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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 22-25

3 years ago

By Lauren Wetzel

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful weekend, Waco. Join Waco Civic Theatre and Brazos Theatre for shadowcasts and murder mysteries, meet Baylor athletes at McLane Stadium and support ocean exploration at Cameron Park Zoo this weekend. Make sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend to show us how you are spending your days!


Through the Weekend

The Kieran-Sistrunk Fine Art Gallery is proud to present the landscape paintings of Charles Smith, an artist from the Temple area. These stunning collections of wildlife and landscapes are available for viewing and for purchase during the event. The exhibit will be open Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Prepare for an exciting time with the Duel on the Brazos Drag Boat Races on the Brazos. The gates open at 8 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday passes cost $15, passes for Sunday cost $20 and passes for the entire weekend cost $40. The event is hosted by the Southern Drag Boat Association.
Do you have a love for woodturning? The Southwest Association of Turns Symposium is going on Friday through Sunday. As the largest regional woodturning club in the USA, the symposium is sponsored by clubs from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and New Mexico. Head to the Waco Convention Center from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. throughout the weekend.

Thursday – August 22

Make your way over to Cultivate for a Benefit Dinner for Cultivate 7Twelve hosted by Keep Waco Beautiful from 7-9 p.m. With catering by Taste by Kissing Tree, the event will also feature live music, a short program and a live auction. Tickets cost $65 and can be purchased by emailing
Knitters unite at Tricot Thursday night as they stay open until 8 p.m. Wine will be available for those over 21 or you can bring your own bottle as crafters knit up a storm.
Live Music
– Tracy Lawrence featuring Bri Bagwell, Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., Tickets cost $49-$91
– Live Jazz, Balcones Distilling, 7-9 p.m.
– Live Music at the Grape, 7 p.m.

Friday – August 23

The Dancing Bear Pub is turning 12! Come celebrate this iconic Waco attraction from noon to midnight as they feature rare beers, firkins, Guess Family BBQ, Koko Ramen and so much more! It’s an evening to celebrate!
Rev your engines for another night of racing at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway. Starting 6 p.m., get ready to watch stock cars, southern sport mods, factory stock cars, lone star dwarf cars and other classes. Tickets for the event cost $5-$12.

Ocean Exploration? Count us in to support the Cameron Park Zoo as they work to increase awareness about coral conservation. From 8-10 p.m. the Cameron Park Zoo will share live footage of coral spawning from the Ocean Exploration vessel. The zoo will be partially open and there will be activities for all ages with sweet snacks and drinks, as well as a change to win some great prizes!
Live Music
– Live Music at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
– Live Music at the Grape, 7 p.m.
– Mickey Gilley, Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., Tickets cost $29-$89
– Darrell Ray and Isaac MTZ, Waco Winery, 8-11 p.m.
– Jarrod Dickenson, Dichotomy, 8 p.m.
– Jason Roberts, 5J Dancehall, 8:30 p.m.
– Karaoke with Matty, Backyard Saloon, 10 p.m.
– Waco Report, Cultivate 7Twelve, 7:30 p.m., Tickets cost $8-$12

Saturday – August 24


Rise and shine with two Waco classics: the Weekly Mountain Bike Ride from Bicycle World to Cameron Park and the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market. The Weekly Mountain Bike Ride starts at 8:15 a.m. at Bicycle World and rides to Cameron Park, weather permitting. Please call 254/330-4448 to verify. The Waco Farmer’s Market is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and features local vendors selling food, crafts and much more. It’s a Waco classic for a reason, so be sure to check it out before the summer ends.
Baylor is getting back in the swing for football season and Baylor Athletics wants you to Meet the Bears! From 1-3 p.m. at McLane Stadium, fans will have the chance to meet student-athletes from Baylor football, baseball, basketball and other Baylor sports and even get a chance to get some autographs. Matt Rhule, head football coach, will also be there to sign posters and take photos. There will be activities for kids and concessions will be available for purchase. The Clear Bag Policy is in effect for this event.

It’s that time of year again: The Margarita and Salsa Festival is back for their 24th year! Get ready for one of the hottest parties in Central Texas with music from Shinyribs, William Clark Green, Wade Bowen and the Josh Abbott Band. Whether you like spicy or mild, there will be salsa for everyone and unique margaritas to wash everything down. Tickets cost $30-$89 and can be purchased online at the Extraco Events Center website.
Do you like a good murder mystery? Join Brazos Theatre as they lead “All Aboard for Murder,” a murder mystery dinner event. Betrayal and intrigue abound aboard the Royal Atlantic Cruise Line, but a celebration has been upset by murder! Find out who did it at this special one-night-only event. Dinner will be provided by the Hilton Waco. Tickets are $28.50-$32.50 and can be purchased at the Brazos Theatre website.
Live Music
– Jason Fletcher, Austin’s on the Avenue, 6 p.m.
– Live Music at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
– Pacific and Feeves, Common Grounds, 7-11 p.m., Tickets cost $10-$12
– Marc Anthony Tribute, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., Tickets cost $15-$20
– Dale Watson, 5J Dancehall, 9 p.m.
– The Nothin’ Serious Band, Papa Joe’s, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday – August 25

Join the Centex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at their Floating Mercado event. This one-day market will feature food, drinks and culture through small businesses in the Waco and surrounding areas. There will be fun for both adults and kids, and admission to the event is free, so grab your friends and head to 915 La Salle Ave for a fun day.
Live Music
– Live Jazz, Valley Mills Vineyards, 4-6 p.m.

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