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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 9-12

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Waco always has something fun for you. Check out a classic movie, a book festival, an anime convention, live music and more 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!


Throughout the Weekend


Have you ever dreamed of watching a classic movie on the big screen? Now’s your chance as Waco Hippodrome presents its Classic Movie Series. The first movie is “To Kill a Mockingbird” from 1962. Watch the movie Thursday through Saturday. Visit for a list of showtimes.

Anyone who admires horses will want to see the Texas NBHA Championship Barrel Race at Extraco Events Center. Horses and their riders will compete for prizes. The events begin Friday and Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. To view the schedule and to learn more, visit
Enthusiasts of anime, gaming, manga and more are bound to love Dream Con 2018, a crowdfunded convention of Waco internet sensation RDCWorld1 (Real Dreamers Change the World). The convention features comics, art, music, events and more while celebrating everyone. Tickets cost between $10 and $40. Visit or for more information.

Thursday, August 9

Are you an outdoor enthusiast? Do you love activities like hunting, fishing, boating and camping? Then support Karem Shriners at its Sportsmen’s Banquet, which will be held at Lee Lockwood Library and Museum from 6-10 p.m. The event will include raffles, silent auctions and food. Tickets cost $25 per person or $300 for a table of eight. For details, call 848-5600 or visit

Friday, August 10

Teens are, once again, taking over the South Waco Library at Teen After Hours: Paint Party. Wear some old clothes that are perfect for messes and paint splatter. The library will have all the supplies necessary for you to create a personal masterpiece. Attendees must be at least 13 years old to participate. The event will occur from 5:45-8 p.m. Visit for more information.

Country music fans don’t want to miss John Anderson perform at Waco Hippodrome. Grab your friends and enjoy Anderson’s incredible show. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. To purchase tickets, visit

Saturday, August 11


It’s National Farmers Market Week, and the Waco Downtown Farmers Market wants you to help celebrate. Alongside the usual amazing vendors will be some special activities. Paint fruits and veggies with Time Out Sitters, see fall garden demonstrations by McLennan County Master Gardeners, support Keep Waco Beautiful’s new recycling project and many more. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Visit for additional information.

Books and Texas sports? Count me in! Head to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and Museum for the second annual Hall of Fame Book Festival. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., listen to Texas sports authors and athletes present their work and answer questions. Admission is free, but a limited number of VIP tickets are available by emailing VIP ticket holders get preferred seating and will be entered in drawings for signed books. For a list of featured authors, visit or call 756-1633.
If you’ve wanted to research your family’s ancestry but wasn’t sure where to start, don’t look any further. Join Waco-McLennan County Library Genealogy Center for a Genealogy Beginner’s Class. Discover how to use genealogy forms, learn about basic records and internet sources and take a tour of the Genealogy Center’s collection. The event will take place at West Waco Library from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To learn more, 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 the Motown hits? Make your way to Waco Hippodrome for Michael Hix and his show “The Motown Breakdown.” You’ll be blown away by his charm, wit and vocal range. His has even been called a great entertainer. The event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets cost between $20 and $30. To purchase tickets, visit

Sunday, August 12


You’ve heard of Christmas in July, but are you ready for White Christmas in August? Grab your dolls and join the Historic Waco Foundation for a fun-filled afternoon with a Christmas theme. Have a tea party, decorate Christmas cookies, make ornaments and play in snow. The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at Earle-Napier-Kinnard House. Admission costs $10 per family. Visit to learn more.

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Ryan Paul Davis (blues/Americana), The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 8 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• John Anderson (country), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $25-$60
• Union Revival (Americana/folk), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Daddy Mae (Americana/country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Dave Wild Band (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• DJ Eric A (eclectic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Live Music, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Michael Hix “The Motown Breakdown” (soul/pop), Waco Hippodrome, 7 p.m., $20-$30
• Donna Beckham (country), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Darrell Ray & Isaac Martinez (blues), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Calamity Janes (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• 5 Dollar Shake (oldies), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Huser Brothers (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Union Revival (Americana/folk), The Backyard, 5:30 p.m.
• Monte Montgomery (blues/pop rock), The Backyard, 7 p.m.