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Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 13-16

4 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Plays, art shows, live music, celebrations! Everywhere you look this #WacoWeekend, Waco has something special 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. For more events, head over to our blog, the Grackle, at or check out our magazine at Enjoy!


Throughout the Weekend

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 art will be on display Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more, visit

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.
Do we have any era enthusiasts? If so, the Lone Star Antique Arms Convention is for you! Explore the wide variety of collectible antique, curio and relic firearms as well as antique spurs, holsters and more. The show will be held at Tucker Hall and will be open Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, visit or call 744-4772.
Want to watch a heartwarming, smart and sassy musical? Then catch Baylor Theatre’s production of “Dear Edwina.” Family performances will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Both showtimes will take place at the Jones Theatre in the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. Visit or call 710-1865 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

Thursday, September 13

In the mood for wonderful music? Head to Jones Concert Hall on Baylor campus for the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band. J. Eric Wilson will conduct the Wind Ensemble and Isaiah Odajima the Symphonic Band. The free event will begin at 7:30 p.m. To learn more, visit

Don’t miss Ronnie Milsap perform at the Waco Hippodrome! Milsap is a strong influence in country music. Did you know he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1976 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014? Opening his show is Amber Digby, a fabulous traditional singer. The show begins at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and can be found at
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Maxx Carter, La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Piano Man, The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Friday, September 14


Baylor University Libraries invites you to the Moody Memorial Library 50th Birthday Celebration! Can you believe the Moody Memorial Library opened a half-century ago? Swing by between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. for food, music, giveaways and more. Nothing is too much when you celebrate Moody’s history. For additional information, visit
Heads up, parents. The Art Center of Waco presents Cookies & Coloring. Snack on some cookies and learn about a famous work of art through an interactive lesson. The free class is geared toward children from kindergarten through 6th grade. Enjoy the event from 4-5 p.m. at East Waco Library. Visit for details.
Watch out! Teens are taking over the library for Teen After Hours: Escape the Library! See the library transformed to an escape room from 1986. Each team will use technology from the ’80s and will have 45 minutes to solve the puzzle to return to the present day. Attendees must be at least 13 years old. The event will take place from 5:45-8 p.m. at South Waco Library. Visit for more information.
Art enthusiasts should check out Hispanic Heritage Art Show and Celebration, presented by the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Admire Hispanic heritage through various forms of art from drawings and painting to sculpture and jewelry. Enjoy music, food and entertainment at the artist reception. The free event will be held at the Art Forum of Waco from 6-9 p.m. To learn more, visit
Start your weekend with amazing jazz by the Byron Swann Band. The band includes horn, keys and bass. Enjoy the music starting at 8:30 p.m. at Klassy Glass Wine Bar & Bistro. For details, visit
Live Music
• The Ballards (country), The Catch, 6 p.m.
• Mel Adams (country/rock), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• John Dempsy (Americana), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• John Mark McMillan (alternative rock), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $22-$42
• Eric & Thomas (acoustic), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Karaoke, Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Scooter Brown (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15

Saturday, September 15


A morning spent at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market is a morning well spent. Make a new friend, discuss your favorite vendors or try something new. You’ll have a good time no matter what you do. 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

Fuel up your motorcycle and Bike to End Alzheimer’s, benefiting Alzheimer’s Association. The route begins 10:30 a.m. at Hewitt VFW. Tickets cost $25 per bike and includes a T-shirt.
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.

Throw your bear claws and cheer on the Baylor Bears football team as they take on the Duke Blue Devils. Watch the game at 2:30 p.m. at McLane Stadium. Be sure to arrive early for tons of fun tailgating. For the full football schedule, visit

Are you a fan of the Rolling Stones? Then you’ll love Satisfaction: A Rolling Stones Tribute at the Waco Hippodrome. Satisfaction is known internationally as the world’s greatest show honoring the Rolling Stones. You can’t beat that. Watch the show at 7 p.m. Tickets cost between $25 and $35. Visit to purchase tickets.
Spend a relaxing evening at Kissing Tree Vineyards with Dave Wild Trio and Chuck Jennings. Their jazz is a great accompaniment to a date night, girls’ night out or any kind of night. Enjoy the music starting at 7 p.m. For more information, visit
Live Music
• Cami Maki (Americana), Papa Joe’s, 2 p.m.
• Michael Saldana (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Huser Brother Band (country), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 7 p.m.
• Twelve12 (acoustic), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• John Dempsy (folk), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• Live Music, Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Bubba Haze Band (eclectic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Sunday Drivers, The Backyard, 9 p.m.

Sunday, September 16

Swing by the Mayborn Museum Complex to celebrate World Play-Doh Day. From 1:30-4:30 p.m., enjoy all things play-doh. The Children’s Corner is a great place to explore numbers, circuits and more. Visit to learn more.

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