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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 5-8

5 years ago

By Caroline Yablon

The Texas summer heat has sadly not left us just yet, but on a positive note, there’s a lot of fun things to do with family and friends this weekend that will make up for it. Like the kick-off of Waco Restaurant Week, First Friday Waco and of course, the second game of the season for our Baylor Bears! Keep us informed of any fun things that do by tagging @Wacoan and using our hashtag #WacoWeekend.


Throughout the Weekend

Need a good reason to eat out this week? Well here’s one — it’s Waco Restaurant Week, which means local restaurants, coffee shops, food trucks, pop-ups and bars are offering special priced foods and drinks September 6-14. Another good reason? Every purchase benefits a good cause; 10 percent of all menu items sold under the event is donated to Caritas, a non-profit that strives to combat hunger and poverty within the Waco community. Delicious quality food at a discounted price that helps a good cause –– it’s a win-win! To find out more, visit
Attention all aspiring astronauts big and small, this is the final weekend of the Be the Astronaut exhibit! Visit to learn about all things space, like planning a mission, learning about the technology that sends rockets into space, experiencing a flying capsule, and so much more! The exhibit will be open September 5- 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Baylor University Mayborn Museum. The cost of admission for children is $6, adults are $8 and seniors is $7. To purchase tickets, head on over to
Get ready to take flight with the Heart of Texas Miniature Aircraft Club’s 37th Annual Greater Southwest Jet Rally. From 12– 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, at the club’s location on Overflow Rd. The event is free for spectators and food is served each evening including free pizza on Thursday, BBQ Friday evening for $10 per plate and a chicken dinner Saturday following the awards for $7 per plate. Visit their website at, for more information.

Thursday, September 5

Get your signaling devices ready! It’s First Thursday Trivia at the Waco Hippodrome! The theme is Parks and Rec trivia so dust off your favorite Ron Swanson quotes, fuel up with a turf ‘n’turf dinner and head over to play. Team sign-ups start at 5:15 p.m., the first question is at 6 p.m. and the game lasts until 8 p.m. All team members must be present. For details, visit
Live Music:
Three4One, Don Carlos, 6 p.m.
The Grape Wine Bar & Bistro, 7 p.m.

Friday, September 6


It’s the First Friday of the month, and you know what that means? It just might be this Wacoan’s favorite day of the month because Downtown Waco will be jam-packed with fun events, live music, late store hours and even discounted food and drink specials.
A few standout events to consider: spend some time at Cultivate 7Twelve, where you can explore the art exhibit, listen live music while sipping on some free wine and munching on yummy hors d’oeuvres. The event lasts from 6-10 p.m. To find out more, visit First Friday Waco’s Facebook page.

Friday date night with no plans? Well here’s a fun idea, head over to Balcones Distillery for some delicious garlic fried rice from The Blasian Asian along with a refreshing Johns Collins drink from the bar. Food and drinks will be served from 6-10 p.m.
Lastly, head on over to the First Friday Jazz event from 6-9 p.m. at Hilton Waco, where you can sit and relax listening to live jazz music performed by Greg Bashara, Evan Klaras and other Waco locals ––this event will not disappoint!
Live Music:
The Grape Wine Bar & Bistro, 7 p.m.
Dirty Echoes, La Fiesta, 7-10 p.m.,
Rodney Crowell, The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 9 p.m., Tickets cost $10-$15
Waco Restaurant Week Kick-Off Party, 5-11 p.m., Brotherwell Brewing
John Dempsey, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
Brazos Brothers, Tokio Store, 7 p.m.
Joel and Deon Q, Klassy Glass, 8 p.m.
Sloppy Joe Trio, Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
Darrell Ray, Pap Joes, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 7

Wake up it’s game day! It’s also Waco Downtown Farmers Market day. So, skip dirtying the kitchen this morning and enjoy a fresh buttery croissant donut from Nightlight Donuts paired with a nice cup of freshly brewed coffee from Thrst Coffee or if your feeling something savory, enjoy a crepe or an authentic Mexican breakfast taco. And while you’re there, load up on all of your fresh produce that comes from local farms as well as check out the variety of other locally owned vendors. The market is located in Downtown Waco and is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cheer on the undefeated Baylor Bears this Saturday at McLane Stadium at 3 p.m. as they face off the University of Texas-San Antonio. It’s set to be a heated game so not only is it important to stay hydrated, apply a bunch of sunscreen, but also bring a ton of school spirit cheering on our Bears! Sic ’em! Tickets cost $20-45. To purchase tickets,
Attention all yogis: there’s a new beat to yoga you gotta try ––80’s style –– and it’s for a good cause — benefiting Sunshine Recovery House, a Waco based nonprofit that provides support to women battling addiction. Bring a mat and of course good vibes and get ready to stretch and sweat with yoga instructor Patrick Dove while listening to some sick tunes provided by DJ Jarrod Bray! And what better way to end the class than with a mocktail provided by Luna Juice Bar. The hour-long class will be held at Sunshine Recovery House, September 7 from 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. To purchase tickets,
Live Music:
Venus Envy, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
Rumors The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show, The Backyard Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m.
Spin Connection’s 3 Year Anniversary, Spin Connection, 6 p.m.
Jason Fletcher, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 8

This is your captain speaking: Enjoy a full afternoon of flight with your family, making personal kites, paper airplanes and experiencing an airplane demonstration Sunday, September 8 from 1- 4 p.m. at East Terrace House (100 Mill St.). The cost of attendance is $10 per family. All you need to bring is enthusiasm and imagination and you might believe you can fly by the end of the event! To learn more, navigate to