The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

June 14-17

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Happy Father’s Day Weekend, Waco! Spend quality time with your dad, husband or good friend. 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

Horses and riders find a rhythm when competing. Head to Extraco Events Center for the Blue Ribbon Hunter/Jumper Festival I. Competitions begin Friday at 8 a.m. in all three rings; Saturday at 7:30 a.m. in ring I and 8 a.m. in rings II and II; and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. in ring II, 8 a.m. in ring III and 8:30 a.m. in ring I. Visit for a full schedule and for a list of prizes.
Baylor University Theatre kicks off its summer series with “Dead Accounts.” Jack returns home to Cincinnati from New York and finds he cannot leave everything behind. The play explores Midwestern family values and journeys that lead you home. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. To purchase tickets, visit or call 710-1865.

Fore! Grab your golf clubs and prepare for the 21st annual Bob Lilly Celebrity Golf Tournament at Cottonwood Creek Golf Course, hosted by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. The weekend begins Friday with a celebrity party and auction at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $50 per person or $75 for two. Several Texas sports legends will be in attendance. Continue the event Saturday with a golf tournament. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., and tee off will be at 9 a.m. Entries for the golf tournament cost $250 for an individual and $1,000 for a team of four (plus celebrity). To sign up or for more information, visit or call 756-1633.

Empowerment Driven by Knowledge Coalition is proud to host the seventh annual Juneteenth Weekend Family Extravaganza. Friday, attend the Mr. & Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant at Waco Hippodrome. This event is free and begins at 7 p.m. Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, watch the Juneteenth Parade travel from Paul Quinn Campus of Rapoport Academy to Indian Spring Park. Saturday afternoon is a fun family day at Brazos Park East with a mega kids zone, health fair, food and music by Dru Hill. Gates open at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $20. To wrap up the weekend, spend Sunday at Brazos Park East for Father’s Day Gospel Blowout. This free event will start at 2 p.m. and will feature Myron Butler. Call 495-5556 or visit to learn more.
Put your hands together for “A Year with Frog and Toad, Kids,” presented by Waco Civic Children’s Theatre. The whimsical play is based on Arnold Lobel’s books. Follow the story of Frog and Toad, best friends who have fun in all four seasons. Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for children and $12 for adults. To purchase tickets, visit or call 776-1591.

Thursday, June 14


June is in full swing and so is the annual RiverSounds concert series. Skyrocket! will continue the series at McLennan Community College’s Bosque River Stage. Come on over and jam to music from the ’70s and ’80s. 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 15

Support CASA of McLennan County at the 10th annual Troy Hein Longball Tournament. Step up to the eighth hole at Twin Rivers Golf Course and swing! You have three chances to shoot your longest drive. Prizes are available for first and second place winners of all divisions. Tee times will be in five-minute intervals between 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Entries cost $20. To learn more and to sign up, visit
Who doesn’t love building blanket forts? The whole family is in for a good time at Family Fort Fun. Grab your own blankets and head to the South Waco Library from 5:45-8 p.m. Work together to build a fort ideal for reading. After reading in your fort, get ready for some hide and seek, glow-in-the-dark style. For more information, visit

Get up and dance! City of Waco’s 2018 Brazos Nights continues with Shakey Graves and Paul Cauthen. Graves will mesmerize you with his Texas music, blending folk and rock. Cauthen will blow you away with his triple threat of Texas country, soul and rock. The free concert will be held at Indian Spring Park from 7-11 p.m. The event includes food and drink concessions. Visit for details.

Saturday, June 16

Wake up early and jump in the Brazos River for Waco Sharkfest Swim! Choose between a 1K, a 2K and a 4K swim. Each swim will begin and end at Indian Spring Park. Online registration ends Thursday at 11:59 p.m. and costs $50 for the 1K, $60 for the 2K and 4K, and $25 for youth. Race day registration costs $60 for the 1K, $70 for the 2K and 4K, and $30 for youth. To register and for more information, visit

Look to the sky at Heart of Texas Miniature Aircraft Field for miniature airplanes. The Heart of Texas Miniature Aircraft Club welcomes you to its 17th annual Big Bird Fly-In. Everyone is free to attend the event. The event includes food and drink concessions for lunch. For additional information, call 682/239-9052 or visit

A glorious weekend can start at Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Take a friend or your dog to 500 Washington Avenue and have fun. You never know what scrumptious food or hidden trinket you’ll find. 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.
Do crime shows or books intrigue you? Maybe real-life mysteries fascinate you. If that’s the case, make your way to West Waco Library for the True Crime Interest Group from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Research and discuss famous and infamous stories of true crimes. The event will focus on the haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer and will show the movie “My Friend Dahmer.” Visit to learn more.

One recipe for a fantastic evening is crawfish and cold rosé beside a gorgeous sunset. You can find these ingredients at Valley Mills Vineyards’ first annual Crawfish Boil. The event begins at 6 p.m. and includes all the crawfish you can eat. Tickets cost $50. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

Sunday, June 17


Happy Father’s Day, Waco! Did you know stay-at-home dads are one of the fastest growing groups in the United States? Celebrate your husband, dad or father-figure in your life and let them know you appreciate all they do. A father’s love knows no bounds.

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Skyrocket! (RiverSounds), Bosque River Stage on MCC campus, 8 p.m.
• Bill & Phil (acoustic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Shakey Graves & Paul Cauthen (Brazos Nights), Indian Spring Park, 7 p.m.
• Darrell Ray (blues), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Byron Swann (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Jackyl (Southern rock/hard rock), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
Bruce Carbonara (Sinatra-style), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Live Music, Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Jonna Mae & The Mayflies (Americana/folk), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Clean Slate (rock/country/blues), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Byron Swann Quintet (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Change of Pace (variety), The Warehouse, 9 p.m.
• Shane Watson (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
• Three 4One (classic pop/rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Live Music, The Backyard, 1 p.m.