Oktoberfest, patio parties and more things to do in McKinney this fall

McKinney Oktoberfest will feature authentic German food, music and games this year in downtown McKinney. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)
McKinney Oktoberfest will feature authentic German food, music and games this year in downtown McKinney. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)

McKinney Oktoberfest will feature authentic German food, music and games this year in downtown McKinney. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)

McKinney has several events planned around the city to welcome the fall season.

Sept. 24 | Social Dance Night

The Recreation Center at Towne Lake will host this event designed for individuals with special needs, their families and caregivers. Open to ages 16 and up, attendees can enjoy light refreshments, music and dancing. 6-8 p.m. $5 per person. 2001 S. Central Expressway. 972-547-2690. Register at www.mckinneytexas.org/parksevents

Sept. 24-26 | Oktoberfest

Downtown McKinney will host this year's annual Oktoberfest, a celebration featuring authentic German music, food and costumes. The three-day event will include dancing, children's activities and contests. Attendees can pre-purchase tickets online for food, drinks and activities. 5-11 p.m. (Sept. 24), 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (Sept. 25), noon-5 p.m. (Sept. 26). Free admission. www.mckinneyoktoberfest.com


Sept. 25 | Crape Myrtle Run & Festival

The 15th annual Crape Myrtle Run & Festival will be at McKinney Boyd High School. Runners can select from a 10K, 5K, or 1-mile run or walk. There will also be a free festival with a petting zoo, a bounce house and face painting. 7-10:30 a.m. $15 student runners; $35 adult runners, same-day registration. 600 N. Lake Forest Drive. 972-342-1413. https://tinyurl.com/b3k9wddx

Sept. 25 | National Comic Book Day

Presented by the Roy & Helen Hall Memorial Library, activities for people of all ages will be available for comic book, graphic novel and manga fans. Costumes are encouraged. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 101 E. Hunt St. 972-547-7323. www.mckinneypubliclibrary.org

Sept. 25-26 | Art Meets Floral

Guests will enjoy floral interpretations from North Texas artists and a tour of the Heard-Craig Center For the Arts’ historic house in downtown McKinney. This event is presented by the McKinney Garden Club. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1-4 p.m. (Sept. 26). Tickets are $15. 205 W. Hunt St. 972-569-6909. www.heardcraig.org/events

Sept. 29 | Zentangling Pumpkins

Artist Day Stringer will host this happy hour workshop on zentangling, a meditative doodling process. Participants will create decorative pumpkins for fall use while enjoying snacks and wine. 4-6 p.m. $45 per person, cost includes instruction, an artificial pumpkin, permanent markers and doodling designs. 610 Elm St., Ste. 1000. 202-810-2101. https://millhousefoundation.org

Oct. 2 | Party on the Patio

The Recreation Center at Towne Lake will host this open-air event featuring live music and BYOB. 7-9 p.m. Free. 2001 S. Central Expressway. 972-547-2690. www.mckinneytexas.org/parksevents
By Brooklynn Cooper
Brooklynn Cooper covers public education in Frisco and McKinney. Previously, she reported on southern Dallas for The Dallas Morning News. The Durham, N.C. native and devoted Tar Heel fan graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019.


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