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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

October 31-November 3

3 years ago

By Caroline Yablon

Can you believe it? It’s already November! Which means we are transitioning into cooler weather finally! I am pleased to report that Waco has a list of fun events for the community to enjoy this weekend to start the month right including Deck the Halls Holiday Gift Market, First Friday events, The Friends of the Library Book Sale, McGregor Christmas Open House and a whole lot of live music performed by many talented artists (and that’s just to name a few)! Also, 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


Oh, what fun! Join Waco Junior League at their 14th Annual Deck the Halls Holiday Gift Market. It’s a fun way to start Christmas shopping early with so many great vendors. There will also be pictures with Santa and fun activities planned for the kids throughout the weekend like the Gingerbread Bash, Breakfast with Santa, Cookies with the Clauses, Ladies Night Out and Mother Daughter Tea. The market is held at the Waco Convention Center Nov. 1-3. Tickets range from $7-$15 and can be purchased here. For more information on the event and hours head on over to
Books, books and more books! Don’t miss your opportunity to score on some rare finds at The Friends of the Library Book Sale Nov. 1-3 in the Texas Rooms of the Waco Convention Center. The heart of the sale is books, but there will also be a spread of DVDs, CDs, LPs and a Collectors Corner of special interest items. Hardbacks and soft cover/paperbacks are $2 each and children’s books are $2 per inch. Admission to the sale is free. Each day has special perks: Friday has no sales tax. Saturday, teachers will save 20% (excludes Collectors Corner). Sunday will have $10 bags of books (tax included) and Collectors Corner is half price. Other promotions and hours can be found here.


Celebrate Halloween a little differently this year by cheering on the undefeated Baylor Bears at the Baylor vs. West Virginia game at McLane Stadium at 7 p.m. Costumes are encouraged so don’t worry, your kids won’t be missing out on dressing up as their favorite action figure or Disney princess! Tickets range from $6-$47+ and can be purchased here.
Talk about a thriller… Spend your Halloween honoring the King of Pop at the Michael Jackson Tribute Show starring Danny Dash Andrews, named Americas #1 Michael Jackson impersonator! It’s a performance for all ages that will showcase the star’s extraordinary musical journey throughout Jackson’s life. The show is held at the Waco Hippodrome. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25-$50, depending on seats and can be purchased here.
Live music:
Live Music at the Grape Wine Bar & Bistro, 7 p.m.
Mike Mains & The Branches at Common Grounds, 8 p.m.
Ed Leonard & Friends, Junction 36, 7 p.m.


It’s the First Friday of November which calls for a celebration with fun events, later hours and a whole lot of fun in Downtown Waco! Come out and attend the many events hosted by local businesses such as free admission to the Dr. Pepper Museum from 5:30-7:30 p.m.; taste and shop award-winning whiskies and cocktails at Balcones Distilling from 4-8 p.m.; enjoy extraordinary art and live music at Cultivate 7Twelve from 6-10 p.m. and so much more. Find out about First Friday Waco and events here.

Waco is in for a treat! Renowned author, Ruth Chou Simons, will make an appearance at Fabled Bookshop & Cafe in celebration of her new book, “Beholding and Becoming: The Art of Everyday Worship.” Ruth will be sharing a glimpse of her life as an artist, mother and author. Tickets for this event cost $35 and includes a book, a drink from the cafe, dessert and a chance to win door prizes. Click here to purchase tickets and learn more about the event!
Live Music:
Ian Moore, The Backyard Bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m.
The Bellamy Brothers, 5J Dance Hall, 8:30 to midnight
Michael Herrera – Songs and Stories, Waco Hippodrome, 7-10 p.m.
Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7-10 p.m.
Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras (jazz), Hilton Waco, 7-10 p.m.



Saturday morning’s call for a trip to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market where you can indulge in scrumptious foods, drinks and goods from local artisans and food vendors. There are food options for all taste-buds that will leave you wanting more! Find donut voted Best of Waco at Nightlight Donuts, pour-over coffee drinks from Third Space Theory Coffee, authentic Mexican breakfast tacos from Sergios and fresh produce and meat from local farmers and so much more at the Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Spend your Saturday night experiencing Waco City Live’s first-ever music event featuring live music by The Irons with The Shortlist Band at Milo All Day starting at 10 p.m. You can also enjoy delicious food and drinks from their menu. A night of cool tunes and good eats –– what could be better than that? Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased here.
Live music:
Revolucion De Amor, Mana Tribute Band, The backyard bar & Grill, 8:30 p.m.
Second Hand Rose Band, Melody Ranch, 8 p.m.


Get in the spirit of the Christmas season a little bit early this year at the McGregor Christmas Open House on Main Street. Be prepared to jam to all the good Christmas classics, eat way too many candy canes, win giveaways and shop a little too! The event will take place at 303 Main St. and last from 1-6 p.m. so pull out your favorite Christmas sweaters and get ready for a jolly good time! For more information on the event click here.
Live music:
Noah Gundersen, Common Grounds, 8 p.m.

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