Things to do in and around McKinney this February

The annual Towne Lake Trout Derby will be held Feb. 22. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
The annual Towne Lake Trout Derby will be held Feb. 22. (Courtesy city of McKinney)

The annual Towne Lake Trout Derby will be held Feb. 22. (Courtesy city of McKinney)

Feb. 07

Grape, Berry & Fruit Tree Workshop

Learn tips and tricks on growing and pruning grapes, berries and fruit trees in a class hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $35 (includes snacks, beverages and a sandwich lunch). Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 CR 166, McKinney. 972-548-4233.

Feb. 08

Vegetables & Edible Gardening

Join Collin County Master Gardeners for its yearly class on vegetable gardening. The class will cover many topics, such as “Vegetable Gardening 101” and pests in the garden. 8 a.m.-noon. $20. Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 CR 166, McKinney. 972-548-4233.

Feb. 08

Bunnies & Beaujolais

Jasper & Petals is hosting Bunnies & Beaujolais, a pop-up wine tasting event benefiting the North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary. Customers can meet adoptable rabbits. Cash donations for the sanctuary are welcomed. 4-8 p.m. Free. Jasper & Petals, 223 E. Louisiana St., McKinney. 214-458-0081.

Feb. 08

Valentine’s Chocolate and Wine Walk

Celebrate Valentine’s Day early by enjoying a wine and chocolate tasting in downtown McKinney. Participants will be able to taste 10 wine and chocolate pairings while perusing local shops. 2-7 p.m. $20 (10 wine samples and a souvenir wine glass), free (chocolate tasting). Lone Star Wine Cellars,103 E. Virginia St., Ste. 103, McKinney (starting location). 972-547-2660.

Feb. 15

Murder on Chestnut

Enjoy dinner and an interactive show at this event. The show’s theme is “Murder at the Ritz.” Guests will talk to the actors and try to solve the mystery. 5:30-9 p.m. $50 (dinner and show), $25 (show). 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney.

Feb. 22

Towne Lake Trout Derby

Spend a day fishing at this annual event. All ages are welcome to participate, and food and refreshments will be provided. 8 a.m.-noon. $3 (age 17 and up), free (age 16 and under). Towne Lake Recreation Area, 1405 Wilson Creek Parkway, McKinney. 972-547-2686.

Feb. 22

Festival of Darkness

TUPPS Brewery is hosting an event where guests taste different types of dark brews. The event is for adults age 21 and older. $35 (general admission: five four-ounce pours and one full pint), $50 (VIP: early entry, tasting glass, five four-ounce pours, one full pint and choice of shirt or socks). TUPPS Brewery, 721 Anderson St., McKinney. 214-856-7996.

Feb. 23

Krewe of Barkus

Watch the 18th annual Krewe of Barkus, a Mardi Gras dog parade. This year’s theme is “Puppies Go Pop Star.” 2 p.m. Free. 111 Tennessee St., McKinney. 972-547-2660.

Feb. 23

1-Day Joke Writing Workshop

Learn techniques and tips for writing jokes from comedian Dean Lewis at the 1-Day Joke Writing Workshop. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $97. The Comedy Arena, 305 E. Virginia St., Ste. 104, McKinney. 214-769-0645.

Feb. 28

One Night in Hollywood

Martyn Lucas will perform in “One Night in Hollywood,” benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The show will feature music from iconic Hollywood performers. 6-9 p.m. $50. Church Street Auditorium, 306 N. Church St., McKinney. 646-591-3994.

Feb. 29

Calligraphy: Clothesline Caps

Graphite Pencil + Paper is hosting an art class called “Calligraphy: Clothesline Caps.” Participants will learn about a style of calligraphy and make an ink and watercolor rendering to take home. 1-4 p.m. $50 (includes supplies). 211 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 214 548-5380.

Feb. 29 and March 01

Millhouse Winter Juried Artfest

MillHouse is hosting an event where guests can view a showcase of work created by local artisans. Art is available for purchase. Food and drink vendors will be available. Proceeds benefit the MillHouse, a local women’s coworking center and creative space located inside the McKinney Cotton Mill. Noon-6 p.m. Free. 610 Elm St., McKinney. 202-848-2894.

March 01

Sounds of Ireland

The McKinney Public Library System is presenting a free Irish music performance in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. 1:30-3 p.m. Free. Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library, 101 E. Hunt St., McKinney. 972-547-7323.
By Makenzie Plusnick

Makenzie graduated from Tarleton State University in 2019 with a degree in communications. While in school, she interned at the Weatherford Democrat and was editor of Texan News Service, a news outlet at Tarleton. She enjoys true crime podcasts, riding horses, and spending time with her dog.


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