The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

August 30-September 3

6 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Happy Labor Day weekend, Waco! Go out and enjoy the many great events happening this long #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. For more events, head over to our blog, the Grackle, at or check out our digital edition at Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend


Czech this out! Labor Day is here and so is WestFest! Spend the weekend celebrating the Czech heritage with authentic food and beverage, live music, entertainment and family-fun activities. The festival will include a parade, a 5K race, helicopter rides, horseshoe tournaments and the annual Miss Westfest contest. All activities will take place at the West Fair and Rodeo grounds on South Main Street. For a full schedule of contests and admission prices, visit or call 826-5058.
Do you know the origin of the word “parlor”? Can you find the link between the old family and modern living rooms? Historic Waco Foundation invites you to Parlor: A Room by Many Names at East Terrace House. Explore the new exhibit and discover the history of Waco’s parlors and parlors in general. The exhibit will open Friday and will last through November 18. East Terrace House is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday hours are 1-4 p.m. Admission is included in regular house admission. Visit to learn more.
Barrels, poles, horses — oh my! The 29th annual American Novice Horse Association Shoot-Out Barrel Race is here. Compete other barrel racers or watch the fun at the Extraco Events Center. Events begin at 8 a.m. Friday through Sunday and at 9 a.m. Monday. For a full schedule of events, visit

Thursday, August 30


Can you hear the music playing? The Bellamy Brothers are performing at the Waco Hippodrome at 7 p.m. This country duo has been singing country music and making heartfelt songs for more than 30 years. Tickets start at $25. Visit to purchase tickets.

Balcones Distillery presents Thomas Csorba. A native Texan, Csorba hails from Houston and has found his place in the folk and American music scene. Spend your evening dancing to his music and having fun. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Eric & Thomas (acoustic), The Backyard, 8 p.m.

Friday, August 31


Hospitality and the South are two peas in a pod. Or maybe fruit in a basket, since the pineapple is the symbol of hospitality. Wacoans are proud of this city and welcome visitors with a warm greeting. As such, the City of Waco and the Waco Convention & Visitors Bureau have created the Waco Tourism Ambassador Program to recognize Wacoans who reach out to visitors and who exemplify the South’s hospitality. Join the fun by tagging your photos on social media with #wacopineapple. The kick-off event begins at 3 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center. Wacoan Holly Tucker will perform at 3:30 p.m. Visit for details and to nominate someone as a Waco Tourism Ambassador.

For the Love of Sinatra, make your way to Waco Hippodrome for an incredible show that celebrates Frank Sinatra. Performers are the exceptional impressionist Dave Halston and his Little Big Band. Catch the tribute at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost between $25 and $35. To purchase tickets, visit
Jazz it up with the Dave Wild Trio and Chuck Jennings! Sip a glass of wine and spend a magnificent evening with friends at Waco Winery Tasting Room. The show begins at 8 p.m. For details, visit
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Melinda Adams & Sul Ross (Southern rock/country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.

Saturday, September 1


Rise and shine, Wacoans, and make your way to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Grab a friend, bring your dog and explore the many wonderful vendors. Maybe have a bite for lunch or buy groceries for the week. Today, hours are back to normal and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Catch the farmers market at 500 Washington Avenue. Visit to view a calendar of upcoming events.

Get your walking shoes ready for the Waco Downtown History Walk. Whether you’re a homegrown Wacoan or a visitor, you’re bound to learn something new about Waco’s history. Hear stories and legends while exploring Downtown Waco. The walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the McLennan County Courthouse parking lot and will last until 12 p.m. Due to the nature of Waco’s history, the walk is rated PG. Tickets cost $20 and benefit Act Locally Waco. For more information, 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.
Sword fights, witty contests, true love, dangerous monsters, little miracles — “The Princess Bride” has it all! Watch the timeless movie on the big screen at the Waco Hippodrome and enjoy a shadowcast performance by the Waco Civic Theatre. Bring the whole family for a great evening. Showtimes are at 5:30 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10. To purchase tickets, visit

At long last, football season is finally here! Don your green and gold and head to McLane Stadium. The Baylor Bears face Abilene Christian University for the first game of the season. Although the game starts at 7 p.m., you know you want to arrive early for tailgating. For the full football schedule, visit
Are you ready to laugh like you’ve never laughed before? Join Brazos Theatre for its monthly First Saturday Improv Show. Bring your own alcoholic beverage or check out the snack bar. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students, military and anyone age 55 or older. Visit to purchase tickets.
For Valley Mills Vineyards, the weekend is a joyous occasion to sip and swirl your wine. Tonight’s musical ensemble features the Brazos Brothers. Dance to the rock music and enjoy some delicious barbecue. The brothers perform at 8 p.m. For details, visit
• Clinton Bon Slaughter (country), Lakeside Tavern, 4 p.m.
• Ryan Davis, Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Dirty Echoes (rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Clean Slate, Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Beth Ullman & Chuck Jennings (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Austin Meade (rock), The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Sunday, September 2

Who wants to run a 5K when you can run a 0.5K? The local chapter of the Society of Lazy and Carefree Runners (SLACR) presents the Brazos River 0.5K. A short course, runners and non-runners alike will enjoy the event, which will begin at 11 a.m. at Brazos Park East. All participants will receive a medal, a 0.5K sticker and a T-shirt. Don a fun costume for the costume contest, and stick around for the after-party with music by The Britt Lloyd Band and food trucks. Registration costs $30. All proceeds benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Visit to learn more.

Monday, September 3


Happy Labor Day, Waco! Fun fact: the idea that you shouldn’t wear white after Labor Day may have originated from when upper class families returned from summer vacations and stored their lightweight, light-colored clothes in favor of darker clothes for school and work. While Labor Day may have begun as a movement to recognize everyone in the US workforce, people everywhere now spend the day celebrating the end of summer. Take the day off and have fun with friends or family. Enjoy the last days of summer and prepare for the busy fall.

Did somebody say sweet syrup? Come on down to Homestead Heritage for the annual Sorghum Festival, where you celebrate all things sorghum. Observe the transformation of raw cane into a rich, golden brown syrup. Satisfy your sweet tooth with samples of sorghum syrup on freshly baked cornbread or freshly cranked ice cream. Children of all ages will enjoy the many activities, including a horse-drawn hayride. The free event is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special music at noon. To learn more, visit