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Apr 11

Inaugural Yellow Wood Festival Coming to McKinney in May

Posted on April 11, 2018 at 12:41 AM by Beth Shumate

yellow wood logoBlog information provided by the Yellow Wood Festival committee:

A cool new event, the inaugural Yellow Wood Music & Outdoors Festival, will take place in McKinney from 10 a.m.-4p.m. on Saturday, May 26. The festival is being organized in partnership with the veteran non-profit organization The Warrior’s Keep and will feature a Race to Brunch 5k to kick start the festivities.

The festival will take place at Myers Park and Event Center and will feature a full calendar of recreation classes and activities, six bands, a play zone, overnight camping, an artisan village, a family-friendly movie night, plenty of great food and beverages, and the Barnyard Party presented by Trinity Falls.

“The Warrior's Keep is thrilled to be partnered with the Yellow Wood Festival and honored to be able to celebrate Memorial Day weekend together,” said Warrior’s Keep co-founder John Cody Hardin. “With our organization's mission to increase quality of life for veterans by engaging in outdoor recreational adventures and this festival promoting outdoor recreation, we truly are a perfect fit together!”

The recreation classes and activities feature a variety of fun including goat yoga, mixology classes, fire starting, first aid-survival, cooking classes, flower pressing, barre3 in the park, a wild edibles walk, plus 15 others.

“We’ve created an event that is truly a one of a kind experience.” said event organizer Lauren Stephan. “With so many fun activities happening in McKinney over Memorial Day weekend it’s the perfect time for DFW residents to have a staycation in McKinney.”

Admission to the family-friendly festival is free and open to the public. The Race to Brunch 5K tickets cost $25 and include a chip timed race, event t-shirts, and medals. A variety of delicious brunch cuisine and cocktails will be available at the finish line. The 5K will kick off at 9 a.m. and a portion of the proceeds benefit The Warrior’s Keep. Registration for the 5K is available at

Current event sponsors include the McKinney Convention & Visitors Bureau, Trinity Falls, Caudalie Crest Winery, Tupps Brewery, TexaKona coffee, Expedia Cruiseship Centers, Whataburger, 97.5KLAK Radio, and K1 Speed. Event organizers are booking sponsors and vendors now.  For partnership information email

Musicians performing on the event stage include the Maylee Thomas Band, Aaron McDonnel, The Quibble Brothers, Mathew Bell & Next of Kin and the Chelsea Pilgrim Band. For the full schedule of activities visit the event website at

The entire community is invited to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend at the Yellow Wood Music & Outdoors Festival at Myers Park & Event Center located at 7117 CR 166, McKinney, Texas.