The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

July 26-29

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

July is almost over, but the fun is never done. Enjoy all the 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 lasts until 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.

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 $20. To purchase tickets, visit or call 776-1591.
Softball fans everywhere, the time is now. The Little League Softball Southwest Region Tournament continues Friday and ends Sunday. Competing teams include New Mexico, Colorado, Louisiana, Texas East and Texas West. All games will be held at George W. Bush Little League Leadership Training Center. Visit for a list of game times and to follow tournament results.

Thursday, July 26

Surround yourself with art at Cocktails with the Curator at 6:30 p.m. at Cultivate 7twelve. Welcome John Storm, the featured artist, and learn about Cultivate 7twelve’s pop art exhibit. Enjoy a glass of wine with light snacks. Tickets are free, but spots are limited. Email Rebekah at to reserve your spot.

Friday, July 27

Who doesn’t love building forts? East Waco Library presents Family Fort Night! Bring your own blankets and make amazing forts that are the absolute best place to read. After some reading time, prepare for hide and seek. That is, glow-in-the-dark hide and seek. The event will take place from 5:45-8 p.m. For details, visit
If you think First Friday is amazing, you will love Fourth Friday in McGregor! Shops along Main Street will stay open late just for you. Stroll up and down the street and just have fun. Expect live music, adoptable animals, giveaways and goodies. Hosted by McGregor Chamber, the blowout event will take place from 6-8 p.m. in Downtown McGregor. Visit to learn more.
Are you a fan of the written word? Waco Poets Society invites you to Open Mic Night at Cultivate 7twelve. Anyone and everyone is welcome and encouraged to share their own work, including poems, stories and songs. The event takes place from 6-8 p.m. Arrive early if you want to put your name on the list. For more information, visit

ZZ Top fans should head to Waco Hippodrome for CC Top: A ZZ Top Tribute. CC stands for carbon copy, so you are sure to enjoy the music as if you’re attending a ZZ Top concert. The band members have always wanted to perform a tribute for ZZ Top and now it’s happening. Catch the performance from 7-9 p.m. Tickets start at $10. Visit for details and to purchase tickets.

Saturday, July 28


The weekend is here, and so is the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Stop by 500 Washington Avenue between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. for a spectacular time. Enjoy delicious food or chat with friends. Explore everything the vendors have to offer. For a calendar of upcoming events, 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.

Support Waco GoodFellas at the annual Christmas in July fundraiser! Amazing food? Check. Silent and live auctions? You bet. Raffles? Of course. To top it all, Random Axis will perform. Dress is casual. Tickets cost $100 each. Sponsorships are also available. All proceeds will help buy Christmas presents for underprivileged children. The event will take place at Waco Convention Center starting at 6 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit

If you’re a night owl and a runner, your time has arrived. Run during the full moon at the Howl at the Moon 5K Run. The race begins at 10 p.m. at Indian Spring Park before meandering downtown and along well-lit paths. Registration costs $30. Proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Central Texas. Visit to sign up and for more information.

Sunday, July 29


Do you know tigers are the largest wild cats in the world and great swimmers? Celebrate International Tiger Day with Cameron Park Zoo. Enjoy keeper talks and activities between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. To learn more, visit

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Karaoke, Waco Winery, 6:30 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 8 p.m.
• Jackson Anderson (blues/jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• CC Top: A ZZ Top Tribute, Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $10-$20
• Darrell Ray and Isaac Martinez (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Tanner Newman (folk/country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• The New Offenders (rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Dueling Hearts (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Jeff Hubert, Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Jennifer Pisarcik (Americana), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Crash Landing (rock/blues), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• The Ballous Cats (blues), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Edwin McCain (rock), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $15-$20
• Blake Crenshaw (country), The Melody Ranch, 9 p.m.
• Brit Kerr (country), The Backyard, 1 p.m.