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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 3-6

5 years ago

By Christian Aleman & Allen Miller

We aren’t merely welcoming August this weekend, we’re celebrating another month of adventure, great times with loved ones, delicious food and terrific music. Share what you’re up to this #WacoWeekend with us by tagging @WACOAN in your social media posts. There is so much to see and do, so get out there, Wacoans!

Thursday, August 3

Kick off your weekend with live music at The Stars Over Texas Jamboree at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. This monthly family-style jamboree features music that spans the genres of country, oldies, gospel and bluegrass. So there’s something for everyone! The event will take place from 7-10 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for guests over age 65, $6 for Scottish Rite members and free for children under the age of 12. Don’t miss this month’s jubilee!

“Want to change the world? There’s nothing to it.” If you recognize that quote because you love the 1971 classic movie, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” you’re in luck! Magnolia Market is hosting another movie night as part of the Summer Movie Series. Shopping hours at the market will be extended from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. just before the movie begins at dusk. The screening is free and so is the parking off South Eighth Street. Stop by and watch a classic movie at the Silos!

Discover the work of local artists at the opening day of Waco 52: The Pop-Up Exhibition. Creative Waco will be hosting the pop-up gallery throughout August. It will include cultural events, pop-up markets and works by local artists-in-residence. The exhibit, previously on display at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, makes its way to 712 Austin Avenue in Downtown Waco. For more information, visit or call 300-8677. 

Friday, August 4

Downtown Waco will be abuzz with activity for this month’s First Friday. This is a night that local businesses all over downtown partner to provide a night of fun for Wacoans. You can expect events and food and drink specials all day, so make sure to go downtown and check out the fun! It’s a great way to unwind after a busy week and support local businesses in the process.

If you’re a fan of Texas country, we’ve got a treat for you! The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill will host JB and the Moonshine Band. Originally from East Texas, the band has had large success with their song “Perfect Girl” and others in both the Texas and Nashville country music scenes. Stop by and hear some good music while you nibble on some Texas Steak Balls. It’s sure to be a great time!

Spend the night delighting in locally made wine with the music of Indian and the Jones at Kissing Tree Vineyards. The music group will fill the evening air with a selection of pop and folk songs. Featuring a mandolin, a banjo and a guitar, this band is sure to provide a memorable night. The fun starts at 7 p.m., so head out to Kissing Tree Vineyards in Eddy with friends for a night of wine, music and memories

Saturday, August 5

You know the golf tournament where you sit on the toilet for one of the holes? You know the one. Well it’s back! Known as the “most unusual and fun golf tournament of the year,” the Greater Bohemian Open is a four-person scramble with a twist. Each hole has a unique quirk that will keep you entertained to say the least. Tickets range from $65-$75, and the tournament begins at 8 a.m. at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. Visit for details.

Join the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as they host Dia de Mercado from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a variety of vendors, local organizations and a raffle for the community to enjoy. Start your day off by trying something new at the fun market located at 915 La Salle Avenue.

Get a taste of what local farmers and food vendors have to offer this great city on Saturday morning at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Whether you’re savoring your favorite crepe, picking up fresh tomatoes or just enjoying the company of friends and family, this weekly ritual has a bit of magic to it. Check it out between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue.

Prepare for a day of fun in the sun as Hawaiian Falls hosts Champions Day. This event grants free and private access to the park for people with special needs between 8:30-10 a.m. Champions and their families are welcome to stay past 10:30 a.m. as the park opens to the general public. Tickets for those accompanying Champions are $10. For more information, visit

Enjoy the summer evening with Balcones Distillery and Milo Biscuit Company as they host a Tiki Night and Pig Roast! The luau includes an authentic pig roast, tiki drinks and live music. Tickets begin at $60, but an extra $20 gets you a fresh, handmade lei. Make sure to get a babysitter since the event is for ages 21 and up. The fun begins at 7 p.m. Visit for details and tickets.

Sunday, August 6

Hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Badass Texas – Waco takes place all day and is described as the “hottest, hilliest half marathon in Texas.” A 5K and 10K is available for those who prefer a shorter distance. The event starts with the half-marathon at 6:45 a.m. at the Waco Convention Center. Registration ranges between $40 and $90, depending on the distance chosen and proceeds will benefit the organization’s mission. To register and to learn more, visit

Take a trip back in time as you explore the exciting and insightful exhibits at the Mayborn Museum — for free! Pack up the kids and spend the afternoon having fun with various hands-on activities that are sure to provide fun to every member of the family. Engage and explore at the museum from 1-5 p.m. What a nice way to end the weekend!

Don’t forget to check out Waco’s local bands that perform live music weekly at various locations. On Thursday night, Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly are at DiamondBack’s starting at 6 p.m. The Huser Brothers are at La Fiesta at 6:30 p.m., and “Piano Man” Russell Boyd is at The Backyard beginning at 9 p.m. On Friday night, you can catch Jackson Anderson at La Fiesta at 7:30 p.m. Stop by Rocky’s Roadhouse Saturday to watch JD Hicks and the H.O.T. Road Gang beginning at 2 p.m., while Valley Mills Vineyards hosts Steve Idlett from 8-11 p.m. With a variety of music ranging from jazz to country, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Have a marvelous #WacoWeekend and come back next week for more Waco fun! Check out for a full list of events around the area. Enjoy!

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