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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 6-9

4 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

September is in full swing, and Waco has many fantastic events for you 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. For more events, head over to our blog, the Grackle, at or check out our magazine at Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend


Put your hands together for “Newsies”! Enter the rivalry between newsboys and newspaper publishers in this Waco Civic Theatre production inspired by the real-life Newsboys Strike of 1899 and based on the 1992 film. Performances are Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances are at 2:30 p.m. Visit to purchase tickets.
Want to view some fabulous homes? Partake in the Heart of Texas Builders Association’s 34th annual Parade of Homes. Tour new construction and remodeled homes Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday from 12-5 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per person and are available at all parade homes. For details, visit
Art is beautiful to each in their own way, and the Bosque Arts Center loves showcasing various art styles. Join the arts center for its 33rd annual Bosque Art Classic, which focuses on artists who create realistic or representational art. The exhibit opens Saturday at 7 p.m. for an awards ceremony and dinner. Tickets for the exhibit opening cost $50 and include admission to the exhibit and sale. The art will be on display through September 22. Visit to learn more or to purchase tickets.

Check out Cultivate 7twelve’s new exhibition, “Writing on the Wall,” which will feature world-renowned, anonymous street artist “Banksy” as well as artwork by Waco artists. The exhibit opens Friday and runs through September 29. A special first look reception will occur Thursday. Tickets for the reception cost $30 and include a viewing of the film “Saving Banksy,” a discussion and Q&A with collector Brian Greif at the Waco Hippodrome followed by a cocktail reception at Cultivate 712. For times and additional information, visit
Love, money and secrets make for an intriguing story in Love $uspended. Follow Keith Morris, a struggling entrepreneur, navigate a road to marriage while trying to escape his past. Performances are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. at Jubilee Theatre. Tickets cost $25. Visit to purchase tickets.

Thursday, September 6


How much do you really know? Test your knowledge at the Waco Hippodrome’s First Thursday Trivia. Tonight’s theme is “Friday Night Lights.” Make a team or join one. Sign up begins at 5:15 p.m. with the first question at 6 p.m. It all takes place on the second floor of the Hippodrome. For details, visit

Help The Stars Over Texas Jamboree celebrate its eighth anniversary at the Legends of Country show! Enjoy performers portraying Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Willie Nelson and more. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for anyone 65 or older. Visit The Stars Over Texas Jamboree’s Facebook page for more information.
Make your way to Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus for the Jazz Ensemble Swing Concert, “Moonlight Serenade.” Alex Parker, senior lecturer in jazz studies, will lead the concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5 and are available at the Baylor University box office. Anyone age 65 or older is admitted free. To learn more, visit
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Lauren January and Nate Rodriguez (soul/blues), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Bill and Phil, The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Friday, September 7


It’s First Friday, y’all! Do you know what that means? Businesses in Downtown Waco are staying open late and offerings tons of great specials to celebrate. Grab a friend and explore downtown while shopping, eating and socializing. Visit or call 307-8998 for current participants, hours and specials.

Live music galore! Common Grounds brings you not one, not two, but three great indie rock bands. The members of Honest Men are Baylor University alum and have a versatile sound with a buzz-worthy show. Little Image hails from Dallas and speaks to its audience through emotional and hopeful melodies. Last but not least, Thinking Caps has roots in Waco and moves to break boundaries with inspiring songs. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show kicks off at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $13 the day of the show. To purchase tickets, visit
Live Music
• Live Music, BRÛ Artisan Coffee Works, 6 p.m.
• Greg Bashara and Evan Klaras (jazz), Hilton Waco, 7 p.m.
• Audrey Oliver (blues), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Ryan Paul Davis (Americana/blues), The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Daniel Sapphire (soul), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Mateo Lopez (folk/indie rock), Dichotomy, 8 p.m.
• 5 Dollar Shakes (jazz), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Kristen Beard, Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Austin English (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Joel McCrary and Deon Q (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Muscadine Bloodline (country), The Backyard, 9 p.m., $10-$15

Saturday, September 8

Lace up your running shoes and start your morning with the Striding for Wellness 5K, benefitting the Heart of Texas Region Mental Health Mental Retardation’s wellness programs. Run in the 5K or the 1-mile race while encouraging healthy lifestyles. Both races begin at 8:30 a.m. at Brazos Park East. Registration costs $27 for each race. Visit to learn more and to sign up.

Wake up with the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. You never know what neat vendor you’ll find. Pro tip: bring your dog for even more fun. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a list of vendors and to learn more, visit
Celebrate health with Mission Waco at its Community Health Fair. Learn about health education, partake in Zumba, watch a cooking demo, check your blood pressure and more. Doctors will be present. The event takes place at Jubilee Food Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit for more information and for a list of all services provided.
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.

Beat the Texas heat at the Bleux Beach Bash! The party will be held at BSR Cable Park from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Float the lazy river, fly down slides, and rock out to music by DJ Pauly D, Nate Nelson and more. Tickets cost between $20 and $100. To purchase tickets and to learn more, visit
Laugh until it hurts and then laugh some more at Pop Up Comedy Series: Kountry Wayne! Standup comedian Kountry Wayne maintains humble roots while bringing laughter and cheer to audiences everywhere. His often-sold-out show is a mixture of high energy, faith based and clean content. Choose between the 7 p.m. and the 10 p.m. show at the Waco Hippodrome. Tickets cost $25 for general admission and $35 for VIP. Visit to purchase tickets.

Kick back and relax with a glass of wine while listening to The Union Revival. Husband and wife, Aaron and Amanda have created their own style as a combination of indie folk, classic Americana and country rock. The music begins at 8 p.m. at Valley Mills Vineyards. For details, visit
Live Music
• Ryan Roberts (folk), Lakeside Tavern, 4 p.m.
• Noah Peterson (jazz), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Out of the Blue Band (country), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Fenix Theory (eclectic), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• UFC 228 Woodley vs. Till, The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Sunday, September 9

Can you hear the train blow? It’s All Aboard for Fall with the Historic Waco Foundation at McCulloch House. Members of the Central Texas Model Railroaders will join the fun with model trains, train activities, treats and refreshments. Children and anyone with a child at heart will enjoy the family fun day from 1-4 p.m. Admission costs $10 per family. Visit for more information.
Stop by the Carleen Bright Arboretum for the Willie + Rose Photography Art Reception. The artist draws inspiration from light, love and her daughters. Catch the reception from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Whitehall Center. The exhibit is open through October 14. To learn more visit

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