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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 16-19

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Waco never fails to bring amazing events and live music, and this #wacoweekend has plenty of musical options for you. 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

Friends, dinner and a murder mystery — what’s not to love? Join Brazos Theatre for The Mysterious Murder at Sterling Manor, a murder mystery dinner event. An unexpected death on the estate proposes more questions than answers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for seating and dinner service; the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For ticket prices and to purchase tickets, visit

Thursday, August 16

Head to DiamondBack’s for smooth jazz by Pat McKee and Trammell Kelly! A delicious dinner is great, but it only gets better when you add wonderful jazz. The live music will begin at 6 p.m.

Friday, August 17


Live music, song, dance — Shoji Tabuchi has it all! Tabuchi is a legendary performer that hails from Branson, Missouri. Joining Tabuchi is his wife, Dorothy, and his daughter, Christina. A family-friendly production, the extraordinary show rivals the performances and excitement of New York. Catch Shoji Tabuchi from 7-9 p.m. at the Waco Hippodrome. Tickets start at $25. To purchase tickets, visit
Grab your friends, family and little ones for a fantastic evening at Movie in the Park! Watch “Paddington 2” in a great atmosphere. Fun and tasty amenities will be available before and during the movie. The event takes places from 7-10:30 p.m. at Peplow Park in Robinson. The movie begins at dusk. Visit to learn more.

Saturday, August 18


Rise and shine! You don’t want to miss the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Enjoy live music, locally grown food and fun vendors. The farmers market’s summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Find the market 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.

Baylor fans everywhere, listen up! Now’s your chance to Meet the Bears at McLane Stadium from 3-5 p.m. You can interact with student-athletes from winter and spring sports and the Baylor Spirit Squads. Special “Meet the Bears” posters will be gifted to fans for autographs. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Did you know The Hightop at the Waco Hippodrome has a Saturday Music Series? Stop by from 7-9 p.m. for a fun time of live music and great views. Tonight features jazz by Bob Scott.

Be prepared to laugh with comedian William Lee Martin, or “Cowboy Bill,” at Waco Hippodrome from 7-9 p.m. Martin is a homegrown Texan with a wit that will keep you laughing. Everyone is welcome to the show, but kids might not understand the jokes. Visit for ticket prices.

Live Music

• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 6:30 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Harper and Lee (folk/Americana), Dichotomy, 7 p.m.
• Bill & Phil (acoustic), The Backyard, 9 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Karoake, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Byron Swann Band (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Zac Wilkerson (country/rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m., $10-$15
• Lauren January & Josh Barnard (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Frenchie’s Blues Destroyers (rock ‘n’ roll), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Bob Scott (jazz), The Hightop at the Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
• Jennifer Pisarcik (Americana), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Eric & Thomas (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Tim Allen’s Bluestime (blues/rock), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Julia Tucker (country), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• John Dempsy (Americana), The Backyard, 1 p.m.