The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

November 23-26

7 years ago

By Juliana Mudd, Richelle Braswell & Palmer Brigham

Happy Thanksgiving, Wacoans! We hope this weekend is a relaxing time for you to celebrate with family and friends and to be thankful for all the blessings in your life. And maybe a time to squeeze in a few rounds of shopping for holiday deals between eating turkey leftovers. If you venture out, check out a few of these great events. Also be sure to use our hashtage, #WacoWeekend and tag us @WACOAN for a chance to be featured in our Monday Recap. Enjoy!


Friday & Saturday


The 30th annual Homestead Fair is happening Friday and Saturday, November 24 and 25, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Experience activities both agricultural and artistic that everyone in the family will love, from live music and horse-drawn hayrides to demonstrations of weaving, pottery, cow-milking, butter-making and more! Enjoy a variety of freshly made food at several outdoor booths, and be sure to browse the collection of handcrafted artisan items for everyone on your Christmas list. Admission to the fair is free, but there is a $10 charge for parking. A discounted parking pass can be ordered in advance online for $7. For more information, visit

Is your Christmas tree already up? In need of a few new ornaments? Head over to Stanton Studios for their Blow Your Own Christmas Ornament workshop. Choose from dozens of color and design combinations to create a truly unique ornament. Give it as a gift or keep it to grace your own tree. Appointments are available both Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 800/619-4882 to reserve your spot for this festive event!

Thursday, November 23


Celebrate Thanksgiving with your friends and family. Count your blessings, watch Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, fill your stomach with delicious food and cheer on your NFL football team as you relax.

Friday, November 24


Shop ’til you drop all morning this Black Friday, but make sure to unwind from your day of shopping with a performance from Texas country singer and native Wacoan Wade Bowen at The Backyard. Country singer Sunny Sweeney will open for Bowen. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Advance tickets cost $15 for attendees 21 and up and $20 for those under 21. Ticket prices increase by $5 the day of the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, November 25


Head out for a day on the town for Small Business Saturday. Get your Christmas shopping finished early and support local Waco businesses at the same time.

Live Music


Friday night enjoy the jazz stylings of the Dave Wild Trio with Chuck Jennings from 8-10 p.m. at the Waco Winery Tasting Room & Rooftop Patio.

Then Saturday tune into Valley Mills Vineyards for a Sinatra-style performance from Bruce Carbonara at 8 p.m. Or head over to The Backyard for some bluegrass and country by The Powell Brothers at 9 p.m. End the night two-stepping and line dancing with the Shane Watson Band at Melody Ranch at 10 p.m.