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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

October 3-6

3 years ago

By Caroline Yablon

Good news, Waco! A cold front is headed our way — finally it will start to feel like fall! Our lovely local meteorologits say it should be here Monday so we just have to get through one more hot weekend before we can break out the sweaters and boots and maybe a little pumpkin spice. The other good news — we’ve got plenty of fun things to do in Waco this weekend to keep you busy! Be sure to tag us (@Wacoan) on social media and use #WacoWeekend to let us know what fun stuff you guys are up to.


Through the weekend

You’ve read about Matilda Roald Dahl’s classic tale, watched her on the big screen, and may even have seen her in the Tony-winning musical on Broadway. But those who haven’t now’s your chance! The Baylor Theatre is putting on “Matilda the Musical” right here in Waco October 2-13. Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical tells the story of “an extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination, who dares to take a stand and change her destiny.” For more information on dates, times and tickets click here.
It’s fair season y’all, which Texans can always expect to be big! Get ready for epic rides; indulging in fried food, listening to talented artists perform; as well as many fun events for children such as Cowboy Bootcamp and Mutton Bustin Rally, and so much more at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. The fair will be open from October 3-13. Gate hours are from 6-11 p.m. There are two ticket prices: “Midway,” which is $5 for gate admission for ages nine and up and $2 per ride or $35 for an armband, or you can get the “Fun Pass” for $65 which includes a carnival armband and gate admission. Additionally, there is a $5 parking fee. Tickets can be purchased at participating CEFCO convenience stores or at the Extraco Events Center Box Office. Be sure to check out the map because some things have moved this year! For detailson the fair schedule and map, navigate here.
Take your kids to the opening of “Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit” at the Mayborn Museum. They will get to embark on “the magical storytelling of Doc McStuffins” and learn essential life-lessons about health and wellness through helping Doc and her friends at the McStuffins Toy Hospital in this highly interactive bilingual exhibit. The toys are counting on your help with check-ups in the ER, toy pets being groomed at Pet Vet, and baby toys that need to be fed in the Nursery, so bring your kids to help save the day. Who knows, this exhibit may stir in their hearts to aspire to be a doctor one day! It opens October 5 and will stay until January 2020. Price is included in museum admission which is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for children ages 2-12. Baylor students and museum members are free. For more information, click here.
Come out and watch the talented Mclennan Theatre perform the ancient play, “The Servant of Two Masters.” It’s a comedy that was written by the Italian playwright Carlo Goldoni all the way back in 1746! A fun fact about the play is that one of the great Truffaldinos in history asked Goldoni to write it –– how cool is that? The theatre will perform the play October 3-5 at McLennan Community College Music & Theatre Arts Building from 7:30-8:30 each night. Tickets cost $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors and students.


It’s trivia night and that’s a fact! All are welcome to come show off their trivia knowledge at the Waco Hippodrome Trivia Night. Tonight’s theme is based on the movies “Hocus Pocus” and “Goosebumps.” The organizers are asking all teams to sign-up beforehand at this link, Team check-ins start at 5:15 p.m. and be ready to be asked the first question at 6 p.m. Reminder, all team members must be present. See you there!
Live music:
Live Music at the Grape, 7-9 p.m.
Ed Leonard & Friends, Junction 36 7:30 p.m.


The MCC Foundation Golf Classic was once just a college event in 1987. Fast forward to 2019, the 33rd annual MCC Foundation Golf Classic has become one of the “most enjoyable” golf tournaments in Central Texas, which benefits athletic student scholarships at McLennan Community College. The tournament is held the first Friday in October each year. The tournament will take place at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, starting from 7:30 a.m to 1 p.m. If you aren’t able to play in the tournament but still want to support the MCC Foundation Golf Classic, visit to find out other ways you can help. For more information on the tournament and sponsorship opportunities, contact Neyra Bazaldua at or call 254/299-8481.

Can you believe it, it’s already the First Friday of October –– can someone stop the clock? With that being said, Downtown Waco is jam-packed with fun events, late store hours, live music, as well as special deals on food and drinks at participating bars and restaurants. We have you covered with the run-down of a few events that are going on that you should check out!
Balcones First Friday, 4-8 p.m where you can grab a delicious cocktail, sample whiskey, and shop from local vendors. Dr Pepper’s First Friday is from 5:30-7:30 p.m where visitors are welcome to free admission to the Dr Pepper Museum & Free Enterprise Institute –– what a treat that is! Have a Dr Pepper while you’re at it! First Friday at BRÛ Artisan Coffee Works is from 6-8 p.m. You can enjoy live music from local artist Sami Brown as well as get a sweet deal on three mini scones for just $5! Come out and check out featured artist W. Kelley Bailey’s work at First Friday at Cultivate 7Twelve from 6-10 p.m. There will be live music, refreshments and snacks, and a great community of people! Craving a relaxing and jazzy Friday night? Then come to First Friday Jazz at Hilton Waco from 6-9 p.m. and listen to Waco locals, Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras perform some mellow jazz hits!
Singer Chris Renzema who is known for his “poignant lyricism” and hit songs “How To Be Yours” and “I Don’t Wanna Go” both reaching millions of streams on Spotify, will be performing at Common Grounds tonight as part of “The Bozer + The Bear Tour.” The concert starts at 8 p.m. He’s known to transform a concert into a conversation through his music so buy your tickets and get ready for an unforgettable show! Tickets cost $13 and can be purchased here.
If you’ve only seen Acappella in the film, “Pitch Perfect” then you’re missing out! But you’re in luck because Baylor’s A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers perform tonight at Jones Concert Hall at 7:30. Admission is free, so why hesitate?
Live Music:
Live Music at the Grape, 7-9 p.m.
Live Music at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
Branded Heart, 5J Dance Hall 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Cory Morrow at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, 9 p.m. to midnight
Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras, Hilton Waco, 7-10 p.m.
Jimmy Fortune: Live at the Waco Hippodrome, 7-9 p.m.
Jack Russell’s Great White Band, The Backyard, 6-10 p.m.


This year, an estimated 5.8 million Americans will battle Alzheimer’s disease. Help end this invasive disease by joining Heartis Waco Assisted Living and Memory Care’s team for the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness and money for research to one day find a cure for the disease that affects so many people. The walk will begin at Brazos Park East. Registration opens at 8 a.m., the ceremony is at 9 a.m., and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m. Click here to donate and or join the team!

Spend your Saturday morning enjoying all that the Waco Downtown Farmers Market has to offer –– there’s a lot of different local vendors so you might not be able to taste everything, but you can try! A few fan favorites are Sergio’s Food Truck, Nightlight Donuts (they sell out quick so get there early!), Third Space Theory Coffee (known for their iced coffee), Bare Bucha, Luna Juice and so many more great ones to choose from! The farmers market opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 1 p.m. Find out more here.

Aspiring crocodile hunters, this is your event because all month long during CROCtober at Cameron Park Zoo, you can come to visit their “rare Slender Nose Crocodile” and listen to Keeper talks every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. How I wonder what you are. Spend your Saturday finding out at the Star Party in the Park at Lake Whitney State Park from 8-10 p.m. You will get to see the moon and stars through the lens of a telescope lead by Larry Smith, a retired astronomy ranger of the National Park Service. The event cost $5 for people over the age of 13 years-old.
Nature enthusiasts, you will thrive at this event! Come help celebrate the grand opening of the Mayborn Museum’s new Backyard Ecology Hall. The new gallery includes live animals that tell a story about local ecology and traditional museum collection objects while also providing ample creative play experiences for children and families. A few of the fun hands-on interactions that visitors can participate in are learning about the Brazos River through an interactive water table, and experience bee life by climbing into a honeycomb! The celebration will last throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with visits from real scientists and special hands-on activities. If you love to garden, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. you can help plant their backyard! For more information click here.
Live Music:
Live Music at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
Gary P. Nunn, 5J Dance Hall, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Corey Kilgannon with Hallow Bones, Common Grounds, 7:30-11:30 p.m.


Bulls can run 35 miles per hour, how fast can you run? Put your speed to the test and find out at the 2nd Annual Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Running with the Bulls Fun Run and 5K Race! You get the choice of running the one mile or 5k. The registration fee for the 5k is $40 and $30 for the one-mile. All proceeds benefit the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Scholarship Fund. All runners will receive a general admission ticket to the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, a dry-fit, long sleeve shirt. One last surprise, drum roll please, you will get the opportunity to run with the bulls! You probably will be tired and want to go straight home after the race, but stick around after the race for a Free Pancake Breakfast! The race starts at 8 a.m. at the Hometown Stage.
A great way to put your kids in an adventurous spirit this Sunday afternoon is by taking them to the Ancient Oceans Fossil Hunt at the Mammoth National Monument from 1-3:30 p.m., where they will learn how to hunt for fossils from experts in the field. Students will be given a field journal to keep as well as take home the fossils they find.
Live music:
Gregory Partain (piano) Concert, Roxy Grove Hall , Baylor University, 3-4:30 p.m.

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