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


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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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