McKinney has no shortage of great family-friendly events to attend throughout the year.

To help you enjoy the best McKinney has to offer we have put together a list with some of our favorite annual events. Some of this list was sourced from the McKinney Visitors Bureau annual events listing which you can see here and it includes even more events than listed here.


Krewe of Barkus

Take pictures of you and/or your dogs in costume as part of this fun and unique annual event recognizing the cutest dogs in costume in McKinney.


Arts in Bloom

Arts In Bloom takes place in Historic Downtown McKinney and features over 120 juried artists, and the Local Artist Village, all set up on the tree-lined streets surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center.


Red, White and Boom

The City of McKinney celebrates the Fourth of July at Red, White and BOOM! with free family activities, live entertainment and a spectacular fireworks show.

Ice cream crank off

On National Ice Cream Day there is no more refreshing to place than Chestnut Square in McKinney. You will enjoy family fun, food, entertainment, and plenty of delicious ice cream and other cold treats.


Dinosaurs Live!

This dinosaur exhibit at Heard Museum always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar.


Trick or Treat Trail

At this event you will find free candy and treats, a costume contest, games, food trucks and live music.


Home for the holidays

Join in for all sorts of holiday fun at  Historic Downtown McKinney including a visitors from Santa, extended store hours and more at this free event.


Tour of Homes

The annual Holiday Tour of Homes honor the women who started it and highlights some of McKinney’s most interesting and unique historical homes. 

Parade of lights

The annual McKinney Rotary Christmas Parade of Lights is an annual event for the McKinney Rotary Club, which uses the donations raised to fund local, regional, national and international projects.