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

September in Texas means getting overly excited about fall fashions, then sweating to death in boots and knitwear because, of course, it’s still 90 degrees outside. So! Leave that cute oversized jean jacket in the closet for just a little longer and check out our guide below for the best kid and family events this month. Or go ahead and wear the jean jacket. We can perspire together.

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Like always, North Texas Food Bank will collect jars of peanut butter for their Annual Peanut Butter Drive. Last year’s goal was 300,000 pounds of peanut butter donations, and this year’s it’s 500,000 pounds! Drop off at NTFB’s Perot Family Campus or any of the locations listed, or participate in a virtual peanut butter drive of your own. See the link for details.


The Fall Program Guide for McKinney Libraries just dropped, so check that out for free story times and events for all ages. Top picks: Mid-Autumn Moon Festival 11am-2pm on SEPTEMBER 3; and Robotics, a monthly mentorship program for grades 6–12 with demos and hands-on opportunities, starting SEPTEMBER 10 from 1-2:45pm. Registration required for that one. Lots more at the links. Free!

Live in Plano? Here’s the Plano Library Fall 2022 Programs–super easy to navigate.


Going to the theater is so fun but so expensive. High school productions and children’s theater can be a great, affordable alternative! There are lots of different shows from NTPA this month. My picks are Les Misérables, School Edition at The Courtyard Theatre in Plano SEPTEMBER 1–3 and Once on This Island Jr. at the Fairview Youth Theatre SEPTEMBER 23–30.


Heritage Farmstead’s Fun on the Farm is back after their summer hiatus with “Shaggy Sheep” (9/2) and “Fall Harvest” (9/16), designed for children ages two to five years old. Bring a picnic lunch for after! Advanced registration is required. 10am–12pm. $15 per child/$5 per adult (infant siblings are free).


Dinosaurs Live! returns to the Heard in McKinney for the season. Dig into dinosaur geology and hike the dino trail. 9am–5pm. FYI, Halloween at the Heard is coming up, and it always sells out! The members-only pre-sale is SEPTEMBER 14–28.


Get ready for a family-friendly, fun race day at the Blackland Triathlon and Blackland Youth Tri. See the link for details on the races, the Kids Splash & Dash, and the Labor Day picnic at Oak Point Rec Center. 7am–11am.


FTC Critter Club returns for the fall! This Fairview Town Center series invites kids to learn about and interact with different animals every Saturday. See link for more details and a schedule of animals by week. First up is a spider monkey. 11am–12pm in The Park. Free!


K–2nd graders are invited to attend Bubble Science at the Frisco Library this afternoon. Enjoy a bubble-filled story and experiment with bubbles and surface tension. 3:30–4:15pm. Free!


Tejano Music Fiesta is a new month-long live music series at Grandscape in The Colony, featuring music, food, and family-friendly activities on Thursday nights. First up is Selena Forever. 7:30–9:30pm. Free!


Lucky Duck Kids Club To-Go is the third week of the month, on Thursdays and Fridays, at Watters Creek Village. Pick up your Kid’s Club Activity Box from the Management Office located off Village Green Drive in the walkway between Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen and Pure Barre. Activities are geared to children ages two to six years old. 12–5pm. Free!


Autumn Fest in Little Elm Park is a weekend full of live music, food trucks, a carnival with rides and games, and activities for kids of all ages. And Friday night is Oktoberfest Night. See link for details on ride ticket pricing and wristbands for unlimited rides. Hours vary by day.


The pond at McCord Park in Little Elm will be stocked with 500 catfish for the Kid Fish Tournament today. Loaner equipment available first come, first served. Prizes will be awarded for the biggest fish caught in each age bracket (2–6, 7–11, 12–16). 9–11am. Free!


Gotta love the simplicity of the name: Celina’s Touch-A-Truck allows attendees of all ages to explore the ins and outs of the equipment and tools that keep the city running. Reps from various departments will be onsite with their vehicles to answer questions and hand out goodies. Free bounce houses, balloon artists, and face painters, too. 9am–12pm. Free!


The 11th North Texas Pride “Come As You Are” Festival will be held in Plano at the Saigling House at Haggard Park today. They’ll have vendor booths, food and drink, giveaways, adult and kid activities, bands, DJ, dancing, and more. 11am–7pm. $10 for ages 13 and up.


Bring your appetite and feast at the World of Foodies festival in Historic Downtown Carrollton. Enjoy authentic international refreshments and live performances while celebrating multiple nationalities and flavors. 3–9pm. Free admission!


Market at the Star x Flea Style returns to Frisco this month. The pop-up event features a curated mix of over 40 different fashion, jewelry, home décor, kids’ items, and unique lifestyle goods vendors set up outside at Tostitos Championship Plaza. 10am-4pm. Free!


The Plano Balloon Festival & Run is back! They’ll have entertainment on stage, special kids’ activities, sky divers, lots of food, artisans and vendors, and of course the incredible hot air balloons. See link for TONS of event details, including exact days/times the balloons will be in the air (I want to be there for the balloon glow!). $10 for adults; $5 for ages 3–12.


Yes, Oktoberfest = beer, but McKinney’s Oktoberfest covers 14 blocks of Historic Downtown McKinney and has lots for kids to enjoy. Purchase coupons for beverages and activities like the petting zoo, the carnival, rock climbing, face painting, and bounce houses. Here’s the FAQ so you can know everything before you go. Free admission!


The State Fair of Texas is back with all the food and fun you’ve been missing. Check out Plan Your Visit –> Attractions & Events for lots more details and schedules. And don’t miss the FAQs, my fave part of any website.


Shawnee Trail Cowboy Day at the Frisco Heritage Museum is a chance to see what life was like way back when. They’ll have Wild West shows, stagecoach rides, armadillo races, pony rides, midway games, blacksmith demonstrations, kids’ arts & crafts, live music, food trucks and more. 10am–3pm. $5 per person/$15 per family. Some activities are pay to play.


Grandscape in The Colony will host its second OktoBIERfest celebration today with snacks, games, entertainment, and traditional German competitions. 6–10pm. Free!

Any other fun stuff happening in September? Let us know below!

After almost 20 years in other parts of Texas, Katie now lives in Richardson with her husband and two kids. She's 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.


  1. North Texas Giving Day is on September 23rd! Support your favorite (and local) Non-Profit Organization through a monetary donation or the gift of service this year!

    One of my favorite Non-Profits, the CECPTA is organizing a day of Kids-Giving the Saturday Prior (Sept 18th) Kids throughout Carrollton and the surround city will be organizing mini businesses to help raise money for this great organization. Follow @carrolltonecpta on instagram or Facebook for the list of cute kid businesses you can support!


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