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

people dancing at a concert

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.

McKinney’s Home for the Holidays McKinney Festival Will Boost Your Holiday Spirit

Home for the Holidays in McKinney, Texas

Come to the historic 14-block downtown area of McKinney, Texas for Home for the Holidays, November 24-26. This annual Christmas celebration is in its 37th year, and will provide fun and festive activities for the whole family. Kick off the beginning of the holiday season with the rest of the community and with neighbors from the surrounding area.

You can expect to be entertained and filled with holiday cheer. On the evening of first day of the festival (Friday, November 24th), a 34-foor Christmas tree will be lit in the city’s square, so bring your family out to see it and take plenty of pictures.

The weekend festival will also feature live traditional Christmas music, dancing, and local arts, crafts, and food vendors to shop from. The festival has a wealth of activities for children, including visits with Santa, costumed characters that are sure to bring a smile to children’s faces, arts and crafts, and a petting zoo. There will even be a Ferris wheel and a carousel to boost everyone’s spirits.

Admission is free and there will be plenty of convenient public parking surrounding the festival. We at El Dorado Mazda hope to see you at McKinney’s Home for the Holidays!

Awesome and Adorable Halloween Costumes for Couples

Halloween Costumes in McKinney, Texas

Your kids have had their Halloween costumes picked out for the past year, but you still have no idea what you are going to be. For a great costume, team up with your significant other and try one of these Halloween costumes for couples.

  • Robin Hood. Show off your love by dressing as Robin Hood and Maid Marian. Make sure to add a bow and arrow so everyone knows who you are.
  • Jack and Jill. We all know what happens at the end of this nursey rhyme. Dress as a battered Jack and Jill and don’t forget your pails.
  • Jack and Sally. Dress up as everyone’s favorite Halloween couple from The Nightmare Before Christmas. The Pumpkin King and his ragdoll love will be a hit at any Halloween party.
  • Woody and Jessie. Team up as everyone’s favorite Toy Story Your kids should love this one, too. You could even create a family theme with them dressing up as their favorite toy characters.
  • Mary Poppins and Bert. Dress up as this fun-loving pair and be sure to brush up on your singing and dancing skills.

Which of these couple costumes would you love to do? Come show off your costumes here at El Dorado Mazda.

Mazda Has Big Plans for the CX-5 Diesel Engine

The US market doesn’t seem to care much about diesel engines. Oftentimes, diesel gas is cheaper, diesel-powered vehicles are more efficient, and engines running on diesel fuel are more powerful. So, what gives? Whatever the case, Mazda has plans to change that soon with the new Mazda CX-5 diesel engine. Many automakers tend to keep their diesel engine offerings to the pickup truck lineups, but with a diesel option now on one of the brand’s most popular and trendy crossovers, Mazda is hoping that 10% of Mazda CX-5 buyers will opt for the diesel engine.

2017 Mazda CX-5 in McKinney, Texas
The popular 2017 Mazda CX-5 will have a diesel engine option available.

The 2.2-liter diesel engine isn’t coming to the Mazda CX-5’s lineup until this fall, but that’s not stopping the manufacturer from setting goals in advance. Considering the Mazda CX-5 sold about 112,000 units last year, that means Mazda has a target of about 11,500 sales of the diesel-powered model. Mazda is currently awaiting EPA approval for the SkyActiv-D engine, but because its engineers tuned the engine to comply with strict environmental regulations, Mazda reps are confident the diesel option will get a pass.

Pricing and EPA fuel economy estimates for the Mazda CX-5 diesel engine is not yet known, but officials say it will only be available on upper-range trim levels. Mazda says this will also give the company the opportunity to observe American consumers’ buying habits so they can adjust their long-term business strategy.

For more information on the new Mazda CX-5 diesel, contact us today at El Dorado Mazda!

Mazda to Add Smartphone Integration Compatibility to Lineup

2017 Mazda CX-5 - Smartphone Integration Compatibility

Mazda has officially announced that it plans to add smartphone integration compatibility across the lineup, but hasn’t released an official date just yet. The Japanese automaker made the official announcement at the debut of the 2017 Mazda CX-5. Best of all, the new smartphone integration technologies won’t be limited to brand new models.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities will come to the Mazda lineup in the near future. New vehicles won’t be the only models available with the technologies. Drivers will be able to upgrade retroactively with additional hardware. The catch: the vehicle must be equipped with Mazda Connect.

Mazda Connect, the brand’s infotainment system, launched in the 2017 Mazda3 and has made its way to each model through the lineup. Enthusiasts and experts expect something similar to occur with the release of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Japanese automaker has partnered with both smartphone integration systems since 2014, so new software arriving in Mazda vehicles has been a long time coming. While the brand doesn’t have an official timeline just yet, drivers can expect to see more details on the rollout plan in the near future.

We here at El Dorado Mazda are pumped to see such innovative technologies arriving throughout the lineup!

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?

Playground

McKinney All-Abilities Playground Opening Next Year

In 2016, a new accessible playground will open in McKinney, just ten minutes from the El Dorado Mazda dealership. We’re so proud to be located in a city whose Rotary Club and city government respond to the needs of McKinney’s disabled children, who make up 10% of the students enrolled in the McKinney Independent School District.

The McKinney All-Abilities Playground will be in Bonnie Werk Park, and construction will begin in spring of 2016, with the playground opening in the second half of the year. The playground will include a wide variety of unique equipment to make it accessible to children with physical disabilities as well as developmental disabilities, from wheelchair users to children living with muscular dystrophy to children with Down’s Syndrome and autism.

The project was approved by the city council in late September. The city will provide the funding to build the playground and will also maintain the park once it opens. Bonnie Werk Park will be expanded with special bathrooms, more parking spaces for vans and buses for group trips, and wheelchair ramps. Over the months, the Rotary Club and city have raised over $560,000 from McKinney citizens to build the park.

While you are in the area, you can stop by El Dorado Mazda for all of your Mazda vehicle needs!