Winter is just around the corner, and Collin County is gearing up for the holiday season this November. Give thanks, eat great food, and check out these events happening around the county this month.

Now-February 18

Dinosaurs Live!

Life-size animatronic dinosaurs along a half-mile nature trail. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney. heardmuseum.org 

Photo-opp T-Rex at Dinosaurs Live! at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Sanctuary, McKinney

November 1, 7:30 P.M.

Roger Creager

Part of the Courtyard Texas Music Series. Courtyard Theatre, downtown Plano. planostages.org

November 1, 7:30 P.M.

Jesmyn Ward

Hailed as the standout writer of her generation. Dallas Museum of Art. dma.org

November 1-4

A Doll’s House

Henrik Ibsen play. WaterTower Theatre, Addison. addisontexas.net

November 1-4

Pinocchio

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

November 2, 8 P.M.

Legends of Hip Hop

Juvenile and Scarface among those performing. The Theatre at Grand Prairie. verizontheatre.com

November 2-10

Into the Woods

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

November 2-10

Phantom Tollbooth Jr.

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

November 3, 8 A.M.

McKinney Half Marathon and 5K

1400 Wilson Creek Parkway, McKinney. dfwraces.com

November 3, 10 A.M.-1 P.M.

Treats with the Turkey

Benefitting Plano Fire Rescue Associates’ scholarship program. Heritage Farmstead Museum, Plano. pfra.net

Read more: Dallas Cowboys Christmas Spectacular at The Star in Frisco 

November 3, 12 P.M.

Puppy Yoga

Arlington Backyard. texas-live.com

November 3, 6 P.M.

Rick Springfield

‘80s star joined by Loverboy, etc. The Theatre at Grand Prairie. verizontheatre.com

November 3

Collin County Heart Ball

Benefits the American Heart Association. Omni Frisco, The Star in Frisco. collincountyheartball.heart.org

November 3

Evening Under the Stars

Benefits St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Omni Dallas Hotel. stjude.org/dallasevents

November 3, 6:30-9:30 P.M.

Bluegrass Heritage Festival

McKinney Performing Arts Center. mckinneytexas.org

November 3, 7:30 P.M.

Keith Urban

American Airlines Center, Dallas. americanairlinescenter.com

November 4, 7:30 P.M.

Stephen Stills & Judy Collins

The Theatre at Grand Prairie. verizontheatre.com

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November 7, 7 P.M

Twenty One Pilots

American Airlines Center, Dallas. americanairlinescenter.com

November 7, 14, 21, 28; 10 P.M.

Zalaughs

An open mic comedy experience. Zalat Pizza, downtown Plano. visitdowntownplano.com

November 8, 7:30 P.M.

Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Winspear Opera House, Dallas. attpac.org

November 8-11

‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market

Benefits Junior League of Collin County. Plano Event Center. jlcollincounty.org

November 9, 5 P.M.

Urban Movement Festival

Hip-hop dance battles and dance team showcases. McCall Plaza, downtown Plano. facebook.com/planoarts

November 9, 7 P.M.

Ja Rule

Arlington Backyard. texas-live.com

November 9-10, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.

Mid-Cities Stamp Show

Grapevine Convention Center. grapevinetexasusa.com

November 9-11

Snowflake Bazaar

Holiday shopping benefits Plano West Band. Plano West Senior High. planowestband.org

November 9-18

Macbeth

Art Centre Theatre, Plano. artcentretheatre.com

Read more: The Art of Christmas at St. Andrew United Methodist Church

November 10, 8 A.M.

American Hero Run

Honor our military by running a mile, 5K or 10K. Stewart Creek Park, The Colony. dfwraces.com

November 10, 10 A.M.-5 P.M.

Healthy Living Expo

Irving Convention Center. irvingconventioncenter.com

November 10-11

McKinney Art Studio Tour

McKinney artists open their studio doors to the public to share, inspire and connect. Enjoy a stroll through beautiful downtown McKinney and visit more than 24 art studios and 48 artists within a three block radius. mckinneyartstudiotour.com

JB Phipps, wood turner from McKinney

November 11, 2:30 P.M.

Elaine Pagels

Renowned religion scholar speaks. Dallas Museum of Art. dma.org

November 11, 2:30 P.M.

Plano Community Band 40th Anniversary

Special guest: trumpet player Wayne Bergeron. Eisemann Center, Richardson. planoband.com

November 11, 7:30 P.M.

Carol Burnett

Legendary funny lady takes questions from audience. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. attpac.org

November 12, 11 A.M.

Veterans Day Parade

Dallas City Hall. vetsdayindallas.org

November 12, 7 P.M.

The Fun Show with Cat & Nat

YouTube’s funniest moms. The Theatre at Grand Prairie. verizontheatre.com

November 15, 7:30 P.M.

Travis Scott

American Airlines Center, Dallas. americanairlinescenter.com

November 15-18

A Wrinkle in Time

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

November 16, 6:30 P.M.

Addison Circle Tree Lighting

Addison Circle. addisontexas.net

November 16, 8-9 P.M.

Tribute to Billie Holiday

Dallas Museum of Art. dma.org

November 17, 8 P.M.

Chris Botti

Best-selling American instrumental artist. Winspear Opera House, Dallas. attpac.org

November 17, 8 P.M.

Joe Bonamassa

The Theatre at Grand Prairie. verizontheatre.com

November 17, 8 P.M.

Bizet’s Carmen

Plano Symphony Orchestra. Eisemann Center, Richardson. eisemanncenter.com

November 17-18, 1 P.M.

Texas Taco Festival

Texas Live, Arlington. texas-live.com

November 18, 7 P.M.

Pepe Aguilar

Mexican-American singer, songwriter and actor. American Airlines Center, Dallas. americanairlinescenter.com

November 18, 7 a.m.

Gobble Hobble

Thanksgiving-themed 5K/10K; Galatyn Park, Richardson. gobblehobble.com

November 18

Lights at Legacy

Annual tree lighting ceremony and holiday festival. Holiday crafts, Christmas train, caricatures, face painting and photos with Santa. Event opens at 4 p.m.; tree lighting 6:30 p.m. The Shops at Legacy, Plano. shopsatlegacy.com

November 19, 7:30 P.M.

David Grann

New York Times-bestselling author. Dallas Museum of Art. dma.org

November 20, 7:30 P.M.

So You Think You Can Dance Live! 2018

The Theatre at Grand Prairie. verizontheatre.com

November 21-25

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

Allen Event Center. alleneventcenter.com

November 21-30

A Christmas Carol

Wyly Theatre, Dallas. attpac.org

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November 22, 8:30 A.M.

Plano Turkey Trot 5K

Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve, Plano. txruns.com/planoturkeytrot

November 23-31/12, 6-10 p.m.

Christmas in the Square

Choreographed light and music display plus ice skating. Frisco Square. friscosquare.com

November 23-25

The Nutcracker

Chamberlain Performing Arts’ production of The Nutcracker features New York City Ballet principal dancers Tiler Peck and Tyler Angle. Eisemann Center, Richardson. eisemanncenter.com

November 23, 7 P.M.

Seasonal Favorites

Ceremonial illumination of Legacy West with Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and Kellie Rasberry of the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show. legacywest.com

Seasonal Favorites

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November 23-30

Alice vs. Wonderland

Psychedelic update of this familiar tale. Art Centre Theatre, Plano. artcentretheatre.com

November 23-30

The Nutcracker

Winspear Opera House, Dallas. attpac.org

November 23-01/01, 6 P.M.

Vitruvian Lights

Park is transformed into a winter wonderland with millions of lights wrapped around more than 550 trees. Vitruvian Park, Addison. addisontexas.net

November 24, 12 P.M.

Texas Tech vs. Baylor College Football

Big 12 rival Red Raiders and Bears square off. AT&T Stadium, Arlington. attstadium.com.

November 24-25, 10 A.M.-6 P.M.

Dallas Fantasy Fair

Comics and pop culture convention. Irving Convention Center. irvingconventioncenter.com

November 24-25, 1 & 2 P.M.

Harlem Globetrotters

Basketball’s clown princes perform. American Airlines Center, Dallas. americanairlinescenter.com

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November 29, 7:30 P.M.

Jill Lepore

New Yorker writer discusses her book on a divided nation. Dallas Museum of Art. dma.org

November 29, 8 P.M.

A Magical Cirque Christmas

Billed as world’s greatest variety show. The Theatre at Grand Prairie. verizontheatre.com

November 30, 7 P.M.

Run the Lights

5K & Fun Run. Vitruvian Park, Addison. dfwraces.com

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.