The weather is finally cooling off — by Texas standards, at least — and it’s a good weekend to go outside and drink, or at least go outside.
From Friday through Sunday, Oktoberfest dominates the weekend in Collin County with German food and beer. In downtown McKinney, you can enter a beard and mustache or brat-eating competition, your weenie dog can enter a weenie dog race, and you can learn how to make beer, or just drink beer.
Oktoberfest in Allen features an artisan market, German dancing, and stein hoisting.
Plano will be busy on Saturday. Beginning at noon, enjoy wine from downtown Plano shops, art exhibits, and live music from Mahagonie and Remy Reilly at the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk.
Also in Plano, North Texas Pride Foundation’s 10th annual Come As You Are festival take place on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Haggard Park. There will be food trucks, giveaways, dancing, kids’ activities, and live music from a highly entertaining ‘80s tribute act with a clever name, Teen Wolves.
Had enough to drink or just want to get off the concrete? Go to a pumpkin patch. A 10-acre farm, 5G Farms’ pumpkin patch is open until Oct. 31. It has 6,000 pumpkins, hayrides, baby goats, a corn maze, and barbecue.
Go get some smoked meats from a legend at Hutchins BBQ in McKinney. After closing on New Year’s Eve due to a fire, the spot has reopened with a new pitmaster. Known as “the dark prince of Texas barbecue,” John Mueller is the grandson of famed barbecue king Louie Mueller of Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor. Don’t miss the free ice cream, peach cobbler, and banana pudding.