The Dallas Morning News

ARTS IN BLOOM

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If you have yet to check out downtown Mckinney, we’ ll let you in on a notsowellk­ept secret. The historic arts district is booming with culture and class, and this longrunnin­g spring arts festival will showcase the city’s recent catapult into coolness. Stroll through treelined streets and restored 19thcentur­y buildings that have been transforme­d into cafes, bars, boutiques, galleries and restaurant­s. The Local Artist Village will feature 150 juried artists, and the Student Art Tent will exhibit work by schoolage talents on the rise. Enjoy live music, dance and performanc­e art, as well as festival food, craft beer and Texas wine. Children can explore interactiv­e artmaking in a Kids Creation Station. April 12 from 5 to 10 p.m., April 13 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., April 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at 111 N. Tennessee St., Mckinney. Free admission; vendor prices vary. mckinneyte­xas.org.

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