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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 7-10

7 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Our incredible town offers plenty of activities for people of all ages. Grab your friends and hit the town for some fun. Let us know how you make memories this #WacoWeekend by tagging @WACOAN in your social media posts. Get to it!


Thursday, September 7


Celebrate seven years of The Stars Over Texas Jamboree at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Have a blast dancing to music all evening on the new wood dance floor. Tonight’s special guests include Billy Roy Mitcham, Teresa Byford, Rick Buckner and more. The event will take place from 7-10 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $14 for general admission, $12 for guests over age 65, $6 for Scottish Rite members and free for children under the age of 12. Don’t miss this special anniversary.

Waco history buffs and enthusiasts can stop by East Terrace House for a free lecture. Listen as a speaker recounts the fascinating history of this historic home. From the house to its lively occupants, there are plenty of stories here. The lecture starts at 6 p.m.

Don’t miss the 11th annual swing concert, A Moonlight Serenade, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the Jones Concert Hall. Several faculty guest artists will show off their skills on instruments ranging from the saxophone to the drums to the clarinet. Tickets are $5, but anyone 65 years and older can attend for free. To purchase tickets, visit the box office in the Bill Daniel Student Center or visit the BDSC website.

Friday, September 8


Support fellow Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey at Karaoke Benefit Night. Sing your hearts out at Valley Mills Vineyards from 7-10 p.m. The cover charge is $30 and all proceeds will go to local charity, Jesus Said Love, to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims. Even if you can’t carry a tune, come out and have fun while doing some good, too.

Witness the return of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash as the Waco Civic Theatre presents “Stars: Million Dollar Reunion.” This annual fundraising concert features songs from the golden era of rock. Performance is rated PG-13 and begins at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit or call 776-1591.

Fill up with good food and drink at The Backyard while listening to Koe Wetzel and the Konvicts. This Rock ‘n’ Roll band will keep you grooving with original music from two released albums. Catch this exciting band at 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 9


Soak in the forecasted pleasant weather this weekend outside at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Explore the many booths, simply enjoy time with friends or watch the special presentation on composting by Master Gardeners. Check it out between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue.

Cheer on the Baylor Bears in their second home game of the season. The Bears will take on the UTSA Roadrunners in McLane Stadium at 7 p.m. Show your spirit and pride with green and gold! For tickets go to

Hang out at Spin Connection to hear Jeremiah Jackson perform at 7 p.m. This blues rock band is the creation of Waco-based musician Patrick Saikin. Relax with your friends as you listen to alternative rock inspired by Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Neil Young and others.

Thursday – Saturday


Not sure what to do this weekend? Visit The Art Center of Waco and check out the Lost & Found Exhibition. Two Waco-based art educators collaborated to create this dual-exhibition. Each work is inspired by how you can both find and lose yourself in art. Admission is free, and the exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday


Go on a treasure hunt through the Front Porch Pickins Vintage and Handmade Market. Weave your way through favorite local vendors and new vendors. You are sure to take something home you absolutely love, be it rusty, vintage or handmade. Check it out between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Indian Spring Park.

Take a trip around town and visit a collection of new construction and remodeled homes, including a Magnolia house. The Heart of Texas Builders Association presents the 33rd annual Showcase of Homes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday or 12-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $20 online or $10 in-person at the HOTBA office or select showcase homes. For more information, visit

Keep your ear out for live music happening around town. On Thursday night, Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly are at DiamondBack’s starting at 6 p.m., the Huser Brother Band is at La Fiesta at 6:30 p.m. and “Piano Man” Russell Boyd is at the Backyard beginning at 9 p.m. On Friday night, you can catch Ryan Thomas at Common Grounds at 8 p.m. and Dave Wild Trio at Klassy Glass Wine Bar at 8 p.m. Stop by Valley Mills Vineyards Saturday to watch Dave Wild Trio perform for Sip & Swirl from 8-11 p.m. while Midnight Mustangs play at 8 p.m. at Slippery Minnow. Chuck Jennings will be live at Klassy Glass at 8 p.m. Saturday, and the Backyard hosts John Baumann starting at 9 p.m. With a variety of music ranging from jazz to country, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Take full advantage of the events happening this #WacoWeekend. Check out our online calendar at for more events and information. Have fun!