Plant sale, festival, Arts in Bloom and more: Things to do in McKinney in April and May

Arts in Bloom will take place April 12-14 in downtown McKinney.

Arts in Bloom will take place April 12-14 in downtown McKinney.

Here are some events taking place in McKinney April 6-May 4.



April 6


Shop with the Trinity MOPS at a two events


Trinity MOPS, or Mothers of Preschoolers, is hosting two events. The Spring Market features more than 35 local vendors and raffle baskets. Sweet Repeats is a kids consignment sale. Free (entry). 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Sweet Repeats); 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. (Spring Market). Trinity Presbyterian Church, 5871 Virginia Parkway. 972-542-4629. www.sweetrepeatsmckinney.org






April 12-14


Attend the Arts in Bloom Festival 


This event features more than 150 artists, including painters, dancers, performers, musicians and more. Food and drink vendors will be available, as well as live music. Free. 5-10 p.m. (Fri.), 11 a.m.-10 p.m. (Sat.), noon-5 p.m. (Sun.). Downtown McKinney, 111 N. Tennessee St. 972-547-2660. www.mckinneytexas.org/687/arts-in-bloom






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April 13


Enjoy a Food and Wine Festival


This inaugural city event features local Allen restaurants, more than 100 wines to taste, boutique vendors, grape stomping, culinary demonstrations, kids activities, live music and more. Free (entry), $40 (20 wine tastings). Noon-5 p.m. The Village at Allen, 190 E. Stacy Road. www.facebook.com/allenfoodandwinefestival






April 13-14


Pick a plant at the Heard


The 30th annual Spring Plant Sale features native and rare plants for sale. Purchases are tax free and proceeds benefit The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Free (entry). 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sat.), 1-5 p.m. (Sun.). Heard Museum, 1 Nature Place. 972-562-5566. www.heardmuseum.org/plantsale





April 20


Run in a race


The Texas Bluebonnet run is back for a second year. All proceeds benefit Crossed Paws Animal Haven, a local nonprofit animal shelter. Prices vary. 8 a.m. (half marathon), 8:45 a.m. (5K). Cockrill Middle School, 1351 Hardin Blvd. 214-619-2246. www.getracing.org/texas-bluebonnet-half-.html





April 25


Recognize volunteers at awards luncheon


The Junior League of Collin County is recognizing local volunteers, nonprofits and programs for their service at an annual awards luncheon. $40 (per person). 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Astride McKinney, 6200 TPC Drive. 972-769-0557. www.jlcollincounty.org





April 27


Play in a muddy obstacle course


The McKinney Texas Mud Factor features a muddy obstacle course race for all ages. Groups of participants start the course every 20 minutes. Prices vary. 10-11 a.m. (children ages 4-13), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (adults age 14 and older). Myers Park, 7117 CR 166. www.mudfactor.com/mckinney






April 27


Bring your family to the ManeGait Country Fair


ManeGait, a nonprofit therapeutic horsemanship center, hosts an old-fashioned fair with carnival games, pony rides, food and music. All proceeds benefit ManeGait’s therapy program for riders with special needs.
11 a.m.-4 p.m. $20 (pre-ordered tickets per car), $25 (per car on April 27). ManeGait, 3160 N. Custer Road. 469-434-2568. www.manegait.org/events/countryfair





April 27


Shred your papers in time for Spring Cleaning


The city of McKinney is hosting its yearly event where residents can dispose of sensitive documents, mail and other papers by turning them in to be shredded. Proof of residency is required and there is a four-box limit per household. Free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sheraton McKinney, 1900 Gateway Blvd. 972-547-7500. www.mckinneytexas.org





April 27


Play in a three-on-three basketball tournament


This event features a three-on-three basketball tournament hosted by Cornerstone Church of Christ. Anyone ages 8 and older can participate. $20 (per team, minimum of 4 players). 9 a.m.-noon. Old Settler's Recreation Center, 1201 E. Louisiana St. 214-315-5121. www.facebook.com/events/688345801560946






April 27


Participate in an indoor triathlon


The Apex Centre is hosting an indoor triathlon, featuring 10 minutes of swimming, 20 minutes of running and 30 minutes of biking. Participates are ranked by performance and receive T-shirts. Ages 13 and older welcome, and children 13-15 must be accompanied by an adult. $20 (members), $28 (non-members). 8-9 a.m. Apex Centre, 3003 Alma Road. 972-547-2739. www.mckinneytexas.org/1315/apex-centre





May 4


Feast at a fiesta


This event features a taco bar, balloon artist, photo booth, piñata and petting zoo. Free. Noon-3 p.m. Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa, 7910 Collin McKinney Parkway. 214-383-1083. www.craigranchfitness.com





May 4


Participate in relay to honor cancer survivors


This event features fundraising opportunities, a walk and celebration in honor of cancer survivors and their caregivers. Funds raised benefit the American Cancer Society and support its mission to save and celebrate those with cancer. Free (attendance). 5-11 p.m. Myers Park and Event Center, 7117 CR 166. www.cancer.org


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By Emily Davis

Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.


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