The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

June 22-25

7 years ago

By Natalie Burch, Brianna Borrego & Christian Aleman

Hey Waco, it’s almost time to say goodbye to June — boy did it fly by! Before we know it, we’ll be packing up our bathing suits to prepare for fall. So, let’s make the most of these warm summer days! This weekend, you could take in a play, swim in the Brazos River or even compete in a dodgeball tournament. Let us know what you’re doing this #WacoWeekend by tagging @WACOAN in your social media posts.

Thursday, June 22

Be sure to snatch a seat for the Waco Civic Theatre’s production of “Hairspray” this weekend as they bring a taste of the 1960s to the stage in the Lyle Skinner Auditorium at Waco High School. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a performance on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range in price from $16 to $20.

Don’t miss out on the last River Sounds concert of the season! As June comes to an end, unfortunately, so does the concert series. Take blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to the Bosque River Stage at 7 p.m. to hear Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis as well as Kayla Ray and Jonna Mae for a night filled with live country music and a lot of fun.

Join author of “Jay at Play” and KWTX sports director Troy Hein for Family Night at the West Waco Library & Genealogy Center at 7 p.m. Hein will read his books, play games and award prizes! Come have a night of family fun with this special guest.

“Who am I this time?” is the question being asked and performed by Baylor Theatre this weekend. Adapted from short stories by Kurt Vonnegut, contemporary playwright Aaron Posner uses humor to explore the conundrums of love in small-town Texas in 1962 in “Who Am I This Time? (& Other Conundrums of Love).” Enjoy a nice mix of live music that blends the artistic side of Austin and a forgotten time. After all, summer is meant for some sentimentality, right? Performances at the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center run Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Friday, June 23

Photo courtesy of Sheri Hemrick

Did you know flamingos get their pink coloring from eating lots of shrimp? Head to Cameron Park Zoo for Pink Flamingo Day to find out more about these fascinating birds! Take the kids out and listen to Keeper Talks about flamingos from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and enjoy a day at the zoo.

Waco, oh Waco! Thank you so much for always gifting us with live music opportunities. Especially when the venue has both coffee and spirits. Take some friends, family or even a date out to Dichotomy to hear Cue the Sun! play from 8-10 p.m. and grab a few drinks while you’re at it.

Head on out to Hawaiian Falls as the water park hosts Champions Day. Champions (those with special needs) are admitted free between 8:30-10 a.m. while those accompanying Champions pay $10 per ticket. Be there early as Champions have private access to the park until 10 a.m. but are welcome to stay if the park is open.

Saturday, June 24

There is a reason the Waco Downtown Farmers Market is always on our list! It is one of Waco’s greatest events. Seriously, no one should miss out because there is so much offered: great food, great produce and plants as far as the eye can see. Take the morning off to relax and take a stroll through the market!

Who doesn’t love chili? The Chili and Bean Championship Cook-Off takes place at the Karem Shrine Campgrounds starting at 10 a.m. It’s a free event benefitting the Animal Birth Control Clinic. You can judge the entries, explore what vendors have to offer and join the silent auction to the sound of live music! Unlimited chili plus vendors to buy things from? Sign me up! The cook-off lasts until 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Prepare to dodge, duck, dip and dive for a cause! The Hewitt Public Safety Department is hosting their second annual Dodging for Dollars Charity Dodgeball Tournament at 8 a.m. at Midway Middle School. Proceeds will go to the 100 Club of Heart of Texas, which supports spouses and families of local law enforcement officers who have lost their lives. The cost is $15 per person. There will be both children and adult divisions.

Sunday, June 25

Get out of the Texas summer heat by diving into the river for the Brazos River SharkFest Swim. This event includes three distances: 1K, 1.5-mile and a 2.4-mile swim through Downtown Waco. Not a swimmer? You can still go out and cheer on swimmers from the riverwalk or the Suspension Bridge! Athlete check-in starts at 6 a.m., and the first event begins at 7:30 a.m.

Live music venues include:

– The Backyard Bar, Stage and Grill
– Valley Mills Vineyards
– Melody Ranch
– DiamondBack’s
– The Grape, Wine Bar & Bistro
– Dichotomy
– Lakeside Tavern

Well, that’s a wrap for this last full weekend in June! Check back here next week to see what the first weekend of July has in store. I’m sure it will be just as exciting if not more so. Enjoy!

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