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August 2018 Second Saturday: Update

Posted on August 8, 2018 at 10:39 AM by Beth Shumate

Second Saturdays in McKinneyUpdated - August Second Saturday (8/11/18)
Downtown McKinney's business owners are pulling out all the stops for this month's Second Saturday (THIS Saturday, August 11). Head downtown for a full day of family games and live music.
Main Street McKinney will be hosting some family-friendly games on the lawn of the McKinney Performing Arts Center.

Stores will be hosting games and special fun like this note we got from Fair & Square Imports on E. Louisiana:

Classic Apparel Trunk Show by Global Mamas (Aug. 9-16.) 
Just in time for Tax Free Weekend, head to Fair & Square Imports for their Apparel Trunk Show, featuring an assortment of classic designs, perfect for year-round wear! They'll have versatile dresses, tops & skirts, all handmade in Ghana by women working with the fair trade organization Global Mamas. Plus there will be jewelry & kitchen accents!

About Second Saturday
For 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. 

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.)
  • 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.