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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 1-3

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Happy Labor Day weekend, Waco! School is in full swing and summer is winding down, but don’t worry. Make the most of your long weekend by getting out and experiencing some of the many fun things going on. We want to see your posts on social media! Use #WacoWeekend or tag @WACOAN in your posts. Have fun!

Thursday, August 31

Start your weekend with some smooth jazz by Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly. They will be playing at DiamondBack’s at 6 p.m. Jazz is the perfect music to accompany the delicious food.

Summer isn’t over yet! Squeeze every drop out of the season by enjoying the last movie in the Summer Movie Series at the Silos. Magnolia Market, the Waco Hippodrome and CampusTown Waco partner to give you “The Wizard of Oz,” a movie for the whole family. The screening begins at dusk.

Friday, September 1

Kick off September downtown with First Friday. This monthly event has lots of opportunities and specials for you. Balcones Distilling offers whiskey flights and cheese pairings from 4-7 p.m. Dr Pepper Museum celebrates this new month with Dr Pepper, whiskey and barbecue from 5:30-7:30 p.m. If you think you’ve got what it takes, stop by the Waco Hippodrome between 5:30-8:30 p.m. and compete in Trivia Night. The Hilton will have live local music from Wacoans Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras starting at 7 p.m. Check out First Friday Waco to view the full list of all the participants.

One great way to spend your Friday night is at Kissing Tree Vineyards with some live music and Texas wine paired with Italian food. Wacoan Jackie Darlene will get your boots tapping with her original country music. Fans of country singers Miranda Lambert, Tim McGraw and Loretta Lynn will enjoy her music. Darlene performs from 7-10 p.m.

Come out to Common Grounds coffee shop and enjoy the music stylings of Honest Men, a Waco indie pop rock band who will headline this event. Local artist Glenmerle and Austin-based musician Cotes will also perform at this show. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will be from 8-11 p.m.

Houston-based southern rock band The New Offenders are playing at The Backyard. The show starts at 9 p.m. Have a drink and listen to some great music to relax and celebrate the new month.

Saturday, September 2

Come browse a wide selection of fresh local produce, baked goods and other delicious treats at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market on Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A number of vendors from local farms and businesses will be on hand selling locally grown fruits and vegetables, dairy products and homemade baked goods. Other booths feature handcrafted beverages, handmade artisan items and even beauty products. This wonderful event has something for everyone.

Cheer on your Baylor Bears as they open their 2017-2018 football season at home. The Bears will take on the Liberty Flames at McLane Stadium at 6 p.m. Wear green and gold to show your Baylor pride for the Bears and head coach Matt Rhule. Sic ’em!

Join author, Baylor professor and Black Gospel Music Restoration Project co-founder Bob Darden for his lecture, “Deep River: Enduring Words of the Slave Poets” from 3-5 p.m. This event will take place at the Waco Hippodrome for the HOT Poets Society meeting and Open Mic.

Texas songwriter and living legend Ray Wylie Hubbard takes the stage at the Hippodrome playing new music from his latest album. Hear him perform live from 7-9 p.m.

Didn’t get enough of Kissing Tree Vineyards or missed its Friday event? Then no worries. Saturday night also has live music, Texas wine and Italian food. Texas native Jayme Wade will make you want to get up and dance. His music has a bit of a rock edge, but he stays true to his Texas roots and the Texas music. Wade will keep your Saturday night rocking.

Join the Sloppy Joe Band at The Backyard for a crowd-pleasing set. Known for their wide range of music from the ’60s to modern hits, this five-piece variety band can play it all. The show starts at 9 p.m. Don’t miss out!

Catch the release party for Matt and The Herdsmen’s sophomore album “Still Sane.” Matt and The Herdsmen are known for both their high-energy songs and country ballads. There will be something for all country music lovers to enjoy. Grab a drink and join the band at Melody Ranch from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Sunday, September 3

Take the whole family over to the Mayborn Museum for its free Sunday event. Check out the many wonderful exhibits and learn something new. The Mayborn is open from 1-5 p.m. While you’re there, don’t forget to wander through the latest exhibit called Speed: Science in Motion.

All Weekend

Come on down to the Extraco Events Center to watch riders compete in barrel racing at the 28th annual American Novice Horse Association ShootOut. Fun and prizes are expected all weekend long. Prizes include money, saddles and buckles. Friday starts fast with 5D pole bending at 8 a.m. followed by barrel exhibitions. Each race will have several rounds. Catch more races each day this weekend.

Celebrate your Labor Day weekend at the 42nd annual Westfest! This exciting festival kicks off with a Friday evening preview party beginning at 5:30 p.m. with food and dancing. Music begins at 8 p.m. The festivities continue Saturday with the Westfest parade at 10 a.m. and more live music and a variety of folk dance performances in costume throughout the afternoon. Sunday will also feature a number of live bands and dancers, as well as the Kolache 5K Challenge and a kolache-eating contest. Take your whole family out to enjoy these special events, as well as the carnival rides and midway. For more information and to view admission tickets and other prices, visit

Monday, September 4

Labor Day concludes our weekend, so make sure you meander over to Homestead Heritage. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the annual Labor Day Sorghum Festival will be in full gear. Take a horse-drawn hayride or watch raw sorghum cane be made into delicious syrup. Sugar up with sorghum syrup samples and freshly cranked ice cream.

Come learn more about endangered species and the efforts underway to help them at National Wildlife Day at the Cameron Park Zoo. Zoos, aviaries and marine sanctuaries around the country are participating by providing a variety of ways for folks to get involved. Free general admission for Hurricane Harvey evacuees from certain counties. Visit Cameron Park Zoo’s Facebook page to see the list.

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