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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

January 4-7

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell, Juliana Mudd and Christian Aleman

A new year, a new #WacoWeekend! Start off 2018 with a variety of events, from First Friday to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market to plenty of live music happening around town. Be sure to tag us @wacoan and use our hashtag, #WacoWeekend, for a chance to be featured in Monday’s recap. Enjoy!


Thursday, January 4


The Stars Over Texas Jamboree will have another jam-packed musical event for you at Lee Lockwood Library & Museum. This month’s theme is Oldies Jukebox with performances by Ken Elliott as Elvis, the Brazos Valley Cloggers and more. Tickets cost $14 for general admission or $12 for anyone over 65. Children up to 12 years old are free. The Jamboree will take place from 7-10 p.m. For details, visit The Stars Over Texas Jamboree’s Facebook page.

Friday, January 5


Head to Downtown Waco for the first First Friday of the year! Many businesses will keep their doors open late, including Balcones Distillery and the Dr Pepper Museum. Check out trivia night at Waco Hippodrome from 5:30-8:30 p.m., or see Brazos Theatre’s improv comedy at 8:30 p.m. Maker’s Edge Makerspace will give away free laser-etched glasses, which you can personalize for $5. Visit for a full list of participating businesses.

Saturday, January 6


Waco Downtown Farmers Market will be back to start the new year off strong. Make sure to swing by 500 Washington Ave from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to check out all the vendors.
What do you do with your live Christmas tree when it isn’t so “evergreen” anymore? Take it to the Paul Tyson Field parking lot (behind the Extraco Events Center) for Keep Waco Beautiful’s annual Chipping of the Green and get it turned into a rich mulch you can use on your winter plants. This event is free and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 750-5728.

Cheer on the Baylor Men’s Basketball team as they face Big 12 opponent the University of Texas Longhorns! The game begins at 1 p.m. in the Ferrell Center.
Head on out to support the McLennan Community College Highlanders as they take on North Lake College. The game starts at 2 p.m. in the Highlands Gym on MCC campus. Tickets cost $2 for the general public; MCC students and employees get free admission.

Friday & Saturday, January 5 & 6


Calling all quilters! This weekend the Waco Convention Center hosts two events featuring the art of quilting. First, the Waco Homespun Quilters Guild presents its 2018 Quilting Show, “Sew House It Going,” from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admire the colorful quilts and learn more about the craft. Go to to learn more. Then purchase all the quilts and quilting supplies you need at the Heart of Texas One Stop Shop Hop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Entrance fee costs $6. Visit for more information.

Live Music



• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (Jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Luke LaGrange and John Laufenberg (Country/Americana), Klassy Glass, 7 p.m.
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd, The Backyard, 9 p.m.


• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras (Jazz), Waco Hilton, 7 p.m.
• Daddy Mae (Country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Deon Q & Joel McCray (Eclectic), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• DJ JOJO (Eclectic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.


• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Venus Envy at Sip & Swirl (Eclectic), Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Gary Hobbs and DLG (Tejano), Waco Missions Inc, 8 p.m., $20
• DJ JOJO (Eclectic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Dustin Terral & Lost Heart Highway (Country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.

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