Festivals and 5Ks: 13 things to do in McKinney in October and November

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It finally feels like fall. Head outdoors to these events happening in the city.

Oct. 10-12

1. Visit a haunted house

McKinney North High School’s theater department is putting on a Grimm’s fairy tale-themed haunted house, featuring the dark side of classic fairy tales. Proceeds directly benefit the theater department. $5. 6-9 p.m. (Oct. 10), 6-10 p.m. (Oct. 11-12). McKinney North High School,
2550 Wilmeth Road, McKinney.
469-302-4300.
www.dramadawgtheatre.com

Oct. 12

2. Check out Ratrodtober

Attend Ratrodtober to see historical vehicles, rat rods, hot rods, muscle cars, classic cars, vintage motorcycles, vintage bicycles and more. The event will feature food vendors, drinks, minibike races, live music, raffles for a minibike and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission), $20 (vehicle registration).
Tupps Brewery, 721 Anderson St., McKinney.
972-591-3858.
www.ratrodtober.com

Oct. 12

3. Run in A charitable 5K

The second annual Guns & Hoses 5K benefits the Guns & Hoses Foundation of North Texas, a nonprofit that provides immediate financial assistance to families of first responders who died in the line of duty. 7-10 a.m., 8 a.m. (race). Prices vary.
Cockrill Middle School, 1351 Hardin Blvd., McKinney.
972-880-8095.
www.gunsandhosesnorthtx.org

Oct. 12

4. Enjoy a trolley tour

Guests on this trolley tour can view many historic buildings and learn about significant McKinnites. The tour is led by a trained docent. 10-11 a.m. $7 (children under age 12, military and seniors), $10 (adults).
Heritage Village at Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney.
972-562-8790.
www.chestnutsquare.org

Oct. 14

5. Golf for a cause

The fourth annual Kitchen Classic raises money for Community Garden Kitchen, a nonprofit that will serve daily meals restaurant-style to those in need. The four-person scramble tournament will include lunch, use of a golf cart and prizes. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. $125 (single player), $450 (team of four).
Eldorado Country Club, 2604 Country Club Drive, McKinney.
360-840-9116.
www.communitygardenkitchen.org

Oct. 19

6. Attend a festival

The third annual McKinney Wine & Music Festival will feature more than 100 wines, three bands, artists, local restaurants, drinks and culinary demonstrations from area chefs. Free (admission), $20-80 (drink tickets, event glass and VIP tent access included at different tier levels.) Noon-5 p.m.
Dr. Glenn Mitchell Memorial Park, 300 W. Louisiana St., McKinney.
940-390-4232.
www.mckinneywinefestival.com

Oct. 25 and 26

7. Take a ghost walk

During the annual Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk, guests tour buildings at Chestnut Square and learn about paranormal activity. This event is not recommended for children ages 13 and younger. 7:30-9:30 p.m. (Oct. 25), 10 p.m.-midnight (Oct. 25-26). $20.
Heritage Village at Chestnut Square, 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney.
972-562-8790.
www.chestnutsquare.org

Oct. 26

8. Pumpkin Dunk

Pumpkin Dunk attendees swim for their pumpkin and then decorate them. Children ages 2-12 will have a designated time slots for activities. Guest can register online. 9-9:45 a.m. (ages 2-5), 10-10:45 a.m. (ages 6-8), 11-11:45 a.m. (ages 9-12), noon-12:45 p.m. (special needs children only). Free (children with special needs), $10 (per child).
Apex Centre, 3003 Alma Road, McKinney.
972-547-2739.
www.apexcentre.org

Oct. 26

9. Learn to chalk-paint

At this class, attendees bring their own pieces, such as a frame, end table, mirror or other small accent piece, to paint. Guests will learn how to refinish furniture and other items with the art of chalk painting. Beginners are welcome. 2-4 p.m. $75 (admission and supplies).
Birds & Words, 113 N. Kentucky St., Ste. 102, McKinney.
469-714-0388.
www.birdsandwords.org

Nov. 1

10. Dance to country music

Attendees can spend the evening dancing to country music and enjoying refreshments. Live music will be provided by the Danny Romo Band, which will play a variety of country and western classics and hits. 7-9:30 p.m. $5.
McKinney Senior Recreation Center, 1400 S. College St., McKinney.
972-547-7491.
www.mckinneytexas.org

Nov. 1

11. Taste of McKinney

Taste of McKinney will feature food tastings from more than 25 local restaurants as well as drinks, dancing, live music, casino tables, auctions and more. Proceeds will benefit Embrace Texas, a McKinney nonprofit that finds adoptive families for children in foster care. 7-11 p.m. Ticket prices vary.
McKinney Cotton Mill, 610 Elm St., McKinney.
972-768-8162.
www.tasteofmckinney.com

Nov. 3

12. Wine and Walk in Adriatica

Guests can enjoy wine and other beverages at various businesses in Adriatica Village. Some stores will also be serving snacks and giving free gifts. Tickets include a map of participating stores, a wine glass, an event bag and three tokens for glasses of wine. A portion of the proceeds will go toward Love Life Foundation, a nonprofit that spreads awareness about children in crisis. Tickets must be purchased in advance.1-5 p.m. $35 per person.
Adriatica Village, 6841 Virginia Parkway, McKinney.
972-547-4620.
www.facebook.com/Adriatica-Wine-Walk-961641574043993

Nov. 4

13. Learn about Hispanic community

At this meeting, residents meet with a group called UNIDOS, a Hispanic community outreach program designed to provide assistance to Spanish speakers in McKinney. The meeting will be conducted entirely in Spanish and will be hosted by the city and surrounding law enforcement agencies. At the meeting, attendees will be presented with various resources available to them and discuss topics of importance in McKinney’s Hispanic community. 7 p.m. Free.
Old Settlers Recreation Center, 1201 E. Louisiana St., McKinney.
972-542-5014.
www.mckinneytexas.org/unidos

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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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