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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 10-13

5 years ago

By Christian Aleman & Allen Miller

We hope you’re ready for a #WacoWeekend jam-packed with fun for everyone! The city has so many enjoyable events to offer that you won’t want to miss out. Did we mention it’s Tax Free Weekend? That means it’s time to shop ’til you drop. Let us know what treasures you uncover as you #shopwaco or the fun you’re having by tagging @WACOAN in your social media posts. Don’t miss out, Wacoans!

Thursday, August 10

Sip on your favorite drink as Andrew Holmes serenades the audience at Dichotomy beginning at 7 p.m. The singer and songwriter from Abilene is known for his folk and Americana style music that captures his emotions for others to experience. If you’re a fan on Jason Mraz or David Ramirez, this is an artist you’re sure to appreciate.

Join local families for a free exercise class with “Move East Waco!” This event is sponsored by Live Well Waco, Baylor Wellness and Waco Community Development and takes place twice weekly with a rotation of classes and instructors that teach yoga, Pilates, Zumba and even boxing. This time around, you can enjoy a Zumba class led by instructor Teresa Cleveland. Stop by Oscar DuConge Park at 7 p.m. to spend an hour working up a sweat and possibly even win a door prize. What’s not fun about that?

Friday, August 11

Board games are always a classic way for kids to have fun and make friends, and the West Waco Library hosts Game Time just for them! Have the children stay out of the heat and still participate in the fun while playing with the variety of board games the library has to offer. Feel free to bring your own game too. This event starts at 4 p.m. and is for kids ages 6-11.

Take the whole family out for an evening as Cameron Park Zoo hosts Back to School Splash starting at 6 p.m. The fun includes visiting the animals, a movie, water games and more. You can even enjoy the evening with your favorite snack as various food vendors will be on site. Make sure you get there early to meet the Cameron Park Zoo mermaids! Take part in the fun with $5 tickets in advance and $10 the day of the event.

Check out the musical stylings of the Dave Wild Band as they perform at Klassy Glass Wine Bar & Bistro. The jazz group has performed across the United States, but they call Waco home. Performing a variety of the classics and today’s jazz, the band’s tunes are sure to find a place in the listener’s favorites. The show starts at 8 p.m. Grab a drink or two while you’re there!

Hailing from Austin, J. Wagner makes his way down Highway 6 to perform for Wacoans at Dichotomy. His songs and collaborations have been featured on shows like “Teen Wolf” and NBC’s “The Blacklist.” The show starts at 8 p.m. Don’t be late!

Are you a fan of country and rock ‘n’ roll? Make your way out to The Backyard as the Michael Carubelli Band shares a unique take on the popular genres. Having just released their first full-length album earlier this year, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to listen to this band live. The performance begins at 9 p.m., so sit back, relax and delight in the summer evening.

Listen to the Huser Brother Band live at Lakeside Tavern beginning at 10 p.m. Savor a drink and enjoy the night as the local band performs music from genres like country and southern rock. They are sure to fill the evening air with good music and fun!

The National Barrel Horse Association State Show is going on through Sunday at the Extraco Events Center. Watch a variety of participants from different categories compete as they attempt to earn a spot in the finals on Sunday. See how refined equestrian skills are put to the test one event at a time and enjoy the event-filled weekend.

Saturday, August 12

Calling all triathletes: The Xterra Cameron Park Off-Road Triathlon is returning to Waco! Engage in the beauty of Cameron Park as you navigate climbs, cedar breaks and bamboo forests. Wacoans know that Cameron Park certainly is unique. According to Bike magazine, there is nothing else like it “anywhere in the country.” Prices and times vary based on category, and details are available at All participants will receive a T-shirt, snacks and sponsor swag. Races will begin at the Redwood Shelter at Cameron Park.

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is back this weekend like a basket of surprises waiting to be opened! One trip isn’t enough because there are simply so many yummy treats to taste and produce to enjoy. You mean you can grocery shop and eat tasty foods at the same time? Count us in!

Help the Waco Women Lion’s Club and the McLennan County Pack of Hope as they host Fill-A-Fiat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stop at one of their seven locations around Waco and surrounding areas to donate anything from fruit to hygiene items. Don’t have anything at hand? They will also accept checks and cash donations. Visit or call at 772-0975 for details.

Do you ever feel guilty when drinking beer because you should be exercising instead? Well at the Boozer’s Beer Bash, you’ll have the opportunity to do both! Benefiting the Ironman Foundation, this local race has participants run two laps around Hewitt Park while enjoying a cold beer at the start and mid-point of the run. Obviously, there is more of an emphasis on fun here and participants can run, walk or crawl their way to the finish line! There will also be plenty of fun following the race with food, drinks and music. Tickets cost $40. Visit to learn more or sign up.
Come out and enjoy a margarita at La Fiesta while you hear the music of Tim & Jessica Mauzy. This married couple brings a mix of country, rock and blues to their set, and they are sure to entertain! The pair will perform from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at no additional charge.

Do you have a soft spot for the song “Fly Me to the Moon”? Or maybe you love “My Way” or any number of Frank Sinatra hits? Then come check out Bruce Carbonara at Poppa Rollo’s Hewitt location. This romantic style vocalist has a way of bringing new life to classic songs in his tributes to Sinatra. So start spreading the news that fans can find Carbonara performing for free starting at 7:30 p.m.
See what the buzz in Broadway is about as the Waco Civic Theatre puts on New Theatre for New Audiences. This cabaret-style show will feature music from Broadway shows like “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Kinky Boots” and more. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. so be early to catch a good seat! Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at

Love supporting Texas artists? Then take a trip out to Valley Mills Vineyards for its weekly Sip & Swirl event to see Fort Worth singer-songwriter Audry Oliver perform her original music. This winery has a ton to offer including a variety of original wines. Oliver will perform from 8-11 p.m. Visit for more information.

Speaking of wine, Klassy Glass has more live music this weekend! See Braden Guess light up the stage with his guitar and enjoy a glass of wine or a beer too. Klassy Glass is a great place to unwind, get some great food and drinks and hear local artists. Guess will take the stage at 8 p.m. and there is no cover charge.
If you love Lake Waco, great food and live music, Slippery Minnow is the place for you. This week, you can see the Brett Hendrix Band perform music from their album “It’s a Shame.” Country fans will love this mix of great music and scenic water views (and maybe some catfish too). The performance is free and starts at 8 p.m.

Join the Mike Stanley Band as they partner with Kayla Ray to bring their unique brand of Texas country featuring rock, blues and funk influences to Lakeside Tavern. This is a great chance to hang out with friends, grab a drink and relax as you hear great local music!

Head over to The Backyard for its consistently terrific food and live music! This weekend is no exception with the seven-piece country band 35 South. This Waco-based group will deliver a performance of covers and original music with just enough rock to keep it rollin’. You’re in great hands with this band. After all, The Backyard never disappoints! Catch the performance at 9 p.m.

Spend the night having fun and giving back to the community with the Baylor Club and Talitha Koum of Waco as they host the Baylor Club’s third annual Birthday Bash Charity Gala. The fun includes dinner, live music, dancing, guest speakers and much more. The proceeds from the evening benefit Augie’s Quest, Talitha Koum and Club Corp Employee Partners Care Foundation. Individual tickets start at $75. Call 710-8080 for more information.

Sunday, August 13

If you’re like us and have a soft spot for your pets, bring them by the Animal Birth Control Clinic in Waco for the Sunday Preventive Pet Health Clinic. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can get your cats and dogs updated on their vaccines, purchase flea and tick protection and other medication or add a microchip to your pet! This is a great opportunity to take advantage of resources for your pet. Consider stopping by if your dogs or cats need any of these services. Access the express check-in form at

All weekend

Take advantage of Tax Free Weekend by shopping at all your favorite local shops. You can find some sweet deals for back to school and more starting this Friday through Sunday.

All month

Creative Waco’s gallery, Waco 52: The Pop-Up Exhibition, will continue this weekend at 712 Austin Avenue in Downtown Waco. Previously on display at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, this exhibit includes cultural events, pop-up markets and works by local artists-in-residence. For more information, visit or call 300-8677.

Get out there, Wacoans! The ever-changing city has new adventures around every corner. Check out for a full list of events. Enjoy!

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