Sunshine and salty chips, live music and frozen margaritas and lazy nights spent beneath the stars can only mean one thing: It’s summertime.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. Even if it has been decades since you experienced an actual summer break, surely you can still find some time to just kick back, hang out and take it easy this sizzling season.
But where to whittle away the hours?
Frisco STYLE has compiled this non-inclusive list of places, spaces and activities – from outdoor movie screenings and hatchet throwing to live music performances and people watching – in Frisco and nearby where the not-so-busywork of relaxing and having fun can commence.
Music in the Square
6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco
Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner to Frisco Square from 7-9 p.m. Fridays througout June for the Music in the Square series. Bands are set to perform in Simpson Plaza, which will be outfitted with professional staging, sound and lights to create a true concert experience. The scheduled lineup includes Mixtape (June 3), Retrophonics (June 10), Radio Edit (June 17) and Justin Mason (June 24).
Frisco Rail Yard
9040 1st St., Frisco
Come for the food, stay for the live music and outdoor games. This family- and pet-friendly food truck park hosts a happy hour boasting drink specials while a rotating selection of trucks serve up delicious bites. Live music performances and special events are also regularly scheduled. Check out the place’s new sand volleyball courts.
Cinema Pop-Ups at The Star
9 Cowboys Way, Frisco
The evening sky will serve as the backdrop for screenings of several flicks during this special pop-up drive-in series scheduled July 1-5 and 8-12 at The Star. Park in the Gaylord Lot ($25 per vehicle) to view Edge of Tomorrow, Ready Player One and Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone, among other titles. This throwback experience is one the entire family can enjoy.
7210 W. Main St., Frisco
Things are heating up at Didi’s Downtown, where there’s delicious food on the menu (we’re looking at you, Texas Chili Burger) and an array of entertainment onstage. Enjoy a cold beverage while listening to live music Wednesdays through Sundays. The restaurant’s open-air patio is illuminated with string lights for Instagram-worthy photo ops.
Fury Fun Center
303 Main St., Frisco
If you find a bit of friendly competition relaxing, you’re in luck: axe throwing, indoor paintball and splatter painting are among the options at Fury Fun Center. Or, blow off some steam by destroying stuff in the Rage Room (hey, it’s cheaper than therapy).
5757 Main St., Frisco
A perennial favorite, Nerdvana bills itself as the “ultimate upscale nerd culture experience.” The eatery has free-play videogames, two-player booths and plenty of board games – perfecting for spending hours enjoying the company of friends. Fuel up with locally roasted coffee, craft beer and food from the scratch kitchen, including Shenron’s Mac & Cheese Ballz and L33T Loaded Fries. Mom may have told you not to play with your food, but playing while you eat is encouraged here.
Stumpy’s Hatchet House
9410 Dallas Parkway, Ste 150, Frisco
Nothing says relaxation quite like employing all of your strength to hurl a sharp object through the air at a target, am I right? Kill a few hours (and, hopefully, nothing else) at this place, where admission also grants access to “giant games” (think oversized Jenga). Beat the heat with a cold beer or a selection from the wine bar.
301 Eldorado Parkway, Ste 100,
What do you get when you pair live music with lawn games? Answer: A fun time at Stix Ice House. Play wiffle ball or disc golf with a cocktail in hand. Feel like a kid again while enjoying on-site treehouses, tire swings and cornhole boards. Get your groove on when local bands take the stage Thursdays through Sundays.
7080 Main St., Frisco
Enjoy live music, great food, craft beer and wine while seated around a fire pit on the patio. Order a cocktail and The Board (featuring a selection of cheeses, charcuterie, nuts, fruits, garnishes and breads) for the table to share amid the warm evening breeze.
The Boardwalk at
5880 TX-121, Plano
Peaceful views of the water by day. The illuminating glow of fire pits and string lights at night. Stroll along the deck overlooking the pond, pop into one of eight restaurants for a bite, or sit in the oversize Adirondak chairs while listening to live music. There’s also a farmer’s market on Sundays.
The Box Garden at
7800 Windrose Ave., Plano
From ‘80s Night to tribute bands, wine tastings to trivia contests, The Box Garden at Legacy Hall has something for everyone. With its rotating selection of bars, there’s no reason not to sit a spell and sip a cocktail while listening to a live-music act onstage.
5762 Grandscape Blvd. Suite 105,
Tiny windmills are nowhere to be found at this immersive putt-putt palace. Each course transports players to a different place, such as a New York City rooftop, a luxurious library and an optical illusion room. Score some delicious food and signature cocktails while taking a break between rounds.
Sydni Ellis loves shopping, getting lost in a good thriller and taking way too many pictures of her two wild toddlers when she should be at her computer.