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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 21-24

7 years ago

By Juliana Mudd, Richelle Braswell & Palmer Brigham,

Well Wacoans, the day we’ve all been waiting for is here – it’s finally fall! It sure doesn’t feel like it, but let’s all ignore the meteorologists and just live in denial for a minute: if you close your eyes, you can imagine there’s a new crispness in the air, right? Maybe not. But hey, go get yourself a pumpkin spice latte, check out some of our featured events here, and pat yourself on the back for making it through another Texas summer.


Thursday, September 21


Unwind and get ready to welcome the weekend by enjoying the mellow folk music of Tim McNary at Dichotomy and enjoying one of the downtown coffee house’s signature espresso beverages or cocktails. The show is free of charge and begins at 7 p.m.

Revel in the majestic sounds of the Waco Symphony Orchestra when it opens the season with the Van Cliburn gold medalist, pianist Yekwon Sunwoo. Sunwoo, accompanied by the orchestra, will perform pieces by Brahms, Sibelius and Haydn. This event will be held in Waco Hall on the Baylor University campus and starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices begin at $25 and are available for purchase at or by calling 754-0851.

Justin Furstenfeld, lead singer of Texas-based alternative rock band Blue October, will perform at Common Grounds coffee shop. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 and last until 11. Tickets cost $25 and are available for purchase online at

Friday, September 22

Ever wondered why rhinoceroses have horns? Be sure stop in at Cameron Park Zoo to participate in special activities for World Rhino Day. The zookeepers will share facts about rhinos, many species of which are endangered. The zoo is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and under.

If you enjoy the smooth stylings of Frank Sinatra, check out Bruce Carbonara playing at Poppa Rollo’s Pizza on Hewitt Drive at 6 p.m. Carbonara is a romantic-style vocalist who is said to make listeners believe he has personally lived each story.

Catch singer-songwriter David Ramirez perform some of his latest music on the heels of the release of his album FABLES. Ramirez is known for his powerful and personal lyrics. Also performing at this show is country-folk singer Molly Parden. Ticket prices begin at $15 online at Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is from 8-11 p.m.

Saturday, September 23


Kick off your Saturday with a visit to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market to explore the wide selection of local produce, sip a handcrafted beverage or indulge in a freshly cooked breakfast item or baked goods. Peruse vendor tents to see what some of our local farmers and businesses have to offer and enjoy the outdoor air. The Farmers Market is located at 500 Washington Avenue and will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Women in agriculture have an abundance of grit and good stories and Janice Grelle is no exception. Grelle will share the story of her journey from schoolteacher to cattle rancher during a lecture, “Stilettos to Stetsons: Women on the Trail,” beginning at 11 a.m. at the Mayborn Museum. The museum commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail with the lecture by Grelle where she shares her own story plus those of the challenges faced by women who traveled the trail. She will be available for book signing afterward. Admission to the lecture is included with museum admission price of $8 for adults and $6 for children.

Cheer on the Baylor Bears in their Big 12 season opener as they take on No. 3 ranked Oklahoma Sooner. The Bears face the Sooners at McLane Stadium at 5:30 p.m. in what is sure to be an interesting match-up! Check out our Game Day Guide in Waco for tips

Slip on your favorite pair of boots and head out to catch country singer-songwriter Jon Wolfe playing at The Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill. Known for his songs rooted in traditional country music storytelling, Wolfe aims to touch the hearts of his audience with his love of music. Abilene native Hunter Hutchinson will play before Wolfe hits the stage. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 online and $15 at the door.

Sunday, September 24


If wedding bells are in your future, grab your bridal party for Waco’s premier bridal exposition. And Two Become One will feature food, refreshments, door prizes and a score of vendors to help plan your special day. Stop by from 1-5 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center to start your planning or have all your last-minute needs met. Tickets cost $5.
Join the Waco Federation of Women’s Clubs for their open house. Enjoy refreshments and a tour of the organization’s clubhouse and learn more about this civic organization that promotes philanthropy and literacy within the Waco community. The open house will be hosted at 2900 Bosque Boulevard from 2-4 p.m.

Live Music Events

If you love live music, we’ve got you covered with events all weekend long! Thursday gets things going with the Huser Brothers at La Fiesta starting at 6:30 p.m. Then on Friday, pop over to La Fiesta to hear Brian Brown at 7:30 p.m. Take your pick of three places on Saturday for live music at 8 p.m. Chuck Jennings and special guests play jazz at Klassy Glass Wine Bar & Bistro while Venus Envy will perform rock and pop at Valley Mills Vineyards or make your way to the Slippery Minnow to hear Luke LaGrange’s country music.