McKinney Cultural District
The Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District has been the heart of the community since 1848. It is inspiring, durable, walkable, adaptable and sustainable.
The Cultural District attracts citizens and visitors for shopping, dining and arts through a variety of independently-owned shops and restaurants; through McKinney Oktoberfest, Arts in Bloom and the July 4th Hometown Parade; and through strong support and preservation of the historic features that influence economic vitality.
MAKING THE PAST COME TO LIFE
The history of McKinney is closely woven with the history of its Black community. People of African descent have roots here dating back before the founding of the City and Collin County.
The Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District attracts citizens and visitors for shopping, dining and arts through a variety of independently-owned shops and restaurants; through events like McKinney Oktoberfest, Arts in Bloom and the July 4th Hometown Parade; and through strong support and preservation of the historic features that influence economic vitality.
This emphasis on authentic form, activities and character cannot be reproduced. The Cultural District is McKinney’s identity, and the city’s primary attraction. It’s is a nexus where the community gathers for inspiration, celebration and commemoration.
A Unique Destination for Visitors
The Cultural District is vibrant with over 120 independently-owned businesses. Generations have shopped, worked, lived and celebrated life’s milestones in the same buildings that today make up the lively downtown. It’s still a place to gather, with its sophisticated charm, eclectic shopping and rising culinary scene.
Visitor accommodations include The Grand, a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown, or there is a variety of B&Bs in the neighboring residential historic district.
Dining- and Entertainment-Friendly
The Cultural District continues to develop its reputation as a food destination with acclaimed chefs and restaurants. Guests have many options from wineries, to pubs to coffee shops where they can experience the welcoming environment and congenial companionship.
City ordinances have recently been modified to extend late night hours for restaurants and bars. This ’entertainment-friendly’ decision will help keep guests in the district to expand economic impact - encouraging theater and gallery patrons to continue operating in the area.
Find City Events
Entries on the cultural district calendar are posted by businesses located in the McKinney Cultural District. City-sponsored events may appear on the calendar, but the majority of the events are not city-sponsored. View calendars for city-sponsored events at the links below.
In 1996, voters approved a one-half cent sales tax to promote and preserve the quality of life in McKinney. Local shopping and dining enable MCDC to make a direct impact back into the community. MCDC has invested more than $100 million into the community to support quality of life projects.
The "It’s My McKinney" icon lets you know that your local dining and shopping helped make this project a reality.