It’s finally starting to feel like Fall, Waco! We know you’re ready to get out and enjoy the cooler temps this weekend so we’ve compiled some amazing things to do in Waco from shopping to the arts to live music that is sure to get you out and about. Be sure to let us know what you are up to this #WacoWeekend on social media.
Thursday, September 28
Join the Historic Waco Foundation from 6-8 p.m. for the House and Family Lecture at the Fort House. Learn more about the city of Waco and this home through the story of its intricate history from furniture and architectural details to the family that lived there. This event is free to the public.
Cultivate your own artistic skills at the Art Center for Adults’ Open Figure Drawing Session. Offered from 6-8 p.m., each class costs $10 and features a partially clothed model. The session will be held at the Art Center of Waco on the McLennan Community College campus.
Catch some talented Wacoans cha-cha, waltz and swing the night away at Dancing with the Waco Stars. Join in the fun by voting for your favorites! Hosted at the Waco Hippodrome, this night of entertainment benefits the Family Abuse Center of Waco. Tickets start at $150 and include a seat, dinner and at least one drink ticket.
Head over to The Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill for some country soul as singer-songwriter and Season 11 winner of The Voice Sundance Head takes the stage. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. but the doors open at 6:00 p.m. Tickets cost $20 the day of the event and $15 beforehand.
Friday, September 29
Baylor University Theatre presents the opening weekend of “Crazy For You.” Watch as Baylor Theatre brings this story and the music of George Gershwin to life in this romantic comedy as a city boy falls in love with a country girl while working to save the small town of Deadrock, Nevada, by putting on a musical. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Baylor University’s Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Tickets cost $20.
Travel back in time as The Marvelous Wonderettes sing their way through classic pop and rock hits of the sixties and seventies on opening night of “Dream On.” Presented by Waco Civic Theatre, the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The musical will run through October 8 and tickets cost between $18 and $20.
San Antonio native Mike Ryan returns to Texas before the release of his upcoming album “Blink You’ll Miss It.” Don’t miss the country singer’s performance at The Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 the day of the event and $15 beforehand.
Saturday, September 30
Start off your Saturday morning with the 2017 Komen Central Texas Race for the Cure. As Breast Cancer Awareness month approaches, this event is a wonderful chance to get active and support a great cause. Registration at Heritage Square begins at 6:30 a.m. Catering to all racing styles, races include a competitive 5K, a casual 5K and a one mile race. Adult entry fees cost $30 before the event and $35 on race day.
Stroll through the Waco Downtown Farmers Market and take in rows of booths featuring local artisans, businesses and food. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. grab breakfast or lunch and pick up some fresh produce to take home to prepare dinner! This event is free to the public.
Grab your family and your pup for a day of family fun at Hewitt Dog Days. Perfect for any dog lover, this event will host weenie dog races, a petting zoo, glamorous photo opportunities for your pooch and even a performance from a juggling, unicycling dog. Visit with various pet rescue and pet adoption groups on site for the chance to take home your own furry friend! The event lasts from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and is free to attend. Parking costs two dollars per vehicle, and donations of dry dog food to support local shelters are encouraged.
A tribute to the lives of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, Hank and Patsy will feature songs and stories about their lives exploring the impact these two musicians had on the trajectory of country music. Starring Bridgette Huffhines and Jake Penrod, the duo grew up with country music and won numerous awards for their own music. Catch the show at 2:00 p.m. at the Waco Hippodrome. Tickets cost $20.
Rooted in history and tradition, the Blackwood Quartet has been singing southern gospel since 1934. Now picked back up by the original members’ sons, this group performs songs that have been passed on for generations. Don’t miss out on the experience at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $25 for the concert.
Let the good times roll at Youth Connection, Inc.’s annual fundraiser. Down on the Bayou will feature classic rock band The Morticians, a New Orleans-inspired dinner and auction, benefitting work with at-risk youth in Waco. Join in the fun at the Knox Center at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame from 7-11 p.m. Tickets cost $75 per person or $525 for a table of 8.
Two-step your way through the weekend at Melody Ranch. The Brett Hendrix Band will be performing their electrifying and energetic show, enjoyed by country music enthusiasts all over the state. The show starts at 9:30 and no additional charge for the concert.
Sunday, October 1
Join the Cameron Park Zoo for International Raccoon Appreciation Day. From 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., bring the whole family for zoo keeper talks and activities. Admission to the zoo is $10 for adults and $7 for 4-12-year-olds. Children under three get in free.
Baylor University Theatre presents the opening weekend of “Crazy For You.” Watch as Baylor Theatre brings this story and the music of George Gershwin to life in this romantic comedy as a city boy falls in love with a country girl while working to save the small town of Deadrock, Nevada, by putting on a musical. The Sunday show starts at 2:00 p.m. in Baylor University’s Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Tickets cost $20.
Stop in for a Sunday matinee at the Waco Civic Theatre and travel back in time as The Marvelous Wonderettes sing their way through classic pop and rock hits of the sixties and seventies in “Dream On.” The curtain opens at 2:30 p.m. The musical will run through October 8 and tickets cost between $18 and $20.
Live Music Events
Stay entertained all weekend beginning on Thursday as Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly kick things off with some jazz at DiamondBack’s starting at 6:00 p.m. Afterwards, head over to La Fiesta to hear some country as the Huser Brothers perform from 7-10 p.m., or switch gears completely and attend a 7:30 p.m. concert by Baylor’s A Capella Choir to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation. If you didn’t get enough of the Huser Brothers at their Thursday show, catch them on Friday at 8:30 p.m. at the Slippery Minnow. On Saturday evening enjoy local wine and live music from Union Revival at Valley Mills Vineyards from 8-11 p.m. Finally, the Baylor Brass Quintet will perform on Sunday from 6-7 p.m. at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church as part of the Sacred Arts series. All of these live music events are free of charge.