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4 Upcoming Fall Events in McKinney, Texas, You Won’t Want to Miss

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Fall is finally here in McKinney, and while we still may have some of Texas’ hot weather, there are plenty of seasonal events to get us in the autumn spirit. Here are four fall events in McKinney you won’t want to miss:

  • Oktoberfest: Love good beer and delicious German food? Then head to downtown McKinney from Friday, September 28, through Sunday, September 30, to experience a hearty dose of German culture. Get more info here.
  • McKinney Wine & Music Festival: If you enjoy delicious wine and live music, you’ll love the second annual Wine & Music Festival, held at Adriatica Village on October 20 from noon to 4 p.m. The festival is free, and (a set of 10) wine tasting tickets are $20; this cost includes a signature event wine glass. Get more info here.
  • Scare on the Square: Your kiddos will love this event on Wednesday, October 31 in Historic Downtown McKinney. Free to the public, this event runs from 4 to 7 p.m. and includes family-friendly spooks, pumpkin races, and a costume contest. Get more info here.
  • Taste of McKinney: This November 3rd event will be held at Adriatica Village. The cost of admission includes unlimited food tastings, two drink tickets, live music, casino tables, dancing, and more. Get more info here.

Contact us at El Dorado Mazda for more ways to enjoy autumn in McKinney. We’ll be happy to share our favorite pastimes.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss the Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade

St. Patrick's DayIf you want to experience an unforgettable St. Patrick’s Day this year, all you need to do is drive 40 minutes south from El Dorado Mazda in McKinney, Texas down to Dallas. The city will be celebrating its 39th annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 17th, 2018.

The popular spring event is presented by the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (GAABA), a local Texas 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All of the proceeds from the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will go to GAABA. The Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest of its kind in the Southwest. The two-mile parade route starts at Greenville at Blackwell St. and ends at Yale Blvd/SMU Blvd by the 75 Central Expressway. The parade will begin marching at 11am.

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is expected to feature over 90 parade floats, over 1,700 parade participants, and should have over 125,000 onlookers in attendance.

The Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade is made possible by sponsors like Mavericks, Uber, 97.1 The Eagle, iHeart Radio and More. Don’t miss this Southwest tradition this year! Join in as a participant, or just enjoy as a spectator. Either way, it promises to be memorable.

Mark Your Calendars for the Annual McKinney Oktoberfest

September is here, and that means fall is coming. Everyone is ready to participate in the fun festivals and events that autumn brings our way. Here in McKinney, Texas, we celebrate the annual McKinney Oktoberfest at the end of September. If you live in the community or nearby, make sure you mark your calendar for Oktoberfest, coming up from September 22nd-24th.

Oktoberfest takes place in Historic Downtown McKinney on Main Street, bringing traditional local breweries and nearby restaurateurs for a celebration of all the delicious fare McKinney has to offer. With lots of traditional German goods, it’s easy for event-goers to immerse themselves in the fun activities and atmosphere of the festival. There will also be vendor stalls featuring locally-made crafts and art, in addition to tons of live entertainment, from music to games to a Weenie Dog Race.

You can purchase tickets for food, beverages, and rides online in advance so that you can beat the lines, but you don’t have to pay anything to get in; the event is free! Come to have fun with your community and welcome the beginning of autumn at the McKinney Oktoberfest in the Historic Downtown Area.

Those of us at El Dorado Mazda hope to see you there!

Back-to-School Safety Tips for Driving Parents

Back to School - McKinney, TexasDropping off your kids for class in the morning? Here are some back-to-school safety tips you should keep in mind to keep your kids—and everyone else’s—safe and sound.

  • Go Slow: School zones have slower speed limits for a reason. Make sure you obey the speed limit and follow all traffic laws while in a school zone to prevent a collision and ensure students get safely to school.
  • Watch for Pedestrians: Some children walk or ride their bikes to school. Pay attention to cross-walks and crossing guards, but there may also be some pedestrians jay-walking, so be aware of where you’re driving.
  • No Cell Phones: It may be tempting to call work to let them know you’ll be late or get some errands out of the way as you drop off your kids, but limit distractions by staying off the phone.
  • Be Mindful of the School Bus: The school bus should not be passed while it’s stopped and has its flashing red lights on, but you should also be careful of driving around and near a bus regardless of whether it’s stopping or moving.

Follow these back-to-school safety tips from us here at El Dorado Mazda to ensure your students get home and to school safely.

Unique Local Spots to Visit in McKinney

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McKinney Water Tower – By me – Own work, Public Domain

Unique Local Spots

As the weather gets warmer, people in McKinney are ready to start exploring unique local spots where they can have fun outdoors. We at El Dorado Mazda think you should check out some of these places for a cool and unusual experience.

Chestnut Square:

This historic village park is designed to preserve the culture and history of the area with historical reenactment actors and authentic settings. Explore six local historic homes and the people who lived in them.

Adriatica Village:

A more recent establishment, Adriatica Village brings the charm and architecture of a European village to modern life, with everything from residential housing to retail and restaurant businesses.

Mitas Hill:

This one’s not for the little ones. Enjoy the stunning landscape of the Mitas Hill vineyards and enjoy any of many locally made glasses of wine. You can even hop over to the wine bar for great food made on site.

Collin County Farm Museum:

It doesn’t get much more quirky than this! Explore Collin County’s rural roots and get in touch with the earliest farming settlements in the area at the farm museum. Various artifacts and restored exhibits are available to the public.

Hopefully one of these unique local spots has piqued your interest, so why don’t you pick a day and give it a whirl?