The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

March 15-18

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Waco! 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.

Spring is almost here! Celebrate with Spring at the Silos Thursday through Saturday. More than 60 artisan vendors and food trucks are gathering on the streets around the Magnolia Silos. Grab your friends and family to enjoy this free, nonticketed event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. For details, visit
Lions roar in a Disney classic! Catch Mission Waco Jubilee Theatre’s production of “The Lion King, Jr.” Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets costs $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students and $7 for children. Visit to purchase tickets.
One great way to spend the weekend is taking a leisurely stroll downtown. Listen as your guide recounts history, legends and lore on the Walking Tour: Waco Downtown History Walk. You can walk Saturday starting at 3 p.m. or Sunday starting at 2 p.m. Both walks meet at the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot. A $15 donation is suggested. For more details, visit

Thursday, March 15


Support St. Paul’s Episcopal School at the Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers Concert. Listen to these country music stars while enjoying a fun evening. The concert will be held at Downtown 301 Event Center. A VIP party begins at 6 p.m. with the concert starting at 8 p.m. Proceeds benefit the school. Visit for sponsorship and ticket information.

Texas women are the best, right? Adrian Johnston, Jackie Darlene and Holly Tucker think so, because they are born-and-bred Texans. Don’t miss these Texas country stars perform at GRIT: Girls Raised in Texas. The concert will be held at the Waco Hippodrome from 7-9 p.m. Tickets cost $10. To purchase tickets and to learn more, visit

Friday, March 16


Cheer on the Baylor women’s basketball team as they compete against Grambling State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Ferrell Center.
Help support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at St. Jude Presents: Nashville Night on the Brazos. Relax at the cocktail reception or wander through the silent auction. Enjoy live entertainment by Music City Hit-Makers, featuring Grammy Award winners Brett James and Kyle Jacobs accompanied by the Waco Symphony Orchestra. The event will be held from 6:30-11 p.m. at the Waco Hippodrome. Visit to learn more and for ticket information.

The 12th annual H-E-B Celebrity Cook Off is here! Thirty-two local celebrity chefs will put their abilities to the test making their favorite recipes. Enjoy complimentary wine while sampling the dishes. The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center. Proceeds benefit the Waco ISD Education Foundation. Visit or call 755-9517 to purchase tickets.
Enjoy the sounds of the Baylor Symphony Orchestra for a wonderful evening with guest conductor Dwight Oltman. The concert will be held in the Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to attend this free event. For details, visit or call 710-3991.

Saturday, March 17


Did you know the farmers market has been at its new location for one year? To celebrate, the Waco Downtown Farmers Market is having a springtime mini-anniversary, which features a special springtime handmade market. Discover artsy goods you won’t see normally at the market. The farmers market will be open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue. Visit for more information.

Spend Saturday learning about our city, specifically about two of Waco’s oldest and most diverse neighborhoods. On Waco Walks: Sanger Heights/Mission Waco, you will hear about old mansions, the Urban REAP greenhouse and everything in between. The walk will begin at the Jubilee Market at 10 a.m. To learn more, visit

It’s food trucks galore at the fourth annual Texas Food Truck Showdown! Grab your friends and head to Heritage Square in Downtown Waco from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Events include an artists’ market, celebrity judging, food demonstrations, a petting zoo, concerts and more. Tasty Tickets cost $5 for a 4-oz signature dish. For more information about Tasty Tickets and a full list of activities, visit
Hop to Ridgewood Country Club at 10:30 a.m. for Bunny Brunch! Take a picture with Bonnie the Bunny or watch a style show for children and adults. Tickets cost $30 each or $240 for a table of eight. Proceeds benefit Voice, a nonprofit organization in Waco. For details and reservations, contact Cheryl Allen at or at 855-2259.
Waco Mammoth National Monument presents Wild Residents Trail Walk. Stroll through nature on a 20-minute guided tour and learn about the park’s wild residents. This free tour begins at 11 a.m. each Saturday for the next year. Visit to learn more.
Do you love to laugh? Then you’ll love the Laughs, Lies & Tall Tales Luncheon at the Baylor Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Guest speaker Donna Ingham is a storyteller and a former Texas State Liar. Laugh along with her tall tales and jokes while eating a buffet lunch. Tickets cost $40. The fundraising luncheon benefits Altrusa International of Waco. Call 722-4280 or email to purchase tickets.
Little ones, gather around. Hewitt Public Library invites you to Storytime & Book Signing from 1-3 p.m. Saturday’s book is “Real Food for Littles” by Risse Miller. This book explores green foods, so wear green. Visit to read about the book.
Join Lutheran Sunset Ministries for the fourth annual Resident Art Show. Art created by the residents will be displayed at the Bosque Arts Center from 2-4 p.m. Each participant will receive a participation ribbon and two artists will also receive one of two awards: People’s Choice Award and Residents’ Choice Award. This event is free and open to the public. For details, visit

St. Louis Catholic School’s annual BBQ & Brew fundraiser is back. Eat delicious barbecue, dance and explore the live and silent auctions. The event will be held at Downtown 301 Event Center at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $35 each or $60 per couple. Visit for more information.

Coffee and books are a great combination. Grab a cup and attend the Book Signing at Common Grounds from 6-8 p.m. Meet Texas author Julien Jamar and get a signed copy of “The Namarielle.” If you leave early, you’ll miss the giveaway at the end! To read about this book, visit

Help raise awareness of MPS, a rare genetic disorder, at the Rise Up for MPS benefit concert at the Midway ISD Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. The award-winning men’s chorus Vocal Majority and the Midway High School varsity men’s choir will perform. Reserved seating tickets cost between $25 and $100. A generous donor will match the proceeds from ticket sales. This concert benefits the Jenna Marie Richbourg Endowment Fund. To learn more, visit
Waco Jazz Orchestra proudly presents its third annual spring concert: Jazz Goes to the Movies. Featured jazz vocalist Tyrha Lindsey will keep you entertained with music that feels alive. The event will be held at the Waco Hippodrome at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $10 and $25. Visit to purchase tickets.

St. Patrick’s Day Events


St. Patrick’s Day is here! Let your Irish side out to celebrate. Can you guess where Saint Patrick was born? Hint: not Ireland. If you guessed Great Britain, you’re right! He was born Maewyn Succat in Great Britain. Waco is excited about St. Patrick’s Day and has plenty of events for you. The list below is not a comprehensive list of all events for St. Patrick’s Day.
• St. Patrick’s Jubilee Festival
Jubilee Park | 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sat
• It’s Easy Being Green
Cameron Park Zoo | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sat
• St. Patrick’s Day at Barnett’s
Barnett’s Public House | 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sat & Sun
• St. Patty’s Day Celebration
Dancing Bear Pub | 6 p.m., Sat
• Murder at the St. Patrick’s Day Party
Brazos Theatre | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | $20-$22
• St. Patrick’s Day Party
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop | 7-10 p.m., Sat & Sun
• G(reen) Troupe’s St. Patty’s Day Show
Mabee Theatre | 10 p.m., Sat & Sun | $3

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Nick Sterling (rock/country), La Fiesta, 6:30 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Cameron Cavalier, Common Grounds, 7 p.m.
• Tony Rocks (pop/rock), Dichotomy, 8 p.m.
• Eli Young Band (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m., $25-$30
• Red Watterson & Joe LeBlanc (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Divad Nedloh (alternative rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Byron Swann Group (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8 p.m.
• Nick Sterling (rock/country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Karaoke, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Branded Heart (country/rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Matthew Butter (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Jackson Anderson (blues/jazz), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Union Revival (indie/folk), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Tim Allen’s Bluestime (blues), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Superband (rock/hip-hop/blues), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Kayla Ray (country), The Backyard, 1 p.m.