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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

May 16-19

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

May is in full swing, and this #wacoweekend has plenty for you to do with Pints in the Park, art exhibits, Boots on the Brazos and lots of 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

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. An artist reception will be held Sunday from 1:30-3 p.m. 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 16

Head to Vanguard College Preparatory School for its Student Art Exhibition closing reception, which is open to the public. Vanguard’s art program won nine State VASE (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) awards. The incredible art includes more than 100 pieces of art ranging from charcoal and acrylic paint to metal and wood sculptures to photography. Enjoy the free reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. To learn more, visit

If you like postimpressionism art, check out the “Masters of the Martin: Édouard Léon Cortès” exhibit, presented by the Martin Museum of Art. Cortès was a French postimpressionist from the early 20th century who became known for his idealized Parisian street scenes and rural French villages. The exhibit opens today and runs through August 11. For details, visit
Fascinated by Waco’s old homes? Attend the Historic Homes of Waco Lecture featuring Kenneth Hafertepe — architectural historian, Baylor University professor and author of “Historic Homes of Waco, Texas.” Hafertepe will discuss his book, the homes from the 1850s to the 1940s and how those people lived. After the lecture, the author will sign copies of his books. The event will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the Mayborn Museum Complex. Admission is included in regular admission. For more information, visit
Gear up for summer at the Huser Brother Band Summer Bash, presented by Smiley’s Country Club. Crank up the music and prepare for the new season. You’ll be two-steppin’ to the country tunes in no time. The event will be held from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission costs $8 to $10.
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• A Tribute to Conway Twitty & Salute to Loretta Lynn (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $19-$49
• The Mobros & Acid Carousel (alternative/indie), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $5-$7
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 8 p.m.
• Scooter Brown Band & Melinda Adams (country), Melody Ranch, 9 p.m., $10-$15

Friday, May 17


Did you know the United States implemented an act to protect endangered species in 1973? Since then, many species have been saved from extinction. Join Cameron Park Zoo to celebrate Endangered Species Day. Keeper talks will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details, visit

“God blessed Texas” and the country music band Little Texas is performing at Melody Ranch. Kick up your boots and dance across the floor. Second Hand Rose Band will open the concert at 10 p.m. Admission costs $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Live Music
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Doug Stone (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $29-$49
• Lauren January & Josh Barnard (Americana), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (acoustic), Papa Joe’s, 7:30 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Dave Wild Trio (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• North of Navasota (rock), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $5

Saturday, May 18

Get ready, set, go! Honor officers killed in the line of duty at the annual Police Memorial Run, presented by the Waco Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association. Participants can register for a 5K or a 10K, both starting at 8 a.m. at Brazos Park East. Registration costs $40 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K. To sign up, visit

Start your morning at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Try something new for breakfast or enjoy your go-to favorite. Leashed dogs are always welcome and can make the day even better. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more, visit

Jubilee Food Market proudly presents its second annual Celebrate Health event. The event includes free health screenings, a kids’ zone, Zumba and more. Attend the event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Jubilee Food Market parking lot. For a list of the free services offered, visit
Help raise money to end poverty at the Red Nose Day Cars & Kicks Car Show and Fundraiser. The show includes cars, trucks and motorcycles from classics to customs and everything in between. DJ Scooby D, Heaven B and Heath Nash will keep the music hopping. The fun never stops with raffles, giveaways and family activities. Registration costs $20 to be in the show, but the event is free to the public. The event will take place from 12-5 p.m. in On the Border’s parking lot. For more information, visit

Make plans for a fun afternoon by the riverfront at Pints in the Park, benefiting the City of Waco’s Brazos Nights. Sample craft beer, eat from Texas barbecue vendors, play backyard games and listen to music from Wood & Wire. The event will be held from 3-7 p.m. at Brazos Park East with a VIP happy hour from 2-3 p.m. Tickets cost $15 to $60. Visit to purchase tickets.
Crawfish season is here! Stuff your face with as much crawfish and shrimp as you want at Valley Mills Vineyards’ second annual Crawfish Boil, which will be held at its Estate Vineyard from 5-9 p.m. Wash down your meal with unlimited rosé. Tickets cost $50 each and can be purchased online at
Who doesn’t love animals? Spend a private evening at Cameron Park Zoo at Robinson Education Foundation’s Rockets Go Wild. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and includes food, live music, dancing and a silent auction. Tickets cost $15 each and table sponsorships are available. To purchase tickets, visit
Throw on your best Western attire for Boots on the Brazos, an annual fundraiser for The Arc of McLennan County. Eat a delicious barbecue dinner catered by Eddie Ray’s Smokehouse, then move your feet to the music of 35 South. The event will be held in the Brazos Room at the Waco Convention Center from 7-11 p.m. Individual tickets cost $100. Table sponsorships are also available. Call 756-7491 or visit to learn more.
Grab a friend and head to The Backyard for California rockers Buckcherry! Special guest Joyous Wolf will start the night at 8:30 p.m. Both rock bands will light up your night. Tickets costs $20 for attendees 21 and older and $25 for attendees 20 and under. To purchase tickets, visit
Live Music
• Centex Quartet Gospel Fest (gospel), Victorious Life Church, 5 p.m., $10-$15
• Live Music, Taste by Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Michael Hix’s History of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $35
• Dirty Echoes (rock ‘n’ roll), Hewitt Elks Lodge, 7 p.m.
• Venus E (eclectic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• The Standards (eclectic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• The Ballous Cats (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Tanner Sparks (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m., $7-$10
• Canaan Bryce (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 10 p.m.

Sunday, May 19

Music fans! The Music Association of Central Texas invites you to its first annual Music & Arts Festival, a block party on Austin Avenue. Food trucks, artist booths and live music will take over Austin Avenue between 7th Street and 8th Street from 2-8 p.m. It’s a party you don’t want to miss!