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Spring is always a welcome season in North Texas after dealing with the strange winter weather we so often deal with in January and February.

As we say our final goodbyes to this year's icy weather (which we hope won't surprise us again anytime soon), we greet springtime as it ushers in all sorts of fun in McKinney ... opportunities for young and old alike to get out and enjoy the fresh air, warmer temps, and colors of spring.

Here are just some of the events awaiting you this spring in McKinney.


Arts in Bloom (April 8-10)

This Historic Downtown McKinney annual event features more than 120 juried artists, the Local Artist Village, and a hands-on interactive area for children all set up on the tree-lined streets surrounding the McKinney Performing Arts Center.  Take in the sights and sounds of visual artists and musicians, and enjoy the Texas wineries and food vendors during the three-day celebration.

Free event open Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Farmers Market (Every Saturday April-November)

Ranked one of the top Farmers Markets in North Texas, local growers offer grass-fed beef and free-range chicken, eggs, and farm-fresh produce as well as specialty items like tamales, pastries, teas, ginger beer, jerky, goat milk soap, walking sticks, jewelry, candles and more! Live music, face painting, and pony rides are available every week, too. Weekly markets start on April 2. 

Free event - open Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, at Chestnut Square Heritage Village, 315 S. Chestnut. 

Heard Museum Native Plant Sale (April 29-May 1)

The 33rd Annual Spring Native Plant Sale fundraiser at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary will feature a huge selection of native plants, hard-to-find herbs, and well-adapted plants. Members of the Native Plant Society of Texas Collin County Chapter and the Blackland Prairie Master Naturalists will be available to help you select your new plants. Visit the website for a list of plant selections.

Free event - Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m-5 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, 1-5 p.m. Friday, April 29, 4-7 p.m., for Heard members only.