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The Top 15 Things To Do This Weekend In Dallas & Collin County

Plan your weekend of September 15 – 17, 2023
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This weekend, legendary artists like Drake, Pearl Jam and the Arctic Monkeys take the spotlight with electric performances. If that’s not up your alley, there’s still much more for you in Collin County: shop at farmers' markets, kick off Oktoberfest with great beer and savor an early National Cheeseburger Day meal. Grab your calendar and jot down your favorite events!

Scroll all the way down to find our weekly recommendations for places to eat, and get everything planned for an amazing three-day break from the daily routine.

Come right in, because here's the only list you need!

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Family Movie Friday In The PGA District

When: September 15, 2023 | 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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Head to the Monument Realty PGA District in Frisco for a fantastic movie night under the stars this weekend. Every Friday in September, catch a movie with a unique feature, savor delicious treats from PGA District restaurants and enjoy pre-movie activities like swinging on the swing or dancing on the dance floor.

The Adolphus Oktoberfest Biergarten

When: September 15 to 17, 2023 | 4:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Adolphus Hotel | 1321 Commerce Street, Dallas

Dust off your best lederhosen and enjoy a tall German beer mug at their rooftop biergarten. Each weekend offers authentic music, dancing, delicious food and plenty of beer. Tickets for general admission are $20 per person, and this event is for those aged 21 and over.

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When: September 15 to 17, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: The Cove | 402 N. Tennessee St, McKinney
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This exhibition by Vidya Lakshmi captures the essence of nature, as the Sanskrit word prakruthi suggests. Through vibrant and expressive paintings, Vidya conveys the beauty and energy of natural environments. Her unique artistic style employs impasto strokes and captivating color combinations to evoke her emotional connection to the natural world. Enjoy this opportunity to immerse yourself in the essence of prakruthi through art.

UFC Noche to celebrate Mexican Independence Day

When: September 16, 2023 | 7 p.m.
Where: Vidorra Dallas (2642 Main St., Dallas, Texas), Vidorra Addison (5100 Beltline Road, Ste. 410, Addison, Texas)

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To celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 16, Vidorra is hosting an UFC Noche watch party. Local athlete "Trailblazer" Kevin Holland will feature the Vidorra logo on his fight shorts. If he wins, Holland plans to give a special shoutout to the Vidorra watch party! The fight starts at 7 p.m., but arrive early to secure a seat, and to enjoy pre-fight margaritas and "The Good Guac" in honor of National Guacamole Day. Expect an evening of thrilling bouts, camaraderie  and authentic Mexican flavors.

Little Designers In The PGA District: Canvas Painting

When: September 16, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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Unleash your child's inner artist on September 15, 2023. Hosted at The Monument Realty PGA District in Frisco, this event invites children of all ages to create their canvas masterpieces. Each child receives one canvas to paint with a rainbow of colors and additional craft materials for embellishments. Registration is $20 per child, and pre-registration is required to ensure adequate supplies


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Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs Exhibit

When: September 15 to 17, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary | 1 Nature Pl, McKinney
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Experience the Dinosaurs Live! Life-Size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit from September 2, 2023, to February 19, 2024, at Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney. Travel back along a half-mile trail with lifelike animatronic dinosaurs. They come alive, moving and roaring, offering an enthralling experience and fascinating facts about herbivorous and carnivorous dinosaurs. Enjoy interactive elements, a photo-op with a Tyrannosaurus rex and an outdoor fossil dig.

Skate To Selena

When: September 16, 2023 | 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Galleria Ice Skating Center | 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on September 16, 2023. This event occurs at the Galleria Ice Skating Center in Dallas. Enjoy skating to the classics of the queen of Tejano music, Selena, and songs from contemporary Latin music artists. Tickets can be purchased onsite, with admission priced at $12 plus a $5 skate rental fee. Costumes are encouraged for added fun!

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Plano Symphony Orchestra Opens Season With ¡viva México!

When: September 16, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Eisemann Center | 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson

The Plano Symphony Orchestra is kicking off its season with a vibrant celebration, ¡Viva México!, on September 16, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. This event, held at The Eisemann Center in Richardson, features maestro Héctor Guzmán, Fela Domínguez, Dante Alcalá, Mariachi Jalisciense de Antonio Jimenez, the Viva Mexico Choir and members of Ballet Folklórico de México. Enjoy an unforgettable evening of music and culture in honor of Mexican Independence Day.

McKinney Farmers Market At Chestnut Square

When: September 16, 2023 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Where: Chestnut Square Historic Village | 315 S. Chestnut Street, McKinney
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Join the McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square on September 16, 2023. This award-winning market at Chestnut Square Historic Village offers a unique shopping experience. You can shop for homegrown, harvested and handmade products while enjoying the open-air atmosphere. The market is open year-round, and it's a great place to support sustainability, foster community and make friends. This opportunity allows you to connect with local vendors and discover quality goods.

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Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s 16th Annual Art For Advocacy

When: September 16, 2023 | 6:30 to 11:00 p.m.
Where: 8000 Ambassador Row, Dallas
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Join the 16th Annual Art for Advocacy event, organized by the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. This event celebrates the healing power of art and raises funds and awareness for the center. The evening features cocktails, a silent art auction with 80 works, a seated dinner and a live art auction. Take advantage of this opportunity to support a worthy cause through art.

Mexican Independence Day With Lara Latin

When: September 16, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: Lexus Box Garden at Legacy Hall | 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano

Celebrate Dieciséis de Septiembre (Mexican Independence Day) with Lara Latin at the Lexus Box Garden at Legacy Hall on September 16. Enjoy a live performance, Mexican cuisine and more! Arrive early to savor dishes from nearly 20 eateries and craft cocktails from 5+ bars. For an elevated experience, reserve a balcony VIP lounge [21+] for dedicated cocktail services and the best view of the stage.

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The Arctic Monkeys At Dickies Arena

When: September 16, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: Dickies Arena | 1911 Montgomery St, Fort Worth

This weekend, the Arctic Monkeys will perform at Dickies Arena in Dallas on September 16, 2023, at 8:00 p.m. The doors for this music event open at 6:30 p.m. The show will also feature special guests Fontaines D.C., and ticket prices start at $35.50. Take advantage of the opportunity to see and enjoy this world-renowned band live in Fort Worth.

CityLine Live: Featuring Jason Hatch (Americana)

When: September 16, 2023 | 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: CityLine Plaza | 1150 State Street, Richardson
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Live music returns to the outdoor plaza at CityLine on September 16, 2023. Enjoy the sounds of Jason Hatch (Americana) in the CityLine Plaza. This event is part of a series each Friday and Saturday in September and October. You can listen to the music from restaurant patios on State Street or grab dinner and drinks to-go and relish the live music in the plaza.

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Early National Cheeseburger Day Celebration At The Saint

When: September 17, 2023 | 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: The Saint | 2633 Gaston Avenue, Dallas
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Celebrate National Cheeseburger Day a day early at The Saint on September 17, 2023. The Saint offers a mouthwatering Honor Wagyu beef burger topped with black truffle dijonnaise, smoked tomato-onion marmalade, aged Fontina Valle D'Aosta cheese, petite arugula and fried leeks dressed in a shallot vinaigrette. It comes with crispy fries, ketchup and charred scallion aioli for $24, exclusively available at the bar and lounge. Enjoy this burger extravaganza!

Sunday Football In The PGA District

When: September 17, 2023 |
Where: The Monument Realty PGA District | 3255 PGA Parkway, Frisco
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Join the excitement of Sunday football on September 17, 2023, at The Monument Realty PGA District in Frisco, where you can watch America's teams play live on the big screen all day. While enjoying the game, savor your favorite food, ice cream and cold beer from PGA District restaurants and retail outlets. Please remember to bring a blanket for seating.


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The Elon Johns - Tribute Band

When: April 15, 2023 | 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Where: Legacy Hall | 7800 Windrose Ave, Plano

Enjoy a live performance that expertly captures the many faces of Elton John by putting not just one Elton John on the stage, but 10! Sing along to all your favorite songs in this epic tribute to one of the best songwriters and pianists.


Even More Great Things To Do This Weekend In Dallas & Collin County

Pearl Jam At Dickies Arena
September 15, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Where: Dickies Arena | 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas

Drake: It's All A Blur Tour
September 15, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: American Airlines Center | 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas

Vidorra Puts Kevin Holland in the Ring in UFC Noche and Hosts Watch Party
September 16, 2023 | 7:00 p.m.
Where: Vidorra | Multiple locations
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Red Tent Farmer's Market
September 16, 2023 | 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: The District | 2405 Dallas Pkwy, Plano
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The Comedy Arena Presents: ComedySportz
September 16, 2023 | 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Comedy Arena | 305 E. Virginia St. #104 McKinney

The Market At The Boardwalk
September 17, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: The Boardwalk at Granite Park | 5880 State Hwy 121, Plano
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Save The Date!

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Plano Balloon Festival

When: September 21 to 24, 2023 | See the full schedule
Where: Oak Point Park | 2801 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano

Celebrate 42 years of ballooning festivities in Plano and Collin County! The excitement takes place from September 21 to 24, 2023. This remarkable four-day festival offers an array of attractions, including entertainment on the main stage, exciting kids' activities, skydiving displays, a wide variety of delectable foods, a diverse range of merchandise and handmade products and, of course, the awe-inspiring hot air balloons.

Mexican Sugar Presents Sugar Fest: The Ultimate Agave Experience

When: September 23 to 24, 2023 | 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Where: Mexican Sugar |  Multiple locations

This tequila festival at Mexican Sugar's restaurants offers complimentary tastings of over 20 agave-based spirits, including tequilas, mezcals and sotols, along with elevated Mexican cuisine, innovative cocktails and cultural experiences. General Admission tickets are complimentary, providing access to agave samplings and more. VIP tickets offer an exclusive experience. Take advantage of enjoying this sensory journey into the heart of Mexican culture.

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Eisemann Center Presents Ranky Tanky With Special Guest Lisa Fischer

When: October 13, 2023 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Eisemann Center | 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson

Experience the vibrant melodies of Gullah culture through Ranky Tanky, a group of native South Carolinians who infuse jazz, gospel, funk, and R&B into their soulful songs. This musical night also features the Grammy-winning powerhouse vocalist Lisa Fischer. She is renowned for her remarkable appearances with the Rolling Stones and her role in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. Don't miss this captivating blend of talent and culture.

Texas Women's Foundation Annual Luncheon With Storm Reid

When: September 26, 2023 | 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Where: Hilton Anatole |  2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas

Join the Texas Women's Foundation on September 26th for the 38th during its annual luncheon, featuring Emmy-nominated actress and producer Storm Reid as the keynote speaker. The theme of this year's event, #TXWomenNow, highlights the foundation's commitment to advancing the lives of women and girls. This luncheon emphasizes collective support and voices to drive positive change in homes and communities. Take advantage of this extraordinary experience of inspiration and empowerment.

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19th Plano International Festival

When: October 14, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Haggard Park |  901 E. 15th Street, Plano
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Explore diverse cultures and enhance your well-being at the 19th Plano International Festival. Held at Haggard Park, this is the area's most prominent cultural event. The festival offers a rich tapestry of experiences, including multicultural music and dance performances, ethnic food trucks, cultural exhibits and more. Kids can engage in free science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities and embark on a global journey with a festival passport.