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The Best Family Friendly Weekend Events {September 17-19, 2021}

Things to do and Local Events this Weekend

Family friendly events this Weekend around Plano, Frisco, Dallas, Allen, Richardson, McKinney and Allen. Check out this weekend’s events.


Dallas Events this Weekend


This Weekend

Friday September 17

Oktoberfest

Join us for our great Oktoberfest celebration! Let the kids play at the carnival while you drink seasonal brews and listen to some great polka music!

When: September 17, 7 pm – 11 pm
Where: Lakefront at Little Elm
Cost: FREE

Saturday September 18

Dinosaurs Live at the Heard Museum

Let your imagination run wild as you travel back in time along a half-mile nature trail to get up-close and personal with 11 life-size animatronic dinosaurs.

When: through October 30
Where: The Heard Museum McKinney
Cost: Price included with Heard Museum admission and free for Members

Heard Museum Dinosaur

Sunday September 19

Autumn at The Dallas Arboretum

This year, the space is transformed into Bugtopia! Our signature display will come alive with larger-than-life insect topiaries, fascinatingly bugged-out pumpkin houses, and, of course, a maze for younger visitors.

When: September 18 – October 31
Where: The Dallas Arboretum
Cost: included with daily admission

Ongoing Events

Farmers Markets

Dallas: Saturday 9 am – 5 pm & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm, 920 S. Harwood, Dallas

Plano Farmers/Artisan Market: Saturday 9 am – 2 pm, The Shops at Willow Bend

Frisco Fresh Market: Saturday 8 am – 4 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm

McKinney: Saturday 8 am – 12 noon, Downtown McKinney Square

Richardson: Saturday 9 am – 1 pm, 101 S. Coit Road, Richardson

Carrollton: Sunday 10 am – 2 pm, 2722 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton

Farmers Market Mesquite TX

Ongoing Events

Native Texas Butterfly House and Garden

When: Tuesdays through Saturdays 9am-4pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm until October 2, 2022
Where: Heard Museum McKinney
Cost: included with admission

CityLine Live

When: every Friday, 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: CityLine DFW, Richardson
Cost: Free

Kids Movie Saturdays

When: every Saturday, 12 pm
Where: Lava Cantina
Cost: Free admission and $2 off kids meals during the movie

Teen Night

When: every Friday, 7 pm – 10 pm
Where: JW Entertainment, Allen
Cost: tba

Family Storytime

When: every Saturday, 10.30 am – 11.15 am
Where: McKinney Public Library
Cost: Free

Legacy West Music Series

When: every Saturday, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Legacy West
Cost: Free

Sounds of Summer

When: every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Where: Grandscape Texas
Cost: Free

Psychedelic Robot: An Immersive Art & Storytelling Experience

When: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through August 21
Where: The Shops at Willow Bend
Cost: from $32.30

Family Movie Matinee

When: every Friday in June and July, 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: The Colony Public Library
Cost: Free

Music & Movies – FREE Live Music

When: every Friday & Saturday in June and July, 7.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Where: Fairview Town Center
Cost: Free



More Fun Weekend Events

Braiding Class

When: July 8, 5 pm – 6 pm
Where: Sweet & Sassy, Plano
Cost: tba

Hawaiian Luau

When: July 8, 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Hawaiian Falls, The Colony
Cost: included with admission

Friday Night Market

When: July 8, 6 pm
Where: Downtown Celina and the Square
Cost: Free

Overnight Campout

When: July 8 – 9
Where: Ford Pool, Allen
Cost: $35 per person (waitlist available)

Sugar Cookie Day

When: July 9, 8 am – 4 pm
Where: Frisco Fresh Market
Cost: Free entry

Explorium’s Sensory Friendly Morning

When: July 9, 9 am – 10 am
Where: Explorium, Denton Children’s Museum
Cost: included with admission

Family Hike and Play

When: July 9, 9 am – 11.30 am
Where: Frisco Commons Park & Spray Park
Cost: Free

July Market Days

When: July 9, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: Nebraska Furniture Mart
Cost: Free

Teen 3D Printing with TinkerCAD

When: July 9, 10.15 am – 12.15 pm
Where: The Colony Public Library
Cost: update – sold out

McKinney Margarita Stroll

When: July 9, 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Historic Downtown McKinney
Cost: $35 per person

Lawn Games (come & go)

When: July 9, 12.30 pm – 5.30 pm
Where: Farmers Branch Historical Park
Cost: Free

Pokemon Workshop

When: July 9, 12.30 pm – 3.30 pm
Where: Explorium, Denton Children’s Museum
Cost: included with admission

Creature Movie Series: The Land Before Time

When: July 9, 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: The Dinosaur Company, Allen
Cost: Tickets start at just $5 or pay $35 for a table and 4 seats!

Saturdays on the Square – Christmas in July

When: July 9, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Downtown Carrollton
Cost: Free

Pint Sized Playtime

When: July 10, 9 am – 10.30 am
Where: Play Street Museum, Allen
Cost: $13 per child

Teen Snark Attack

When: July 10, 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: Little Elm Public Library
Cost: Free, registration required

Texas Author Con

When: July 10, 2 pm – 7 pm
Where: Hilton Garden Inn, Richardson
Cost: Free

Special Needs Evening at the Waterpark

When: July 10, 5.30 pm
Where: Frisco Athletic Center
Cost: $9 per person


More Fun Weekend Events

Third Monday Trade Days

When: Sept 17 – 19
Where: McKinney
Cost: FREE

Clear the Shelters

When: through Sept 19
Where: Plano Animal Shelter
Cost: Adoption fees will be half price from Monday, August 23 through Sunday, September 12. Adoption fees will only be waived from Monday, September 13 to Sunday, September 19.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

When: through December 12
Where: Secret Location, Dallas
Cost: from $34.90

Fun on the Farm – Tractors

When: Sept 17, 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano
Cost: $10 per child, $5 per adult

Collin County Fall Home & Garden Show

When: Sept 17 – 19
Where: Allen Event Center
Cost: FREE

CityLine Live

When: every Friday and Saturday in September and October
Where: CityLine DFW
Cost: FREE

Movies in the Park

When: Friday Sept 17, 6.45 pm
Where: Five Star Sports Complex, The Colony
Cost: FREE

Touch a Truck

When: Saturday, Sept 18, 9 am – 12 pm
Where: Downtown Celina
Cost: FREE

Kid Fish

When: Saturday, Sept 18, 9 am – 11 am
Where: McCord Park, Little Elm
Cost: FREE

Dallas Farmers Market Pumpkin Patch

When: through October 31
Where: Dallas Farmers Market
Cost: FREE

Trail Rides at Cathy’s Critters

When: every Saturday, various times
Where: Cathy’s Critters, Princeton
Cost: $10 per person

Truck Yard’s Trucktoberfest

When: Sept 18 – 19
Where: Truck Yard, The Colony
Cost: FREE

Addison Oktoberfest

When: Sept 16 – 19
Where: Addison Circle Park
Cost: FREE – $10

Kids Movie Saturday

When: every Saturday, 12 pm
Where: Lava Cantina
Cost: Free

Imagine Park’s Oktoberfest

When: Sept 18, 3 pm – 9 pm
Where: The Patios at the Rail, Frisco
Cost: $30

Daddy Daughter Dance

When: Sept 18, 3 pm – 8.30 pm
Where: Cascades at the Colony
Cost: $35 per couple

Sunday Service Brunch at DAQ’s

When: every Sunday, 12 pm – 3 pm
Where: DAQ’s Luxury Daquiri Lounge
Cost: see menu for details

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