The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

10 Things to do in Waco This Weekend

November 21-24

5 years ago

By Caroline Yablon

It’s our favorite time of the week –– the weekend! We have scouted the top 10 events for you to enjoy this lovely weekend from Texas’ largest one-day food drive to watching McLennan Theatre perform “A Christmas Carol,” and running in the Central Texas Turkey Trot! Check out our list or find even more fun events on our Events Calendar or our monthly Short List in November’s issue. 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. Help those in need this season by donating to the Food for Families Food Drive on Friday. This one-day food drive collects non-perishable food and stocks the shelves of food banks and pantries all across Central Texas for the holiday season and beyond. For details, click here.
2. Check out Waco’s newest murals and catch a movie Friday at Creative Waco’s Movie at the Mural event. “The Color of Health” and “The Spirit of We” were created by members of the ArtPrenticeship program, and will be dedicated at 5:30p.m. at the MLK Jr. Community Clinic with a screening of “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” at 6p.m. This free, family-friendly event will have outdoor heaters and hot cocoa to enjoy for extra warmth, but attendees are advised to dress warmly.
3. The Baylor Bears football last home game is this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at McLane Stadium against the University of Texas Longhorns. Ticket prices vary and a limited number are available on
4. Lace up those running shoes Saturday for the 14th annual Central Texas Turkey Trot at 9a.m.! Run a 5k or 10k along Cameron Park and the Brazos River. To register or for more information click here.
5. The nearly 200-year-old classic tale, “A Christmas Carol” performed by the McLennan Theatre will be sure to put everyone in the Christmas spirit! Check out performances at 7:30p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Music & Theatre Arts Building. Tickets cost $10-12, and can be purchased by calling 299-8200 or at the Box Office in the Ball Performing Arts Center,
6. Celebrate and support Compassion Ministries and the hope they provide the homeless community at the Giving Thanks, Giving Hope Banquet on Thursday at The Phoenix from 6-9p.m. Tickets cost $75 and can be purchased by calling the Compassion office at 755-7640 or emailing
7. Put online dating on hold and stop by the Blind Date with a Book: Winter is Coming at Fabled Bookshop & Café Friday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. It’s fun and a chance to go home with a book you might not ordinarily pick off the shelves. Admission costs $25 and includes a book, a drink and complimentary charcuterie. Tickets can be purchased here.
8. Support Meals on Wheels for Pets in helping customers with animals Saturday at Bare Arms Brewing from 1-4 p.m. Help assemble dog and cat holiday themed goodie bags to be delivered throughout December. For information on what donations are needed and how to volunteer, click here.
9. If you still need a centerpiece to place on your dining room table for thanksgiving? Then come to Making a Masterpiece with Maker’s Edge at the Mayborn Museum Thursday from 6-7 p.m. Create a pumpkin into a marbleized masterpiece that will make your table look festive! Seating is limited so register as soon as you can here.
10. Celebrate the eighth anniversary of Waco Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday with fun activities such as DIY shirt printing with Hole in the Roof and more along with all the vendors. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Live music

Live Jazz at the Distillery, 7-9 p.m.
Live music at The Grape, 7-9 p.m.
Midnight Mustangs, Central Texas Senior Ministry, 7 p.m.
Live music at The Grape, 7-9 p.m.
Kissing Trees Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
Clean Slate, Fuzzy’s Taco, 7 p.m.
Texas Heartbeat, The American Legion Post 121, 7 p.m.
Oxford Comma, Southern Roots Brewing, 8 p.m.
Josh Ward at The Backyard, 10 p.m. to midnight
Kissing Trees Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
35 South, Melody Ranch, 9 p.m. to midnight
Trent Cowie Band, Smiley’s Country Club, 10 p.m. to midnight
Live music at The Grape, 7-9 p.m.
JD Hicks and the H.O.T Road Gang, Rocky’s Roadhouse, 2-6 p.m.
Max and Lynette, Z’s at the Curry, 8-10 p.m.