It’s hard to imagine that big, bustling Plano was once a small farming community. Now the vibrant city of food, shopping and culture is anything but country quiet. Chock full of cool events and fun things to do, check out what’s new, what’s hot and where the locals go for a good time.
Things to Do
For art and music lovers, there’s concerts, art and dancing in the Downtown Plano Arts District practically every week. Starting with the first Thursday of the month, the Courtyard Texas Music Series is set to bring country to town. So grab your boots and your bling (it’s Plano after all) and get rockin’. The Downtown Plano Art and Wine Walk returns April 13 and continues on the second Thursday of each month till December. Sip wine while strolling about, listening to live music, gawking at art galleries and enjoying discounts from local stores. The Live and Local series and dance lessons hits town every third weekend at McCall Plaza. The event is free and features upcoming local talent.
Get creative at the Plano Art Fest on April 22-23. The two-day event features contemporary art installations, sidewalk chalk murals, a makers market and hands-on activities for children.
On May 26-28, Texas’ Tribute to Elvis Festival will feature all things from “The King” at Southfork Ranch. The three-day festival encompasses performances by tribute artists, stories about Elvis from celebrity guests at “Conversations with Elvis” and a shot at representing Texas at the preliminary round of the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist contest.
On Memorial Day, dive into a piece of Plano history and swim across The Texas Pool. The Texas-shaped pool which opened in 1959 has been the center of Plano summer life for many generations. The pool is open free to the public on Memorial Day.
The Patio Life
Sip rosé in a pretty greenhouse atrium at Sixty Vines and transport yourself to wine country. The menu features fresh seasonal ingredients paired with sixty wines by the glass. Their Salumi and Cheese plate of Texas sausage with artisanal Californian cheeses is a must. If you fancy dining under the stars, snag a seat at the rooftop ice bar and patio at Urban Crust in Downtown Historic Plano. Chef Salvatore Gisellu or “Tore” as locals call him, serves up Sardinian specialties and handspun pizzas. Katy Trail Outpost with its winning combination of burgers, BBQ and beers wows crowds at their laid-back Austin style patio.
Get on the Hawaiian poke craze at Below 40 Poke House. Their fresh sashimi salad bowls are healthy and light. Save your calories for the smoothies or shaved ice desserts. If you’re hankering for old school hand-churned ice cream, Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream has been a local tradition for over 33 years. The ice cream is not only delicious, but owner Henry Gentry says “Ice cream makes you pretty.” The newly opened Mango Mango is a Hong Kong style dessert house. Cool off with mango sundae or get adventurous and try their desserts with lychee jelly and red bean. There’s also an array of ice slushie drinks and crepes.
Save for Later
Be a kid again at Crave Popcorn Co. where they hand-pop their corn daily for freshness. There’s flavor for every popcorn junkie from classic butter to jalapeno cheddar to chocolate and sea salt. These gourmet treats will surely change movie night at home. Chocoholics needn’t look further than Dude Sweet Chocolate. Fun names like “Crack in a box” chocolate bark and “One Night Stand” chocolate potions laced with tequila and sure to bring a smile to the recipient.
Legacy West, the largest mixed-used destination in North Texas is garnering lots of anticipation from locals and visitors alike. While Shake Shack and West Elm are the first tenants, a curated lineup of stores are expected to trickle in throughout the summer including Planet Blue, Tesla, Kate Hudson’s athleisure line Fabletics, Filson, Bonobos and Tumi to name a few. Restaurants like True Food Kitchen, Taverna, Haywire, Toulouse and Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House are set to join the Legacy West family too. Legacy West’s grand opening will take place June 2-4, 2017.