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.


On July 29, the city announced that it acquired 230 acres of parkland within the Painted Tree residential development. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
McKinney pays $23M for 230 acres of parkland in Painted Tree development

Athletic fields, recreational facilities and future community and economic development projects will be built upon the new land.

School supplies will be exempt from the 8.25% sales tax Aug. 6-8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
What to know before the statewide tax-free weekend Aug. 6-8

Customers will not have to pay the standard 8.25% sales tax on select clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100.

Miruku Creamery   Cafe plans to open by September at 207 N. Kentucky St., McKinney. (Vicki Chen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Miruku Creamery + Cafe bringing soft serve to downtown McKinney

Flavors will include chocolate, milk, matcha and fruit options.

Connections Wellness Group has existing locations in Denton (pictured) and McKinney. The group offers therapy and psychiatric services. (Courtesy Connections Wellness Group)
Connections Wellness Group now serving mental health needs for adolescents in McKinney

Connections Wellness Group offers individual counseling as well as group therapy for mental health, trauma and other needs.

Tips for home buyers and sellers from a McKinney realtor

Kelly Rudiger of Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors in McKinney offered some tips to those entering the market as well as some insights into how the market stands out from other major U.S. cities and metro areas.

Dutch Bros Coffee opened a new drive-thru location July 26 in Plano. (Courtesy Dutch Bros Coffee)
Dutch Bros Coffee comes to Plano; meat market, butcher shop opens in Richardson and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including a meat market and butcher shop that offers authentic Middle Eastern-style grilled meats that are halal and locally sourced.

Bresnan Bread and Pastry is opening a location in McKinney. (Courtesy Bresnan Bread and Pastry)
Bresnan Bread and Pastry to bring baked goods to McKinney

The bakery will offer grab-and-go goods, from sourdough breads and laminated pastries to cookies and pies.

This map shows where the new parking lot would be located. (Courtesy city of McKinney)
New public parking lot on McKinney’s east side given initial green light

The parking lot would provide public parking to anyone that needs a space for the future area the city is developing, officials said.

Zoom Room is now open in McKinney. (Courtesy Zoom Room)
Zoom Room dog training service opens in McKinney

The classes emphasize socialization, positive reinforcement and education.

Tupps is relocating to an old granary east of Hwy. 5 in McKinney. (Rendering courtesy city of McKinney)
Site plan approved for Tupps Brewery relocation, expansion in McKinney

Keith Lewis, owner and founder of Tupps Brewery, said at the meeting that people he ran into would implore him not to get rid of the “vibe” that exists in the current location, and that he has reached out to residents on this side of the city to hear their input.

Collin County Health Care Services announced on July 27 the creation of mobile vaccination teams. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Collin County residents can now request mobile COVID-19 vaccine services

The teams will focus on reaching homebound individuals, long-term care facilities, businesses requesting vaccination for employees and other organizations.

This concept art shows a depiction of what the mural on the Woodsmen of the World building in McKinney could look like. (Illustration courtesy city of McKinney)
McKinney OKs agreement with artist to paint downtown mural

The mural will be located on the Woodsmen of the World Building at 119 S. Tennessee St. in downtown McKinney.