Older couple at District 121 wine event

(The original version of this article can be found on Texas Monthly's website under Summer Travel Guides.)

Looking for the perfect North Texas summer escape? Look no further than McKinney, the most welcoming gem in Texas! This vibrant city offers an array of activities and events to make your summertime unforgettable. From the two-day Texas Music Revolution to art festivals, and a patriotic parade to outdoor adventures, McKinney has something for everyone during the warmer, sunny months. Join us as we dive into the top attractions and must-see events for your summer getaway in 2024.

McKinney: Your Texas Music Destination

Texas Music Revolution main stagePrepare for a toe-tapping good time at the 28th Annual Texas Music Revolution, presented by KHYI Radio. Held in Historic Downtown McKinney on June 7-8, this festival features over 90 bands, including headliners Lukas Nelson on Friday night and Texas music legend Lyle Lovett and his Large Band on Saturday night. Experience the soulful tunes of Texas and Red Dirt musicians while exploring multiple stages set up throughout downtown’s charming shops and eateries. Make sure to check out the Visit McKinney-sponsored stage on East Louisiana for fantastic Texas music, snacks, beverages, and other special goodies.

Across town at the Craig Ranch development’s Hub 121 and District 121, you’ll be able to enjoy live music and family entertainment every summer weekend.


Opportunities Abound for Experiencing Art

Mural painter at MillHouse McKinney - at the Cotton MillWitness creativity in action at the 3nd Annual MillHouse MuralFest on June 1-2. Marvel at mural artists as they transform spaces into vibrant works of art, accompanied by live music, food, and drinks. Upgrade your experience with VIP tickets, offering exclusive perks like artist receptions and commemorative swag. Don’t miss the Indoor ArtFest in August, showcasing juried pieces by local talents.

Celebrate local art at District 121’s Art in the Park event on July 20 when artists showcase and sell their creations in an exciting setting surrounded by top restaurants and a beautiful open green space.

While in Downtown McKinney, take part in a free guided Public Art Tour and/or take a self-guided tour of the McKinney Tiny Doors 80-piece public art installation.


Chill Out with a Cold Adult Beverage in a Cool Venue

Whether you’re a craft beer aficionado or simply looking to unwind with friends, the Sip & Stroll event series in Downtown McKinney and a visit to TUPPS Brewery promise an unforgettable summer experience filled with flavor, fun, and community spirit.

Outdoor seating in adirondack chairs and picnic tables at TUPPSSummer 2024 in Downtown McKinney ushers in an exciting lineup of events involving adult beverages. The popular and highly anticipated Sip & Stroll series takes center stage June 15 in celebration of Father’s Day weekend at the Downtown McKinney Craft Beer Walk. Then July 13, event participants will sample margaritas while strolling from drink stop to drink stop around the downtown square during the Downtown McKinney Margarita Stroll.

Every weekend this summer, locals and visitors alike are invited to experience the vibrant energy of the historic square as it comes alive with music, art, shopping, and, of course, fantastic libations just a block east of the square at the recently-opened new TUPPS Brewery facility. Situated just a stone’s throw from the heart of downtown, the greatly-expanded brewery offers a refreshing escape from the summer heat, where guests can enjoy cold beers and craft food options, live music, and food truck delights in a relaxed outdoor setting.


Outdoor Adventures Await

Erwin park skills area - cyclist jumping on dirt trackExplore McKinney’s natural beauty at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, offering miles of trails, bird walks, and canoe adventures all summer long. McKinney’s signature parks always offer open spaces for family fun including Bonnie Wenk ParkTowne Lake Recreation Park, or, specifically for biking enthusiasts, the cycling skills area at Erwin Park. And don’t forget pickleball at The Courts or Finch Park for a dose of friendly competition.


Cultural Charms in McKinney’s Downtown District

McKinney Red White & Boom Parade - July 4Immerse yourself in history and culture with a stroll through Historic Downtown McKinney. Indulge in retail therapy, savor local cuisine, and enjoy attractions like Arcade 92The Comedy Arena, and The Horse’s Axe axe-throwing bar. Discover the city’s rich heritage at Chestnut Square Heritage Village (and the village’s Saturday Farmers Market), Collin County History Museum, and Heard-Craig Center for the Arts.


Red, White, & Boom: A Fourth of July Spectacular - Celebrate Independence Day McKinney-style with one of the region’s largest parades. Join the festivities in Historic Downtown McKinney, complete with a patriotic parade, breakfast options, and a family-friendly block party filled with games and entertainment.


Plan Your McKinney Summer Getaway Today!

Ready to experience the best of McKinney this summer? Start planning your trip with our new Visitors Guide and uncover endless possibilities for fun, relaxation, and adventure. Don’t miss out on the excitement awaiting you in McKinney, Texas!

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