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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

March 22-25

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Plays, festivals, concerts — oh my! Waco has plenty of events for you, so go out and have fun. 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 you like poetry, don’t miss Baylor University’s 24th annual Beall Poetry Festival. Enjoy poetry readings Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. or sit in on the poetry panel Friday at 3:30 p.m. To learn more, call 710-1768 or visit

Lights, camera, action! The Deep in the Heart Film Festival is back with new independent films. Guests can meet and talk with attending writers, directors, actors and filmmakers. All films will be shown at the Waco Hippodrome, and additional parties and seminars will take place at venues downtown. For ticket prices and for a schedule of events, visit

“That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.” In which famous play can you find this quote? “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, of course! Catch Baylor Theatre’s performance of this play in the Jones Theatre on Baylor campus. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Saturday and Sunday performances begin at 2 p.m. Visit for ticket prices.
Journey to the year 1625 for the timeless swashbuckler “The Three Musketeers,” presented by the Waco Civic Theatre. The play follows d’Artagnan and his sister, Sabine, as they travel to Paris for adventure. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Proceeds from Thursday’s show will benefit Shepherd’s Heart of Lorena and can be purchased by calling 723-5037. For regular ticket prices, call 776-1591 or visit
Easter is nearing, and Mission Waco Jubilee Theatre invites you to “Living Word.” Watch the passion narrative displayed in a theater-style show. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s performance begins at 2:30 p.m. Visit for ticket prices.
Gibbs Outdoor Recreation presents the sixth annual South 40 Outdoor Expo. Experience the outdoors while browsing the vendors. This event also includes the Fishing Trail Championship, the BBQ Cook Off and a car show. Parking, admission and activities are free. The event will be Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Extraco Events Center. For details, visit

Thursday, March 22

Visit the Martin Museum of Art for the Baylor Art Student Exhibition. Enjoy an opening reception and awards ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition will be open until April 15. Both the opening reception and the exhibit is free and open to the public. Visit to learn more.
Partake in Waco Women’s History Walk to learn the important roles women have played in Waco’s development as pioneers, city leaders and savvy entrepreneurs. Discuss the strong women of Waco while celebrating Women’s History Month. The walk meets at 5:30 p.m. by the Suspension Bridge on University Parks Drive. For details, visit
Spend the evening at the 19th annual Family Health Center’s Gala Fundraiser. The guest speaker is former Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Morris. Enjoy appetizers and dinner. The event starts at 6 p.m. in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Knox Hall. Attire is cocktail and tickets cost $165 each. Call Dale Barron at 313-4350 to purchase tickets.

Saturday, March 24


Think you can handle “The Toughest Half in Texas”? Compete in Baylor University Student Foundation’s annual Bearathon. The half-marathon and 5K both begin on Baylor campus and end alongside the Brazos River. Both events feature a scenic tour of campus, but the half-marathon also includes parts of Downtown Waco and Cameron Park. To learn more, call 710-3497 or visit

With spring in full swing, you don’t want to miss the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Chat with the vendors and enjoy the day. The farmers market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue.
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.

Spend your day at the ninth annual Texas Craft Beer Festival. Sample beers, enjoy live music and eat at the food trucks. General admission tickets cost $35, and VIP tickets cost $55. Ticket sales end Friday. Attendees must be 21 years or older. The festival begins at 1 p.m. behind Dancing Bear Pub. For details and to purchase tickets, visit

The Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Waco Aviation Alliance invite you to the 10th annual Freedom Ball. Honor past and present military personnel and gold star families. Enjoy dinner, dancing and live music by King David and the David Whiteman Band. Wacoan country singer Holly Tucker will sing the national anthem. The event will be held at the Waco Convention Center from 6-11 p.m. For ticket information, visit
Whoooo can rotate their necks 270 degrees? Discover more about these magnificent animals at Owl Prowl. The free event will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Waco Mammoth National Monument. Guests are requested to wear close-toed shoes and to bring a flashlight. Registration is required. For more information and to register, email
Don your best Jimmy Buffett attire and sail to Karem Shriners for its Parrot Head Party. Enjoy live music by GTO’s and a contest for the best Margaritaville decorated table. The party begins at 7 p.m. Call 848-5600 to RSVP and to learn more.

Make your way to Waco Hall on Baylor campus for a Waco Symphony Orchestra concert featuring 19-year-old violinist Simone Porter. The night also includes the presentation of the Waco Symphony Belles & Brass by the Waco Symphony Council. Catch the performance starting at 7:30 p.m. Call 754-0851 or visit for ticket prices.

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Briana Adams (country/blues), La Fiesta, 6:30 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Thomas Csorba (Americana), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $10-$13
• Eric & Thomas Unplugged (acoustic), The Backyard, 8 p.m.
• Julia Tucker (pop/Americana), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Tim & Jessica (country/blues), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Jaimee Harris with Brody Price (Americana/folk), Pinewood Roasters, 7:30 p.m., $10
• Jonna Mae & Daddy Mae (Americana/folk), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Dave Barnes (rock/soul), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $17-$20
• Kayla Ray (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• The Ballous Cats (blues), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Camaromancer (rock), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m.
• Braden Guess (folk), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Joey Sais (R&B), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Zach Winters & Jason Barrows (folk/pop), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $7-$11
• Jayme Wade Band (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Casey Donahew (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20
• Steve Helms (country), The Backyard, 8 p.m.