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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 2-5

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Celebrate the arrival of August with all the events, shows and live music happening this #wacoweekend. 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!


Thursday, August 2

Think you’re a trivia master? Test your knowledge at Waco Hippodrome’s First Thursday Trivia. Drum roll, please. The theme is “Back to School”! Thirteen teams of 3-5 people each will compete. If you want to ensure a spot, arrive at 5:15 p.m., when the sign up sheets open. The first question begins at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Hippodrome. To learn more, visit

The Stars Over Texas Jamboree is back! This month sees the return of the Gospel Edition. Head to Lee Lockwood Library and Museum for a great show starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for anyone age 65 or older.

Who loves music? Prepare for an incredible performance by Dailey & Vincent! Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are a nationally known American bluegrass duo, and they’re coming to the Waco Hippodrome for the Waco leg of their tour. You’ll be blown away by these elite entertainers of bluegrass, traditional country and gospel music. The show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets cost between $25 and $60. For details and to purchase tickets, visit

Friday, August 3


Hello, hello! First Friday is here and taking over Downtown Waco in the best of ways. The community comes alive as businesses stay open late. Shop, eat, socialize and have fun. Keep an eye out for specials. Visit or call 307-8998 for current participants, hours and specials.

Saturday, August 4


Wake up, wake up! You don’t want to miss the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Farmers and artisans from in and around Waco are here to present their products. Grab breakfast with a friend or wander among the vendors’ booths. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue. Remember, the market is keeping summer hours for the month of August and is open between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

With the first of the month comes the Waco Downtown History Walk, hosted by Waco Walking Tours. Visitors and Wacoans alike will enjoy exploring Waco while learning about the city’s rich history. Be mindful that Waco’s history is a little rowdy. As such, the walk maintains a slightly PG rating. Tickets cost $20. All proceeds benefit Act Locally Waco. The walk meets at 9:30 a.m. in the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot. For more information, visit or
Make your way to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum for a special Book Signing, featuring authors Bob Alexander and Jan Devereaux. Alexander will present his new book: “Old Riot, New Ranger.” Books by both authors will be available in the museum’s gift shop. The event will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit to learn more.
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.

It’s time for a good ole hoedown throwdown, except this one is the Kristen Kelly Hometown Throwdown. A festival-style show, the event benefits The Children’s Advocacy Center of Waco. Nine acts, a silent auction, a live auction, live music and food from George’s Restaurant and Bar food truck will make the event spectacular. Doors open at 1 p.m. at Papa Joe’s in Lorena. Tickets cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For additional information, visit
Did someone say wine? Yes, please. Head to Barnett’s Public House for First Saturday Wine Tasting: Jackson Family from 5-6:30 p.m. Enjoy a special wine tasting and learn all about the Jackson wine — its history, how it’s made and the differences between the wines. Tickets cost $35 per person. Space is limited and a reservation is required. To register, call 714-1356 or email
Wine, Bubbly and Buoyancy — oh my! Enjoy a festive evening filled with lovely live music, wonderful wine and tasty treats from local restaurants. The event will take place at Cultivate 7twelve from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $45, and proceeds benefit National Injury Prevention Council Drowning Prevention Campaign. To purchase tickets, call 951/897-4545 or visit

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of National Night Out with the Hewitt Police Department and other community partners. Explore booths from Hewitt businesses and learn about crime prevention for homes and communities. A party wouldn’t be complete without food, family games, bounce houses, giveaways and more. The kick-off party takes place at Warren Park from 6-9 p.m. For additional information, visit
Lights, camera, action! The Burlesque Shadowcast will dazzle you with the songs and glamour of Burlesque, the musical film. Waco Hippodrome Theatre and Waco Civic Theatre proudly bring you a live action shadowcast alongside the movie. The event includes pre-show performances and audience participation contests. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Visit to purchase tickets.

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Dailey & Vincent (American bluegrass), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $25-$60
• “Piano Man” Russell Boyd (jazz), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Live Music, BRÛ Artisan Coffee Works, 6 p.m.
• Greg Bashara & Evan Klaras (jazz), Waco Hilton, 7 p.m.
• Tanner Louis (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Ed Leonard and Friends (country/rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Deon Q & Joel McCray (genre), Klassy Glass, 8 p.m.
• Joseph Neville (eclectic), Dichotomy, 8 p.m.
• Tim & Jessica (country/rock/blues), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Hourglass (rock), The Backyard, 8 p.m.
• Darwynn Nail (country), Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, 7 p.m.
• Five Dollar Shake (jazz), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Elvis (John Cobb), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 8 p.m., $35
• Jayme Wade (country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Live Music, The Backyard, 9 p.m.