When I started my research about Wylie, Texas to share its attributes as a destination, I faced the challenge of too much information. I needed to focus. History? Shopping? Awards? What would my readers want to know, especially the local readers, who visited Wylie before it blossomed?
Wylie gained over 8000 new residents between 2008 and 2016 with its population moving towards 50,000. Located east of Plano, Texas, a city numbering almost 300,000, the residential and business market attract people who appreciate the small-town atmosphere.
Wylie’s western theme creates atmosphere for events that cover “something for everyone.” Grab your 2018 calendar to consider five or more dates for family fun. Whether you like music or shopping, eating or art, visiting Wylie is easy to reach by car. You won’t want to miss any of the fun.
Events on Ballard Street
The Ballard Street Merchants Association, along with other civic groups, organizes events throughout the year. Ballard Street is two lanes with quaint and clever retail stores and restaurants.
Upcoming events include:
April 30, 2018
Taste of Wylie-$10-$12 tickets with more than 20 restaurants participating
May 6, 2018
Pedal Car Races-for children ages 2-5, $10 entrance fee the day of the race. Be sure to see the online photos.
June 30, 2018
Bluegrass on Ballard-arts, crafts, car show, music-music-music with people in lawn chairs in the middle of the street by the stage, food trucks, and fun for all to start your Fourth of July fun.
October 25, 2018
Boo on Ballard-kids in costumes visit the stores in hopes of treats. A safe place for parents and kids to increase dentists’ income. No charge, except what you pay for the bargains in the unique retails stores. Four authors from the Sachse/Wylie Authors Group at the Wylie Art Gallery presented a special program for writers.
December 2, 2018
Art Shop and Christmas Tree Lighting-Many arts and crafts vendors at Baptist Community Center with programs for adults and kids at the Wylie Art Gallery across the street. Holiday parade and Christmas tree lighting in the evening. Great fun! Another special program by members of the Sachse/Wylie Authors Group.
- Follow George Bush Highway to Highway 78 north of Garland. You’ll pass Firewheel Mall on your right. Drive through
- Five more miles north turn left onto Ballard Street.
- Find a good parking place and grab a bite to eat.
- Investigate the cool shops. You can find everything from fine jewelry to antiques to coffee shops, restaurants, gift shops, and clothing.
I had the pleasure of participating in the two events in 2017, both at the Wylie Art Gallery, a must-see venue with enormous variety of mediums.
Pick an event and y’all come! Wylie is growing and fast becoming a prime venue for entertainment.