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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

June 7-10

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Can you feel the Texas heat signaling summer’s approach? But don’t let the heat keep you down. Waco has plenty of great events in store, both inside and out. 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


Calling all book lovers! Want some help finding books for your summer reading? The Friends of the Waco-McLennan County Library has what you need at its Mini Book Sale! Browse the slightly used collection for a little mystery, romance, thriller and children’s books. The mini book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the West Waco Library. All proceeds benefit the Waco-McLennan County Libraries. To learn more, visit
A good whodunit mystery keeps you on your toes. Brazos Theatre’s “Murder at the Deadwood Saloon” is that and more. To be precise, it is the first fully interactive murder mystery event. If you’re not careful, you could find yourself the murderer. Doors open Friday and Saturday at 6:30 p.m. for dinner followed by the show at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit

Thursday, June 7


Attention country fans! Grab your dancing boots and make your way to Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. This month’s theme for The Stars Over Texas Jamboree will be “Legends of Country Music.” Featured artists include local country legend Roy Robbins, Danny Ragland as Willie Nelson, Shannon Cordell as George Strait and Megan Brucker as Reba McEntire. General admission costs $14 for adults and $12 for seniors age 65 or older. Children ages 12 and under are free.

With June’s arrival comes the annual RiverSounds concert series. Rotel & the Hot Tomatoes will kick off the series at McLennan Community College’s Bosque River Stage. Stop by and rock out to music from the ’60s and ’70s. Gates open at 7 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Admission is free. To learn more, visit or call 299-8283.

Friday, June 8


Happy World Ocean Day! Did you know the Pacific Ocean covers more area than all land on the planet combined? Another fun fact is the Indian Ocean contains an underwater continent three times the size of Japan called Kerguelen Plateau. Head to the Cameron Park Zoo for World Ocean Day and enjoy keeper talks and activities from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Saturday, June 9


Wacoans, don’t be shy. Make your way to 500 Washington Avenue for an amazing time! The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is always great fun with friends and family. Discover yummy food, neat vendors and wonderful people. You can catch the farmers market 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 details.
Families with young children, head to the PAW Patrol Party! Kids can watch their favorite show at the South Waco Library and create some PAWsome crafts. If you follow a scavenger hunt around the library, you could win some PAW Patrol books. The event is from 2-4 p.m. For details, visit

Dust off your boots for the 26th annual Central Texas Cattle Baron’s Ball, presented by the American Cancer Society. This year’s ball will be held at Extraco Events Center from 5:30-11 p.m. and includes gourmet dining, live and silent auctions, special tributes to cancer victims and survivors, dancing, games and a performance by Robert Earl Keen. To learn more, visit or call 753-0807.

Sunday, June 10


Escape the heat with Watermelon Fun, presented by Historic Waco Foundation. The whole family will enjoy watermelon bowling, seed spitting, watermelon crafts and watermelon snacks. Admission costs $10 per family. Partake in the fun from 1-4 p.m. at East Terrace House. For more information, visit

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), The Backyard, 7 p.m.
• Rotal & the Hot Tomatoes (River Sounds), Bosque River Stage at MCC, 8 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Jonna Mae (Americana/folk), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• The Dimaggios/The Irons (pop/rock), Common Grounds, 8 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (acoustic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Sundae Drivers (Americana), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Five Dolla Shake (genre), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• The Union Revival (Americana/folk), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Los Roachez (rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Darrell Ray & Isaac Martinez (acoustic), The Backyard, 1 p.m.