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.
972-547-7323.
www.mckinneytexas.org
★ | 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.
972-382-4995.
www.prestontrailfarms.com 
O | K






Sept. 15—Princeton


Okrapalooza


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.
214-240-9220.
www.eventbrite.com/e/chef-cook-off-okrapalooza-2019-farmstock-tickets-59662630534
★ | 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.
www.mckinneytexas.org/oktoberfest
 | 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.
817-748-8955.
www.experiencesouthlaketexas.com
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.
www.friscooktoberfest.com
| 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.
214-404-8353.
www.facebook.com/lolaslocalmarket 
| 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.
972-335-9095
www.shadesofgreeninc.com/project/fall-festival-farmers-market
| 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.
www.planofoodandwinefestival.com
| 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.
972-744-4580.
www.cottonwoodartfestival.com
| 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.
www.celinaoktoberfest.com
| 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.
214-383-1083.
www.craigranchfitness.com 
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).
www.storybookranch.org
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.
972-832-7532.
www.thepurposeconnection.org
| 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.
www.mckinneywinefestival.com
| 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.
www.lovelifefoundation.com
| 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.
www.eventbrite.com/e/mckinney-fall-festival-monster-dash-5k-tickets-65481850979
| 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.
www.mckinneytexas.org
 | 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.
www.chestnutsquare.org
O | K


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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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