchant features the art of Weeda Hamdan, an innovative artist.
Laura Moore Fine Art Studios: PLACE, featuring Judy Koon, Jeffrey Janson, Susan Kraut and Richard Deutsch. 107 S. Tennessee, 214-914-3630.
Orisons Art & Framing: Innovative photography of emerging artist Ann Williams; 110 E. Louisiana, 972-529-1441.
The Artist’s Loft features their teachers’ work. 110 East Louisiana St., 972-345-6311.
Night Life, Music and St. Patrick’s Day Parties:
–Boston’s Gourmet Pizza: St. Patrick’s Day Party (Saturday, noon)
–Cadillac Pizza Pub: Open Mic (Thurs.); Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch (Sat.)
–Churchill’s British Pub: Psychic Night (Thur.)
–Hank’s: Cody Johnson (Thur.); Brandon Jenkins (Fri.); Whiskey Myers – St. Patty’s Day Party, too! (Sat.)
–Grand Bar: The Brehms (Thur.); Melissa Medlock (Fri.); Tyla Taylor (Sat.)
–Grotto Live: Waking Norman (Thur.); The Revolvers (Fri.); Jones Band (Sat.)
–Landon Winery: Steve Duncan (Fri.); Duane Bates (Sat.)
–Lone Star Wine Cellars: Steve Brummet (Fri.); Daniel Whittington (Sat.)
–The Pub: St. Patrick’s Day Bash with live music by Bravo, Max! (Saturday night entertainment, but food and drink specials run all day)
–Spoons Cafe: Open Mic Night (Thur.); Live
They glide, climb, slither & scamper! Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, 972-562-5566.
THURSDAY, March 15
Family Canoe Try-It: Spend about 40 guided minutes on the wetlands followed by free time. Must pre-register. Heard Museum, 972-562-5566.(Fri.-Sat.)
FRI.-SAT., March 16-17
Old Red Lumberyard Junk Market: Vintage, collectibles, decor and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 600 E. Louisiana, 972-838-7934.
SATURDAY, March 17
Weekly Group Bike Ride: Leaving Cadence Cyclery in downtown McKinney at 7:20 a.m. on Saturdays.
Drum Circle: Saturdays at 10 a.m., Old Settlers Rec Center, 1201 E. Louisiana. Drums available or bring your own. 214-641-0782. Free; donations welcome.
Brewery Tour: Franconia Brewery offers tours and tastings every Saturday at 11 a.m. 495 McKinney Pkwy. $5 per person.
SAT.-SUN., March 17-18
Dog Agility: Texas Working Agility Novice Group; Myers Park. 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fri.-Sat. (214-676-8633)