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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

March 1-4

4 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

“Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word” – Author John Steinbeck.


Happy Texas Independence Day weekend, Waco! Enjoy the events celebrating our state’s independence or wish Dr. Seuss a happy birthday. You can also catch many shows and live music events happening around town. Let us know what you’re up to by tagging @wacoan and using out hashtag, #WacoWeekend. You just might be featured in Monday’s Waco Weekend Recap. Enjoy!


Thursday, March 1


Don’t miss The Stars Over Texas Jamboree at the Lee Lockwood Library & Museum. This month’s theme is “Legends of Country” with Danny Ragland as Willie Nelson and Bridgett Huffhines as Patsy Cline, among others. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for general admission and $12 for seniors. Anyone 12 years and under is free.
Hear the music soar at the Wind Ensemble Concert at McLennan Community College. The concert will be held in the Ball Performing Arts Center from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Admission is free. To learn more, visit

Friday, March 2


It’s that time again – First Friday is here! Head to Downtown Waco and enjoy all the specials. Test your wits at the Waco Escape Room or laugh with friends at the Brazos Theatre Group’s improv comedy show. Swing by Dichotomy for its lecture series featuring tequila or explore the Dr Pepper Museum. Times vary for the different events. Visit for a full list of participating businesses.
Do you like green eggs and ham? Have you seen the cat in the hat? It’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday, so celebrate at Seuss-a-bration. Read his books, learn about his life and make Seuss-y crafts. This event will be held in the East Waco Meeting Room in the East Waco Library from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Celebrate Texas Independence Day at the Waco Hippodrome. It all starts with the Howdy Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. Choose from any of the drink specials plus the extra deals on Texas Tea while snacking at the chips and salsa bar. At 5:30 p.m., settle in for First Friday Trivia. The theme? Why, Texas, of course. Think Texas celebrities, movies, songs, history, books and more. Catch Texas country legend Larry Joe Taylor at 7:15 p.m. Last, but certainly not least, catch Late Night Trivia at 9 p.m. Bonus trivia is right up my alley!

Did you catch that? Texas artist Larry Joe Taylor will perform live at the Waco Hippodrome. Taylor sings to his own tunes, calling his genre “Coastal & Western,” You will be dancing to the beat. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. with the opener at 7:15 p.m. The show will begin at 8 p.m. Visit to learn more.

Friday & Saturday, March 2 & 3

Travel back to the ’80s at Wine, Divas & Dessert at the Waco Civic Theatre. Divas including Paige Forrester, Bibi Snow and Carol Meyer Willingham, will perform live. The night will also include delicious wine, fabulous dessert and incredible art. This fundraiser benefits the Waco Cultural Arts Festival. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Tickets cost $65 per person. Tables of two or four are also available. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, March 3


Rain or shine, check out the Waco Downtown Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chat with the vendors and maybe buy a snack. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue. For more information, visit
The East Terrace Historic Home welcomes you to the Texas Independence Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spend the day celebrating our great state with food, games, storytelling, crafts and a book sale. Listen to musical duo Lonestar Stout play Celtic music. Dessert includes birthday cakes for Texas. Admission costs $10 per family. Visit for details.

A narrated walk in Downtown Waco? Let’s go! Learn about our city’s history, legends and lore at Walking Tour: Waco Downtown History Walk. Your tour guide will also suggest great places to eat and shop in and around downtown. The walk begins at 2 p.m. in the parking lot for the McLennan County Courthouse. The suggested donation is $15. Proceeds benefit Act Locally Waco. To learn more, visit

Live Music


• Christian Hoffman (eclectic), Baylor Club, 5 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd (jazz), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

• Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras (jazz), Waco Hilton, 7 p.m.
• The Professors (blues), Cultivate 7twelve, 7 p.m.
• Nick Sterling (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Cue the Sun (classic rock/80s/90s), Dichotomy, 8 p.m.
• Tea Aguilar (alternate/soul), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Gary Beard (blues), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Los Roachez (rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

• Lauren January & Kayla Ray (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• William Huneke (folk/Americana), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Jackson Edwards (blues/folk), Dichotomy, 8 p.m.
• John Dempsy (folk/country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Waylon Pierce (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
• Steve Hamende Bande (country/Americana), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• 35 South Band (country), The Melody Ranch, 10 p.m.

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