The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

May 9-12

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Happy Mother’s Day weekend, Waco! Spend quality time with your mom or wife this #WacoWeekend at “Mamma Mia,” Couture for a Cure or any of the great live music happening around town. 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


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. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit
Summer is right around the corner in June. Join Lochridge-Priest for a Fight for Five Kick Off to Summer Festival at Karem Shrine. The barbecue cook off begins Friday at 12 p.m. Bart Crow Band will perform at 7 p.m. followed by Ray Wylie Hubbard at 9 p.m. Judging for the barbecue contest will take place Saturday at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. Tickets cost $5 for children ages 12 and under. For details, visit
All seems well at the very first peace conference between superheroes and supervillains. But then, one of the villains turns up dead on the rooftop. Help solve the case of Murder at the Superhero Peace Conference, a murder mystery dinner event by Brazos Theatre. Hilton Waco will provide dinner. Catch the show (and the culprit) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For ticket 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 Sunday. Visit to learn more.
Explore what forces balance each other in “Equilibrium,” from light and dark to positive and negative. Head to the Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery and check out the exhibit now through May 31. For more information, visit

Do you have any fond memories? Artist John Storm does, and he 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. The exhibit will be held at Cultivate 7twelve now through June 1. To learn more, visit
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.
Admire the talent of two female artists at the Barbara Haynes and Sandra Sadler Exhibit. Carleen Bright Arboretum will have the exhibit on display now through June 9. For details, visit
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 9


They’re beauty. They’re grace. They’re cancer survivors. Watch them strut the stage in the latest fashion from Waco boutiques at Couture for a Cure. Central Texas Cattle Baron’s Ball will hold the style show at the Waco Hippodrome from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $65 each or $600 for a row of 10. To purchase tickets, visit
Hungry and want some live music? Head to Diamondback’s and hear Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly. The jazz duo will perform at 6 p.m. Take your friends for a fantastic evening of food and music.
Live Music
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Flamingo Symphony (Spanish-inspired), Klassy Glass, 7 p.m.
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd (piano), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Friday, May 10

Kick start the weekend at the Cody Johnson & Friends concert. The friends are Pat Green, Flatland Cavalry and Kylie Frey. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 6:15 p.m. at McLane Stadium’s Touchdown Alley. General admission costs $30 and VIP tickets cost $100. Tickets are available at
Live Music
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• John Dempsy (Americana), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Gene Watson (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $29-$69
• Eric & Thomas Unplugged (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Ben Rendek (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Miriam Wallace (eclectic), Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar, 8 p.m.
• Byron Swann Band (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Colton Hawkins & The Standards (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Saturday, May 11

Do your part to help Waco’s food pantries and participate in the Letter Carriers’ “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive. Letter carriers will leave paper bags provided by Walmart at McLennan County mailboxes before Saturday. You can fill the bags with nonperishable items, such as canned food, pasta, cereal, peanut butter, dry beans, rice, baby food and more. Then, leave the bag beside your mailbox before your regular mail delivery time Saturday. Letter carriers will collect the bags during their regular route and provide them to Caritas, the Salvation Army and Shepherd’s Heart Food Pantry. For more information, call Jerrod Perry at 709-1094.

Try and set your personal best at the Best 5K on the Brazos. The course begins at Indian Spring Park at 8 a.m. and ends across the Waco Suspension Bridge. Registration costs $30 in advance and $35 on race day. To sign up, visit

Rain or shine, the Waco Downtown Farmers Market is the place to be. Your favorite seasonal vendors are returning with great products. Have breakfast or find a last-minute Mother’s Day gift. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ever wonder how to cook outdoors? Head to Mother Neff State Park for a Dutch Oven Cooking demonstration at 12 p.m. Dutch ovens are often made of cast iron and have thick walls that make the ovens perfect for outdoor cooking. While the demonstration is free, regular park admission costs $2 per person. Children 12 and under are free. To learn more, visit

The Mayborn Museum welcomes you to Celebrate Astronomy Day! Did you know this day began in California in 1973? Ever since, this day helps bring astronomy to the general public. Enjoy hands-on activities and learn about our solar system. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. For details, visit
On this day in 1953, a deadly tornado struck Downtown Waco, destroying around 200 buildings and killing 114 people. Remember the tornado that greatly affected our city at Waco Walks: third annual Tornado Walk. Eric Ames with Baylor University will guide you along the disaster’s steps and share the history, facts and legends revolving around the tornado. The walk begins at 4 p.m. at the Tornado Memorial (corner of 4th Street and Austin Avenue). For more information, visit
Get your groove on with 5 Dollar Shake! The Waco band will make you feel the jazz. Catch the show at 8:30 p.m. at Klassy Glass.
Live Music
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Rhythm-n-Roses (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Dirty Echoes (power pop), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• John Dempsy (Americana), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• The Voice Jay Perez & Johnny Joe Ramos (Tejano), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20
• Moe Bandy (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m., $20-$25
• Gary Kyle (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.

Sunday, May 12


Celebrate the special women and mom’s in your life this Mother’s Day! In America, this holiday began after the Civil War by peacemaker Anna Jarvis in 1868. However, the first Mother’s Day wasn’t celebrated until 1908, and Woodrow Wilson made the holiday official in 1914. Somewhat ironically, Anna Jarvis later tried boycotting the holiday when it became too commercialized. No matter the holiday’s history, thank the mothers in your life and remind them how much you appreciate all they do. Cameron Park Zoo will honor this holiday by offering free admission to mothers and grandmothers who take their children and grandchildren to the zoo.

All animals have moms, especially mammals. Join Cameron Park Zoo for a MOM’s Event, which stands for Missing Orangutan Mothers. Keeper talks and activities will take place at the orangutan exhibit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more, visit
Boot scootin’ boogie to Michael Saldana at The Backyard! The Texas artist will get you two-steppin’ in no time with his country music. The show starts at 2 p.m.