Oh, the coming of fall, the promise of colorful leaves and – hopefully – cooler weather. With school and work in full swing, don’t forget to take a break once in a while. Kick back and relax with these events happening around Collin County in September.

Plano Profile’s Women in Business Conference, photo by Cori Baker

September 1, 7:30 A.M.-12 P.M.

The Great Ride

Motorcycle ride benefiting Special Olympics of Texas. CityLine, Richardson.

September 1, 7 P.M.

FC Dallas vs. Houston Dynamo pro soccer

Texas derby match. Toyota Stadium, Frisco.

September 1, 8, 15, 22; 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.

Family Art Day

Learn pottery painting. Pipe & Palette. 1012 E. 15th, Plano.

September 3

American Idol Auditions

McCall Plaza, downtown Plano.

Ron Bultongez, a Plano musician on American Idol, at Thank You Plano event

September 1-9

Les Miserables-School Edition

Plano Youth Theater presents. Courtyard Theater, Plano.

September 1-30

Dinosaurs Live!

Animatronic dinos on half-mile trail. Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney.

Dinosaurs Live at the Heard Museum, photo by Stephanie Jennings

September 2, 6:30 P.M.

Miami vs. LSU College Football

Hurricanes and Bayou Bengals square off. AT&T Stadium, Arlington.

September 5, 7 PM

Ohio State vs. TCU College Football

Buckeyes and Horned Frogs take center stage. AT&T Stadium, Arlington.

September 6, 8 P.M.

The Statesboro Revue

Old-school, classic country. Courtyard Theater, Plano.

September 7, 7-11 P.M.

The Great Harvest

Benefit event for Irving Cares. Irving Convention Center.

September 7-15

The Wizard of Oz

North Texas Performing Arts, The Shops at Willow Bend, Plano.

September 7-15

Xanadu Jr.

Stage version of 1980s Olivia Newton-John cult classic. Fairview Town Theatre.

September 8, 7 P.M.

Luke Bryan

What Makes You Country Tour 2018. Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas Fair Park.

Luke Bryan in concert

September 8, 8 A.M.

Labor Day Dash North Dallas

Choose one-mile, 5K or 10K. Cockrill Middle School, McKinney.

September 8, 9 A.M.

Market at The Star X Fleastyle

New open-air market. The Star in Frisco.

September 8, 7:30 P.M.

Guns & Hoses Boxing Tournament

Firemen and policemen square off for charity. Allen Event Center.

September 8-9

DFW Ultimate Women’s Expo

Keynote speakers, gift ideas, etc. Irving Convention Center.

September 9-11

Divine Consign

Gently-used children’s and maternity clothes. Plano Event Center.

September 9, 7:30 P.M.

Scorpions & Queensryche

Heavy metal titans perform. Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving.

September 11, 7:30 P.M.

Jay-Z & Beyonce

AT&T Stadium, Arlington.

Jay-Z and Beyonce on tour

September 12-13, 8 A.M.-3:30 P.M.

When Life Hands You Teenagers

Seminar on how to deal with today’s teens. Plano Event Center.

September 13, 7:30 P.M.

Boyz II Men

90’s R&B powerhouse performs.

Winspear Opera House, Dallas.

September 14, 11:30 A.M.-1 P.M.

Fall Fashion Show & Luncheon

Benefits Hope’s Door New Beginning Center. Embassy Suites, Frisco.

September 14, 8 P.M.

Martyn Lucas

“World Piano Man” performs. McKinney Performing Arts Center.

September 14-15, 8 P.M.


Explores link between human body and architecture. Moody Performance Hall, Dallas.

September 14-16

Collin County Fall Home & Garden Show

Three days of home and garden ideas. Allen Event Center.

September 14-22

Legally Blonde Jr. The Musical

Inspiring story of Elle Woods. Frisco Discovery Center.

September 15, 9 A.M.-5 P.M.

Health, Home & Garden Expo

A cornucopia of home-related ideas. Plano Event Center.

September 15, 7 P.M.

A Night to Remember

Reba McEntire performs at benefit for City Square Dallas. Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving.

September 16, 12-5 P.M.

Plano Bridal Show
Gear up for the big day. Plano Event Center.

Plano Bridal Show 2018

September 16, 7:30 P.M.

New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys NFL Football

AT&T Stadium, Arlington.

September 19, 12:15 P.M.

Runo Lagomarsino

Artist discusses upcoming exhibit. Dallas Museum of Art.

September 20

North Texas Giving Day

18-hour online giving event benefits North Texas non-profits.

September 21, 8 P.M.

The Texas Tenors

Stars of Emmy Award-winning PBS special perform. McKinney Performing Arts Center.

September 21, 9:30 P.M.

Late Night Talk: Deco Cool

UT-Austin professor discusses Art Deco. Dallas Museum of Art.

September 21-23

Plano Balloon Festival

A plethora of hot air balloons. Oak Point Park, Plano.

Plano Balloon Festival, photo by Cori Baker

September 21-29

Charlotte’s Web

North Texas Performing Arts, The Shops at Willow Bend, Plano.

September 22, 10 A.M.

Saturday Nature Hikes

Enjoy a guided trail hike. McKinney Community Center.

Nature hikes at McKinney Community Center and Heard Museum

September 22, 6 P.M.

Kidz Bop Live 2018

Popular kids-themed tour. Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving.

September 22, 7 P.M.

Dierks Bentley

Mountain High Tour 2018. Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas Fair Park.

September 23, 7 A.M.

Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon and 10K

Run 6.2 or 13.1 miles. Oak Point Park, Plano.

September 25

Oil Painting Classes

McKinney Community Center.

September 25, 7:30 P.M.

Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters

Former Led Zeppelin frontman and new band perform. Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving.

September 26, 7:30 P.M.

Ozzy Osbourne

Legendary rocker’s No More Tours 2. Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas Fair Park.

September 28, 10:30 A.M. – 6 P.M.

Plano Profile’s 17th annual Women in Business Summit

Bringing together over 400 of the most respected women from global enterprises, non-profits, government and SMB businesses of the North Texas community—Plano Profile’s Women in Business conference celebrates, unites and empowers DFW’s leading ladies. Speakers: Merrilee Kick, CEO/Founder of BuzzBallz/Southern Champion; Jana Etheridge, Managing VP, Chief of Staff and Customer Office, Financial Services, Capital One; Myrna Estrada, Vice President and Regional General Manager for Safeco Insurance; Dana Beckman, Director of Corporate Affairs at Alliance Data; Maxie McCoy, author and writer obsessed with giving women the tools they need to believe in themselves; Lauren Przybyl, Fox 4 Good Day Anchor; Jasmin Brand, CEO of Launch DFW and President at Darby James. Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park Hotel. Tickets:

Women in Business Conference, photo by Stephanie Tann

September 28, 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.

Celebration Cookout

Grab a grilled burger or hot dog. McKinney Senior Center.

September 28-30

McKinney Oktoberfest

Enjoy German-themed revelry. Historic Downtown McKinney.

McKinney Oktoberfest

September 28-30

Steel Magnolias

Timeless tale of Southern female friendship. Wyly Theatre, Dallas.

September 29-30

Fall Plano Train Show

Largest train show in North Dallas. Plano Event Center.

September 29, 9:00 A.M.


Mud run to find cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Southfork Ranch, Plano.

September 30, 12:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

Allen Bridal Show. Allen Event Center.

September 30, 6:30 P.M.

Ms. Lauryn Hill

Touring for 30th anniversary of landmark release. Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving.

Aayushi Pramanik

Aayushi Pramanik is a student at Williams College. When not working or studying economics and math, she enjoys dancing, singing, and taking countless photos with her camera.