The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

June 28-July 1

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Get up, get out and get to it! Head around Waco and explore its many events. 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


She’s practically perfect in every way, and she’s coming to Waco. Waco Civic Children’s Theatre proudly presents “Mary Poppins, Jr.,” based on the Disney movie. Journey with Mary Poppins, Bert, and Jane and Michael Banks on many supercalifragilisticexpialidocious adventures. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for children and $12 for adults. To purchase tickets, visit or call 776-1591.
Waco Children’s Theatre invites you to travel back in time to a Western Indian territory in the 1900s while you watch Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!” Performances will be held at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. But that’s not all! A reception will follow the Saturday performance with a reunion of several past WCT actors, including Broadway actor Mark Capalbo. Tickets cost $10 for Friday and Sunday and $12 for Saturday. For details, call 776-0707 or visit

Relive the fairy tale of Pinocchio through Geppetto’s perspective in Disney’s “My Son Pinocchio Jr.,” presented by Jubilee Theatre. Be careful what you wish for as you enjoy the show. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors age 65 or older, and $7 for children between ages 3 and 11. Children under 3 are free. Visit to purchase tickets.

Thursday, June 28

Come one, come all to Hewitt Public Library for Jerry Snider Book Signing! Meet author Jerry Snider, a Hewitt resident, and have him sign his book “Confidence through Health.” The event will be from 4:30-6 p.m. For more information, visit
Families, gather around. West Waco Library invites you to Family Night! Don your favorite pajamas for a pajama party and stuffed animal sleepover. The event will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. For details, visit

It’s the last week of June, and the annual RiverSounds concert series is coming to a close. Derek Spence will wrap up the series with his tribute to George Strait, the king of country music. 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 29

Who doesn’t love a good puppet show? The library’s summer reading club will host “Goldirocks and the Three Dinosaurs,” a puppet show by Sandy Shrout. Hear the classic fairytale of Goldilocks reimagined. The event will be held at South Waco Library from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Visit for more information.

Attention country music fans! Head to Waco Hippodrome for a grand performance by Connie Smith at 7 p.m. Her performances have influenced singers for years. She pours joy and love into her songs. Tickets cost $50 for balcony seats and $60 for floor seats. To purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, June 30


Support the American Diabetes Association at the fourth annual Stomp Out Diabetes Walk. Have fun while raising funds for diabetes research. The walk will include a health & fitness expo, kids zone, food, entertainment and more at Brazos Park East from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit or email for more information.

Rise and shine for the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Eat a delicious breakfast, grab your groceries for the week or buy something special from any of the great vendors. The farmers market will be at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Saddle up for the Highlander Open Horse Show! The show includes English and Western style events. Online entry is free and open until Friday at 8 a.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for riders. Everything begins at 9 a.m. at Highlander Ranch on McLennan Community College campus. To register and to learn more, visit
Who loves the farmers market? Join Farm Bound for a special Waco Downtown Farmers Market Tour from 9:30-11 a.m. Vendors will share information about their products and how they began their work as a farmer. Tickets cost $8 and include a Farm Bound tote bag. 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.

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Derek Spence (RiverSounds), Bosque River Stage on MCC campus, 8 p.m.
• Flatland Cavalry (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Connie Smith (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7:30 p.m., $25-$60
• The Ballous Cats (jazz/blues), Klassy Glass, 8 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• George Navarro (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Dave Wild Trio (jazz), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Darrell Ray (blues), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Tim Allen’s Bluestime (blues), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Sean McConnell (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m., $15-$20