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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

May 2-5

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Happy Cinco de Mayo weekend, Waco! Celebrate this #WacoWeekend with “Mamma Mia,” Brazos Nights, KidZoobilee and lots of art exhibits and live music. Let us know what you’re up to by tagging @wacoan and using our hashtag, #WacoWeekend. You just might be featured in our Waco Weekend Recap. For more events, head over to our website at or check out our magazine at Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend


What happens when a man can only lie in Paris, 1643? Follow his journey in the comedy “The Liar,” presented Baylor University Theatre. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Jones Theatre. For ticket prices, call 710-1865 or visit
Shop for unique finds and vintage items at Historic Waco Foundation’s Attic Treasures sale at 4328 West Waco Drive. Get a first look of the items and enjoy Vitek’s at the preview party Thursday from 6-9 p.m. The sale will be held Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. Tickets for the preview party cost $40. Visit or call 753-5166 to learn more.
Feel like a dancing queen? Love ABBA music? Watch Waco Civic Theatre’s production of “Mamma Mia.” The musical tells the story of a daughter who invites her three possible dads to her upcoming wedding. A dress rehearsal will be held Thursday at 7 p.m. and will benefit Friends for Life. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Dress rehearsal tickets start at $20 and can be bought by calling Friends for Life at 772-7600. To purchase regular tickets, visit
May the fourth be with you this weekend at Brazos Theatre’s Improv Comedy Show. The shows are appropriately Star Wars themed. Wear your favorite Star Wars costume if you want to compete in the costume contest. The shows start at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. To purchase tickets, visit

Head outside and watch the Baylor Bears baseball team take on Kansas State three times this weekend. First pitch is Friday at 6:35 p.m., Saturday at 3:05 p.m. and Sunday at 12:05 p.m. at Baylor Ballpark. For details, visit
Last call for artists to enjoy the magic of watercolors at the Central Texas Watercolor Society Exhibit. Works are by artists from the Waco area. The exhibit is on display at the Carleen Bright Arboretum through Saturday. For more information, visit
Let your imagination run wild at the Mayborn Museum’s “Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy” exhibit. Inspired by Eric Carle’s five “Very” children’s picture books, the play-and-learn exhibit features activities where visitors jump into the world of special insects from the books and discover their own journeys. The exhibit runs now through May 12. Visit to learn more.
Martin Museum of Art presents “The Expanse Between” exhibit, featuring contemporary painter Alexis Serio and sculptor Dewane Hughes. The exhibit explores the connection between object and viewer. “The Expanse Between” runs now through June 2. Visit for more information.
Step back in time with Historic Waco Foundation’s “Coming of Age” exhibit. Take a sneak peek into the Edwardian era of debutantes from attire and music to Waco traditions, and how the past influences modern debutante balls. View the exhibit at the East Terrace House now through July 7. For more information, visit

Thursday, May 2


Get your groove on with The Stars Over Texas Jamboree’s Gospel Edition. Guest stars include the Faith Temple Baptist Praise Team and the Classic Voice Ensemble. Catch the show at 7 p.m. at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Tickets cost $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors. For details, visit
Put on your dancing boots and welcome Jerrod Niemann! The country artist will make you dance the night away at The Backyard. Music begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets costs $15 to $20. To purchase tickets, visit
Live Music
• Baylor Bronze, Roxy Grove Hall on Baylor campus, 5:30 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Bruce Carbonara (jazz), Z’s at the Curry, 7 p.m.
• Baylor Symphony Orchestra, Glennis McCrary Music Building on Baylor campus, 7:30 p.m.
• HUNKS: The Perfect Girls Night Out, The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m., $20-$30

Friday, May 3


Kick start May at First Friday! Wander around downtown Waco in search of the best deals and specials at your favorite shops and restaurants. For a list of participating businesses, visit
Explore what forces balance each other in “Equilibrium,” from light and dark to positive and negative. Head to the Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery for the exhibit’s opening from 4-9 p.m. For more information, visit
Do you have any fond memories? Artist John Storm does and projects past and present experiences into his artwork at the new “Reminisce on This” exhibit. He also tries to capture the fleeting moments when creation is born. Attend the exhibit opening at Cultivate 7twelve from 6-10 p.m. To learn more, visit

The second Brazos Nights concert is here! Magia Blanka starts the night at 7 p.m. followed by La Fiera de Ojinaga at 7:50 p.m. La Energia Nortena concludes the night at 9 p.m. Enjoy the Cinco de Mayo celebration at Indian Spring Park. For a complete schedule, visit
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Lauren January & Josh Barnard (Americana), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Bustamante (eclectic), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras (jazz), Hilton Waco, 7 p.m.
• Venus E (blues), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop downtown, 7 p.m.
• Evan Ogden (folk), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Max Tooker, Lynette Allmon & Steven Scheifley (rock ‘n’ roll), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Darrell Ray (acoustic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Joel & Deon (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 4

Freshen your garden with new plants bought at the McLennan County Master Gardeners’ annual Plant Sale. Master Gardeners will be available to answer any plant- or garden-related questions. Three educational seminars will occur at 10 a.m., at 1 p.m. and at 2 p.m. The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Westview Village Shopping Center. Visit for a list of plants and seminars.

Take a walk through the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Buy some groceries, meet new people and chat with your favorite vendors. It’s the place to be in the morning. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Let’s go fly a kite at the Sertoma Kite Festival! The Heart of Texas Sertoma Club’s annual fundraiser will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heart of Texas Miniature Aircraft Club airfield. Aside from kite flying, the event will also feature games, contests, live music, a raffle and more. Admission is free. For details, visit
Let the children run wild at KidZoobilee: May the Fourth Be with You! The event will be held at Cameron Park Zoo from 5-8 p.m. Kids can enjoy their favorite animals, zip along an inflatable zip line, ride a trackless train, get their face painted and more. Adults must accompany children. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online at
Put your feet up and have a glass of wine while Twelve12 performs. The acoustic duo will play all your favorites. Music begins at 6 p.m. at Kissing Tree Vineyards.
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Fiesta Familiar, hosted by Viento Fuerte and First Woodway. Ride ponies, play games, have your face painted, listen to live music, and eat hamburgers and hotdogs. The free community-wide event will be held at Hewitt Park from 6-8:30 p.m. For more information, visit
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• The Bill & Phil Show (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Thinking Caps & McAllister (eclectic), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $10-$13
• Neon Texas (country/rock/blues), Hewitt Elks Lodge, 8 p.m.
• Truck Stop Gamblers & Austin Upchurch (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m., $7-$10
• Matt Caldwell (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 5


Happy Cinco de Mayo, Waco! Did you know this day celebrates Mexico’s victory against France at the Battle of Puebla May 5, 1862? Even though Mexico won the battle, France still ruled the country for another five years. Whatever history may have been, it’s still a great time to have fun with good friends.
Grab your friends for a Cinco de Mayo Party at Barnett’s Public House! It’s a fiesta like no else with a Mariachi Band, tacos, margaritas and more. The event starts at 10 a.m. and lasts all day. Proceeds benefit the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. For more information, visit
Enjoy a Sunday Brunch benefiting Meals on Wheels Waco at The Phoenix Ballroom from 12-2 p.m. Sip champagne and bid in the silent auction. Linda Livingston, president of Baylor University, and Bradley Ford, assistant city manager at City of Waco, will be guest speakers. Tickets cost $64. Call 752-0316 to learn more.
Hear the angelic voices of the Youth Chorus of Central Texas at its Spring Concert: “Be the Change.” The concert will start at 3 p.m. at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church. Admission costs $5. To purchase tickets, visit

High tea, fashion show and hat contest? Yes, please! Enjoy a Girls’ Day with your mother or daughter at Carleen Bright Arboretum’s Mother & Daughter Spring Tea. Julie Hays will emcee the event. The event starts at 3 p.m. at the Pavilion. Tickets cost $15 each. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To save your seat, call Janet or Meredith at 399-9204.
End the weekend with Joseph, a band of three sisters. The trio have a beautiful harmony and a gift for folk music. Attend the concert at Common Grounds at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 to $25. To purchase tickets, visit