Empty Bowls, live music, lacrosse games and more: Things to do in McKinney May-June

Empty Bowls McKinney will take place May 16 in downtown McKinney.

Empty Bowls McKinney will take place May 16 in downtown McKinney.

Editor's note: This article has been updated. Date Night at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary has been rescheduled for May 25 due to anticipated weather. 

Here are events happening in McKinney May 8-June 6.

May 8
Shop at a local craft fair

Country Lane Seniors Community hosts a craft fair open to the public. Attendees will find handmade gifts, such as ceramics, wood carvings, greeting cards, jewelry, quilting, knitting and more for sale. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Country Lane Seniors Community, 2401 Country View Lane. 972-569-8762. www.countrylaneseniors.com

May 9-11
Vintage Market Days

Vintage Market Days returns to McKinney with more than 100 vendors spread out in two buildings. Antiques, home decor, clothing, jewelry, food and more will be available for purchase. Free (children under 12 years old), $5 (Sat. only), $10 (Fri.-Sat. only), $15 (Thurs.-Sat.). 4-8 p.m. (Thurs.), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.). Myers Park & Event Center. 7117 CR 166, McKinney. www.vintagemarketdays.com

May 10
Attend 8th annual Women in Service luncheon

The guest speaker at the luncheon is Denise Kendrick, executive director of Embrace Texas. Tickets include lunch from Rick’s Chophouse, raffles, door prizes and a parting gift. Proceeds benefit Love Life Foundation Charity, which helps at-risk women and children in Collin County. $40 (per person), $350 (reserved table for 10 people). 11:30 a.m. The Sanctuary Music & Events Center, 6633 Virginia Parkway. 214-808-1297. www.showclix.com/event/womeninservice2019

May 11
Enjoy art, music and dance at International Festival

Happenings at the inaugural McKinney International Festival include ethnic cuisine from food trucks, vendor booths, multicultural arts, music and dance performances. Free (admission). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Finch Park, 301 W. Standifer St. www.mckinneyinternationalfestival.com

May 12-13
Cheer on lacrosse teams

The Texas High School Lacrosse State Championships are held in McKinney for boys Division I and II. Four teams will compete in the Division I tournament, and four teams will compete in the Division II tournament. Teams are from across the state. Prices vary. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. McKinney ISD Ron Poe Stadium, 1 Duvall St. www.mckinneylacrosse.com

May 16
Receive free vaccines

The Care Van and Passport Health offer free vaccines to children ages 6 months-18 years. To qualify, the child must be uninsured or American Indian or Alaskan Native. The child may also have Medicaid; a private insurance that does not cover vaccines; or Aetna, BCBS or United Healthcare insurances. A copy of the child’s immunization record must be brought to the event. Free. 5-7 p.m. Lawson Early Childhood Center, 500 Dowell St. www.carevan.org

May 16
Empty Bowls McKinney

Attendees select a one-of-a-kind handcrafted bowl then enjoy a sampling of soups, breads and sweets from local restaurants. Money raised will benefit Community Lifeline Center. Free (children 10 or under when accompanied by an adult), $35 (includes bowl, samplings). 6-8 p.m. McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St. www.facebook.com/emptybowlsmckinney

May 18
Hike, fish and explore at Towne Lake Park

Explore the outdoors at Towne Lake Park, where guests will learn to fish and enjoy a hike. Registration is required, and children 10 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. McKinney Community Center, 2001 S. Central Expressway. 972-547-2690. www.mckinneytexas.org

May 25
Date Night at the Heard

This outdoor fundraising event for the Heard Museum features live music, dancing, food trucks and alcoholic beverages. Child care is available during the event for $25 for children ages 5-12. $15 (per person, ages 21 and older). 6-9:30 p.m. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. 1 Nature Place. 972-562-5566. www.heardmuseum.org/datenight 

May 25
Workout at the McKinney Farmers Market

Pure Barre hosts a pop-up class at the McKinney Farmers Market. The workout class will take place every fourth Saturday until Sept. 28. Participants should bring a yoga mat and water. Free. 10-10:45 a.m. Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut St. 214-592-9471. www.facebook.com/purebarremckinneytx

May 31
Attend a McKinney ISD graduation

Students, families and teachers celebrate graduation for McKinney ISD students. Live streaming of the graduations will be available online. Tickets required and distributed to students. 9 a.m. (McKinney North High School), 1:30 p.m. (McKinney Boyd High School), 6 p.m. (McKinney High School). Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Road, Ste. 1350, Allen. www.mckinneyisd.net/graduation

June 6
Eat tacos with McKinney police officers

Visit and chat with McKinney neighborhood police officers while enjoying tacos for dinner. A bounce house and DJ will also be at the event. Guests should register by May 20. Free. 6-9 p.m. Old Settler’s Park Aquatic Pavilion, 1101 E. Louisiana St. www.mckinneytexas.org

Live Music Events

The Sanctuary Music & Events

6633 Virginia Parkway, Ste. 102
May 10: Ariel Posen and Mark Lettieri, 8-11 p.m.
May 24: South Austin Moonlighters, 8 p.m.
June 3: Tony MacAlpine and Arch Echo, 8 p.m.

Hank’s Texas Grill

1310 N. Central Expressway
May 10: Randall King, 9 p.m.
May 11: Jason Boland & The Stragglers, 9 p.m.
May 12: Zac Wilkerson, 4 p.m.

McKinney High School Performing Arts Center

1400 Wilson Creek Parkway
May 14: Percussion Concert, 7 p.m.

Tucker Hill

2100 State Blvd.
June 1: Tucker Hill Porch Fest, 5 p.m.

By Cassidy Ritter

Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.


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