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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

October 10-13

3 years ago

By Caroline Yablon

Happy fall, everyone! Who’s excited for these cooler temps? Get out there and enjoy it this weekend with plenty of activities from Baylor Homecoming, the fair and rodeo, pumpkin glass blowing, lots of live music and so much more! 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


Get ready for epic rides, fried foods, good music and of course – plenty of fun at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo! Take the kids to check out the Mutton Bustin’ competitions, view the entries in the Creative Arts events or even see a bullfight on Sunday! The fair is open every day through October 13. Gate hours are from 4-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ages nine and up tickets are $15 for gate admission with younger children free. Admission tickets gets you into the rodeo and concerts. Carnival rides are priced separately. Be sure to check out the map because some things have moved this year! For details on the fair schedule and map, navigate here.
It’s Baylor Homecoming Weekend from October 10-12, a time of reunion for Baylor alumni, friends and professors as well as celebration. For over 100 years, Baylor has celebrated the coming home of former Bears with rich traditions like the bonfire, parade, and football game. There are so many fun events planned this weekend and you will be sure to feel the good ole Baylor spirit through campus. For more information on the schedule and history of Baylor Homecoming click here.
It’s finally time to watch the Baylor students, who have put their blood, sweat and tears perform at Pigskin Revue at Waco Hall. The tops acts from All-University Sing will be performing. These students have sacrificed so much of their free time to practice night after night to put on a spectacular show for the Baylor and Waco community to watch! Show times are Thursday, 7 p.m., Friday at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m. As of time of posting the Friday 6:30 p.m. show was already sold out. Tickets are limited so check here.
This is the last weekend to catch “Matilda the Musical” at Baylor Theatre. The classic tale by Roald Dahl which tells the story of “an extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination, who dares to take a stand and change her destiny,” has been adapted to a Tony-winning musical. For show times and tickets, click here.

A fun alternative to carving pumpkins — Blow-Your-Own Glass Pumpkin! Plus, it will last for many years to come! Stanton Studios has a variety of colors and designs to choose from, so make your pumpkin as personalized as you would like! Each pumpkin is $48, and all ages can participate. Pumpkin blowing is happening this Friday and Saturday as well as October 25 and 26 (in case you miss it this weekend) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. You will need to call to make an appointment ahead of time. Call 254/829-1151 or email to schedule yours!


Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, the band who sings the iconic song “American Beauty” is performing at Common Grounds tonight! If you like folk rock/americana then you will not want to miss this show. The concert is from 7-11 p.m. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased here.
For those who never got the chance to audition for American Idol when they were here in Waco, you may have a second chance of stardom at Open Mic Night at the Brazos Theatre! People of musical, poetic and comedian talent are welcome to perform. However, space is limited to the first 15 people to sign up at to perform. Tickets to watch the show cost $8.50 and can be purchased here. Whether your performing or watching, BYOB and get ready for an unforgettable night!
One becomes country music royalty when they receive six Grammy Awards, eight CMA Awards and inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame –– Ronnie Milsap has received all of those things and is coming to the Waco Hippodrome tonight at 7 p.m. This will be a show you will not want to miss! Ticket prices range from $39-$89 and can be purchased here.
Live Music at the Grape Wine Bar & Bistro, 7-9 p.m.
Glen Templeton at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, 9-11 p.m.
Ed Leonard & Friends, Junction 36, 7 p.m.



The road goes on forever, and the party leads to the Waco Hippodrome for legendary Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen’s performance from 7-10 p.m. Ticket prices range from $59-$119 and can be purchased through the Hippodrome here.
Get ready for an artsy night with your significant other at October Date Night, Paint Night at Painting With A Twist from 7-10 p.m. The way Painting With a Twist works is you will be replicating a painting that is picked out for the class and tonight, in the spirit of Halloween you will be creating a Halloween themed art piece. If you are of age, you are encouraged to bring your favorite bottle and wine to sip on while creating your masterpiece and making memories. The price is $65 per couple and you are required to make reservations before attending, which can be done here.
Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, recognized as “rock stars of the classical music world,” they’ve performed on MTV, recorded Billboard chart-topping albums and even released Emmy-nominated music videos, bring their talents to a performance in Waco with “Anderson & Roe Piano Duo” tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Ball Performing Arts Building at McLennan Community College. Tickets cost $20 and are available through the MCC Box Office by calling 254/299-8200 or emailing
Skate your heart out every Friday night at Sip N Skate BYOB with friends or your significant other. Bring your favorite beer and people and live like a kid again for a night–– where else do you get this opportunity? The event is at Skate Waco from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. You must be 18 or older to come. Admission is $12. If you decide to bring alcohol there will be a $5 cooler fee.

Waco–– you are in for a treat! Koe Wetzel is playing at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo tonight at the Extraco Events Center from 9 p.m. to midnight. If you don’t already know about this guy, his music has been described as “90’s and early 2000’s punk rock meets raw, hillbilly East Texas country music.” Come see what all the buzz surrounding this guy is all about! Admission is free with a paid gate admission of $15 for ages 9 and up, free for younger.
Baylor Homecoming Activities:
Extravaganza and Bonfire at Fountain Mall from 6-10 p.m.
Friday Night Flashback at Bill Daniel Student Center from 6-9 p.m.
Pigskin Revue at Waco Hall: The first show starts at 6:30 p.m.(Sold Out!) and the second at 10:30 p.m.
Live music:
Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music at the Grape Wine Bar & Bistro, 7-9 p.m.
Larry Burgin at 5J Dance Hall, 8:30 p.m. to midnight
Ram Herrera, Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 8:30-11:30 p.m.


Students from a variety of Baylor organizations have spent weeks creating over the top floats for the Baylor and Waco community to see at the annual Baylor Homecoming Parade –– which is known to be one of the largest homecoming parades in the nation! The parade starts in Downtown Waco at 8 a.m. and is expected to arrive on campus between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. If you have trouble finding it, look for the giant iconic blow-up Baylor Bear!

Before heading to the Baylor Homecoming game, stop at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market for some good eats! Whether your feeling something savory like breakfast taco or something on the sweeter side such as a donut and an iced coffee, there’s bound to be something that will satisfy everyone’s taste buds in your group or family! The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Do your kids have what it takes to be a Junior Ranger? Well, let them find out for themselves at Junior Ranger Day! Bring your adventurous spirited kids, where there will not only be fun activities for them such as story time and guided hikes, but also have the chance to earn Junior Ranger badges! Junior Rangers “help to preserve National Parks; they learn about Waco Mammoth National Monument, have fun, and are our representatives to their friends, families, and schoolmates back home.” Being a Junior Ranger is great for your kids to learn more about parks and good practices to live environmentally. These free programs are available to all kids! The event will take place at Cameron Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more information.

Can I get a Sic’em for gameday! The undefeated Baylor Bears vs. Texas Tech Raiders this afternoon at McLane Stadium at 3 p.m. Put all of your green and gold, find a tailgate to crash and get ready to cheer on the team! If you don’t already if a ticket you can purchase them here.
The Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo doesn’t disappoint with another killer music lineup this season including headliners Shane Smith & The Saints tonight at 10 p.m. Admission is free with a paid gate admission of $15 for ages 9 and up and free for ages 8 and younger.
Live music:
Live Music at Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
Steve Wariner, The Backyard, 9 p.m.
Rich O’Toole, Smiley’s, 9 p.m.
Landon Dodd, 5J Dance Hall, 9 p.m.


How about them apples! What better way to celebrate the fall season and your Sunday afternoon than at How ‘Bout These Apples Family Funday put on by the Waco Historic Foundation. There will be fun activities involving falls favorite fruit, apples –– yum! Families are encouraged to participate in this event together and are bound to create fun memories out of it! It cost $10 per family to come. The event will be at Earle Napier Kinnard House (814 S. fourth st.) from 1-4 p.m. For more information about the event visit
Get ready to jam to some epic music at the 2019 Waco Music Festival put on by McKamey Group of Companies and Christian Portera. Mclennan Community college partnered with the event to bring some great rap artists including “ZRO- also referred to as the mo city don is a Texas legend and was named one of America’s most underrated rappers in 2007 by the New York Times. Starlito – He gained his first national look for the 2005 song “Grey Goose”, which featured artists Young Jeezy and Yo Gotti” and so many more. The event will be held at the Waco Convention Center from 3- 11:30 p.m. Click here for tickets.
Parents, bring your kids 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 filed! Students will be allowed to take home any fossil that they find as well as their journal.
Live music
La Energía Norteña & Sexto Grado, Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, 8-11 p.m.

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