The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 23-26

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Waco has tons of fun events this #WacoWeekend from the Margarita & Salsa Festival to kayaking for a cause to live music every night. 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. For more events, head over to our blog, the Grackle, at or check out the digital edition at Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend


Have you ever wondered how to shape wood? Learn about the world of wood turning at the Southwest Association of Turners’ annual Wood Turning Symposium. Experts from across the country will demonstrate their work. The event will take place Friday through Sunday at the Waco Convention Center and will feature an art gallery, banquet, vendors and demonstrations. To register, visit

Thursday, August 23

Surround yourself with art at Cocktails with the Curator at 5:45 p.m. at Cultivate 7twelve. Curator Julia Harmon will present The Annual Portrait Exhibition. Bring your questions, and drinks will be provided. Tickets are free, but spots are limited. Email Rebekah at to reserve your spot.

Animals are amazing! Join Cameron Park Zoo for a Conservation Talk from 6-8 p.m. Special speakers will discuss saving, rehabilitating and relocating wild orangutans. During the conversation, you can enjoy light snacks or purchase some drinks. The event is free, but attendees are asked to register. Visit to register.

Husband and wife duo Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis have a gift for songs. The Lone Star couple are performing at the Waco Hippodrome at 7 p.m. Get up on your feet and dance to their country music. Tickets cost between $17 and $32. To purchase tickets, visit
Head to The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill for an acoustic performance by Brian and Jeremy! The duo combines humor with harmony for an incredible show. You don’t want to miss out. The show starts at 8 p.m. For details, visit
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Karaoke on the Rooftop, Waco Winery, 6:30 p.m.
• Ben Rendek (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Huser Brother Band (country), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.

Friday, August 24


Do you love Sinatra-style music? Have a glass of wine at Klassy Glass Wine Bar & Bistro and listen to Bruce Carbonara play his rendition of Sinatra-like music at 8 p.m. You can’t go wrong with good friends and good music.
• Chuck Jennings and Beth Ullman (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• The Ballards (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Kid Millport (blues), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Gary Beard (fiddle/blues), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Kayla Ray (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• North of Navasota (rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Saturday, August 25

Are you tough enough for the Tuff Enuff Trail Run? Choose between a 5K and a 10K to find out. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. followed by the 10K at 8:15 a.m. Both races will take place at Woodway Park. Advance registration costs $35 for the 5K and $40 for the 10K. Registration the day of the event costs $40 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K. To learn more, visit

What better way to start the morning than with breakfast at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. Browse the many unique vendors displaying locally grown and produced goods. This Saturday marks the last day of the farmers market’s summer hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Stop by 500 Washington Avenue and have fun. 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.

Mmm. I can taste the deliciousness of the 23rd annual Margarita & Salsa Festival. Ignore the summer heat and chill out with a refreshing margarita and salsa tastings. Enjoy live music by country stars John Baumann, Aaron Watson and Gary Allan. The festival will begin at 6 p.m. at the Extraco Events Center. Tickets cost $31 in advance and $36 the day of the show. VIP tickets are available for $200 per ticket or $2,000 per table of 10. All proceeds benefit the H.O.T. Fair & Rodeo’s scholarship program. To learn more, call 224-8277 or visit

The man, the legend, the king! Elvis is here! Make your way to the Waco Hippodrome for the unforgettable Ultimate Elvis Tribute Show at 7 p.m. Leading the show is none other than Al Joslin, the top Elvis Tribute artist. Backing him will be the tribute band Spinout. Tickets cost between $20 and $35. Visit to purchase tickets.
A warm breeze, an incredible view of Downtown Waco, live music? Can you think of a better way to spend your evening? Head to The Hightop at the Waco Hippodrome for The Bill & Phil Show. Have a drink, chat with friends and enjoy the acoustic music. It all starts at 7 p.m.
• John Dempsy (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Jean Wranglers (blues/gospel), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Retro Rose (rock/blues/country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Sunday, August 26

What better way to spend Sunday afternoon than with live music? Darrell Ray will perform at The Backyard Bar Stage & Grill starting at 1 p.m. Have a drink and enjoy some acoustic music. Visit for details.

Grab a paddle, hop in a kayak and race down the Brazos River for Kayak for a Cause! The course will start and end at the McLane Stadium Lagoon boat slips. Racers will head toward Brazos Park East and turn around at the Waco River Safari boat anchored in the river. The race begins at 3 p.m. and benefits the American Valor Foundation. Registration costs $20 per person with their own kayak or $30 per person who needs to rent a kayak. To register, visit Call 710-8112 for more information.
Join the Greater Waco Interfaith Conference for Festival of Faiths! Various religions from around Waco will set up tables with information about them as well as celebrations. Learn about the many religions and enjoy food and music. The event will take place from 3-5 p.m. at Providence Health Center Pavilion (6901 Medical Parkway).