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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

November 16-19

7 years ago

By Juliana Mudd, Richelle Braswell & Palmer Brigham

This Waco Weekend brings a variety of events: plays, fundraisers, games, live music and more. We want to know what you’re up to, so be sure to tag @wacoan and use our hashtag, #WacoWeekend for a chance to be featured in our Monday recap.


All Weekend

Waco Children’s Theatre presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Join the Herdman siblings, “the worst kids in the history of the world,” for some rowdy fun putting on a Christmas pageant. Performances are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission costs $5 for each performance. To learn more, call Linda Haskett at 776-0707.

Thursday, November 16

Support Compassion Ministries in its efforts to help homeless families with children find employment and permanent housing at its annual fundraiser, the Giving Thanks, Giving Hope Banquet. The event begins at 6 p.m. at The Phoenix Ballroom. Along with food and fun, a program graduate will be the speaker. Tickets cost $50 and can be purchased by calling 755-7640.

Waco welcomes back the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker.” This year, the ballerina and danseur company celebrates its 25th Anniversary Tour of North America. The performance starts at 7 p.m. at the Midway ISD Performing Arts Center. Ticket prices start at $28. Visit for more information.

Friday, November 17


American Rock & Roll artist Austin Meade will perform at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill at 8:30 p.m. Meade opens for Austin-native country singer Jack Ingram. Advance tickets cost $20 for attendees over 21 and $25 for those under 21. Both tickets have a $5 price increase the day of the event. For details and to purchase tickets, visit
The annual Food for Families Food Drive is back. From 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., donate nonperishable food items for McLennan County food pantries, including Caritas of Waco, Church of the Open Door, Carver Park, Hands of Mercy, Shepherd’s Heart Pantry and the Salvation Army. 600,000 lbs is this year’s goal. Drop off food donations at any local H-E-B food stores, Wal-Mart Supercenters, Sam’s Club or Brookshire’s in Robinson. The KWTX-TV studios at 6700 American Plaza will accept food donations from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Buddy Edwards at Caritas of Waco at 753-4593, ext. 205.

Cheer on the Baylor Bears men’s basketball team as they play the Alcorn State Braves. The game begins at 8 p.m. in the Ferrell Center.

Saturday, November 18


The Altrusa Clubs’ 12th annual Central Texas Turkey Trot presents a 5K and a 10K run through Cameron Park. Both runs begin at 9 a.m. in Brazos Park East. Prizes include cash, whole turkeys and pumpkin pies. Registration costs $40 for each run. To register and to learn more, visit

Start your morning off right at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Grab a friend and explore the many different vendors. The farmers market is open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Support the Baylor Bears as they take on the Iowa State Cyclones. You don’t want to miss this season’s final home game. The football game begins at McLane Stadium at 1:30 p.m.

Spend your Saturday night listening to Texas Country music by Drew Fish Band. The concert begins at 8:30 p.m. at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill. Advance tickets cost $10 for attendees over 21 and $15 for those under 21. Tickets the day of the concert have a $5 price increase. Visit to purchase tickets and for more information.

Sunday, November 19


Catch Portland, Oregon-based Beautiful Eulogy at Common Grounds. Drink some coffee as you listen to this group’s distinct sound of hip-hop, electronic music, folk songs and old hymns. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20. For details, visit

Live Music


If you’re looking for some live music, this weekend has many options for you. Thursday, catch Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly’s jazz performance at Diamondback’s from 6-9 p.m. Or head over to La Fiesta to hear the Huser Brother Band from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Grab a drink at Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits while you listen to Chris Beall at 7 p.m. Stop by The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill at 9 p.m. for Piano Man Russell Boyd.
Friday, Jackson Anderson performs at Kissing Tree Vineyards at 7 p.m. Listen to Byron Swann at Klassy Glass at 8 p.m.

Saturday, venture to Kissing Tree Vineyards to hear Darrin Kobetich perform at 7 p.m. From 8-11 p.m., catch 5 Dollar Shake Jazz Quartet at Klassy Glass or Shane Spann at Valley Mills Vineyards. Texas two-step away your Saturday night with the Josh Ward Band at Melody Ranch at 10 p.m.
Sunday, make your way to Lakeside Tavern to hear Nick Sterling at 3 p.m.