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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 8-11

3 years ago

By Lauren Wetzel

Welcome to the weekend, Waco! This is going to be a busy one with lots of music and jam-packed with fun events, so grab some gal pals and some guy friends and hit the town. Don’t forget to use #WacoWeekend on Instagram and tag @Wacoan so we can see how you’re spending your Waco Weekend.


Throughout the Weekend

Summer Vendor Pop-Up. These vendor pop-ups feature artisans and vendors from all over the country at the market, so you and your silo sisters can get a taste of the continental U.S. right here in Waco.
Movie buffs this one is for you! Deep in the Heart Film Festival is holding a Trivia Night! Grab your team, dress up for extra points and make your way down to Brazos Theatre Friday and Saturday night from 7-9 p.m. for Movie Nerd Trivia Night. Each night will have different questions and the top scores can win awesome prizes like a 2020 Deep in the Heart Film Festival VIP pass, t-shirts and more. So study up and maybe grab some team shirts and enjoy the fun while supporting Waco’s film festival.

Thursday – August 8

Grains & Growers: A Farmer’s Market Friend-Raiser will take place from 6-8 p.m. at Balcones Distilling and will discuss the past, present and future of the Market. Each attendee will receive a complimentary drink ticket (for a Balcones cocktail or Luna Juice mock-tail) as well as samples of local eats from several vendors. Attendees must be age 21or older. Tickets cost $40 and can be purchased here.
Live Music
– Live Jazz at Balcones, 7-9 p.m.
– Live Music at the Grape, 7-9 p.m.

Friday – August 9

Waco Women & Whiskey: Cocktails and Conversation event designed to educate and inspire. Tickets cost $20 and guests can get an inside look at how Balcones makes their cocktails, as well as a taste test of those cocktails and snacks from Brazos Valley Cheese. The event will be from 6-8 p.m.
Live Music
– Dailey & Vincent, Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., Tickets cost $35-$55
– Live Music at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
– Live Music at the Grape, 7-9 p.m.
– Jennifer Pisarcik with John Fox, Klassy Glass Wine Bar & Bistro 8:30 -10:30 p.m.
– Live Music at the Blue Dog, Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar 8-11 p.m.
– Sami Brown, 8-11 p.m., Z’s at the Curry

Saturday – August 10

Weekly Mountain Bike Ride from 8:15-9:30 a.m. Participants meet at Bicycle World Waco and ride to Cameron Park. These rides depend on the weather, so make sure to call 254/300-4448 to verify.

Head downtown for a morning stroll through the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market. Visit with vendors, eat delicious treats and purchase fresh produce from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Farmer’s Market is a Waco staple!

Visit the Cameron Park Zoo and listen to the lions roar for World Lion Day. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., zoo keepers will discuss lions and specifically their lions — Kaikane, Shamfa, Leia and Rey. Tickets to the zoo cost $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12, $9 for senior citizens and free for children 3 and under.

Take a break from back to school shopping and have your kids create some school supplies with Pop-Up Saturday at the Dr Pepper Museum. Kids can make an upcycled pencil case using empty soda boxes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free with general admission and will be held on the first floor of the AMBC building. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students and children, $8 for military with ID and children 4 and under get in for free.
Giddy-up partner to the Wild West Casino Night benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Waco. This casino night fundraiser features dinner, drinks, dessert, dancing, casino games and a whole lot of fun. If you’re ready to brave the frontier and have a good time, get to the Baylor club from 6-11 p.m., and tickets cost $150.
Live Music
– Darrin Morris, Smiley’s Country Club, 10 p.m.
– Texas Flood: SRV Tribute, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., Tickets cost $15-20
– Saturday Music Series: Chuck Jennings, The Hightop at the Hippodrome, 7-9 p.m.
– 05’ers, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop (on Hewitt Drive), 7-10 p.m.
– Midnight Mustangs, The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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