2019 Fall Guide: 19 ways to enjoy the fall season in the McKinney area

Several Fall Festivals are taking places in McKinney and nearby cities this year.

Several Fall Festivals are taking places in McKinney and nearby cities this year.

Fall is here, and there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate in McKinney, whether it involves checking out a family-friendly festival, getting out into nature or simply enjoying a local pumpkin patch. Here are some events and ideas for how to get out of the house this fall.

Key:      ★ Free      O Outdoors      K Kid-friendly      F Food/drink available     

Sept. 7—McKinney

Autumn Moon Festival Celebration

A storyteller will perform the story of the Legend of Chang E at this event. A ribbon craft and sample moon cakes will be available. Registration is recommended and can be done online. 10:15-11:15 a.m. Free. Roy and Helen Hall Memorial Library, 101 E. Hunt St., McKinney.
★ | K     

Sept. 14-Nov. 21—Gunter

Preston Trail Farms pumpkin patch

The Big Orange Pumpkin Farm opens Sept. 14-Nov. 21 Mon.-Sun. from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. $8 (Mon.-Fri.), $10 (Sat.-Sun.) 15102 SH 289, Gunter.
O | K

Sept. 15—Princeton


This event features an okra cook-off and festival at an okra farm. Tickets include beer, cocktails, okra-creation tastings, live music, a silent auction and crafts and activities for children. Proceeds fund the Reeves Family Farm and the Promise of Peace Garden, a nonprofit that strives to create food security for children and families in need. In addition, seats will be open for a five-course meal prepared by local chefs the evening before the festival. 5:30-8:30 p.m. (Sept. 14),11-4 p.m. (Sept. 15). Prices vary. Reeves Family Farm, 3577 FM 1377, Princeton.
★ | O |  

Sept. 27-29—McKinney

McKinney Oktoberfest

The McKinney Oktoberfest features German food and beer, music, a stein-holding competition and family-friendly activities, including a petting zoo and parade. Noon-11:30 p.m. (Fri.), 10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. (Sat.), noon-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free. Downtown McKinney.
 | O | K |

Sept. 28—Southlake

Monarch Butterfly Festival

Activities featured on the Southlake website include a butterfly-themed photo booth, a scavenger hunt and nature hikes. 9 a.m.-noon. $3-5 per person. Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve, 355 E. Bob Jones Road, Southlake.
O | K  

Sept. 28—Frisco

Frisco Oktoberfest

Wear your German fare to the Frisco Square for an event featuring keg-tapping, German cuisine, food from local restaurants,  music, dancing,  a brat-eating contest, a beer stein-hoisting contest, keg-rolling and more. 5-10 p.m. $20 (admission, beer stein and two 16-ounce beers). Frisco Square, 8843 Coleman Blvd., Frisco.
| O | K |

Sept. 28-Oct. 27—Melissa

Lola's Local Market pumpkin patch

The pumpkin patch is open Tue.-Sun. from Sept. 28-Oct. 27. On the weekends, additional activities are offered for a fee. Times vary. Free. 1771 Kever Main, Melissa.
| O |

Oct. 5—Frisco

Fall Festival & Farmers Market

This event features family activities, such as hayrides, face-painting, a petting zoo, kids’ crafts and a farmers markets offering local produce, including fresh eggs, homemade jams and more. There will also be gardening classes and local art for sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Shades of Green, 7401 Coit Road, Frisco.
| O | K |

Oct. 5—Plano

Plano Food & Wine Festival

This second-annual event features food, wine and live music at The Shops at Willow Bend. Attendees can visit a culinary demonstration tent, a grape-stomping stage and twenty local restaurants offering food samples. 2-7 p.m. Prices vary. The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano.
| K

Oct. 5-6—Richardson

Cottonwood Art Festival

This festival features work from some of the nation’s top visual artists. Local bands and food will be available and a children’s area will allow children to paint like Picasso, play with clay and more. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sat.), 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sun.). Free. Cottonwood Park, 1321 W. Beltline Road, Richardson.
| O | K |

Oct. 12—Celina

Celina Oktoberfest

Celina’s Oktoberfest includes a bratwurst-eating contest, dog race and beer pong competitions. The event also feature dancing, music, food, beer, obstacle courses and more. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free (kids ages 12 and under, or anyone with German attire), $5 (people ages 13 and older). Celina Main Street, 302 W. Walnut St., Celina.
| O | K

Oct. 12—McKinney

Fall Carnival

Attendees can enjoy carnival games, inflatables, food and more at this annual event. 4-7 p.m. Free. Craig Ranch Fitness & Spa, 7910 Collin McKinney Parkway, McKinney.
K |

End of September-Oct. 31—McKinney

Storybook Ranch’s charity fundraiser

This event includes a hay maze, pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses and a wagon ride. 10 a.m.-sundown (Sun.-Fri.), 9 a.m.-sundown(Sat.) Free (children under 2-years-old), $5 (adults; some activities), $15 (children, all activities).
O | K

Oct. 19—McKinney

The Purpose Connection Kids & Petsfest

This festival includes dog rescues, a pet parade, food trucks, vendor booths, activities for children and a silent auction. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Christ Fellowship McKinney, 2801 Orchard Road, McKinney.
| K |

Oct. 19—McKinney

McKinney Wine & Music Festival

Attendees can choose from over 100 wines at this third-annual wine and music festival, featuring live music, artists, beer and cocktails, grape stomping, cooking demos and over 60 booths from local businesses and shops. Noon-5 p.m. Free (admission). Dr. Glenn Mitchell Memorial Park, 300 W. Louisiana St., McKinney.
| O | K |

Oct. 20—McKinney

Mactown Fall Fest

Hosted by Holy Family School and Love Life Foundation, this event includes carnival games, a costume contest, a photo booth, bounce houses and more. Heritage Village at Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. 1-4 p.m. Free.
| O | K |

Oct. 26—McKinney

McKinney Fall Festival & Monster Dash 5K

Dress up and run in a Halloween-themed 5K, followed by a festival featuring food, live music, a pumpkin patch, kids’ activities, a costume contest and booths from local boutiques and stores. Free (admission). 10 a.m.-3 p.m.  Tupps Brewery, 721 Anderson St., McKinney.
| O | K |

Oct. 26—McKinney

Trick-or-Treat Trail

Attendees will trick-or-treat along the path at Towne Lake. Additional activities and an outdoor movie will be shown at the McKinney Community Center. 4:30-7 p.m. Free. Towne Lake, 1405 Wilson Creek Parkway, McKinney; Community Center, 2001 S. Central Expressway, McKinney.
 | K |

Oct. 31—McKinney

The Pumpkin Spooktacular

This event features Halloween-themed festivities, including storytime, crafts, science displays, a bean-bag toss and trick-or-treating. Guests must RSVP before Oct. 28. 10-11:30 a.m. $5. Heritage Village at Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney.
O | K

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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