Summer is a time for gathering with family, sitting by the pool, or finding a new adventure. There’s always something to do in the summer in and around McKinney, Texas. From fireworks displays to festivals and more, check out these events that can make your summer memorable.
Texas Music Revolution
KHYI 93.5 The Range, a country music station in Dallas, hosts the annual Texas Music Revolution. The 26th installment of this music festival will take place in Downtown McKinney from Friday, June 3 through Saturday, June 4, 2022. This two-day music festival gets better every year with some of the biggest names in Alternative Country and Texas Country music.
You can catch Wade Bowen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Jack Ingram on the first night. The Saturday show includes Old Crow Medicine Show with Hayes Carll, but these performers only scratch the surface. There are over 75 other musical acts to catch throughout the festival.
You can reach Downtown Historic McKinney Square at 111 N. Tennessee St. Tickets range from $45 to $429 to access the main stages. Once you are in, you can walk around to the smaller stages to see other performers, visit the stores, and grab food and drinks.
Don’t miss the best beach party in Texas this summer. Outlaw Nation hosts TexasFest, and one of the Dallas festivals takes place on June 18 on the beach at Little Elm Park. This grand festival features concerts, classic cars, pony rides, 150 artists and crafters selling their creations, and plenty of Texas-themed games and attractions. Little Elm Beach is the perfect setting for this event, with a sandy beach where you can go for a swim or play some beach volleyball on the shore of the lake.
If you want to get out on the water, kayak and paddleboard rentals are available, or you can rent a bike and take a ride around the area. The Taste of Texas Food Garden has a large variety of cuisine, and you can choose from ice-cold domestic beer and craft brews. The main stage will host national recording artists throughout the day and into the night, and there are also juried artists with exhibits showcasing the heritage and history of Texas. Admission to TexasFest is free. A weekend pass gives you access to everything, including the attractions and concerts.
Juneteenth Celebration at Towne Lake Park
Enjoy a day of culture and experiences at McKinney’s Juneteenth Celebration. This event takes place on Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Towne Lake Park. McKinney’s Juneteenth celebration begins with Morning Fitness. The classes include Zumba sessions and other fitness classes with certified personal trainers. You can see live entertainment from comedians, local and regional bands, poets, and more throughout the day. The little ones can go to the kids’ zone with activities such as bounce houses, a splash pad, a mobile library, and basketball.
Red, White, and BOOM!
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Celebrate Independence Day at McKinney’s Red, White, and BOOM! event. This family-friendly event is a full day of fun for everyone. Admission is free, and the event includes live music, food, kids’ activities, and fireworks to end the day.
The day starts in Downtown McKinney with a hometown parade at 10 a.m., a classic car show, and the Yankee Doodle block party. There are lots of shopping and dining options throughout the day. Then the evening activities get started at the McKinney Soccer Complex at Craig Ranch, found at 6375 Collin McKinney Pkwy.
Taste Addison is the area’s first food and music festival, and it’s a great way to taste food from some of the top local eateries. The two-day festival is worth the short drive to Addison, Texas. The outdoor event takes place at Addison Circle Park from June 3-4.
Besides food, the event has wine sampling and fun activities for the entire family. Stop by the beer tent for an ice-cold drink, or head to the Grove area for Frankly Organic Vodka and Lockwood Distilling. Also, you can enjoy live music from Jamaican legend Sean Paul and the legendary rock band Stone Temple Pilots on the main stage. Regional tribute bands and some local singer-songwriters will perform on the smaller stage.
You can park at 4950 Addison Circle Drive in Addison. Tickets range from $15 for single-day general admission for adults and $5 for single-day general admission for kids. VIP tickets start at $50, and VIP+ tickets start at $75.
The Mid Cities Sizzlin’ Summer Arts and Crafts Show
Head to Hurst, Texas, for the Mid Cities Sizzlin’ Summer Arts and Crafts Show. It takes place on July 29 at the Hurst Conference Center, and it’s perfect for people who like unique creations. Since the arts and crafts show takes place inside, you don’t have to worry about the Texas heat, and you’ll find everything from furniture to gifts, decor for the home, and more.
You can find the Hurst Conference Center at 1601 Campus Drive in Hurst, Texas. Admission to the arts and crafts show is free, and there will be food concessions and up to 80 different exhibitors.
Dallas Riverfront Jazz Festival
The 2022 Dallas Riverfront Jazz Festival will take place on Friday, September 2, starting at 6:30 p.m., and it runs through Sunday, September 4. The Riverfront Jazz Festival has an all-star lineup of performers, including Avery Sunshine, Michael Franks, and Eric Benet.
The Black Academy of Arts and Letters will put on the fifth annual event at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center at 1309 Canton Street in Dallas. This center is one of Dallas’ largest cultural arts institutions. General admission is $69 for one person and $109 for a “Girls/Guys Trip.” Star patrons can pay $79 for a person and $159 for a “Girls/Guys Trip.” You can save $10 off any of these packages if you apply early.
These are some of the best summer events and activities for the McKinney, Texas, area. Have we missed any that you like to check out every year? Stop by Huffines Kia McKinney and tell us about your top picks. While you are here, you can view our selection of new and used cars. Our wide selection will make it easy for you to get to these events in style.