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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

July 18-21

3 years ago

By Lauren Wetzel

This #WacoWeekend, make sure to look up to the stars and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with the Mayborn Museum’s Party Like It’s 1969 event, the Howl at the Moon 5K and a plethora of live music that is sure to blow you out of this world. Make sure to tag us on Instagram and Facebook @Wacoan to show us how you are spending your weekend!


Through the Weekend

If you’re ready to follow the adventures of one of the coolest kids around, prepare to laugh and sing along with the Waco Civic Theatre’s performance of “Matilda.” Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. For ticket prices and more information, visit

Get the kiddos ready to sew up a storm at the Mayborn Museum! Summer in the Design Den continues this weekend on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. with a focus on sewing. Kids 8 years and older can stitch, embroider and create with the help of local volunteers.
Do you love reliving memories? Ty Nathan Clark sure does in his exhibit “Lost, Recovered and Remaining,” which is still available for free viewing at Cultivate 7twelve from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
Old meets new in an art exhibit at the Carleen Bright Arboretum. This new exhibit features the art of Chesley Smith, a printmaker who specializes in Renaissance-era copper plate etching. Smith’s exhibit will be open for viewing from 9 a.m, to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Put on your boots and get ready to run because Elite Barrel Racing is here for the weekend! Sprint on over to the Extraco Events Center starting at 8 a.m. Thursday morning through Sunday night for a barrel racing extravaganza.
Step back in time because Historic Waco Foundation invites you to visit their new exhibit “From Blueprints to Bricks: The Design and Construction of Historic Waco’s Houses” which begins Saturday, July 20 and continues until November 17. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 1- 4 p.m. on Sunday. The cost of the exhibit is included in regular admission, which is $5 for adults, $4 for students and seniors and free for active military members and children.

Thursday – 18

To go or not to go? That shouldn’t be a question because InSite Shakespeare Studios presents “Act One: Love and War” at Brotherwell Tap Room. This night of delights starts at 7 p.m. and tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+), $10 for students (12+) and $7 for children (3-11).
Live Music
– Bellamy Brothers Live at the Hippodrome, 7 p.m., Tickets cost $25-69
– Live Music at the Grape, 7 to 9 p.m., free

Friday – 19

Prepare for laughs on tap at Balcones for the Distillery Comedy Tour! This nationwide comedy tour has already visited 900 breweries, wineries and distilleries across the U.S. and now it’s coming to Waco. Purchase your tickets for $20 and head to Balcones at 8:30 p.m. for a fun Friday night.
For another funny Friday option, Melody Ranch has you covered. Mike Epps & Friends will be performing a comedy show at the largest dance hall in Central Texas starting at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $37.50, so grab yours fast!
Get an inside look of the mind of artist Richard C. Thomas at the Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery. The gallery will be hosting An Evening With The Artist and serving sangria to attendees. This free event runs from 6-8 p.m. and is open to the public. Thomas’s artwork will also be available to purchase at the event.
Live Music
– Bee Gees Gold: A Tribute at the Hippodrome, 7 p.m., Tickets cost $29-49
– Live Music at the Grape, 7 to 9 p.m., free
– Adam Hood, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 9 p.m., Tickets cost $10-$15
– Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 to 10 p.m., free

Saturday – 20

Hop on your bike and prepare to pedal your way to Cameron Park. Weekly Mountain Bike Rides are a wonderful reason to wake up early and get your exercise in. Meet at Bicycle World at 8:15 a.m. for an energizing morning, weather permitting. Call 254/300-4448 for more information.
Rise and shine and make your mark on a Waco mural at Brotherwell Brewing’s Community Paint Day. This free event showcases the ARTPrenticeship program that mentors young creatives in the Waco area and gives them an opportunity to bring their art to Waco. So, grab a paint brush from 8-11 a.m. and get ready to support Waco’s young creatives.
It’s not a #WacoWeekend without the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market. Don’t forget to check out all of the wonderful vendors with your family and friends from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

It was one small step for man, but it will be one massive day for the Mayborn! Join the Mayborn in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, starting with their Apollo 50: The Next Giant Leap event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will feature hands-on activities and lectures from space experts and scientists from Baylor and SpaceX. This event is covered in the regular cost of museum attendance.
After Apollo 50, get ready to party because the Mayborn will be hosting the Party Like It’s 1969 event! This out-of-this-world event features Austin’s Motown tribute band, Groove Knight, mocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a whole love of fun. Put the kids to bed and head to the Mayborn from 7 to 10 p.m. dressed in your 1969-inspired best. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for museum members and Baylor University students.
Run with a pack or be a lone wolf at the 2nd Annual Howl at the Moon 5K. At 10 p.m. make your way to Indian Springs Park to race to the finish to benefit the Humane Society of Central Texas. A $30 entry fee is required to run, and all participants will receive a shirt and a finisher medal.
Live Music
– Elvis Tribute starring Al Joslin at the Hippodrome, 7 to 9 p.m., Tickets cost $20-35
– Jake Ward, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 9 p.m., Tickets cost $10-15
– Waco Winery Rooftop, Jennifer Pisarcik with Jon Fox, 8 to 11 p.m.
– 35 South Band, Smiley’s Country Club, 9:45 p.m. to 12:45 a.m.
– Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 to 10 p.m.

Sunday – 21


Welcome Chesley Smith’s art to the Carleen Bright Arboretum from 1:30-3 pm at the Chesley Smith Art Reception. This free event allows guests to talk with the artist and see her beautiful artwork at the Whitehall Center.

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