The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

March 29-April 1

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Hop into April with any of the fun events happening this weekend. Catch a softball game, watch a play or listen to the live music. 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


Don your Baylor gear and head to the Getterman Stadium. The Baylor Lady Bears softball team will play the Oklahoma Sooners three times. Friday and Saturday games start at 6:30 p.m. Sunday game starts at 6 p.m. Visit for details.
Have you heard the story of Anne Frank? The Woodway Church of Christ invites you to its production of “The Diary of Anne Frank.” Proceeds from this nonprofit play benefit Here’s Life Orphanages in Nairobi, Kenya. Performances begin at 7 p.m. Friday. Saturday performances begin at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. The play will be held in the Central Presbyterian Church of Woodway’s activity building. Tickets cost $10, but seating is limited. Call 717-5656 to purchase your tickets today.
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. For ticket prices, call 776-1591 or visit

Thursday, March 29


The Waco Friends of Peace/Climate invites you to hear David Rovics at the Mission Waco Jubilee Theatre. Enjoy free snacks and nonalcoholic beverages and listen to Rovics perform music from his albums. Then, hear a short update on climate change. Doors open at 6 p.m. This event is free. Visit for more information.

The physics department at Baylor University presents Science Thursdays at the Mayborn Museum Complex. Today’s guest speaker is Touradj Solouki, a professor of chemistry at Baylor. Join the professor at 6:30 p.m. for coffee and cookies. At 7 p.m., listen to Dr. Solouki share his knowledge about early and noninvasive disease detection. This free lecture is open to the public, but it does not include admission to the museum. For details, visit

Saturday, March 31


Attention runners! The Waco Striders Running Club’s annual Tonkawa Half and Quarter Marathon is back, and it’s better than ever. This year’s event wishes to emphasize a picnic with a long run. Both the half-marathon and the quarter-marathon are free and self-timed. Although the event has no fee, participants are asked to register. Registration will help the organizers estimate the amount of food needed for the picnic. The half-marathon will start at 8 a.m., the quarter-marathon at 9 a.m. and the picnic at 11:30 a.m. You do not need to participate in the run to attend the picnic. All event activities will be held at Tonkawa Park in Crawford. To register and for details about the picnic (including food and an Easter egg hunt), visit

It’s your last chance to enjoy the Waco Downtown Farmers Market in March. Next time, you’ll be in April. Grab a bite to eat and hang out with friends. The farmers market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue.

Join the Waco Mammoth National Monument for its annual Mammoths on the March from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This family-friendly event includes flowers you can take home and plant, games, arts and crafts, and an egg hunt. Admission is free, but an optional $5 wristband is required for access to the dig site, petting zoo and trackless train rides. For details, call 750-7946 or visit
If you loving explore nature, swing by the Waco Mammoth National Monument for its weekly 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. Visit to learn more.
Take a couple of hours to stroll downtown and learn all about Waco on the Walking Tour: Waco Downtown History Walk. Your knowledgeable guide will recount the city’s history, legends and lore. The walk begins at 2 p.m. and meets at the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot. This walk is a fundraiser for Act Locally Waco, and a $15 donation is suggested. For more details, visit

Who loves scavenger hunts? Throw on some crazy attire or Easter outfits, and participate in the second annual Easter Keg Hunt with Barnett’s Public House. Teams of five to eight players must solve clues and riddles to find the Easter kegs hidden downtown. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, the best dressed team and the best team name. Entry fee is $35 per player. Check-in begins at 2 p.m. with the event start at 3 p.m. on the dot. To learn more and to register, visit
Calling all country-music fans! Head to the Waco Hippodrome for the Classic Country Legends Concert. Listen to music by everyone from Patsy to the Highwayman. The evening’s star is Johnny Lovett, the “Man of Many Voices.” Joining him is special guest Danny Ragland as “Willie,” among others. Tickets cost $20 or $25. Visit to purchase tickets and to learn more.

Sunday, April 1

Happy April Fools’ Day, Waco! Or should I say, Happy Easter, Waco? The chances of these events falling on the same day are so slim, this instance is only the fifth occurrence since 1900 — 1923, 1934, 1945, 1956 and now 2018. Dye some eggs, play practical jokes on your friends and family, or do both. But above all, remember to keep an eye out for the Easter Bunny. He may have a few tricks inside his hat.

Easter Egg Hunts

Easter is here, and you know what that means. Easter egg hunts! Grab your friends and start searching for bright and colorful eggs. Waco has plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy one. The list below provides some community-wide Easter egg hunts. Search the events online or through Facebook for more specifics and to see if a free registration is recommended for headcount purposes. Let the hunts begin!
• Sensory Friendly, All-Inclusive Easter Eggstravaganza
Elite Therapy Center | 1-2:30 p.m., Fri
• 30,000 Egg Hunt
Victorious Life Church | 5-7 p.m.
• Easter Extravaganza
Family Worship Center | 7 p.m., Fri & Sat
• Community Easter Egg Hunt
Concord Baptist Church | 10 a.m., Sat
• Educator Credit Union’s annual Easter Egg Hunt
Hewitt Park | 10-10:45 a.m., Sat
• Community Egg Hunt
Lakewood Christian Church | 10-11:30 a.m., Sat
• Easter Egg Hunt
Express ER – Waco | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sat
• Community-Wide Easter Egg Hunt
Lorena United Methodist Church | 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat
• Easter Egg Hunt & Celebration
Trinity at Badger Ranch | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sat

Live Music

• Mario Vigil Benefit, The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, 6 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Jackson Anderson (blues/jazz), La Fiesta, 6:30 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Sul Ross and Melinda Adams (Texas country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• D’Rail & Isaac, La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Bruce Carbonara (Sinatra-style), Klassy Glass, 8 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Gary Beard (fiddle/blues), BIG’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Drew Fish Band (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Rhythm n’ Roses (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Nick Sterling (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Dave Wild Trio (jazz), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Luke LaGrange & Lauren January (country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Bubba Haze (blues/rock), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), BIG’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Crash Landing (Texas-style rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m.