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Observations, Reflections and Miscellany from the Wacoan

Things to do in Waco this Weekend

September 27-30

4 years ago

By Richelle Braswell

Fall is in the air, and this #WacoWeekend is ready for fun with performances, book signings, festivals, fundraisers and plenty of live music. 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


See the gospel stories of Jesus Christ come alive through Baylor Theatre’s production of “Godspell,” a modern classic. The whole family will have fun watching parables, songs, comedy and more. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances are at 2 p.m. All shows will be held at Mabee Theatre on Baylor campus. For ticket prices, visit

The Nautique USA National Wakesurf Championships are coming to Waco! Organized by World Wake Association, this event is the premier, family-oriented wakesurfing competition, and surfers of all ages and ability levels are welcome to compete. Everything begins Friday at 8 a.m. and lasts through Sunday afternoon. Watch the competitions on the Brazos River in Downtown Waco. Visit for entry fees, rules and schedules.
Renovations are over, and the Martin Museum of Art presents John James Audubon: Life, Work & Legacy — a new exhibit that will be open through November 11. To celebrate the exhibit, the museum invites you to Audubon Family Fun Day. Enjoy everything about birds, with crafts, bird education, habitat awareness and tours through the museum. Live birds from Cameron Park Zoo will also be there to view. The free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building. All minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The free event is open to the public. For details, visit or call 710-3503.

Thursday, September 27


Prepare to be dazzled as community members join professional dancers at Dancing with the Waco Stars! Enjoy an evening of dance performances, dinner and drinks at the Waco Hippodrome. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $150. All proceeds benefit the Family Abuse Center. To purchase tickets and vote for your favorite star, call 772-8999 or visit

Join Cultivate 7twelve for its monthly Cocktails with the Curator at 6 p.m. This month features a special Q&A-style panel discussion. Panelists include co-curators of “Writing on the Wall,” the star of “Saving Banksy” Brian Greif, Creative Waco director Fiona Bond and artists HighDef. The event is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to RSVP with Rebekah at 213-200-1223. Visit for more information.
The Punch Club: A Speakeasy Night returns to Dichotomy Coffee & Spirits for a second round! Travel back to the time of silent films when drinks were prohibited and speakeasies were born. Feel the night come alive with the speakeasy vibes. Enjoy new cocktails and new curtains. The night starts at 7 p.m. Admission costs $7 and includes a punch cocktail. Seating is limited, so come early to ensure your spot. For details, visit

What’s that? Who’s here? Why, none other than Reese Witherspoon! Join Witherspoon for an after-hours book signing at Magnolia Market. She will chat with moderator Jenna Bush Hager about Witherspoon’s book “Whiskey in a Teacup.” Hear stories about Witherspoon growing up in the South and what that taught her. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are sold out. To learn more, visit
Spend your evening with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra at its first concert of the academic year. Stephen Heyde, Baylor’s conductor-in-residence, will lead the orchestra. Don’t miss guest soloist Cameron Clements playing alto saxophone. The free event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building. Visit for additional information.
Live Music
• Pat McKee & Trammell Kelly (jazz), DiamondBack’s, 6 p.m.
• Dustin Terral (acoustic), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Strahan (Psalmist), Common Grounds, 8 p.m., $15-$18
• Eric & Thomas (acoustic), The Backyard, 8 p.m.

Friday, September 28


In case you haven’t heard, BSR Surf Resort is one of the nation’s most sought-after wave pools. Now’s your chance to see the surf pool in action at Rockstar Pro Surf Team Demonstration. From 6-8 p.m., the Rockstar pro surf team will ride the waves and catch big air for the surf demo. Team members include Albee Layer, Clay Marzo, Eric Geiselman, Matt Meola, Crosby Colapinto and Nolan Rapoza. This event is open to the public. Visit to learn more.
Head to Baylor University for a special Family Weekend Choral Concert. Hear music from A Cappella Choir, Bella Voce, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Chamber Singers, VirtuOSO and Women’s choir. The free event will take place at 5 p.m. at Jones Concert Hall in the Glennis McCrary Music Building. For details, visit

An evening with music is an evening well spent. Swing by Pinewood Coffee Roasters for John Griffin McKay and his album release show. A born and bred Texan, McKay pours his heart and soul into his music. Dylan Washington opens the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10. Visit to learn more.
Live Music
• Amy Hooper (Southern rock/country), Kissing Tree Vineyards, 7 p.m.
• Live Music, The Grape, 7 p.m.
• Shanna and Cody of the Wanderers (country), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• D-Rail (acoustic), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• Stoney Larue (red dirt/Texas country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $12-$17

Saturday, September 29

Support the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease and stroke at the Waco Heart Walk. The 5K walk starts at McLane Stadium. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the walk at 9 a.m. Visit to register.

Rain or shine, the Waco Downtown Farmers Market has an incredible group of vendors excited to meet you and to show off their products. Whether this is your first time or your 20th, wander through the tents and get to know someone new. Share a meal with a friend and enjoy everything that makes the farmers market unique. The farmers market is located at 500 Washington Avenue from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit for details.
Riders everywhere, brush your horse and prepare to ride in the Highlander Ranch Open Breed Horse Show. The event starts at 9 a.m. at McLennan Community College Highlander Ranch. For class fees and to register, visit

Do you like to run and drink beer? Then Barnett’s 0.5K Beer Run is for you! All you must do is finish your stein of beer before you cross the finish line. That’s the only rule. How you complete the race is up to you. Walk, run, crawl, skip, piggy-back or hop. The race starts at 10 a.m. at Barnett’s. Registration costs $25 in advance or $30 the day of the event, and includes a souvenir stein of beer, admission into Oktoberfest and a medal. All proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. To register, visit

Woof! You and your favorite four-legged pets are invited to Dog Days, the hottest doggone event of the summer. Hosted by the Hewitt Public Library, this canine event will last from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hewitt Park. Watch wiener dog races, explore a petting zoo, take Glam Fur photos and admire Circus Chickendog from Austin. If you don’t have a furry friend or want another one, check out the animals available for adoption and information about pet care. Admission is free, but parking costs $2. To learn more, call 666-2442 or visit
If you want an excuse to celebrate, I have just the event for you: Oktoberfest! Enjoy all things German-inspired — contests, food, beer, stein holding, barrel rolling, giant yard games and much more. There will also be a kids fun zone and live music. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Indian Spring Park. Tickets cost $10 online or $8 in advance at Barnett’s Public House and at the door. Proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Visit for more information.
Anyone who loves carpentry or “Fixer Upper” may want to stop by Magnolia Market for a special book signing by Clint Harp, the carpentry star of “Fixer Upper.” Harp will take pictures and sign copies of his book “Handcrafted.” The event will occur from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2-4 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for either the morning or the afternoon book signing. Visit to purchase tickets.
Everyone is bound to have fun at the fourth annual Robinson Music Festival. From 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., enjoy live music, food trucks, tournaments, a kids area and plenty of fun activities at Peplow Park. Admission costs $7 for anyone age 13 or older. Kids age 12 and under are free. Re-entry is not permitted. To learn more, visit
Get your fill of fabulous New Orleans-inspired food at the Down on the Bayou Cajun Zydeco Festival. But that’s not all! The Morticians will keep the atmosphere lively with classic rock. It all begins at 7 p.m. at Knox Center in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Tickets cost $75 per person or $525 for a table of eight. Call 202-8480 or email to purchase tickets.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Take a gamble with the Boys & Girls Club of Waco at its Gatsby Casino Night fundraiser. Enjoy casino games, a reverse raffle, card games, live music, dinner, drinks, and silent and live auctions. The event will take place at the Chisholm Ballroom at the Waco Convention Center from 7-11 p.m. Tickets cost $100 and sponsorships are also available. For details, visit or email
Kick back, relax and drink some wine while listening to Indian & the Jones at Kissing Tree Vineyards. You can’t beat good folk music, but this trio ties in their American roots for catchy songs. Music begins at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.
Do you remember the songs that reached the No. 1 charts before vanishing? Witness their revival at “STARS: One Hit Wonders”! The Waco Civic Theatre’s annual fundraiser will present the biggest and best hits. Performance is rated PG and begins at 7:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit or call 776-1591.
Grab some friends and laugh into the night at Variety on the Rooftop at Waco Winery at 8 p.m. Brazos Theatre Group will keep you entertained with humorous comedy and great music. Snack on the free hors d’oeuvres and enjoy discounts on local wine. Tickets cost $28.50 and are selling fast. Visit to purchase tickets.
Live Music
• Jennifer Pisarcik & Jon Fox (Americana/blues/rock), Hightop at the Hippodrome, 7 p.m.
• Brazos Brothers (rock), La Fiesta, 7 p.m.
• Bruce Carbonara (jazz), Sip & Swirl, Valley Mills Vineyards, 8 p.m.
• Blue Houdini (funk/soul/blues), Papa Joe’s, 8 p.m.
• John Dempsy (country), Big’s Mayberry Tavern, 8 p.m.
• Julia Tucker (Americana), Klassy Glass, 8:30 p.m.
• T Graham Brown (country), The Backyard, 8:30 p.m., $10-$15
• Blake Crenshaw (country), Smiley’s Country Club, 9 p.m.
• The Castaneda Project (eclectic), The Warehouse, 10 p.m.

Sunday, September 30

If your daughter’s quinceañera is approaching, grab your family for Waco’s third annual Brazos Quince Expo. The event will feature door prizes, live music and a score of vendors to plan a special day. Stop by from 1-5 p.m. at the Waco Convention Center to start your planning or to have all your last-minute needs met. Tickets cost $5. For additional information, visit

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