McKINNEY (Jan. 22, 2015) — If you are looking for something unique to do this Valentine’s Day, make plans now to fall in love with Historic Downtown McKinney as the city hosts several romantic themed events in honor of the holiday.

The McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) will show classic romantic films in the restored theater of the historic Collin County Courthouse all weekend long. Choose from “Sleepless in Seattle” on Friday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m., or on Valentine’s Day attend a 2 p.m. matinee of “Casablanca” or “West Side Story” at 8 p.m. A cash bar will be offered at evening movies. Prior to the screenings, get shot by Cupid’s arrow during a moonlit stroll around the charming historic downtown or pop into a cozy café, savor a meal in a gourmet restaurant or grab a drink at a pub or winery.

If love from a four-legged friend is more up your alley, be sure to attend the 13th annual Krewe of Barkus dog parade and festival on Sunday, Feb. 15. The Parisian-themed event begins at 12:30 p.m. at Mitchell Park with the Pawty in the Park and the parade begins at 2 p.m. Pooches are encouraged to celebrate the culture and fashion that keeps tails wagging from the French Quarter to the City of Lights.

General admission movie tickets are $8 and available for purchase online, at MPAC, 111 N. Tennessee St. or by calling MPAC’s Emerson Ticket Office at 214-544-4630. Additional information on Krewe of Barkus can be found online or at 972-547-2661.


About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is No. 1 on America’s Best Places to Live list published by Money Magazine. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of more than 155,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. Visit the city’s website at