L.M. Montgomery once said “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers”, and we agree 100%! October means the weather cools down, pumpkin patches arrive, nights are spent outside around a fire, and outdoor festivals begin! McKinney is lucky enough to have two amazing events that take place each October - the McKinney Wine & Music Festival and McKinney Fall Fest. Here’s a quick look into both these festivals and what you can expect.
McKinney Wine & Music Festival
The 3rd Annual McKinney Wine and Music Festival, presented by Master Built Contractors, will take place on Saturday, October 19th, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. This year the event has moved to a new location - Dr. Glenn Mitchell Memorial Park in downtown McKinney. Wine tasting is at the center of the event with over 100 wines to taste. The event will feature local wineries from McKinney and the North Texas region alongside nationally known brands such as Kendall Jackson and Kim Crawford wines. Lauren Stephan, President of SBG Hospitality and creator of McKinney Wine & Music Fest, is particularly excited about this year’s event because “we’re expanding our brands to showcase wines from around the world and we’re also increasing the wine tables at the event to make sure people are spending their time having fun and not waiting in lines!”
Sipping on wine may be the main event, but that isn’t all there is to do! Get your dance on from music by the Jessica McVey Band, Atlantis Aquarius, and McKinney’s own Maylee Thomas Band. Don't miss the grape stomping competitions, happening throughout the day - they're sponsored by a fantastic local food tour company, We Ate Well Food Tours. There will also be lots of shopping with local boutiques and artisans, culinary demonstrations and plenty of delicious food.
General admission to the festival is free and open to all ages, although we encourage you to purchase tasing tickets in advance in order to avoid ticket lines. Ticket options include a wine pass for $40 which includes a signature event wine glass and 20 tasting tickets. There’s also a more affordable option for $20 for attendees who only want to taste 10 wines. And new this year is the VIP pass for $80 which includes access into the VIP tent for food, beer tastings and exclusive wines. All tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-mckinney-wine-music-festival-tickets-55038285995
If you’re a wine lover you won’t want to miss this event! And now that the event has moved to downtown McKinney you can walk over to your favorite bar or restaurant once the event is over and continue the fun! Plus the fact that that this year’s festival takes place in a park should make for a perfect Autumn outing. It’s also important to note that part of the proceeds from this event is going towards the local non-profits Love Life Foundation and The Warrior’s Keep.
McKinney Fall Festival and Monster Dash 5K
This event brings all of your caramel corn, flannel, and pumpkin patch dreams come to life! Mark your calendars for the McKinney Fall Festival and Monster Dash 5K, powered by Prestige Community Credit Union, taking place on Saturday, October 26th at TUPPS Brewery. The festivities will kick off at 9:00am with the Monster Dash 5k followed by the festival lasting until 3:00pm.
This is the most SPOOKTACULAR 5k run ever! All 5k participants will receive an event t-shirt, swag bag and a spooktacular 3'' finishers medal. The course is chip timed. There will be awards for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall male and female winners and 1st place stroller.
Whether you participate in the 5K or not, make sure you wear your costume!! They are HIGHLY encouraged! Servpro McKinney will have exciting prizes for the most creative and spooky costumes!
The festival kicks off right after the race, starting at 10am and going until 3pm. It's FREE & family friendly! This event features 2 bands, a petting zoo, costume contests, a pumpkin patch, local artists and boutiques, home town businesses, delicious food and cold TUPPS beer.
General admission to the festival is free and open to all ages. You can also purchase a Beer Pass in advance for $20, which gets you faster access to 3 ice cold TUPPS beers (skip the lines) and a McKinney Fall Fest beer koozie. 5K registration is $30. All tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mckinney-fall-festival-monster-dash-5k-tickets-65481850979
Don't miss this awesome, fun, fall celebration in McKinney! A portion of the event proceeds will benefit The Warriors Keep and Hug's Cafe.