The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

March 8-11

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

The weekend is upon us! Go out and celebrate at any of the events Waco has to offer. 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


Who’s ready for spring break? Spend Thursday and Friday learning and playing with Spring Break at the Mayborn. Experience hands-on history at the Gov. Bill & Vara Daniel Historic Village from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And meet your favorite masked turtles from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All activities are included with regular admission. For more information and a list of all activities, visit or call 710-1110.

Love watching barrel racing? Head over to the Extraco Events Center for the seventh annual Diamonds & Dirt Barrel Horse Classic. Elite equestrians from across the country will compete for the largest futurity purse in Texas. Cash and prizes total almost $1,000,000. This competition will be Thursday through Sunday starting at 9 a.m. each day. Visit for details.
The Sports Collectibles of Houston is coming to Waco for the Sports Collectible Show at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame & Museum. Enjoy hourly giveaways, a silent auction, buy-sell tables and the Astros World Series Exhibit. Former Astros pitcher J.R. Richard will be the special autograph guest Saturday at 2 p.m. The show will be Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission costs $5. For details about the giveaway and auction items, visit

Friday, March 9

Teens, it’s your time to shine. The South Waco Library invites you to After Hours: Mario Kart Tournament. Find your inner Mario, Yoshi, Princess Peach or other character and let the race begin. Who will reign supreme? The tournament begins at 5:45 p.m. Participants must be 13 years or older.

Stop by the Baylor Ballpark to see the Baylor baseball team take on George Washington University at 6:35 p.m. Go Bears!

Saturday, March 10


Wake up early and head to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Delicious food and wonderful vendors will greet you with a friendly smile. The farmers market is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue. Don’t miss out on the fun.

Did you know Junior Rangers help preserve national parks? Learn what it takes to be a Junior Ranger at Junior Ranger Day at the Waco Mammoth National Monument. But remember to have fun and enjoy the activities scheduled all day. The mammoth site is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for more information.

Another way to celebrate spring break is with the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum. Celebrate its annual Spring Break Round Up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Explore the 19th century Texas Rangers camp scene or see the living history group “Legends of the Texas Rangers” portray Texas Rangers from the early 20th century. Learn how the role of the Texas Rangers changed through the centuries by comparing the camp scene and the living history group to the special presentation depicting the current Texas Rangers. For details and admission prices, call 750-8631 or visit
Calling all baseball and softball fans! Watch any of five games taking place Saturday. The McLennan Community College Highlanders baseball team will face Hill College at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. at Bosque River Ballpark. On a different field at the same ballpark, the MCC Highlassies softball team will face Weatherford College at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. Later at 6:35 p.m., the Baylor Bears baseball team will face George Washington University at the Baylor Ballpark. Cheer on our Waco teams!

The Brazos Theatre Group invites you to the Golden Age Radio Show. Relieve the radio theaters of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. Actors and sound effect artists will combine their talents to present a live performance that seems to be on a radio sound stage. Patti’s Kitchen will provide dinner. Adult tickets cost $15.50 without dinner and $23.50 with dinner. Senior, student and military tickets cost $13.50 without dinner and $21.50 with dinner. To purchase tickets and view the dinner menu, visit

Sunday, March 11

The weekend has one more baseball game in store. The Baylor Bears baseball team will finish its series against George Washington University at the Baylor Ballpark at 1:05 p.m.

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Bill & Phil (acoustic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Jayme Wade (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7:30 p.m.
• Dave Wild Trio (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8 p.m.
• Kristen Kelly (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Billy Holt Band (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Donna Beckham (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Studio 516, Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Frenchie’s Blues Destroyers (rock/blues), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Retro Rose (rock), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Sundae Drivers (Americana), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Nolan Pick Band (country), The Melody Ranch, 10 p.m.