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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

July 4-8

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

July has arrived in style with a plethora of events for you to check 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

Grab your fishing rod and support the C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation at Haley’s Heroes Celebrity Pro-Am Tournament and Banquet. The event begins Friday at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame with a meet-and-greet, cocktail hour, door prizes, silent and VIP celebrity auctions, and a dinner. Spend Saturday at Airport Beach Park and on Lake Waco for the celebrity bass fishing tournament. Tickets for Friday cost $75 per person or $1,500 for a table of eight. Registration for the tournament costs $2,000. Visit for more information.
Calling all art enthusiasts! Swing by Cultivate 7twelve for its new exhibit, “Pop Art! The Relationship Between Pop and Comic Art.” Opening night will be Friday from 6-11 p.m. Admire the exhibit and enjoy light bites and drinks. The exhibit will run through August 1. For details, visit

Wednesday, July 4


Happy Independence Day, Waco! Do you know which two of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence later served as president of the United States? None other than John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Grab friends or family and celebrate this special day.

When July comes around, you know Fourth on the Brazos is right there with it. Celebrate our country’s independence starting at 5 p.m. at Touchdown Alley next to McLane Stadium. Enjoy food and drink vendors, live music by Zac Harmon and Desperado, as well as the seventh annual Corndog Classic eating competition. The night ends with the bright, beautiful H-E-B Fireworks Over the Brazos show beginning at 9:15 p.m. For details, visit or call 750-5627.

Thursday, July 5


Throw on an apron and grab your paintbrush! It’s Paint Night at the East Waco Library from 6:30-8:30 p.m. If you think you’re not artistic, don’t worry. The leaders will help you with step by step instructions. A summer theme means iced coffee, summer snacks and flip flops. The event is intended for adults. Space and materials are limited, so register online and save your seat. Visit to register for free.

Friday, July 6


Do you know what day it is? It’s First Friday! Explore Downtown Waco for great finds and delicious food. Many businesses offer specials and extended hours. Some neat places, like the Dr Pepper Museum, even offer free admission. Head over to the Waco Hippodrome and try your hand at trivia. For a list of participating businesses and to learn more, visit

Waco Winery and Texas Fine Artists invite you to the opening of a new art exhibit: Celebrating Summertime. Delicious original wine, incredible art and live music are ingredients for one great evening. Frank Exum will perform on his guitar. The event will begin at 6 p.m. For a list of artists, visit or
Are you ready to laugh? Join Brazos Theatre for its July Improv Comedy Show! Watch as the audience’s suggestions are transformed into hilarious, entertaining scenes. A snack bar will be available, but you are asked to bring your own alcoholic beverage. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. while the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students, military and anyone age 55 or older. Visit to purchase tickets.

Saturday, July 7


Do your part to keep our city clean and pretty from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Brazos River Cleanup, hosted by Keep Waco Beautiful. Registration begins at 9 a.m. next to the Waco Paddle Company truck on Franklin Avenue. Canoes and kayaks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are asked to bring a reusable water bottle. Water and all cleanup material will be provided. To learn more, call 339-1077 or email

Rise and shine for the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! As always, the farmers market is a blast no matter what you do. Please note that the farmers market’s hours are now 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (NOT 1 p.m.) for July and August. You can find the farmers market at 500 Washington Avenue.
Get your walking shoes ready for the Waco Downtown History Walk. Whether you’re a homegrown Wacoan or a visitor, you’re bound to learn something new about Waco’s history. Hear stories and legends while exploring Downtown Waco. The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot and will last until 12 p.m. Due to the nature of Waco’s history, the walk is rated PG. Tickets cost $20 and benefit Act Locally Waco. For more information, email or 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.

Who loves wine? Mark your calendar for First Saturday Wine Tasting: Robert Mondavi at Barnett’s Public House from 5-6:30 p.m. Enjoy a special wine tasting and learn all about the California wine — its history, how it’s made and the differences between the Robert Mondavi wines. Tickets cost $35 per person. Space is limited and a reservation is required. To register, call 714-1356 or email

Sunday, July 8


Take a deep breath and blow bubbles at Bubbly Summer Fun! Historic Waco Foundation’s family fun day is all about bubbles this month. Small bubbles, square bubbles, giant bubbles, round bubbles — you can make them all. If you want, you can climb inside giant bubbles or see who can blow the largest bubble using bubble gum. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at McCulloch Historic House. Admission costs $10 per family. Call 753-5166 or visit for details.
Hello, kids! Ready for some hands-on fun? Head to Central Library for Sunday STEAM. Enjoy the book “Rosie Revere, Engineer” and make your own flying machine. Want more fun? Partake in a Rosie Revere scavenger hunt around the library. The event will be from 2-3:30 p.m. For additional information, visit

Live Music

• Zac Harmon & Desperado (Fourth on the Brazos), Touchdown Alley, 5 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Another Band of Gypsys (blues/rock), Austin’s on the Avenue, 8 p.m.
• Live Music, The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Greg Bashara & Evan Klaras (jazz), Hilton Waco, 7 p.m.
• Joel McCrary & Deon Q, Klassy Glass, 8 p.m.
• Mack Abernathy (country/acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Live Music, The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers (country), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Kid Millport (pop/blues), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• The Powell Brothers (bluegrass/country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.