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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

October 12-15

7 years ago

By Juliana Mudd, Richelle Braswell & Palmer Brigham

Hey Wacoans! Is that a little bit of fall we feel in the air? Looks like the perfect excuse to check out some of these exciting events this weekend! There is a lot going on, so let us know what you did with your Waco Weekend by tagging @wacoan in your pictures or using our hashtag, #WacoWeekend!


All Weekend


Did someone say Fixer Upper? Waco is sure to be abuzz this weekend as Joanna and Chip host their Third Annual Magnolia Market Silobration, which features a vendor fair with dozens of local artisans, food trucks and more! Evening concert performances by Johnnyswim and Jon Foreman are already sold out, but the vendor fair and all other daytime activities are free and open to the public. Several streets are closed for the event including Webster from the 500 block to 8th Street, Jackson from 6th to 8th St. and South 6th Street from Jackson to Clay. Park for free at McLane Stadium and ride the free shuttle service from Waco Transit System to the silos. The free Silo District Trolley will be running as well to take folks around downtown.  Find the official schedule of events at and track the trolley at

Haven’t had a chance to stop by the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo? Good food, thrilling rides, live music and the All American ProRodeo Finals are happening all weekend. So, make sure to stop by the Extraco Event Center this weekend. Head over to the Bud Light Music Stage for some live country music at 8 p.m. Thursday night, catch Flatland Cavalry with Koe Wetzel. Michael Ray takes the stage on Friday, and the final night features Kyle Park at 8:30 p.m. For more information about admission prices and deals, check out
Be the first in line for the opening reception of This, That or The Other: Emerging Trends and Vernacular in Photography, which starts at 7 p.m. on Friday. Hosted by the Art Center of Waco, the exhibit will be displayed at Cultivate 7TWELVE at 712 Austin Avenue and is available to view through October 28. The exhibit opening is in conjunction with the Society for Photographic Education South Central Chapter Annual Conference For details, visit We hope to see you there!
Watch a beloved children’s tale come to life as Jubilee Theatre puts on “James and the Giant Peach.” Premiering Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with performances at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, this will be a performance to remember. For tickets visit,

How has women’s fashion changed over time? The Historic Waco Foundation exhibit “A Fashionable Past” is open to the public at the Fort House Museum. Admission costs $5 per person and $4 for seniors and students. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 1-4 p.m. More information is available at

Thursday, Oct 12


Ever heard that science rocks? At the Waco Mammoth National Monument, it literally does! Encourage your budding earth scientist with the mammoth site’s special exhibits and activities for children on their Geoscience for Everyone Day in recognition of Earth Science Week. The monument is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and this event is free. They also have similar activities happening all weekend.
Your child is sure to have a scary good time at the Halloween in the Design Den at the Mayborn Museum. They can make music to add to the Scary Symphony and ages 8 and up can craft accessories for Halloween costumes. This event is included with the price of museum admission ($8 for adults and $6 for children) and takes place from 5-8 p.m. Check out for details.

Be sure to catch Chris Watts bring his Deep South Americana sound from New Orleans to Waco. Watts will be performing from 7-9 p.m. at Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits. This event is free so stop on by! Visit, to learn more.

Friday, Oct 13

Hit the course for a cause! Don’t miss out on the Methodist Children’s Home Golf Classic taking place at Twin Rivers Golf Club. Registration begins at 11 a.m. before the start of the event at 1 p.m. Visit for more information on pricing, sponsorship and registration.

Ooooh snap! Interested in photography? Join Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison for their free photography lecture about their work, which explores the relationships between humans, technology and nature. The lecture is part of the Society for Photographic Education South Central Chapter Annual Conference. Stop by the Jones Theatre at Baylor University’s Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. to take advantage of this opportunity. For details visit,

Shane Smith and the Saints will leave you with chills after their performance at The Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill. Featuring vivid lyrics, four-part harmonies and sounds that range from vibrant drums to a cappella songs, their set promises an evening full of energy. The doors open at 6 p.m., but make sure to catch the band at 8:30. Tickets cost $10-15 in advance or $15-20 the day of the event. Check out to purchase tickets.

Saturday, Oct 14


Start your morning off right with the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Stroll through the various booths and pick up breakfast or grab fresh produce for the week. Stop by the downtown location at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Do we need a reason to enjoy Waco’s favorite soft drink even more? The Dr Pepper Museum is hosting Dr Pepper Pop-up Saturday where guests can create Halloween-themed crafts for free with the price of admission. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For admission prices, visit
The Waco Mammoth National Monument is celebrating International Archaeology Day. We dig it and you can too! Search for artifacts in the replica archaeological dig boxes and check out the exhibits. The celebration lasts all day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., so grab your kids and head on over to this free event!

Boo! It’s that time of year again as Cameron Park Zoo is getting into the Halloween spirit with the 6th annual Brew at the Zoo. From 6-11 p.m., enjoy tasting brews from around the world at bars throughout the zoo, along with food and live music. You might even get to see some of your favorite animals. For ticket prices, including a member and designated driver discount, visit This event is open to those over the age of 21.

Run or walk your way to victory and Chick-fil-A sandwiches at the UnBound Chick-fil-A Light Up the Dark 5K. This glow-in-the-dark run will raise money and awareness for UnBound Waco, an organization that fights to end human trafficking and advocates for victims of these crimes. Touchdown Alley at McLane Stadium will be jumping with bounce houses, live music and food from Chick-fil-A from 6-9:30 p.m. The kids’ 1K nugget run costs $10 and entry for the 5K costs $30. For more information about registration or to sign up, visit

Do you know where your food comes from? At Night on the Farm, enjoy an evening of music, fellowship and local food. World Hunger Relief Farm offers a chance to tour the farm and see the source of your food. The event begins at 6 p.m. with appetizers and farm tours, followed by dinner at 6:30. Tickets start at $50 and are available at
Attend Photography Writer and Curator Charlotte Cotton’s public lecture for insights into her career and the future of the art of photography. Free and open to the public, this lecture will take place at Baylor University’s Jones Theatre in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center from 7-9 p.m. This is also part of the SPE Regional Conference. More information is available at

You don’t want to miss Bart Crow, named one of “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” by Rolling Stone, at The Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10-15 in advance or $15-17 the day of the event. Check out to purchase tickets.

Sunday, Oct 15

Test out your green thumb at the Children’s Garden Fair. From scarecrows to pumpkin patches, bubbles, bird watching, scavenger hunts and composting, there’s something for everyone! This event takes place at the Carleen Bright Arboretum from 2-5 p.m., and admission is free to the public.

Live Music


And if that’s not enough, stay entertained all weekend with these live music options! On Thursday, Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly will be jazzing it up at DiamondBacks from 6-9 p.m. Or catch some country, blues and southern rock from the Huser Brothers Band at La Fiesta from 6:30-9:30 p.m. For a classical evening, head over to the Ball Performing Arts Center at McLennan Community College’s Wind Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. Texas country music singer Luke LaGrange will be performing at the Slippery Minnow at 8 p.m. And don’t miss The Piano Man’s Thursday night performance at The Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday night, Nick Sterling will bring his country music twang to Kissing Tree Vineyards from 7-10 p.m., while the Dave Wild Trio will be playing jazz at Klassy Glass from 8-10 p.m. On Saturday, don’t miss alternative singer Braden Guess take the Kissing Tree Vineyards stage at 6 p.m. Sip and swirl with Dusty Jones, who will be bringing his singer-songwriter talent to the Valley Mills Vineyard from 8-11 p.m. And two-step the night away to the country music of the Nolan Pick Band at Melody Ranch starting at 10 p.m.