The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 1-4

5 years ago

By Lauren Wetzel

What a weekend, Waco! From the Frida Kahlo art exhibit at the ART Forum of Waco to the Greater Bohemian Open Golf Tournament, this weekend has an event for everyone. So grab your friends, grab your cameras, and make sure to tag @wacoan with #WacoWeekend to show us how you are spending your weekend!


Throughout the Weekend


Join the ART Forum of Waco this weekend for the final few days of their Frida Kahlo Exhibit: Fountain of Inspiration exhibit. Featuring Kahlo inspired art from as far away as Brazil, Chile and Venezuela and as close as Texas, this is an exhibit you don’t want to miss. The ART Forum of Waco is open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This exhibit ends August 3, so catch it before it’s gone!
The Historic Waco Foundation’s “From Blueprints to Bricks” exhibit will take visitors into the world of construction on some of Waco’s most iconic homes. Stop by the East Terrace House, McCulloch House and Earle-Napier-Kinnard House until November 17. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The McCulloch house is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m.
Make it up and make it funny at the Brazos Theatre’s Improv Comedy Show Friday and Saturday night. This monthly comedy show is made up completely on the spot, so expect the unexpected. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $10.50.

Thursday – August 1


Calling all Dunderheads: This month’s First Thursday Trivia is “The Office” themed. Grab your friends and get to the Hippodrome at 5:15 p.m. for team signups. The first question is at 6 p.m., so prepare for a night of bears, beets and Battlestar Galactica.
Knit up a storm at Tricot during their Tink & Drink event! Tricot will be open until 8 p.m. for those who want to spend time with other yarn crafters. Wine will be available for those over 21, but you are also welcome to bring your own bottle. This event is free and open to any crafting enthusiast.
Live Music
– Live Music at the Grape, 7-9 p.m., Free
– Starts Over Texas Jamboree, 6-10 p.m., Tickets cost $14

Friday – August 2


It’s that time again, Waco. Happy First Friday! Make sure to follow @firstfridaywaco on Instagram for a full list of all the businesses participating, and then head downtown for a fun evening of drinks, food, sales, specials and so much more.
That’s a wrap on the new mural at Brotherwell Brewing! Join the ArtPrenticeship program at their Mural Wrap and Block Party at Brotherwell Brewing from 5-7 p.m. Support the unveiling of the mural with music and a fun party for all. This event is free to the public.

Support some sunshine with Luna Juice Bar’s Mocktails in Mugs “friendraiser” for Sunshine Recovery House. Help women help themselves and support a great cause from 5-8 p.m. There will be live music from Evan Graves, as well as a specialty menu.
If humor is your thing, then get ready for The Pull Up & Laugh Comedy Show featuring Pirscription, Terry Bluez and Jon “Polar Bear” Gonzales. Stop by Rocky’s Roadhouse at 8 p.m. for a night of laughs. Tickets cost $10.
Grab the kiddos and watch Disney’s “Sky High” in the Robinson Park for the National Night Out Kickoff Party. This free event starts at 7 p.m., so round up the kids, a picnic and some blankets and prepare for a super Friday night.
Live Music
– Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras, Hilton Waco, 6-9 p.m., Free
– Live Music at the Grape, 7-9 p.m., Free
– Dueling Pianos at the Hippodrome, 7:45 p.m., Tickets cost $10
– Saints Eleven, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 9 p.m., Tickets cost $10-$15
– Live Music at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m., Free

Saturday – August 3

Yell “Fore!” for a good cause at the Greater Bohemian Open Golf Tournament. The cost of the tournament is $65 per individual or $260 for a four-person team. The tournament begins at 8 a.m., so breakfast and lunch are provided for participants, and awards and prizes will be given out. All money from the tournament goes to support training and competitions for Special Olympics athletes in the Heart of Texas Area. For more information, call 254/230-4824.
Rise and shine and get ready to ride with the Weekly Mountain Bike Ride from Bicycle World Waco to Cameron Park. Meet at 8:15 a.m. for a morning ride with other bicycle enthusiasts, but the event announcement says to be sure to call Bicycle World to verify the ride is taking place.

Grab a coffee and spend some time at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market on a toasty Saturday morning. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., so start your morning off right with a visit to all the wonderful vendors.
Stretch and relax with Poses & Pints at 10 a.m. at Bare Arms Brewing. An hour-long yoga class followed by a pint of beer for adults and a non-alcoholic root beer for any kids who attend. Tickets cost $10 and guests are asked to bring yoga mats and water. This event is kid friendly and everyone is encouraged to bring a friend!
Two fantastic back-to-school giveaways will be happening this Saturday. The Love Thy Neighbor 3rd Annual Back to School Giveaway will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the South Waco Recreation Center with free school supplies for grades pre-K through 12. The New Black Collective will host their Back 2 School Event at Indian Spring Middle School Gym from 12-2 p.m. with free school supplies for grades pre-K through 8. In addition to these great events, Mosaic Waco will host their Back to School Bash from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Wilbert Austin Park with a cookout, games, face painting, prizes and more!
Drink a pint and support Keep Waco Beautiful with Barnett’s Public House’s Drink Local. Drink Waco. event. From 3-8 p.m., Barnett’s will donate a portion of their sales to Keep Waco Beautiful, and if you show a bartender a receipt from a local business from that day, you will receive a free Social Hour bite with the purchase of an entrée!
Join the city of Hewitt for their National Night Out Kick-Off Party at Warren Park. This free event promotes police-community partnerships and will run from 6-9 p.m. with live music, vendor booths, bounce houses, food and so much more!

The Baylor Club is celebrating 5 years and it is a birthday worth celebrating! The Baylor Club’s Birthday Bash Charity Gala begins at 7 p.m. and all proceeds go to Fuzzy Friends Rescue, the ClubCorp Employee Partners Care Foundation and Augies’ Quest. Tickets cost $100 for individuals, $150 for couples and $1500 for a table. Formal attire is requested.
Live Music
– The Malpass Brothers Live at the Hippodrome, 7 p.m., Tickets cost $29-$49
– Rock/Metal Music at Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., Tickets cost $10-$12
– Live Music at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m., Free

Sunday – August 4

Whoooo loves owls? The Cameron Park Zoo sure does and invites everyone to celebrate International Owl Awareness Day with zoo keeper talks from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. where attendees will learn about the zoo’s Great Horned Owls and more. Admission to the zoo is $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12, $9 for senior citizens 60 and over and free for children 3 and under. The zoo is open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Live Music
– One: The Only Tribute to Metallica/Avenue Rage, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., Tickets cost $15-20