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10 Things to do in Waco This Weekend

November 14-17

5 years ago

By Caroline Yablon

Happy weekend! We’ve got the top 10 things to do in Waco this weekend from ESPN College GameDay’s visit to McLane Stadium to Cultivate7Twelve’s Christmas Market and plenty of arts and live music. Check out our list or find even more events on our Events Calendar or our monthly Short List at Be sure to tag us (@Wacoan) on social media and use #WacoWeekend to let us know what fun stuff you guys are up to.

1. The undefeated Baylor Bears welcome ESPN College GameDay to Waco for their game against the Oklahoma Sooners Saturday at McLane Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.
2. Get into the Christmas spirit at Cultivate 7Twelve’s Cultivate Christmas Market. Find extraordinary gifts from local vendors and make some of your own by attending a variety of creative workshops. Learn to make a Charcuterie Board, cards and prints, wreaths, jewelry, centerpieces and more. Grab the kiddos for a workshops like making sweet centerpieces or decorating gingerbread cookies. You won’t want to miss this! The market is at Cultivate 7Twelve, Thursday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For details click here.
3. Get ready for a stellar performance by three-time Grammy winning musician, Branford Marsalis presented by the Waco Symphony Orchestra Thursday, Nov. 14 at Waco Hall at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, call the WSO office at 254/754-0851.
4. Expose your ears to some stellar talent from a line-up of 10 Texas-based bands for a special episode filming of Texas Music Cafe to raise money for the Dave Hibbard Scholarship at McLennan Community College’s music department! On top of the talent, enjoy raffles, sangria and more Saturday at Nexus E–Sports (600 Columbus Avenue) from 5 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $5 at the door.
5. Just like an apple is sweet, so is shopping that benefits others. Get a head start on your Christmas shopping this weekend at the 39th annual Apple Tree Bazaar, an arts and crafts show that benefits Meals on Wheels Waco Friday and Saturday from 1-5 p.m. at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Admission for a one-day pass is $5, a two-day pass is $7 and children under 12 years old are free. For more information, call 254/752-0316.
6. It’s Our Right, a spoken word poetry open mic fundraiser benefiting Mission Waco Youth Summer Trips will feature talented poets such as Ryan Thomas, April Neal and Daniel Winkler are slated to perform Thursday at the Jubilee Theatre from 7-10 p.m. Purchase tickets online at or at Mission Waco’s main office (1315 North 15th Street).
7. Eastside Market is back and better than ever! Find vintage clothing from die-hard thrifters, hand-crafted art, specialty foods and so much more from local vendors and artisans. Come with your favorite people and support your local business owners, plus you never know what cool unique things you will find Sunday at Brotherwell Brewery from 12-5 p.m.
8. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! If you didn’t know, Thursday is America Recycles Day. A way to celebrate is attending the event, Meet the Scientists: America Recycles Day at the Mayborn Museum where you’ll learn more about about recycling and the purchasing of recycled products from Baylor Ph.D. students studying environmental science Friday at the Mayborn Museum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
9. If you need some free entertainment for the weekend then come watch barrel racers compete for some hefty cash prices totaling $95,000 at the Elite Barrelnanza! The competition takes place Thursday through Sunday at Extraco Events Center. For the schedule, click here!
10. It’s never too cold for the Waco Downtown Farmers Market, so bundle up tight and head on over! There’s a variety of local vendors to get breakfast or an early lunch from as well as fresh produce and meat to buy from local farms. The market takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See you there!

Live Music:

Live Music at the Grape, 7-9 p.m.
Ed Leonard & Friends, Junction 36, 7 p.m.
The Backroads Country Band, Sul Ross Dance Club, 7-10 p.m., $5 admission
Saxophonist Greg Bashara and guitarist Evan Klaras, Balcones Distillery, 7-9 p.m.
“Piano Man” Russell Boyd, The Backyard Bar & Stage, 9-10 p.m.
Live jazz at the Distillery, 7-9 p.m.
Live Music at the Grape, 7-9 p.m.
Live Music at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
Jon Wolfe, The Backyard Bar & Grill
Clean Slate, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 7-10 p.m.
Branded Heart, 5J Dance Hall, 8:30-10:30 p.m.
Live Music at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
Live Jazz at Valley Mills Vineyards, 4-6 p.m.
Kyle Park, The Backyard Bar & Grill, 8:30-10:30 p.m., $10-$20 for tickets
Jake Hooker, 5J Dance Hall, 9 p.m., $20 for tickets
North of Navasota, Rocky’s Roadhouse, 9-11 p.m.
Matt Castillo, Melody Ranch, 9-11 p.m.
Live Jazz at Valley Mills Vineyards, 4-6 p.m.