The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

May 3-6

4 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

At last, May has arrived! The year is flying by. Waco, as always, has plenty of events for you from live music and concerts to plays and gatherings. 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

Hunt for your dream loot at Historic Waco Foundation’s annual Attic Treasures Sale. The free sale takes place in the Brazos Place Shopping Center at 4318 West Waco Drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Get first pick of the treasure at a ticketed preview party, which will be held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. Tickets cost $40. For more information, visit or call 753-5166.

Relive the 1950s with Waco Civic Theatre’s production of “Grease.” Danny Zuko and Sandy Dumbrowski recall a summer romance while the gang sings and dances. Performances are rated PG-13 and begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $16 to $20. To purchase tickets, visit or call 776-1591.

Take me out to the ballgame! Baylor Bears softball team will face the University of Texas Longhorns this weekend at Getterman Stadium. Catch the game Saturday at 6:30 p.m. or Sunday at 2 p.m. Sic ’Em, Bears!

Thursday, May 3


It’s showtime! Kick off Cinco de Mayo weekend at The Stars Over Texas Jamboree. This month brings you a real music variety show. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. For details, call 755-7257 or visit

Friday, May 4


Your favorite time of the month is here! Celebrate First Friday in Downtown Waco. Enjoy special deals at Balcones Distillery, Barnett’s Public House, Stone Hearth, Wine Shoppe and many more. Visit for a full list of participating vendors.

Dance like no one is watching at Brazos Nights! This time, the city of Waco presents a Cinco de Mayo celebration featuring Little Joe Y La Familia, Adrian Acosta and Grupo Varonil. Head to Indian Spring Park where the free concert will be from 7-11 p.m. To learn more, visit
May the fourth be with you! Brazos Theatre presents May the Fourth Improv Comedy, in honor of Star Wars day. Laugh along and have fun. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. A snack bar will be open, but you will need to bring your own alcoholic beverage. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students, military and anyone age 55 or older. Visit to purchase tickets.

Saturday, May 5


Spend your morning at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Delicious food, friendly faces, neat vendors — what more could you want? Located at 500 Washington Avenue, the farmers market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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 9:30 a.m. and meets at the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot. This walk is a fundraiser for Act Locally Waco, and a $20 donation is suggested. For more details, visit

Let’s go fly a kite with the Heart of Texas Sertoma Club! Its 12th annual Sertoma Kite Festival will be held at the Heart of Texas Miniature Aircraft Club airfield from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy not only kite-flying but also miniature aircraft demonstrations, contests, a raffle, live music and more. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Raise your beer! Waco Homebrewers Club, Craft Brewing Shop and Bare Arms Brewing invite you to Big Brew. Swing by the Bare Arms parking lot to learn about the beer making process and have a pint. Keep a look out for special tappings and prizes. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit for details.

Can you believe the Cameron Park Zoo has been open for 25 years? To celebrate, the zoo is throwing a special Kidzoobilee, and your family is invited. Kids can enjoy their favorite animals, zip along an inflatable zip line, ride a trackless train, play in bounce houses, get their faces painted and more. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets cost $10 for anyone age 13 or older and $25 for children ages 4-12. Children under 3 get in free. Kids with tickets will receive a gift bag as they leave the zoo. The event will be from 5-8 p.m. For details, visit or call 750-8400.

Sunday, May 6


Throw on your running shoes and prepare for the Silo District Marathon. Choose between a full marathon and a 5K. The half marathon is sold out, and online registration is closed. However, you can still sign up for the 5K or the full marathon in person. The marathon begins at 7 a.m. followed by the half marathon and 5K at 7:30 a.m. All profits will benefit the Brave Like Gabe Foundation. To learn more and to view a course map, visit
Mothers and daughters, put on your Sunday best for the Mother & Daughter Spring Tea! Enjoy refreshments of punch and small baked goods, and partake in the Hat Contest among other fun contests. New this year is a Spring Fashion Show, emceed by Julie Hays from KWTX. The event will be held at the Pavilion at Carleen Bright Arboretum from 3-5 p.m. Tickets cost $15 per person. Since seating is limited, reservations are required. To reserve your seat, contact Janet Schaffer or Meredith Perry at 399-9204.

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Clean Slate (rock/country/blues), Fuzzy’s Taco’s, 6 p.m.
• Naughty Water (rock/alternative), Lakeside Tavern, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Austin Davidson (folk/Americana), Dichotomy, 8 p.m.
• Kayla Ray (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Deon Q & Joel McCrary (jazz/R&B), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Jon Wolfe (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15
• Fade to Black (Metallica tribute), Halftime, 9 p.m., $8
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Whiskey Myers (country/rock), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $25-$30

Join the Conversation