This article is a part of the 2024 Spring Travel Guide, a sponsored collection brought to you by our travel advertising partners. You can find more spring travel destinations and events here.

Spring is a splendid time to explore the wonders of North Texas, and McKinney beckons visitors with its charm and its vibrant offerings. McKinney promises an experience like no other this spring, whether you’re drawn by the allure of city festivals or you wish to create unforgettable culinary and shopping experiences in an authentic historic downtown where nostalgia will wash over you.

Observe the Total Solar Eclipse in McKinney

Celebrate the exciting phenomenon of the Total Social Eclipse happening Monday, April 8, 2024. Historic Downtown McKinney will host a rooftop watch party and McKinney’s Parks Department is planning a watch party at Gabe Nesbitt Community Park featuring food trucks, free solar eclipse viewing glasses, and family activities. The Heard Natural Science Museum is also hosting an eclipse party on its 289-acre nature sanctuary. Grab some commemorative eclipse merchandise at the new Visitor Experience Center Shop in Downtown McKinney.

Artisrty Unleashed at Colorful Spring Events

McKinney’s First Asian Festival will bring this culture’s beautiful artistry, music, and food to downtown McKinney’s Mitchell Park on March 23. Then, embark on a creative journey at Arts in Bloom in Downtown McKinney April 12-14, 2024. This three-day extravaganza celebrates art, wine, and music amidst the picturesque setting of the historic square.

While exploring McKinney’s cultural district any time of the year, don’t miss the chance to discover the city’s eclectic permanent public art collection including colorful alley murals and the captivating McKinney Tiny Doors, miniature public works of art installed in summer 2023 and expanded to more than 80 pieces in 2024. Take a few moments to admire the 100-foot-tall expansive Flour Mill silo mural, a masterpiece by internationally renowned muralist Guido van Helten.

Golfing Glory at the Byron Nelson

Witness golfing excellence at The CJ CUP Byron Nelson May 2-5, 2024, when McKinney’s TPC Craig Ranch hosts the prestigious PGA TOUR golf tournament. Originating in the Dallas area in the 1940s, this iconic event has called McKinney home since 2021. The tournament, sponsored by the Salesmanship Club, lures top-tier golfers and enthusiasts alike to the scenic 7,438-yard TPC course designed by Tom Weiskopf. With expanded public bleachers and hospitality units among a picturesque landscape, the Byron Nelson promises an unparalleled spectator experience. After a day on the greens, indulge in a special public “19th Hole” event at McKinney’s District 121 on Saturday, May 4, and enjoy dining and unwinding in McKinney’s wide array of great restaurants and attractions all weekend long.

Enjoy Exciting Headliners and More at the Texas Music Revolution

Let the rhythm of Texas captivate your soul at the 28th Texas Music Revolution, presented by KHYI Radio, on June 7-8, 2024, in historic downtown McKinney. Featuring headliners Lyle Lovett and Lukas Nelson, this two-day musical extravaganza promises a fusion of more than 90 established and emerging Texan music talents and bands across multiple stages. While ticket holders enjoy main stage performances and VIP areas, non-ticket holders can groove to local musicians at various venues around the downtown square.  

Beyond Festivals

Downtown McKinney is a treasure trove of locally owned businesses, offering an eclectic mix of boutiques, specialty shops, and culinary delights. Indulge in chef-driven menus and artisanal cocktails at more than 20 eateries. Unleash your competitive spirit at vintage Arcade 92 or The Horse’s Axe axe throwing bar or enjoy some laughs with the comics at The Comedy Arena. History enthusiasts can delve into the rich tapestry of North Texas at the Collin County History Museum, Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, and Chestnut Square Heritage Village. Saturdays beckon area growers and artists to fill the grounds at the McKinney Farmers Market, a haven for fresh produce and artisanal goods that was voted the #1 Farmers Market in Texas and the southwest in late 2023.

Nature’s Embrace

Seek solace in nature’s embrace at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, where guided bird walks and immersive outdoor adventures await. Or put your cycling skills to the test on the challenging skills course at the expansive rolling hills of Erwin Park.

Entertainment Extravaganza

Discover McKinney’s newest entertainment hubs, Hub 121 and District 121, nestled in Craig Ranch. With open-air amphitheaters hosting lively concerts and a plethora of dining options, these districts promise an unforgettable evening under the Texas sky. Or experience a touch of European charm when you explore Adriatica Croatian Village, where cultural delights and culinary wonders await you amidst scenic vistas. Check out the Sanctuary Music & Events Center for one-of-a-kind, intimate live music by an impressive array of top musicians.

Plan your enchanting spring getaway to McKinney with our online 2024 Visitors Guide, and immerse yourself in a tapestry of culture, art, and adventure!

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