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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

February 8-11

4 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Who wants to stay home all weekend when Waco has so much to offer? Fun performances, live music and Valentine’s events, I don’t need to say more. Experience something new and just have fun. 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

If the walls of our cars could talk, they’d have plenty to dish. InSite Waco presents “Autobahn,” a play about six awkward conversations in the front seat of a car, from a teen telling all on the way home from rehab to a dude supporting his recently dumped friend. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Cultivate 7twelve. The play is suggested for anyone ages 17 or older. Reservations are required and are available by donation; the suggested donation is $10. Proceeds will go toward creating a small black box theater at Cultivate 7twelve. Visit to learn more and to reserve your seat.
Travel to the Imperial Russian Empire in Baylor Theatre’s production of “Anna Karenina.” Adapted from Leo Tolstoy’s novel of the same name, this play recounts the story of a young married woman who struggles against societal constraints and the story of Constantine Levin who pines after an engaged woman. Thursday through Saturday performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday performances will begin at 2 p.m. All performances will be held in the Mabee Theatre on Baylor campus. To purchase tickets, visit or call 710-1865.
Someone is murdered onstage, and it’s up to the audience to solve the case. The Brazos Theatre Group invites you to solve the mystery of “Death is a Cabernet, Ol’ Chum.” Delight in the fun as you sip wine and enjoy dinner or a snack from the snack bar. Will your detective skills help solve the murder and catch the culprit? Reserve your spot to find out. The shows will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $14.50 both days. Visit or call 313-8920 to purchase tickets.

Need a little family-friendly Valentine’s fun? Stop by the Waco Mammoth National Monument and visit the Valentine Station. Grab an Ice Age valentine at the craft station and decorate it however you want. This free event takes place Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more, call 750-7946 or visit the Waco Mammoth National Monument Facebook page.

Thursday, February 8


Don’t miss The Stars Over Texas Jamboree at its first gospel edition of 2018. Enjoy family-friendly music from special guests Bridgett Huffhines, Lew Smith, LaNelle Gallant and Tommy Ryan. The event will be held at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the Baylor senior citizens’ choir will perform a preshow at 6:45 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for general admission, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. For details, call 755-7257 or visit The Stars Over Texas Jamboree Facebook page.
Baylor University presents “She Sang Freedom” in the Bennett Auditorium on Baylor campus from 7-8 p.m. Journey with Dr. Tammy Kernodle, professor of musicology and pianist-vocalist, as she tells the stories of black women musicians who used music to document and promote the fight for equality and social justice in America. Kernodle captures these musicians’ stories through live performances and songs. Visit to learn more.
Catch Alex Parker, senior lecturer in jazz studies, as he leads the 21-member Concert Jazz Ensemble. The event will be held in the Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus at 7:30 p.m. For details, visit

Friday, February 9


Dinner, dancing and ice cream floats — what more could a girl ask for? The City of Woodway will host its annual Father-Daughter Sweet Memories Dance from 6:30-9 p.m. at The Pavilion at the Carleen Bright Arboretum. Daughters ages 4 and older and their fathers are invited to this semiformal event. Tickets cost $25 per person and are available by reservation only. Photographs can be purchased at the event for $5 each. Call 399-9204 to make a reservation.

If you love country music, you’ll want to see country star Gary P. Nunn perform at the Waco Hippodrome. Inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame in 2004, singer-songwriter Nunn has played with many well-known artists, including Willie Nelson and Michael Murphey. Tickets cost between $20 and $40, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Visit or call 296-9000 to purchase tickets and for details.

Get out your USA gear, sip some hot cocoa. The Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony has arrived! Watch as countries from around the world come together to celebrate. You can catch the ceremony on NBC at 7 p.m. This year, the Olympics take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Let the games begin!

Barnett’s Public House welcomes you to the Olympic Beer Tour Opening Ceremonies at 11 p.m. Watch the Olympics opening ceremony and have a beer from eight countries: Belgium, England, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Switzerland and, of course, the USA. Ask the bartender for a punch card so you can participate in a contest lasting the entire Olympics and win a prize after the closing ceremonies February 25. Visit to learn more.

Saturday, February 10


Run, run, run in the third annual Thin Mint Sprint to support the Girl Scouts Greater Waco Service Unit. Proceeds from this event will help Girl Scouts travel, which in turn helps them broaden their experiences, learn new skills and enhance leadership capabilities. Runners can register for the 5K, which will begin at 8 a.m., or the 1-mile Daisy Dash fun run, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Both runs will be held in Woodway Park. Registration costs $35 for the 5K and $20 for the fun run. For more information or to register, visit

Rise and shine, Waco, for the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Chat with friends, eat breakfast and enjoy all the vendors have to offer. Stop by 500 Washington Avenue any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Are you ready? Take your love to the sixth annual Love to the Rescue. An elegant dinner, silent and live auctions, and a private performance by country band Restless Heart create a fun, romantic evening. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Karem Shrine Ballroom at 400 Karem Circle. A table for eight costs $1,200; sponsorships are also available. Proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. For details, visit or email
Take part in the first annual “Symphony of the City: Art & Architecture of Waco,” a fundraiser benefiting Waco Symphony Council and Waco Symphony Orchestra. Three Waco homes will welcome you with a uniquely themed cocktail party. Enjoy the food and festivities while admiring each home’s art and architecture. Tickets start at $150 per person. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Shanna and Blake Mattson. Visit or contact Melissa Boss at 717-5038 to learn more.
Start celebrating Valentine’s Day early at The Morticians Valentine’s Day Party at the Waco Hippodrome. Throw on your dancing shoes and dance all night long. Enjoy a mix of tunes from the ’50s and ’60s from well-known artists, including the Beatles and the Eagles. The party starts at 7 p.m. Floor seat tickets cost $40 each and include a spaghetti buffet and champagne. Balcony seats cost $15 each with food and beverage service available. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 296-9000.

Sunday, February 11


Head to the Whitehall Center at the Carleen Bright Arboretum and admire the newest art exhibit by the Art Guild of Central Texas. From 1:30-3 p.m., enjoy the Art Reception. This exhibit runs through March 11. For more details, visit

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers Band (Texas blues), Klassy Glass, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Lauren January & Luke LaGrange (country/Americana), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd (jazz), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Brett Hendrix Band (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7:30 p.m.
• Byron Swann Band (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8 p.m.
• Tanner Newman (acoustic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Blue Houdini Band (R&B/soul/rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Chuck Jennings and Beth Juman (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Divad Nedloh (alternative rock), La Fiesta, 7:30 p.m.
• Bruce Carbonara (jazz), Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• The Ballous Cats (eclectic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Nolan Pick Band (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

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