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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 29 - September 2

3 years ago

By Lauren Wetzel

Happy Labor Day weekend, Waco! Spend your time celebrating with friends and family at WestFest, the Sorghum Festival or the Baylor Football opener! Make sure to tag @Wacoan on Instagram and use the #WacoWeekend to show us how you are celebrating!


Through the Weekend

Saddle up your horses for the ANHA Shootout Barrel Race at the Extraco Events Center this weekend. The barrel racing will begin Friday at 9 a.m. and continue until Monday night. This event celebrates 30 years of competitive barrel racing within the ANHA.

Head up the road and check out this year’s WestFest. It’s a celebration of West’s Czech heritage with great food, music, drinks and so much more! Be sure to catch the parade, cultural dance performances, arts and crafts, polka and the Kolache 5K. WestFest is fun for the entire family, so corral the kids and go have a time. A full schedule of events can be found here.

Join the Waco Winery for the 3rd Annual Climate Change Art Exhibit. This exhibit run from August 28th to September 28th and feature mixed media that explores the science and impacts of anthropogenic climate change as well solutions. The exhibit is viewable Thursday from 2-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday from 2-8 p.m.

Thursday – August 29

Live Music
– Live Music at the Grape, 7 p.m.

Friday – August 30

Join the jungle with an artist talk by artist Greg Lewallen, an artist who travels the world collecting rare insects and then rendering them in pastel and pencil. Cultivate 7twelve will be hosting his talk, which is free for the public, and will have jungle-themed beverages and sweet bites from Sugar Home Bakery. Head to Cultivate 7twelve from 6-7:30 p.m. for this wild and tasty adventure.

Live Music
– Jonna May, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
– Live Music at the Grape, 7 p.m.
– Jordy Searcy, Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., Tickets cost $11-$14
– Dueling Pianos, Waco Hippodrome, 7:45 p.m., Tickets cost $10
– Parker McCollum with Flatland Cavalry, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 p.m., Tickets cost $25-$30
– Steel Loaded w/ Trine, Melody Ranch, 9 p.m., Tickets cost $10
– Austin English, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
– Zach Ballard Band, Klass Glass, 8:30 p.m.
– Dirty Echoes, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 7-10 p.m.

Saturday – August 31

Wake up, Waco! It’s time for another Weekly Mountain Bike Ride from Bicycle World Waco to Cameron Park. These weekly bicycle rides start at 8:15 a.m. at Bicycle World and last for about an hour as participants bike to Cameron Park. Call Bicycle World to verify that the rides are happening, since weather sometimes gets in the way.

With school back in session, now is a perfect time to take a break and head to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. The market runs from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and features local vendors selling everything from hair scarves to donuts. This is the last week of summer hours, so take advantage of them while you can.

The Bears are back and ready for the Baylor Football opener against Stephen F. Austin State University. Head to McLane Stadium for the kickoff at 6 p.m. or head to touchdown alley earlier in the afternoon for a day of tailgating with friends. Be there to cheer on the Bears!

Humor is in the air at Keep Waco Loud’s Stand Up Comedy Battle: Round II. Eight comedians will battle it out for the top spot and a cash prize at the Hightop at the Hippodrome from 9-11 p.m. This event is free to the public and everyone is welcome.

The Greatest Show is back by popular demand! The Waco Hippodrome is adding an additional showing of “The Greatest Showman” Shadowcast featuring the Waco Civic Theatre. Join P.T. Barnum on his quest to create the Greatest Show at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Waco Hippodrome.

Live Music
– Indian and The Jones, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
– Fluencee, Common Grounds, 7-10 p.m., Tickets cost $10-$15
– Jack Nelson, Melody Ranch, 9 p.m., Tickets cost $7-$10
– Swan Song: A Tribute to Led Zepplin, The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 9 p.m., Tickets cost $10-$15
– David Adam Byrnes, at Smiley’s, 9 p.m.
– Pride and Joy, Austin’s on the Avenue, 9 p.m.
– Tough on Friday’s with Alex Owens, Nexus E-Sports (filming for Texas Music Café), 8:30 p.m., Tickets cost $20

Monday – September 2

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with Homestead Heritage at the 25th Annual Labor Day Sorghum Festival. Sorghum is a syrup made from pressing raw cane and cooking the juice into a rich, golden brown syrup. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be horse-drawn hayrides, freshly cranked ice cream, special music and so much more at Homestead Heritage.

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