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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

July 6-9

5 years ago

By Natalie Burch, Brianna Borrego & Christian Aleman

Hopefully you are not too worn out from the Fourth of July festivities, because this weekend has plenty of things to do in Waco. From a relaxing movie night to an upbeat live concert, you will not be bored. Let us know what you’re doing this #WacoWeekend by tagging @WACOAN in your social media posts. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 6

Baylor graduate Chris Charles Scott is ready to debut his documentary “What About Waco” at the Masonic Grand Lodge of Texas. This documentary tells the story of Waco’s history in four parts covering the construction of the Suspension Bridge, the pivotal events that shaped Waco from 1916 to 1918 and the 1953 tornado. The premiere will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Tickets can be found at and cost $25 in advance or $30 at the door.

It’s time for the 83rd monthly show of Stars Over Texas Jamboree at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum. Each show is different and features music spanning the genres of oldies, bluegrass, country and gospel. Enjoy a variety of special guests like cloggers, comedians, dancers and more. The show begins at 7 p.m. and lasts until 10 p.m. General admission is $14.

One of the most beloved modern Christmas movies is playing at the Magnolia Silos, and we could not be more ecstatic! Catch Will Ferrell’s “Elf” as part of the Summer Movie Series at the Silos. Admission is free, so come celebrate Christmas in July and get into the holiday spirit, even if only for an evening.

Mateo Lopez, a singer and songwriter from Temple, will be performing at Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits at 7 p.m. His alternative music resembles that of bands such as The Head & the Heart, Fleet Foxes and Dr. Dog. Enjoy a relaxing evening of original music and drinks with your friends. You deserve it!

Friday, July 7

Kick off the beginning of July with sweet deals and friendly faces this First Friday! Along with the usual shopping and restaurant events, the Button Stampede will get you a First Friday button and a chance to win a gift basket. Six punches on a customer card will get participants an entry for the gift basket drawing. Every purchase at a participating First Friday business gets a punch, and you even get the first one free!

The best part of improvisation is the element of surprise — you never know what is going to happen! Don’t miss the monthly Brazos Theatre Group Improv Show at the Bosque Theatre this Friday at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for kids.

Saturday, July 8

Waco loves you! So, why not give a little love back? Participate in Keep Waco Beautiful’s Brazos River Cleanup from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Waco Paddle rental truck at 200 University Parks Drive. All necessary materials are supplied, and participants are advised to wear appropriate shoes and long pants.

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a superhero! Let the kids feel like a superhero at West Waco Library and Genealogy Center’s Kid’s Comic Squad. After learning about what makes comics remarkable and which ones are trending now, children can create their own superhero capes and masks. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Can you ever really get enough of the Waco Downtown Farmers Market? As usual, the farmers market is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue. Come out and enjoy all fresh produce and everything the vendors have to offer in the morning before the Texas heat catches up! Bring your friends, your children or your dogs — the more the merrier.

Sunday, July 9

If you haven’t gone to check out the Mayborn Museum exhibit “Living in the Age of Airplanes,” it is definitely worth the trip! The educational film is narrated by Harrison Ford and explores how transportation throughout the world has evolved over time. There are two showings Sunday: at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Be sure to take your family or friends to learn more about the impact transportation has made on society.

Live music venues include:

• Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits
• The Backyard Bar, Stage & Grill
• The Hilton Waco
• Melody Ranch
• Lakeside Tavern
• Klassy Glass Wine Bar
• The Grape
• Valley Mills Vineyards
• DiamondBack’s

“The greatest adventure is what lies ahead.” — J.R.R. Tolkien

We hope you have an eventful and adventurous #WacoWeekend! Check out our online calendar at for more events and information to explore Waco. We look forward to seeing you back here next week. Enjoy!

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