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Posted on July 23, 2021 at 1:41 PM by Kristen Cruz

Your Guide to Shopping Tax Free Weekend in Allen!

Back to school season is just around the corner and we’ve got the tips and tricks to help you shop your way through Allen’s 5 Million square feet of premier shopping! 


This is your guide to shopping Tax Free Weekend 2021 in Allen! 


Mark Your Calendars!

First up, mark those calendars. Tax free weekend is August 6 - 8. Enjoy savings and deals on everything you need for back to school! Don’t forget to check each shopping center’s website for coupons, special weekend events, center-wide deals, and retail-to-go retailers. 

Off-Rack Bargain Spots

There’s nothing better than saving on already great deals. And Allen is packed with your favorite off-rack stores. You’ll find favorites like TJMaxx, Ross, Burlington, and the new Macy’s Backstage at The Village at Allen. Macy’s Backstage features 19,400 sq. ft. of amazing deals and is the first freestanding Backstage store in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Macy's Backstage at The Village at Allen 2021


Speaking of deals on deals, with more than 115 designer and name-brand outlet stores, it’s easy to spend the entire tax free weekend shopping at Allen Premium Outlets. Snag some incredible deals at popular designer stores like Nike Factory Outlet Store, Banana Republic, Adidas, The Children’s Place, Cole Haan, Levi’s, and more.

Allen Premium Outlets Allen, TX


Support Small, Shop Local

You can find some great deals in Allen while also supporting our locally owned retailers. Head over to Uptown Cheapskate where deals are already an everyday find. Browse rack after rack of name-brand items from Nike, Adidas, Express, Anthropologie, J. Crew, Urban Outfitters, and more at a fraction of retail prices. You can even check out some of the gently used items at Kid to Kid, right next door, to shop an all-new back-to-school wardrobe for the younger kiddos. Keep the local support going by heading over to Lone Star Mercantile where more than 200 local retailers offer deals from clothing to personalized items like lunchboxes, water bottles, backpacks, accessories, and so much more. Not to mention, you’ll find the perfect first-day back teacher’s gifts here! 

Lone Star Mercantile - Back to School


TIP: Be sure to Sign up for the Shop Allen, TX PlayPass for special savings on retailers and restaurants!



Parking Tips at our Shopping Centers

If you are looking to take advantage of retail-to-go convenience, take advantage of retail-to-go at The Village at Allen with designated park and pick-up spots around the center. Be on the lookout for parking zones to park, and just call and pick up with ease! The Village at Allen is a great alternative to the busy shopping mall crowds. 


If you’re heading over to Allen Premium Outlets, skip the long car lines by entering the Outlet Mall off of Chelsea Blvd. instead of the main entrance on Stacy Rd. Don’t waste precious shopping time with the hassle of entering and parking. Follow Chelsea Blvd to the North Parking lot entrance between Skechers and Champ Sports!


Did you know Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm has easily accessible overflow parking right inside their center? Enter off Garden Park Drive and find parking on your right side past Sara’s Bridal Boutique! While in Watters Creek, make sure you stop into DSW Shoes where you can find back-to-school footwear for everyone on your list. You’ll also love new boutiques recently opened like Dainty Hooligan and CRVS Boutique for the trendiest clothing and accessory finds. 



Spots to Grab a Bite

With over 250 restaurants in Allen, you’re never too far away from great food no matter where you’re shopping but we do have some local favs within walking distance or a short drive from major shopping areas. The Village at Allen has over a dozen restaurants within the center just a short walk from any one of their stores. Kelly’s At the Village is a great spot to stop, grab some lunch on the patio, and game plan the rest of your shopping day. Or stop into Bliss Cupcakes for the sweetest of sweet treats or Cold Stone Creamery located right on The Grove inside the center for an afternoon two-scoop pick me up! 

Kelly's at the Village


Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm has some of the best alfresco dining the city has to offer and the view isn’t too shabby either. Grab a coffee and a creperie at Frogg Coffee Bar & Creperie and enjoy while watching the kiddos play on the Treehouse. Or head next door to Grimaldi’s Pizza for a large pizza and a patio spot overlooking the green. People watching has never been better. Be sure to check out the bonus tips further in our blog to find out how you can even make a weekend out of it!

Watters Creek | Visit Allen TX


If you’re looking to save your appetite for AFTER a busy day of shopping, take your hunger over to Two Rows Classic Grill where pizza, burgers, and southern favorites are all on the menu. Or if you’re craving pasta, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu at local Italian food favorites Roman Cucina, Mio Nonno, or Italian Villa. For those with picky eaters, you’ll find something for everyone at The Cheesecake Factory, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, or make a night out of it and head over to PINSTACK where bowling is just the beginning of a fun-filled evening. Not only are there tons of experiences here like their two-level laser tag arena, but the food is top-notch with an impressive chef-inspired dinner menu and a full-service bar.

TwoRows Allen, TX


Make it a Weekend!

Make it a fun family weekend full of shopping, dining, and some end-of-summer fun by staying in one of our Allen hotels for the weekend! Marriott Dallas Allen Hotel is offering a Tax Free Weekend Package with Breakfast and Parking. Hampton Inn and Suites is offering a Shop & Save Package which includes a $25 gift card to Allen Premium Outlets and an Outlet coupon book with more savings. You’ll also get a late 2pm checkout! 

Courtyard by Marriott at Allen Event Center Steps Away from The Village at Allen


Check out more special rates and make it a shop and stay-cation! Each shopping center is steps away from a hotel. Hampton Inn and Suites is walkable to Allen Premium Outlets, Courtyard by Marriott at Allen Event Center is walkable to The Village at Allen, andMarriott Dallas Allen Hotel & Watters Creek Convention Center is directly across from  Watters Creek at Montgomery Farm. Book your stay today!