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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

May 24-28

4 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Waco! 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

Fall into CYT Waco’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach.” When James discovers a magic potion, he also finds unusual friends in an unlikely place – human-sized insects in the center of an enormous peach. Productions will be held at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Showtimes are Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost between $8 and $12. Visit for details.

Saddle up and ride! Texas Paint Horse Club presents Memorial Day Spectacular — Zone 4 Zone-O-Rama at Extraco Events Center’s show pavilion. Watch horses and riders compete in categories for English, Western and ranch horse. Competitions begin Friday at 10 a.m., Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m., and Monday at 7 a.m. For more information, visit

Thursday, May 24


Fall under a hypnosis spell at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill. Enjoy Comedy Hypnosis with Cory Osborn at 6 p.m. Laugh along as participants are hypnotized, or volunteer to be part of the show. The first 100 guests are free. Admission costs $5 for everyone after that. To learn more, visit

Craving some food and wine? Valley Mills Vineyards invites you to its four-course wine-paired dinner! Sit back, relax and enjoy a wonderful meal designed around four wines. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Tesla’s Cafe & Coffee Pub. Tickets cost $60. Visit to purchase tickets.
Venture to Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits for The Punch Club: A Speakeasy Night. Travel back to the time of prohibition drinks and distractions. Feel the night come alive with the speakeasy vibes. The night begins at 7 p.m. For details, visit

Friday, May 25

Gather at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on University Parks Drive for a VA Sunset Memorial Service. The sunset memorial will be held from 6-8 p.m. and will honor the men and women who served in Vietnam. Visit to learn more about the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Saturday, May 26


Shop for yummy food at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Explore the vendors and discover the perfect addition to a meal or a room. Located at 500 Washington Avenue, the farmers market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you love exploring 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. The free tour begins at 11 a.m. Visit for more information.

Dinner is served! Cafe Homestead presents its May Dinner Event. Choose between a seating at 5:30 p.m. and a seating at 7:30 p.m. With filet mignon as the main course, the dinner is bound to be delicious. Tickets cost $57. Reservations are required. To reserve your seat, call 754-9604 or visit

Monday, May 28


Did you know Memorial Day began as Decoration Day in the late 1860s? May 30, 1868 was the first official day to honor those lost in the Civil War. The transition from Decoration Day to Memorial Day was slow, and Memorial Day was not established as the last Monday in May until 100 years later in 1968. However, Memorial Day was not an official holiday until 1971. Take some time to honor and remember those who have given their lives fighting for our country.
The Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, also known as Waco VA, will host a Memorial Day Service. The service will be held at Waco Veterans Hospital Avenue of Flags from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Visit to learn more about Waco VA.

Live Music

• Christian Hoffman (acoustic), Baylor Club, 5 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Karaoke on the Rooftop, Waco Winery, 6:30 p.m.
• Dustin Terrel (country), La Fiesta, 6:30 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Eric & Thomas (acoustic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Jonna Mae (Americana/folk), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Frenchies Blues Destroyer (rock/blues), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Cami Maki (Americana), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Huser Brothers (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Ted Nugent (rock ‘n’ roll), Tucker Hall, 6 p.m., $30-$35
• Wayworn Traveler (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Tim & Jessica (country/blues), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Jonna Mae (Americana/folk), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Bhang Trio, Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Cody Canada and the Departed (rock/country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20
• Jackie Darlene (country), The Backyard, 1 p.m.
• Bubba Haze (blues/rock), Papa Joe’s, 1 p.m.

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