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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 14-17

7 years ago

By Juliana Mudd & Palmer Brigham

Hey, Waco Weekenders! If you’re anything like me, you’re starting to feel that summer has overstayed its welcome just a bit. Well, hang in there just a little longer — one more week and we can officially welcome fall! But until then, let’s make the most of this last weekend by getting out to enjoy some live music, some great food, and some local brews. Read through what’s going on below and be sure to share what you’re up to by tagging @Wacoan when you post your pictures to social media!


Thursday, September 14

Join four Baylor University faculty members as they share stories of their journey into northern Iraq in 2003 to prepare a war-torn country for education in the context of democracy, civil rights and freedom. The panel discussion “Education Goes to War: Baylor in Northern Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom” will discuss his book, which recounts five journeys to Northern Iraq. The event will be held on the fifth floor of Baylor University’s Cashion Academic Center from 3:30-5:00 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Kick off the weekend early with drinks at Balcones Distillery! Unwind to singer-songwriter Braden Guess’ living room show, described as easy listening with a mix of soft rock. Don’t miss a minute, the show starts at 7:30 p.m., but the doors open at 7:00 p.m. Tickets cost $10 if pre-ordered or $15 at the door.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Alvin Zhu will perform a selection of pieces at Baylor University’s Roxy Grove Hall. Zhu, the recent first-place winner of the Patrick W. Price Competition, has demonstrated his musical prowess at performances in several countries. This recital will feature the music of Chopin and Zhu’s grandfather, renowned composer Gong-Yi Zhu, among other works. Zhu’s performance will begin at 6 p.m. and admission is free.

Friday, September 15

Enjoy a harmony of voices in a Kaleidoscope Concert as six different choral groups from Baylor’s School of Music perform a variety of arrangements, including jazz and sacred music. The concert will be held in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building, and begins at 5 p.m. This event is part of Family Weekend at Baylor and admission is free.

Jam out to some classic rock with Central Texas band The Morticians. Immerse yourself in sounds of the past with covers of the hits from the fifties and sixties. See you at the Waco Hippodrome from 7-9 p.m.! Tickets cost $20.

Come enjoy some Texas country music from Shotgun Laddie, who will offer an acoustic performance at Slippery Minnow. The band’s sound is influenced by Texas greats of country music and by their members’ small-town roots. This show begins at 8 p.m. and admission is free.

Saturday, September 16


Grab some friends and head over to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market to support local vendors. With so many different stands to choose from, enjoy some of your favorites or try something new! The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue and is open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Take a walk back in time and learn about our city’s early history with Waco Walks: Early Waco History Downtown. Covering two miles and several years of early Waco history, the walk includes the Ford House, Dr Pepper Museum, site of the old Waco Market, why the Silos were originally built and more. This walk will last from 9-11:30 a.m. and start and end at the McCulloch House, located at 407 Columbus Avenue.

Celebrate football season Waco style at the Bare Arms Brewery Block Party. Bare Arms will be serving local favorites and introducing some new brews. Food trucks and live music will keep the party going from 12-8 p.m. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Join the Humane Society of Central Texas for their biggest fundraising event of the year. The 18th Annual Wine and Food Festival will provide guests with over 200 wines to sample and food from over 20 restaurants. Make sure to check out the Red Carpet Dog Walk to see some of their best fuzzy friends strut their stuff down the red carpet. Other festivities include live music, a barbecue cook-off, a “cork-pull” and a tent for college football game viewing. Join in the fun at Indian Spring Park from 2-6 p.m. Tickets cost $100.

You’re invited to the Farm to Table Dinner hosted by Happy Harvest and The Home Grown Farm. Guests will enjoy a four-course meal prepared by Chef Juanita with locally-grown ingredients. This event will be hosted at the Home Grown Farm from 6:30-9 p.m. and tickets cost $60. Proceeds benefit the Waco Downtown Farmers Market.
Enjoy Texas wine and Texas country music as Michael Saldana performs for Sip & Swirl at Valley Mills Vineyards. The music begins at 8 p.m. and admission is free.

Sunday, September 17

Walk for a cause at Mission Waco’s Walk for the Homeless, a 1.2 mile educational and prayer walk around six local sites. This event kicks off the organization’s Shoes for the Homeless campaign, when Waco’s homeless population will be able to shop for donated shoes. No registration for the walk is required, but donated hygiene items are appreciated. Join the walk at 8:00 a.m. at the Meyer Center.

Wind down your weekend at Lakeside Tavern with live music from the Steve Hamende Band. Enjoy country music inspired by the sounds of Merle Haggard and the Eagles. The show begins at 2 p.m. and is free of charge.

Friday & Saturday

Exercise your sleuthing skills by attending Murder is a Fine Art: A Murder Mystery Dinner Event at Brazos Theatre. Over dinner from Patti’s Kitchen, search for clues to the murder of notoriously harsh art critic Libby LaBelle. Works by local artist Susan Sistrunk will be on display, and Sistrunk will be on hand both nights to sign prints of her work. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the dinner will begin at 7:30. Tickets are available for purchase by visiting

Live Music Events


Calling all lovers of live music! This weekend has plenty of events in store that you’re sure to enjoy. Head over to DiamondBack’s on Thursday at 6 p.m. to hear some jazz from Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly. If you fancy some country, the Huser Brothers Band will play at La Fiesta from 6:30-9:30. Piano Man Russell Boyd will be at The Backyard at 9 p.m. On Friday evening The Grape will have live music from 7-10 p.m., The Byron Swann Trio performs jazz at Klassy Glass from 8-10 p.m. and the Scooter Brown Band will play at The Backyard with Whiskey Myers beginning at 8:30 p.m. Klassy Glass is also the place to be on Saturday night to listen to Bruce Carbonara’s Sinatra-style vocals from 8-10 p.m.