Downtown Plano

The downtown Plano arts district is adding another new event to its list: the Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk, and it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Held 5 to 8 p.m. every second Thursday from April through November, the event will be another feature to attract artists and wine lovers inside and outside the community. Participants are being offered the opportunity to walk the music-filled streets of downtown, sample wines, and enjoy art of all categories.

“Dancers, live musicians, painters, you name it, we’ll have it in and outside participating stores,” said administrator of arts, culture, and heritage for the city Michelle Hawkins. “We want to cover art across the board.”

According to Hawkins, the idea may not be new, but the artistic component is what sets the city’s event apart from other districts.

“Having the event set on a regular basis is a big distinction for us, and it helps remind people of our developing arts district,” said Hawkins. “We wanted to feed the arts district designation and get people more involved with the downtown community.”

There will be 16 participating stores in the walk, including Pipe & Palette, Sweet As Sugar, Southern Vintage Glam, Shinola, and Lafoofaraw.

“As a merchant and board member of the HDPA, we are thrilled to be offering this to the public,” said owner of Lafoofaraw Mona Crider. “We have had many requests along this line, and it pleases us to let the public know what we all have to offer as merchants and an arts district.”

Each walk in the series will be themed, though those have yet to be announced. The first wine walk of this series will be limited to 500 participants as an experimental run. Guests must be 21 and up to purchase a wine glass and IDs will be checked at the pick up tent, which is at 34Events on 15th Street. Those interested can pre-purchase online and use the express lane at check in.

Participants will receive an A&WW passport as well as a commemorative wine glass and wine guide at check in. Just like a real passport, it will be punched at every location you visit. Those with completed passports are eligible to win gift certificates for local shops and restaurants.

The walk will be the start of an event-filled weekend in downtown Plano. That Friday will be the grand re-opening for McCall Plaza, with a speech from the mayor and David McCall. The opening will feed into Saturday with musical performances throughout the day.

“This particular weekend will be great for the community to get familiar with faces and the area,” said Hawkins. “I’ve worked for the city for 13 years, and it’s just been since we started this arts movement that I have gotten to know everyone as neighbors.”

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