The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

May 17-20

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Can you hear the weekend calling? Explore Waco and all the fun events happening this weekend. 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


It’s your last chance to see 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. Thursday through Saturday. Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $16 to $20. To purchase tickets, visit or call 776-1591.

Support families of first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty at the fourth annual Woodway Roadrunner Festival. Start the weekend with a Woodway Wine Tour Friday at 7 p.m. Enjoy a veterans’ breakfast Saturday at 8 a.m. and kids’ activities beginning at 4 p.m. Starting at 7 p.m., catch concerts by Michael Carubelli and Holly Tucker. The evening ends with a flash of fireworks. Wine tour tickets cost $50 per person. All Saturday activities are free. Festivities will be held at the Carleen Bright Arboretum, The Pavilion and Woodway Family Center. Visit for a full schedule of events.
The Old West beckons! Head to Brazos Theatre for Showdown at the Rainbow: A Musical Western Melodrama. Enjoy a show full of intrigue and mystery mixed in with a dash of murder and a touch of romance. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sunday performances begin at 2:30 p.m. For ticket prices, visit

Thursday, May 17

Swing by East Waco Library for “Bad Friends & Monsters,” a children’s book written by Ashley Bean Thornton. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., enjoy a book release and an art show where you can meet the book’s illustrators: the art club at J.H. Hines Elementary. You can even buy a copy for $10. Copies of the book are limited, so arrive early if you want one. Proceeds benefit the J.H. Hines Art Club. To learn more, visit
Surround yourself with art at Cocktails with the Curator at 5:45 p.m. at Cultivate 7twelve. Curator Rhiannon Rosenbaum welcomes Rachel Taylor, the featured artist and co-curator. Enjoy a glass of wine with light snacks and learn the artist’s process. Tickets are free, but spots are limited. Email Rebekah at to reserve your spot.
Cameron Park Zoo invites you to a Conservation Talk with primate keeper Denise Wagner. Learn about the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and other conservation efforts. Proceeds from the cash bar will benefit the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The event will be held at the zoo’s Special Events Pavilion from 6-8 p.m. Registration is free and open to the public. Visit to register.

Friday, May 18


Did you know human activities are the primary threat to endangered species? Spend part of your day at Cameron Park Zoo for Endangered Species Day. Learn about endangered species from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with keeper talks and activities.

The dogs are stealing the spotlight! Anyone who loves animals will love Fuzzy Friends Rescue’s Pooches on Parade: Champagne Brunch and Runway Show. Watch models and pooches strut the runway in the latest fashions from beachwear to eveningwear. Enjoy a champagne lunch, a silent auction, raffles and more, starting at 11 a.m. in Chisholm Hall at the Waco Convention Center. For ticket prices, call 714-2150 or visit

Saturday, May 19


Wake up, Waco! The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is ready for you. Stop by and have breakfast or chat with the local vendors. The farmers market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue.

Celebrate the Mayborn Museum’s birthday at Community Day! Explore everything the musuem has to offer from the Discovery Center to natural exhibits to the historic village. Want to know the best part? Admission is free! The Mayborn Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Say “cheese”! The Greater Lorena Chamber of Commerce invites you to its sixth annual Saturday in the Park wine tasting and cheese event. Explore the food vendors, sip wine from five local Texas wineries and nibble on cheese and chocolate. Fenix Theory and Jonna Mae will perform, creating a fun atmosphere. The event will be held at McBrayer Park from 1-7 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs. Admission is free, but you can purchase a ticket for wine tasting at the entrance. Visit for details.

Do you like Brazos Nights? Then you’ll love Pints in the Park, benefiting the city of Waco’s Brazos Nights. Spend the afternoon on the riverfront at Brazos Park East. Enjoy craft beer sampling, food from Texas barbecue joints, backyard games and live music by Dale Watson and Thomas Csorba. Pints in the Park will last from 2-7 p.m. and will include a VIP happy hour from 2-3 p.m. For ticket information, visit

Sunday, May 20

Support Meals on Wheels Waco at its annual Sunday Brunch. Enjoy a delicious buffet and a silent auction. The event will be held at 12 p.m. at Knox Hall in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum. Tickets cost $65 and seating is limited. To purchase tickets, contact Janet Nors at 752-0316 or at

Prepare for the Waco GoodFellas third annual Crawfish Boil. From 1-7 p.m. at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill, enjoy crawfish and other delicious food. The event will also include games, raffles and live music by Nate Rodriguez, Sundae Drivers and Sloppy Joe. All donations to the Waco GoodFellas stay local. Visit for more information.

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Zach Ballard (country), La Fiesta, 6:30 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Eric and Thomas (acoustic), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Jack Dempsey Duo, La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Cedric and Ballous Cats (jazz), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Karaoke with Jerry, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Byron Swann Band (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Joel Hernandez (rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Chuck and Beth (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Briana Adams (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Twelve12 (acoustic), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Harper Rye (blues/rock), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Calamity Janes (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• .50 Cent Shake (soul/jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Cherokee Rose (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Combined Boys Choir, Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus, 6 p.m.