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Things to Do in Waco this Weekend

September 7—10 Sponsored by Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children

9 months ago

By Avery Ballmann

This week’s Waco Weekend is sponsored by the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children. Be sure to attend their Designer Purse Bingo Event on Sunday, September 17 at 5 p.m. located at the Lee Lockwood Library, 2801 W Waco Dr. This is a sellout event so get your tickets now!

Where will you explore this weekend, Waco? Will you go to The Art Center to see their latest exhibit, attend Woodway’s Wine and Food Fest or catch some live music at the Hippodrome? Wherever you decide to spend your weekend, make sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured.

Over the Weekend

Waco Calligraphy Guild Exhibit

The Waco Calligraphy Guild is hosting their latest exhibit at Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., from Friday September 8th until September 29th! This exhibit is free and open to the public. The opening reception is Friday night at 6 p.m.

A Time to Wonder: An ARTPrenticeship Exhibition

View ARTPrenticeship’s latest gallery at Thrst Coffee Shop, 1500 Colcord Ave., until September 7th! ArtPrenticeship is a program for young artists through Creative Waco. Grab a cup of coffee while you gaze at local art.

“Celebrating Primary Colors and Emotions” by Charles Wallis

Classically trained master painter Charles Wallis’ is bringing his exhibit, “Celebrating Primary Colors and Emotions” to Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave. Wallis’ exhibit will be on display for the entire month of September. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.—5 p.m.

Texas, Your Texas: Celebrating 100 Years of the Texas Collection

Rare Texana will be featured at the special exhibit, “Texas, Your Texas: Celebrating 100 Years of The Texas Collection”, located at Carroll Library, 1429 S 5th St. From 8 a.m.—5 p.m., come celebrate the collection at this centennial event.

Hermès in the Heart of Texas: The Art of Kermit Oliver

Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., is presenting an exhibition of wearable art in celebration of Kermit Oliver’s 80th birthday. Curated by Andrea La Valleur-Purvis, come view the intricate designs of Kermit Oliver, a Waco post worker and humble artist, in his 30-year collaboration with the world-renowned French fashion house, Hermès. The exhibit will run from August 4th through October 14th. Gallery hours are Tuesday—Friday from 11 a.m.—5 p.m., Thursday from 11 a.m.—7 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m.—2 p.m.

Thursday, September 7

Big Hat Brunch

Head over to the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum, 2801 W Waco Dr., from 11 a.m.—1 p.m. to support Esther’s Closet. There will be a catered brunch, silent auction, big hat show-off and a guest panel.

Networking Forum

The Waco Chamber of Commerce is hosting its monthly networking forum from 11:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m. at 6700 American Plaza Studio B. Attendees can give a 60-second commercial about their business and upcoming events and you must be a member to attend. For more information about membership, visit their website.

The Texas Collection Centennial Speaker Series: Film Showcase

Witness never before seen Waco film footage with Historic Waco and the McLennan County Historical Society at the Carroll Library, 1429 S 5th St., at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP, click here.

Geeks Who Drink

Get your facts right because it’s Trivia Night at Truelove’s Bar, located at 414 Franklin Ave. This evening consists of 60 questions over a two-hour period starting at 7 p.m. There are plenty of chances to win free drinks and prizes throughout the evening!

Touch of Grey, Old Chicago Pizza + Taproom, 7–10 p.m.

Songwriter night with Jonna Mae, Texas Music Cafe, 7 p.m.

Darts Tournament

Clicks’ Billiards, 1200 Richland Dr., is hosting its weekly darts tournament starting at 7 p.m.

Trivia Night

It’s Thursday which means it’s Trivia Night at Brotherwell Brewing, located at 400 E Bridge St. Trivia is from 7—9:30 p.m. and each week covers different trivia topics. Be sure to bring a team that has a wide variety of knowledge!

Friday, September 8

Grip it and Sip it Golf Classic

The City of Hewitt Chamber is hosting its 38th annual golf tournament at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, 5200 Bagby Ave., from 8 a.m.—6:30 p.m. All tournament proceeds will benefit the chamber’s scholarship fund!

Cafe y Pan Dulce

Network with the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at their Cafe y Pan Dulce Event located at 510 Austin Ave. This event is free and open to the public and is from 9:30–10:30 a.m.

Moe Bandy, Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 7:30–9:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 9

Beast of the Brazos

Watch or compete in the Beast of the Brazos, an open-water swim competition located at Pecan Bottom Park, Cameron Park Dr., from 6:45 a.m.—12 p.m. It’s not too late to sign up, click here to register.

5th Annual Waco Memorial 911 Stair Climb

The HOT Det. 975 Marine Corps League is hosting its annual 9/11 memorial stair climb at Jacob’s Ladder, 2601 N University Parks Dr. This event is not a race or fundraiser, it is a memorial for the first responders who lost their lives on 9/11. This event is free and open to the public and begins at 8 a.m.

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m.—1 p.m. The market features locally grown and produced goods from farmers and artisans within 150 miles of Waco, plus live music and a featured local organization each week. The market is located in the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot at 500 Washington Ave. Visit their website to view a calendar of upcoming events.

Baylor v. Utah

Head out to McLane Stadium, 1001 S MLK Jr. Blvd., to cheer on the Baylor Bears as they battle the Utah Utes! Kickoff is at 11 a.m. and tickets start at $15.

Jake’s Tea House Car Show

Jake’s Texas Tea House, 613 Austin Ave., is hosting its annual car show from 12–4 p.m.! All proceeds will go to Unbound Now, an anti-human trafficking organization. For more information about Unbound Now, visit their website.

Stitched Halloween Doll Class

Create your own Halloween-inspired doll with Paper Crown, 601 Franklin Ave. The class is from 1–5 p.m. and is $50, this includes all the materials. To reserve your spot, call the Paper Crown at 254-224-7436.

Woodway Wine and Food Fest

Have a night in Italy with the Woodway Wine and Food Fest! Taste test Italian wines and snack on small plates from local restaurants. This event is hosted at the Pavilion at the Arboretum, 1 Pavilion Way, and is from 6–8 p.m.

Bosque Art Classic Opening Ceremony

The 38th Annual Bosque Art Classic kicks off Saturday at 6:30 p.m. with a sale, dinner and awards ceremony. The exhibit is located at 215 S College Hill Dr., Clifton, Texas. For reservations, visit or call 254.675.3724.

Sunday, September 10

Waco Wild West Bike Tour

Riders of all levels are welcome to join the ‘sweetest ride’ through Waco, starting at Heritage Square, 311 Austin Ave. After you finish, indulge in the candy line and grab some sweet treats! Cost to enter is $40 and the race begins at 6:30 a.m. To register click here.

Life Drawing with Hope & Harper Art

Hope & Harper Art is hosting their monthly Life Drawing Class at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave. from 1–4 p.m.

CommUnity Mixer

Join the Waco Pride Network for a night of community building with the WPN Board of Directors, our group presidents and a townhall conversation about the needs and wants of the greater waco lgbtq+ community. This event is hosted at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave and is from 3–5 p.m. Children are invited, activities and childcare will be provided.

Wine Club Preview Tasting with Oak & Ivy

Try Oak & Ivy’s wine club selections along with some charcuterie boards! Learn more about these wines from Sommelier Marc Moberg at Oak & Ivy, 13701 Woodway Dr. Suite 619 from 3–5 p.m. This event is open to the public and is $30 for non-members.

Open Mic Night, Lakeside Bar & Live music, 6—11 p.m.

Karaoke & Service Industry Night

Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 1613 James Ave., is hosting a karaoke night from 7 p.m.—12 a.m.! Play games, sing songs and drink local brews all in one spot. If you are a service industry worker, enjoy a discount on certain drinks!