The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

April 26-29

4 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

The weekend is upon us, so get 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


Welcome all to Baylor University Theatre’s production of “Mr Burns: a post-electric play”! In Anne Washburn’s dark comedy, the world as we know it is over and the transition into a new era reshapes the stories of the old one. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday performances will be at 2 p.m. The shows will be at the Mabee Theatre on Baylor campus. Tickets cost $20 each or $17 with a Baylor ID. To purchase tickets, visit or call 710-1865.
Grab your boots and hats and head to the Extraco Events Center. It’s time for the Big Country Quarter Horse Association Spring Show and Texas Amateur Championship! Watch riders compete in Special Events Trail, Western Pleasure and Horsemanship & Western Riding. The show will begin at 7:30 a.m. in the Coliseum and at 8 a.m. in the Pavilion Friday through Sunday. For a full schedule of events, visit
Don’t miss the Tony-Award and Pulitzer-Prize winning musical “Next to Normal,” presented by Mission Waco Jubilee Theatre. This powerful play addresses mental illnesses, grief, drug abuse, the effects they have on a family and more. Performances will be Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performance will be at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7-$12. Visit to purchase tickets.
Fall into the storybook tale of “The Wind in the Willows” by McLennan Community College Theatre. Tag along with the characters and their adventures as they learn true loyalty, generosity and friendship. Performances will be held at Bosque River Stage on MCC campus Friday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $8-$10. For details, visit or call 299-8200.

Can you see it? The 58th annual Waco Gem & Mineral Show is here! Explore more than 20 vendors and see what special gem you’ll find among the jewelry, minerals, fossils, crystals, crafts and kids’ activities. You might even find a special Mother’s Day gift. The event will be held in the Creative Art Building at the Extraco Events Center. The show will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 6-12, and tickets are valid for both days.

Thursday, April 26

The Central Texas Teen Science Café is back at the Mayborn Museum! Eat food, socialize, relax and have fun with science. Local scientists and engineers will talk with teens about their career paths, research and favorite parts of the job. Wrapping it all together will be a hands-on science experiment! This month’s guest is Dr. Trey Cade, director of Baylor’s institute for air science and the space weather research laboratory. The event will be from 5:30-7 p.m.
What’s that music you hear? Why, none other than the Baylor Symphony Orchestra! Conducting the orchestra will be Stephen Heyde, director of orchestral activities. Catch the free event at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building on Baylor campus.

Friday, April 27

Attention, everyone! The McGregor Chamber of Commerce invites you to Fourth Friday in Downtown McGregor. Stroll along historic Main Street from 6-8 p.m. Keep an eye out for sales while you shop at boutiques and pop inside eateries. Visit for more information.
Grab your seat for the 19th annual Black Glasses Film Festival, sponsored by Baylor’s department of film & digital media. The stars of the festival are screenings of the best of last year’s student-produced films. After the screenings, enjoy an awards ceremony and a small reception. The event will be from 7-10 p.m. at the Waco Hippodrome. Viewers should be aware that some films contain R-rated subject matter and language. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. To purchase tickets, visit

Join the Cameron Park Zoo staff as they lead you on a Night Hike through the Lake Waco Wetlands. The hike will begin at 7:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring rain gear, appropriate footwear, water and flashlights. For more information, call 848-9654.

Come on down to Waco Hall for the 48th annual Waco Cotton Palace Historical Production! Beginning at 8 p.m., the audience will enjoy a two-hour show that combines drama, song and dance to chronicle the history of Waco and of the Cotton Palace. Tickets cost $50 for a floor seat or $15 for a balcony seat. Email or call 715-2132 to purchase tickets in advance for priority seating.

Everything “Feels Just Like It Should” with Pat Green performing at The Backyard. Hear Waco’s own country star at 9 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20 for anyone over 21 and $25 for anyone under 21. To purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, April 28

Support Mission Waco at the seventh annual Race One at Jubilee Park. Choose between a timed 5K race and a 1-mile, untimed Fun Run. Registration opens at 7 a.m. with the 5K starting at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run at 9 a.m. Both races start and end in front of Jubilee Park. If you haven’t already registered, you still can on race day. Registration costs $20 for the 5K and $15 for the Fun Run. For more information, visit

Bring color into your life at the fifth annual Woodway Run with Color! Untimed and unlimited, this run will occur between 9 and 9:45 a.m. Run as many or as few laps you want at Woodway Elementary School. This year presents five different color dusting stations. That’s a whole lot of color and a whole lot of fun. After the event, snag a family or friend photo at the photo booth. Registrations costs $25. Proceeds will benefit Physical Education and Fine Arts programs & Hunger Free Midway. Visit this website to register and for details.

Get outside and enjoy the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Have you found your favorite vendor? Is there a new one you’re growing to love? The farmers market never fails to present great food or new friends. It will be at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Do you love Waco? Celebrate at I Love Waco Day, a community-wide, block party! The day is full of events from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy free food by Barnett’s Public House, lawn games by Texas Sports & Social Club, a showing of The Sandlot by the Waco Hippodrome. Swing by WacoWork (600 Columbus Avenue) between 12 and 5 p.m. for a vendor fair with local entrepreneurs, including Fabled Bookshop, Coffee Candle Company and The Black Daisy. For a full schedule of events and participating vendors, visit or

Picnics, dancing, prizes? I’m there! Keep Waco Beautiful will host its second annual Picnic in the Park from 5-9 p.m. at Cameron Park Clubhouse (2601 North University Parks). The evening will include food, dancing, adult beverages, live and silent auctions, bounce houses and door prices. Tours of Miss Nellies Pretty Place will also be available. Single picnic tickets cost $30 and family tickets (two adults) cost $45. Children are free. Proceeds benefit the Butterfly Garden installation. To purchase tickets, visit
What could be better than an evening filled with music and comedy? Head to Waco Winery for Variety on the Rooftop, presented by The Brazos Theatre Group. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, rooftop seating and a complimentary glass of wine. Tickets cost $20 and are available at

Sunday, April 29

Spend the afternoon listening to the Youth Chorus of Central Texas at its spring concert: Dreams and Imagination. This talented group will perform at 3 p.m. at Austin Avenue United Methodist Church. Admission costs $5. For more information, visit

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 6:30 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Jameson McGregor (alternative/rock), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $5
• Eric & Thomas (acoustic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Elvis (by John Cobb), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m., $35
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Shotgun Josephine (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• The Ballous Cats (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Dave Wild & Chuck Jennings (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• The Union Revival (Americana/folk), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Sundae Drivers (Americana), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Selena: the Tribute (genre), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20
• Kings Kaleidoscope (acoustic/Christian alternative), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $15-$20

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