The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to Do in Waco This Weekend

June 20—23

1 month ago

By McKenna Joyce

With a wide variety of live music, food, drink, art and fitness events, this weekend is sure to fill up your cup! Wherever you choose to explore in Waco, be sure to tag us @Wacoan and use #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured. 

Through the Weekend

Nick Adamo, Hotel Herringbone, Thursday and Friday 4–6 p.m.

“Spring Awakening”

Silent House Theatre, 1319 N 15th St., is bringing you a taste of Broadway with their musical performance “Spring Awakening”. This musical has shows from June 19–23, for showtimes and to purchase tickets visit their website

“Sugar and Violence”

Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave., is proud to present the premiere solo exhibition of “Sugar and Violence” by artist Samantha Janes. The exhibition will run through June 28. Learn more about this exhibit by reading our blog!

“The Waiting Room”

507 Gallery, 1500 Colcord Ave. Ste. C., current exhibit is “The Waiting Room” and is on display until July 5. “The Waiting Room” is a solo exhibition by Naomi Canale that discusses conversations about failure. This exhibit is free and open to the public.

“The Healing Window”

507 Gallery is hosting their first group exhibition at Providencia, 1312 N 22nd St. “The Healing Window” is a free exhibit that is open to the public and is on display until July 14.

“Art Tapas”

The Art Center Waco, 701 S 8th St., latest exhibit, “Art Tapas” is a collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs from local artists.This exhibit is free and open to the public until July 20.

“The Hammer That Shapes Reality”

“The Hammer That Shapes Reality” is the Martin Museum of Art, 60 Baylor Ave., current exhibit that is on display until November 10. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For museum hours, visit their website.


These pulp-fiction covers from the mid-20th century were the precursor to modern clickbait, as these exciting visuals were often what caused readers to purchase these books in the first place. Visit the Martin Museum of Art to see this collection until September 1, or visit this site for more information.

“Sacred Places”

A current exhibit at the Mayborn Museum, 1300 S University Parks Dr., is ‘Sacred Places’ which is about discovering faith and culture around the world. This exhibit is on display until January 5. For more information and museum hours visit their website.


Thursday, June 20

Family Story Time

Once the workday is done, enjoy some time with your favorite people at your favorite place — the West Waco library, 5301 Bosque Blvd. from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Listen to stories, sing songs together, and maybe even play with puppets, so pop in for some fun.

Balcones 15 Year Anniversary Full Flight Tasting

Celebrate Balcones Distilling, 225 S 11th St., 15th year anniversary with a whiskey tasting! The whiskey flights will be served on a custom-built tasting mat attendees can take home, and light snacks will be provided by Waco’s Revival Eastside Eatery. The tasting begins at 6 p.m. and is a 21+,  for more information visit their website.

Name That Tune Bingo

Join Freight Bar, 1613 James Ave., every Thursday music-themed bingo, 7:30–9:30 p.m., with drink specials all night and is free to play.

Vinyl Listening Night

Marie’s Wine Bar, 723 Austin Ave., is having a collaboration with Vintage Mio Records on a Vinyl Listening Night! Every third Thursday of the month, bring your vinyl and enjoy a great listening party from 7—9 p.m.

Boot Scootin’ Dance Club

If you’re a cowboy, cowgirl or someone who enjoys country music and dancing, the Boot Scootin’ Dance Club is the place to be. Styles of dance include two steps, polka, waltzes and a special appearance — the chicken dance. Guests will meet at the Sul Ross Senior Center, 1414 Jefferson Ave., from 7–9:15 p.m. and there is a $6 cover charge. 

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!

Darts Tournament

Grab some friends and get involved at CLICKS Billiards, 1200 Richland Dr #F. Clicks’ Dart Tournament takes place every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Geeks Who Drink Trivia Night

Grab your friends and head over to Truelove Bar, 414 Franklin Ave., for trivia night. Trivia starts at 7 p.m.

Karaoke Night

It’s Karaoke night starting at 8 p.m. at Lakeside Bar & Live Music, 6605 Airport Road. 


Friday, June 21

Music on the Patio

Take a sip of fresh coffee while you enjoy live music from local Waco artists at Magnolia Press, 418 S 8th St. Take a seat on the patio anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. to experience this true Waco sound. 

Painted Pride Paint Night

Join the Waco Pride Network at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Ave., for a night of painting from 6–8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the door.

Balcones 15 Year Anniversary Pairing Dinner with Moroso

Balcones Distilling, 225 S 11th St., is joining forces with Moroso Italian Ristorante for a special pairing dinner led by the distilling and chef teams. Enjoy a four-course meal paired with each of the distillery-exclusive 15th anniversary releases. This event is from 7–9 p.m. and is 21+. To purchase tickets, click here.

Holly Tucker, Freight Icehouse and Yardbar, 8–11 p.m.


Saturday, June 22

ARTPrenticeship Community Paint Day

Join Creative Waco‘s 2024 ARTPrenticeship Team to get some color and life onto the walls of Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 N 4th St. Meet and help the team with this new mural and learn some fun facts about the incoming Cape penguins and black-footed cat whose home you will be decorating. This event is free and open to the public, but you will need to RSVP here for a 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. slot.

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.

Texas Rangers Talks

Visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, 100 Texas Ranger Trail, to learn about the Texas Rangers with Ranger Kenneth Shields. The talks will be at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and are free with admission. For more information, visit their site

Father Fest Car Truck and Bike Show

Head over to Brazos Park East, 3516 N MLK Jr. Blvd., for the Legends Father Fest Car, Truck and Bike show. It is $25 to enter your car and free to attend the event. This show is from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. and there will be vendors, food trucks and entertainment.

Union Grove Block Party

Hangout at Union Grove, 8100 Woodway Dr., for their Block Party from 12–8 p.m. This party is free and open to the public and will have live music, face painting, bounce houses and more.

Floating Mercado

One day floating market at Skate Waco Bellmead, 500 N Loop 340, featuring food, drinks and culture through local vendors starting at 1 p.m. 

Nate Leonard, Hotel Herringbone, 3—6 p.m.

Sippin’ Safari Soiree

Join Cameron Park Zoo, 1701 N 4th St., for a girl’s night out from 6—9 p.m.! Sippin’ Safari Soiree tickets will include two drink tickets (valid for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), dance party, vendors, tortoise encounters and more. This event is restricted to adults 18+ and tickets start at $15.

Zak Mirz

Zak Mirz is performing live at the Waco Hippodrome Theatre, 724 Austin Ave., at 7:30 p.m. This is a family-friendly comedy show and tickets start at $20.

Back in Black (AC/DC Tribute Band)

Back in Black (AC/DC Tribute Band) is performing live at the Backyard Bar Stage and Grill, 511 S 8th St. at 8:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased here.

The Waymores, Freight Icehouse & Yardbar, 9—11 p.m.


Sunday, June 23

Kitten Adoption Event

Cultivate7twelve and Fairytales and Tiny Tails Rescue are pairing up for their first adoption event from 10 a.m.—2 p.m. at Cultivate7twelve, 712 Austin Ave. 

Sunday Funday

Join Barnett’s, 420 Franklin Ave., for Sunday Funday: Brunch & Karaoke! Karaoke is being introduced to complete your Sunday — brunch and cocktails from 10 a.m.—2 p.m., live music and outdoor games on the patio at 12 p.m., and finally, karaoke starts at 5 p.m.

Acoustic Open Mic Night

Hit up Lakeside Bar, 6605 Airport Road, at 6 p.m. for great drinks and a great Open Mic Night with host Michael Saldana.

Latin Dance Night

Hit up Twisted Sisters Patio Bar, 115 Mary Ave., for great drinks, great music and great dancing for Latin Dance Night, starting at 6 p.m.