TO-DO LIST: Mark your calendars for these upcoming events in Frisco

Frisco Frisco Market will host Kidfest Aug. 8-9 and a petting zoo with 35 animals on Sept. 6. (Courtesy Visit Frisco)
Frisco Frisco Market will host Kidfest Aug. 8-9 and a petting zoo with 35 animals on Sept. 6. (Courtesy Visit Frisco)

Frisco Frisco Market will host Kidfest Aug. 8-9 and a petting zoo with 35 animals on Sept. 6. (Courtesy Visit Frisco)

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The Rail District Outdoor Market offers shoppers the chance to browse items from local businesses in an open-air environment. (Courtesy Cari Baer)
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August's bicycle ride with Frisco City Council members will start at Harold Bacchus Community Park. (Courtesy Visit Frisco)
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UNT at Frisco Fast Pass will have transfer counselors available to help prospective students on Aug. 7. (Courtesy UNT at Frisco)
Updated at 1:52 p.m. Aug. 28 to note the rescheduling of CodeLaunch 8.

Here's a list of some upcoming events taking place in Frisco and online over the next several weeks.

Aug. 4-13

Frisco Arts Youth Exhibition

This drop-in style gallery features works created by local student artists. It is being curated by the Frisco Association for the Arts in collaboration with Signature Reflection. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Lincoln Experience Center, 3620 The Star Blvd., Ste. 1205, Frisco. 972-292-0789. www.lincolnexperiencecenter.com

Aug. 7

UNT at Frisco Fast Pass

The come-and-go open house program is for students who have not yet applied and are interested in transferring to the University of North Texas at Frisco. Transfer counselors will be available to help prospective students with bachelor’s degree options, and academic advisers can help students learn about credit transfer as well. Due to COVID-19, this event will be held online. 1-5:45 p.m. Free. 972-668-7100. www.eventbrite.com/e/unt-at-frisco-fast-pass-friday-2020-tickets-91365034277
Drive Thru Balloon Glow

Editor's note: This event has been postponed.

Approximately 15 hot air balloons will light up the night as they are tethered along a half-mile drive for those entering Warren Sports Complex from Eldorado Parkway. The balloons will begin inflating around 7:45 p.m. and will glow for about an hour. 8-9 p.m. Free. Warren Sports Complex, 7599 Eldorado Pkwy., Frisco. 972-292-6500. www.friscotexas.gov/calendar.aspx?eid=4220

Aug. 8-9

Kidfest at Frisco Fresh Market

The second annual Kidfest event will feature child-friendly games and is also slated to feature food, classes and a “kid-zone.” 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (Aug. 8), 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Aug. 9). Free. Frisco Fresh Market, 9215 John W. Elliott Drive, Frisco. 844-776-2753. https://friscofreshmarket.com/ffm-events/

Aug. 11

Undead & UnRead: Medusa Uploaded

The Frisco Public Library hosts a monthly meeting for adult readers to discuss science fiction, horror and fantasy books. The online event via Zoom will feature “Medusa Uploaded” by Emily Davenport. 8-9 a.m. Free. 972-292-5669. https://friscolibrary.bibliocommons.com/events

Aug. 14-15

The Rail District Outdoor Market

The open-air marketplace allows boutiques, salons, eateries and more businesses in The Rail District to bring their wares outside. 3-8 p.m. (Aug. 14), 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Aug. 15). Free. The Rail District, Main Street, Frisco. https://friscoraildistrictmerchants.com/

Aug. 15

Roll with the Council

The public can take a bicycle ride with Frisco City Council members along the Taychas Trail of Harold Bacchus Community Park. The eight-mile route will be done at a conversational pace to allow participants to learn more about Frisco and take in public art. 1-4 p.m. Free. Harold Bacchus Community Park, 13995 FM 3537, Frisco. 972-292-6500. https://www.friscotexas.gov/1469/roll-with-the-council


Aug. 25

Reader’s Choice: The Same Sky

The Frisco Public Library hosts a monthly meeting for adult readers to discuss fiction and non-fiction books. The online event will feature “The Same Sky” by Amanda Eyre Ward. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. 972-292-5669. https://friscolibrary.bibliocommons.com/events

Sept. 4-6

Hack-a-Solution hackathon

This 24-hour hackathon was organized by Frisco students to test their coding skills and raise awareness of world issues through technology. Students in middle school, high school and college can sign up to compete and learn new skills. The virtual event will also offer workshops and mentors to help those with limited experience. Winners will be announced during the closing ceremony on Sept. 6 and prizes will be distributed by mail. 8 p.m. (Sept. 4)-9 p.m. (Sept. 5). Free. www.hackasolution.org

Sept. 6

Fall petting zoo

Frisco Fresh Market will host a 35-animal miniature farm. Animals slated for the event include a pig, ducks, chickens, sheep, miniature goats, a miniature horse and a miniature donkey. $5 (per child/adult). Frisco Fresh Market, 9215 John W. Elliott Drive, Frisco. 844-776-2753. https://friscofreshmarket.com/ffm-events/

Sept. 10

CodeLaunch 8

Editor's note: This event has been rescheduled for Nov. 5.

This annual pitch competition for technology startup businesses will feature finalists from a national competition, a startup trade show, educational sessions and a networking after-party. 3-9 p.m. Free (UNT students and faculty), $20-$99. Comerica Center, 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco. 214-774-4262. www.codelaunch.com

Editor's note: This list was current as of Aug. 3, but could change due to coronavirus concerns. Be sure to check the event websites for any updates or changes.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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