The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 26-29

5 years ago

By Caroline Yablon

Happy Weekend, Waco! While we patiently wait for cooler temps to arrive, we might as well get out and have a little fun! Whether you prefer indoors or out, there is plenty to choose from. Let us know what you’re up to by tagging @Wacoan and using our hashtag #WacoWeekend.


Through the weekend

Greetings earthlings! Learn about some of the cool things happening near Waco at the SpaceX: Now this is a Rocket Science Exhibit at the Mayborn Museum. You will get the chance to explore a rocket ship model and thruster, get a lively representation of the solar system and so much more! Museum admission costs $9 for adults, $8 for seniors age 65 and older and $7 for children ages 2-12. The Mayborn is open Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Visit, to learn more.
Come check out the great artwork of renowned artist Joseph Albers and many other artists who have been inspired by his work at the Emergence: Art and the Incarnation of Space located at the Martin Museum of Art. The show goes on until October 6 and hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Saturday and opens at 1 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free. To find out more, visit
Celebrate the arrival of fall this weekend at Oktobearfest at Dancing Bear Pub. Enjoy delicious potatoes, pretzels, Kuby’s brats and a few Oktoberfest beers while you are at it! The event will be available every day from 12-6 p.m. until October 6.

Thursday, September 26

Feeling stressed? Maybe yoga can help! As part of the Mayborn Museum Mind, Body and Soul Studio, learn from Kim Johnson, who is a licensed massage therapist at Baylor University from 9-10:30 a.m. on how to find peace through yoga and relaxation. The event is free, but space is limited. You must be 18 years or older to attend
So here’s the tee, George’s Big “O” Cup Golf Tournament, presented by the Waco Chamber of Commerce is today! There’s no doubt that you will have a big “O” time playing the classic game of golf. There are even opportunities to win prizes at every hole. And what better way to end a game of golf than to indulge in a complimentary lunch from George’s. The tournament will take place at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course and is divided into morning and afternoon rounds. The morning round begins at 7:30 a.m., following 1:30 p.m. for the afternoon round. For more information about the tournament and to register head on over to

Come cheer on local Waco celebrities and their groovy dance moves at the Family Abuse Center’s 5th Annual Dancing with the Waco Stars. Our Waco “Stars” have teamed up with a professional dancer “Pros” to put on a spectacular show for the community to enjoy, but also to benefit a good cause. However, it’s up to the Waco community for how well the dancers perform through generous support, that all goes towards fulfilling the Family Abuses Center’s mission to support survivors of domestic violence and abuse. The dance competition takes place at the Waco Hippodrome. Doors open at 6 p.m. for cocktails, dinner will be served at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the event and ticket sales click here.
Live music:
Live Jazz at Balcones Distilling, 7-9 p.m.
Live music at The Grape, 7-10 p.m.
Ed Leonard & Friends, Junction 36, 7 p.m.

Friday, September 27

Hooray for Hispanic Heritage Month! To celebrate, the Central Texas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is putting on Hispanic Heritage Art Show & Celebration at Art Forum of Waco from 6-9 p.m. There will be food, music, entertainment and of course art! The event is free so come as you are and have a fun time celebrating Hispanic Heritage!
Music and Comedy in one show? Yes! Grab your friends and family or come solo and attend Micah Tyler’s Different Kind of Night Tour with special guest 321 Improve. The show is at Common Grounds. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.Tickets costs $15-$35 and can be purchased here.
Live Music
Live music at The Grape, The Grape Wine Bar and Bistro, 7-9 p.m.
Randall King, The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 8:30 p.m., tickets cost $10-$15
Johnny Lee, 5J Dance Hall, 9:30-11:30 p.m.
Live Music at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
Bobby Dean and Timeless Country, The American Legion Post 121, 7-10 p.m., tickets cost $5
Tyler Pruitt- Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon, 8 p.m., tickets cost $5
Clean Slate, Fuzzy Taco Shop, 7-10 p.m.
Melinda Adams and Steven Marshall, Tradinghouse Bar & Grill, 8-11 p.m.

Saturday, September 28


Howdy fellow Wacoans and those migrating through! Today is Saturday, which means you get an excuse to leave the pancake mix in the pantry and bring yourself, family or friends with you and enjoy some tasty dishes from local vendors as well as load up on fresh veggies and meat for the week at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Once you have made one the hardest decision debating whether to get a fresh croissant donut or street tacos for breakfast, take a seat at one of the tables and enjoy your food while listening to some stellar live music from local artists! The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. so come as you please!
Get hype, it’s game day! Our Baylor Bears are staying home this game and playing against Iowa State. The Bears have managed to remain undefeated so far this season so let’s fill the stands and cheer them on this afternoon to keep up the winning streak! The game will take place at McLane Stadium and starts at 2:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $30-$65 and can be bought here.
How many times can you say you’ve gone on a walk that has saved lives? If you answered zero, then here’s your chance: The American Heart Association is putting on the Waco Heart Walk this evening at 5 p.m. at Cameron Park Zoo. The purpose of the walk is to raise funds to further the American Heart Association’s mission. When you register to walk, you are accepting the challenge of fighting for heart disease and strokes as well as joining millions of Heart Walk Heroes from across the nation who are also raising money for “life-saving science,” too. Click here to register.
A music tour with a purpose –– to celebrate all that life has to offer! No matter your religious, political or sexual orientation, you are welcome to attend The Collection Tour by The Fox and the Crow and Brave Holiday at Common Grounds at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased here.
Take two steps in the right direction this Saturday night and head on over to 5J Dance Hall for live music from 35 South. It will be a night of two-stepping, laughs and maybe even some beer! The doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert goes from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

It’s got to be the best feeling when artists come out with new music. For Jason Fletcher fans, you are in luck because he is this spring. But in the mean-time, come and listen to him live at The Hightop at the Hippodrome this evening from 7-9 p.m.
Live music:
Live music at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
The Queens of Soul Jazz, Hippodrome, 7 p.m., tickets cost $25-$50
Read Southall Band, The Backyard Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m., tickets cost $12-$15
John Dempsy, Papa Joe’s Saloon, 8 p.m.
Curtis Grimes, Smileys Country Club, 9 p.m.

Sunday, September 29

Come out and attend the HeartFest Benefit Concert at The Backyard Bar & Grill, benefiting Jody Lee Caudle. The lineup includes William Clark Green, Clayton Landua, Mike Stanley Band, Sundae Drivers, John Dempsy Trio, Calamity Janes, Michael Saldana, Midnight Riders, Steve Helms, Sarah Hobs, Giovannie Yanez, Shae Abshier, Canaan Bryce and Huser Bros. The concert begins at noon and $10 is a suggested donation to attend, but all donations are greatly appreciated.
Open water swim at the Brazos! Put your swimming skills to the test and embark on the Beast of Waco’s 1.2 mile and 400-meter open swim across the Brazos River. The races begin at 1 p.m. from Pecan Bottom Dock and following that, the 2:30 p.m. race starts at Bledsoe-Miller Dock. The 400-meter swim costs $40 and the 1.2 mile costs $80 to register. All who register will receive a swim-cap and a t-shirt. Whether you register or not, come and support the brave swimmers, it will for sure be site to see! For more information click here.