The Grackle

Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 20-23

4 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

With football, brunch and live music everywhere, this #WacoWeekend is bound to be lots of fun. 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!


Thursday, September 20

Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Dirty Echoes (rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Sam Bradsky, Dichotomy, 7 p.m.
• Johnny Joe Ramos (country), The Backyard, 8 p.m.

Friday, September 21

Do you love music from the 1950s and 1960s? Do you love music by artists like The Beatles, Elvis Presley, The Eagles or The Rolling Stones? Then make way for The Morticians at Waco Hippodrome! Rock out to classic rock from your favorite decades. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets cost between $10 and $20. Visit to purchase tickets.

The Backyard loves hosting live music, and tonight is not an exception. Catch the band Sister Hazel at 9 p.m. with an opener at 8:30 p.m. With five talented musicians, Sister Hazel has topped the charts from adult alternative to country. No matter what songs they perform, you’re bound to have a great night with even better music. Tickets cost $15 for attendees age 21 and older or $20 for attendees age 20 and younger. Ticket prices may increase the day of the event. To purchase tickets, visit For details about the band, visit
Live Music
• Donna Beckham (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Penny and Dime (folk), The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Brian & Jeremy (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• More Than Sparrows (Jacob Humber), Common Grounds, 7:30 p.m., $7-$10
• Daniel Sapphire (blues), Waco Winery, 8 p.m.
• Huser Brother Band (country), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (acoustic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Dave Wild Trio (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 22

Nothing gets your blood pumping like a good run. Participate in Run for Recovery and help NoLimit Ministry raise awareness about local resources for individuals recovering from addiction. Registration starts at 7 a.m. at Trail Blazer Park in McGregor. Compete in the 5K timed run at 8 a.m. or the 5K fun run at 8:30 a.m. Registration costs $30 for either race. To sign up, visit

Begin your morning with the spectacular Waco Downtown Farmers Market! Fresh air, delicious food, friendly vendors — what more could you want? Try a new food and discover unique homemade goods. The farmers market will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 500 Washington Avenue.
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.

Have you seen Cultivate 7twelve’s Banksy exhibit yet? If not, here’s your chance! Brunch with Banksy and dine among the Banksy pieces with food provided by Luna Juice Catering. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $38 per person. Visit to purchase tickets.

Surf’s up! BSR Cable Park invites you to Stab High, the very first wave pool air contest. Haven’t you heard? BSR may be surfing’s ultimate competitive platform. Sign up now for the opportunity to compete alongside pro surfers. From 12-10 p.m., surf, swim, eat at food trucks, watch a French artist paint a mural and have fun. Tickets begin at $38. To learn more, visit or

Get your bear claws up and cheer on the Baylor Bears football team as they face the Kansas Jayhawks. Kick off is at 2 p.m. at McLane Stadium. Show up early for even more fun tailgating and sailgating. Visit for more information.
Movies or books? That is the question. Head to West Waco Library for Book vs. Movie. Today’s comparison is “Ready Player One.” Watch the movie at the library and discuss which version you prefer. The event will take place from 3-5:45 p.m. For details, visit

Spend a relaxing evening at Valley Mills Vineyards and enjoy music from Penny and Dime. Hailing from Dallas, the duo performs folk music you’ll love. The music begins at 8 p.m. Visit to learn more about the band.
Don’t miss the Towne Adams Band at Papa Joe’s! Have a drink and enjoy a fantastic mix of country, rock and Americana. The music starts at 8 p.m. For more information, visit
Live Music
• Colton Hawkins (country), Lakeside Tavern, 4 p.m.
• Jayme Wade (country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Jason Fletcher (rock/country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Dueling Pianos, Waco Hippodrome, 7:45 p.m., $5
• Sundae Drivers (folk), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Bruce Carbonara (jazz), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 23

Join Mission Waco for its annual Walk for the Homeless. The 1.2-mile walk begins at 8 a.m. at Mission Waco’s Meyer Center and concludes at Church Under the Bridge. Call 753-4900 for additional information.

Heads up, Wacoans! Something special is in the air, because the Mayborn Museum presents Community Day. For today only, visit the museum for free. That’s right. Free. Grab your friends and family and enjoy the Discovery Center, the natural history exhibits and the historic village. Please note the free admission does not include access to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. For details, visit
Live Music
• Jennifer Knapp (folk/Christian), Common Grounds, 7 p.m., $15

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