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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

November 9-12

6 years ago

By Juliana Mudd, Richelle Braswell & Palmer Brigham

Looks like cooler days and chilly nights are finally here to stay! Celebrate this beautiful fall weather this weekend by getting out and enjoying a play, the Veterans Day Parade, live music or even some shopping. Only Keep us informed on social media by tagging @WACOAN and using our hashtag, #WacoWeekend. You just might be featured in our Monday morning recap!


All Weekend


Don’t miss “This Random World,” the next production of Baylor Theatre’s 2017-2018 season. Lives intertwine in mysterious ways with consequences both hilarious and heartbreaking in Steven Dietz’s 2016 play. Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Mabee Theatre on Baylor University campus. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased by visiting
For more theater, don’t miss McLennan Community College’s production of “The Pillowman.” This Tony Award-winning play revolves around a mystery writer being investigated for murders resembling elements of his stories. Performances take place Thursday through Sunday in the MCC Music & Theatre Arts Building, but they are sold out except for Sunday at 2 p.m.! So hurry and get your tickets that cost $10 and are available by calling 299-8200 or by emailing

Get in the Christmas decorating spirit and create a one-of-a-kind ornament for your tree at Blow Your Own Christmas Ornament. This event takes place at Stanton Studios both Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sessions cost $35 each and spots can be reserved by calling 800/619-4882.

The Backyard has concerts Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. On Thursday, see rocker Sebastian Bach take the stage at 9 p.m. with Camaromancer as the opening act at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this show cost $25 for attendees under 21 and $20 for those 21 and up. On Friday night, catch The New Offenders starting at 9 p.m. Tickets to this show cost $5. Saturday night Aaron Einhouse opens the show for Parker McCollum beginning at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for concertgoers under 21 and $15 for those 21 and up. To purchase tickets for these events, visit
If you like a little coffee with your music, Common Grounds has you covered in both departments Thursday through Saturday. First up on Thursday are contemporary Christian hip-hop artists KB and Trip Lee, who take the stage at 8 p.m. Tickets for this show cost $22. On Friday night, see Tow’rs and Zach Winters beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets to this concert cost $12 for general admission or $15 for early entry at 7 p.m. On Saturday, don’t miss John Mark McMillan, LaPeer and brother duo The Brilliance at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $18 in advance and $20 the day of the show. Tickets for these events can be purchased at

Thursday, November 9


Take old or worn-out furniture, clothing or decor and “upcycle” them, giving them new life for a good cause. Salvation Army Waco will auction off these donated items at the third annual RePurpose for a Purpose event. Funds raised will benefit Sally’s House, a facility for homeless children and their families. Tickets to enter the competition cost $25, and tickets to attend the event cost $50. To learn more, visit
Grab the kids and head over to the West Waco Library for Family Storytime. From 6:30-7:30 p.m., everyone in the family can enjoy music, stories and activities including making a craft. Visit for details.

Friday, November 10

Celebrate Veterans Day at the 94th annual Veterans Day Parade starting at 11 a.m. Grab your friends and family and find your spot along Austin Avenue. Show your appreciation and salute our veterans as they participate in the parade. Alongside our veterans will be drill teams, dance and cheer squads, school bands and various floats. The parade will be broadcasted live on the Waco City Cable Channel.

Saturday, November 11

Get ready, set, go to Cameron Park Zoo for the H-E-B Zoo Stampede. Run in the 1K at 8 a.m., the 10K at 8:30 a.m. or the 5K at 8:45 a.m. The 5K and 10K are chip-timed. All races begin and end at the zoo. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult racer, but everyone is welcome to run. Registration costs $45 for the 10K, $40 for the 5K and $15 for the 1K. For details, visit or call 750-8400.

Take a stroll through the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Have some breakfast or buy your groceries for the week. Enjoy the outdoors and the offerings of local vendors from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Become a Junior Ranger and take part in Junior Ranger Day! Enjoy many special programs and learn all you could possibly desire about the National Park Service. This event occurs at the Waco Mammoth National Monument from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for details.
Participate in the Super Hero Super Run at Trail Blazer Park at the Cotton Belt Trail! This event supports Special Olympics Texas – Heart of Texas area. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. The ¼ mile run/walk for Special Olympics Texas athletes starts at 9:30 a.m. and the 2 & 5 mile runs begin at 10 a.m. Registration is free for the ¼ mile walk/run and costs $25 for the 2 mile and the 5 mile. To learn more about Special Olympics Texas and to register, visit

In honor of our veterans, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates Military Appreciation Day. On Veterans Day, all active duty personnel, retirees & veterans with valid ID or documentation will receive free admission to the museum. Discounted admission is provided for family members. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, November 12


Did you know orangutans have opposable thumbs and opposable big toes? Kick off Orangutan Caring Week at Cameron Park Zoo. All week, keeper chats will take place at the Orangutan exhibit at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Then, Saturday, November 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., participate in various activities to learn about the zoo’s training and enrichment program. For details, visit

Live Music


Another Waco weekend, another slew of great live music events! Starting it all off on Thursday are mainstays Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly, who play jazz at DiamondBacks from 6-9 p.m. Then catch the Huser Brothers Band at La Fiesta from 6:30-9:30 or live music at The Grape Wine Bar & Bistro from 7-9 p.m. Luke LaGrange will perform at Slippery Minnow from 8-10 p.m.
On Friday, hear some more live music at The Grape Wine Bar & Bistro from 7-9 p.m., or head over to Kissing Tree Vineyards to watch the Brett Hendrix Band perform. For some jazz, catch the Dave Wild Trio at Klassy Glass from 8-10 p.m. And for some Texas country, don’t miss Deryl Dodd at Lakeside Tavern, also from 8-10 p.m.
On Saturday, Morgan Ashley performs at Kissing Tree Vineyards from 7-10 p.m. If you missed Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly’s Thursday night performance, catch them at Klassy Glass from 8-10 p.m. Finally, head over to Melody Ranch for a late-night performance from Zane Williams from 10:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.