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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

November 2-5

7 years ago

By Juliana Mudd, Richelle Braswell & Palmer Brigham

Hello, November! Celebrate the start of the new month with one of the many events happening. Let us know what you’re up to on social media by tagging @WACOAN and using our hashtag, #WacoWeekend. You just might be featured in our Monday morning recap!


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Bibliophiles and bluestockings, this event belongs to you! Gather those sad, empty book bags and head to the Extraco Events Center for the 55th annual Library Book Sale. With rooms and tables full of books, your only problem here will be narrowing down your selection–wait, who are we kidding? You’re going to buy them all. Come Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and pay a $10 admission for the biggest selection, or pay only $5 admission from 2-8 p.m. Or if you’d rather save that money for more books, stop by Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or Sunday from 12-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday admission is free. To learn more, visit

Fill all the stockings on your list and get in the holiday spirit while you shop at the Junior League of Waco’s Deck the Halls, happening at the Waco Convention Center. The shopping market, featuring a variety of vendors, will be open Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Café and Sweet Shoppe will also be open during these times. For more information and to purchase tickets to this holiday tradition, visit

Thursday, Nov 2

Reserve your seat for the Habitat Harvest, benefiting Waco Habitat for Humanity, at the Phoenix Ballroom from 5-7 p.m. This event will feature Clint Harp as the guest speaker, as well as food, drinks, and both live and silent auctions. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased by calling 756-7575.

If you’re looking for a night of music, dance and family fun, head over to the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum for their monthly Stars Over Texas Jamboree. This month’s event is for Veterans’ Appreciation, so veterans get in free with a military ID. Tickets cost $14 for adults and children age 12 and under get in free. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Ladies, grab your purses and head to Deck the Halls: Ladies’ Night Out. Be a part of the preview shopping part as you shop, eat and drink. Or enter the champagne diamond drop contest for a chance to win gift card from market merchants or a 1/3ct round-cut diamond. This ladies-only event takes place at the Waco Convention Center from 7-10 p.m. Tickets cost $75 and includes a 3-Day Market Pass. Purchase tickets at

Friday, Nov 3


Get ready for First Friday festivities! So many downtown businesses are offering admission specials and fun events to kick off your weekend. Stop by Balcones Distilling starting at 4 p.m. to try a Balcones Highball cocktail, indulge in Kokoramen and listen to the music of Union Revival playing from 6-7:30 p.m., get free admission to the Dr Pepper Museum and test out your trivia skills at the Hippodrome. And wind down your evening with some live jazz music at the Hilton. Visit for more information and details on all of the participating businesses.

Stop by Cultivate 7TWELVE for two exciting exhibits celebrating opening night. Beginning at 5 p.m., Cultivate 7TWELVE has teamed up with the Central Texas Artist Collective to put on Ekphrasis!, an exhibit that features pairings of a visual work of art with a work of poetry. The work of Travis Tarver and Audrey Hamlin will be on display on the second floor, and other works in this exhibit will be displayed in store windows on downtown Austin Avenue. Then, from 6-10 p.m., catch the opening of the Feminine Forms exhibit in the main gallery, showcasing work from a number of local artists in a variety of artistic media. This event will also feature live music from jazz artists Chuck Jennings and Ed Taylor. While you’re there, check out some of the other work on display, including a Dia de Los Muertos Ofrenda by renowned fabric artist Rocio Ramirez. Admission for these exhibits is free, and Cultivate 7TWELVE is offering extended hours until 10 p.m. on Friday and 7 p.m. on Saturday.
If you’re looking for a night of laughs, you’ll find it at the Dexter Givens Stand Up Comedy Showcase at Cozy’s Lounge. Laugh and enjoy as rising comedians perform their routines. Admission is $10 and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov 4

Run for donuts while helping with Hurricane Harvey relief with the 84 Runners/Shipley 5K Donut Dash, beginning at 8 a.m. in the Crossroads Shopping Center at the Shipley’s parking lot. Registration for the 5K is $25 before the day of the race and increases to $30 the day of the race. There will also be a one-mile fun run, for which registration costs $10. Proceeds from this event will go towards Hurricane Harvey relief. There will also be a donut eating contest following the race. Hey, you’ve earned it!

After that morning run, head over to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market, where you’re sure to find a refreshing drink, some freshly made breakfast or produce for dinner. The market is located at 500 Washington Avenue and is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Take the kids over to the Mayborn Museum for Sic ’Em Science Day. Bring an empty 2-liter bottle for rocket launching at 10:30 a.m. and stick around for a chemistry magic show at 1 p.m. These activities are included in the price of general admission, which is $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under, and the museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dodge the zombies as you participate in the Fuzzy Friends Rescue Zombie Run! The 5K Zombie run will begin at 4 p.m. at Indian Spring Park, and the 1K pet walk begins at 4:10 p.m. Registration for the 5K costs $30 and the 1K costs $25. Both fees increase by $5 the day of the event. All proceeds benefit Fuzzy Friends Rescue.

Catch Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at Common Grounds Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. Enjoy the Southern sounds of this Nashville-based band along with a good cup of coffee. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $22 at door and can be purchased at

Sunday, Nov 5

Start your Christmas shopping early at the McGregor Christmas Open House. From 1-5 p.m., shop businesses on Main Street in downtown McGregor for sales and specials on unique gift items. Santa himself will make an appearance and be available for pictures.

Live Music

Live music lovers, we’ve got you covered! Kick off your weekend Thursday with the jazz stylings of Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly at DiamondBack’s from 6-9 p.m. or check out the Huser Brothers Band play southern rock at La Fiesta from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Americana duo The Wide Open performs at Dichotomy from 7-9 p.m. and the Student Jazz Ensemble concert at MCC is from 7:30-8:30 at the Ball Performing Arts Center. Catch Dustin Terral at Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon at 8 p.m. and the Piano Man at The Backyard at 9.

Friday, listen to live music at The Grape from 7-9 p.m. or at the Hilton Waco from 7-10 p.m. John Sung sings pop at Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits at 7 p.m. If you missed Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly on Thursday, find them Friday at Kissing Tree Vineyards from 7-10 p.m. Drink some coffee or spirits at Dichotomy while listening to Rachael Price’s indie and alternative music at 8 p.m. Country band Muscadine Bloodline is playing at The Backyard at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, singer-songwriter Dusty Jones plays at Kissing Tree Vineyards from 7-9 p.m. Then, make your way to The Backyard to hear country singer Luke Pell at 9 p.m. Finish the night at Melody Ranch with Bubba Westley at 10 p.m.