The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

May 3-June 3

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

The year is flying by; June is here. Grab a friend and have fun this weekend at any of the great events happening around 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


Experience the Titanic in the Mayborn Museum’s new special exhibit, “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition.” Admire more than 150 real artifacts recovered from the Titanic alongside re-created rooms and personal stories. Journey through the chapters of the Titanic’s short voyage as you learn about the famous ship. The exhibit opens June 2 and will be at the Mayborn Museum through January 6. To reserve time-specific tickets for the exhibit, visit
The Heart of Texas Water Garden and Pond Society welcomes you to its annual Parade of Ponds. Saturday and Sunday, members of HOTWGPS will open their backyards for you to tour some amazing water gardens and ponds. Tickets cost $5 and include a detailed map. Children ages 12 and under are free. Proceeds will benefit the Waco Wetlands. Visit for more information.

Thursday, May 31


Waco Hippodrome is bumping up its trivia night from Friday to Thursday this week for Trivia Night: Sports Movies. Keep your mind sharp, because you might find some general sports trivia tossed in the fray. Sign-up begins at 5:15 p.m. and fills up fast. Questions start at 6 p.m. Visit for details.

Friday, June 1


It’s tee time for the Gene Shields Memorial Golf Tournament. Play golf and support Friends for Life. Enjoy breakfast while you register at 7:30 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course. For ticket and sponsorship prices, visit

June is here, and that means First Friday is back! Explore boutiques in Downtown Waco, or grab a bite at any of the delicious restaurants. Swing by the Dr Pepper Museum for its traveling exhibit, “Eat Well, Play Well.” If you like donuts and drinks, Balcones Distillery presents “Bartenders Breakfast” from 5-8 p.m. For a full list of participating businesses, visit
Are you ready for summer? Brazos Theatre invites you to its Summer Fun Improv Comedy! Wear your favorite summer outfit for a chance to win prizes. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. The event is BYOB, but a snack bar is available. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students, military and anyone age 55 or older. Visit to purchase tickets.

Saturday, June 2


You don’t want to miss the weekly Waco Downtown Farmers Market. It has everything you could possibly want and maybe something you didn’t know you needed. Check it out at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Waco Walking Tours returns for its Waco Downtown History Walk. Visitors and Wacoans alike can learn interesting history featuring elements of tragedy, triumph, the Old South and the Wild West. You’ll also receive suggestions of things to do and places to eat. The walk starts at 9:30 a.m. at the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot. Registration is not required. The walk is a fundraiser for Act Locally Waco, and the suggested donation is $20. For more information, visit
Get your hands dirty at NeighborWorks Waco’s Hammers & Heels. This DIY workshop provides hands-on experience in home improvements and maintenance, such as plumbing and landscaping. Enjoy free food and giveaways. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at both Home Depots, in Waco and in Bellmead. Visit for details.

Make your way to Homestead Heritage for a Farm Tour, hosted by Farm Bound. The field trip includes a guided tour, a gourmet lunch and a seminar on sustainable agriculture. It all starts at 10 a.m. Tickets cost $28 for adults, $24 for students and $15 for children ages 4-12. To purchase tickets, visit

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 details.
Everyone can be a hero! And for this year’s Waco Heart Ball, the theme is “Be a Superhero.” Hosted by the American Heart Association, the event will be held at Downtown 301 Event Center. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner followed by a live auction. Hear Dr. Eric O’Neill speak as the featured survivor. Guests are asked to bring a ball to donate to the Boys & Girls Club of Waco. To learn more, email

Sunday, June 3


Grab your cowboy hats for the 20th annual Bowen MusicFest at Touchdown Alley at McLane Stadium. This year’s lineup includes REO Speedwagon, Midland, Jason Eady and Ray Wylie Hubbard. Gates will open at 1:30 p.m., and music will begin at 2:30 p.m. A silent auction will occur from 2:30-8 p.m. Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Children ages 12 and under are free. Purchase tickets online at

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Divad Nedloh (acoustic/rock), La Fiesta, 6:30 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, Bru Artisan Coffee Works, 6 p.m.
• Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras (jazz), Hilton Waco, 7 p.m.
• Mel Adams (country/Southern rock), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Cedar House (indie/folk), Dichotomy, 8 p.m.
• Eric & Thomas (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Rewind (’70s/’80s), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Justin Cole (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers (rock), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• William Clark Green (Americana), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20
• Elvis (John Cobb), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 8 p.m., $40
• The Union Revival (Americana/folk), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Retro Rose (rock/blues), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Karaoke, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Kyle Park (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15