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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

October 17-20

5 years ago

By Caroline Yablon

Cheers to another weekend in the great city of Waco! We felt a glimpse of cooler weather this week, but it’s back to warmer temps again this weekend –– we love you mother nature! Anyway, despite the love-hate relationship we have with the weather, there are a lot of fun things to do! Magnolia’s annual Silobration, LulaBelle’s Fall Market and Brew at the Zoo are some featured events to attend this weekend! 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


Chip and Jo don’t just know how to renovate beautiful homes, they also know how to throw an epic party –– that lasts all weekend! Join Magnolia as they celebrate their fifth annual Silobration October 17-19 at the Silos. There will be 40 plus artisan vendors and food trucks from across the U.S. to shop from; fun activities planned by cool brands, oh and did I say Ferris wheel? Following the fun daytime activities, there will be an evening concert featuring JOHNNYSWIM as the headliner and Josh Garrels as the opener. For more information on the event and to buy tickets click here.
Spend your weekend shopping for all kinds of treasures from 70 plus vendors at LuluBelles’s Fall Market in Waco’s Silos District (420 South 5th Street). Along with cool vintage finds, there will be local food trucks and live music to enjoy and I heard a rumor that Waco’s famous cookie company, Milk Bottle Cookies will be there! The market will be open to shop Oct.17-19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. For more information about event click here.

Everything is bigger in Texas, even fake dinosaurs! Discover the evolution of Dinosaurs at the Jurassic Tour, named the largest and most realistic dinosaur event in Texas. The exhibit features over 50 life-size dinosaurs that will make you feel like they are really there. There will also be exciting educational activities that the whole family will enjoy. The event is open from October 17-19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.



Have a pleasant Thursday night enjoying music from the Waco Symphony as they join in concert with the legendary poetic performer, Drew Peterson. Peterson has received many honorary awards such as the 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant, 2017 Pianist Award and the Christel DeHaan Fellow of the American Pianists Association. It will be a great show that you won’t want to miss. The concert will be held at Waco Hall from 7:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, click here.
Live music:
Live Music, The Grape Wine Bar & Bistro, 7-9 p.m.
KB Gawvi, Common Grounds, 8:30 p.m., $20-25 for tickets.


Spend your Friday afternoon with a good game of Flordia Scramble at the 5th Annual Greg May Caritas Golf Classic at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. The golf tournament benefits Caritas, which has served the Waco community for over 51 years providing urgent support for people in need. Last year, the golf tournament’s proceeds provided food for over 2,500 families in need and it will be exciting to see what good the tournament will be able to contribute this year! You can golf as a team of four for $400 or individually for $100. Registration and complimentary lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and the game starts at 1 p.m. If this interests you, you can register here.
Live music:
The New Country Sounds – Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame Jamboree, Gatesville City Auditorium, 7-9 p.m.
Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music, The Grape, 7-9 p.m.
David Dunn, Common Grounds, 8-11 p.m.



What’s a Saturday morning if it’s not spent at Waco Downtown Farmers Market? There’s an assortment of local food and lifestyle vendors to shop from. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Come hungry and leave full and happy!

Spend your Saturday night at the Zoo! Cameron Park is putting on their eighth annual Brew at the Zoo. As you stroll through the park looking at your favorite animals, there will be 20 beers from around the world to try. And to end the event right, there will be live music and dancing under the Zoo’s pavilion! You must be 21 years old or older to attend. For members of Cameron Park tickets are $35, regular admission is $45 and a designated driver is $25 (designated driver ticket holders will not be served alcohol, but unlimited sodas and water are available). Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be bought here.
Live music:
Nothin ‘ Serious, Papa Jo’s Texas Saloon, 8-10 p.m., tickets cost $5
Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
Live Music, The Grape, 7-9 p.m.
Zach Winters, Common Grounds, 8 p.m., tickets cost $12


Need a fun activity for your kids this Sunday afternoon? Then take them to the Children’s Garden Fair where they will get their hands dirty (don’t worry parents, their hands will be clean before hopping on the white couch) with fun interactive Jr. Master Gardener activities such as worm composting, giant bubble blowing, popping popcorn, learning about propagation and so much more! There will also be live music and opportunities for families to take pictures in the pumpkin patch. The event is at the Carleen Bright Arboretum from 2-5 p.m. it’s a free event so bring your kids for a fun fall bash! For more information, contact the Arboretum office at 254/399-9204.
Come enjoy the third Eastside Market. You can expect to find authentic vintage clothing from vendors who spend their time scouting the best finds from all over the country. Also find pottery and handmade jewelry from local artisans, eat delicious food from local food trucks, listen to live music and more. Oh and there will be a whole lot of beer to enjoy from Brotherwell Brewing! By stopping by, you are helping local artisans and artists grow and prosper, which is the market’s mission! The event takes place at Brotherwell Brewing from 12-6 p.m. For more information on Eastside Market, follow them on Instagram.