The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

January 25-28

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell and Brianna Borrego

“I don’t set the alarm to get up. I get up when I feel like it.” –Patricia Highsmith


The weekend is finally here. Three cheers for sleeping in and spending time with your loved ones! Here’s what’s going down in Waco this weekend. Be sure to let us know what you’re up to by tagging @wacoan and using our hashtag, #WacoWeekend. You just might be featured in Monday’s Waco Weekend Recap. Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend

Calling all theater enthusiasts: Baylor Opera Theatre presents its own version of Stephen Sondheim’s musical “A Little Night Music.” Immerse yourself in this tuneful performance at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Jones Theatre in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on Baylor campus. Reserved tickets cost $20. Tickets with a Baylor ID cost $17. Visit or call 710-1865 to purchase tickets.

W-A-C-O W-E-E-K-E-N-D. Akeelah, an 11-year-old spelling prodigy, is determined to compete in the National Spelling Bee. Find out if she makes it at Mission Waco Jubilee Theatre’s production of “Akeelah and the Bee.” Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $7 for children ages 3-11. For more information visit We hope you will bee there!
A sweltering sun, 10 ambitious Texans and one brand-new truck to be won. The rules? The last one to keep a hand on the truck will drive it home. Join the Waco Civic Theatre for the hilarious play “Hands on a Hardbody.” Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. This show is rated PG-13. Tickets cost between $16 and $20. Call 776-1592 or visit for more information.

On your mark. Get set. Go! The Miracle Match Marathon is back for another great year. Whether you’re an experienced runner or more of a light jogger, join your fellow Wacoans for this fun marathon that gives all proceeds to Be the Match, the national marrow donor registry. Take part in your choice of races, including a 1-mile fun run, a firetruck pull and a marathon. The races take place Saturday and Sunday at various times. Registration ends Thursday, January 25 at 9:59 p.m. Call 405-2518 for details or visit to register.

Thursday, January 25

Greater Hewitt Chamber, you don’t look a day over 40! Join the Greater Hewitt Chamber for its 40th Anniversary Banquet at the Waco Convention Center at 5:30 p.m. Live music and a catered dinner will accompany the speeches and scholarship presentation. This year’s keynote speaker will be Walter Abercrombie, former Baylor University running back and retired NFL player. Don’t miss the luxurious raffle that concludes the event. Tickets cost $60 for members, $75 for nonmembers or $470 for a table of eight. To reserve your spot, visit

Get your “Sic ’Ems” ready for when we bring down the University of Texas. Watch the Baylor Lady Bears basketball team take on the UT Longhorns at the Ferrell Center at 7 p.m. Purchase your tickets online at before they sell out. Let’s go Lady Bears!

Friday, January 26

Cheer on the McLennan Community College Highlassies softball team as they take on Western Texas College. The game begins at 1 p.m. at Bosque River Ballpark.
If you haven’t got a clue what to do Friday night, accompany the Baylor Swing Dance Society for its annual Clue Dance! It will be a night of puzzling mysteries and lively dancing as you play live action Clue and gather hints from your fellow dancers. The dance is open to the public and will be held at 7 p.m. at Baylor University’s Paul L. Foster Campus for Business & Innovation. Tickets cost $5 if you are not a member of the Baylor Swing Dance Society. We hope you will swing by!

Saturday, January 27


The chilly weather won’t stop the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Cozy up in a comfy sweater and head over to 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for some fresh produce and tasty delights. Pro-tip: bring your dogs so they can play with the other dogs strolling around the market!
Grab your friends, throw on a wacky costume and participate in the annual Waco Polar Plunge at the Waco Family YMCA. Everyone you know — family, friends and co-workers — is welcome to help raise a minimum of $30 for youth and $60 for adults in donations. Once the necessary amount is reached, you can plunge into the pool between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Donations support the Special Olympics Texas athletes in the Heart of Texas-Waco area. For details and to donate, visit

Is there anything better in this world than a box of Girl Scout Tagalongs? Give your sweet tooth what it wants and come to Barnett’s Public House for Cookies on Tap from 2-9 p.m. Here’s the catch: both flights include four beers and four Girl Scout Cookies! Our mouths are already watering. General admission tickets cost $10. VIP tickets cost $35 and include both flights, a Girl Scout gift bag and access one hour before general admission. A portion of each flight and ticket benefits the Girl Scouts of Central Texas. Visit to purchase your ticket.
A night of exquisite dining, local art and friendly company? What’s not to love! Happy Harvest invites you to Palette An Art-To-Table Experience at Cultivate 7Twelve at 6:30 p.m. You will be presented with four farm-to-table courses, but there’s a special element about them: each one was inspired by art at Cultivate 7Twelve. Tickets cost $65. Visit to view the menu and visit to purchase tickets.

Sunday, January 28

Looking for a fun, family-friendly event? Head to the Bellmead Civic Center for Waco Got Soles from 12-5 p.m. This three-year-anniversary show includes sneakers, clothing, cars, live music, giveaways and more. Tickets cost $5 for early general admission and $10 at the door. Each general admission ticket comes with five free raffle tickets. The $20 car entry fee includes general admission to the show. For details and to purchase tickets, visit

Live Music


• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Audry Oliver (blues/soul), Klassy Glass, 8 p.m.
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd (jazz), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

• John E. Cobb (Elvis tribute artist), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Corey Kilgannon and Davis (folk/alternative), Pinewood Coffee Bar, 7:30 p.m., $12
• Cami Maki (acoustic), Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon, 8 p.m.
• Steve Helms Band (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

• 5j Barrow (folk/indie/rock), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Melinda Adams & Sul Ross (country), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Tim Allen Bluestime (blues/rock), Papa Joe’s Texas Saloon, 8 p.m.
• Huser Brother Band (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.