A Collin County Mom’s Guide to the Month of November

This guide has been sponsored by Vintage Market Days. All opinions are our own.

The end of the year is upon us! We have a MEGA guide to winter events dropping in a couple weeks with details on ALL the holiday happenings. Consider this month’s guide the calm before the storm (although there is still lots of fun stuff going on!). Oh, and don’t forget about the time change on November 7. Hello darkness, my old friend.

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Vintage Market Days is an upscale, vintage-inspired market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, sweet & savory items, seasonal plantings, and more. Think flea market, but much nicer and much more fun. Would be a great place to find cute holiday decorations. Grab your tickets today!

Hours: Friday: 9am-4pm Early Buying Event (tickets available at the event link for $15)
Saturday: 10am-4pm
Sunday: 10am-4pm
Location: Myers Park & Event Center, McKinney
Tickets: $10 general admission, kids under 12 free. Tickets are good for re-entry all weekend!


Have your little ones follow the numbered signs outside of the Allen Library for the latest interactive StoryWalk®. This month’s story is I’m a Dirty Dinosaur. For ages 2 and up. Free!


The life-sized animatronic dinosaurs are back for Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard in McKinney. Walk the trails and hear them roar, then get hands-on in the outdoor fossil dig. Check out the “Texas Nessie” exhibit while you’re there! Tickets are $12/adults, $9/ages 3-12. 2 & under are free.


Reviews are in, and The FRIENDS Experience at Willow Bend is pretty dang cool. Immerse yourself in the world of FRIENDS™ like never before with interactive set recreations, original props and costumes, photo ops, a retail store, and Central Perk. See link to purchase tickets. Runs through January 17.


We don’t often mention farmers markets here, but they’re always a good getting-out-of-the-house option, especially now that the weather is nice. We have a roundup of local farmers markets by city, so you can find one close to home. Free!


The Allen Public Library will make Diwali Crafts in person today with an optional Take & Make kit for those who can’t join. Advance registration is required and attendance is limited. Designed for kids K-3rd grade. 4:45pm. Free!


Fun on the Farm at Heritage Farmstead Museum is about “Giving Thanks on the Farm” this month. The program is designed for children ages two to five years old. Bring a picnic lunch for after! Advanced registration is required. 10am-12pm. $10 per child/ $5 per adult (infant siblings are free).


Prosper Arbor Day Celebration focuses on the importance of community forestry to enhance our quality of life. Gather at Prosper Town Hall for a proclamation by the mayor, and tree planting with Parks & Rec. Learn how to do it properly! 9-10am. Free!


Carrollton’s annual Festival at the Switchyard returns to Historic Downtown with with something for music lovers, fried food fans, shopaholics, and kiddos of every age to enjoy. Lots more info at the link. 11am-10pm. Free!


Grandscape in the Colony has a Holiday Kickoff party this evening with live music and performances, face painting, photo booth, Santa and Mrs. Claus, kid crafts, and emcee Kellie Rasberry. 5-9pm. Free!


Daylight savings ends at 2am. Don’t forget we fall back an hour.


Frisco Fresh Market hosts a 35-animal miniature farm today for their Fall Petting Zoo. Cash only. $5 per person/child. 12-3pm. (Be aware: The petting zoo packs up promptly at 3, whether people are still in line or not!)

NOVEMBER 11 – 14

‘Neath the Wreath is the biggest Junior League of Collin County fundraiser of the year. Shop over 125 merchants to find something for everyone on your list. Times vary by day, see link for details and to purchase tickets. General admission $15 ($12 if purchased at area DFW Market Street locations).

NOVEMBER 11 – 14

This weekend, NTPA (Willow Bend) presents Descendants: The Musical based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies. Multiple showtimes. Tickets $12; front row $20.


How about a one-off art class for the kiddos? Pipe & Palette in Plano offers a Saturday Art Camp once a month for ages 5-12. The class teaches your growing artist how to draw, paint, and let loose in the splatter room. 9am-3pm. $95.


The Underground Movement Festival is a family-friendly, all ages event celebrating hip hop history. Watch 2-versus-2 Dance Battles, B-boy/B-girl battles, and dance team showcases outside in Downtown Plano’s McCall Plaza. 5-10pm. Free!


Join the Countdown to Launch at Sci-Tech Discovery Center to celebrate the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. They’ll have hands-on experiments and crafts available all day for you to learn more about how this special telescope works, discover constellations in our night sky, and even hear a special surprise guest speaker in the afternoon. 10am-4pm. Free with museum admission.


The Dallas Japanese Association will host an Otsukimi Moon Viewing Festival in Frisco Square this evening. Enjoy art activities, cultural performances, haiku readings, and vendors selling Japanese festival food and collectibles. 6-9pm. Free!

NOVEMBER 20 – 21

Shop for unique handmade gifts and homemade foods at the annual Plano Christmas Market. As always, Collin County seniors will stock the Hip, Hip for Gray booth with a variety of crafts including quilts, baby items, ornaments, and more. Saturday: 9am-5pm, Sunday: 11am-4pm. Free!


Chabad Frisco hosts a Menorah Building Workshop for kids today in the Limestone Quarry Park Pavillion. Complete a menorah building kit and enjoy snacks, dreidels, gelt, and good times. 11am-1pm. $5 per child.


Shop local at The Market at Legacy North. This new family-friendly, monthly pop-up market will feature more than 30 curated local small business vendors, live music, food and drinks, art installations, giveaways, and more. 11am-4pm. Free!


Creative Arts Guild Wylie offers a Puppy Mini Camp today for ages 4 and up. Make puppy- themed EVERYTHING, from canvas plush stuffies, to prints, drawings, sculpture, and more. 9am-12pm.

NOVEBMER 22 – 24

Jump Into Art Studios in McKinney offers a Thanksgiving break Mini Camp for ages 6-15. Painting, creating, soap making, jewelry making, clay sculptures, plus 1-2 visiting artists each day round out this power-packed mini camp. Small classes and engaging teachers. See also: Pottery Wheel and Clay Camp for ages 8+. 10am-3pm. $230-265.

NOVEMBER 24 – 28

Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate at the Allen Event Center. Afternoon and evening showtimes available. Get tickets at the link. Tickets from $20.


Turkey Trot time! The Plano Turkey Trot and the North Texas Turkey Trot (Frisco) are in person this year, raising money for very good causes. Note: The North Texas Turkey Trot also has a virtual option the runs November 21 until November 30. Register at the links.

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

Next up is our 2021 Guide to Winter Events with info on holiday activities in and around Collin County, coming mid-November!

Katie grew up in Dallas and then spent 10 post-college years in Austin, where she and her husband Mick welcomed a daughter and son (in 2011 and 2013). They've since moved to Fort Worth and find it to be quite fun and a great place for kids. Katie is horrible at social media but secretly likes Twitter best. Favorite uses for her phone: reading library books and listening to comedy podcasts. Least favorite uses: making and receiving calls. If you've seen Death Becomes Her or Big Business more than once, you'll be best friends.


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