The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

July 19-22

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

The weekend is calling, and Waco has tons of events, shows and live music happening this weekend. 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


It’s Christmas in July! Historic Waco Foundation presents Summer Santa Sale at Earle-Napier-Kinnard house. You can never start Christmas shopping too early if you find just the right piece. Check out Christmas decorations and one-of-a-kind vintage decorations. The sale begins Sunday and continues through August 12. Stop by Earle-Napier-Kinnard house when it’s open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for details.

If you love horses, then make your way to the pavilion arena at Extraco Events Center. Elite Barrel Racing welcomes you to its Summer Sizzle and Youth Extravaganza Thursday through Sunday. For a schedule of events, visit

There’s no place like home, but a good journey along the way is fun. Travel with Dorothy Gale and Toto down the yellow brick road in the Waco Civic Theatre’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Performances will be held in the Lyle Skinner Auditorium at Waco High School. Showtimes are Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $16 and $18. To purchase tickets, visit or call 776-1591.

Do you know the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is 900 smaller reefs combined? Head to Cameron Park Zoo for Coral Reef Awareness Week. Enjoy keeper talks and other activities at various times Friday and Saturday. Visit to learn more.

Saturday, July 21


Rise and shine for the great adventure that is the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Fantastic vendors, locally grown and produced goods, live music — what more could you want? The farmers market is open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue. Visit to view a calendar of upcoming events.

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.
• Caleb Miller Solo Project (folk/jazz), Dichotomy, 7 p.m.
• Eric & Thomas (acoustic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Braden Guess (alternative), Balcones Distilling, 6:30 p.m.
• Red Watterson & Joe LeBlanc (blues), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Isis Lee, Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Karaoke, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Byron Swann (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Randall King (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m.
• Julie Tucker (acoustic), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Bruce Carbonara (Sinatra style), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• When Forever Ends (rock), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $7-$10
• Ty Herndon (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m.
• Matt & The Herdsmen (country), The Melody Ranch, 10 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (country), The Backyard, 1 p.m.