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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

January 11-15

5 years ago

By Richelle Braswell, Christian Aleman & Juliana Mudd

Happy weekend, Waco! We have plenty of events to keep you busy. Laugh along with comedian Raymond Orta, enjoy a disc golf tournament or listen to all the live music happening around town. Be sure to let us know what you’re up to by tagging us @wacoan and using our hashtag, #wacoweekend. You just might be featured in Monday’s Waco Weekend Recap. Enjoy!


All Weekend


Dive into the underwater world of marine dinosaurs at selected showings of “Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure” at The Mayborn Museum Complex. See these massive, wondrous reptiles brought to life on the big screen. Showtimes are Monday through Friday at 11 a.m.; Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Visit for ticket prices and more information.

Thursday, January 11

Make sure to stop by the West Waco Library so your teens can start their very own do-it-yourself project as DIY Thursdays for Teens kicks off for the year. They will be sure to feel accomplished and proud with what they can make with their own hands and a bit of instruction. The fun begins at 4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 12


Start the weekend off with a good laugh as the “hysterically dynamic comedian” Raymond Orta takes the stage at the Waco Hippodrome. Performing comedy since he was 8 years old, Orta is sure to have you at the edge of your seat with his impressions and jokes. Tickets for the event begin at $27 and the show commences at 8 p.m. Visit for details and tickets.
Join the Waco chapter of the NAACP as it hosts a Wreath Laying Ceremony to commemorate the minister, activist and leader of the civil rights movement: Martin Luther King Jr. The ceremony will take place at Dr. MLK Jr. Memorial Park at 12 p.m. and is open to all who wish to participate in remembering the leader on his birthday. Call 733-5261 for more information.

Saturday, January 13


One of our favorite ways to begin the day is by visiting the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Take a stroll or catch some breakfast from the numerous vendors. Check out this unique Waco experience and delight in the fresh finds and flavorful foods as it runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue.

Run with a purpose as the Humane Society of Central Texas hosts the Howl at the Moon 5K to continue supporting its mission of providing homeless animals with caring families. Registration costs $30 and includes a medal, shirt and armband. The race begins at 5:30 p.m. at Indian Springs Park. Visit to register and for more information.

Take a trip into the past as the Waco Hippodrome memorializes The King of Rock and Roll’s birthday at its Elvis Memories Birthday Bash. Watch award-winning tribute artist Al Joslin perform as The King himself to the music of Randy Stockum’s Spinout Band. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $20. Tickets available to purchase at the box office.
Explore the vibrant history and legends behind Waco as well as the newest attractions on foot as Waco Walking Tours leads you on a journey around the city on its Walking Tour: Waco Downtown History Walk. Feel free to bring along your dog as they’re welcome to join in on the walk. The event is free but donations are suggested as profits benefit Act Locally Waco. The tour begins at 2 p.m. and meets at the McLennan County Courthouse.

Sunday, January 14


The 4th annual Straddle the Brazos Disc Golf Tournament will take place at Brazos Park East and Cameron Park beginning at 8 a.m. Put your skills to the test in your division at this all-day event hosted by Dynamic Discs and see if you come out on top. Visit to register and view player divisions.

Monday, January 15


In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., many organizations throughout the Waco area are offering celebrations and service opportunities. Join in the 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace March, beginning at 9 a.m. at Indian Spring Park. Waco Chapters request that all attendees bring a canned good, which will serve as entry into a raffle. In addition to music and cleanup opportunities at this event, lunch will be served at the Bledsoe Miller Center. For more information, email
Jubilee Theatre is also hosting an event in remembrance of Dr. King. Their MLK Day Program and Service Day begins at Jubilee Theatre at 10 a.m. Stop by to enjoy a dramatic reading, a discussion and multiple local service opportunities. Call 753-4900 to learn more about this event.

Live Music

• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly (Jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers (Acoustic), Klassy Glass, 7 p.m.
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd (Jazz), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Julia Tucker (Pop/Rock), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Dave Wild Trio (Jazz), Klassy Glass, 8 p.m.
• Huser Brother Band (Acoustic), BIG’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Toby Gill (Red Dirt Country), Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon, 8 p.m.
• DJ JOJO (Eclectic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Brian Bell Band (Alternative/Indie), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Donna Beckham (Country), Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Midnight Mustangs (Genre), BIG’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• PYE Band (Rock and Roll), Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon, 8 p.m.
• DJ JOJO (Eclectic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Jordan Lee and The Revelry (Texas Country), Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.

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