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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

June 21-24

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Summer is officially here, so head into town and celebrate! 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


Join Balcones Distilling to celebrate Craft Spirits Week. Enjoy a special spirit each day in the tasting room. Thursday features Texas Rum from 2-7 p.m. Try Rumble Cask Reserve Friday from 1-8 p.m. End the spirits week with Texas Rye 100 Saturday from 1-8 p.m. For more information, visit
Baylor Theatre completes its summer series with “I and You.” With humor and drama, the play will keep you entertained. You never know what life will throw at you, but you’re bound to find humor, wit, wisdom and love along the way. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $15. Visit to purchase tickets.
The bond between horses and their riders is unique and amazing. Head to Extraco Events Center for the Blue Ribbon Hunter/Jumper Festival II. 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 8 a.m. in all three rings. Visit for a full schedule and for a list of prizes.

Step into the world of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s version of the classic fairy tale “Cinderella,” presented by Waco Children’s Theatre. Charm, elegance and comedy will grace the stage. Performances will be held at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Showtimes are Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10. For details, call 776-0707 or visit
Escape the weather at Carleen Bright Arboretum and view the Works of Dr. Thomas Waggener. Admire his photography and mixed media exhibit that will be on display through July 15. A reception will be held Sunday from 1:30-3 p.m. To learn more, visit

Thursday, June 21

Today is the day! It’s the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, the first day of summer. Here in Waco, we will experience 14 to 14.5 hours of daylight. Make the most of it and have fun.
Surround yourself with art at Cocktails with the Curator at 5:45 p.m. at Cultivate 7twelve. Meet featured artist Ty Nathan Clark, discover his artistic process and hear the stories he has to share. Enjoy a signature cocktail with light snacks. Tickets are free, but spots are limited. Email Rebekah at to reserve your spot.

Put your hands together for Matchmaker, the third performer for the annual RiverSounds concert series. Dance to the music of Motown and enjoy the summer. The concert will be held at McLennan Community College’s Bosque River Stage. 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 22

Swing by the Humane Society of Central Texas to watch Paw Pals TV Live. Joining the TV channel is Tall Tails Rescue and Transport, a no kill animal welfare group. You are invited to stop by as Paw Pals films a special segment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For details, visit
Make your way to First Woodway for Dan Bellamy and his inflatable stories! Bellamy captures young audiences by telling stories using balloon sculptures. The event will be from 6-9 p.m. Visit to learn about Bellamy and his stories.

Saturday, June 23


Give your morning a fresh start with the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Do you have a favorite vendor? Take a friend and show them around. The farmers market will be at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What do you get when you combine storytelling and drumming? The Catherine Whiteman Percussion Show! Whiteman will entertain all ages with her stories and sketch comedy. Her interactive show has tons of energy. The show will occur at Hewitt Public Library at 10 a.m. and at 1 p.m. The morning show will focus on younger children while the latter will involve a drum circle for tweens and teens. Visit for details.

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.

Did you know flamingoes get their pink color from their diet of shrimp, algae and crustaceans? Celebrate Pink Flamingo Day at Cameron Park Zoo. Enjoy keeper talks at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. For more information, visit

Sunday, June 24


Friends, you can never have too much fun with cornhole. Gather at Lakeside Tavern for the Rematch Double Elimination Cornhole Tournament! Crawfish, drinks and prizes will add to the fun. The tournament starts at 5 p.m. Registration costs $20 per player. Proceeds benefit Alzheimer’s Association. To sign up, call 716-6998.

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Justin Nelson (rock), Dichotomy, 7 p.m.
• Matchmaker (RiverSounds), Bosque River Stage on MCC campus, 8 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Braden Guess & the Jean Wranglers (rock/folk), Valley Mills Vineyards, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Dave Wild Band (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8 p.m.
• Venus E Grooves (blues), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Darwynn Nail (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Show (rock ‘n’ roll/classic rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m., $15-$20
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Shane Spann (Americana/folk), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Kid Millport (blues), Klassy Glass, 8 p.m.
• Jeff Hulbert, Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Texas Style, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Shane Watson Band (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
• Johnny Joe & the Band (country), The Warehouse, 9 p.m.
• Roxy Roca (soul/funk/rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m., $5
• Larry Hernandez Benefit, The Backyard, 1 p.m.