Happy Waco weekend, y’all! As we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Monday and enjoy improving weather starting Saturday, we have scouted the top 10 events for you to enjoy on this lovely weekend. From a concert with the Waco Symphony Orchestra to grabbing some fresh food at the farmer’s market and copping unique finds at Eastside Market, check out our list or find even more events on our events calendar at wacoan.com/featured-events or our monthly Short List in January’s issue at magazine.wacoan.com. Be sure to tag us (@Wacoan) on social media and let us know what fun stuff you all are up to.
1. Check out opening day of a new exhibit The Lion Guard: Educational Exhibit at the Mayborn Museum Saturday. This interactive exhibit is great for families with young children. Admission is $7 for children ages 2-12 and $9 for adults.
2. See some of the best of Texas country music at the Waco 100 Blowout featuring Billy Latham and The Bad Habits, Jon Wolfe, Roger Creager and Kevin Fowler at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Extraco Events Center. Tickets range from $20-$75.
3. Delight in the harmonies of The Oak Ridge Boys Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Waco Hippodrome. The Oak Ridge Boys have won numerous music awards including Grammys and CMAs with their country music hits. Tickets start at $50.
4. The annual MLK Day of Service Brazos River Cleanup will take place Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hosted by Keep Waco Beautiful and Waco Paddle Company, cleaning materials will be provided. Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. The meeting point will be at the Waco Paddle Company truck at 200 S. University Parks Dr.
5. Waco Symphony Orchestra joins violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Koljonen is one of the most celebrated violinists of her generation and has performed in over 100 cities across the world. The concert will be held in Waco Hall and tickets start at $20.
6. Take some time out to attend one of the many MLK Jr. Remembrance events: the NAACP will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at 12 p.m. Friday at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 300 MLK Jr. Blvd; Bring a candle to the 33rd annual Candlelight Vigil Monday at 6 p.m. at the Suspension Bridge; The 24th annual Peace March and Observance will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday at Indian Spring Park. Organized by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, lunch and entertainment will follow at the Bledsoe-Miller Community Center.
7. Check out the new exhibit titled Played in America by artist John Hartley at the Martin Museum of Art on Baylor’s campus. This exhibit will run through March 1. And while you are there, head over to the “Department of Art and Art History’s Faculty Biennial Exhibition” featuring original art and research from Baylor professors. The professors will be discussing their art and research at 4 p.m. Thursday, and the exhibit will be open until March 1. Admission to the museum is free.
8. Laughter is the best medicine so get a good dose with John Wesley Austin & Jamie Ward at The Silo District Comedy Club Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $34.95 and include two non-alcoholic drinks. The venue is BYOB and seating is on a first come, first served basis.
9. Eastside Market is back from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Brotherwell Brewing. Catch local vendors and artisans, food trucks, beer, graffiti art and vintage clothes at the market.
10. Of course, a Saturday in Waco wouldn’t be complete with a trip to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Grab a yummy bite for breakfast and pick up some produce for the week from local vendors. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Live Music at the Grape, 7-9 p.m.
Ed Leonard, Junction on Route 36, 6:30 p.m.
Midnight Mustangs (Country), Senior Texas Senior Ministry, 7 p.m., Tickets cost $5
Ballous Cats, Rosati’s Pizza, 7-9 p.m.
Live Music at the Grape, 7-9 p.m.
Alamo Basement, Z’s at the Curry, 8 p.m.
Darrell Ray, Papa Joe’s Bar, 8 p.m.
Ballous Cats, Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
The New Country Sounds, Gatesville City Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly, Blue Dog Wine and Martini Bar, 8-11 p.m.
Jonna Mae & Daddy Mae, Waco Winery Tasting Room, 8 p.m.
Dennis O’Hagan, Southern Roots Brewing, 8-10 p.m.
Raquel Rae, Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
C&C Band, Papa Joe’s Bar, 8 p.m.
Darrell Ray, Macdaddys Pub, 8:30 p.m.
JD Hicks and the H.O.T. Road Gang, Rocky’s Roadhouse, 2-6 p.m.
Gordon Collier Band, Elk Hall, 8:30 p.m.
Seth Brand, Waco Winery, 2:30 p.m.