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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 12-15

3 years ago

By Caroline Yablon

It’s almost fall, yet still feels like summer. So take advantage of the warm weather while we still have it this weekend. Take your family to the Pullman Family Marina, go to the farmers market or sit outside listening to the many live music shows that Waco has to offer. And if you really want to embrace the warm weather, sign up for the Striding for Wellness 5K! Also, keep us informed of any fun things you do by tagging @Wacoan and using our hashtag #WacoWeekend.


Throughout the Weekend


Baylor Families far and local, alumni or just big fans, this weekend is for you! Family Weekend at Baylor is Friday-Saturday, where you can experience Baylor’s rich traditions that students get to experience every day through many on-campus events.
Ever wondered what it was like for women in the early days of the soda pop industry and the science field, as well as how women have been portrayed in advertising throughout history? Well, then come check out the “Not Just Another Pretty Face” exhibit at the Dr. Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Hate to be the bearer of bad news… but it’s the last weekend of Waco Restaurant Week –– Sept. 12-14! But on the bright side, that’s still three days left to enjoy delicious food at local restaurants and food trucks for a fraction of the cost, while also benefiting a good cause ––Caritas, a Waco-based charity that strives to end hunger in the city. So, save the home-cooked meal for another night because you don’t want to miss out! To find the participating restaurants and more information on the event check out,

Thursday, September 12

Come out and support Baylor’s performing arts students by attending the Baylor Jazz Ensemble Swing Concert. The event will take place at Jones Concert Hall –– located in the Baylor McCrary Music Building from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased either at the Bill Daniel Student Center or over the phone at 254/710-3210.
Live Music
Live Music at the Grape: 7-9 p.m. at The Grape Wine Bar and Bistro
Live Jazz at Balcones: from 7-9 p.m.
Ed Leonard & Friends: 7 p.m., Junction 36

Friday, September 13

Let’s tee off the weekend right with a pleasant game of golf! Greater Waco Chambers is celebrating their 34th annual golf tournament presented by City of Hewitt at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The best par (see what we did there?) about the event is all the proceeds benefit Greater Hewitt Chambers Scholarship Fund and community development. To top it all off, there’s a chance you could leave the tournament as a millionaire or owner of a brand-new vehicle! You can register here.
A few Baylor Family Weekend events:
Baylor is famous for many things and Dr. Pepper floats are one of them! So, start the Baylor Family Weekend off right at Welcome Hour in Barfield Drawing Room from 4 -5:30 p.m., where you get to enjoy a richly famous Dr. Pepper float and partake in fun activities suited for the whole family!
Feel out of the loop with Baylor’s rich culture? Then go on a 15-minute Traditions Tour where you get to see and hear all the tradition heavy parts of campus. The tours will take place during the Taste of Waco from 6 – 9 p.m.
Save the grease pit for another meal and instead share a meal as a family at Taste of Waco at Founders Mall from 6 – 9 p.m. There will be a variety of local food trucks so there’s bound to be food options for everyone in the family!
End the night on a spiritual note through worshiping as a family with Vertical Ministries at the Barfield Drawing Room from 9 – 9:45 p.m.
Free cookies? You can count me in! For sure save room for dessert because Tiff Treats will be offering free cookies at their Tiffwich Block Party located at their brick and mortar store on the fifth street from 7:00-9:00 p.m. It will be a sweet event that you won’t want to miss!
Live Music
The Melody Ranch: 9 p.m. to midnight
Live Music at the Grape: 7-9 p.m. at The Grape Wine Bar and Bistro
Live Jazz at Klassy Glass: 8:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 14


Need a good reason to get up early on a Saturday? The Waco Downtown Farmers Market, of course. The market opens at 9 a.m. and ends at 1p.m; which gives early risers and those who like to sleep in plenty of time to make it over there and indulge in some delicious food, load up on fresh produce and shop till you drop from local vendors. Locals and visitors to the city are always welcome!
Put on your fastest running shoes and come out and support the Heart of Texas Region MHMR’s Striding for Wellness 5K. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at Brazos Park East. Tickets cost $37. All proceeds benefit the organization’s wellness programs that aim to promote health and wellness for their clients and employees. To purchase tickets and more information on the organization:
Baylor Family Weekend Events

Come check out where the undefeated Baylor Bears play the game at McLane Stadium from 10 a.m. to noon. Each tour is an hour long. Tickets are free, but space is limited so make your reservations sooner rather than later here.
Spend your sunny afternoon paddling away at the Pullman Family Marina! It will be open to the public from 3 p.m. to sundown. If students bring their student ID’s, their family members can count as guests. Make things interesting and find a family to compete with in a canoe race. Whoever wins, get to push the other family in the water!
Big bourbon fan? Then come out and support Balcones first annual BourbonFest event as a way to celebrate National Bourbon Month from 4 – 8 p.m. at Balcones. As their way of celebrating, there will be three new specialty bourbons to try, food-trucks, live music, tasting and more! For more information, visit
Live Music
Live Jazz at the Hightop: 7-9 p.m.
Kissing Tree Vineyards: 7-10 p.m.
Blue Dog Wine & Martini Bar: 7-10 p.m.
Waco Winery Tasting Room & Rooftop Patio: 9 p.m. to midnight
Randy Rogers Band with Kyle Park: The Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., tickets cost $30-$35 and can be purchased here

Sunday, September 15

The recently released documentary, “Raise Hell –– The Life and Times of Molly Ivins,” tells the story of the renowned Texas journalist known for her fearlessness and wit. If you haven’t seen it yet, you are in for a treat, at 2:00 p.m. there will be a free matinee showing. And if you can’t make it today, there will be another free showing at 3:00 p.m. tomorrow.
Live Music
Dave Wild Trio: Valley Mills Vineyards, 4 p.m.

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