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Apr 12

Second Saturday Enjoys Re-Boot with New Themed Nights

Posted on April 12, 2018 at 12:43 AM by Beth Shumate

Second Saturdays in McKinneyFor a number of years, historic Downtown McKinney has celebrated Second Saturday with art gallery exhibit openings, meet-the-artist receptions, and live music. Over time, the monthly event underwent some natural evolutions as long-time galleries closed and no merchants were driving the event. 

Now, as of March 2018, Second Saturday is undergoing a resurgence in the form of a strong and exciting re-boot complete with new logo, website and a list of themes for the months to come.

Relaunching the Event
In recent months, downtown merchant began joining forces to renew interest in breathing new life into Second Saturdays. Andrew Jones (owner of Fair & Square Imports) and Jim Latino (owner of Texas Monkey Business) took the reins of the reboot idea.  They began visiting other downtown business owners and recently hosted a relaunch reception to increase excitement and participation in this merchant-driven event. 

Roughly 30 downtown businesses are already on board, committing to a minimum of a year's participation and support, to bring Second Saturday back in all its glory ... and then some!  Participating businesses are found on the event's participant page of the website. (The list of involved merchants is continuing to grow.)

The first month's event (March, 10) featured a Craft Beer Walk. Many merchants sampled different beers from a variety of local breweries in addition to being open for after-hours shopping. Businesses participating in Second Saturday will be open each month until at least 8 p.m.

Dining and live music at McKinney's many fantastic downtown restaurants will continue to be a major part of Second Saturdays as it always has been.

What's Coming in Future Months
Other themes/events proposed for the rest of 2018 include the following. (Check back as each month approaches as the list could change slightly.)
  • April: Arts in Bloom
  • May: Street Musicians 
  • June: Art Walk
  • July: Sidewalk Sale
  • August: Family Game Night
  • September: Foodie Walk
  • October: Adult Trick-or-Treat
  • November: Girls' Night Out
  • December: Candlelight Shopping & Window Contest
Plan your trip to downtown McKinney for Second Saturday. (For directions and parking information for Downtown McKinney, check the event website. While you’re in downtown McKinney, you can take advantage of the free DASH shuttle which circulates around the square and into the parking lots of the downtown area.